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The English word "mirage" originated from a French word meaning to be reflected, as in a mirror. As it happens, a mirage, such as the illusion of a pool of water in a desert, or on a summertime highway, is just that - a mirror image. The phenomenon is caused by the refraction of the rays of the sun on a hot surface; what appears as a pool of water is actually just a reflection of the blue sky.

"the parched ground shall become a pool and the thirsty land springs of water"

The Hebrew word pronounced shaw-rawb literally means glare, or quivering glow, but is used to refer to a mirage of water in a hot, dry desert. The Hebrew word is found twice in the Holy Scriptures, in the King James translated once as "parched ground" and once as "heat," both of which are appropriate, and dual in meaning, because they are used in prophecies in which The Lord will rescue people not merely from the religious wilderness that they are in, but also from the religious illusions that have attracted them to be out in that wilderness for so long (see Living Waters).

The Desert The first is found in Isaiah 35:7 where the Hebrew word meaning a mirage is translated as "parched ground," as in "the parched ground shall become a pool" quoted below.

"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of The Lord, and the excellency of our God."

"Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you."

"Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert."

"And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of Dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes."

"And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there"

"And the ransomed of The Lord shall return, and come to Zion [see Who, What or Where Is Zion?] with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." (Isaiah 35:1-10 KJV)

The second is found in Isaiah 49:10 where the Hebrew word meaning a mirage is translated in the King James as "heat," as in "neither shall the heat nor sun smite them" quoted below.

"Thus saith The Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places."

"They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim." (Isaiah 49:8-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: In what different ways is The Lord going to gather His people?
See Spiritual and Physical Gatherings

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