Micah 4:1-4 says, “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.”  The portion before us concerns the latter days, which means the coming of Messiah’s kingdom on the earth after the seven year Tribulation Period. These days are not yet here as should be obvious to all of us.  Verses 1-4 are almost identical to Isaiah 2:2-4.  The Lord used both of these faithful prophets to convey this message of future glory to us.

We see that the Gentile nations will come to Jerusalem to learn about the Lord and His ways.  This will be a time of peace, a proper time of complete disarmament.  That which was used for war, will be converted to be used as farming equipment.  They shall “learn war no more.”  All of us have been witness to continual wars and battles between nations, even wars where nations fight against themselves.  I tire so much of this, but am encouraged to know that the day will come when Christ shall rule among His people and articles of destruction will be converted to articles of production.  Fear will be removed and the voice of the Lord will be heard and listened to.  What a glorious time!

Micah 4:5-8 says, “For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.”  Verse 5 compares the idolatry that was prevalent during Micah’s day with the true worship of the true God in the Millennial (1000 year) Kingdom.  Then the Lord will gather all those who were crippled by slavery, those who were castaways and were stricken by the Lord…and the Lord will bring restoration to them!  “The Lord shall reign over them!”  The heart of the Lord’s people when He was on the earth was cold and hateful towards Him.  The people declared, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” (Luke 19:14)  Yet, the Lord according to His promises will restore this nation and the redeemed remnant will enjoy His reign when “the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem” such as it was under David, before being weakened by the secession of the ten tribes.

Where will we, the believers of this age, be during this time?  Just before the Tribulation Period begins, the Lord will return to the air to gather His church to be with Himself.  We read in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and SO SHALL WE EVER BE WITH THE LORD.”  We will be with the Lord as He reigns over His kingdom on the earth.  (212.6)