Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation of jackals, where each lay, there shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
The promised “times of restoration of all things” ( Acts 3:21 ) after Jesus Christ’s return will include healing of the disabilities that have plagued humanity throughout history. Jesus Christ gave a foretaste of this in the healings during His ministry ( Luke 7:22 ), but the fullness of healing will come after His second coming.
In addition to the physical healing of eyes and ears, God also promises to open spiritual eyes and ears to understand His truth and way of life ( Isaiah 29:18 ).
Isaiah then returns to the picture of the deserts being restored by life-giving water. Jamieson, Fausset and Brown’s Commentary gives this insight into the parched ground: “Rather, ‘the mirage (Hebrew, Sharab, the sun’s heat) shall become a (real) lake.’”
Again this view of the coming Millennium carries both physical and spiritual implications, as the “parched ground shall become a pool” and “rivers of living water” (the Holy Spirit) will flow ( John 7:37-39 ).