Since I can remember I have been a walker. Used to walk in the woods at my grandma's farm when I was a kid. Magical. Lived in cities most of my life and I would always gravitate to parks, golf courses and railroad tracks for a little solitude. But city streets can be interesting too, back alleys especially. Sunday morning is prime walking time. Hardly any traffic or people about.
Snapped this photo yesterday as the rising sun was burning off the mist hanging over the swamp. It is interesting, that in the Bible, the act of walking is used in relation to a course of life; hence, the Bible uses the expression walking with God. I had a walk with God yesterday. Wasn't much of a breeze though.
Was reading Isaiah the other day. When I was originally writing the Isaiah series I didn't grasp the meaning of the fourth chapter, which starts off: "And seven women will grab hold of one man in that day, saying: “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothing; only let us be called by your name to take away our disgrace.”
"Seven women" ought to tip us off that this is a high symbolic prophecy. Seven is used throughout the book of Revelation, seven eyes, seven spirits, seven thunders, seven trumpets, etc. Women are used in a symbolic way too. Jesus has a bride - a woman. Seven women represent the bride of Christ, at least those on earth when the bridegroom arrives. Except, their engagement to him will not necessarily be a happy time of flowers and friends and champagne, as most human weddings. Jesus comes during the bleakest period in human experience. Christians will be scattered to the four winds and humiliated. Salvation will not be an ordinary, pedestrian affair. We will have to beg God to save us. No other way. Those chosen to be with Christ will have to plead for their salvation.
How do we know the seven women are the wise virgins in Christ's illustration? Because the fourth chapter of Isaiah goes on to say: "In that day what Jehovah makes sprout will be splendid and glorious, and the fruitage of the land will be the pride and beauty of the survivors of Israel. Whoever remains in Zion and is left over in Jerusalem will be called holy, all of those in Jerusalem written down for life."
The Kingdom of God is splendid and glorious and when the full number has been brought in the heavenly Jerusalem will be holy.
Even more interesting, considering that the Governing Body has made themselves bloodguilty by their claim that the vaccines are a gift from Jehovah, even as untold numbers (Jehovah knows) of trusting souls have already perished, the next verse says: "When Jehovah washes away the filth of the daughters of Zion and rinses away the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst by the spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning..."
I think the fourth chapter of Isaiah is the shortest chapter in the book, but there is a lot packed in there.