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Theology Questions: Biblical Prophecy and Marriage

Posted by: Pastor_Don_Milton on Aug 05, 2005 - 08:39 PM
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Speaking of the end times, the Bible says:

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.
Isaiah 4:2

Now what event happens before Isaiah 4:2? Well of course, Isaiah 4:1 and it is written as follows:

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.

Now keep in mind that this does NOT refer to the seven churches of Asia for notice, it says, "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 churches will not be wearing their own apparel. They will be wearing the robes of righteousness provided to them by the Lord. For the churches to claim they would wear their own robes would be tantamount to saying they did not need nor want the robes of righteousness provided by the Lord.

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.
Isaiah 61:10

So it's clear to see that the women spoken of in Isaiah 4:1 are real women in this world marrying real men in this world. Now in what generation have women ever had the economic ability to support themselves as spoken of in Isaiah 4:1? o­nly within the last century have women approached the kind of economic freedom that would allow them to make such an offer to a man, that they would be willing to support themselves, if o­nly he would marry them. Now just because the woman's offer is to support herself, don't think that this will be the case. The verse is simply showing the strength of the desire to have children that the seven women would have in that they would gladly support themselves. It's stating the tremendous yearning that they have to fullfill their destiny as mothers and wives.

To clarify that when Isaiah 4:1 talks about the o­ne man taking away the reproach of the seven women it is talking about the man giving her children, I've given some verses below.

And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: Genesis 30:23

And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked o­n [me], to take away my reproach among men.
Luke 1:24&25

The day is coming soon when Christian men will not fear taking more than o­ne Christian wife for the Lord wants us to be fruitful and multiply. This is not possible if the single women in the church are not given husbands; are not given a man to take away their reproach. Since Isaiah 4:1 must be fullfilled before Isaiah 4:2 is fullfilled we must ask ourselves; will the Lord return o­nly after we are practicing marriage in accordance with the Bible? Remember, this is what Isaiah 4:2 says:

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.

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