Thursday, January 18, 2018


THE RISE OF CHINA FULFILLS BIBLICAL CURSE FOR TURNING AWAY FROM THE ALMIGHTY GOD

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee…Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand.

The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed always: Deuteronomy 28.15; 32-33

Stephen Leeb is a financial author, wealth manager, and publisher of a family of investment newsletters. He is a recurring guest on CNN, FoxNews, NPR and Bloomberg TV, and has been called “one of the country's foremost financial experts. The following is his view on the rise of China from a purely economic view point which was recently published on King World News. He does not have a Biblical view but his analysis is spot on.


“The year 2017 was full of sound and fury. Historians are sure to have a field day, with an endless stream of head-spinning headlines to pick from to launch their investigations. But as always, sometimes the most important stories – the ones that will likely have the biggest impact on the future – get largely overlooked. Or if they get attention, their true significance is missed.

As we begin 2018, it seemed worthwhile to look back at 2017 to list the items that caught my eye as having particular resonance and to explain how I interpreted them. I’ve reported on many of them previously, but I think they take on new relevance when viewed as a whole. Am I cherry picking? Yes, of course, to some degree. But I think that from a future vantage point it will be clear that the most significant overarching development this decade was a broad shift in power from West to East. The shift is already underway, but the following items are warning signs that it will only accelerate.

Many of these signs point to the near certainty that China will succeed in its pursuit of a new monetary system backed by gold – helping explain why I’m convinced gold is on the threshold of a massive, unprecedented rise…

1) April’s Mar-a-Lago Trump-Xi Summit Meeting
This two-day event certainly didn’t take place under the radar. Even if it had been uneventful, this first meeting between the relatively new U.S. president – who on the campaign trail had ranted against China for its trade practices – and the powerful head of China would have been inherently dramatic. And as it turned out, it was anything but uneventful. As the leaders dined together on April 6, U.S. missiles were bombing an airport in Syria. Heightening the drama, North Korea had just tested a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan. 

The significance: 
While the missile attack on Syria was praised as a sign of U.S. resolve, I see more devious undercurrents at play. I don’t think it was a coincidence that both Syria and North Korea became front burner issues just as Trump and Xi were meeting. Rather, I think Russia had a hand in the Syrian chemical attack that provoked the U.S. response – note that the U.S. warned Russia of its missile attack on the airport before it happened. And I don’t believe North Korea would have acted without permission from China. It suggests coordination between Russia and China aimed at distracting Trump from raising trade issues with China – as indeed he didn’t.

2) Tesla’s Missed Targets
In October, Tesla revealed minuscule deliveries of its highly touted Model 3 electric vehicle, its most modestly priced model that supposedly would bring EVs within the reach of the masses. It managed to produce only a few hundred cars in the quarter, dramatically below what it had projected and nowhere near its 2018 target of 10,000 a week.

The significance:
Tesla’s production contrasts with China’s explosive growth in EV production. In November 2017, EV sales reached 84,000 units in China, more than nine times Tesla’s average monthly sales during the fourth quarter. This points to China’s ability to dominate new-energy-related industries, and at the heart of this is China’s dominance in supply chains and in the resources that EVs depend on, including lithium, graphite, and cobalt. It’s a further reminder that the U.S. tragically lags China in access to the critical natural resources that will be essential not just to our economy but to our military.

3) Trump’s November Visit to Beijing
The elaborate, obsequious pageantry that China staged for Trump masked the fact that the U.S. has seemingly dropped its prior insistence that China give up its encroachment onto islands in the South China Sea.

The significance:
This was a tacit recognition that China’s military is capable of defending these islands and more generally that China can’t be challenged in the East. This bears directly on China’s ability to launch an alternative reserve currency that will replace the dollar at least within the Eastern half of the globe. Why? Because a reserve currency has always gone hand in hand with military as well as economic might, and China clearly has the military resources to protect the territory in which the new reserve currency would hold sway.

4) M.I.T. Study on U.S. Shale 
The study pointed to less potential that is generally believed for U.S. oil production from shale. It said the sweet spots already have been disproportionately drilled and fewer remain. This means obtaining oil from shale will become increasingly expensive and less productive.

The significance:
U.S. shale production has been critical in keeping oil supply able to meet demand. If production falters, oil prices, which already have firmed, will continue to strengthen, and other commodities will rise in their wake. Gold, whose role historically has been to serve as a currency in times of commodity scarcities, will rise even faster

5) China’s Ban on Trading Cryptocurrencies
Over the summer China issued a policy forbidding its citizens from trading in any cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin. Chinese officials viewed the extreme volatility in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a potential bubble that could undermine the economy. Strikingly, however, it allowed the mining of cryptocurrencies to continue. 

The significance
By permitting continued mining, China is letting miners gain valuable experience in creating the blockchains that are associated with cryptocurrencies. The motivation is that blockchains will be essential in facilitating a new gold-backed monetary system. Based on various statements by Chinese officials, I’ve thought for a long time that China’s ultimate intention is not to substitute the yuan for the dollar but rather to replace the dollar with a basket of currencies – such as the SDR – to which gold would be added. Such transactions would be immensely complex, and probably the only way to implement the system effectively would be to record all transactions on blockchains. 

6) Chinese-Saudi Trade Recorded on Blockchains
In December, Bloomberg reported that sometime earlier China and Saudi Arabia had begun conducting some trade that was being recorded on blockchains.

The Significance
I see this as an initial experiment in bringing in blockchains to facilitate international trade, a vital step in creating a new reserve currency. It’s further confirmation of China’s intentions in this area.

7) Paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
NBER is a nonprofit Massachusetts-based organization. In the spring it published a paper that, based on data gleaned from satellite technology, focused on China’s economy in the fourth quarter of 2015. Its conclusion: while China had reported GDP growth of 6.8 percent for the quarter, that likely understated its actual growth. The study said 6.8 percent was the low end of a range whose high end was 10 percent, suggesting that a growth rate of around 8 percent was likelier than the 6.8 percent China had reported.

