I think that this chapter also has echoes of the Millennium, but it seems that the admonitions here would be superfluous when the Millennium comes. By the time that the Millinnium arrives – and the Lord’s Second coming – all of this will be too late.
So, if this is NOT about the time of the Millennium, then this must be about the time of the Ezekiel Tetrad.
1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem; and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she hath received of Jehovah’s hand double for all her sins.
I believe that this is a command, and not a suggestion. We ARE to speak comfortably to Israel and to Jerusalem. We ARE to tell her that he war and her time of being persecuted are over.
That there is One that has paid for her sins.
And, as a people, the Jews really have received double. For every year that they have lived in the Land of Israel, they have wandered in the diasporah for two.
It’s time for Israel to be home, and for her true God to be with her.
3 The voice of one that crieth, Prepare ye in the wilderness the way of Jehovah; make level in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the uneven shall be made level, and the rough places a plain:
5 and the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.
I hate to keep coming back to that earthquake… will it redefine the geography of Israel?
Could this part literally be the millennium? (Which sounds a lot more likely.)
6 The voice of one saying, Cry. And one said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field.
7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because the breath of Jehovah bloweth upon it; surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand forever.
9 O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up on a high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold, your God!
If you read this verse and feel pricked in your own heart by it – as I do – maybe it’s time for YOU to go to Zion to speak the good news.
Think about it. And then, do it.
10 Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come as a mighty one, and his arm will rule for him: Behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and will gently lead those that have their young.
When God loves you, you are truly safe. And, God does truly love Israel – with a passion.
Maybe it’s time that we loved Israel like this too.