Micah means - "Who is like Yahweh?" Micah ministered at the same time as Isaiah and Hosea, from about 632 - 608 BC. Micah could be considered the confirmation, and second witness to Isaiah, as Isaiah could also be to Micah. Hosea also ministered at the same time as Isaiah and Micah. However, we see the strongest parallels between Isaiah and Micah. Micah gives perhaps the single most profound Messianic prophecy in Mic 5:2. There is strong confirmation of the message of Micah being most revealing in the LAST DAYS.
Because that God's road map for true peace and life has been rejected, there has been a strong delusion sent. The antichrist Road Map of a false peace will lead to destruction.
1 Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
1 Th 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Dan 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
Just a few definitions will let you see how the words of Micah are crying out with boldness and precision regarding this antichrist road map to destruction.
Samaria = Mountains of Israel (Where the antichrist rulers of this world want to establish another Palestinian terrorist state to destroy the state of Israel.)
Israel = All born again people in, Christ Jesus, Messiah Yeshua.
Ephraim = Commandment observant Gentile believers in Messiah
Judah = The righteous nation to emerge from the corrupt state of Israel when the 4 carpenters of Zech 1:18-21 finish their work and the LORD Himself removes the veil and saves the whole nation of Israel in a day. (Zechariah Chapter 12) The nation of Israel will then be known as the nation of Judah.
Micah 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. (The road map is about establishing a terrorist state in Samaria and giving Jerusalem to the pope.)
Micah 1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.
Micah 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
Micah 1:4 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.
Do you see the LAST DAYS Focus of Micah in the words "Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is:" The Lord cometh forth out of his place to come down, and the mountains will melt?
One of the shortcomings of the GJiGT book was that Micah was not included. All of the minor prophets are exploding with detail regarding what is now unfolding on this earth. There is much important instruction there from God to His people. Here are some things the prophet Micah has to say regarding these days in which we now live.
Micah 2:1-3 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.
This time is evil. Woe to the people that devise evil during the night, and rise early to carry it into execution! It is bad to do evil on a sudden thought or to be overtaken in some sin. It is much worse to do it with design and malice of forethought and evil planning. If covetousness reigns in the heart, compassion is impossible. When the heart is gripped with covetousness then soon enough there will be violence and fraud. Look at the fraud of the government and court system today in the American culture of covetousness. The 501c3 churches preach a prosperity gospel in the face of the truth that Jesus said you can NOT serve both God and mammon. You will soon see that most haughty and secure in prosperity, are going to be the first to take the mark of the Beast and the most ready to despair in adversity. Woe to those from whom God turns away! Woe to those who separate themselves. Jesus said because iniquity would abound that the love of many would grow cold. It is happening every day. Stop justifying the separation from the people of God. Yet many will treat you as an enemy when you would dare tell them the truth. This time is evil. That is the truth.
Micah 2:6-7 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame. O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
Is the spirit of the Lord Straightened - grieved, loathed, troubled, ANGRY? Yes, sadly, it is the truth that, NOW, the spirit of the Lord is grieved even to the point of anger. Go ahead and say prophesy not. Do you want smooth words? Do you want the words of the professional flatterers of the apostate churches? Since they say, "Prophesy not," God will take them at their word, and their sin shall be their punishment.
Those who say prophesy not are enemies, not only to God, but to their country, who silence good ministers, and stop the means of grace. Where can anyone be able to stand in this coming storm who have no reverence for God's word? Sinners cannot expect to rest in a land they have polluted. Unrepentant sin will destroy you.
Apply this to our land today in this present time. There is corruption in the world through lust, and we better steer clear and keep our distance from it. Here is not our home; here we have no continuing city. We must diligently seek that city whose builder and maker is God. Because they love not the truth they will be DAMNED (2Th 2:11-12). Since they want to be deceived, God will let them be deceived. Teachers who teach self-indulgence, and self esteem by their prosperity gospel doctrine and example, will have large flocks following them to hell, while they say prophesy not to God SENT prophets. In these last days Micah 2:11-13 is a sure sign of the times.
