He will save us from this corrupted, fallen world that is at the end of its rope. He will save us from oppression, from hatred, from violence. From starvation and sickness. From anything we can think of, anything we fear.
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another Friday End Times post.
Last week’s post was inspired by Isaiah, and so is today’s. Today’s post is about Isaiah 35, one of the most hopeful messages in the Bible. If you’re a regular Reader, catching every post, then you may remember reading this same passage earlier this week. I wrote about it in Victory in Virtue Part 2: Hope.
The message of Isaiah 35 lines up nicely with the central message of my blog: Do Not Fear the End Times. Times are hard, the situation is dire. Everything’s going to look hopeless. And then our God will come. And when He does, everything will be made right. There will be no more suffering.
So for today’s post let’s turn to Isaiah 35.
Do Not Fear; Your God Will Come
Isaiah 35 is an immensely hopeful chapter. It’s a message of everlasting hope for God’s people, to have hope no matter what the situation. Let’s take a look at most of the chapter here. First, I’ll split off and separate verses 3 and 4:
(3) Strengthen the feeble hands,Isaiah 35:3-4 (NIV)
steady the knees that give way;
(4) say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you.”
This is the first part of the message that I want to strongly emphasize over the rest. It’s easy to get scared during these difficult End Times. It’s never easy to watch civilizations come to an end, empires fall, and people die. We’re living through the end of the age. If you look at events around the world, it doesn’t look pretty. And that’s an understatement. Things are looking pretty dire.
Well, things look dire in part because they’re meant to. Our God did not give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), so we should never be afraid of what we see. Things look dire in part because Satan is working overtime causing chaos, and in part because this is the End of the world. But no matter what, the message of God the Most High is the same.
Have no fear! God is coming! He will come to save us, as it says in Isaiah 35:3-4. He will save us from this corrupted, fallen world that is at the end of its rope. He will save us from oppression, from hatred, from violence. From starvation and sickness. From anything we can think of, anything we fear. He will come, and we need to have Faith in Him. It doesn’t matter how dire things look.
Any situation you can think of in the world today, all the hatred, violence, and chaos—our God is greater than all those things. God is greater than any problem. So we need not fear, because God is coming back, and He’s coming back soon.
Now, what happens when He does come back? That’s the good part. Let’s keep going in Isaiah 35.
Crowns of Everlasting Joy
So what happens when the LORD returns? What happens when He comes to save us? Let’s continue:
(5) Then will the eyes of the blind be openedIsaiah 35:5-10 (NIV)
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
(6) Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
(7) The burning sand will become a pool,
the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.
(8) And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
(9) No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
(10) and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
The blind seeing, the deaf hearing, the crippled walking, the mute speaking. Water in the wilderness, streams in the desert. New life will grow where the scavengers used to have their dens (verse 7). What’s there not to like? The LORD will bless those who love Him, He will bless His people. He will cure them of their woes. But He says this won’t happen until He returns. And what else?
There will be a path, the Way of Holiness (verse 8). It’s only for those who walk in that way, those who walk the narrow path. None of the wicked will go on it. No lion or ravenous beast will be there, only the righteous redeemed (verse 9).
Judging sinners is not our jurisdiction, that authority belongs to God and only God. But if all the sin in this world gets you down, and you wish more people would reap the injustice they sow, then just be patient. When God returns, the sinners will be separated from the righteous. Then the sinners will understand they were wrong. There will be punishment for those who perpetuate injustice, and all other kinds of sinners.
The first will be last and the last will be first. The proud will be humbled and the humbled will be exalted. Believe it! Have Faith. It seems like it’s not happening, seems like injustice is allowed to prevail here on earth. It seems like God justice is slow. But that’s only how it seems to us.
The Bible shows us that God does not allow injustice to prevail forever. Look at the Book of Amos for an example, it’s a short read. Those who do wrong will be punished, so we don’t need to worry about that. Leave it all up to the LORD, for He will repay everyone as they deserve (Romans 12:19).
