ISAIAH 4 ~ ” 1For seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach!”
2In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel.”
The contrast between the harlot daughter’s of Zion in the previous chapter and the “7 women” (virgins) is almost lost even though, there was originally no chapter divisions in the Hebrew scrolls. But just as in Revelation, we see a clear distinction between the true church (the virgin bride) and the harlot (religious structure).
I believe the 7 women are symbolic of 7 churches ( Rev.1:20) and the One man is clearly Jesus. Only Jesus was able to take away our reproach and we are called by his name! The Branch of the Lord is beautiful and glorious and is Jesus. Isaiah 11:1 and Zech.3:8 &6:12 clearly refer to Jesus as “The Branch” because He is the True Vine.
3It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. “
I believe we see a transition in much of the New Testament. The Old things had become obsolete but were still passing away. I guess they still are and that’s why it’s so important to ABIDE in the Branch/Vine, which is Christ. Whoever is IN CHRIST is a completely new creation and in Christ all things have become new! He is currently making all things new and he will continue until Christ is all in all! Those who are left in Zion are holy because Jesus is also the Root of David and if the root is holy; it’s branches are also holy! The ones who are left in Zion were not in a physical location but spiritually “have come to Mt.Zion, to Jerusalem from above!”
4When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning”
This is so clearly past tense. The Churches sins were washed away 2,000 years ago when Jesus bore them on the Cross! The bloodshed of physical Jerusalem was also purged (painfully) from within her midst because THAT generation was guilty of all the blood of the prophets and they even demanded the blood of Jesus on them and their children!
5then the LORD will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy.
Maybe this will literally happen but, I doubt it. Heb.12:18-21 describes how the Old Covenant was based on physical senses ~ “18For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched…19and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them…21And so terrible was the sight…
But, our New Covenant is described in 12:22-24 with things that cannot be perceived with physical senses and are completely dependent on faith. I believe Isaiah’s descriptions are about the Holy Spirit living in us. We would like to see glory clouds, fire and smoke but we don’t need to because we have the inner witness.
Finally back in Isaiah 4:6~
6There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.”
Revelation 7 describes the overcoming church that was going through tribulation during the last days of the Old Covenant similarly ~
15“Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
We already have access to the throne of God (Heb.416Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace…”) and we currently serve him in our bodies 24/7 (1 Cor.6:19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”)
When we abide in Him, He shelters us with his presence (Psalm 91:1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”) and when we consume from Jesus; we never hunger or thirst (John 6:35 & 4:14)…Jesus is already our good Shepherd that guides us (John 10:14) and has given us springs of Living Water, which is Holy Spirit within us! (John 7:37,38)
These prophecies were given specifically for that generation because they experienced the worst persecution and tribulation that the church ever has and ever will! However, they are also for our benefit because “the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever…” (Deut.29:29)
Peter wrote to the believers in that generation~
“10Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you….!” (1 Peter 1:10-12)