Swords and Plowshares

Micah 4:1-5 (ESV)

It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, 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, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away; and 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 they shall sit every man 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 the peoples walk each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever.

How long must we wait for this day, prophesied back 700 years before Christ? We do not know when this will happen. I am inclined to think this speaks of the time when Christ will reign for 1000 years here on earth, at the end of time.

It would be nice if this happened soon, but if my understanding is correct, the terrible days of the Great Tribulation must come first. So that will be terrible... So days of famine, war, hatred, etc, will come first, then when God puts an end to all of that for a time of peace like never seen before for a Millennium, this prophecy will come to fulfillment.

But what does this have for us? Just the fact that we know that God is sovereign, and has a plan. He will work His will and plans in His time. God will fulfill all in due season. Personally, I rejoice that God has told us ahead of time, what will happen. Even if I have to suffer for a time, I know Who the victor is. I will rejoice in God my Savior. I am continually amazed at the graciousness of God. He has cared for me all my days (21,206 so far), and will continue to do so.

Spend some time thinking about the Graciousness of God in your life. Ponder His greatness, and His mercy. No matter how terrible things seem at times, remember that He sent His own son, to walk this earth, and die a terrible death to redeem us from OUR sins.

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