|THE SEVEN SISTERS OF ISAIAH 4
The seven women of Isaiah 4 are the seven end time churches. "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." (Is. 4:1).
Because the "And" indicates that this is a continuation of Isaiah 3, the preceding chapter tells us the
meaning of "And in that day." The seven women seize the man during the time of the judgment of the
living. "The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of His people, and the princes thereof: for ye
have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What mean ye that ye beat My people
to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God." (Is. 3:14,15). The ancients and the princes
are alive, which indicates that this is a judgment of the living. The following chapter, Isaiah 5, gives the
specifics of the judgment. (See No. 35, "The Judgments of Isaiah 5"). This chapter, Isaiah 4, is about the
formation of the Kingdom of God.
Here is the whole chapter, which is only six verses. "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. 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. 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: 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. 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 defense. 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." (Is. 4:1-6).
Before discussing the seven women, here is a verse by verse discussion of the other five verses. "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." (Is. 4:2). "The branch of the Lord" is His people which He
has planted in His Kingdom. They will "be beautiful and glorious" in His eyes, without spot or blemish.
"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." (Is. 60:21).
"The fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely," their children will be healthy and good-looking and
righteous. "He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the
face of the world with fruit."(Is. 27:6). God will plant Jacob in the earth, He will "cause them that come of
Jacob to take root." The first instruction given to mankind will continue in force. "And God blessed them,
(Adam and Eve) and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply..." (Gen. 1:28). So "Israel shall blossom
and bud" and bring forth children.
Children are called the fruit of mankind, but saints are also fruit. As Christ said; "I am the vine, ye are the
branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit." (John 15:5). True
converts to Christ are "fruit." So it is that the children born in God's Kingdom, the fruit of His purified
people, will be saints.
Those who "are escaped of Israel" are God's people who escape God's judgments on Satan and survive
the end-time. They are the people to whom the promises of this chapter are made.
"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: 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." (Is. 4:3,4).
This is similar to the final judgment, in that there is "the spirit of judgment, and... the spirit of burning."
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book
was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written
in the books, according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast
into the lake of fire." (Rev. 20:12,15). This verse refers, however, to an earlier judgment of those living
members of the church, because it specifies Zion and Jerusalem, "he that is left in Zion, and he that
remaineth in Jerusalem."
Zion is the biblical name for the Kingdom of God. "What shall one then answer the messengers of the
nation? That the Lord hath founded Zion and the poor of His people shall trust in it." (Is. 14:32). Jerusalem
is the symbolic name of the original end time church. "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the
mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains (denominations), and shall
be exalted above the hills (small independent churches), and all nations shall flow into it. And many
people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain (church, house) of the Lord, to the
house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion
shall go forth the law (Zion, the Kingdom of God, is where the God's Law is perfectly kept), and the word
of the Lord from Jerusalem (the prophetic message comes forth from the original end time church, then
from all the end time churches)." (Is. 2:2,3).
Christ said, "And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake (describing the end time persecution of
Christians), but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." (Matt. 10:22). So it is that by the end of this
judgment, those in the Kingdom of God and those in the end time churches will all be without spot or
blemish, holy in the sight of God, they "shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the
living in Jerusalem."
This verse also promises purification, particularly of women, "the Lord shall have washed away the filth of
the daughters of Zion." The way that the women have displeased God is found in Isaiah 3, right after the
reason for God's judgment of the great men, their treatment of the poor. (See Is. 3:14,15, quoted above.)
"Moreover, the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth
necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet..." (Is. 3:16).
The punishment of the unrepentant daughters of Zion during the plagues is the subject of Isaiah 3:17-24.
The concern here is their reform. They must stop being proud of their beauty, "haughty." They must
cease to adorn themselves with makeup and skimpy clothes to draw everyone's attention, looking around
to see who is admiring them, "walk with stretched forth necks." They must cease to flirt with all men,
"wanton eyes." (Flirtation and exhibitionism should be private, between spouses. "Marriage is honorable
in all, and the bed undefiled..." - Heb. 13:4 - Consensual games in private will not defile your marriage
bed.) They must cease to wear heels so high that their movement is unnatural, "walking and mincing as
they go." They must cease to wear ankle bracelets and adornments that call excessive attention to
themselves, "making a tinkling with their feet."
