And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not joourney on it ; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there, and the ransomed of the LORD 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.
Amen! Come Lord Jesus!!
All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.
Verse 4 is a very sad description. Psalm 147:4 says, “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” At the time of the destruction we read about in verse 4 , all of the stars will fall, the beauty of a canopy of stars in a brilliant summer night sky will end. But…there is hope. Revelation 21 says, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away…” If He is creating a new heaven and a new earth, and restoring us to live there with Him, what a day of rejoicing that will be.
He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.
- a sure foundation for your times. Psalm 31:14…I say, ‘You ae my God. My times are in your hands.
- a rich store of salvation . Acts 4:12…Jesus Christ of Nazareth…salvation is found in no one else.
- a rich store of wisdom. Jas. 1…if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously.
- a rich store of knowledge. II Peter 3:18…grow in grace and knowledge of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
All of this freely given to us at that point when we say, “Yes, Lord, I am a sinner. You have died for me. Please forgive me. You can almost hear the storehouse of heaven cracking open as God pours out on us His riches.
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
This is true even in the midst of moral decay, financial destruction, the ruination of a nation or a land . The fruit of righteousness will be peace. It is that peace that is beyond understanding. It is the peace of a heart set on God and His Word. As life rages around us, our soul is anchored to the One Who controls every circumstance.
This is what the LORD says to me; “As a lion growls, a great lion over his prey – and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against him, he is not frightened by their clamor – so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on his heights.
When the LORD comes down to do battle, none will be able to stand against Him. Even more, in this terrible time of trouble, He will hover over the ones who love Him to shield, to protect, to rescue. Zephaniah 3:17