Then we see something odd. After the removal of the Gentiles, there is joy, rejoicing, singing together, seeing eye to eye and a return to Zion. The emotional setting seems at odds with what we anticipate. Destroying Gentiles and having the trauma of those days would seem to produce mourning and lamentation. It does not. Instead it produces singing in joy.
To redeem Jerusalem is to re-establish the promised heirs upon their own land, and bring again Zion. Whatever bottle-neck of destruction needed to bring that triumph to pass will be worth it. So great will be the peace that follows that it will wipe away all tears. Truth, saving doctrine and being fed by Christ's own message will end all laments. (Rev. 7: 17.)
How is the Lord's "holy arm" made bare? How will "the eyes of all nations" see it? What will the ends of the earth behold, as the salvation of God takes place? Why is it "all the ends of the earth" which will behold it?
What does it mean to "see eye to eye" when Zion is brought again?
Why is Zion to be "brought again" rather than re-built?
If the Lord is to comfort His people, what will that "comfort" include? Why has He consistently used the word "comfort" to describe His visit with people?
Why, when the waste places are redeemed, does it say "Jerusalem" will be redeemed? Is redeeming the "waste places" the same as redeeming "Jerusalem" itself? How does that affect the meaning of other scriptures?
Why are "singing together" and "seeing eye to eye" connected in the same thought?
What does it mean to "become one" as a people? Can we ever accomplish that by acquiring enough "sameness" or "uniformity" in conduct, thought and speech? Is it worth any effort at all to mimic one another? If we are to "become one" how should each of us proceed to accomplish that? How does Christ expect us to become "one?" (1 John 3: 2.)