“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.”
This verse is a prophecy of a future time when extraordinary conditions are existing with respect to the ratio of males to females. We find similarity between the conditions at the end of the age just before God’s people enter the promise of the world to come and the conditions in Egypt just before Israel entered the Promised Land.
1. At the time that this prophecy will be fulfilled there is a shortage of men who can sire children. The reasons for that could be many. The men could have been killed off in war. The men could have been systematically eliminated by vaccines or viruses. The male babies could be prevented or sterilized by vaccines and bio-weapons. COVID-19 appears to have a substantial negative effect on male fertility 1 , and that was the reason that I took a look at Isaiah 4:1. Like Pharaoh in the days of Moses the globalists are intent on massive population reduction 2 and one of the means they use to achieve population reduction is sterilizing people with vaccinations or disease. At the time of this prophecy (for whatever reason) fertile men have become a scarce commodity. The women were desperate. Seven of them came after ONE man and they were so desperate they would “take hold of” him.
2. The situation in Isaiah 4:1 appears to be at the end of the world when Israel is back in the Land or coming back to the Land (Isa 11:11). The time of the prophecy is a recapitulation (antitype) of Israel in Egypt before the Exodus. After Joseph died a Pharaoh arose who knew not Joseph. He had the male children of Israel killed in an attempt to reduce the rate of growth of the Hebrew population (Ex 1:16). The practice of killing Hebrew male babies appears to have persisted for about 60 years. It began in the days when Moses was born, and when Moses returned when he was 80, there was a ratio of 1:27 firstborn males to males that came out of Egypt 3. In order for there to have been time to restore a normal ratio of males to females as we observe in the Exodus 4 and yet have this severe discrepancy between males and firstborn males as recounted in Numbers, the persecution of the Hebrew males must have ended before the Exodus. The persecution must have been over long enough for levirate families to have an average of at least 54 children 5, but not so long ago that sons of levirate families would have had time to have many children of their own that would have tended to normalize the firstborn-to-all-males ratio. In order for Moses to have counted a ratio of 1:27 for firstborn sons, the surviving men would need about seven wives each. Each wife would need about 4 sons (8 children) each to produce a ratio of 1 firstborn to 27 sons. Since they were slaves, the levirate families could exist on the rations provided to the Hebrews by Pharaoh. These ancient women in Egypt were like that ones at the end of the world who would “eat our own bread”.
3. The situation at the end of the age is similar to Egypt in that circumstances are so good that the women can bear and raise children without a live-in husband. These women were willing to commit themselves to one man who could sire children in them, but then live alone and care for the children by herself. The Land must have been returned to a state similar to the Garden of Eden to allow women to have life easy enough to bear and support children by themselves. Joel 2:3 says when the northern army invades (I think the invaders are with the Antichrist on fire-breathing horses—Rev 9:17) that the land is like the Garden of Eden in front of the army and behind them the land burns. Israel is “lead the fleet” in God’s order. With God it is always the Jew first and then the Gentile 6. Israel is first in previewing the pristine millennial order during the time they are in their Land just before Jesus comes and restores all things (Acts 3:21, Micah 4:4).
4. One man having seven concubines would likely fulfill Jeremiah 30:20: “Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.” The type of Israel in Egypt where they became so numerous that they were in danger of outnumbering the Egyptian population will be fulfilled in the antitype of Israel at the end of the age where Israel will again be very fertile, even though they have to resort to levirate marriage to make it happen. Like the offspring of Israel threatened to overwhelm Egypt (Ex 1:9), so the offspring in the Land at the time of which Jeremiah spoke “will not be few” (Jer 30:19).
5. Isaiah shows that procreation continues in Israel in the time when they are a living preview of the millennium in which the population grows. The millennium is the time when Jesus begins to sit on the unending throne of David (1 Ki 2:45) in Jerusalem and His kingdom grows without bounds (Isa 9:7). The restitution of all things promised in Acts 3:21 requires that procreation also be restored in “Eden”, because “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth” (Gen 1:28) was commanded before the Fall.
6. In Isaiah’s prophecy we see yet another witness to Jesus’ promise that men would be “Marrying and giving in marriage” (Mt 24:38) at the end of the age.
7. The women initiate the contact with the potential husband. The freedom of women to openly seek a husband speaks of the severe shortage of men and of a time of the emancipation of women to be so bold.
1. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(20)30348-5/fulltext https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7502312/
2. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/georgia-guidestones
3. There were 603,550 males (Num 2:32) but only 22,273 firstborn males (Num 3:42), a ratio of about 1:27 firstborn males a month old and older to males over 20.
4. The genealogies in the wilderness do not show any extreme number of sons (e.g. 27) for a given man nor is there any evidence of levirate marriage.
5. The ratio of firstborn to all males is 1:27. So a firstborn had an average of 26 brothers. The normal male to female ratio is about 1:1, so the levirate families must have had on the average 54 children. Since Moses counted male firstborn babies from one month old and older (Num 3:43) but only males 20 and older (Num 1:3), the number of children per levirate family was probably considerably more than 54.
6. The ratio of firstborn to all males is 1:27. So a firstborn had an average of 26 brothers. The normal male to female ratio is about 1:1, so the levirate families must have had on the average 54 children. Since Moses counted male firstborn babies from one month old and older (Num 3:43) but only males 20 and older (Num 1:3), the number of children per levirate family was probably considerably more than 54.