The significance:
The report buttresses my view that – contrary to the West’s belief that China fudges its data on the upside – China has often deliberately downplayed its strengths. I see this as a tactic to keep the West off its back while it proceeded sub rosa with plans to gain an even greater role on the global stage, particularly by replacing the dollar with a new reserve currency eventually tied to gold. 

8) Bloomberg Study on Chinese Corporate Debt
In December, Bloomberg reported that a study of 4,000 major Chinese corporations showed debt levels had fallen dramatically in 2017. To assess the companies’ leverage, the study looked at the ratio of debt to EBITDA (earnings before interest, expenses, taxes, depreciation, and amortization). A ratio of 1 would mean that the cash a company nets before interest, expenses, taxes, etc. equals the company’s entire debt load. Such a company offers great safety – it’s nearly inconceivable it could go bankrupt. After a decade in which the ratio for the 4,000 companies oscillated around 2, it dropped sharply in 2017 to 1. 

The significance:
The Western world has long believed China has a major corporate debt problem. But in fact, if it ever did – and there’s evidence that in line with downplaying its strengths (see above) China overstated its debt problems – it no longer does. This means China is free to generate rapid growth, including by going all out with infrastructure creation within its borders and in the developing world at large. That will spur global growth and will mean rising demand for commodities, which in turn will be good for gold. And it leaves China strongly positioned to move ahead with its plans for a new monetary system.

9) Confirmation China Will Start Trading an Oil Benchmark in January in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone
This event actually didn’t happen in 2017 – Bloomberg reported it four seconds after midnight on Jan. 1, 2018 – but I’ll cheat by four seconds. 

The significance
I’ve long predicted that an initial step on China’s path to a reserve currency underpinned by gold would be China’s launching of an Eastern oil benchmark. It would begin by being traded in yuan – supplanting the dollar as the currency for oil trading – moving to trade in yuan backed by gold and then to a basket of currencies that includes both the yuan and gold. Trading on an oil benchmark in the Shanghai free zone is enormously significant because traders within that zone are permitted, in contrast to elsewhere in China, to take gold out of the country. It’s perhaps the clearest sign that China is moving quickly to free itself of the dollar.”

My Comments:

In scripture, when the nation begins to fall away from their God, they are warned of the consequences for their disobedience. These ancient warnings are relevant to America because we were founded upon biblical principles by men attempting to follow God.

In Bible prophecy Britain and America are Israelite nations and therefore are accountable to the blessings and curses of Deuteronomy 28. The pride of our power is being broken because of our sinfulness (Lev 26.18-20) through the rise of China and Russia.

The Chinese have long term strategies to be the military and economic power of the world. They know that to accomplish this they must get along with Russia. Together these two nations are rising and will break the power of our sinful nations.

America has no real long term strategy. Our politicians are only concerned with their re-election to office. They pander to the population and compete to earn votes through promises of material goods and services. Americans chase pleasure and ease. Meanwhile, the nations in the east are working hard to establish their power and free themselves from the “American Way” of doing things.

They know that it is only a matter of time, hard work, trading platforms, and military might for them to become the new world power. America is isolated by two great oceans. We are bankrupt by trillions of trillions of dollars. It is only natural that our empire has reached its peak and is now in free fall. We can no longer afford to project our power throughout the globe and thwart the progress of Asia.

This is God’s method of chastising a nation entering into apostasy. In the long run it will produce repentance and a turning back to God…but it will be painful. Many will scoff, but God is prophetically working out His purpose through all this.

The timing of all this will occur in God’s appointed time. It is coming soon. I’ve been following this story since 2008. All of the things that “China was going to do” back then are now in place. A financial crises is soon coming to America. Now is the time to prepare spiritually and mentally for this difficult period.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump have both been used by God to bring these events to pass. These things may take place while Mr. Trump is in office or during the next President’s term, I don’t know. What I do know is that it is near. A new world order is rising that will prepare the way for Yeshua’s second coming in power and glory.

Don’t be fooled. These things will take time to develop and play out. Specific Biblical prophecies must occur before the return of Yeshua. It won’t happen as soon as we would like. It will be a dark time…pray that your generation will not experience the full brunt of the end-times.

Those disciples of Yeshua alive at the time of the end will be tried like gold and silver. It will be worse than anything that has ever occurred on this earth. We are seeing the stage being set now during our lifetimes. Keep focused on Israel and Jerusalem.

When Jerusalem is divided and no longer the capital of Israel that will signal we are on the threshold of the most difficult of times. That has not yet occurred.

That generation will not be raptured out—they will go through the tribulation. Some disciples will be in a safe place symbolized by Bozrah—interceding for those who are going through physical difficulties in the tribulation period. The gospel will be preached in great power to the glory of God.

Now is the time to seek out God’s plan for your life and become prepared for the difficult financial times ahead. Diligently seek the Lord and He will answer. Now is the time!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


The remnant of Jacob: Micah Portends the End of the Age
The previous four posts to this are a study on the book of Micah. This post compliments those previous posts.


A Lion among the Nations

Newscasters and politicians often speak about the dangers of America retreating from global leadership. But they fail to recognize what the Bible says about this massive event. Even many Christian leaders ignore the fact that the Bible is full of prophecy, from Genesis to Revelation—and a great deal of it speaks of this modern trend.

The remnant of Jacob:

One prophecy that carries special significance today is in Micah 5:7-14. This passage is about “the remnant of Jacob.” The patriarch Jacob was renamed Israel (Genesis 35:10). Micah says his descendants would receive great wealth and power from God, and would dominate every other nation. But unlike most other empires, they would use their wealth and power to save and improve the lives of people around the world.

“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 tarries not for man, nor waits 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 treads down, and tears in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off” Micah 5:7-9.

Micah wrote these prophecies after the northern 10 tribes of Israel had already been conquered by Assyria, so he was not describing a period of ancient greatness under King David or King Solomon. He was describing a future time when Israel would achieve superpower status on the world scene. These scriptures describe the generation of Israel just before the Messiah comes.

