Micah (Ch 5-7)

The Prophecy of Micah, the word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth during the reigns of kings, as Jehoram, Ahaziah, Joash, Amaziah and Uzziah. He is thought to have prophesied thirty or forty years, which places him in the years 713 to 750 BC; thus contemporary with Isaiah, Hosea and Amos but had started earlier.

Micah 5

1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops; he hath laid siege against us; they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. — it seems this verse ought to be joined to the foregoing chapter, as it evidently belongs to it, and not to this, which is upon a quite different subject.

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall come forth unto Me He that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” — but thou, Bethlehem Ephratah… but though Jerusalem should be besieged and taken and the land of Judea laid waste, yet before all this should be the Messiah should be born in Bethlehem of which this is a prophecy as is evident from Matthew 2:4;

— though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, among the districts of the country containing a thousand families, the town being of little importance over against the mighty Jerusalem nearby, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be Ruler in Israel, out of thee shall come forth unto me a Judge, that is to be ruler in Israel, and this is the King; for because he is to be of the seed of David, from Bethlehem he will be, that is, the selection of the Messiah as the true King of Israel serving as Ruler of Israel;

— whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting; thus the Father’s will and purpose from eternity was made manifest in the coming of the Prince of Peace. And even as His outgoings were from eternity, since He is the everlasting Son of the Father, so His generation as man is from Bethlehem.

Therefore will He give them up, until the time that she who travaileth hath brought forth; then the remnant of His brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. — but you, Bethlehem, David’s county where the Lamb would be born wouldn’t be given up; from you will come the leader who will be the Messiah-rule Israel. He’ll be no upstart, no pretender, his family tree is ancient and distinguished. Meanwhile, Bethlehem will be in foster homes until the birth pangs are over and the child is born then the scattered brothers come back home to the family of Jacob. He will stand tall in his Messiah-rule with God’s strength, centered in the Kingdom of God. And the people will have a good and safe home, his Greatness shall reach the ends of the earth; the Peacemaker of the world!

And He shall stand and feed them in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God. And they shall abide; for now shall He be great unto the ends of the earth. — and He shall stand and feed, both ruling and nourishing as the King and Shepherd of His people, in the strength of the Lord, He Himself being the mighty God, Isaiah 9:6;

— in the majesty of the name of the Lord, His God, which was communicated to Him even in His state of humiliation; and they shall abide, namely, the true spiritual children of Israel; for now shall He be great unto the ends of the earth, His kingdom, the Kingdom of God, extending over the entire earth.

And this Man shall be the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land; and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds and eight princes of men. — when the Assyrian shall come into our land; not Sennacherib king of Assyria; though by the invasion of Judea, and siege of Jerusalem, he might have lately been concerned in and by reason of the terror which that had raised in the people; the Assyrian may be here put for any powerful enemy of the people of God in later times;

— then shall we raise against him seven shepherds and eight princes of men; we, the Israel of God shall be enabled to repel the enemy. “Shepherds,” that is, princes, “seven” is the perfect number, representing completeness and rest; and eight principal men; or princes among men, appointed by the Ruler as his subordinates and representatives. These are said to be “eight” to imply a great number: there should be an abundance of able leaders.

And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod at the entrances thereof; thus shall He deliver us from the Assyrian when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many nations, as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. — and the remnant of Jacob, those that survived the fire, famine, pestilences and the sword, shall be in the midst of many people as captives, “in the midst of the abundance of the nations,”

— as a dew from the Lord, their testimonies would nourish the nations, as the showers upon the grass, the truth about their abominations would give the nations much need truth with their life-giving strength, that tarrieth not for man nor waiteth for the sons of men, for the Word of God exerts its strength without the assistance of man, (more on the remnants from Ezekiel 12 at the end)

And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, in the midst of many people, as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through, both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. — and the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations in the midst of many people… the same persons are meant here as before; who are compared to dew and showers of rain; because numerous and full of blessings in themselves and useful and beneficial to others;

— as a lion among the beasts of the forest; strong, mighty, powerful, courageous and superior to their enemies as the lion is strongest among beasts and keeps all others in awe of him;

— as a young lion among the flocks of sheep;  in the great Millennium or the Messianic Age, their enemies shall be no more able to oppose them than a flock of sheep are to a young lion to resist him; the design of the metaphor is not to signify the harmlessness and innocence of their enemies but their weakness and the strength and courage of them. 

Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. — in the great Millennium or the Messianic Age thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries… O remnant of Jacob or Israel, as the Targum says; the remnant of Jacob, and destroy their enemies with the sword that proceeds out of his mouth.

10 “And it shall come to pass in that day,” saith the Lord, “that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots. — and it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, at the time of Messiah’s reign that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, ordinarily, the confidence of men, and I will destroy thy chariots.

11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds. — the Targum says, “I will cut off the cities of the people out of thy land and destroy all their strong fortresses” these shall dwell no more there and be no more offensive and troublesome.

