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This chapter is about the New Zion (in both America and in Jerusalem) being restored and redeemed. The Lord reminds us that He has worked for all these things to be accomplished from the very beginning (verse 1). All who are not of the covenant will see these things unfold, and want to know more about it and admire the goodness of these societies and cultures (verse 2). This will be like the crown of Jehovah, that He accomplished all He promised He would do (verse 3).
In the past, both the land and the people of Israel have been “forsaken” and “desolate”, but the Lord promises they will one day be called “Hephzibah” (“delightful”) and Beaulah (“beautiful”) (verse 4). The land itself will be restored, or “married”, when the continents shift back into one place and one continent as it once was (see also Genesis 10:25; Moses 6:42; D&C 133:21-24). This will be a temporal (Aaronic) working of what will happen spiritually (Melchizedek) when the Church (with its restored ordinances) is “married” again to the Israelite people (verse 5).
To prepare the people for these things, He continues to send Prophets to warn and teach and prepare the people (verse 6). The Lord will accomplish all He has promised, but He invites the people to use their agency to participate in the creation of Zion (verse 7). When they do this, other nations will no longer prey on them and the adversary will no longer have power over them (verse 8). They will be safe temporally, but also safe spiritually, empowered by ordinances of the rebuilt temple (verse 9). The Lord doesn’t just invite the people to participate, but urges them to “cast up”, or ascend, or become righteous, or literally make Aliyah and return to Israel – both a literal return to the land as well as a spiritual return to holiness (verse 10). As they return to the Lord, He will enable and empower them to do this (verse 11)! Everyone will see what the Lord has done, and know they are a holy people – and even see and declare that the Lord has kept His promise, and Israel is not forgotten.