This generation would possess great power. It would be like a lion among the nations, the king of the beasts. Thus, if you have proved that we are living in the last days, you can identify the descendants of the ancient Israelites simply by locating the global superpower. Which nations have been like lions defending the world from tyrants like Napoleon Bonaparte, Shaka Zulu, Kaiser Wilhelm, Adolf Hitler, Hideki Tōjō and Joseph Stalin? Which nations have been like showers upon the grass, spreading food, technology, free markets and free societies around the globe?

From the start of the 19th century until today, it has been the peoples of Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. who have fulfilled this role. The very existence of Pax Americana is proof that these nations are Israel.

Sudden Destruction

God’s promise to punish Israel for disobedience is reiterated in Micah 5. Here God explains how and why Israel’s time as world superpower will come to an abrupt end.

“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” Micah 5.10-14.

According to this prophecy, at the moment end-time Israel reaches the zenith of its power, God cuts off its armaments of war and throws down its strongholds. He breaks the pride of its power. Why? Because the people have turned away from Him to embrace “witchcraft” and “soothsayers.” This means the people look to false teachers who refuse to teach God’s commands. Instead, they promote lawlessness and moral relativism. They endorse sins like abortion, adultery, drug abuse, homosexuality, lying, Sabbath-breaking and sexual promiscuity. They indulge in shallow religions, false doctrines and even literal witchcraft.

Because of these sins, God is keeping His promise and stripping away the power He gave to the Americans. The same is true of the British. These nations have indisputably rejected the beliefs of the Bible, and they are also losing control of the world’s strategic trade routes, plunging further into debt and suffering serious domestic problems.

The Americans filled the power vacuum the British left behind after World War 2. Now the Americans are leaving behind a power vacuum.

Time of the Gentiles

The greatest prophet of all time, Jesus Christ, told His disciples about the time when the world would be dominated by non-Israelite nations.

“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3). Jesus did not correct these men and tell them that the world as we know it would never end. He answered their question, detailing specific events that would occur when the present civilization comes crashing down (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21).

Jesus said the people of “Jerusalem” would “fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24).

Who are the Gentiles? Most people think that all non-Jews are Gentiles. But the Jews are just one of the 12 tribes of Israel. There are 11 other tribes that are Israelite, and not Gentile.

The first book of the Bible lists the tribes of Israel, and prophesies their fate in “the last days” (Genesis 49:1). Genesis says that the descendants of Joseph’s son Manasseh would become a “great” nation and that the descendants of Joseph’s son Ephraim would become a “multitude of nations” (Genesis 48:19). This prophecy is one of the many proofs that Manasseh is the United States, the strongest nation in world history, and Ephraim is Great Britain, which governed a vast commonwealth of nations.

Jesus said that the “times of the Gentiles” would be a sign of the end time. This means that there had to be what you might call the “times of the Israelites” prior to that. This is the period referred to in Micah and other books of the Bible. Secular historians call it the Pax Britannica and Pax Americana.

Yet Micah said that Israel’s time as a “lion among the beasts of the forest” would abruptly end. And Jesus said the rise of Gentile nations would be a sign of the end of this world and of His Second Coming.

Return of Jesus Christ

These non-Israelite nations spoken of by Jesus Christ will wreak unimaginable havoc on Earth, to the point where they would destroy all life on Earth if Jesus did not return to stop them.

Yet the seismic shift away from America and toward Gentile nations like China, Iran, Germany and Russia is actually good news. While America’s influence has been declining for decades, the Bible says that the “time of the Gentiles” will be very short. It will be ended by the return of Jesus Christ to set up the Kingdom of God.

“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months” Revelation 11:1-2.

Verse 2 reveals that the times of the Gentiles will last only 3½ years after the fall of Jerusalem. The only thing currently stopping Gentile nations from conquering Jerusalem is the alliance between America, Britain and the Jewish state. But soon these Israelite powers will be too weak to prevent a conflict over “the holy city” from igniting World War iii.

Bible prophecy also often uses Jerusalem, the capital of ancient Israel, to symbolize all the modern descendants of Israel. This means all the nations that descended from the ancient Israelites will be conquered and trodden underfoot by Gentile powers. But most especially, it means that America, Britain and the Jewish state will be taken away captive.

The patriarch Jacob placed his name on Ephraim and Manasseh, giving these tribes the birthright of Israel (Genesis 48:16). Israel, Ephraim and Judah will fall together in their iniquity (Hosea 5:5-7).

The Bible reveals that various Gentile nations will war against each other for global supremacy. These prophecies forecast that 10 dictators will arise in Europe, in the region once dominated by the Roman Empire. They will give their power over to an arch-dictator referred to as the “beast” in scriptures such as Revelation 17:12-13. This dictator of dictators will war against another Gentile power, known as the “king of the south.” Then this beastly authoritarian will conquer the Israelite nations (Daniel 11:40-44; Hosea 5:5).

But even then, this world war will not be over. Scriptures say that the beast power will attack a confederation of Asian strongmen known as the “kings of the east.” These Asian kings will gather an army of 200 million soldiers to assault Europe (Revelation 9:16; 16:12). This final battle between Europe and Asia will be so devastating that Jesus Christ will have to intervene to stop humanity from self-annihilation.

All these events are lining up perfectly to unfold in precise accordance with the Bible’s prophetic outline. This is why the Trumpet watches the geopolitical balance of power tipping away from America and toward the world’s Gentile powers. America and Britain are retreating into isolationism. This is the first step heralding the beginning of the end of mankind’s experiment in self-government.

Mankind must recognize the dreadful results our 6,000 years of self-rule have produced. The evil that permeates the world today must be removed for mankind to truly live the abundant life and for the godly way of life to cover the Earth. The horrors of the Great Tribulation will lead into the Pax Millennium—the 1,000-year rule of Jesus Christ. This will be the greatest time of peace and prosperity that has ever been. Until then, the warning must go out. This hope-filled message culminates in the establishment of God’s soon-coming Kingdom!


