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Isaiah Four

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Isaiah 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.

seven women. The male population would be so devastated in the coming invasions of Assyria and Babylonia that women would be seven times as numerous as the remaining men.

Isaiah 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.

In that day. The term “that day” usually refers either to the “day of the Lord,” especially the end-time period of judgment, or to a more immediate period of judgment, which is a type of the other.

the branch. “The branch” is a prophetic name for the coming Messiah (see also Jeremiah 23:5; 33:15; and Zechariah 3:8; 6:12). The reason for the use of this term is more clearly seen in Isaiah 11:1, where a “branch” is seen growing out of an apparently dead tree stump.

Isaiah 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:

Isaiah 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.

Isaiah 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.

every dwelling place. In the promised kingdom age, each family among the redeemed in Israel will enjoy the same totality of divine protection as did the Israelites in the wilderness during the forming days of the nation (note Exodus 14:19-20; Numbers 9:15-16).

Isaiah 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.