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Q Isa. 34:1, 2:
1. Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.
2. For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.
The harsh language used here reflects the graphic flavour of the original Hebrew text, though its meaning is not that of obliteration, but of condign punishment for sin and eventual recovery.
It is a prediction, and informs us that the fate of the nations as presently constituted has already been decided in God’s foreknowledge. However, the method of its outworking will be in keeping with an age very different from the one in which Isaiah made his declaration. Indeed, this prophecy can apply only to an age of global interconnectedness, such as our own, unique in history.
Isa. 35 holds a promise of comfort, reconciliation, and recovery from death for all peoples ransomed by Christ’s sacrifice in His earthly kingdom to come. God's plan is for the redemption of the human family, not its demise (v. 10; emphasis added):
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