Well what can I say? It’s sad news.
It comes from Isaiah:
The Lord said:
Because the daughters of Zion are haughty
and walk with outstretched necks,
glancing wantonly with their eyes,
mincing along as they go,
tinkling with their feet,
therefore the Lord will strike with a scab
the heads of the daughters of Zion,
and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts.
Isa. 3:16-17 ESV
Prophecy is an interesting animal. It’s clear and yet mysterious at the same time. It transcends time. It transcends language. It makes “fat cows” to mean “good years” and “skinny ugly cows” to mean “bad years” (Gen. 41). It makes itself known to the foolish and hides its face from the “wise”. Ultimately, it makes you very, very, very uncomfortable. So let’s just ignore and confine this animal to it’s proper cage of 720 BC, eh and not be so…upsetting, eh?
We learned through careful inquiry of the Prophets that “Zion” was the name of the Jerusalem on earth but also of the Jerusalem above, our Mother. Isaiah 40 and 54 are two passages that identify “Zion” with Heaven. There are many others. Zion is the “barren one” of Paul’s quotation in Galatians 4:26. We are taught–quite thoroughly I might add–to love the Father God and to love Heaven by all the writers of the Bible. Honor your mother and your father, after all. So that your days may be long in the “land” your Lord God is giving you, right? This stuff goes deeper than even I can understand. To see one meaning is called grammatical-historical. To see two meanings is to have your head cut off. But I say it is worth it. There is nothing in scripture that says a prophecy can only be fulfilled once. It is the glory of God to conceal things and the glory of kings to search them out—that’s you. And here’s my neck; do what you will, but know this, innocent blood will be on your hands.
What a privilege and grace it is to be called a woman of Heaven! Yes?
So, why are you haughty? Why the outstretched necks? Why the glancing, mincing, jingling? It may be me but I keep finding Eve’s transgression described in three parts. At the tree of knowledge of good and evil the fruit was a “delight to the eyes” and “good for the stomach” and “desirable to make one wise”. Paul follows up on Eve’s beguilement warning the Church herself of straying after a “different Christ” a “different gospel” and a “different spirit” (2 Cor. 11:3-4). John tells us all that is in the world, the “lust of the eyes” the “lust of the flesh” and the “pride of life”. Eyes flirting after vanities, legs mincing(swaying as NIV puts it) , feet running after false wisdom. These are the women of Zion, Heaven. The Lord is going to bring scabs on the scalps of the women of Zion. He is also going to lay bare their “secret parts”. The Hebrew word behind “secret parts” is rated R.
My tent is destroyed,
And all my ropes are broken;
My sons have gone from me and are no more.
There is no one to stretch out my tent again
Or to set up my curtains.
For the shepherds have become stupid
And have not sought the LORD;
Therefore they have not prospered,
And all their flock is scattered.
Jeremiah 10:20-21 NASB
Remember Isaiah 40 and 54 and how “curtains” and “tent” are identified with Heaven.
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them (Rev. 21:3 NASB)
Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain. (Psalm 104:2 NASB)
Who are these shepherds who’ve become stupid?
And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. (Isa. 3:4 ESV)
If I recall, in the New Testament “infants” are those who are new believers or those who have never matured in Christ (1 Cor. 3:1, Eph. 4:14). So let me get this straight—we’re talking about end-time churches that are headed by young dudes who haven’t grown past their need for the milk of the Word and are really, really, really unwise (because “stupid” is politically incorrect you know).
Nah, couldn’t be.
The prophecy of Isaiah continues. It doesn’t look good at all. I’ll leave it to you to figure the rest out. Seek for yourself, it is to your glory, after all.
In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments, dangling earrings, bracelets, veils, headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets, finger rings, nose rings, festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses, hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils.
Now it will come about that instead of sweet perfume there will be putrefaction;
Instead of a belt, a rope;
Instead of well-set hair, a plucked-out scalp;
Instead of fine clothes, a donning of sackcloth;
And branding instead of beauty.
Your men will fall by the sword
And your mighty ones in battle.
And her gates will lament and mourn,
And deserted she will sit on the ground.
For seven (hint, hint) women will take hold of one man in that day, saying,
“We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach!”