Bible passage: Isaiah 35:1-2
Written: Between 701-681 BC
In Isaiah 35:1-2, the prophet said that although Israel would become a desolate land, its deserts would one day bloom again.
Isaiah lived about 2,700 years ago, about a century before the Babylonian empire conquered the land of Judah and forced many Jews into exile about 2,600 years ago. The exiles later returned to their homeland about 2,500 years ago, and began a process of rebuilding their homeland, its primary city of Jerusalem, and their temple in Jerusalem.
Here is Isaiah 35:1-2 (NIV):
1 The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.