With ultimate fulfillment occurring in the still future Messianic Kingdom, this prophecy proclaimed by the prophet Isaiah elevates Israel to a position of honor.
The one and only God of creation is not hiding from us. Not only does He invite man to enjoy a personal relationship with Him, He has provided all that is necessary to make that possible.
Rather than succumbing to intimidation, discounting the reality of evil or passively hoping it would go away, Asaph turned to God confident He would demonstrate His awesome power.
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goes forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; it will fall violently on the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has done it, and until He has performed the intents of His heart.
Comfort, yes, comfort My people! Says your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her . . .
When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel.
But You, O LORD, shall endure forever . . .You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her, yes, the set time, has come. For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, and show favor to her dust.
I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside.
For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.
The Zionist longing at the turn of the 20th century was more than a transient dream.
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—the sure mercies of David. Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people.
Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, Give them up! And to the south, Do not keep them back! Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth.
Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely.