| Micah Explains the Coming Destruction
Introduction, Page 2
The prophecies of the emptying of the land—the depopulation and destruction of the current nation of Israel, Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, as presented in Isaiah 24, Jeremiah 25, Ezekiel 5, Micah 1, and Zephaniah 1— are fulfilled before “the day of vengeance of our Elohim (the event)” because Zephaniah 1:1-13 take place before the clear statement in Zephaniah 1:14 that “The great day of Yehuveh is near, it is near and hasteneth greatly.” The homeland of true Israel is cleansed before the greater global destruction of the the fiery day of vengeance (the time) comes. This, then, is the time context of Micah 1:1.
Micah presents, not an appology from Yehuveh for what must take place, but a clear explanation of why it is necessary. Micah 6:9 states, “Yehuveh’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see Thy name: hear ye the rod, and Who hath appointed it.” Yehuveh would like to explain events to everyone in the city of Jerusalem, but only those who in wisdom have recognized His name and His ways will see what He is saying. They will see the “rod” of guidance and correction and understand that Yehuveh is cleaning house in preparation for the restoration of “an afflicted and poor people” who will fully “trust in the name of Yehuveh.” Zephaniah 3:12.
To grasp the full picture, it is important to understand not only the events of the present but the events of the past Seventy Years of turbulent history surrounding the people and the land of Israel. The messenger speaking with Zechariah asks regarding “Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which Thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?” From 1938, with all that took place under Hitler in Germany and Poland and throughout the rest of Europe, Russia, the Middle East, seventy turbulant years of indignation have passed for the Jews and indeed for all the tribes of Israel. Jerusalem and the land of Israel have been both greatly blessed and greatly challenged. Yehuveh has worked miracle after miracle for His people, yet they have not come fully into line with His ways. For their continued “transgression” this final judgment is meted out. “For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins [wrong courses of action] of the house of Israel.” Zechariah 1:12; Micah 1:5.
[It is well worth the review of this history. There are numerous books and DVD’s on the nearly continuous warfare against the Jews. One of the nicest brief and somewhat comprehensive presentations of the history of the nation of Israel is a Video-DVD set prepared by PBS, The 50 years War: Israel and the Arabs, available for purchase from Amazon.com or on inter-library loan from almost any library.]
In sketchy commentary notes, here are some insights into the prophecies of Micah.
Originally Written: 30 May 2006
Latest Update: 14 September 2009
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