Source: www.thetrumpet.com

Hebrew tradition:
It is always interesting to look at when the Jewish people read certain scriptures on the Bible calendar. It can help discern end time Bible prophesy.

Micah 5.6—6.8 is the haftarah for the parashah of Balak (Num 22.2—25.9) since 6.5 explicitly mentions Balak and Baalam. Micah 7.18-20 has been incorporated into the supplication that follows the reading of the story of Abraham’s sacrifice (Gen 22.1-19) in the morning service.

The reference to “hurl” (Heb. “tashlikh”) in verse 19 has been associated with tashlikh (a ritual on the first day of Rosh Ha-shanah symbolizing a desire to get rid of sin, to “hurl” them away and be forgiven by God).

In the Sepharadic and Yemenite traditions, Micah 7.18-20 is read after Hosea 14.2-10 on Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat preceding Yom Kippur, following Jonah in the Minhah service of Yom Kippur, and also in the Min hah service of Tish’ah be’av (commemorating the destruction of the Temple). Conservative Judaism reads Hosea 14.2-10, Micah 7.18-20, Joel 2.15-27 on Shabbat Shuvah.


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Sunday, January 14, 2018


Micah Continued


Chapter Six: The Lord Takes His People to Court

 

6:1-8...Hear ye now what the LORD says: Arise, contend thou with 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 has a controversy with his people, and he will reprove Israel. O my people, what have I done unto thee? and in what have I wearied thee? testify against me…I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt and ransomed thee out of the house of slaves; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam…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. (See Numbers 22-24 and Joshua 3-4)

 

With what shall I present myself before the LORD, how shall I worship 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 rebellion, the fruit of my bowels for the sin of my soul? He has declared unto thee, O man, what is good and what the LORD requires of thee: only to do right judgment, and to love mercy, and to humble thyself to walk with thy God.

 

Micah sees the Lord taking His people to court. The lawsuit addresses the relationship between God and Israelite nations. Mountains, hills, and the foundations of the earth are the witnesses. The message is clear: Israel and Judah had no reason to abandon God and act like all the pagan nations around her. God has done no wrong--He has only acted in love and graciousness towards His people.

 

The Lord reproves us when we turn away and forget His great love for us. He pleads with us to walk righteously according to the code of conduct (Torah) and to love our neighbor. When we obey His commands things work out and we are blessed. He pleads with us and the nations: “…only to do right judgment, and to love mercy, and to humble thyself to walk with thy God.”

 

6:9-16...The LORD’s voice cries out unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and he who has established it. Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked…Can I be pure with false balances and with a bag of deceitful weights? With which their rich men are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth…I have made thee weak 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, but shalt not be saved; and that which thou dost save, I will give it up to the sword. Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with the oil…For the statutes of Omri have been kept and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye have walked in their counsels that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof a hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

 

What happens to those who do not live as God has asked? The Lord says to “hear the rod” because it is His chastisement for their wickedness (disobedience). In Isaiah 10.5 God says the Assyrians are the rod of His anger! God is talking to His nations and especially the Laodiceans. God is saying, “Please don’t become my enemy--don’t make me discipline you!” His rod is chastisement through those who do not know Him! By powerful end time nations or “Kings of the East” that will be the rod of His chastisement.

 

Omri was the father of Ahab the most evil king in Israel. Ahab, through his evil wife Jezebel, brought in the worship of Baal--worse than the statues of his father. God is telling us to get rid of pagan mixture. He is urging us to understand church history and to come back to His feasts. Once we do this our understanding of his ways and His appointed times become clear. The Bible begins to make sense in a fresh way. The eyes of our understanding begin to open. He who has ears to hear will hear.

 

Next: Chapter Seven: The Response to Social Disintegration is To Trust in the Lord

 

 

Chapter Seven: The Response to Social Disintegration is To Trust in the Lord

 

7:1-7...Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the first ripe fruit. The merciful man of the earth is missing: and there is no one upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt each man his brother with a net. To complete the evil with their hands…the judge judges for a reward…The best of them is as a brier; the most upright as a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen, thy visitation, comes; now shall be their confusion. Do not believe in a friend, do not trust in a prince…For the son dishonours the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies are those of his own house. Therefore I will wait for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my saving health; my God will hear me.

 

When men and nations turn away from God society begins to disintegrate. Justice no longer prevails--only lawlessness. The leader of the nation takes matters into his own hands and does whatever he wants. Judges and representatives are easily bribed. Jesus spoke the words of verse 6 when He prophesied about the end of the age. We live in a time when we see all these things coming to pass. Godless nations will rule for a short time. Micah looks to the Lord and says, “My God will hear me!”

 

7.8-20...Do not rejoice against me, O my enemy; for if I have fallen, I shall arise; if I sit in darkness, the LORD is my light. I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him, until he has judged my cause and executed my judgment; he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness…my enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her who said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? my eyes shall behold her: now she shall be trodden down as the mire of the streets. In the day that thy walls shall be built unto thee, in that day shall the decree of thy slavery be far removed…the land with those that dwell therein shall be made desolate, for the fruit of their doings.


Chastisement is not pleasant. Our enemies laugh at us, but our God is working something into us--His character! As we become obedient to His word and leading we begin to overcome our enemies. In many cases our "enemies" will repent and come to salvation. There will be a powerful end time witness from God's people who have laid down their lives.

 

Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell only in the mountain, in the midst of Carmel; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the time of old…I will show you marvellous things as in the day when thou came out of Egypt. The Gentiles shall see and be ashamed at all thy mighty acts…They shall lick the dust like a serpent; as the serpents of the earth, they shall tremble in their holes; they shall be filled with fear of the LORD our God and shall also fear thee.

Who is a God like unto thee that pardons iniquity, and passes over the rebellion with the remnant of his heritage? He did not retain his anger for ever because he delights in mercy. He will turn again, he will have mercy on us; he will subdue our iniquities; and will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea…Thou wilt perform the truth…which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the times of old.

 

These final verses confirm the relationship between God and His people is forever, that the Lord forgives, and will restore Israel (His people) and Judah. These are millennial verses depicting the final prosperity of God’s people. The two sticks coming together (Ezekiel 37.15-28).

