33. Thus says the Lord God: In the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities I will also cause Israel’s cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt.
34. And the desolate land shall be tilled, that which had lain desolate in the sight of all who passed by.
35. And they shall say, this land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.
36. Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places, and replanted that which was desolate. I the Lord have spoken it, and I will do it. Amp.
Desolate -c) grow numb,
Desolate -d) lonely, solitary, uninhabited, deserted.
Eden -d) paradise, any delightful place.
Isaiah 51:3 For the Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places, and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the Garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song or instrument of praise. Amp.
This is a promise of the Lord to Zion. He is doing a work in His set apart ones who are enduring the refining process and being delivered. When He is done, then all her waste places will be restored and blessed. Revival will come to her people. It will be as the Garden of Eden. Prayers will be answered.
How can any place be like the Garden of Eden? It will be pure and a place for the Lord to commune with His people like He wanted to with Adam. How wonderful and glorious is the thought of such a place. But isn’t that the New Jerusalem? He will dwell with His people. This is the beginning.
He is also talking about the heavens being dissolved and vanish away like smoke and the earth shall wax old like a garment, (vs.6). He is laying the foundations of a new earth, and saying to Zion, you are My people, (vs.16).
Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
2. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God. KJV
The Lord is preparing His people to stand in His presence when He returns. “Who shall stand?” it says in Mal. 3, Rev. 6, and Joel 2. Now is the time to spend time alone with Him, in the secret place where His most wonderful work is done. These scriptures speak about Zion, who is set apart and alone. But she is not alone, because the Lord is there.
10. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
She comes with the anointed songs of deliverance from the Lord and instead of pain from the past she has joy that will never run out. All the sorrow has gone!
Isaiah 60:19 … the Lord shall be your everlasting Light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended!