Subject: Judgment and Redemption
In the Sermon on the Mount Christ instructed His disciples
in the manner in which they should pray: "In this manner, therefore pray: 'Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.'" (Matthew 6:9-12) Those of us having the "Blessed Hope",
look for Christ's appearing while hoping and praying that Yahovah's kingdom comes quickly.
In the Book of Micah, in the sacred Scriptures the Bible, Micah reveals through
prophecy the judgment of Elohim/God against Israel and Judah; His covenant people were steeped in sin. Sin is the violation
of Elohim's Word, the Torah, and sin must be judged. Sin must be judged because it separates us from Elohim who is Holy. However,
because Elohim is merciful forgiveness is always available for restoration back to Him; sin breaks the fellowship with
Him; therefore the need for a Savior. What is so fascinating about Micah is that his prophecy is not just to Elohim's people
but to the whole world!
teach that all men are sinners: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of Elohim." (Romans 3:23); Moreover,
"But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Yeshua Ha Mashiach/Jesus the Savior, might
be given to those who believe." (Galatians 3:22) The whole world is guilty of sin and lies under its weight! We
must never forget this Scripture: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of Elohim is eternal life in Ha Mashiach
Yeshus our Lord" (Romans 6:23)
Therefore, "Hear, all ye peoples! Listen, O earth, and all that is in it! Let Yahovah Elohim be a witness against
you, Yahovah from His holy temple. For behold, Yahovah is coming out of His place; He will come down and tread on the high
places of the earth." (Micah 1:2-3)
The late Dr.
J. Vernon McGee described perfectly why Elohim had an indictment against not only Israel and Judah but also the entire world.
These are the charges listed against the nations: "Violence, corruption, robbery, covetousness, gross materialism, spiritual
bankruptcy, and sex." These charges sound strikingly familiar and could be brought against every nation on the planet!
Whereas Micah preached and prophesied against such damnable immorality in his day, the Church today is completely silent
on such abominable sinfulness. The whole world is guilty and so the message from Micah is inclusive.
This nation is spiraling downward at breakneck speed to fulfill its appetite for pleasure. The
laws and values which use to be proclaimed, some valuable along with some that were unjust have been rearranged, repackaged,
and with a little slight of hand have been adopted as moving forward. If a country or nation conducts its affairs in a deceptive
and subtle way; not caring about the damage such practices cause, then eventually it will reap just what it has sown. This
was the message of Micah to Israel, Judah, and the world! "Hear, all ye peoples! Listen, O earth...." The pride
and power of the nations were to be destroyed.
Chapter two describes the
reason of Elohim's judgment against the practitioners of evil: "Woe to those who devise iniquity, and work out evil on
their beds! At morning light they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields and take them by
violence, also houses, and seize them. So they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance. Therefore thus says
Yahovah: 'Behold, against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks; Nor shall you walk
haughtily For this is an evil time.'" (Micah 2:1-3)
Woe is a direct
and definite warning of coming misery from destruction resulting in pain and death and in affliction through judgment against
the practice of sin. Iniquity is the "absence of moral and spiritual values; morally objectionable behavior; and also
an unjust act." Sin, of course, is the disobedience of the Elohim's Laws, Statues, and Commandments in the written Word
To devise iniquity and to covet are practices the prophets
spoke out against: greed, theft, and oppression are actions the powerful can and do use against the weak. There is a commandment
that says: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant,
nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."
(Exodus 20:17) To covet is more than wanting what someone else has, it is a concerted effort made to take what others have
by any means!
Micah not only spoke to the powerful who controlled the
economy, he also included the false prophets/preachers, and lying prophets/preachers. Verse six of Micah says: "Do not
prattle." (Micah 2:6) Prattle means to speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly; engaged in foolish and
irrelevant talk. Is this Yahovah's instruction to Micah? More specifically, is this Elohim/God warning Micah not to be as
the "lying prophets" were?
"Arise and depart, for this is not,
your rest; because it is defiled, it shall destroy, yes, with utter destruction. If a man should walk in a false spirit and
speak a lie, saying, 'I will prohesy to you of wine and drink,' even he would be the prattler of this people." (Micah
2:10-11) So the false prophet is prophesying the lie of prosperity when destruction and the lack of necessities are the order
of the day! A summary of what the false prophets were saying is this: "They spoke of rest when utter destruction was
decreed by Elohim." When they spoke of "wine and drink," were they speaking of abundant prosperity or were
they saying "good words" in exchange for wine and beer?" Prattle or lying is the question. The answer,
they were liars. Prophesying prosperity when destruction was imminent.
is a great deal of prosperity preaching in America these days notwithstanding the billions of dollars spent because of natural
disasters, (so called), from 1991-2004. These disasters coincided with this Government's trying to pressure Israel into giving
up a portion of its land for peace. - (There will be no peace until the Prince of Peace comes!)
But just whose land is it? "Then He said to him, 'I Am Yahovah who brought you out of Ur of the
Chaldeans to give you this land to inherit it!" This is Elohim speaking to Abram before his name change.
(Genesis 15:7) "And first I will repay double for their iniquity and their sin, because they have defiled My land; they
have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable idols." (Jeremiah 16:18)
"I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat; and I
will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel,...They also have divided up my
land." (Joel 3:2)
The land belongs to Elohim and He gave it to
Abraham and Abraham's seed Isaac and Jacob. Could it be that the disasters that have been occurring in the United States
are not natural disasters but are instead judgments on the nation because of pressure on Israel to give up land for a peace
agreement? I have shown in a previous lesson how Elohim controls the weather for His purpose against men in rebellion to His
Micah appeals to Yahovah's people and the whole world regarding prophetic
judgment on those who willingly rebel against Elohim's righteous Laws. Fulfilled prophecy is a method used to give everyone
a witness to the power of Elohim and a chance to make a choice for life beyond this one.
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek MY face, and
turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2nd Chronicles
Micah is a book of prophecy that fortold accurately the judgment
on people and nations for his time, the past. But he also foretold what would happen in the future which is now the present.
If judgment was fulfilled on an immoral people and nations then, it is likely to be fulfilled on immoral people and
nations now. However, redemption is still available if people and nations would heed the call of 2nd Chronicles 7:14.
Until the next time, in His service
James A. Chisolm