 

Even though the land will be made desolate due to rebellion our merciful God promises restoration and forgiveness. God says He will not be angry forever--He loves it when we repent so He can show mercy. He wants us to be holy and sanctified because He cannot tolerate sin. He has a great work for mankind in the Millennial Kingdom and beyond.

 

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard what God has prepared for them that love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2.9/Isaiah 64.4

 

There will be a new heaven and a new earth after one thousand years. The universe will then be the focus of God’s eternal plan.


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Friday, January 12, 2018



Micah Continues

Chapter Four: The Good News of the Future Millennial Kingdom


4.1-5...But it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the top of the mountains and higher than all the hills, and peoples shall flow unto it. And many Gentiles 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 from Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem…he shall judge among many peoples and correct strong nations even 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 train for war any more…each one shall sit under their vine and under their fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of the hosts has spoken it. Even if all the peoples should walk each one in the name of their gods; with all this we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and eternally.


Chapters four and five present an image of the future millennial kingdom. It is important to understand that Christian eschatology is fundamentally based on Jewish eschatology. Most, if not all, of our ideas of the end of the age are based on the Old Testament scriptures and Hebrew thinking. The Book of Revelation was written by a Jew and sums up all the writings of the prophets. Micah saw well into the future of this world!


In Micah’s portrait of the future kingdom, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are the center of the world. His view is nearly the same as found in Isaiah 2.2-4. The instruction the gentiles will receive and the law going forth from Zion is Torah. In Jewish liturgy verse 2 of Micah is read when the Torah is taken out of the ark.


The Messiah is the one who will be judging. He will be judging out of the book of the law: our code of conduct. Verse five in this chapter indicates that gentiles will accept the word of the Lord from Jerusalem and still maintain their own identities. The world will be learning of God during the Millennial Kingdom and His resurrected saints will be doing much of the teaching.


Those who were rebellious and disobedient in this world will have missed a great chance to rule and reign. Our merciful Lord will have a place for them but they will spend the thousand years learning what they refused to learn in our present world. He will dry their tears and send them back to school!


The fact is many who were disobedient will repent and turn back to the Lord during the tribulation period. They will not be raptured out as they expect but will be purified and tried during this awful period. All who go through the tribulation will be purified, tested, and tried--some will have much more to overcome than others. The Bride will be made ready and when Yeshua returns. In Rev 19.11-20 we will meet Him in the air and accompany Him to the battle of Armageddon.


4:6-10...In that day, saith the LORD, I will assemble her that is lame, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted, and I will make her that is lame to be heirs, and her that was cast off a strong nation, and the LORD shall reign over them in the mount of Zion from now, and for evermore. And thou, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion shall come unto thee; and the dominion shall come first, the kingdom, to the daughter of Jerusalem.

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 thou shalt 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.


These verses reinforce the thought of Messiah as the shepherd of the flock gathering His sheep together in Jerusalem.  Micah even saw as far as the Babylonian captivity. Why is she crying in travail? Because she is going through great tribulation. Here the Laodicean church will struggle to overcome their sins and turn back to the Lord. It will be a very difficult time for them but the Lord will redeem them from their enemies if they turn back to Him!


A final captivity of the Israelite nations of Israel, Britain, and America will signal the soon return of Messiah.


The Lord wants us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. This is always difficult on us. A generation is coming who will have to work out their salvation during the tribulation. We take our tribulation(s) now little by little--but in the last days those who have been in apostasy will have a much higher price to pay for their salvation! God wants none to perish but we often must learn hard lessons. Now is the time of salvation--now is the time to seek the Lord and walk in His ways. Too many are being held captive to Babylon in this day!


4.11-14...But now many nations are gathered against thee that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eyes see our desire carried out upon Zion…they did not know the thoughts of the LORD, neither did they understand his counsel by which he gathered them as sheaves onto the threshing floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs bronze; and thou shalt break in pieces many peoples; and thou shalt consecrate their spoil unto the LORD and their riches unto the Lord of the whole earth.


The Lord is saying, “Repent and follow me and after the tribulation I will have you rule this world.” He is speaking to a Zion in trouble--not those who are hidden in the cave of Adullam. He is speaking to the disobedient Laodicean believers. They are told to arise and thresh--God is threshing His people in the tribulation. He is testing them and making them ready. They were rebellious and disobedient but they are given a chance now.


Do we want to obey the Lord now or must we be threshed later? Now is the time to allow God to thresh us and teach us His ways. We are all in a process of being changed into His image. Do we yield now or must we go through a much more difficult experience? We can be scourged now or scourged through tribulation. Hebrews 4 begins to explain this process. Then go to Hebrews 12.2-13 for further understanding. God is perfecting us for much greater things than we can imagine! Many are called--few are chosen--or choose to move on!


Next: Chapter Five: The Coming Messiah and the Purification of His Saints


Chapter Five: The Coming Messiah and the Purification of His Saints


5:1-5...Now thou shalt be besieged by armies, O daughter of the army: he shall lay 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 Lord in Israel; and his goings forth are from the beginning, from the days of the ages…he will give them up until the time that she who travails has brought forth; then the remnant of his brethren shall return with the sons of Israel…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 he shall be great unto the ends of the earth…he shall be our peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then we shall raise against him seven shepherds and eight principal men.


The reference is to Yeshua ben David, Jesus son of David from Bethlehem in Judea. Traditional Jewish interpretation of verse two focus on the birth pangs of a woman and the hardship of the nation of Israel prior to the coming of Messiah! Ancient rabbis said, “Let Messiah come, but let me not see him.” They said this because of fear of the birth pangs. They asked, “What shall a man do to be spared the pangs of the Messiah?” The answer was, “Let him engage in study and benevolence.”


There it is! Even the ancient Hebrews dreaded this day. Their solution was to engage in study and benevolence--to obey the Lord now! If we rebel now who knows how difficult it will be to obey in that day? They knew a final end time captivity—Jacob’s trouble would come upon the nation!


