Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
The Lord’s Reign in Zion
Micah 4:1 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s (Yᵊhōvâ) house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.
- Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of the image of a man representing the coming kingdoms describes a stone from heaven which destroys all the kingdoms of the earth. This stone grows into a mountain (kingdom) and covers the earth. The stone is supernatural (cut out without human hands), comes from heaven, and is symbolic of Jesus who is a rock or stone throughout scripture.
- The stone is Jesus and the mountain is His kingdom as described here in Micah 4:1:
- Daniel 2:32 This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
- The “latter days” includes the tribulation and the millennium. The “last days” are the Age of Grace.
Micah 4:2 Many nations shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
To the house of the God (‘ĕlōhîm) of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.”
For out of Zion the law shall go forth,
And the word of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) from Jerusalem.
Micah 4:3 He shall judge between many peoples,
And rebuke strong nations afar off;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks (pruning knives);
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.
- “Down by the Riverside”: An old African American spiritual: “Ain’t gonna study war no more”
- Isaiah 2:4 He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.
Micah 4:4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,
And no one shall make them afraid;
For the mouth of the Lord of hosts (Yᵊhōvâ ṣāḇā’) has spoken.
- The vine is symbolic of the gentile church and the fig tree symbolizes the Jews.
Micah 4:5 For all people walk each in the name of his god (‘ĕlōhîm),
But we will walk in the name of the Lord our God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm)
Forever and ever.
Zion’s Future Triumph
Micah 4:6 “In that day,” says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
“I will assemble the lame,
I will gather the outcast
And those whom I have afflicted;
Micah 4:7 I will make the lame a remnant,
And the outcast a strong nation;
So the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) will reign over them in Mount Zion
From now on, even forever.
- Note: Jesus rules from Jerusalem where the Antichrist had ruled.
- The authentic after the mimic,
- The Antichrist (called a Beast) and the False Prophet of Revelation were thrown into the Lake of Fire where they will live in torment for as long as Jesus rules in Jerusalem. … forever.
Micah 4:8 And you, O tower of the flock,
- The writer is looking back from the millennium, back to the tribulation, back to the middle of the tribulation when Jerusalem was surrounded by the nations of the world described in Isaiah 21. Jerusalem is called “Babylon”, a “Harlot”, “Egypt”, “Sodom” because the Antichrist brought all the sins of the world to her temple. She drips in spiritual filth.
The stronghold of the daughter of Zion,
To you shall it come,
Even the former dominion shall come,
The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”
Micah 4:9 Now why do you cry aloud?
Is there no king in your midst?
Has your counselor perished?
For pangs have seized you like a woman in labor (childbirth).
- The seven year tribulation is called “The Time of Sorrows” which is a euphemism for birth pangs.
Micah 4:10 Be in pain, and labor to bring forth,
O daughter of Zion,
Like a woman in birth pangs.
For now you shall go forth from the city,
You shall dwell in the field (sym: the world),
- Women gave birth in the fields of old.
And to Babylon you shall go (become).
There you shall be delivered; (Jesus will be the physician who delivers both the soul and body of the Jews)
There the Lord will redeem you
From the hand of your enemies.
- Mark 13:8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.
- Isaiah 21:3 Therefore my loins are filled with pain; Pangs have taken hold of me, like the pangs of a woman in labor. I was distressed when I heard it; I was dismayed when I saw it.
- Jeremiah 6:24 We have heard the report of it; Our hands grow feeble. Anguish has taken hold of us, Pain as of a woman in labor.
Micah 4:11 Now also many (gentile) nations have gathered against you, Who say, “Let her be defiled (raped), and let our eye look upon Zion.”
- Jerusalem will be “gang raped” by the armies of the world.
- Zephaniah 3:8 – A Faithful Remnant – “Therefore wait for Me,” says the Lord, “Until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations To My assembly of kingdoms, To pour on them My indignation, All My fierce anger; All the earth shall be devoured With the fire of My jealousy. (Armageddon)
Micah 4:12 But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
Nor do they understand His counsel;
For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
- David bought Jerusalem when it was a threshing floor.
- Threshing and Tribulation are words that are interchangeable.
- During the tribulation the threshing floor will be threshed and the harvest gathered.
- Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”