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Isaiah 4 The Passion Translation (TPT)

One Man

Seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own food and wear our own clothing; just take away our disgrace and let us be called by your name.”[a]

The Branch of the Lord

In that day, the branch of Yahweh
    will be beautiful and glorious,[b]
    and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and glory
    of the remnant of Israel.
Then the remnant in Zion and Jerusalem,[c]
    those who are written for life[d] in Jerusalem,
    will be called holy.
And the Lord has washed away
    the filth[e] of the daughters of Zion[f]
    and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem
    by a Spirit of justice[g] and by a Spirit of burning.[h]

A Cloud and a Glow

Then Yahweh will create over all of Mount Zion
    and over every gathering a cloud of smoke by day
    and a glow of flaming fire by night.[i]
    And all this manifestation of dazzling glory
    will spread over them like a wedding canopy.[j]
It will be a tabernacle[k] as a shade
    from the scorching heat of the day
    and a safe shelter to protect them from the storm and rain.[l]

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 4:1 This chapter should be viewed as a continuation of ch. 3 regarding the women of Zion. The women of Zion can also be a metaphor for the churches. There is coming a day when the church will become so destitute of answers that she will turn to one man, the Lord Jesus, and take hold of him. We have taken hold of the world, and we have taken hold of clever ideas, but the “seven women” (seven churches of Rev. 2 and 3) are about to lay hold of their Beloved. The church will long for him, that he would feed us his bread and we would wear his garments. We will want to be called by his great name. The shadow of his beauty will remove our disgrace.
  2. Isaiah 4:2 Although the Hebrew word used here for “branch” is somewhat ambiguous, it is clearly a Messianic term (see also Isa. 11:1; 53:2; Jer. 23:5; 33:15; Zech. 3:8; 6:12). Jesus defines himself as the “Vine,” and we who are joined to him by faith are the branches (John 15:1-6). Today, Jesus has branched out through us to bring forth the fruit of his Spirit. This is the Immanuel (“God with us”) character of Christ that increases and grows like a branch carrying his life (Isa. 9:6-7). Our “family tree” is the branch of the Lord in his beauty. The branch of Lord that is magnificent (or “beautiful”) and glorious reveals Christ’s divine nature; the fruit of the earth is his human nature (man was formed from the earth). Jesus is the fruit of the earth, the fruit of the womb of Mary, and the fruit on the Tree of Life. Heaven gave its beauty and the earth its fruit for you and me.
  3. Isaiah 4:3 See Isa. 37:31-32.
  4. Isaiah 4:3 The Aramaic is “written for eternal life.” Some see a reference here to a Book of Destiny, which has written in it the names of those made holy. Perhaps this is the same book Daniel wrote about in Dan. 12:1, or it could be the book David mentioned (Ps. 139:16). Moses spoke to the Lord about his “book” (Ex. 32:32). We also read of the “Book of the life of the Lamb” (Ps. 69:28; Phil.4:3; Rev.20:12) that belongs to the Lamb (Rev. 13:8). For those who fear the Lord, there is kept a “scroll of remembrance” with their names written in it (Mal. 3:16). Jesus reminded his disciples that their true source of joy was not that they could cast out demons but that their names were written in the journals of heaven (Luke 10:20).
  5. Isaiah 4:4 The Hebrew word for “filth” is also translated in the Old Testament as a drunkard’s vomit (Isa. 28:8) and human excrement (Isa. 36:12). The daughters of Zion were haughty in ch. 3. Now they have become humble and repentant, needing the cleansing of the Lord. See Zech. 13:1.
  6. Isaiah 4:4 This is a prophetic metaphor for the churches, Zion’s daughters. God’s people dwell in the Zion realm (see footnotes Isa. 2:3 and 10:24). The Zion realm is a synonymous term for the New Jerusalem (Heb. 12:22).
  7. Isaiah 4:4 Or “judgment.”
  8. Isaiah 4:4 By the Judging Spirit and by the Burning Spirit, the Lord (Adonai) will wash away the filth from the churches of Christ—even bloodstains. The Hebrew word for “Spirit” can also be translated “breath” or “blast.” The blast of justice and the blast of fire are coming to cleanse God’s people. This Spirit of Judgment releases holy vision to see things as God sees them. Decisions will be made by the justice of God, not the prejudices of men. It is not that he merely executes judgment but that he demonstrates perfect discernment to see what is holy and what is not. This Spirit of fire (a possible reference to the baptism of fire, Matt. 3:11) will thoroughly cleanse God’s remnant and make them holy by refining fire (Mal. 3:2-4). A fire of passionate love for Jesus Christ will cleanse the church. The fire of love as a seal over our hearts will keep us pure from temptation and end-time distractions (Song. 8:6).
  9. Isaiah 4:5 See Ex. 13:21-22.
  10. Isaiah 4:5 Or “nuptial chamber.” The Hebrew word ch̦uppâ always denotes the marriage chamber. As part of a Jewish wedding ceremony, the bride and bridegroom would be overshadowed by a canopy (ch̦uppâ). This marriage chamber will provide peace, rest, and security for the bride of Christ.
  11. Isaiah 4:6 The overshadowing tabernacle points to the Lord Jesus Christ, who “tabernacled” among us (John 1:14). This is the same Hebrew word (cukkah) used in Amos 9:11 to describe the “tabernacle (tent) of David” that God promises to restore on the earth with night-and-day worship before the unveiled presence of God.
  12. Isaiah 4:6 The remnant of the lovers of God who have taken hold of one man (Jesus) will be sheltered and protected, even in a time of judgment, just as Goshen provided a refuge for Israel during the plagues of Egypt.
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