WHAT DID MICAH FORETELL
ABOUT THE SECOND COMING
"For behold, the Lord cometh forth out of His place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. And the mountains shall be molten under Him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place."
Micah seemed familiar with the ancient text of the book of "Enoch." This is the same book that Jude quotes in the New Testament (verses 14-15). The book of Enoch was well known, and used greatly by the early church, because of its clear description of both comings of the Messiah. The Jews of the early church period soon began to push aside the book of Enoch because it so clearly prophesied a Messiah as Jesus. Yet, in Micah's day, the book was not rejected by the Jews. So, Micah had read in it the clear description of the comings of the Messiah.
Enoch 1:4, 6-7
"...He will come from heaven with power with His hosts of angels with Him... All the high mountains will quake and be leveled, they will melt like wax in a flame. All the hills upon the earth will sink, and all on the earth will see destruction."
"All these mountains you have seen will be as wax before fire when the Chosen One appears. As water falls from a cliff so will these mountains fall at His presence."
"The mountains will melt at His coming, the hills shall be as water, and the righteous will not be mistreated any longer."
"Wisdom found no place to dwell after He left heaven. Wisdom left heaven to dwell with men, but found no welcome, so Wisdom returned to His place and again sat in the midst of the angels. Sin came from the place Wisdom had hoped to dwell - Those that Wisdom did not seek, accepted Him. Wisdom dwelt among them, and became to them like rain to the desert, and like dew to the dry ground."
"For this Wisdom has been poured out like water and His glory shall never cease. He is the Perfect One, and sin will not be able to remain in His presence. This Chosen One is equal to the Lord of Spirits, and His glory is eternal."
These and other verses were familiar to Micah, and he understood the comings of the Messiah. It was not God's plan to confuse or deceive the Jews about the comings of Jesus. Many of them did miss the comprehension of the comings of Jesus. Their mistake was a result of greed, sin, and willful ignorance of what they should have known.
ISRAEL SHALL BE REGATHERED
Micah prophesied of the regathering of Israel.
"I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make a great noise by reason of the multitude of men."
"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. 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 Mt. Zion from henceforth even forever."
The nation of Israel went into captivity under Assyria, and later Babylon. After a partial return, the Temple was rebuilt. When they rejected the Messiah, Jesus Christ, God allowed the Romans to conquer and remove many Jews from the land. They were not a nation again until 1948. They are now a "strong nation", and back in the land awaiting the Messiah to reign over them. They will soon realize the rejected Jesus Christ is their Messiah.
TRAVAIL PAIN WILL BE GREAT
"Therefore will He give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth; then the remnant of His brethren shall return unto the children of Israel."
Israel is often shown as a woman in travail pain about to give birth. The Bible shows that the pain will worsen more and more until the ever increasing labor pains result in the birth of the "manchild" (Revelation 12). This "manchild" is the 144,000 Jewish converts to Jesus who will evangelize the world after the rapture of the church. These are the firstfruits of the revival of Israel. The 144,000 Jews will be the first of the many who will finally recognize that Jesus is the true Messiah.
As labor pains increase in intensity, duration, and frequency - so the pain that Israel suffers as a people is ever increasing. The peak of pain and suffering for Israel will come when the Lord turns back to the nation to deal with them for seven years more. This is the time we call the "tribulation." It is at the beginning of the tribulation, that the "manchild" will be born to Israel. By the end of that seven years, many more Jews will be born again.
AN ANTICHRIST WILL COME
"The breaker (Antichrist) is come up before them (regathered Israel): they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them."
A counterfeit Messiah will someday convince many Jewish people that he is the true Messiah. Yet, they shall realize soon, that he is a counterfeit. Many will turn to Jesus at that time.
JESUS WILL DELIVER THESE REGATHERED PEOPLE
FROM THE ANTICHRIST
"...thus shall He deliver us from the Assyrian when He cometh into our land, and when He treadeth within our borders."
The "Assyrian" is one of the titles given in the Bible to the Antichrist. This "Assyrian" will, near the end of the tribulation, come back toward Israel to conquer and annihilate the people of Israel. Jesus will return in time to deliver these people from the evil "Assyrian."