All of God’s people suffer trials and chastisement. The focus here is to be prepared. The Laodiceans have been sleeping like the five foolish virgins. They will have to travail in the Tribulation until they have been brought forth. The stakes are high--they are eternal. Judgment begins at the house of God--get right now!


5:6-8...And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the blade, and the land of Nimrod with their swords; and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian when he comes against our land and when he treads within our borders…the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples as the dew of the LORD, as the rains upon the grass, which did not expect a man, nor did they expect the sons of men…the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many peoples as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goes through and treads down and tears in pieces, there are none that can escape.


The Lord will deliver His people even as He chastises them. The Assyrian represents the nations of the earth coming against Israel and His Israelite nations. Many in the apostate church will be persecuting the true Israelites during the tribulation. The final generation of God’s people will have the most difficult time—but the greatest of rewards!


Jacob represents God’s people as a light in the world--as dew of the Lord and rains upon the grass. The saints who go through the tribulation will bring blessing on many--just as falling rain is blessing and brings forth the crops for the harvest. A great harvest will be simultaneously taking place during the tribulation. God will be sifting the nations through his threshed people! This is difficult to understand because we don’t understand God’s ways.


Chastisement brings us closer to God and we become His sons. There is joy in tribulation once we understand His ways. Some are harder to reach, some of us are slow to learn, some hardhearted. God knows what each of us need to learn. This seems very tough, but this is God’s love working out His eternal plan for us and the universe! So the Laodiceans will also have a chance to overcome!


5:9-14...Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine enemies, and all thine adversaries shall be cut off…it shall come to pass in that day, said the LORD, that I will cause thy horses to be killed out of the midst of thee, and I will cause thy chariots to be destroyed: and I will cause all the cities of thy land to be destroyed, and I will cause all thy fortresses to be destroyed: and I will cause the witchcrafts to be destroyed by thy hand; and no more soothsayers shall be found in thee: and I will cause thy graven images and thy images to be destroyed out of the midst of thee; and never again shalt thou worship the work of thine hands…I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy thy cities.


These verses historically describe the divine purge of God’s people and the nations. The message is to be obedient to the Lord. The destruction or judgment of Israel (God’s people) at the final moment becomes a retribution on the nations coming against God’s people.


Prophetically the Lord is telling His true ones that He will protect them from their (and His) enemies. The killing of horses and destroying of chariots is the point when we don’t trust in our flesh and our ways--but have yielded to the Lord and are following His instructions. His ways are above our ways--we no longer trust in ourselves.


The Lord despises witchcraft (works of the flesh and Satan) and pagan mixture. We are to be sanctified by His word and made holy as He is holy. The works of the flesh must be crucified. This is the nation being purified through difficulties (and in that generation’s day, the tribulation) as fire burns away the chaff--all of self.


Next: Chapter Six: The Lord Takes His People to Court

Wednesday, January 10, 2018



Book of Micah Continued

Chapter Two: Social Ethics, Divine Judgment, and Hope


2:1-5...Woe unto those that devise iniquity and fabricate evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they put it into effect because they have power in their hands…they coveted fields and stole them, and houses and took them away; so they oppressed the man and his house, even the man and his heritage...The LORD says; Behold, I devise an evil against this family, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye walk haughtily; for the time shall be evil. In that time shall one take up a saying against you and lament with a doleful lamentation and say, We have been utterly destroyed; he has changed the portion of my people; how has he taken our fields! He has given and divided our fields unto others…you shall have no one to cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.


Historically, in Micah’s time, we see how the leaders of the nation plot and devise evil. They steal property and trample upon the rights of the citizens. The Lord warns the leaders that He is devising an evil against them for their wicked deeds. These leaders should have been following the instructions in the Torah but are only interested in their personal gain.


This is so true of what is happening in our nation politically and financially today! We are slowly losing our freedoms because we prefer to surround ourselves in pleasure and sin. Look at the music and entertainment business today. So much demonic and witchcraft type music and movies. We love violence in our movies and video games. We kick God out of our schools and government and glorify that which was at one time considered wrong. Isaiah 5.20


When evil comes and tragedy strikes the people cry out and wonder why God would allow this to happen. They were the ones who told God to get out of their lives, schools, government, and ethics! Doesn’t anyone understand? God was only doing what was demanded of Him--to leave! Micah is speaking to this issue in a strong voice.


2:6-11...Do not prophesy, they say to those that prophesy: Do not prophesy unto them that they are to understand shame. O thou that calls thyself the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD shortened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walks uprightly? He who yesterday was my people is risen up as an enemy…Ye have cast the women of my people out from their pleasant houses; from their children ye have taken away my continual praise…Arise and depart, for this is not your rest because it is polluted; it has become corrupted and with a great corruption. If there is one walking in the spirit of falsehood, he shall lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.


In the Hebrew, these evil doers represent the apostate nation, the Lord’s people. The Lord is speaking to His people. In this context the Lord will not refrain from acting against them. In our day He is speaking to the church and nation at large and exhorting us to seek the truth of His word and walk therein.


God’s people are telling His prophets not to prophesy! They don’t want to hear anything that will make them uncomfortable. They are not interested in letting the Bible interpret itself--they take verses out of context and devise doctrines that suit them and their agenda. It is about the Laodicean and Philadelphia churches (Rev 3:7-22). It seems God’s own church has become His enemy! Beware the secular human institutions (Laodiceans) that call themselves God’s church. Strive to be like the Philadelphia church.


2:12-13...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 shall go up before them; they shall break through and pass through the gate and go out by it; and their king shall pass before them, the LORD at the head of them.


Suddenly Micah speaks of the remnant of Israel. He has been speaking about judgment on God’s people and now apeaks with a reassuring message of hope. We see God gathering a remnant together in the sheepfold (Bozrah). We see the Lord as the “Good Shepherd” breaking out with His people and passing through the gate.


