When He Returns
(Isa 35:1) The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus,
(Isa 35:2) it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of YaHWeH, the splendor of our God.
(Isa 35:3) Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;
(Isa 35:4) 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."
(Isa 35:5) Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
(Isa 35:6) 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.
(Isa 35:7) 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.
(Isa 35:8) And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.
(Isa 35:9) No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there,
(Isa 35:10) and the ransomed of YaHWeH 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.
What Happens Before This?
(Zec 14:1) A day of YaHWeH is coming when your plunder will be divided among you.
(Zec 14:2) I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.
(Zec 14:3) Then YaHWeH will go out and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.
(Zec 14:4) On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.
(Zec 14:5) You will flee by My mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then YaHWeH my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
(Zec 14:6) On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost.
(Zec 14:7) It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime--a day known to YaHWeH. When evening comes, there will be light.
(Zec 14:8) On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter.
(Zec 14:9) YaHWeH will be King over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.
(Zec 14:10) The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up and remain in its place, from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses.
(Zec 14:11) It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.
(Zec 14:12) This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
(Zec 14:13) On that day men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other.
(Zec 14:14) Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected--great quantities of gold and silver and clothing.
(Zec 14:15) A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.
(Zec 14:16) Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, YaHWeH Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
(Zec 14:17) If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, YaHWeH Almighty, they will have no rain.
(Zec 14:18) If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. YaHWeH will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
(Zec 14:19) This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
(Zec 14:20) On that day HOLY TO YaHWeH will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in YaHWeH's house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar.
(Zec 14:21) Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to YaHWeH Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of YaHWeH Almighty.
There is more to come, this, for now, is Not the End.