"This man (Jesus) shall be the peace, when the Assyrian (the Antichrist) shall come into our land: and when he (the Antichrist) shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise up against him, seven shepherds, and eight principal (anointed) men."
When the Lord returns to deliver His people, it is predicted that "seven shepherds" and "eight anointed men" will attempt to stop this Antichrist. Little has been speculated concerning the interpretation of this section. These seem to be seven prophets, and eight priests of the last days, following the restoration of the people in Petra to Jesus. These will likely speak out against the Antichrist, and try to convince others in Jerusalem that this Antichrist needs to be rejected. In anger the Antichrist will come toward Israel to destroy these rebellious Jews. God has always wanted His people to evangelize, and lead the world spiritually.
Isaiah also refers to this group of men.
"For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on the prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them, so shall the Lord of Hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof."
As a lion about to devour the prey, the Antichrist will be ready to devour Israel. He will be confronted by this group of re-born leaders of revived Israel. The Antichrist will not fear them. He will seek to destroy them, even though they loudly protest him. The Lord Jesus will proudly see this group of shepherds and anointed men of Israel. He will call the saints (His army) to return from heaven with Him to save these men, and the rest of revived Israel from this Antichrist.
TOTAL VICTORY WILL COME TO ISRAEL AT THE SECOND COMING
"And He (the Messiah) shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; and they (Israel) shall abide; for now shall He be great unto the ends of the earth."
The victory of the Lord Jesus over the Antichrist at the end of the tribulation will bring the nation of Israel complete and total victory. For many centuries the people of the nation of Israel have been mistreated, persecuted, and hated. Yet, in the end of the times, the nation will be elevated to world leadership by Jesus. They had originally been chosen to lead the world in worship of God. Finally, they will assume the position that God had always wanted them to have.
"They shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod (original builder of Babylon) in the entrances thereof: thus shall He deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders."
The conquering nations that have so plagued Israel over the years will all be humbled and defeated at the end of the tribulation by the Lord Jesus Christ. The nation of Israel has longed for this time for many centuries. It shall come, and it shall be soon.
"Now, also many nations are gathered against thee, that say -'Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.' But they know not the thoughts of the Lord... Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron... 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."
MILLENNIAL BLESSINGS WILL COME TO ISRAEL
"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 into it. 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. 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 anymore."
Micah is given a vision of Mt. Zion and Jerusalem becoming the spiritual metropolis of the whole world. People of the world will regularly come to Jerusalem to worship the Lord Jesus, and to be taught by Him. He will be the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Judge, and teacher of all.
Nations will be at peace, and there will be no more armies. The countries will use their resources to grow food, not to produce weapons, and to pay for past wars. Most tax money of today is used to build more weapons, to sustain armed forces for defence, to pay for past wars, to prosecute and incarcerate criminals, to give medical care to the sick and dying, and to rebuild and repair damages done by the criminal element. Ninety per cent of the scientists today are working for the militaries of the world. They are building more offensive and defensive weaponry. When peace suddenly comes to this earth, at the arrival of Jesus Christ, The expense of sin to this world will be eliminated, and peace and prosperity will come. The curse of sin will also depart from this earth, and it will bring forth abundantly.
"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. 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 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. 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."
If you will note, the prophecy of Isaiah is very, very similar to the prophecy of Micah. Micah was an old man by the time Isaiah began his ministry. Micah and Isaiah were likely both in the school of the prophets of that day.
Isaiah, Joel, Habakkuk, Amos, Micah, and others shared together the revelations from the Lord. They often had similar messages.
"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."
Peace will not only mean a lack of war between nations, but there will be peace of mind, a cessation of fear of harm from others. The need to lock ones doors, put in burglar alarms, have a watch dog, and lock valuables up in a safe... will be gone.
"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 forever and ever."
There will be universal revival. All of the world will be serving the Lord Jesus Christ. There will be no more separate denominations, separate branches of Christianity, and the doctrinal disputes and disagreements that such engender. The Lord will be our teacher, and divergence of opinion on what the Word of God has taught will be eliminated by His perfect teaching. All of mankind will live and walk in the authority and power of Jesus Christ during this millennial time.