Isaiah 4 - Outline of Isaiah (MENU page)
This chapter continues the message begun in ch. 2.
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- v.1 concludes a section of the message dealing with sin and judgment.
In this section, "in that day" refers to the day of judgment (ie., during the Tribulation, or the Babylonian captivity). cp. Isa 2:11,17,20; 3:7,18
seven women shall take hold of one man...- These are women in desperation,
due to the destruction of their nation, and their loss of everything, including their husbands. cp. 3:25,26
we will eat our own bread... take away our reproach- The man to whom they cling
is himself in desperation. He can hardly support one wife, let alone several (though in ordinary circumstances, it would be his responsibility, Ex 21:10). So, this verse emphasizes the message of 2:22. It is much better to trust in God than in man.

I.A.2.c. The Branch in His future Kingdom (4:2-6)
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
in that day- ie., "The Day of the Lord" which includes the judgments of the great Tribulation period, followed by,
the establishment of the Messiah's Kingdom over all the earth which will last a thousand years. Mat 25:31; Rev 20:4
the Branch- this name for the Messiah is used in several ways [adapted from ScofRB]:
  1. The Branch of Jehovah- He is Immanuel, "God with us" Isa 7:14; Mat 25:31 (seen in His glory, at His second coming)
  2. The Branch of David- ie., "of the seed of David according to the flesh" (Rom 1:3; Isa 11:1), the King who will reign on David's throne (Jer 23:5; 33:15).
  3. Jehovah's "Servant, the Branch" (Zech 3:8) who will fulfill His purposes.
  4. The "man whose name is the Branch" (Zech 6:12,13). As Son of man, He is the "last Adam" who restores what Adam lost through sin (cp. 1Cor 15:45-47). Here is the one Man in whom you may safely trust. In contrast to the man of v.1, the love, power, wealth and sufficiency of this Man is revealed in v.4-6.
when the LORD... shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem...- This city is guilty of the blood
of prophets and righteous men, but especially the blood of her Messiah. But she will be cleansed of her guilt (Zech 13:1).
upon every dwelling place... a cloud... and the shining... the glory...- The glory of the LORD's presence,
which rested on the Tabernacle in the wilderness (Ex 13:21,22; 40:34,35), will rest on every home in His Kingdom, for all will be holy unto the Lord.
upon all the glory shall be a defence {HB=chuppah, canopy, chamber, divine protection}-
or, 'the glory over all shall be a bridal canopy.' cp. 'chuppah' in Psa 19:5 (chamber), Joel 2:16 (closet). The Branch is the Bridegroom. (cp. Joh 14:2). He is the Man on whom we should take hold (cp. v.1).

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