BUT YOU, BETHLEHEM.
Micah prophesies that a godly ruler would come out of Bethlehem who would fulfill God's promises to His people. This verse refers to Jesus the Messiah (Matthew 2:1, 3-6), who is "from ancient times" (from eternity, without beginning or end; John 1:1; Colossians 1:7; Revelation 1:8); yet He would be born as a human and live among people (Verse 3; John 1:14; Philippians 2:7-8).
THEREFORE ISRAEL WILL BE ABANDONED.
God would abandon Israel - allowing the nation to go its way and suffer the consequences of its actions. It would have to survive without the many benefits God had desired for them until the promised One is born (Christ). "She who is in labor" refers physically to the virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, and spiritually to the faithful few in Israel who will be serving God up until that time. all hope for Israel - and for all nations - comes from the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. "The rest of His brothers" refers to the northern tribes of Israel, showing that the Messiah would be for all of Israel twelve tribes twelve tribes (Judah consisted of two tribes and Israel consisted of ten of the original tribes.
TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
Like Isaiah (Isaiah 9:6-7; 61:1-2), Micah did not distinguish between the first and second comings of Jesus Christ to the earth. Some of his descriptions may have implications for both arrivals. When Christ returns to destroy all evil (following the tribulation judgments on the earth, Revelation Chapters 6-19), Israel will live securely and Christ will reign over all the world.
HE WILL BE THEIR PEACE.
Only Jesus the Messiah will bring lasting peace to Israel (this will occur in its most complete way when He returns to earth to rule for the last thousand years at the end of history, Revelation 20). Yet with His first coming, Christ has already brought God's peace to individuals who have accepted His personal sacrifice for their sins, received His forgiveness and have the assurance of eternal life (Romans 5:1-11). Because they have entrusted their lives to His leadership, true followers of Jesus will not be condemned to receive eternal punishment (John 14:27; Ephesians 2:14).
Assyria represents all God's enemies. The Messiah will one day rescue and free His people from all who oppose them and their worship of God.
DEMOLISH YOUR CHARIOTS
When the Messiah returns to judge the world for its evil, He will take away Israel's need and ability to make ware (Verse 10-11). He will also take away from the nation all sin, witchcraft and idolatry (worship of false gods [which really represent demons] or other things instead of the true God, Verse 12-14). All those in Israel who are not loyal to God and His ways will be destroyed, along with the rest of God's enemies.
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