Question: Can you explain Isaiah 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.”
Answer: In reading the first three, preceding, chapters you will discover God’s warning of impending judgment upon the two southern tribes; Judah and Benjamin. In prophecy there is usually a primary fulfillment and a future fulfillment of God’s judgment for the sinfulness of His people. Such is the case here. The ten northern tribes, known as Israel, were taken captive in 721 B.C. by Assyria for their rebellion against Jehovah. The two southern tribes, known as Judah, should have learned a lesson from seeing their northern relatives go into captivity; but, they did not.
Isaiah prophesied they would be taken captive by the nation of Babylon, which took place in 606 B.C. about 115 years after the Assyrian captivity of the ten northern tribes. Notice the prophecy in Isaiah 39:6,7,
“Behold the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day; shall be carried to BABYLON: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.” (6) And of thy SONS that shall issue from thee, …shall they (Babylon) take away; and they shall be EUNUCHS in the palace of the king of BABYLON. (7)
Now, referring back to Isaiah 4:1, in reference to “THAT DAY” when seven women shall take after one man. “That day” will have its primary fulfillment in the Babylonian Captivity when many of the men will be killed and many taken captive, such as Daniel and his friends. The future fulfillment will be God’s judgment upon Israel after the Rapture, during the last 3-l/2 years of the Tribulation Period known as the time of “Jacob’s Trouble.”God’s judgment upon Israel as a nation, primarily the Babylonian Captivity, and The Great Tribulation judgment (yet future), could be what Isaiah 40:2 is speaking about.
“…for she (Israel) hath received of the LORD’S hand DOUBLE for all her sins.”
The shortage of men, due to being killed and taken captive by these judgments, will diminish the ratio to seven women to one man. A woman would forfeit the man’s responsibility and buy her own food and clothing; therefore taking away the reproach of being unwed and childless. Remember—every Jewish woman was looking to bear the “seed of the woman” (Genesis 3:15), their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.