Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth, Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes (in the person of the Lord): behold, His reward is with Him and His work and recompense before Him. Amp.
Isaiah 34:8 says, “For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a year or recompense for the cause of Zion.” His judgment will take only a day, but His recompense or rewards will take a year.
In this passage He is talking about Jerusalem. He will vindicate her before the world. He will lift her up next to Him and all will know that she belongs to Him, and His protection will never leave her. All will call her the holy people, sought out, a city not forsaken.
Isaiah 65:11, says what will happen to all “who forsake the Lord, who forget My Holy Mount Zion.”
13. My servants shall eat, but you shall go hungry, My servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty, behold, My servants shall rejoice, but you shall be put to shame:
14. Behold My servants sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry out for pain and sorrow of heart…
The times of persecution will be turned around. The Lord will bless in unspeakable ways those who have suffered for Him. Only He knows the extent of their suffering and will not forget one tear, or one pain suffered for Him.
He says the former troubles are forgotten. He says to rejoice, no more weeping, nor the cry of distress will be heard in the New Jerusalem that He creates.
I believe the New Jerusalem is part of the reward that He brings. Just who will receive this great reward is the question. He knows what is in every heart and keeps every tear. Will He not come to the rescue of the suffering saint?
He means what He says when He says, “I will bless those who bless thee, and I will curse those who curse thee.” Gen. 27:29
It is very important not to judge those in the Church. It may take a long time to come, but it will come. We are accountable for every word we speak.
But the rewards will be greater than anything we have ever experienced.
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. KJV.