“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” (Is 4:1)

This is a parable: seven desperate women hold one man begging him to marry them. Seven women take hold of a man. So, who are these seven women? Spiritually, the man is a symbol of Christ and the woman is a symbol of the church. The church is called the Body or the Bride of Christ. The seven women represent the seven churches in the Book of Revelation. They are backsliders, worldly believers. They want to ‘marry’ Christ. They choose Christ for themselves! But this is the truth: You did not choose God. You did not want salvation. It God who has chosen to save you! It is by His grace alone! This is the Biblical pattern: The man choses his wife! Christ choses His Living Stones to build His church! Only in Christ the guilt and the reproach of sin can be removed. Jesus died for our sins! Not because we merit, not because we pray for it. It is the grace of God. We are saved not because we have food and clothes, but it is the mercy and the grace of God. This is God’s sovereign will. He calls, choses and saves those whom He wants. Nobody can force God, bribe God or deceive God into salvation or eternal blessings.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Judge of all the earth. He is described here as the Branch of the Lord, beautiful and glorious. He shall execute judgment upon all sin. His judgment starts with His House, His Church, His Bride. The Lord will purge His Church and by His Blood, He will remove any stain of sin. Jesus Christ is the Baptizer with the Spirit and fire. He will ‘wash away the filth of the daughters of Zion… by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning”. Fear God and obey God! That is the whole duty of man!

But you, Child of God, fear not! God has promise to protect and guide His people as He did in the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit will be His pillar during the day and the cloud of fire in the night time. But you need to submit to God! You need to move on with God. Study the Word and pray that you may be truly saved becoming a mature believer! The Spirit shall circumcise your hearts. God shall perform His surgery. The Bride of Christ shall be pure and beautiful. ‘The fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing’. The remnant who survives the fire of His Jealous love shall be called holy. This is the work of God displaying His glory. May we be the partakers of such a wonderful blessed promise! In Jesus name, amen!

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