Micah 2:11-13 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people. 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 great noise by reason of the multitude of men. The breaker is come up before them: 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.
This is a right NOW passage of the conversion of the Jews to Christ. Alleluia! The Lord would not only bring them from captivity, and multiply them, but the Lord Jesus will soon remove the veil and open their way to God. The time is at hand. NOW is the time. Soon we shall see the great work of his Spirit in their hearts, breaking the fetters of Satan. King Yeshua is the only Messiah. The blindness is being removed. The people of God will follow that ONLY Good Shepherd. In His strength, He will break through the enemies that would stop their way to heaven. Alleluia ! Alleluia Yeshua!
Micah 3:1-8 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment? Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron. Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings. Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God. But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
Men cannot expect to do evil, and end well. It is just plain wrong to throw away the road map to that city we seek, the 10 commands of God's Royal Law. Men will ultimately find done to them what they do to others. How do corrupt leaders hear truth that could cause them to turn from their wickedness and live? They will not hear. The sad truth today is that those truths will not reach the ears of those in high positions or in authority, for most are worshipers of Lucifer. Those who deceive others are preparing confusion for themselves.
The prophet has passionate love to God and to the souls of men. The prophet of God has deep concern for God's glory and the salvation of God's people, and great zeal against sin. The difficulties God's men meet do not stop them from the work to which they are called. This strength and resolve and endurance in trials and tests and reviling is not from or of himself. But this resolve comes from the power of the Holy Spirit of the Lord.
Those who act honestly, are those who will act boldly. The righteous are bold as a lion. Those who come to hear the word of God, must be willing to be told of their faults, must take it kindly, and be thankful. They will disqualify themselves if they TAKE offense. Christians do not TAKE offense. That is how you know real Christians, they do not TAKE offense. It is hard to hurt a dead man.
Micah 3:9-12 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.
Hear this Ariel Sharon. May God give you ears to hear. Shimon Peres, you will not hear. Peres your kingdom is taken from you, the handwriting is on the wall you child of the devil, you murderer and traitor to the people of Israel. Zion's walls are not built by men with bloody hands and iniquity. The anger of man works not the righteousness of God. Yet it is godly to be angry about the things that anger God. The disobedience of the leaders of Israel makes me angry. It is righteous indignation. The sin of man works not the righteousness of God. Even when men do that which in itself is good, but do it for filthy lucre, it becomes an abomination both to God and man. Faith rests in the Lord. The anchor of the soul will only hold fast in this coming storm if it grabs hold of the Lord Yeshua Messiah, the Word of God.
There is hell fire and doom for the wickedness of Jacob, especially the leaders of God's people. Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field. This was exactly fulfilled at the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and there is coming a greater fulfillment any day NOW. If sacred places are polluted by sin, they will be destroyed and ruined by the judgments of God.
Micah 4:1- 8 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. 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 any more. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Did you catch that, IN THE LAST DAYS? All of the word of God is MOST applicable to those who are alive NOW. All was written for OUR ADMONITION upon whom the ends of the world have come.
Why do people want to fly away or ignore such a call to participate in the glory of God, and be His witnesses in His great glory? Why?
They want their own plans and they don't want God messing up their plans. That is why. Ready or not, Like it or not, He is coming and He will mess up everybody's plans. It is high time we quit asking Him to bless our plans and start asking Him to bless us by letting us see how we may enter into His plans. Alleluia.
