That Day is Here
By Kim Larsen
Isaiah 4:1, “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man saying, “we will eat our own food and wear our own apparel; only let us be called by your name, to take away our reproach.
I came across this verse as I was studying another topic and it got my attention. We must take a closer look at it!
Isaiah is looking at the future. We know that when the Bible speaks of a woman in prophecy that He is talking about a church. Where do we see seven churches in Scripture? Revelation chapter 1 introduces the seven churches that will exist throughout the ages. The names are symbolic of the different periods of the Christian Era. The number 7 indicates completeness, and is symbolic of the fact that the messages extend to the end of time, while the symbols used reveal the condition of the church at different periods in the history of the world
1. Ephesus- The loveless church
2. Smyrna- The persecuted church
3. Pergamos- The compromising church
4. Thyatira- The corrupt church
5. Sardis – The Dead Church
6. Philadelphia- The faithful Church
7. Laodicea- The Lukewarm Church
Sadly, we are in the time of the Laodicean church. Revelation 3:14-19 describes our condition. We are neither cold nor hot, because of our lukewarmness it makes God wants to vomit. We don’t realize our condition or we just don’t care. Another characteristic of this church that Isaiah points out is that we want to eat our own food and wear our own apparel. That is to say that we want to have our own doctrines that may or may not agree with the Word of God. Some of these doctrines are unbelievably diabolical. I’ll discuss two of these in my next post. So what could be wrong with wearing our own apparel? Revelation 3:18 tells us the answer, “I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed.” We want to do things our way! We think that what we do is so great for God. He tells us that all our works are as filthy rags. We need Christ’s righteousness!
The last thing that Isaiah points out to our condition is that the woman wants to be called by one man’s name. She wants her children to be legitimate. This one man is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. So, this church wants to have doctrine other than the Bible states, she wants to do her own works to be religious but she also wants to be called Christian. Sound familiar?