The Prophet Micah - Part 1
The Book of Micah is among my richest sources of end time prophecies. The name Micah means "Who is like Yahweh?" Prophet Micah prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah (Mic 1:1). That was during the times that Assyria had already conquered the northern House of Israel and then King Sennacherib threatened the City of Jerusalem later in the southern House of Judah. Therefore, Micah was sent by God to bring warning to the House of Judah, in the same way the other prophets of his time did. Prophets, like the earlier ones we already covered were sent primarily for this purpose.
However, the warnings were not only intended to the people of those times. It also counsels to all peoples. Notice in verse 2:
Not only does his prophecies spread forth throughout the world but also it spans up to the end of times. In her last two passages, he remembered God's promises to the patriarchs:
God's pledge to Abraham is not yet fulfilled to its fullest until the Millennium age and beyond. And so most of his prophecies are yet to happen. Like the other prophets of his time, he warned and gave hope. But that great hope shall not come until all things are accomplished. For example, the prophecy of Micah about Israel's deliverance is not fulfilled yet. Read Mic 5:5-6--
If we are familiar with secular and biblical ancient histories, we know for sure that Israel did not overcome Assyria and never in the past that they ruled over them. Instead Israel suffered a humiliating defeat, the Hebrews got vanished from their land. Since then, they have been called the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Read Israel, The Divided House for more details.
We should understand as we already learned that the prophets were prophesying about the last days Israel, our time and the fulfilments are coming very soon. With these in mind, let us study the details of his prophecies.
God's judgment against his own nations
Mica's prophecies starts immediately about the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord's Second Coming was also described by Peter the apostle as fire melting the elements, everything will be laid bare (2 Pet 3:10-12).
Obviously, Micah's prophecy was talking about the last days transgression of His people and the Day of the Lord. Isa 10: 5-6 tells us that God uses the king of Assyria, the soon to be Antichrist to punish His nation, but God's punishment which is by fire shall be more severe tearing down both Assyria and His people who refuse to repent. Check Confirm the Covenant - History to Repeat Itself to learn about the succession of future wars. Many people will burn like thornbushes (Isa 33:12). But during those times, God will protect His elect.
Read The Last Days Exodus to learn about God's plan of rescuing the elect in the last days. Unlike the first destruction of the earth by flood in the times of Noah, the second destruction is more complete. Fire will destroy all idols and images, the reasons why God was forgotten. Everything that is put up by man will be destroyed making even the city of Samaria bare, molten to become like a rubble fit for planting vineyards (Mic 1:6-7). Samaria is used to symbolize the modern cities of Israel, Ephraim and Manasseh. Jerusalem is still the present city of Judah, we now call Israel, the only Israel we know.
Thereby, everyone is enjoined to weep and wail (Mic 1:8-16). The incurable disease that inflicted Israel will spread to Judah and therefore the Lord will bring also disaster to them. We know that Israel fell in the hands of the Assyrians and Judah, under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. It will happen the same way in the coming wars and that is because of the same sins the chosen people committed in the past. They all turn as prostitutes. History will repeat itself.
God's nation will be populated by foreigners
When the people of Israel were taken away from their land, the Assyrians brought foreigners to repopulate Israel.
The same will happen to Europe in the last days. After those nations have fallen under the modern Assyrians, the people will be driven out. They will be replaced by the people traitor to them. Their possessions seized and distributed to the invaders.
Israel's leaders to side with the enemy
Until they fall, no one among the "prophets" of God can accept that a disaster shall come ahead. These false prophets can not accept the truth that God is against them.
Many of those who have read and heard about my topics on the coming disasters disagree and say, 'No, God is too good to bring disaster. There is no such a thing like God's anger bringing destruction.' Now, I will let Micah answer that. Our sins have piled up high to heaven. When God destroyed Israel, their most common sin was worshipping idols. Well, at least they still believe in god. Nowadays, people do not even believe that God exist. Now we have abortion, one in two couples ends in divorce, strange spirits are universally recognized, and so on. How can He be more merciful to us?
Not only that. The leaders of modern Israel have become the enemy of the people. The leaders will side with the enemy taking away the people's possession and all inheritance to be given to strangers.
The last verse is very important for us to remember. Note the phrase "my blessing from their children forever." God is talking now of His blessing to Abraham. That blessing was continually passed on to Abraham's descendants even after they were expelled by the Assyrians and Babylonians because of their sins. They found a new home in Europe and after an appointed time, they progressed because God remembered His promise to Abraham. Because of sin, their newfound home will be cursed anew finally removing all God's blessing to their possessions. In the last days, their leaders will side with the enemy, the Antichrist, helping him to divide the land for the invaders.
By that time U.S.A. will become isolated and her alliance with Europe shattered (Dan 7:4), wings (Manasseh, the eagle) torn off from the lion, Ephraim. The EU by the way has been supporting a one world government. And because of the assistance of European leaders (who are actually the Ten Horns of the Beast), they will be rewarded by giving them authority to rule the ten regions of the world.
Europeans and allies will escape to the U.S.A.
The land to be distributed will be the ten regions of the world. It will happen shortly before the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Also check Rev 17:12-13 which about the ten kings who will rule with the Antichrist for a brief period. To understand more on these ten kings, please read Who Are the Ten Horns of the Beast? - Part 1 and Part 2. These kings are the same people mentioned by Micah who stripped their own people of their possessions. The Antichrist will certainly find support in them. During those times, people of Europe will be scattered. Some will go to Egypt (Hos 8:13; 9:3; 11:5), Assyria rules over them. They will escape Europe as if it were a house on fire. They will eventually find refuge in America. Let us complete the picture by taking this prophecy from prophet Hosea.
Egypt is now the U.S.A., the modern Egypt. This is again a repeat of history. They will "return" since Israel had been there already before until Moses brought them out. In the last days, many will escape the coming famine (Amos 4:6-8) and will have mass exodus to the U.S.A., the last days Egypt. For the same reason as before, the tribes of Israel went to Egypt because of the famine in Canaan. The Confirmation of the Covenant is aimed at repeating all the highlights of Israel's history in the last seven years. Read this article about the coming world famine. Obviously, Assyria will take advantage of the coming great famine in Europe to invade the land. It is the very same way that the people of Israel suffered starvation because of the crippling three-year siege of King Shalmaneser of Assyria that made their defeat easier. The past is simply the pattern of the events of the future.
The Deliverance of Israel
In the last days, the people of modern Israel will again be scattered, driven away from their newfound homeland. But after God's anger against them will subside, He promised deliverance.
The Lord is now speaking about the Great Exodus when He will gather His elect from the modern Egypt and from everywhere they were scattered because of their enemies. He will lead them toward the Promised Land as He did when they came out of Egypt. The Lord will be at their head like a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.
We will continue with our study of the Book of Micah next time.
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