Isaiah 4

Judgment for Israel, and refuge

 1 ¶ And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.   Seven women There would be tremendous loss of life in the coming destruction of Jerusalem being discussed before the chapter break is0325f. In a secondary and perhaps more important interpretation we see this situation symbolic of the time after the close of probation re2211, when the wicked will want to avoid their fate by hoping for a connection with Christ. Compare am0811, mt0721ff.
.2 ¶ In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.
.3  And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:
.4  When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
  2 - That day - The day of judgment on Israel is0324ff. The beautiful Lord is their Saviour lu2128.
  2 - Branch The Messiah is1101, zc0308. Those who escape death represent the remnant who remain faithful at the end of time re1217.
  2 - Escaped from Israel The concept of the 144,000 follows an equivalent motif. re0704.
  3 - Called holy Isaiah emphasizes the beauty of holiness is0104. Compare ps02902.
  4 - Washed away ... purged It is the process of shaking or purging that purifies ep0526.
  5 - Burning Literally "fire" symbolic of anger.
.5  And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.
 6  And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.
  5 - Create Like the pillar of cloud that hovered over the sanctuary and whose shelter or light extended to the dwelling places of the people, so The Lord will be their "glory and defense."
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