Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 4

The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 4

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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.

     On the surface, And in that day refers to that tragic period of the last chapter.

     Seven women shall take hold of one man. Now, any number could have been used here because with the coming controversy there will be many, many men killed in battle, so much so, that multiple women will want to attach themselves to one man and marry him.

     But I think that the Holy Spirit chose seven because it represents spiritual completeness.

     We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel. These seven women just want the name of the man, they will support themselves, and they don’t have to be maintained, as required back in Exodus 21:10 concerning marriage of many wives:

     Exodus 21:10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. KJV

     To take away our reproach. This will eliminate other Jews talking about these women behind their back, doing things this way would keep everything within the law.

     Spiritually, the verse is talking about the number 7 and a wedding and such and this should bring to mind the 7000 of His Election who were “wed” to Him back in the first heaven/earth age and who will play a major role in these end times because they are the counterpart to the 7000 fallen angels, from Genesis, chapter 6, who will come out of that pit, along with Satan/Antichrist, and be a part of his locust army.

     Protection for us during these times, while we’re still in these earthly bodies, is the apparel called the gospel armor. Our protection against the “fiery darts” of Satan, or his verbal attacks on us and his attempts to lead us into perdition.

     We can read of this armor in Ephesians 6:

     Ref: Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

     Ref: Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

     Ref: Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

     Ref: Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

     Ref: Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

     Ref: Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

     Ref: Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

     Ref: Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

     Ref: Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; KJV

     This protection is especially necessary FOR His Election because Satan will pay special attention to them throughout. His spiritual attacks on them will be relentless. Remember, Satan doesn’t want your earthly body, he wants your soul. But he will use your earthly body, through temptation and such, as a way of getting into your soul.

     And if we love and follow Him, He takes away our reproach and gives us blessings instead.

     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.

     The branch of the Lord is, of course, the Messiah. It is referred to as a branch here because it’s still a part of the whole tree but we can take it back to when it was just a sprout coming from that seed that began with David.

     Look closely and we have the seed, sprout, branch and tree.

     Is it still a mystery then why, when personal computers were at their birth and the Windows operating system was being written, that they used a directory tree to organize directories and branches to show sub-directories?

     Didn’t know that, did you?

     Who are the escaped of Israel? His Election. And these Chosen ones are not limited to just the Jews because the Gentiles were grafted into that tree as well.

     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:

     We’re talking about the Book of Life here and the Lord’s Day. When is that day? On the last day of this heaven/earth age, the age that you and I are living in right now. It’s also the first day of the Millennium, that 1000 year period of teaching and discipline.

     He that remaineth in Jerusalem. There’s going to be a separation going on, on this day as well, because we don’t just all willy-nilly jump into the Millennium, so let me describe, in some detail, what happens during this separation:

  •      First and foremost, Satan is going to be locked in that bottomless pit for the entirety of this 1000 years. He and the 7000 fallen angels, all his buddies, his demons and evil spirits…everything that is evil is in the pit for 1000 years.

  •      Ref: Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. KJV

  •      Remaineth in Jerusalem becomes easily understandable is you read chapters 40-48 in the book of Ezekiel. All of those chapters deal with the Millennium and it will all happen right there where Jerusalem is today and in that area.

  •      Now, the separation: those who overcame during their time in these earthly bodies will have their souls on the right side of the gulf in Paradise:

     Ref: Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. KJV

  • Those that did not overcome during their time in these earthly bodies will have their souls placed on the left side of that gulf in Paradise.

  • Those souls that did not overcome, those souls that were protected by our Father while they were in these earthly bodies, will be the ones that will go through the Millennium. They will be taught the true Word of God without any interference from Satan or anything else that is negative:

     Ref: Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. KJV

  • And lastly, those souls that are His Election, those souls that justified themselves in the first heaven/earth age will be the teachers and the judges during this time of 1000 years. Their special reward comes with being able to live just outside the Temple and being able to go inside and serve our Lord:

     Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. KJV

     That’s what happens on the final day of this earth age, this time that you and I are living in right now. Some of us will be fortunate enough to be here and witness all these events WITHOUT experiencing a physical death of this earthly body.