The nations will not so submit to the Prince of Peace. It is not time to beat our swords into ploughshares, or expect war to cease till Yeshua the real true Prince of Peace splits the Mount of Olives. Yet these are some very precious promises. These promises are to His faithful remnant. They will be more and more fulfilled, for He is faithful that has promised. There shall be a glorious church, for God will set it up, in the last days, in the days of the Messiah. We must find our place, know our place and stay in our place. We must overcome the pride and envy. Christ himself will build this glorious remnant church upon Himself as the rock, and the ONLY head of such a glorious church. The faithful remnant will cleave to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and delight in doing his will. The word "halteth," describes those who walk not according to the word of God. We all need to get about getting our limp healed by conforming to the Word of God. The collecting of the captives from Babylon was just a glimpse of the greater last days healing, purifying, and even glory of God in the midst of His last day remnant church.
We are about to enter the millennial reign of Christ that will continue till the end of the millennium when we will see New Jerusalem, the everlasting kingdom of heaven, come down to earth. Let us stir up each other to walk in faith, to walk in the law of God, that we may learn his holy ways, and walk in them, receiving the law from his hands, written in STONE and now being written in our hearts by his Spirit. Alleluia! Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, soon they will be satisfied, in the fullness of our Redeemer's righteousness. Alleluia it is soon.
Micah 4:9-13 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. 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, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. 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.
We see it NOW. These words are for NOW more than at any time. We see it now. Many nations, if not all nations, are assembling against Zion NOW. Now they are set to rejoice in her calamities. The nations do not understand that the Lord has collected them as sheaves are gathered to be threshed. The Lord is about to give the nations the THRESHING of all time. Never was a threshing like this, and never will be again, such a threshing from the hand of the Lord against all the nations that come against Zion, like the one now at hand. The Lord Himself will be in the midst of Zion to keep and strengthen her against all the nations to beat them to pieces. Nothing has yet taken place like this in history, and it is NOW at the very door.
The fulfillment of these words will SOON be fulfilled before our eyes in our time. God has a conquering work for his people to do. He will furnish them with strength and ability for it. Believers will cry aloud under the coming distresses, their cries must be the prayer of faith, and not with despondency, and that is why we must continue pumping FAITH iron by reading and focusing on the Word of God. Alleluia!
Micah 5:1-2 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
We must KNOW the REAL Yeshua, the Real Jesus, Who ONLY can save us from the wrath to come. The REAL Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem. Any Messiah not born in Bethlehem is a FALSE MESSIAH. This prediction of Micah about the Messiah and His kingdom should give tremendous encouragement to the faith of God's people. Micah confirms that the REAL Messiah has His existence from eternity as God, and He is the ONLY Mediator, between God and man, THE Messiah. Alleluia Yeshua! Micah 5:2 is perhaps the most profound Messianic prophecy in all the Holy Bible. The people of these last days should mark this verse well, as a great memory verse. The false messiah will not be born in Bethlehem, he was born in London. This alone should prevent anyone from worshipping him, no matter what his false prophet pope says.
Micah 5:3-6 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. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod 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.
We must KNOW the Real Jesus, Who ONLY can save us from the wrath to come. The REAL Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem. Any Messiah not born in Bethlehem is a FALSE MESSIAH. Micah confirms that the REAL Messiah has His existence from eternity as God. Messiah MUST have Bethlehem be His birthplace. It WAS universally known among the Jews, and NOW it is more widely known among the Jews than most would imagine.
Messiah's government is COMING at the conclusion of this 42 month war of the antichrist on the SAINTS. We will see good government SOON and we will be very happy subjects of the GREAT KING and we will be SOON safe and find that all burdens will be easy in the KING'S Sabbath Millennium. Alleluia. There is even a veiled promise of protection from the Assyrians. Yes even that is a promise of protection to the faithful remnant church and all true believers, from the designs and attempts of the powers of darkness.
