The Lord Will Bless His People Who Survive

D L Moody was once asked why he urged Christians to be filled constantly with the Holy Spirit. “Well,” he said, “I need a continual infilling because I leak!” He pointed to a water tank which had sprung a leak. “I’m like that!” he said. It’s a … More

Blessing

In this chapter the prophet looks beyond the “Day of the Lord” to that time when the kingdom will be established on earth. In that day women will be desperate to be married (v. 1). He goes from a warning of judgment to a message of comfort. Isaiah is the first prophet to call the coming Messiah by the name “The branch of the Lord” (v. 2) This is a clear reference to Jesus Christ Himself. God will cleanse His people, restore the fruitfulness of the land, and dwell with them as He did when He led them through the wilderness.

The reference to “he that is left in Zion” (v. 3) no doubt speaks of the remnant that will escape the coming judgments of God (Rom. 1:5). After this the Lord will send a fiery judgment to clean the city and its people of their violent deeds (v. 4). These will be those who are blessed of God and enter the millennium when once again the cloud of glory shall rule them by day and the pillar of fire shall guide them by night (v. 5). Evil will not always continue as it does now. The time will come when God will put an end to all evil and His faithful followers will share in His glorious reign.

The chapter ends with a promise that in those days a tabernacle shall stand as the “place of refuge” (v. 6) on Mount Zion. Most Bible scholars would agree that this refers to the millennial temple which will once again stand in Jerusalem during the millennial kingdom and all the nations shall come to it for protection.

Application

No matter how dark the day may get today I can be sure that light is just around the corner. I should be looking and anticipating His return each day. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

Isaiah 4:1-6 (English Standard Version)

And seven women shall 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." In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel. And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning. Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

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