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The Book of Micah
The little Book of Micah opens in the dark of night. The first three chapters pronounce judgment, predicting future judgment for past sins. But even in the darkness of judgment, a ray of light breaks through. In chapters 4 and 5, Micah prophesies future glory. There will be some judgment in this section, but the main part is glorious light!
The prophecy of Micah could be compared to a Jewish day in that it goes from evening to morning. It opens in the darkness of night . . . the first three chapters pronounce judgment, as we have seen: "Who is a God like unto thee" (Mic. 7:18) in proclaiming future judgment for past sins? But even in the darkness of judgment there was a ray of light which broke through momentarily. Now we have come to a new section, in which Micah prophesies future glory. This we will see in chapters 4 and 5. There will also be some judgment in this section, but the main part is glorious light with every now and then a cloud passing across the brightness of the sun.
Prophecies Of The Last Days, Micah 4:1-8
Micah 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. (KJV)
“The last days” describes when God will reign over His perfect Kingdom. The “mountain of the LORD” is Mount Zion (Jerusalem). This will be a time of peace and blessing, war will be forever ended. We do not know its date, but God has promised that it will come (Isa. 2:2; Jer.16:15; Joel 3:1; Zec.14:9-11; Mal.3:17-18; Rev. chapters 19-22). Just as God promises a time of peace and prosperity, He also promises judgment and punishment for all who refuse to follow Him. Both results are certain.
Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (KJV)
There shall be a glorious church set up in the world in the last days, in the days of the Messiah. ALL the nations will come up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Temple of the God of Israel. There He will teach His ways, so that they may obey Him. For in those days the Lord’s teaching and His Word will go out from Jerusalem.
Micah 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (KJV)
The nations as yet, have NOT submitted to the Prince of Peace, nor have they beat their swords into ploughshares, nor has war ceased. But God gives very precious Promises, relating to the Gospel church, which shall be fulfilled, for He is faithful in ALL that He has promised.
Verses 1-3 is very similar to Isaiah 2:2-4.
Isaiah 2:2-4 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (KJV)
Micah 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it. (KJV)
People then will live quietly in their own homes in peace and prosperity, for there will be nothing to fear. God has promised this! (1 Kings 4:25; Zech. 3:10).
Micah 4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. (KJV)
Israel and all Gentile nations will be eternal peoples and worship the SAME God forever! Micah's idea of all nations walking after their own gods simply emphasizes the consecration of Israel to Jehovah eternally. Israel who has always been prone to walk after every other god but Jehovah, will then be steadfast in Him alone.
The thought here is that in the past people have walked after their own gods, but in the future they are going to walk ONLY in the Name of the One and Only Creator God.
Micah 4:6-7 In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;  And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. (KJV)
Micah is still talking about the millennial kingdom. “Will I assemble her that halteth” God describes Israel as halting, driven out, and afflicted. Notice: “That I have afflicted.” God plainly states He was responsible for what has happened to Israel. God will halt, drive out and afflict anyone who does not obey Him! It is His righteous judgment to do so!
You may want to blame God for your troubles, but just maybe, you should reconsider. When you have knowledge of the true and living God, you cannot turn your back on Him without being punished.
America is coming to this same alarming position and condition. There is a growing ignorance of the Word of God. And even worse, God and His Word is being ridiculed and blasphemed. You cannot make light of God and reject Him and not experience His judgment.
“I will make her that halted a remnant.” Never throughout the long history of Israel did 100 percent of the nation worship God. It was always only a remnant that was faithful to Him. God always preserved a remnant. It always has been just a remnant.
Many today would be surprised if they knew just how few church members were TRUE believers, even though they are quite active in Christian circles and in Christian service. Multitudes in our affluent society have become church members. We are living in a period of pseudo-saints, far from genuine. They have not been born again. Heb.12:6 makes it very clear: “… whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth …” Every child of God will be put through the fire, tested. God puts the heat to those who are His own. The day of persecution shall come to church members, and it will reveal quickly those who are TRUE believers and who are not. Only a few will remain! (Mat.7:13-14).
Micah 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. (KJV)
It sounds like God is talking to the land itself, telling it that its former reign under King David will be restored, and that a far greater Kingdom of the Messiah (the Millennium, the 1000 years) shall come. This has NOT happened yet; this Kingdom has not yet come. If the people of Israel are back in their land for anything, they are back there for the Great Tribulation Period. The Millennial Kingdom is still in the future. The Rapture will be the next thing to take place. It is the next prophetic event that will happen. Then the Great Tribulation; after that, the Millennial Kingdom.
The Near Future, Micah 4:9-10
Micah 4:9-10 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.  Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. (KJV)
Micah predicted the end of the kings. This was devastating to the people of Judah, who thought that their kingdom would last forever. Micah also said that Babylon would destroy the land of Judah and carry away its king, but that after a while God would help his people return to their land. This all happened just as Micah prophesied, and these events are recorded in 2 Chron. 36:9-23 and Ezra 1-2.
Many nations would assemble against Jerusalem and rejoice in all her troubles, then and now! When God has conquering work for His people to do, He will give them power and ability for it. Believers should cry aloud under distress, NOT with despair, but with the prayer of faith. When God reveals the future, His purpose is not to satisfy our curiosity. He wants us to change our present conduct because of what we know about the future.
Forever begins now! What God reveals to us in His Word should motivate us to serve Him, no matter what the rest of the world may do.
The Distant Future, Micah 4:11-13
Micah 4:11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. (KJV)
Many nations are gathered against Israel. The mention of many nations makes it clear that Micah has moved away from the Babylonian invasion and is speaking of something else. The many nations gathered against Jerusalem are mentioned by several other prophets (Joel 3; Zechariah 12 and 14; Ezekiel 38 and 39) and all refer to the War of Armageddon during the Great Tribulation Period. If you will only look at the news, you will see that many nations have indeed gathered together against Israel. They call for her blood, they are more than eager to gloat over any and all disasters that befall her. But my friend, may I bring just one Passage to you, IF you are one who “hates” Israel. Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (KJV) . . . God has promised Abraham (Israel) that He will absolutely bless anyone (individual or nation) that blesses Israel, and that He will curse anyone (individual or nation) that curses Israel. Please don’t hate or curse Israel!
Micah 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. (KJV)
The nations have no idea what God is going to do. They are coming against Israel blindly, unaware that God is bringing them there for judgment. Most people today do not know the Lord, so they certainly do not know the Lord’s thoughts (Isa.55:8-9) or could possibly understand His plan. The nations then, or now, do NOT know that He is gathering them together to be beaten and trampled like bundles of grain on a threshing floor.
God’s judgment is sure, and always right and just. Many people do NOT believe a loving God would bring down judgment on people for their sins. My friend, He shall bring judgment! Just open the Bible and start reading! It won’t be long before you will encounter God’s righteous wrath and judgment on a disobedient person or nation.
Micah 4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth. (KJV)
Rise up and destroy the nations, O Jerusalem! says the Lord. For I will give you iron horns and bronze hooves, so you can trample many nations to pieces. Then you will give all the spoils of war that you took from them as offerings to Me, the Lord of all the Earth. The nations of the world are as sheaves of ripe grain thrown on the threshing floor, and Israel will do the threshing.
Today Israel is a small nation and depends upon other nations, but in that day they will depend only upon the Lord. In that day help for Israel will NOT come from the north (Russia), or from the south (Egypt), or from the west (Europe or the United States), or from the east (China and the Arab countries). Their help will come from the Lord who made Heaven and Earth. These final three verses look forward to the war which concludes the Great Tribulation Period, the War of Armageddon.
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