“Alpha and Omega,” Israel & New Breed
Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future) From God
Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God
Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister
Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future
Dross – Scum Skimmed From The Surface of Silver
Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.
“The Branch Of The Lord,” Isaiah 4:2) 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. Jeremiah 23:5. 3) 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: 4) 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. 5) 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 Defence. 6) 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 (Hiding Place) from storm and from rain.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – In That Day: Speaks Of The Future Revelation Of The Glory Of The Lord On The Earth (2:2-4). The Branch Of The Lord. Christ, Will Be Glorified, so the earth will be released from its curse, producing All That God Intended it to produce in The Beginning (Psalm 65). v3, recorded: The record of births in Jerusalem (Psalm 87:5, 6) may be related to The “Heavenly Book” (Exodus 32:32; Psalm 69:28; Daniel 7:10; Revelation 20:12). v4, The Spirit Of Judgment … Burning means “A Fiery Judgment.” Through the process of a Purging Fire, which outwardly Consumes the Faithless, and inwardly Purifies the Faithful, God Will Produce A Holy City. v5, Cloud and Smoke: God’s Protective Covering over the Restored and Sanctified Mount Zion. v6, Over the Cloud and Smoke on each dwelling will be The Tabernacle, Manifesting Gods Protection Of His People (Psalm 91:1, Revelation 21:3).
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v2-6, Not only the setting forth of Christ’s Kingdom in the times of the Apostles, but Its Enlargement by gathering the dispersed Jews into The Church is foretold. Christ Is Called The Branch Of The Lord, Being Planted By His Power, And Flourishing To His Praise. The Gospel Is The Fruit Of The Branch Of The Lord; All The Graces And Comforts Of The Gospel Spring From Christ. It Is Called The Fruit Of The Earth, because It Sprang Up in this world, And Was Suited For The Present State. It will be good evidence that we are distinguished from those merely called Israel, if we are brought to see All Beauty In Christ, And Holiness. As a Type Of This Blessed Day, Jerusalem should again flourish as a Branch, and Be Blessed with The Fruits Of The Earth. God Will Keep For Himself A Holy Seed. When most of those that have a place and a name in Zion, and in Jerusalem, shall be cut off by their unbelief, some shall be left. Those only that are Holy shall be left, When The Son of Man Shall Gather Out Of His Kingdom Every Thing Which Offends. By The Judgment Of God’s Providence, sinners were destroyed and consumed; But By The Spirit Of Grace they are Conformed and Converted. The Spirit Herein Acts As The Spirit Of Judgment, Enlightening the mind, Convincing the conscience, also as A Spirit Of Burning, Quickening and Strengthening the affections, and making men Zealously Affected (Influenced and or Touched) In A Good Work. An Ardent Love To Christ and souls, and Zeal Against Sin, will carry men on with resolution in endeavors to turn away ungodliness from Jacob (The father of Israel, representing all twelve tribes). Every affliction serves a Believer as a furnace to purify them from dross (scum); and (Give) the Convincing, Enlightening, and Powerful Influences Of The Holy Spirit, (and) gradually root out their lusts, and render them Holy As He Is Holy. God Will Protect His Church, And All That Belong To It; and those that have it Are Kept By The Power Of God. But only those that are weary will seek rest; only those who are convinced that a storm is approaching, will look for shelter. Affected (Influenced and or Touched) with a deep sense of the Divine Displeasure, to which we are exposed by sin, let us at once have recourse to (go to) Christ Jesus, and Thankfully Accept The Refuge He Affords (Provides).