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Monday, June 22 2015
Isaiah 4: The Branch Of The LORD Prophecies
"In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the Earth shall be excellent"
Isaiah was given to see many detailed prophecies of the Messiah (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah and The LORD God Our Saviour). Some of them were fulfilled at the Messiah's first coming (see What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?).
Examples (keep the "He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground" verse in mind; we'll read much more about that):
"7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14 KJV; see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?)
Isaiah was also given to see and record many prophecies of the Messiah's return. Notice how the "He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground" as recorded for His first coming will be fulfilled with "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" (verse 2, below).
"4:1 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.
The Messiah is the "Branch" through which the Holy Spirit can produce good fruit, if the "fruit" is willing i.e. "Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified." (Isaiah 60:21 KJV, below). "Israel" was itself a prophecy of the people, called out from all nations (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews), who will be the "born again" eternal citizens of the Kingdom of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and The Patriotism Prophecy).
More from Isaiah:
11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
But what of those "branches" of the main branch that choose to bear bad fruit? What of them? John the Baptist provided the answer - including with a quote of the prophet Isaiah ("Esaias" in the KJV New Testament) that prophesied the coming of John the Baptist: "For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight" (verse 3 below, a quote of "40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." Isaiah 40:3 KJV)
"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying,
Fact Finder: How were Abraham, Isaac and Jacob involved in the "branch" prophecy of the LORD?
This Day In History, June 22
217 BC: The Battle of Raphia. Ptolemy IV Philopator of Egypt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) defeated Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom (a later Seleucid king committed the original "abomination of desolation" of the Temple in Jerusalem; see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation).
168 BC: The Battle of Pydna. Roman (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) forces under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeated and captured Macedonian (see Ancient Empires - Greece) King Perseus at the end of the Third Macedonian War.
1535: A month after the Pope had made him a cardinal, John Fisher was executed at Tower Hill in London after refusing to recognize King Henry VIII as supreme head of the English Church.
1559: Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book was issued. During her 45-year reign, Elizabeth I rejected the Catholic faith, adopting instead the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican Church (see also Is 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust' Really In The Bible?).
1593: The Battle of Sisak. Church of Rome "Christian" troops (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy) defeated the Ottoman Turks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1633: The Vatican's "Holy Office" in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to withdraw his correct scientific teaching that the earth orbits the sun. The (sun-worshipping) Church of Rome taught that the Sun "is the center of the Universe" (see Why Observe The True Sabbath? to understand how veneration of the sun is still found in many of the false teachings of the Church of Rome e.g. "sun day," the "halo," and a "sun rise" resurrection).
1675: The Royal Greenwich Observatory was established in England by Charles II.
1772: Slavery was outlawed in England.
1774: The Quebec Act was passed by the British Parliament. It established French civil law and the British system of criminal law in Quebec. It also enlarged Quebec's boundaries to include Labrador, Iles de la Madelaine and the Indian territory south of the Great Lakes between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers on the west. The Act was replaced by the Constitutional Act in 1791.
1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), after overhearing a U.S. invasion force's plan for a further surprise attack on Ontario (they entered Secord's house where she was tending her husband who had been wounded in an earlier battle), Laura Secord (born in Massachusetts in 1775, her family moved to Canada after the colonial rebellion there) set out on a 20 mile trek to warn British commander James FitzGibbon. In so doing, Laura Secord became a "Paul Revere" to the history of Canada. The invasion was repelled at the Battle of Beaver Dams.
1815: Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second and last time after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
1870: Scholars began translation work on the English Revised Version of the Bible. Released in 1881, the ERV became the textual basis for the American Standard Version (ASV), first published in the United States in 1901.
1911: King George V and Queen Mary were crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1940: 8 days after German troops entered Paris, France signed an armistice in the same railway coach in Compiegne where Germany surrendered on November 11 1918.
1941: Adolf Hitler's "Operation Barbarossa" began when over 150 German army divisions (3,000,000 troops and 3,300 tanks) invaded Russia across a 1,800-mile front between the Baltic and the Black Seas. It was, and is, the largest invasion of another country in history (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1976: Canada abolished the death penalty, thereby joining other many nations that paradoxically sentence murderers to "life."
1985: A terrorist bomb brought down Air India flight 182 off the coast of Ireland, killing 329 people, including 280 Canadians of India origin.
1990: The U.S. "Checkpoint Charlie" was removed during demolition of the Berlin Wall.
2009: Acknowledging the new age of digital photography, the Eastman Kodak Company announced that it was discontinuing Kodachrome Color Film after 74 years.