Isaiah 4:1-6

Isa 4:1

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.


In that day there shall be such a great slaughter that there will be a literal shortage of men owing to them being killed in battle against the Babylonians.  In Hebrew culture is was a shame for a woman to be unmarried and childless and that is why many women will be willing to marry one man.  In that time a man was the one who went to work or had a business and supported his wife and family but here the women will be so desperate that they are willing to support themselves by supplying their own bread and wear their own apparel not supplied by their husband.  They were willing to do all of this if they would be called by his name.  If the single man accepted their offer, then they too would be in violation of the law.  Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. (Deuteronomy 17:17)  The reproach was that the women were childless and not married which they thought meant they were cursed of the LORD and were contemptible to men.


There is another meaning to this verse.  In Scripture the woman is also symbolic of the kingdom of Satan.  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. (Revelation 17:6)  So here we have seven women going after one man and that one man is the Lord Jesus Christ as they wish to be attached to his name yet they still want to do their own religion their way.  The Mormons claim Christ yet have their own religion.  The Roman Catholics claim Christ but have their own religion.  Even Islam claims he is a prophet but they have their own religion.  Seventh Day Adventists claim Jesus but have their own religion.  Apostate Protestants claim Jesus yet have their own religion.  There are probably others who claim association with Jesus and yet have their own religion, their religious clothing, their own teachings, etc.  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)  Matthew 7:21-23 is the only thing these false religions have as a result of their spiritual prostitution.


Isa 4:2

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.


Here Isaiah jumps to the future when the Lord Jesus Christ will come on the scene.  He is called the branch.  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: (Isaiah 11:1)  The beautiful and glorious will be the time when the Lord Jesus Christ effects salvation for all his Elect because they will have the righteousness of Christ imputed to them in salvation. 


That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:27)


Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. (Isaiah 52:1)


Then the branch will bear fruit from all over the world.  The fruit will be the body of believers and those who have escaped of Israel will be those who have become saved by grace from the keeping of the law.  Those who insist on keeping the law for salvation will experience only damnation.


Isa 4:3

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:


Then here is mentioned the remnant who are left in Zion which is another name for the body of believers. 


1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. 2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. (Psalm 48:1-2)


Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. (Psalm 149:2)


Those who are in Jerusalem shall be called holy and the ones who are called holy are the true body of believers.


Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; (Hebrews 3:1)


But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (1 Peter 2:9)


The living is referring to those who are spiritually alive which is the body of believers who dwell in the city which Abraham searched for which is the New Jerusalem.


Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (Revelation 3:12)


And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,

prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)


All the true believers were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from the foundation of the world. 


And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. (Revelation 21:27)


Isa 4:4

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.


Then Isaiah reverts back to the time at hand where the Lord himself will wash away the filth of the daughters of Zion who had attempted to marry in a polygamous manner.  This is one of those dual meaning verses Isaiah is famous for.  The only way the filth can be washed away is by the gospel of Christ.  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (Titus 3:5)  The LORD will also purge the blood of Jerusalem from the sin of murder to the worship of idols.  It will done by the spirit of Judgment that the LORD will judge each of these sins individually and corporately on the whole nation.  The spirit of burning will be a complete consummation of those sins from off the land.  The Lord will do it himself.  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (Matthew 3:11)  Fire is always present when there is judgment whether it be literal or figurative.


Isa 4:5

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.


During the time of the Exodus the LORD protected Israel when he created a pillar of fire by night and the pillar of cloud by day.  This verse is teaching that God will protect his people from every enemy and he is speaking about those who have become saved.  Satan will have no authority over them nor can he cause them to lose salvation and come back into his kingdom.  His power is limited when it comes to the believer.  Then upon all the glory shall be a defence.  The word “defence” carries with it the meaning of a “chamber or canopy” which would limit the vision of it.  The glory of God will be evident throughout the earth but only limited to the true believer. This means that only those who are saved will be able to see the glory of God and those who are not saved will only see the judgment of God.  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3) 


Isa 4:6

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.


The great tabernacle which will come shall be the Lord Jesus Christ himself who kept the law for the true believer and that obedience was imputed to the believer.  The law only had a shadow of good things to come and a true believer saved by grace never has to worry about keeping any tenets of the law because if a person had to keep the law for salvation, they would face the heat which would be the fires of judgment which we saw in verse 4.  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (Hebrews 10:1)  The LORD will guard his believers from storm and rain which means adverse conditions whether it be calamity or human enemies.  For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. (Isaiah 25:4)