God always warns His people of coming judgment for their sins. He demands purity and a sanctified people. He wants His people to practice righteousness. This means we obey His commandments or instruction. Torah means “instruction” and it is our “code of conduct”. The majority in the church say, “We are not under the law, we have Jesus.” This is true, Jesus has saved us from the “curse of the law”, but we are still to practice law. By this I mean we are to walk according to a code of conduct and that is what the law is. We are to practice righteousness.


If we say we love Him we obey His commands (instructions) and walk accordingly (1 John 2.1-5). If we were a soldier in the military we would have to abide by a Code of Conduct. This is not legalism--this is practicing righteousness as instructed in the law (Torah=instruction).


The Lord has a place of safety amidst tribulation and chaos. It is His sheepfold. Those who know him know His voice. The breaker, Yeshua, will go before us! You can’t be a part of an apostate human secular rebellious nation and expect to find safety in the sheepfold! He who has ears to hear will hear. Our shepherd has a sheepfold for His sheep.


Next: Chapter Three: Do We Follow the Lord or Traditions of Men?



Chapter Three: Do We Follow the Lord or Traditions of Men?


3.1-4...I said, Hear, I pray you, O princes of Jacob, and ye heads of the house of Israel. Did it not pertain to you to know that which is right? Who hate the good, and love the evil, who steal their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; and 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 they shall cry unto the LORD, but he will not respond to them: he will even hide his face from them at that time because of their evil doings.


Historically the destruction of Jerusalem is explained by Micah as due to the failures of leadership. In the Torah the king is told he must read and copy the law in order that he wouldn’t stray (Deut 17.18). Micah is talking to the nation--God’s people. In our day we must be able to discern the truth. We are moving towards a new or one world order. That means there will be a “harlot” world church. We are to come out from that beast system.


God’s people were given the truth and then led away from it. Today many are allowing themselves to be led astray. Everyone talks about a remnant. The remnant are those who formerly were rebellious but have repented and returned to the Lord. They walk in obedience and often seem peculiar to those who are lukewarm in the faith. God wants us to hunger for the truth and walk in a close personal relationship with Him. Nobody can do that for us. No institution can do it for us. We need to hunger and thirst for God Himself.


3:5-8...Thus hath the LORD said concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that does not give them something to eat, they even prepare war against him…the vision shall be made night unto you, and darkness unto those that divine, and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them…Then the prophets shall be ashamed, and the diviners confounded; and they shall all cover their lips because they shall have no answer from 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 rebellion, and to Israel his sin.


The prophets of Micah’s day spoke to please their clients in order to increase the gifts and payments from them. They were perverting their office for gain. Micah was stating that he was prophesying by the power of the Lord--he was speaking a message of judgment and exposing sin.


Many in the nation were practicing sin rather than righteousness. Many couples live together refusing to marry. Many find no harm in abortion. Others do not understand that gay marriage is an attack on God’s family values. Many have been seduced by human secularism. Many follow astrology, witchcraft, and other pagan beliefs--in the church! The Lord is crying out to the leaders and the people to turn away from these things and return to Him.


In Micah’s time children were sacrificed by fire unto idols! This is the same as the sin of abortion today. An abortion can be had for any reason. We are sacrificing our future to the idol of our selfish desires. More than 60 million abortions have been done in this country alone. There is blood on many hands. God is not pleased. He is crying out to His people. Micah was full of the Spirit of the Lord and declared the sin and rebellion to the nation.


3:9-12...Now hear this, ye heads of the house of Jacob and captains of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment and pervert all equity; that build up Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity; the heads thereof judge for bribes, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet they come near unto the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? No evil can come upon us…Zion shall be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.


Micah is speaking to Zion and Jerusalem, the house of God. They are sacrificing their children’s blood to idols, they

Are perverting justice and equity. They are comfortable in their sin. Is not the LORD among us? No evil can come upon us they say.


This is our nation today. We export our culture overseas--tie it to financial aid. We export abortion, homosexuality, porn, sexual music and videos. We mistake immorality for righteousness. Many churches go along with this. God’s people are at ease. They find teachers that will tickle their ears. It is the same in our day as in Micah’s day. This is an end time book. The world is racing towards wrath and judgment--nuclear destruction. We will do it to ourselves because we refuse to obey God’s commandments. He will leave us to our own imaginations. Only those who repent and turn to Him will find salvation. As the West decays, the East is rising!


Next: Chapter Four: The Good News of the Future Millennial Kingdom

Monday, January 8, 2018


BOOK OF MICAH

This will be a four part look at the Book of Micah from an end time perspective. An understanding of the prophecies to God's people in Gen 48.9-49.28; Deuteronomy 33; Ezekiel 48.30-35; Revelation 7.3-8; and 21.12-13 is essential.


Chapter One

 

Historically Micah prophesied from King Jotham (739 B.C.) of Judah through King Hezekiah (687 B.C). Jeremiah 26.18 supports Micah prophesying during Hezekiah‘s reign. His name means “Who is like Yahweh?”

 

Micah speaks a word to the wickedness in the cities of Judah and Israel. This included the political and spiritual leaders of the time. He saw the growing power of Assyria and future Babylon as God raising up foreign nations to chastise Judah and Israel for their sins.

 

God was going to bring his judgment on the wicked leaders and citizens who oppressed the poor, debauched themselves in sensual pleasures, and flouted the law through bribes and disobedience to God. This study will focus on

God’s end time warnings through Micah to the church in our day. When reading the prophets we should always try to understand them in their historical (that time), personal (our lives), and prophetic (future) context.

 

Chapter One: Divine Judgment and Exile

 

1:1-5...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. Hear, all ye peoples; hearken, O earth, and all that is therein: and the Lord GOD, the Lord from his holy temple shall be a witness against you…the LORD comes forth out of his place and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth…the mountains shall melt under him, and the valleys shall be split…All this for the rebellion of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the rebellion of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

 

Note: Nation in the context of this study, Israel = the nation which was scattered among the Gentiles and lost their identity. According to prophecy in Genesis 48.9-22 Ephraim and Manasseh represent the nations of Britain and America in the end times. These are “Israelite Nations” that God blessed prior to the end of the age. These two nations were highly responsible for spreading the gospel to the nations in modern times.