Christ is our Peace as a Priest, making atonement for sin, and reconciling us to God. Alleluia, and He is our Peace as a King, conquering our enemies. These words of Micah let us know that our souls may dwell and find rest IN Him, NO MATTER WHAT. Christ will find the way and BE THE WAY to protect and deliver. Those that threaten ruin to the faithful remnant church of God, will very SOON bring ruin on themselves. We are CERTAIN of the ruin of all antichrist powers. This could be the most important single prophecy in the Old Testament. I do hope you see it. It relates to the personal character of the Messiah, and the revealing of Messiah to the world. It reveals Messiah's human birth and the NECESSITY of Messiah existing from eternity. It foretells the rejection of the Israelites and Jews for a season, their final restoration, and the universal peace to prevail through the whole earth in the end of these latter days of tribulation. It gives us great reason to trust our Shepherd's care and power. If He permits the assault of our enemies, He will supply helpers and assistance for us. Alleluia ! The GREAT Fulfillment of this GREAT PROPHECY is at hand NOW.
Micah 5:7-15 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds: And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
You are salt and you are light. Your 501c3 church is not and can not be salt and light. There is a contract with the state that removes the salt and light from the 501c3's. When the whole world around you is demon possessed, you will become like a lion in the forest, like a lion in the midst of the flock of sheep, in the exceeding greatness of His power for His glory. Alleluia. The remnant of true Israel, the redeemed, are among many nations as the drops of dew. We will yet be His instruments in calling a large increase of spiritual worshippers. Those who neglected or opposed this salvation, will SOON have their doctrine condemning them.
The Lord also declares that He would cause not only the reformation of the Jews, but the purification, and the joining of the two houses, the two sticks, will be brought together SOON. We are assured of victory. We must simply depend upon the Lord our salvation, our Yeshua. Worship Him, and serve Him with diligence. Alleluia! What a Great and worthy King!
Micah 6:1-5 Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice. Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD'S controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel. O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me. For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.
This is happening NOW in Israel. The people in Israel are being called upon to declare why they were weary of God's worship, and prone to idolatry. Sin causes the controversy between God and man. God reasons with us, to teach us to reason with ourselves. We need to remember God's many blessings to us and our fathers just as Israel must NOW do. We must REPENT of our unworthy, and ungrateful conduct toward Him.
Micah 6:6-8 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Deep conviction of guilt, and fear of wrath will put those who will be saved on the right path to make the right kind of search for peace and pardon. That is where the ground for our Blessed Hope begins. Alleluia. Otherwise there is NO ground for hope. If God is going to be pleased with us, the ONLY WAY is through the Atonement of Christ. That is the only way that the sin which separates us from God may be taken away. There is NO OTHER satisfaction to God's justice. There is NO OTHER name by which we must come. We have NOTHING to plead as our own regarding the FACT that we are SINNERS. There is ONLY ONE righteousness that could ever allow us to appear before the Holy God. If we do not KNOW the ONLY WAY it is the most horrible of all ignorance.
We are fools to think that zeal, or something very rich or costly could make a way. Only those who are fully convinced of the FACT that we are sinners deserving hell, only that fact of our misery and danger because of our sin, will cause us to give ALL, for ALL is what we MUST give to find this blessed hope and peace and pardon. All proposals of peace, except those according to the gospel, are absurd. NOTHING else can answer the demands of Divine justice. Nothing else can satisfy the wrong done to the honor of God by sin. Nothing else can bring holiness of the heart and the changed life that is the evident token of salvation. Yet we do often see that men will part with any thing rather than their sins. The majority will give up nothing to be accepted of God.
We MUST determine to part with our sins. The simple duty of the creature is to obey the creator. Keeping God's commandments brings a great reward. God has made this known and very plain. All men will be without excuse. Every thought within us must be brought down, to be brought into obedience to God, if we would walk in humble peace with Him.
Micah 6:8 is one of my most favorite memory verses. We must walk humbly with God. Men can not judge the humility of our walk with God. There is a lot of false humility in this world. Nobody can fool God. We are repentant redeemed SINNERS. We are in total dependence on the Redeemer and His atonement. Blessed be the Lord. He is ever ready to give His grace to the HUMBLE who will REPENT. Alleluia ! We love mercy because we KNOW His mercy endures forever.
Micah 6:9-16 The LORD'S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it. Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable? Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins. Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword. Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine. For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.
