Light for the Last Days

SHORT TALK

Okay, let’s go on with the Micah prophecy. Going back to Micah, following this verse it says in verse 3,

Therefore He shall give them up,
Until the time that she who is in labour has given birth;
Then the remnant of His brethren
Shall return to the children of Israel.

Micah 5.3

Again, this is speaking about the One who is coming to Bethlehem, who is the Messiah. It is speaking about God anticipating a future time in this prophecy, one that has been partially fulfilled by the Babylonian exile and the return to the Land but also exemplified by the current dispersion of the Jewish people and their return to the land of Israel today.

So, scriptures deal with events which sometimes are in the near future, but sometimes in the distant future. And this one here is an intimation that the dispersion of the Jewish people from the land with God apparently giving them up, then bringing them back again.

And we know that, following the events of the crucifixion and the rejection of Yeshua by the majority of the religious leaders of Israel which led to the revolt against the Romans in the AD70, you had the destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jewish people into the nations.

Many people may have had impression that God had given them up. And even today, despite the restoration of Israel, many Jewish people still feel that God has given them up and God isn’t caring for them, especially after the Holocaust.

Even the present events which we see taking place are making Jewish people wonder: ‘Where is God? Why doesn’t God help us? Has God given us up?

This scripture implies that there will be that feeling amongst Jewish people, but also that there will be a restoration. God will bring them back again.

Maybe some of you have felt times when God has given you up or that you’re in such trouble that God doesn’t hear your prayers. But God has never given you up, and God has never given up Israel.

I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

When my enemies turn back,
They shall fall and perish at Your presence.
For You have maintained my right and my cause;
You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
You have rebuked the nations,
You have destroyed the wicked;
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

O enemy, destructions are finished forever!
And you have destroyed cities;
Even their memory has perished.
But the Lord shall endure forever;
He has prepared His throne for judgment.
He shall judge the world in righteousness,
And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble.
10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

11 Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion!
Declare His deeds among the people.
12 When He avenges blood, He remembers them;
He does not forget the cry of the humble.

13 Have mercy on me, O Lord!
Consider my trouble from those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,
14 That I may tell of all Your praise
In the gates of the daughter of Zion.
I will rejoice in Your salvation.

15 The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
16 The Lord is known by the judgment He executes;
The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.
Meditation. Selah

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell,
And all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten;
The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.

19 Arise, O Lord,
Do not let man prevail;
Let the nations be judged in Your sight.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord,
That the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah

Psalm 9

Even if He judges and causes trouble to come to them, He is going to restore them and bring them back to Himself and that’s what this scripture is telling you.

There is going to be a time of restoration. Maybe a time of trouble also, but then, it says

He shall give them up,
Until the time that she who is in labour has given birth

Micah 5.3

So the prophecy is giving some intimation of a future time when God is going to restore them.

25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel παράκλησιν τοῦ Ἰσραήλ [paraklēsin tou Israēl], and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ τὸν Χριστὸν Κυρίου [ton Christon Kyriou]. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation τὸ σωτήριόν σου  [to sōtērion sou]
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”

33 And Joseph and His mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Luke 2.25-35

The Bible speaks about a time of trouble, a time of distress and also about a time of restoration from the Lord; and this may seem distant, but God is going to bring it to pass.

Even today, we can see the signs of Jesus bringing together the events which are leading up to the restoration of Israel both physically and spiritually, and the return of the Messiah to take up His rule over Israel and to bring peace and justice.

Nevertheless, there would be a time of trouble. Jeremiah chapter 30 says,

“For thus says the יְהוָה [yhwh]Lord:

‘We have heard a voice of trembling,
Of fear, and not of peace.
Ask now, and see,
Whether a man is ever in labour with child?
So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins
Like a woman in labour,
And all faces turned pale?
Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
But he shall be saved יִוָּשֵׁעַ׃ [Yeshua/yiwwāšēaʿ] out of it.

Jeremiah 30.5-7

God is going to bring about a restoration but it will be through a time of trouble from which Jacob/Israel shall be saved.

