|Isaiah 35 |
1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.
2 It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing; the glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellence of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God he will come and save you."
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.1
6 Then the lame man shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing; for waters shall break out in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation where dragons once lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8 And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called 'The way of holiness.' The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for the redeemed.2 The wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err in it and go astray. [And in no way shall there enter into it [heaven] anything that is defiled...Rev 21:27. From the Word of the Lord within: "Only those who want to be clean can hear. Ears must hear."]
9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; they shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there.
10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.3
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1 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Clearly this is a spiritual occurrence. To reach salvation, a man must spend time in the dry wilderness, mostly deaf, mostly blind. When the Lord appears in a man's heart, the dry wilderness is replaced by fountains of living waters that spring from a man's inner being. A man's spirit will then be able to clearly see in the Light of God and clearly hear the Word within his heart.
2 And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for the redeemed. To travel this highway of holiness, a man must have been first cleansed by the Spirit of Grace, for the unclean shall not pass over it. It is only for the redeemed, (those who have been freed from all sin, iniquity, or lawless deeds). This is the highway to heavenly Zion, which men travel as they are translated from the physical dimension of consciousness and sight, to the spiritual consciousness and sight in the Kingdom of Heaven. George Fox in Letter 260 writes:
This way, which is called the way of holiness, was spoken of by prophecy; and this way is Christ, who is the way of holiness, who is above the unclean, and destroys it, and the ground of it, the devil; and so the unclean cannot pass over this way of holiness. This is our way, who are in scorn called Quakers, that is, Christ. And this way of holiness shall be for the way-faring men, though fools, yet they shall not err in it; where no lion, nor ravenous beast, nor lion's whelp shall go on it. All the ravenous beasts are without, in the way of the world, without Christ and God. But the redeemed shall walk in this way of holiness, Christ Jesus; and the ransomed of the Lord shall walk in this way of holiness; and those who return from the way of the world to Zion, shall walk in this way of holiness with singing and everlasting joy upon their heads. And those who walk in this way of holiness, Christ Jesus, shall obtain joy and gladness; and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:8-10. And all who walk in this way of holiness, their deaf ear is unstopped, and their blind eye is opened. And the lame man here shall leap like a deer, and the dumb man's tongue shall sing. And here he shall see waters gush out of the rock, and streams out of the desert, in this way of holiness. And here he shall see in this way the parched ground become a pool, and the thirsty land full of springs; and in the habitation where dragons once lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes, which begin to spring. Isaiah 35:5-9. Glory be to the Lord forever. And this way of holiness, which the prophets prophesied of, is Christ Jesus, the way, who said of himself, "I am the way;" and he is over all the fallen ways, and before the way of the serpent; glorified with the Father, before the world began. And this is the way of the wayfaring men, who have been way-faring up and down from religion to religion, from worship to worship, from one people to another, from one minister and teacher to another, and could not sit down in any of their ways, but way-fared, traveled and sought. And now, glory be to the Lord forever, thousands of these way-faring men have come to find their way, Christ Jesus, and, though fools, yet they shall not err in it; that is, they shall not err in their way. They shall not err in Christ Jesus, for there is no error in him, for he was before error was; for Christ the way, destroys the devil and his works, the ground of all error; So though they are called fools, (these way-faring men), by all the sons of Adam, who have set down in their own rudiments, and have persecuted these way-faring men as fools, because they would not sit down with them in their rudiments, worships, self-righteousness, and national church, which national powers have established; yet those way-faring men walk on in their way, Christ Jesus, where, though fools, yet they shall not err in the way, Christ Jesus, though they are called fools by all the sons of Adam, who are in their own ways and rudiments; yet those fools shall not err in the way, Christ Jesus, though counted fools for Christ's sake.
3 the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. They are still physically present on the earth, but their awareness and sight is now in heaven; and as they lose sight of the earth for the last time, they do not look back like Lot's wife, but in joy leave Sodom and Gomorrah's sight behind them, singing in gladness to be entering their new habitation.
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