159: Isaiah 4:2


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365 Prophecies: Prophecy 159

The Messiah, “the Branch,” shall be seen by Israel as beautiful and glorious on the day that her eyes are opened, and she receives Him as her Savior.

Old Testament Prediction:

Isaiah 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing For those of Israel who have escaped.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Romans 11:25-27 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.

Matthew 24:15-27 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Revelation 12:13-16 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

Application:

The Hebrew word for Branch is Netzer, from where the world Nazarene may be inferred. This is known as a Hebrew “play on words” that implies that the Messiah will come from the line of David, and He will be referred to as The Nazarene. Seventeen times in the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as Jesus of Nazareth. *[1]

See Prophecy 180 and Prophecy 291 for detailed information on the Messiah as The Branch.

Here Isaiah describes the Branch as Glorious For those of Israel who have escaped.

When the Branch will help Israel escape:

According to the prophecy of Daniel 9:27 (See Prophecy 312), in the last days a seven year period of Tribulation will come upon the entire world. In close proximity to the Rapture of the church, a new world leader will emerge who will capture the attention of every nation. He will come to prominence by orchestrating a seven year peace plan between Israel and the surrounding nations. The Bible calls this man the antichrist, the beast, and the son of perdition.[2]

Just three and one-half years into the new seven year peace plan, the antichrist will cause the abomination of desolation, described by Daniel chapter 9 and Matthew chapter 24.

Matthew 24:15-27 (Jesus speaking) “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

An image of the beast will be placed within the Holy of Holies in the newly rebuilt temple. This statue will come to life and command the people of the world to give their worship to the beast.

Revelation 13:14-17 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Where Israel will escape to:

Jesus warns Israel, in Matthew 25, that when they hear this command to worship the beast, they should flee Israel as quickly as possible. Their journey out of Israel will most likely take them to the rock city of Petra in Jordan, where the Lord promises to protect the fleeing inhabitants of Israel for the final three and one half years of the Great Tribulation.

Petra from Wikipedia[3]

The Book of Revelation describes this event in poetic language. The woman is Israel, the beast is the antichrist, the wilderness is the desolate desert area in western Jordan that leads to the city of Petra. One thousand two-hundred and sixty-days, is a period of three and one-half years, the last half of the seven years, called The Great Tribulation.

Revelation 12:6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

Map escape rout of Israel[4]
Possible escape route of the Jews from Jerusalem

During the time of Israel’s flight from Jerusalem, the beast will dispatch his armies to destroy the fleeing Jews. God will supernaturally open a fissure in the earth to swallow the armies of the beast. This miraculous event by supernatural power from God will open the eyes of the Jews and cause them to receive Jesus as their Messiah.

Matthew 24: But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

• The woman: Israel (Revelation 12:1)
• Two wings of a great eagle: Carried by the Lord (Deuteronomy 32:11)
• The Wilderness: Petra (Isaiah 16:4)
• A time and times and a half time: 3 ½ years (Daniel 7:25)
• The serpent: satan, the beast, the antichrist (Revelation 12:9)
• The Flood: A great army: When the enemy comes in like a flood”, (Isaiah 59:19)
• The Earth opened its mouth: A fissure in the earth (Numbers 16:32)

At the moment of Israel’s realization that Jesus is their long-awaited Messiah, they will see Him as The Branch that Isaiah predicted, in chapter 4:2. This will be the fulfillment of this 159th Prophecy.

Isaiah 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing For those of Israel who have escaped.


NOTES:
[1] Using a word or phrase that has two meanings “It’s a play on words – Example: I suppose by calling a hairdresser’s ‘A Cut Above’ they were hoping to give themselves a more sophisticated image. http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/a+play+on+words.
[2] 1 John 2:18, Revelation 13:1, 2 Thessalonians 2:3
[3] Used by permission from the Wikipedia Commons. Bernard Gagnon, April 15, 2010, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Al_Khazneh.jpg
[4] Imagery copyright 2013 Terrametrics, Map data copyright 2013 Googlemaps GIsrael, ORION-ME, Used by permission under Google permissions: http://www.google.com/permissions/geoguidelines.html

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