Micah and the Endtimes
Micah, who prophesied contemporaneously with Isaiah, spoke of the latter days when God would come to bring both judgment and peace. This two-fold purpose of eschatology is often downplayed to pit one against the other. We’re told that if God is coming to judge the nations, then he is not bringing peace or salvation. On the other hand if it is a coming for salvation, then judgment is excluded.
This is not the case. According to the prophets, both judgment and salvation are concurrent events of the endtimes teaching in the scriptures. Micah, the prophet, as did Isaiah, spoke of both events as part of the last days. In Micah 4:1-3, we have the message of the Gospel going forth from Zion. This is the new Jerusalem and temple of Revelation 21:1-3, which comes down from God out of heaven.
Observe that it is the time when “He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spear into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn warn anymore. God’s judgment would be against many nations. He would rebuke strong nations afar off.
Micah’s Overview of the Bible Prophecy
Micah sees a time when everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree. He describes a time of peace and prosperity when the outcasts of Israel are gathers Israel and the remnant together to reign over them in Mt. Zion. It is the coming of the kingdom. (v. 6-8; Isa. 9:6)
Micah and Isaiah Prophesy the Kingdom Coming in Judgment
Isaiah spoke of the kingdom coming in judgment in the same verse in which it speaks of the kingdom coming in peace. “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isa. 9:7).
This verse does not leave any room for a closed-end salvation. There is no special limited number when God will cut-off his mercy to the world, stop saving people and call it a day. He entered His eternal rest in A.D. 70, but left the door open for unending grace to any and all who come to Him without limits on the number. The kingdom has no end.
Yet, both Micah and Isaiah record that this continual increase in God’s kingdom is established in judgment. Thus Micah and Isaiah agree that the endtimes of Israel’s last days, meant part of the nation would suffer the consequences of unbelief while the the faithful entered the blessings of peace.