The purification is accomplished by a spiritual message. "In that day there shall be a fountain opened to
the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness." (Zech. 13:1). This
message is part of the fountain used when "the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of
Women have been long taught that beauty is a surface thing. Them have been made to feel ugly for their
weight, their average breasts, their imperfect features, and so forth, in order to sell them products. This
barrage of messages disparaging the average woman comes from Satan, who wishes to make women
insecure enough to displease God. What pleases God is a beautiful Christian spirit, and service to God
and mankind. When the daughters of Zion turn away from the world and toward God, "the Lord shall have
washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion."
"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 defense." (Is. 4:5).
Wherever the glorious Kingdom of God is found on earth, "upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and
upon her assemblies," God will erect a defense, "upon all the glory shall be a defense." This defense will
be similar to the pillar of smoke and fire which protected the tribes of Israel when they left Egypt, "a cloud
and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night." "And the Lord went before them by day in a
pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light, to go by day and
night." (Ex. 13:21). The pillar of smoke and fire protected Israel from Pharaoh's army. "And it came
between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them (the
Egyptians), but it gave light by night to these (the children of Israel); so that the one came not near the
other all the night." (Ex. 14:20).
As the Lord recreates the pillar of smoke and fire to protect His people, He will also recreate the
wilderness tabernacle. "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." (Is. 4:6). It is prophesied that the
gathering of the Kingdom of God will be similar to the exodus from Egypt. "And I will bring you out from
the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and
with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people,
and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the
land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God." (Ez. 20:34-36).
The tabernacle was the place where God brought the prophetic message forth. "This shall be a continual
burnt offering through your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the
Lord: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee." (Ex. 29:42). Because of Christ, there is no more
burnt offering. "And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off (crucified)...and He shall
confirm the covenant with many for one week (the seven years of His ministry to the Jews of Judah, three
and a half years before His crucifixion and three and a half years after): and in the midst of the week (as
our Perfect Sacrifice) He shall cause the sacrifice (burnt offering) and the oblation (other temple
offerings) to cease..." (Dan. 9:25,26). Because of Christ, there is an daily offering of unleavened bread
and wine, the emblems of His sacrifice (His body and His blood), mornings and afternoons. The daily is
kept in the tabernacle.
All the Law is kept in the tabernacle, exactly as specified by God and as amended by Christ, who gave us
a new dispensation. This allows God to dwell with us as in the days of the wilderness tabernacle. "And I
will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify both Aaron and his sons, to
minister to Me in the priest's office. And I will dwell among the children of Israel (in the physical presence
of the Holy Ghost, who spoke God's words to Moses - see Ez. 9:3), and will be their God. And they shall
know that I am the Lord their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among
them: I am the Lord their God." (Ex. 29:44-46).
When the tabernacle is holy because the Law is kept there daily, and the priesthood is holy in their deeds
and habits, God, in the form of the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, will dwell among us. "And many nations
shall be joined unto the Lord in that day, and shall be My people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and
thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto thee (you will know the messengers). For I, saith
the Lord, will be unto her (Jerusalem) a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory (Holy Ghost) in the
midst of her." (Zech. 2:11,5).
As part of the process that brings us to this wonderful situation of God dwelling among us, seven women
grasp one man. "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." (Is. 4:1).
The seven women take hold of one man, Christ. This is not the plastic Jesus (with a name meaning
beloved son of Zeus), who brings us the Sunday Sabbath, Christmas and Easter. This is Christ the Jew,
whose Hebrew name Yeshua means God's salvation. This is Christ who kept Passover, Pentecost,
Tabernacles, the New Moons and the Saturday Sabbath and all the Law. This is Christ the Lawgiver who
gave us the bread and the wine as the Emblems of His sacrifice. This is God's truth of Christ, not Satan's
The seven women are seven churches, specifically the end time churches. Women are the symbol of
churches in several prophecies. An excerpt from No. 19, "Prophecies Of The End Time Church" follows.
