- Please notice that even the “serpent” (Isaiah 65:25) and “cobra” (Isaiah 11:8) is spoken of in a ‘good, non-cursed manner’, at ‘that time’:We cannot be sure whether these animals (referred to in verses below) are the ones which once lived on earth or are entirely new ones which only exist in some parts of His Coming Kingdom of the Heavens (mysterious verses):“It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD.” (Isaiah 65:24 – 25, NASB)“And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;And a little boy will lead them.Also the cow and the bear will graze,Their young will lie down together,And the lion will eat straw like the ox.The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra,And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORDAs the waters cover the sea.Then in that DayThe nations will resort to the root of Jesse,Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;And His resting place will be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:6 – 10, NASB)Some parts of Heaven doesn’t have any lion either:“The scorched land will become a poolAnd the thirsty ground springs of water;In the haunt of jackals, its resting place,Grass becomes reeds and rushes.A highway will be there, a roadway,And it will be called the Highway of Holiness.The unclean will not travel on it,But it will be for him who walks that way,And fools will not wander on it.No lion will be there,Nor will any vicious beast go up on it;These will not be found there.But the redeemed will walk there” (Isaiah 35:7 – 9, NASB)Similarly, for plants too:We cannot be sure either if these plants once lived upon the earth or are entirely new ones created at that time onwards:“The wilderness and the desert will be glad,And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom;Like the crocusIt will blossom profuselyAnd rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy.The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,The majesty of Carmel and Sharon.They will see the glory of the LORD,The majesty of our God.Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.Say to those with anxious heart,“Take courage, fear not.Behold, your God will come with vengeance;The recompense of God will come,But He will save you.”Then the eyes of the blind will be openedAnd the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.Then the lame will leap like a deer,And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.For waters will break forth in the wildernessAnd streams in the Arabah.” (Isaiah 35:1 – 6, NASB)“Let the wicked forsake his wayAnd the unrighteous man his thoughts;And let him return to the LORD,And He will have compassion on him,And to our God,For He will abundantly pardon.“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,So are My ways higher than your waysAnd My thoughts than your thoughts.“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,And do not return there without watering the earthAnd making it bear and sprout,And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;It will not return to Me empty,Without accomplishing what I desire,And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.“For you will go out with joyAnd be led forth with peace;The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.“Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,And it will be a memorial to the LORD,For an everlasting [age-during] sign which will not be cut off.” (Isaiah 65:7 – 13, NASB)” ‘The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none,And their tongue is parched with thirst;I, the LORD, will answer them Myself,As the God of Israel I will not forsake them.“I will open rivers on the bare heightsAnd springs in the midst of the valleys;I will make the wilderness a pool of waterAnd the dry land fountains of water.“I will put the cedar in the wilderness,The acacia and the myrtle and the olive tree;I will place the juniper in the desertTogether with the box tree and the cypress,That they may see and recognize,And consider and gain insight as well,That the hand of the LORD has done this,And the Holy One of Israel has created it.“Present your case,” the LORD says.“Bring forward your strong arguments,”The King of Jacob says.Let them bring forth and declare to us what is going to take place;As for the former events, declare what they were,That we may consider them and know their outcome.Or announce to us what is coming;Declare the things that are going to come afterward,That we may know that you are gods;Indeed, do good or evil, that we may anxiously look about us and fear together.Behold, you are of no account,And your work amounts to nothing;He who chooses you is an abomination.“I have aroused one from the north, and he has come;From the rising of the sun he will call on My name;And he will come upon rulers as upon mortar,Even as the potter treads clay.”Who has declared this from the beginning, that we might know?Or from former times, that we may say, “He is right!”?Surely there was no one who declared,Surely there was no one who proclaimed,Surely there was no one who heard your words.“Formerly I said to Zion, ‘Behold, here they are.’And to Jerusalem, ‘I will give a messenger of good news.’” (Isaiah 41:17 – 27, NASB)P/S:King Solomon did speak of plants and animals too with the Wisdom of God:“He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.” (1 Kings 4:32 – 34, NASB)“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:27 – 29, NASB)
Jonathan Ramachandran is founder at AnonymousChristian.org which serves as a Christian Blog discussing the Greater Hope of Biblical Christian in Christ Alone. He is also an IMO (International Math Coach) and a featuring Guitarist for many bands.