|Micah 4 |
1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains; and it shall be exalted above the hills, and people shall flow to it.1
2 And many nations shall come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. For the law shall go forth from Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 And he shall judge among many people and return decisions for strong nations far off, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 But every man shall sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken it.
5 For all people walk in the name of their god, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever.
6 "In that day," says the LORD, "I will assemble her lame, and I will gather those who were driven out and those whom I have afflicted.
7 And I will make the lame a remnant, and those who were cast far off a strong nation; and the LORD will reign over them in mount Zion from this time forward, even forever.
8 And you, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, to you shall come the former dominion, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem."
9 Now why do you cry out aloud? Is there no king in you? Has your counselor perished, so that pangs have seized you like a woman in labor?
10 Be in pain and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in labor; for now you shall go forth out of the city and you shall dwell in the open field. You shall go to Babylon; there you shall be rescued. There the LORD shall redeem you from the hand of your enemies.
11 Now many nations are gathered against you, who say, "Let her be defiled and let our eye gaze on Zion!"
12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD, nor understand his purposes, for he will gather them as sheaves of grain to the threshing floor.
13 "Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion! For I will make your horn iron and your hoofs bronze, and you shall beat in pieces many people." And I will devote their unjust gain to the LORD, and their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.
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1 In the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains; and it shall be exalted above the hills, and people shall flow to it. This chapter describes a spiritual event and place, not a physical event or place. New Jerusalem was established in the Kingdom of Heaven. The last days began at Pentecost, as Peter confirmed when he said: "But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. The kingdom is an experience for those believers who purify their hearts and souls in obedience to the voice of the Lord.
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