""In Hosea 2, the church is judged as an adulterous woman who has strayed from her husband, God. In
punishing her, God says, "I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her
Sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned
incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers,
and forgot Me ... " (Hos. 2:11,13)."
""This punishment came to pass as the feasts ordained by God as "a statute for ever" (see Lev. 23)
ceased to be observed in the Christian church between 300 and 600 AD as great wealth and power and
intrigues with kings by church leaders replaced Christ-like meekness and humility in the Middle Ages."
""But in the next verse, God promises to lure the church into the wilderness and restore His gentle
prophetic guidance to her. "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and
speak comfortably unto her." (Hos. 2:14). America was literally a wilderness when the first Christians
came, lured by the promise of religious freedom. God speaks comfortably to the church through the
mouth of American prophets."
""Further God promises to be a husband to the church rather than her master and to protect her. "And it
shall be in that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call Me Ishi (man, husband); and shalt call Me no more
Baali (master). And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the
fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and
the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely." (Hos. 2:16,18). The church's place of
safety is God's Kingdom on earth."
""Also, God promises to give the gathering of the lost tribes of Israel to the church (see Rev. 7) and the
valley of Achor for a door of hope. "And I will give her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for
a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day she came up out of
the land of Egypt." (Hos. 2:15)."
""The first thing to note is that this church is a continuation of the congregation that came out of Egypt,
the one true church throughout all the ages. Second, let's talk about the vineyards God gives her. "For
the vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel." (Is. 5:7). So when God gives the woman "vineyards from
thence," he is promising to cause the woman to find and gather the lost tribes of Israel, who he scattered
into the lands that became Christian."" (For more on this subject, see No. 19, "Prophecies Of The End
The woman in Revelation 12, is also a symbol of a church. Here is an excerpt from No. 18, "The Song Of
The Harpers." "And when the dragon (a guise of Satan) saw that he was cast unto the earth, he
persecuted the woman that brought forth the man child. (As a false church is depicted as a whorish
woman, the one true church throughout the ages is characterized as a holy woman; the man child she
brings forth is Christ, whose message she preserved.) And to the woman were given two wings of a great
eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times
and half a time, from the face of the serpent. (The church flees from the destruction of Jerusalem into the
gentile lands where God protects her.) And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the
woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. (As water from Christ's mouth, true
doctrine, promotes eternal life, water from Satan's mouth, false doctrine, promotes spiritual death. A
veritable flood of false interpreters in the church spew out Satan's unholy water.) And the earth helped
the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his
mouth. (This refers to the destruction of Satan's ministry that has hoodwinked the people. It is in the
immediate future.) And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of
her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Rev.
The final verse of Rev. 12 is proof that the woman is the end time Christian church, they "keep the
commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." The end time Christian church keeps all
the commandments, especially the seventh day Sabbath.
The seven women are the seven end time churches. They take hold of Christ the Jew. They promise to
"eat our own bread." Bread is a symbol of the body of Christ, who was the Word of God. "And the Word
was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the
Father), full of grace and truth." (John 1:14). "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me hath
everlasting life. I am that bread of life." (John 6:47,48). Each church continues its historic emphasis on the
Word of God, they each "eat our own bread."
The seven women promise to "wear our own apparel." The traditional form of services and priestly
garments in these churches will not change. They will, however, direct their worship to the one true God
and His Son, Christ, Yeshua the Jew. They will worship God exactly according to His instructions and the
instructions of His Son. They will keep God's Sabbath and God's Bible Feasts instead of Satan's Sunday,
Easter and Christmas.
Because they will be walking in Christ's footsteps, keeping the Sabbath and Feasts that He did, they will
be called Christians in truth, "only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach." The reproach
of the Protestant churches was that they followed a man, the Pope, instead of God. When they repent and
reform, God will take away their reproach.
(Houteff interpreted the seven women as seven apostate churches. For an explanation of the
discrepancy, see No. 45, "Satanic Counterfeits.")
Amo Paul Bishop Roden