Micah cried out against the leaders and elders of the people of God
Micah 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads [leaders] of Jacob [physical and spiritual Israel], and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it [should you not know] not for you to know judgment?
Most of today’s leaders and elders of the called out despise the good things of God and reject them for their own ways, making merchandise of the brethren and taking more than is right.
3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; 3:3 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.
The national leaders who break the people with taxes, and the elders who demand far more than they should in offerings and who cause the people to follow themselves as idols, will be punished.
Because of their sins, when they cry out to God in their correction he will not listen to them.
3:4 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.
Those who tell the brethren that no correction will come upon them and that safety lies in loyalty to men are speaking lies in the name of the Lord; calling themselves leaders and elders of God when the Eternal has not sent them: they are opposing God and they shall surely fall. These people are not with God and God does not inspire those who lead the people astray to follow idols of men.
Brethren, Paul tells us that when peace is declared the trial will begin (1 Thes 5:3), and when the miracle working man of sin goes to the temple mount, Jesus Christ tells us that the tribulation will immediately begin (Mat 24:15). Yet these false teachers will not believe.
3:5 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 [they resist God and fight against God].
3:6 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.
When tribulation and affliction comes these false teachers will be ashamed as real events prove them to be false, and all will KNOW that they have been false teachers.
3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.
The false religious teachers who say that there will be time after a peace agreement before the tribulation begins, will be made desolate by the Eternal for their false words which have led many astray; and they will be ashamed when their words fail and their correction comes.
The true man of God is full of power to declare the truth to the brethren. he obeys the Word of the LORD and warns of the coming correction for the sins of the Ekklesia and the sins of the nations.
Micah 3:8 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.
3:9 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.
3:10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
Today’s religions, including the spiritually called out Ekklesia, are built upon the iniquity of idolizing men and their false teachings and traditions, instead of relying on the Word of Almighty God.
3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward [take bribes], and the priests thereof teach [they will teach whatever the people want, for money] for hire, and the prophets thereof divine [they will foretell whatever the people want to hear for money] for money: yet will they lean [yet they claim to be God’s chosen leaders] upon the LORD, and [call themselves godly as they teach the brethren to depart from the truth and to follow every false way] say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
All these evils are done by today’s religious leaders and most of the leaders and elders in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia; and then they say “we are God’s people, no harm shall befall us.”
3:12 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.
Our false leaders and elders who teach the brethren to sin and the people which they deceive to follow them, will be plowed under and brought to ruin until they learn that the Eternal is God.
The prophecy now shifts to the coming Kingdom of God
Micah 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain [government] of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains [all the earth’s governments], and it shall be exalted above the hills [smaller local governments]; and people shall flow unto it.
4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
At that time Messiah the Christ will come with all his chosen resurrected saints and they will build the Ezekiel Temple on the Holy Mount at Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be the capital of all nations and all the peoples of the entire earth.
All the nations of the earth will look to Jerusalem and to the House of God [the Ezekiel Temple] there; and they will worship God the Father and live by every Word of God and godly righteousness will be spread abroad through the whole earth from Jerusalem by the King of kings, Jesus Christ.
4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
War and violence and the breaking of any part of God’s Word will be destroyed out of the earth and Satan will be banished for one thousand years in a millennial Sabbath of rest for humanity with their Creator.
4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.
All people will live securely in safety and none shall be afraid of any violence against themselves, or their property.
4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his God, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
May God speed that day!
Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Micah 4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her [Israel] that halteth [had balked at serving God], and I will gather her that is driven out [in correction for not living by EVERY WORD of God], and her that I have afflicted;
4:7 And I will make her that halted [shied away from serving God] a remnant, and her that was cast far off [Those who were corrected and afflicted by God for balking like a stubborn mule at serving him, will be delivered and will become a strong nation.] a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
The remnant of Israel and Judah will both be brought back to Palestine and shall become a strong united kingdom under the resurrected David their king, and the resurrected David will rule over a united Israel under the authority of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ the Creator and Savior of humanity, who shall rule over all the earth.
4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
To the daughter of Jerusalem; the latter day Jerusalem; shall the King of kings come.
The Time of Jacob’s Trouble
4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs [The correction of tribulation and affliction will humble the nations and a new world of joy and peace will be born.] have taken thee as a woman in travail.
4:10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter [latter day physical and spiritual Israel] 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 [the New Europe]; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.
We will be corrected in great tribulation for our many sins; yet when we are humbled and sincerely repentant in our captivity: We SHALL be delivered and a new world of righteousness will be born!
4:11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.
4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.
The armies of Europe and of Asia will be gathered at Jerusalem by the hand of the Lord,and he will thresh them like wheat.
4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
The Eternal will come with his resurrected saints and Judah will also fight at Jerusalem.
Zechariah 14:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they [the wicked who resist Christ at his coming] shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.
14:14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
A Prophecy of Messiah
Micah 5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter [The Roman army crucified Christ, but he did not remain dead] of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
A prophecy that Messiah would be born in Bethlehem
5:2 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.
The Creator who existed from everlasting gave up his godhood to be made flesh, and Micah prophesies that Israel and Judah will be saved in the latter day by the coming of the resurrected Christ.
5:3 Therefore will he give them [Judah / Israel] up, until the time that she [physical Israel/Judah] which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren [Israel/Judah will be reunited] shall return unto the children of Israel.
Jesus Christ will give up the bulk of Israel and Judah until the time of their correction and repentance comes; then the Deliverer Redeemer will come and Judah will be reunited with Israel and enter a New Covenant with the Eternal, (Jer 31:31).
5:4 And he [Messiah] shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD [YHVH, in this case God the Father], in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they [Israel shall be saved] shall abide: for now shall he[Messiah the Christ] be great unto the ends of the earth [Christ shall rule all nations] .
When Christ comes he will act in the name and by the authority of God the Father, and he shall rule to the very ends of the earth. Then the nations that had corrected us will also be corrected and humbled so that all nations can be grafted into spiritual Israel.
5:5 And this man [Messiah shall come to deliver and bring peace] shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he [The Assyrian, as a type of the modern soon coming New Europe.] shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
5:6 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.
When Christ comes, he will defeat the destroyer of his heritage. I do not know what these seven shepherds and eight principle men are, but they will crush the land of Assyria when Christ comes.
Then those of Israel who remain will be sincerely repentant and they shall embrace the Eternal, they shall be unstoppable by the power of God.
5:7 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.
5:8 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.
In the day that Christ comes many of Israel will have been scattered throughout the nations, yet they shall be delivered. Then all who oppose God and his people will be overcome.
5:9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.
In the 42 months of our correction, God will destroy our idols, including our corporate churches, and our false prophets and false teachers who exalt themselves and their false traditions above the Word of God.
5:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD [to his enemies], that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots [God will destroy the armies and weapons of those who oppose Christ]:
When Christ comes he will destroy all wickedness and rebellion against God from off the face of the earth
5:11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
5:12 And I will cut off witchcrafts [rebellion against God] out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers [false teachers]:
5:13 Thy graven images [all idolatry] 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.
5:14 And I will pluck up thy groves [false places of worship] out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
5:15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen [The term heathen refers to the rebellious against God, who exalt their idols above the Eternal as is done in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia], such as they have not heard.