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Rabi -the Abundance

…and when we reached the level of the Ghor (that is the Jordan plain) behold, the wilderness had blossomed like the rose. It was the most unforgettable sight - sheets and sheets of varied and exquisite colour - purple, white, yellow, and the brightest blue (this was a bristly sort of plant which I don´t know) and fields of scarlet ranunculus. Nine-tenth of them I didn´t know, but there was the yellow daisy, the sweet-scented mauve wild stock, a great splendid sort of dark purple onion, the white garlic and purple mallow, and higher up a tiny blue iris and red anemones and a dawning pink thing like linum.

                                                    Gertrude Bell

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We met two thousands of the  Sebahs upon their march, descending  into the plain where we  were reposing, from the Belaz, a mountain pass, with all their  fine mares, little colts, little camels, little children, and  hideous women, with the  most  extraordinary  head-dresses and extraordinary rings at their noses, and preposterously tattooed in flowers and frightful figures.”

     Lady Hester Stanhope, 1813

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 recompence; 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 with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

The Bible, Isaiah 35: 1-10

The text to the right from the prophet Isaiah tells the same story of life in abundance coming forth in the desert. There are many more citations showing this in Isaiah, Habakuk, Micha, Judges, Jeremiah. All of them tell about the day of the Lord, the Day of Judgement in connection with the desert of Arabia coming to life like in RABI.

See also here!

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