Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Christ’s Earthly Kingdom

Micah 5:1-15

“Now 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.” (Micah 5:1)

God had brought Israel under attack and they would be defeated, It would strike a blow against the rulers of Israel. 

“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.  Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.”  (Micah 5:2-3)

This is the prophecy the priests quoted to tell Herod where Jesus would be born.  Though they would be taken captive along with the rest, it would be rebuilt at the time of Messiah’s birth.  All of the Jews will come back to Israel, when Messiah establishes his kingdom at the end of the Tribulation. 

“And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.  And this man shall be the 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.  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.” (Micah 5:4-6)

When Christ establishes his earthly kingdom, he will stand in the power of God.  As we learn from various prophecies in Daniel (Daniel 2, 7,8,11),a coalitions of ten countries will take world power, but a separate leader will overthrow three of those countries an take control.  When they do, they turn on the ancient kingdom started by Nimrod, later controlled by the Sumerians, and in Micah’s day by the Assyrians.  Later it would be conquered by the Babylonians, and Revelation 17-18 describes the destruction of Babylon near the end of the Tribulation.  

“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.  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.  Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.” (Micah 5:7-9)

In that day, the Jews will be a blessing to lands where they dwell.  Christ will rule with a rod of iron, and attacks on the Jews will be put down aggressively.  Those who hate the Jews will be destroyed. 

“And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds: And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: Thy graven images 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.  And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.  And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” (Micah 5:10-15)

For centuries, Israel depended on military might for their protection, rather than on the Lord.  In that day, he will take away all their military might.  Horses and chariots, the forerunners of modern tanks and armored cavalry, will be melted down and made into things for peace time use.   Their forts and military bases will be decommissioned and destroyed.  Mystics, psychics, and shamans will be executed.  The idols and false religions will be destroyed along with their centers of worship.  While the focus of the Tribulation will be on the Jews, other nations will be judged in ways they have never imagined.  

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