ISAIAH AND THE USE OF “RAIN” AS A SYMBOLIC TYPE

In the Book of Isaiah, there are many references to rain or water. The prophet Isaiah often uses such references to water or rain to convey the concept of revelation falling from heaven to prosper the Lord’s people Israel.

 Isaiah 55:10-11

10  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 Once the reader of the Bible understands this relationship between rain and revelation, then further meaning is derived from the Book of Isaiah that might otherwise be hidden. In fact, Isaiah teaches that revelation from God to man through his servants the prophets will not always be available to his children on the earth.

Isaiah 3:1-2

1  FOR, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

2  The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,

Realizing the connection between references to water and revelation, the above citation gives us insight into the Lord’s intentions concerning revelation from Heaven to his children on earth. Isaiah predicts a time when the Lord ceases to give revelation to his servants the prophets. He will take away the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water. And, this action on the part of the Lord is clarified in verse 2 above to mean that he will remove the prophet. This same prediction is repeated by Isaiah:

Isaiah 5:5-7

5  And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

6  And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

7  For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.

 Here the Lord tells us through the prophet Isaiah that the time will come when he will no longer attend to his vineyard but will lay it waste. And he makes the specific prediction in verse 6 that he will “also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.” If there were any doubt as to the meaning of the Lord’s vineyard in this context, the prophet Isaiah clarifies it in verse 7: “For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel.” Hence, we see here the same prediction as before—a time when the Lord will withdraw his prophets from Israel and cease to give revelation to them for a certain period.