Vs. 2 If the word “branch” was spelled with an upper-case “B,” the Branch would be referring to Jesus Christ. But in this verse it is spelled with a lower-case “b”... The Lord’s Israel is compared to the branches of an olive tree. Imagine a picture of a genealogy family tree with the branches representing various children in a family. In this case, Assyria is going to chop off ten of the twelve major branches (tribes) and Judah is going to chop off one. The one branch remaining (the remnant which is not lost or destroyed) is the branch referred to in this verse.... the branch is US! Cool!
The branch is described as beautiful, glorious, excellent, and comely. This is a description of US!!! The “fruit” represents two things...
1) fruit in the scriptures often is associated with children... one’s seed.
2) It can also represent Israel’s works in the latter days...works which are excellent and comely.
Vs. 3 Holy means that it is consecrated; it is given to God. In other words, I can become holy. I can give myself to the Lord and His purposes in the temple.
In 2 Nephi 13, Isaiah talks about Israel as a woman. Her daughters have a cheap, overdone look. Now, in vs. 4, the beauties of the daughters of Zion are not described as being the beauties of the world, but the beauties of holiness.
What is the spirit of burning? It is the Holy Ghost (you know, “The Spirit of God like a fire is burning…), which will purge and cleanse away the filth of the world from the daughters of Zion. But there will be opposition, so we must take a stand! We must fight!
Vs. 5-6 “Every dwelling place...” this means every home... the Lord is going to create something over every home so that we will be safe and protected when Lucifer tried to get at us... “Assemblies...” Our branches, wards, and stakes of Zion. “Glory of Zion...” The words “glory of Zion” is alluding to an Old Testament time, when the children of Israel were wandering in the wilderness, and they had a portable temple in the midst in the midst of them. We are being told that the Lord lives with His people (pillar/cloud).
Note the words, “the glory of Zion shall be a defence...” The temple is described in 2 Nephi 14:6 as being...
1) a shadow in the daytime from heat, and
2) a refuge (like a fort / castle), and
3) a covert from the storms and rains.
People will gather to Zion for refuge.... everyone will want to come to it. Everyone will gather to those places of refuge to feel of peace and safety that is found there... And the saints will gather to the temples to find refuge from the heat, etc. It will be like a mountain. Mountains of the ancient world were places of revelation - places of security.
What did you learn?