So, we have The Millennium in Micah 4. In Micah 5, we something different.
1 Now shalt thou 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.
2 But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.
Now, this appears to be a prophecy that happened two thousand years ago.
Jesus came, the judge of Israel. He was born in Beth-lehem Ephrathah. He was and is the rightful King of Israel – a king prophesied to come.
And, because He was God (and IS God), His ‘goings forth’ really are ‘from of old, from everlasting’.
3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she who travaileth hath brought forth: then the residue of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
4 And he shall stand, and shall feed his flock in the strength of Jehovah, in the majesty of the name of Jehovah his God: and they shall abide; for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
But, because the His people rejected Him, this Messiah will abandon the people of Israel – until we come to the end of the great gestation period.
Is this the reason why Israel is destined to be saved at the end of the world?
Is this ‘Jacob’s Trouble’, the labor pangs of childbirth of the Kingdom of our Lord?
5 And this man shall be our 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.
6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our border.
Hmmmm… ‘And this man shall be our peace’… that sounds like Israel accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
But, what is this ‘Assyrian’?
And, who are these ‘seven shepherds, and eight principal men’?
And, when will they come and tread in the border of Israel? Is this Gog and Magog? Or, has this already happened?
7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples as dew from Jehovah, as showers upon the grass, that tarry not for man, nor wait for the sons of men.
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations, 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 go through, treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and there is none to deliver.
But, here it looks like Israel is in the diaspora. THIS looks like a period of time that we’ve already experienced – the two thousand years in which Israel wandered among the nations.
9 Let thy hand be lifted up above thine adversaries, and let all thine enemies be cut off.
And, then He tells Israel that God will cut off the enemies of Israel.
10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Jehovah, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and will destroy thy chariots:
11 and I will cut off the cities of thy land, and will throw down all thy strongholds.
12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
13 and I will cut off thy graven images and thy pillars out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thy hands;
14 and I will pluck up thine Asherim out of the midst of thee; and I will destroy thy cities.
And… at the same time… God destroys the horses of Israel… the chariots… God throws down the cities of Israel. He also gets rid of all the idolatry in Israel.
To put this in more modern terms, and yes I believe that this is a prophecy that is about to come to pass… To put this in more modern terms, God will neutralize all transportation. All the tanks and military vehicles will cease to operate. Cities and military bases will be destroyed (by earthquake?).
And, Israel will return to the Lord, and worship God.
Sound like anything that we’ve been talking about?
That’s right, the Ezekiel Tetrad.
The problem is that the destruction that seems to come along with this time is deeply disturbing.
I truly wish for a blessing upon Israel, but I do NOT wish to see Israelis die. Could it be that, even though buildings and transportation are destroyed, people are not?
Could it be that Israel will have sufficient warning, so that they will be outside when the great earthquakes happen?
I certainly hope so – if for no other reason than that I might actually BE there.
15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations which hearkened not.
And yes, God will execute vengeance on the nations.
But, wait a minute. Doesn’t this also sound like the last battle before The Millennium?
No… I don’t think that this is that Last Battle that marks the end of this present age. However, you can make a case for the fact that The Great Tribulation is the judgement of God upon the earth – which would include that last great battle.
Or, maybe (and this seems more likely) God is directly referring to Gog and Magog, and the fire that the Lord said that He would reign down on Gog and those who dwell carelessly in the Isles.