Like the other prophets of the Bible, most of the Book of Micah is about the judgment and condemnation of Israel. But, in this midst of Micah’s description of God’s wrath, we have three chapters that speak of God’s intention to return Israel to Himself. Chapter four speaks of the Millennium. Chapter five describes the coming of Jesus, as well as Gog and Magog. And, chapter seven talks about God’s forgiveness that will come. But, for those of us who are seeking to understand the events that surround the salvation of Israel, we should take a closer look at chapter five.
The most important verse in Micah 5, is this one:
2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
There is literally nothing more important than the coming of Jesus and His death, burial and resurrection. Nothing. Of all the things that I could talk about that is more important. And, the only reason why I am NOT talking about this, is my assumption that you have already accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
note: Please, if you are not a follower of Christ, stop reading this and speak to a believer about why you must repent of your sins and accept Jesus. What I write here is worthless, if you do not understand that.
But, the next verse speaks about you and me:
3 Therefore He shall give them up,
Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth;
Then the remnant of His brethren
Shall return to the children of Israel.
One of the amazing truths that Jesus constantly shared during His ministry on Earth, was that we are His brethren. I am continually astounded by the thought that we are brothers and sisters to the One who rescued us from eternal damnation. And, even though I believe what Jesus said, I still don’t understand why God would lift us so high.
Why would God love us this much?
Words cannot express how amazed and grateful I am.
Unfortunately, only a remnant of this family of ours will return to the children of Israel. In fact, only a remnant will be left. Our churches are full of rebellion against God, and with that rebellion, we have a rise in antisemitism in the Body of Christ. What an utterly horrifying situation.
Now, who is this that is in labor and is giving birth?
Giving birth is a common metaphor in the Bible, so we could get ourselves in trouble by claiming that all uses of this metaphor are about the same event. In fact, you would look completely ridiculous, if you did that.
So, WHO is this that is giving birth?
Well, giving birth is the final stage of a nine month process. It is the completion of that process. And, that ‘process’ is the bringing forth of life.
So, what process have you and I – and the rest of the Body of Christ – been engaged in for the past 2000 years?
Sharing the gospel.
It’s the Great Commission. It’s the final commandment. It is the one thing that we have been tasked with. And, Jesus said that the gospel would be preached to all nations before the end would come (Matthew 24:14, Mark 13:10). And, there really has been an acceptance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in every part of the globe. There is not a single nation that has not heard the gospel. And, it has been a difficult and painful process – like giving birth.
So, it is clear to me, that the one that is giving birth here, is the Body of Christ. The Christians.
Unfortunately, it’s all too clear about who God is referring to at the beginning of this verse. The nation of Israel was ‘given up’. And, it’s a truly sad thing. But, one day, the veil that is over the eyes of the Jews (2 Cor 3), will be removed.
Once the veil is torn away, the remnant of the followers of Jesus will return to Israel.
The next verse speaks of Jesus as the shepherd and that He will be great to the ends of the Earth.
4 And He shall stand and feed His flock
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
To the ends of the earth;
And, as I read that, something struck me.
So, I looked the original Hebrew word.
Sorry, but it doesn’t mean ‘ends’ or ‘end’. It means ‘nothing’. And, for some reason, it’s plural.
The word is אפס (pronounced eh-fess). It’s the word that we use for zero, nothing, naught. It does NOT mean ‘end’. Not at all, and it’s yet another example of an incorrect translation.
Basically, what God is saying here, is that Jesus will be great until the Earth ceases to exist. And, maybe the reason for the plural form of this word is that there will be a new Earth after the Final Judgment – so, more than one Earth.
Verses five and six seem to bring us to Gog and Magog, which would make sense if this chapter is in chronological order. Here’s the verse:
5 And this One shall be peace.
When the Assyrian comes into our land,
And when he treads in our palaces,
Then we will raise against him
Seven shepherds and eight princely men.
6 They shall waste with the sword the land of Assyria,
And the land of Nimrod at its entrances;
Thus He shall deliver us from the Assyrian,
When he comes into our land
And when he treads within our borders.
It actually doesn’t say ‘Assyrian’ in verse five. It actually just says ‘Assyria’. But, that’s less important than our puzzlement over the inclusion of Assyria into this prophecy.
Ezekiel’s prophecy about Gog and Magog does not include Assyria. So, this is a little puzzling.
And, who are these ‘seven shepherds and eight princely men’?
Is there a connection to Isaiah 19 where Egypt, Israel and Assyria become a kind of confederation?
Is there a connection to the destruction of Damascus in Isaiah 17, since the country of Syria encompasses part of what was once Assyria?
I’m not sure, but I think that we’ll know it when we see it.
But, let’s leave these question marks and look at the next three verses:
7 Then the remnant of Jacob
Shall be in the midst of many peoples,
Like dew from the Lord,
Like showers on the grass,
That tarry for no man
Nor wait for the sons of men.
