"Zion's Future Glory, the Branch, the City, the Marriage."
Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
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Isaiah 4:1 "And in the 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."
The day spoken of here is "the Lord's day", the day of the sounding of the seventh trump and the coming of the true Christ. The number seven is symbolic, in the same sense that it is written that seven thousand shall not bow a knee to Baal. It shows the completeness to include all those that are part of the Branch, which is to say Christ. They will go with the One Man, which is Christ, and they will carry their own load, and stand where they are, and give forth the words that are placd in their mouths by the spirit of God, and they will not be a reproach to Jesus Christ.
The promise to eat their own bread is to say, they will only take the "body of Christ". That is what we do in the communion service. Remember when the Antichrist comes, the rest of the Christian world that in ignorance followed Satan will stop taking the communion, the bread and the wine, for they will think that Christ is with them. They will have been deceived by Satan's lying wonders and deceiving words. These elect and sealed in their minds of God's Word, will be true to Jesus Christ, and refuse to participate in this thinking set of harlotry that we read about in the Isaiah chapters one through three. God's elect will remain with Christ in all seasons, right up to the time of the harvest at the coming of the Lord.
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."
Here again we are talking about the Lord's day. The "Branch" of the Lord is Jesus Christ. Those that "escaped of Israel" are those that escape the confusion that Satan's deceptions bring upon the earth. That confusion is what "Babylon" of the end times is. You only escape by knowing the truth from God's Word, where by you know that the first supernatural power that come is not Jesus Christ, but Satan, who comes in the role of the fale christ [Antichrist]. There will be no middle of the ground at this time, you will either know, or you will not know. To know the signs of the times, and to expect to see the first supernatural power, and know that that person is Satan will not be a surprise to you.
That knowledge will be sealed in your mind. If you are relying on some fairy-tale, such as the rapture doctrine, or relying on miracles, or even follow angel worship, you will be deceived. Satan is coming with all his fallen angels and they will all be beautiful people, who say the religiously correct words the world wants to hear. They will all be realeased at the sounding of the fifth trumpet, and come at the sixth trumpet.
Revelation 9:4 "And it was commanded them [by God] 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."
Your mind is in your forehead, and the seal is the truth of all of God's Word that is sealed away in your memory. It is what you know to be true, and witness as the events come to pass that are the signs given to us in His Word.
Revelation 9:5 "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of the scorpion, when he striketh a man."
Satan and his fallen angels that are coming shortly will not kill anyone, except those two witnesses that are recorded in Revelation 11:7-11. The torment that is caused is confusion and deception that will come through the supernatural powers that Satan will posses, and you will witness it in your flesh body. When Christ comes you will be changed into your spiritual body called the "incorruptible body", and that is why you must be aware of the fake christ that will come first.
When these fallen angels strike their victims, it will be in the same manner that comes when a scorpion strikes a man. In that a scorpion has no stomach, all the digestive process is done in the person himself. The first move the scorpion makes is to distract, and then to clamp on with it's pinchers. Then the venom paralyzes the victim's nervous system, and the scorpion then vomits on the person and all cells of the person will turn soft and deteriorate as the stomach juices of the scorpion take effect. The scorpion then sucks this in, and goes his way leaving the victim to perish.
Now put this process to a spiritual sense. At the coming of Satan the Antichrist, you will either know or not know who he is. Satans first move is to razzel-dazzle you with his many supernatural powers to draw your attention, while at the same time he grabs you with those lying words of deception, which are his pinchers. Remember from verse four that if you are not sealed with the truth, God told Satan that you can have all men and women, except those that are sealed in their minds. Those acids that turned the cells to soft tissue, and the venom that paralyzed the person are the doctrines and teachings that are in your mind which will convince you that Satan is Christ, when he is not. You will be left unable to know the truth, for remember that all truth, the bread from Amos 8:11 will not be on the earth, only the lies. The only truth is what is in the sealed mind of the elect.
This is what Isaiah is saying, that those of the Branch [Christ] will not go playing the role of the harlot, but will remain loyal and true to the True Christ. We will eat only of our own fruit, and our own bread, and not that of the world.
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:"
This is not talking about living and dying in the flesh, but of your soul. Are you living eternally? God is asking, have you taken hold of that Branch which is to say Jesus Christ? Is your name written in His book? Your name is either written in the Lamb's book of Life, or it is written with all your deeds and acts to be judged in those other books. Those other books are what you sill be judged upon.
Each time you repent in Jesus name after believing in Jesus Christ, then those evil deeds are erased, and only your name remains. This is why repentance is a daily thing, and done immediately after it comes to your attention. We repent to our heavenly Father and not to a mediator, or even your pastor or priest; your sins are between you and God. Once you have repented, you are placed immediately in the writting of the living, spiritually living.
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."
There will be a cleansing of the earth of all spiritual wickedness, and the purging comes from the burning which we read earlier in Isaiah, and in II Thessalonians 2:8. That burning is simply the brightness of the coming of Christ. Satan and his fallen angels can't stand in that brightness, and neither can those that are not written. He will not wash them clean, but wash them away. The Spirit of the Living God will take them away, and they will no longer be there.
They will be on the wrong side of the fence on the Millennium age, and though their bodies will be incorruptable, and not able to age, their souls will still be mortal, and liable to die following the judgment as recorded in Revelation 20:11-14. The death that come then will be the death of their soul, and it will be as if they never existed, even in the minds of their loved ones. We are living in a very exciting time, and we will witness it in our generation.
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."
The covering for your defence is to be with Christ for ever more. It is a bridal canopy that the groom [christ] will provide for His bride [those that love Him, and His elect].
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."
The "covert' is a place to hide and protect you from storms and wind. That covert is being with God. Our heavenly Father created all things and all things are controlled by Him. Nothing happens but what the Father has allowed to come to pass. So when you are in Christ you have the full protection from anything that can happen, and we know that at His coming that all evil and idolatry will be removed forever.
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