Micah chapter 3 and 4 are fairly short, but there are promises I would like to talk about, if that is alright. I like to go verse by verse and discuss what the Lord would say to us in the day we live in. What Micah is saying refers to the end of the world, it tells us the way things are going to go down at the end from a certain perspective. Many of the other prophets throughout speak of this time in a similar vein, but I particularly like what Micah says. Following we will paste and discuss these two chapters, OK?
(Mic 3:1) And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?
The princes of Israel today are those who are esteemed as great in the Christian world, those in yours and my circle of Christian influence. “Is it not for you to know judgement?” They think they know judgement, but they do not. This is so important to the Lord.
(Mic 3:2-3) Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; 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.
I don’t believe the Lord is talking about cannibalism here, he is saying that their judgements are so poor, “they hate the good and love the evil”, while they may think and claim to love his people, instead their corrupt judgements are actually destroying his people. While they claim to want to strengthen their bones to help them stand, help them die to flesh and have supple skin, they instead with their corrupt judgement eating up his people, metaphorically speaking.
(Mic 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.
I don’t know if you read the prophets, but verse 4 here is repeated several times and in several ways by many of the prophets of old. We are coming upon a time of the judgement of the Lord, his final indignation in the last day, the day of the Lord, if you will. The Lord will hide his face from them and will not hear them.
(Mic 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.
Be careful not to assume that these prophets spoken here in scripture are accounted for in the harlot church system, I believe that this would be an error. There are many false prophets today in many different venues, we know them because they cry peace rather than show the Lord’s people their sins. They claim to be “The Church”, in other words they claim that Christ has received them when he has not, and because of this they are effectively preparing war against the Lord!
(Mic 3:6-7) 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. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.
Again the Lord is giving us a clue as to what his end time judgements will be like, he will hide his face from them in the night, they won’t hear from God, they will have no vision and the sun will go down over the prophets, because they cried peace rather than turning the people of God from their sins. They shall be ashamed in the day of the Lord, because there will be no answer from God.
(Mic 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.
Now Micah here describes himself just like the servants of the Lord will. Notice how the princes of Israel have no judgement earlier in the chapter and here Micah says that he is a type of one who is full of the power by the spirit of the Lord, he knows judgement and is also able to declare the sins of Israel. So the prophets who said “peace, peace” will be under the judgement of God in the night, and the few servants of the Lord who have been counted worthy to escape will be full of the power of the Lord and righteous judgement. Do you see that?
(Mic 3:9-10) 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. They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
Zion and Jerusalem are representative of the people of the Lord, we know that the scriptures teach that a man who hates his brother is a murderer, just as John says, “No murderer will inherit the kingdom of God”, so they build the church with blood, because iniquity abounds the love of many wax cold.
(Mic 3:11) The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
(Mic 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.
Jerusalem shall be plowed as a field in the day of the Lord. This means that the Lord is going to cut many people off out of the spiritual land, when the Lord is done with them many people will not even claim to be saved anymore, those who once claimed Christ will be plowed under.
In Chapter 4, the promises of God and the exciting hope to come is spoken of, read it.
(Mic 4:1) But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
(Mic 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.
(Mic 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.
Just a note here: Should anyone claim that these promises do not belong to us, I would ask the question, has verse 3 been fulfilled yet, have all wars ended? No, of course not! That’s how I know this is a promise to come after the dark day of the Lord.
(Mic 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.
(Mic 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.
(Mic 4:6-7) In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
“I will assemble her that halteth and gather her that is driven out” I would just like to ask you a question, Are you halted? Are you driven out? Has God afflicted you? Are you cast far off? I hope you can say yes, because if you can, then you are probably a member of this company, the remnant. If you are not halted and you are driving other people out and casting others far off and afflicting others, then you are probably going to be plowed under in the night.
(Mic 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.
(Mic 4:9) 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.
(Mic 4:10) Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter 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; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.
(Mic 4:11) Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.
(Mic 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.
(Mic 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.
I love Micah 3 and 4, I hope you get hope from these words as I do.