Hosea 7.8-9

 

As we enter into end time events both Britain and America will withdraw from the world scenes as their power is broken. Both nations will become marginalized. Both nations are isolated by geography. Britain from Europe and America by two great oceans.

 

Brexit was the beginning of British withdrawal and “America First” is the beginning of America’s withdrawal from the world. Other local events such as financial crisis will accelerate this withdrawal as events move forward. Micah is predicting this in his prophecy.

 

Micah did not have a dream or vision…he had a word from Yahweh! This word was for Israel who would be taken into captivity first and then for Judah who would later fall to Babylon. This is a word to all the peoples of the earth direct from the Lord’s holy temple!

 

This is an end time word to the Israelite nations of Britain and America today. It is a warning to these nations which have fallen into apostasy--but who think they are righteous and tolerant (human secularism). The rebellion in Micah’s day was the worship of idols--and it is the same today.

 

Israel is full of pagan mixture and human secularism. They think they are in a “high place” but they are rebellious! This word is to the apostate secular church and nation. God’s people are to “come out of her” or they will be severely chastised.

 

Only in God’s holy temple can we receive His word. It is time to come out of Babylon and walk in obedience to Yeshua. The Israelite are those who are in the process of laying down their lives to Him and one another. The true Israelite has experienced “rebirth” and have a personal relationship with Yeshua. Many of us are comfortable in our denomination but it is time to “come out.” If you are reading this blog and understand the things we have been studying then you know it is time to come out.

 

It is time to hear the Lord and to return to our roots. It is time we understand church history and begin to understand His-story. The Lord is revealing His feasts and times to His people. The day of compromise is coming to an end. If we want to move on we must come out. Sacrifice and offering are not what God wants. He desires we obey His commands. It is time to forget the traditions of men and observe God’s appointed times. It is time to understand what it means to be “grafted into the commonwealth of Israel” as written in Ephesians 2.11-13

 

1:6-9...I will make Samaria into heaps in the field, into a land of vineyards: and I will scatter her stones throughout the valley, and I will uncover her foundations. All her graven images shall be broken to pieces, and all her gifts shall be burned in the fire, and I will destroy all her idols, for she gathered it of the gifts of harlots, and they shall return unto gifts of harlots…I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the jackals and mourning as the owls…her wound is painful, for it is come unto Judah; it is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

 

The sins of the people are idolatry and mixture. It is compared to harlotry. Micah is so upset he is going stripped naked and wailing like a jackal. He sees this as a painful wound to Israel and Judah. All is going to be burned in the fire. Micah sees terrible devastation and destruction coming to God’s people!

 

He is crying out to God’s people in this day. The apostate nation is not listening. Even those who call on Him are turning their backs to God’s truth. They embrace abortion, homosexuality, and pagan mixture in church ritual. This is a message to us today! The fire he sees is nuclear destruction in our day.

 

America is withdrawing from the world stage. We are appeasing Iran in their determination to build a nuclear bomb and a delivery system. We appease radical Islam. We promote abortion and homosexuality to the world--we demand all nations accept our immorality. This is our incurable wound. Micah is speaking to our generation and warning us. God is calling His people to extreme obedience and to come out of this Babylonian system.

 

1:10-16...Don’t spread the news in Gath! Don’t shed even a single tear! In Beth Leaphrah sit in the dust!
Residents of Shaphir, pass by in nakedness and humiliation!… Beth Ezel mourns…Indeed, the residents of Maroth hope for something good to happen…the Lord has sent disaster against the city of Jerusalem. Residents of Lachish
You influenced Daughter Zion to sin, for Israel’s rebellious deeds can be traced back to you!… Residents of Mareshah, a conqueror will attack you, the leaders of Israel shall flee to Adullam. Shave your heads bald as you mourn for the children you love…for they are taken from you into exile.

 

In historical context these verses describe the results of military actions which eventually lead to defeat and captivity.

Prophetically they say much more to us in this day. This is a warning to God’s people and the apostate nations in our time.

 

The city Lachish named above means “obstinate, smitten and taken captive” in the Hebrew. When we are obstinate, disobey and walk in the ways of the world we will be smitten and taken captive. Lachish, according to Nelson’s New Bible Dictionary is “an important city…guarding the main road to Jerusalem.” It was the southern outpost to protect Jerusalem from Egypt--a type of the world and sin.

 

Instead of protecting the nation this city was leading them in sin and rebellion! This is the apostate human secular nation of our day! God does not want pagan mixture--we are to come out! How can you be part of a nation that condones sin and mixture? Those who refuse to come out are in rebellion to the word of God. Some in the nation are trying to live right spiritually--but it is time to come out!

 

In 1 Samuel 21 and 22 David is fleeing from Saul. In 1 Samuel 22.1 he “escaped to the cave Adullam.” David was with a small group of people, strongly dedicated to the Lord, whose place of safety was the cave Adullam. God has a hiding place for the small group who obey and walk according to His ways.

 

David and his people came into power after they left that cave. They ruled Israel and the world. The time is coming when we will rule and reign with Yeshua in the Millennial Kingdom. This remnant of people are those who learn God’s ways and obey His commands. I believe those who refuse to obey will also be part of the MK but they will be weeping in sorrow at what they could have been in this life and in the Kingdom.

 

As we head toward Jacob’s trouble and the tribulation God is contrasting two groups of people. This word in Micah is to all God’s people. There are those who claim to walk with Yeshua who don’t obey and there is a small group who walk in grace while actively learning to obey.

 

If you have been reading this blog you are aware of many of the things the Lord is showing His people. He is teaching us anew about His Sabbath, His feasts, and His ways. He is looking for a people who understand their roots and will become the salt of the earth--a witness to the world. There is a place of safety for those who are willing to follow. We are not “raptured out” but refined and purified in, and through, the fire. The Bride is being made ready!


Next: Chapter Two: Social Ethics, Divine Judgment, and Hope