28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel  לֹא יַעֲקֹב יֵאָמֵר עֹוד שִׁמְךָ כִּי אִם־יִשְׂרָאֵל [lōʾ yaʿăqōb yēʾāmēr ʿôd šimkā kî ʾim-yiśrāʾēl]; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”

Genesis 32.28

The promise of God which is a real promise is that He is going to bring restoration to His people and that no matter how bad things may seem at the present time, even in Israel, God has given a promise that there is going to be a future restoration and the remnant of Israel’s brethren shall return. It says,

Then the remnant of His brethren
Shall return to the children of Israel.

Micah 5.3

It also says in the next verses:

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 שֵׁם יְהוָה אֱלֹהָיו [šēm yhwh ʾĕlōhāyw];

Micah 5.4-5

and,

Then the remnant of Jacob שְׁאֵרִית יַעֲקֹב [šǝʾērît yaʿăqōb]
Shall be in the midst of many peoples,
Like dew from the Lord יְהוָה [yhwh],
Like showers on the grass,
That tarry for no man
Nor wait for the sons of men.
And the remnant of Jacob
Shall be among the Gentiles בַּגֹּויִם [baggôyim],
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.
Your hand shall be lifted against your adversaries,
And all your enemies shall be cut off.

Micah 5.7-9

So, after the time of trial, the Lord says He is going to restore Israel gloriously.

The ruler who is born in Israel is going to tenderly care for His flock in the strength of the Lord. And you have the picture in the New Testament of course of Jesus as the shepherd who cares for His people.

In John chapter 10, we read:

Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ θύρα τῶν προβάτων [egō eimi hē thyra tōn probatōn]. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

11 “I am the good shepherd ποιμὴν ὁ καλὸς [poimēn ho kalos]. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

John 10.7-11

Jesus is a good shepherd and He cares for the sheep, that is, the people who are going to come to believe in Him, both Jews and Gentiles. And God wants to bring this message of hope and peace to His people Israel so that they may be restored and come to Him.

Physical Restoration

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, “Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you. For behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’ ”

Jeremiah 30.3

Spiritual Restoration

33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Jeremiah 31.33-34

It also says in Micah,

And they shall abide,
For now He shall be great
To the ends of the earth;
And this One shall be peace שָׁלֹום [šālôm].

Micah 5.4-5

That is, the greatness of this ruler is going to bring His peace not just to Israel but to the ends of the Earth, to all people.

Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King מַלְכִּי [malkî]
On My holy hill of Zion עַל־צִיֹּון הַר־קָדְשִׁי׃ [ʿal-ṣiyyôn har-qodšî].”

“I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son בְּנִי אַתָּה אֲנִי הַיֹּום יְלִדְתִּיךָ׃ [bǝnî ʾattâ ʾănî hayyôm yǝlidtîkā],
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”

10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son נַשְּׁקוּ־בַר [naššǝqû-bar], lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

Psalm 2.5-12

And, at this time of trouble in the world, when people feel abandoned, when many people feel abandoned, what they need to do is to turn to the Lord and find that peace with God through Yeshua / Jesus the Messiah, and know that He does really care for us.

He cares for each one of us, and He is able to provide for us and bring us through the times of trouble.

Micah goes on to say,

And this One shall be peace שָׁלֹום [šālôm].

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.


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.

Micah 5.5-6

It doesn’t just say He is going to bring peace. It says, He IS peace שָׁלֹום [šālôm], and what Israel needs more than anything else at this time of conflict is peace.

It is pretty hard to see in how that is going to happen, but the Bible assures us it will happen. It will happen through the One who has been born in Bethlehem, who, even now, is offering, individual peace to us.

Paul wrote about this in Ephesians when he said that Jesus is our peace he says,

14 For He Himself is our peace Αὐτὸς γάρ ἐστιν ἡ εἰρήνη ἡμῶν [Autos gar estin hē eirēnē hēmōn], who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile ἀποκαταλλάξῃ [apokatallaxē] them both to God Θεῷ [Theō] in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him δι’ αὐτοῦ [di autou] we both have access by one Spirit ἐν ἑνὶ Πνεύματι [en heni Pneumati] to the Father πρὸς τὸν Πατέρα [pros ton Patera].