As for those who stay righteous, there will be the eternal reward. Those who the LORD rescues will enter Zion singing, and everlasting joy will crown their heads (verse 10). That’s the promise, and we can believe the LORD and His promises. We must resist the temptation to follow the ways of the world. We must resist the temptations to fornicate with whoever we like, to use drugs, cast spells, to please any appetite of our flesh with no restraint. We must resist those temptations.
It’s no accident that it’s hard to be righteous in this world. It’s hard to be a God-fearing person following the LORD. The world is designed that way, and it’s constantly bombarding us with messages to sin. To do whatever we want. As I wrote in last week’s post, doing whatever we want and ignoring God’s Commandments is satanic. But the temptations are never-ending. We see the whole world doing it, so we naturally think of doing it too.
But like Isaiah 35 shows us, we need to hold on. We need to stay strong. It’s not easy to walk in righteousness, but we need to keep going. We want to be on that Way of Holiness, we don’t want to be left out! Let the world continue in their sins, we don’t copy their ways (Romans 12:2). And call out to Jesus for help against temptation. We don’t have a teacher Who is indifferent to the ways we’re tempted. Jesus underwent all the same temptations as us, only He didn’t sin (Hebrews 4:15). Call on Him for help when tempted, and even when strong and not being tempted. We need to stay righteous till the end. We want to be on that Way of Holiness when God returns!
(15) because we don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin.Hebrews 4:15 (CEB)
He Will Wipe every Tear from our Eyes—Revelation 21
Now, the situation in which Isaiah was written was different than Revelation. But the message is the same:
- God’s people are in a dire situation, they can’t go on anymore, they’ve reached the limit of their endurance
- God returns, to rescue His people and exercise His wrath on the unjust
- God creates a better world, a reward for those who love Him, and the unrighteous can’t access it
This is why ever since my first post, the central message of my blog has always been: “Do Not Fear the End Times.” I’ve said it over and over, and I’ll keep saying it. Why should we not fear? Because of the messages of hope in Isaiah 35 and elsewhere.
Yes, things look bad right now. But things have looked dire in the world before too. Right when we think we’ve hit our limit, when we think we can’t take anymore. That’s when God will intervene. He might intervene on earth, or, He might even return in the Second Coming of Christ (and that’s what we should hope for).
He will return, and the righteous who love Him and obey His commandments will be rewarded, while the sinners and the unjust will be brought low. The proud will be humbled, the humble will be exalted. The first will be last and the last will be first. Every injustice will be avenged by the wrath of God.
And when God returns, although there will be death and destruction, He will create a better world for the righteous who love Him. An eternal reward. An eternal rest, and one free from temptation. Free from the curse! Where else have we heard this? Revelation 21.
(1) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. (2) I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. (3) I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “Look! God’s dwelling is here with humankind. He will dwell with them, and they will be his peoples. God himself will be with them as their God. (4) He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more. There will be no mourning, crying, or pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”Revelation 21:1-4 (CEB)
After all the destruction, and the end of this world, God will create His new world. We will see God’s true vision for the world, and He will dwell among us so things can’t go wrong. He will wipe every tear from our eyes … and we will be crowned with everlasting joy. There will be no more mourning, crying, or pain.
What’s there to fear? This is hope, real hope. This is something for us to look forward to. This is the eternal reward that will make all our suffering worth it. We will have so much joy, we won’t even think twice about all the suffering! But it’s on us to make sure we receive this reward.
REPENT! Walk away from sin! Put your faith in Jesus and REPENT! Ask Him for help overcoming sin, and He will teach you how. To be honest, Readers, I’ve been struggling with sin for the past week. So I hope you know that I’m not telling you anything I won’t tell myself. I also need to REPENT! I also need to battle my sin. I often get so frustrated with myself, not understanding why I can’t subjugate the flesh. It’s a never-ending struggle. Sometimes it seems so hopeless.
But that’s exactly the point for today. Isaiah 35 gives us a message of ultimate hope for these painful End Times we’re living in now. When all seems hopeless, remember Isaiah 35:3-4, among other passages in the Bible. Be strong; do not fear. Our God will come. He will come to save us. Amen!
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Until next time, be strong and do good!
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