Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.CHAPTER 35
Restoration Glory and the Kingdom
1. Creation blest and the glory of the Lord revealed (Isaiah 35:1-2) 2. The spiritual and material blessings of the kingdom (Isaiah 35:3-9) 3. The return of the ransomed of the Lord (Isaiah 35:10)What follows the great judgments of the day of Jehovah, when our Lord Jesus Christ is revealed from heaven in flaming fire, is now brought forward in this final chapter of the first great part of Isaiah’s vision. The unscriptural view, that the coming of the Lord in judgment means the complete end of the world, is once more answered. After judgment ruin comes restoration glory. What that glory is we find in this chapter. Read it carefully and also the “Studies in Isaiah” which follow this analysis. The last verse shows the ransomed of the Lord returning to Zion, delivered from sorrow and sighing, filled with joy and singing salvation songs. It is the bringing back to their own land of a delivered people.
A brief word of review. Each section of Part I, chapters 1-35, foretells great judgments. Judgments upon Jerusalem, the land of Judah, the nations, the whole world. These visions were not at all fulfilled in the past judgments. The day of the Lord (“in that day” ba yom hahu, a phrase so often used by Isaiah) will bring these threatened judgments. But there are the predictions of restoration and blessing, which always follow that day. Each of the three sections end with the vision of a regathered and restored people, brought back to their land. The scope is perfect because it is divine.