Ephesians 2.14-18

How do we get peace with God? We get peace with God through the Messiah who is our peace, because He has made peace with God through His death on the cross, to redeem us, and bring us to God. That is the message.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5.1-5

Unfortunately, for many Jewish people it has not brought peace and it has brought trouble instead as they’ve been bashed on the head by the cross but that’s the opposite of what Jesus said.

“Listen, O coastlands, to Me,
And take heed, you peoples from afar!
The Lord has called Me from the womb יְהוָה מִבֶּטֶן קְרָאָנִי [yhwh mibbeṭen qǝrāʾānî];
From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword;
In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,
And made Me a polished shaft;
In His quiver He has hidden Me.”

“And He said to me,
‘You are My servant, O Israel,
In whom I will be glorified.’
Then I said, ‘I have laboured in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain;
Yet surely my just reward is with the Lord,
And my work with my God.’ ”

“And now the Lord says,
Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him יְהוָה יֹצְרִי מִבֶּטֶן לְעֶבֶד לֹו לְשֹׁובֵב יַעֲקֹב אֵלָיו [yhwh yōṣǝrî mibbeṭen lǝʿebed lô lǝšôbēb yaʿăqōb ʾēlāyw],
So that Israel is gathered to Him
(For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord,
And My God shall be My strength),
Indeed He says,
‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles וּנְתַתִּיךָ לְאֹור גֹּויִם [ûnǝtattîkā lǝʾôr gôyim],
That You should be My salvation יְשׁוּעָתִי [yǝšûʿātî]to the ends of the earth.’ ”

Isaiah 49.1-6

Jesus wants to bring peace to every person on the face of the Earth but particularly to His people Israel through the message of the Gospel, bringing peace through forgiveness of sin and through knowing God through Yeshua / Jesus the Messiah.

Micah speaks also about when the Assyrian comes into our land now that’s both a near near prophecy and of distant prophecy because the Assyrian was going to come the Land not long after Micah gave this prophecy. The Assyrian would come first of all down to Israel, the Northern Kingdom and take them away as captives. And later on, the Assyrians would come down to the Southern Kingdom of Judah with the same intention.

33 “Therefore thus says the Lord יְהוָה [yhwh] concerning the king of Assyria:

‘He shall not come into this city,
Nor shoot an arrow there,
Nor come before it with shield,
Nor build a siege mound against it.
34 By the way that he came,
By the same shall he return;
And he shall not come into this city,’
Says the Lord יְהוָה [yhwh].
35 ‘For I will defend this city, to save it
For My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’ וּלְמַעַן דָּוִד עַבְדִּי׃ ס [ûlǝmaʿan dāwid ʿabdî s] ”

Isaiah 37.33-35

Yet, when the Assyrian troops come down to the Southern Kingdom of Judah, God’s raises up a good, King Hezekiah, and a prophet, Isaiah who gives the king the right advice. And they pray to God and God then smites the Assyrians and defends Jerusalem, and saves Israel, saves Judah and Jerusalem from the Assyrian attack.

20 Now because of this King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed and cried out to heaven. 21 Then the Lord sent an angel who cut down every mighty man of valour, leader, and captain in the camp of the king of Assyria וַיִּשְׁלַח יְהוָה מַלְאָךְ וַיַּכְחֵד כָּל־גִּבֹּור חַיִל וְנָגִיד וְשָׂר בְּמַחֲנֵה מֶלֶךְ אַשּׁוּר [wayyišlaḥ yhwh malʾāk wayyakḥēd kol-gibbôr ḥayil wǝnāgîd wǝśār bǝmaḥănê melek ʾaššûr]. So he returned shamefaced to his own land. And when he had gone into the temple of his god, some of his own offspring struck him down with the sword there.