8 And the remnant of Jacob
Shall be among the Gentiles,
In the midst of many peoples,
Like a lion among the beasts of the forest,
Like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
Who, if he passes through,
Both treads down and tears in pieces,
And none can deliver.
9 Your hand shall be lifted against your adversaries,
And all your enemies shall be cut off.
Whenever the antisemites complain about how powerful the Jews are, I always think of this passage. The Jewish people have risen to power all over the world, and they have knocked down their enemies, everywhere. So, if you hear someone complain about the Jews being over-represented in influence and power, remind that person that this is God’s doing. Even when you see someone Jewish doing something highly damaging, even that might be a part of what God is doing. Remember that Europe and America richly deserve judgment.
Do not become an enemy of the Jews, or you too will be cut off.
The next two verses talk about Ezekiel’s Fire:
10 “And it shall be in that day,” says the Lord,
“That I will cut off your horses from your midst
And destroy your chariots.
11 I will cut off the cities of your land
And throw down all your strongholds.
Zechariah talks about this here:
In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.
– Zechariah 12:4
And then, Isaiah says something about those ‘stongholds’:
There will be on every high mountain And on every high hill Rivers and streams of waters, In the day of the great slaughter, When the towers fall.
– Isaiah 30:25
The uniting factors between those two verses is the salvation of the children of Jacob AND the coming of the biggest solar flare in the history of the world. The horses and chariots that are destroyed here, are the cars and tanks that will no longer work because their electrical and electronic systems will have been fried. And, the gigantic earthquake that comes along with this solar flare will knock everything down. And yes, there is a connection between solar flares and earthquakes.
Please read all about this here:
You really need to be ready for this. And, very few are.
The next two verses speak of God turning them away from their idolatry:
12 I will cut off sorceries from your hand,
And you shall have no soothsayers.
13 Your carved images I will also cut off,
And your sacred pillars from your midst;
You shall no more worship the work of your hands;
The earthquake that God sends will do a great deal of destruction, all by itself. But, an even larger earthquake will happen in the hearts and minds of Israelis. They will turn away from their idols and towards the One who died for them, Jesus Christ.
…where are these idols?
The Jews don’t worship idols, right?
Unfortunately, they do.
As I write this, I live in a country that is full of idols – Taiwan. Temples are everywhere, and temple worship is just like what Paul talked about in his writings. Food is offered up to idols. People bow down to these idols. And, on and on. And, some of the the ways that the Taiwanese worship their idols are dramatically similar to how Judaism worships their Torah scrolls.
A Bible is just ink on paper. A Bible – itself – is nothing. It’s an object. It is a construction, made by men. It is forbidden to bow down to such thing. Yes, the ink in a Bible is formed into symbols and letters that represent the words of God. But, the ink itself is not God.
We reverence the thoughts and commandments that God has given us, not the ink and paper on which they were printed. Those who do not understand the difference are in danger of falling into the same trap that the Jews have fallen into.
Not printed paper.
And, the last two verses of Micah 5 bring us back to Ezekiel’s Fire:
14 I will pluck your wooden images from your midst;
Thus I will destroy your cities.
15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury
On the nations that have not heard.”
That last verse is where Ezekiel’s Fire comes in. This massive solar flare will destroy electricity networks, power stations and fragile electronics across the globe. The lights will go out because the gigantic transformers at electricity stations will have been fried. Water will stop pouring from faucets because the water pumps will no longer work. Computers will cease to work because they have either been destroyed or they no longer have electricity to keep them running.
In short, the most advanced countries in the world will start to die.
By the hundreds of millions.
There will be places that will be spared, but I’m not sure where those places are. God has spoken of the judgment upon those nations that have afflicted the Jews, so that might be a big clue. This might mean that East Asia, India, Latin America and parts of Africa might escape the worst of what is coming.
Now, some will say that this sounds a lot like the judgments described in Revelation. If that’s you, then consider this:
How can you have an ‘Antichrist System’, if the electricity has been turned off?
But, if you say that this happens at the END of the Antichrist System…
may I remind you that you still need millions of Israeli Christians to get 144,000 young men?
Then, think about this:
The Antichrist cannot rise to power unless the elites of the world voluntarily give their power to the Antichrist. And, there’s one thing that is common to all men and women of power:
They never, ever give up their power voluntarily, unless they can survive no other way.
For the Antichrist to arise, there needs to be a catastrophe so big, so wide, so all-encompassing, that the elites will give the Antichrist what he wants, as long as he saves them from their doom.
Oh, and remember that the Book of Revelation says this:
And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.
– Revelation 13:3
And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
– Revelation 13:12
Something causes the world system – our civilization – to crash so hard that no one sees a way for it to survive, but then… someone stands up and heals the ‘mortal wound’. That person or entity will demand that everyone worship the Antichrist. And, the elites of the world will gladly comply because they have no other choice.
Again, read my other book, Ezekiel’s Fire. It might just save your life.