God, has clearly and plainly showed how necessary it is that we should DO justly. Now we see how plain and simple is the FACT that we have done unjustly. This voice of the Lord says to all, Hear the rod when it is coming, before you see it, and feel it. Hear the rod when it is come, and be smart and listen to the voices of correction and conviction that God brings. The voice of God is to be heard in the rod of God. Those who are dishonest in their dealings shall never be reckoned pure, whatever shows of devotion they may make. What is got by fraud and oppression, cannot be kept or enjoyed with satisfaction. What we hold most valuable we will most likely loose first. Sin is a root of bitterness. The root of sin is quickly planted, but not soon or easily rooted out. Walking right as a child of God in name and conduct, and keeping ourselves in His love, is an honor and blessing. If we backslide, having once been the people of God, is a shame and a disgrace.
Micah 7:1-7 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit. The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net. That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up. The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity. Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house. Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
Can you relate to this? We do mourn and moan that we live among a people bent on ruin. In this course of destruction many good people will suffer. Jesus told us that our own house would be divided and our own family would betray us. Contempt and violation of family duties is a strong sign of the times and a sad symptom of universal corruption. Micah saw NO OTHER safety or comfort but in looking to the Lord, and waiting on God his salvation.
When under trials, we too should look continually to our Redeemer. Jesus can give us the strength. We must find our strength in Him, and TRUST Him. Trust and obey there is no other way.
Micah 7:8-13 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets. In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed. In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain. Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
When I stay focused on the cross and what Jesus endured to pay the price for my sins, then I can find the reason and power to be patient under affliction. When we complain to the Lord about hard times, we are wrong. Understanding what He did for me should cut short my murmuring. We must trust God to work deliverance for us in due time. We must not only look to him, but look for him. In great tribulation we will not despair of our blessed hope of salvation. We must just stay focused on the Lord the God of our salvation by faith. Though enemies seem to delight in crushing us and insulting us, they shall be silenced and put to shame. The Lord is NOW building the walls of Zion. The time is at hand NOW when God will repair Israel. He will save the whole nation in a day SOON. Israel is NOW coming from all the remote parts, and they are not turning back.
Though our enemies may seem to prevail against us, and to rejoice over us, we should know the end will be glorious for us IN Christ. Though cast down, we are not destroyed. We have a sure steadfast hope in God's mercy. We must willingly submit to his correction. For whom the Lord loves, He chastens.
Micah 7:14-20 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvellous things. The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee. Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
The Lord will yet be glorified in His body which is His church. He is well able to take care of His Church. He is the great and powerful Shepherd of the sheep. He will be with us in great tribulation. We are in this world but we are not of it. Alleluia. Heaven is not that bad. We will see the manifestation of the exceeding greatness of His mighty power. We are His witnesses. Alleluia!
Sin brings bondage. God's pardon through the Blood of Yeshua sets us free. They overcame the antichrist beast by the Blood of Yeshua, the word of our testimony and we will not love our lives. Heaven is not that bad. We don't die. We don't play fair in this antichrist war on the saints at all. Alleluia!
When the Lord takes away the guilt of sin, that it may not condemn us, He will break the power of sin, that it may not have dominion over us. When God forgives sin, He takes care that it never shall be remembered any more against the sinner. He casts our sins into the sea of forgetfulness. Alleluia. He puts our sin away for good, He will not remember them. Alleluia. All our sins shall be cast in His sea. When God forgives sin, He forgives all, and does not remember that sin. This is the good news of the gospel to carry us through the end times of great tribulation. Alleluia!
We can look with confidence to our future restoration as part of Israel, the family of God. The Lord will perform his truth and mercy, not one jot or tittle of it shall fall to the ground: faithful is He that has promised, who also will do it. The Lord has given the security of his covenant, we have a Blessed Hope based upon the integrity of the Word of God. He is the rock of our salvation. Alleluia. Alleluia Yeshua indeed.