ISAIAH 3 ~
1For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah
Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread
And the whole supply of water…”
This probably did have an aspect of famine involved (The 4th Horsemen in Rev.5:6) I believe was fulfilled in Israel/Jerusalem when they were encompassed by Roman armies for about half a year before Jerusalem’s walls were breached by General Titus. Josephus recorded an account of a woman who cooked half of her own child and was saving the rest for later because food was so scarce and people were literally crawling around, dying and being left unburied because of the over-whelming amount of death. She wasn’t just any peasant woman either, she was a well to do woman of nobility.
However, I believe the major fulfillment of this is IN CHRIST, as usual. Jesus is the “Bread of Life” and gives the “Water of Life” whoever, is nourished by Him, will never be hungry or thirsty! The Bread of life and water of life was removed from them and that was far worse than any amount of physical famine or drought! Amos said ~ “11“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD,
“When I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water,
But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. (Amos 8:11)
Back to Isaiah 3~
5And the people will be oppressed,
Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor..
8For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen,
Because their speech and their actions are against the LORD,
To rebel against His glorious presence.
Total disregard for each other. Josephus wrote that the Jews of that generation must have been the most wicked ever and if the Romans had not destroyed them, the earth would’ve probably opened up and swallowed them. It should be mentioned that Josephus was, himself a secular Jew and admitted to favoring the Jewish cause over the Romans.
But, at no time in history (or future) did or will Jerusalem stumble and fall any more than that generation because they rejected the glorious presence of the Lord as those that murdered their own Messiah King.
10Say to the righteous that it will go well with them,
For they will eat the fruit of their actions.
11Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him,
For what he deserves will be done to him.
The only righteous EVER in the history of the world are those who have received Holy Spirit, the Spirit of righteousness, YHWH Tsidkenu ~ The Lord who IS our righteousness through faith in Jesus! It is believed that not one Christian died with the million plus Jews in Jerusalem because they heeded the warnings of Jesus and fled the city when they saw the Roman armies coming (Luke 21:20-24)
13The LORD arises to contend,
And stands to judge the people.
14The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people,
“It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
Jesus prophesied the judgement on the Pharisees and Jerusalem for destroying God’s vineyard in Matt. 21:33-46. They recognized it was about them, hated him and wanted to kill him for it! Jesus immediately launched into 4 chapters of prophesied woe on THAT GENERATION, including Matt.24 (which parallels Luke 21) and describes the “end of the age” (being the Mosaic/Old Covenant age and not the end of the world).
Isaiah 16-26 continues the prophesy of judgement on the “daughter’s of Zion” which are probably offshoots of Judaism/Christianity? in that generation. These verses have a lot of similar sounding ideas to “Babylon the great’s” fall in Revelation 18, which probably was fulfilled on Jerusalem, Judaism or mixture of the Old Covenant within the New Covenant churches.