Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Delight of the Kingdom (Part III)

"Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes." 
(Isaiah 35:5-7)

Jesus' miracles of healing were but a foretaste of things to come. Not only will man's soul be healed but his physical ailments will be terminated as well. Disease and disablement will be a thing of the past. Perhaps the two blind men had this prophecy in mind when they cried out to Jesus, "...Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David (Matthew 20:30)."

As previously described, the barren land both within and around Israel will be transformed into greenery. Creation will join the praises of men in adoration of the Lord God Almighty Whose personal reign will bring a peace and fulfillment never before seen.

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth (Psalm 96:11-13).

The bedding ground of the desert beast will be transformed into an oasis with an abundance of waterfront vegetation. The sight will be amazing no doubt.

"And an 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 those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:" (Isaiah 35:8-9)

This highway is likely that which will be used by the nations for making their journeys to the millennial Jerusalem and its temple.

But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem (Micah 4:1-2).

The souls of these millennial pilgrims will not be defiled by unbelief and the absence of godly fear. The travelers of this road will be washed in the blood of the Lamb. Even the simplest of people will not lose their way on this road. The knowledge of God will guide each soul as millions make their way to the temple of the LORD. Dangerous animals will no longer be a threat. The beasts of the kingdom will be tamed and harmony will once again exist between man and the creatures over which God placed him.

And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox ... The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD (Isaiah 11:7, 65:25).

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