2 Chronicles 32.19-21

He therefore brings the peace. And, in Isaiah 37-39, the Bible tells you about that.

Beyond this, Micah uses the idea of the Assyrian Empire to represent all of the pagan empires that are going to come against Israel saying that He is going to be the peace.

That is why the Assyrian becomes a ‘type’ of the Antichrist Christ who comes in the last days, who comes into the land offering a false peace but no real peace, and finally brings war and desolation and the abomination of desolation to be destroyed in a moment by the returning Messiah who will bring real peace.

And Micah has told us,

Then we will raise against him
Seven shepherds and eight princely men.

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 Assyria

Micah 5.5-6

God’s people will come against the Assyrians, and under God’s blessing, the leaders will raise up the mighty men and God will work to deliver His people through the Prince of Peace. Which means that, ultimately, there is a hope. But the hope is all bound up in the Messiah.

Now it’s interesting to see, that if you turn back in Micah to chapter 4, the previous chapter, you find that he provides a repetition of the famous verses from Isaiah about the establishment of peace in the last days.

We’ll finish with this verse, Micah 4.1, and, if you’re familiar with Isaiah chapter 2, you’ll find it is almost identical.

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.
Many nations shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God 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 from Jerusalem.
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;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.

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 has spoken.
For all people walk each in the name of his god,
But we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
Forever and ever.

Micah 4.1-3

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And all nations shall flow to it.
Many people shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God of Jacob לְכוּ וְנַעֲלֶה אֶל־הַר־יְהוָה אֶל־בֵּית אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב [lǝkû wǝnaʿălê ʾel-har-yhwh ʾel-bêt ʾĕlōhê yaʿăqōb];
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem כִּי מִצִּיֹּון תֵּצֵא תֹורָה וּדְבַר־יְהוָה מִירוּשָׁלִָם׃ [kî miṣṣiyyôn tēṣēʾ tôrâ ûdǝbar-yhwh mîrûšālāim].
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 לֹא־יִשָּׂא גֹוי אֶל־גֹּוי חֶרֶב וְלֹא־יִלְמְדוּ עֹוד מִלְחָמָה׃ פ [lōʾ-yiśśāʾ gôy ʾel-gôy ḥereb wǝlōʾ-yilmǝdû ʿôd milḥāmâ p].

Isaiah 2.2-4

The great prophecy which is in Isaiah too but also here in Micah. The prophecy of the the rule of the Messiah to bring peace and justice at the end of days when Jesus the Messiah returns. This time, not as a suffering servant but as the King of kings and Lord of lords during a time when there’s great stress and trouble on the earth and when He causes an end to war, an end to fighting, an end to armies, destroys the weapons of destruction and turns them into agricultural implements to make the world a better place, to bring peace and justice. This is a supernatural act.

When we were at the synagogue a few days ago, I talked to a Jewish man and I said that God is going to intervene in this situation and bring peace. And he said, ‘Well, God doesn’t do that sort of thing.‘ But actually He does, and there is One hope which you have in this present time. That is the coming of the Lord.

Humans are not going to sort out the mess in which we are in the world today, but the Lord is and He has come first of all to sort out you and me, to give us peace through the blood of the Cross. He is now coming back to bring peace to the world and to bring His order and justice to the world at the Second Coming of Jesus which is also the day of judgment when He is going to separate the lost from the saved.

So make sure you’re on the side of the saved by believing in Yeshua now, and you can have peace with God and have a glorious future forever and ever, amen.

Tony Pearce

2 comments

  • Dear brother
    I have recently been referred to your work and testimony and it is beautiful. I have been preaching what I see you have also written about. I have preached on the Feasts and the second Advent and how recent events in Israel have been fulfilled. You will be surprised but I am an unusual post-millennialist but otherwise it has been heartnening to see your work and passion. May the Lord give you much fruit.

    • Thank you very much for your encouraging words Steven. May the Lord continue to guide your every step. If, in any way we can be of help, please don’t hesitate to let us know. God bless.

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