Centuries before Jesus Christ gave us an idea of things that would occur in the last days, or the apostle Paul gave us a glimpse of the Lord’s return in the letters to the Thessalonians, or John gave us his Revelation of the end of days, Isaiah had a vision from the Lord that outlines what would happen in the last of the last days before the new heavens and new earth–
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. Isaiah 26:19-21
The whole chapter of Isaiah 26 is a psalm to the Lord that was to be sung when Judah would be delivered from her enemies. In the first phrase of verse 19, Isaiah is addressing Judah directly when he proclaims that the dead will be raised. He specifically uses the possessive word “thy” to express that it is those who have died in the Lord that are the ones to be raised in the resurrection he is talking about here. Isaiah also acknowledges he will also be raised in the resurrection of God’s saints.
The dead saints are the ones who “dwell in the dust”, and they will awake from their sleep of death to sing mighty praises to the Lord. Dew, as mentioned here and in other scriptures, is symbolic of God’s blessings that refresh us, renew us, and revive us. The resurrection of believers in Christ will be our time of refreshing when the earth will release our bodies from the grave.
Isaiah provides us with a brief glimpse of what will happen after our resurrection in verse 20. We are invited to enter into the chambers of our heavenly mansions which have been prepared for us by Christ. God cares about us so much that he wants to shut us away to be hidden in heaven (our lives are hid with Christ in God) for our protection so our bodies, souls, and spirits will not have to suffer his indignation otherwise known as the great tribulation. We will be hidden for a “little moment” while the brief period of the tribulation takes place on Earth.
Verse 21 tells us the purpose of the great tribulation. It is the time when the Lord will rise up to punish sinful mankind for their evils. The murderous deeds of evil people will be exposed. The cries from the blood of those who have been murdered will finally be resolved with God’s judgment. There will be no more murderous cover-ups and unsolved cases because God will reveal everything that has been kept secret by evil persons and his judgments will be executed swiftly, unlike it has been in the past where he has been longsuffering.
Praise be to God for the wonderful deliverance of his saints!
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–