     How many of you are reading this right now and saying:

     “Not me, brother! I’m not going through that! I’m going to be raptured out BEFORE any of this happens and then come back with Christ AFTER it’s all over.”

 

     Please raise your hand……that’s what I thought.

     Sorry, but that’s not what the Scriptures say is going to happen, so you need to start reading and studying and finding out exactly what the truth is, don’t continue to let yourself be lied to by people that could care less about your soul and care more about the tithes coming in and people telling them what a great preacher they are.

     You’ve still got time but you need to do it now. It’s the beginning of 2016, make this one of your resolutions…..that you’re going to do something to save your soul from going into the Lake of Fire!

     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.

     The only way that our Lord Jesus Christ can wash away the filth of the daughters of Zion is for them to believe that He is, indeed, the true Messiah, and that He shed His blood for the forgiveness of their sins and to repent of said sins.

     The spirit of burning. The same Holy Spirit who sanctifies believers by the fire of affliction......

     Ref: Malachi 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

     Ref: Malachi 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. KJV

      .....dooms unbelievers to the fire of perdition:

     Ref: 1st Corinthians 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

     Ref: 1st Corinthians 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

     Ref: 1st Corinthians 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. KJV

     The brightness of His coming will bring everything to order.

     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.

     A cloud within the Holy of Holies, the central room in the Tabernacle, indicated the presence of God Almighty and a cloud with lightning flashes in it showed His presence during the night.

     The same situation applied when the children were wandering in the desert for forty years: a pillar of a cloud during the day and a cloud with flashes of lightning during the darkness.

     What about this word defence:

  • Defence -- OT:2646 chuppah (khoop-paw'); from OT:2645; a canopy:

     What is a canopy used for? Provide shade.

     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. KJV

  • Tabernacle -- OT:5521 cukkah (sook-kaw'); fem of OT:5520; a hut or lair: KJV - booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, tent.

  • Covert -- OT:4563 mictowr (mis-tore'); from OT:5641; a refuge: KJV - covert.

  • Root Word -- OT:5641 --  cathar (saw-thar'); a primitive root; to hide (by covering), literally or figuratively: KJV - be absent, keep close, conceal, hide (self), (keep) secret,  surely.

  • Refuge -- OT:4268 machaceh (makh-as-eh'); or machceh (makh-seh'); from OT:2620; a shelter (literally or figuratively): KJV - hope, (place of) refuge, shelter, trust.

     Now that we’ve brought the Hebrew words into English, let’s read this verse with the English words inserted:

     "And there shall be a booth for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of shelter, and for a refuge from storm and from rain."

     Our Father takes care of His own. He always has, He always will. Don’t ever forget that, at a minimum, according to Revelation, at least one-third of all souls that He created will follow Satan and the 7000 angels into the Lake of Fire.

     There are other places that say that Satan will deceive the entire world and there are millions and millions of souls that have lived and died believing the lies of the churches that are contrary to the truth of God.

     So, in essence, the souls alive today that truly believe in His Word and know the truth through the Holy Spirit and live their lives according to His Laws and Commandments, as best as they can, are probably few and far between and that makes those souls very, very special to Him.

     During the five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist our Father told Satan that his locust army can do what they will to everyone EXCEPT His children that have the seal of God in their foreheads, their brain, which means that they know the truth:

     Ref: Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

     Which means:

     Psalms 105:15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. KJV

     1st Chronicles 16:22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. KJV

     Who are these souls? His Anointed. His Election.

     You may be one of these souls living today but that doesn’t mean that you get a free pass. If He catches you slippin’, He’s going to thump your gourd for you. Satan will pay extra attention to you because he knows who you are and putting your soul in his “game bag” would really make his week.

     Satan will try to make your life a living hell but we have power over him. Exercise that power. Expel him from your life, anoint your door posts, and clean all the evil spirits out that may have entered on the backs of others.

     We don’t have the power but Jesus Christ does and through His name we end up with the victory.

 

 

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