12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers. — and I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand… in the latter day; all unlawful arts, cheating and juggling in religious matters will cease and be no more; every religious building of any kind (churches, cathedrals, temples, shrines, monuments, mosques) will all be totally demolished, so that no vestige of any false religion remains.

13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.

14 And I will pluck up thine Asherah poles out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.

15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” — such as they have not heard; such terrible judgements, and dreadful expressions of divine wrath and fury, by earthquakes, hailstones, as were never known or heard before of in the world before see Revelation 16:18; or “which have not heard” the people that have not heard and hearkened to the word of God to the voice of Christ in the Gospel, but have turned a deaf ear to it, and despised it. So the Targum says, “who have not received the doctrine of the law.”

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More on the Remnants from Ezekiel 12

16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine and from the pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the nations whither they come; and they shall know that I am the Lord.” — “that they may declare all their abominations among the nations;” this explains why a few are left to survive;

— if they have hidden in some secret hideouts, they won’t be able to “declare all their abominations among the nations” whither they come; who, observing their calamities, and distresses, could deserve and a need to know, and hear those who are well-versed to explain their sins, abominations and judgement to the nations.

Micah 6

1 Hear ye now what the Lord saith: “Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice. — arise; O Prophet Micah, and do thine office; sit not still, nor indulge to sloth and ease; show readiness, diligence, activity, zeal, and courage in my service and in carrying a message from me to my people:

— hear ye now what the Lord saith… here begins a new discourse and with an address of the prophet to contend before the mountains; a parallel Scripture in Ezekiel 6 against the mountains and hills of Israel follows:

Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord’S controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with His people, and He will plead with Israel. — a detailed parallel Scripture in Ezekiel 6 on the mountains and hills of Israel;

— the “mountains of Israel” refer to the United States, UK and France – “and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys;” the hills: Ireland, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Finland, and Iceland; and the valleys, the low countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg;

— and to the rivers; where during the nineteenth century, the British Royal Navy were known to “Rule the Waves;” and the United States having been plowing up and down the five oceans with her Seven Fleets since the British left the scene.

O My people, what have I done unto thee? And wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against Me! — O My people, what have I done unto thee? namely, in inflicting any kind of wrong unto them. And wherein have I wearied thee? is my requirements too rigorous or too hard to follow? Testify against me! God was ready to entertain any reply which they might want to make concerning any charges.

For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servitude; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. — for I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt… instead of doing them any wrong, he had done them much good; of which this is one instance and he was able to produce more: this a notorious, plain and full proof of his goodness to them which could not be denied. It may be rendered, as it is by some, “surely I brought thee up” this is a certain thing, well known and cannot be disproved it must be allowed to be a great favour and kindness to be brought up out of a superstitious, idolatrous people, enemies to God and true religion and who had used them in a barbarous and cruel manner:

— and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; or “out of the house of bondage” as the same words are rendered, Exodus 20:2; that is, out of hard service in which their lives were made bitter; out of cruel bondage and slavery which made them cry to the Lord for help and deliverance; and he heard them and sent them a deliverer;

— and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron and Miriam; not to bring them the news of their deliverance out of Egypt, to be their guides to conduct and direct them in all matters, civil and religious. Moses was their lawgiver, leader and commander; Aaron was their priest to offer sacrifice for them and to intercede on their behalf; and Miriam was a prophetess; the Targum says, “I sent before thee three prophets, Moses to teach the tradition of judgements; Aaron to make atonement for the people; and Miriam to instruct the women.”

O My people, remember now what Balak king of Moab counseled, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, from Shittim unto Gilgal, that ye may know the righteousness of the Lord.” — O My people, remember now what Balak, king of Moab, consulted, the counsel he took in trying to bring about their downfall;

— and what Balaam, the son of Beor, answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal, between the first station after Balaam’s blessing and the first station on the soil of the Holy Land, Cf Numbers 25:1; Joshua 4:19, that ye may know the righteousness of the Lord, how truly and righteously He performed the deeds of His almighty power in carrying out His counsel of love toward His people. Israel being unable to answer this challenge of the Lord and admitting the guilt charged in His statement, is ready to make amends.

With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? — wherewith shall I come before the Lord and bow myself before the high God? the prophet asks in the name of the people in order to restore the relationship which had been so rudely disturbed by their transgressions. Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? these being considered the choicest sacrifices.

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? — will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams… if single burnt offerings of bullocks and heifers will not do, will rams and thousands of them be acceptable to him?

— or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? for meat offerings, in which oil was used: if he could but gain his point and get the God of Israel on his side;

— shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? It is well known that the Phenicians and others in the land of Canaan sacrificed their children to Saturn or Molech, and some of the idolatrous Israelites imitated this horrid practice: see note on Leviticus 18:21, where God in a solemn manner prohibits it;

— these two verses give us an exact description of the character of hypocrites and habitual sinners who hope to obtain God’s favour by performing certain external ceremonies and are willing to purchase their own pardon upon any terms, except that of reforming their lives.

He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? — and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly; or to exercise public judgement and justice as a king among his subjects; to do private and personal justice between man and man; to hurt no man’s property and character; to give to everyone their due and do as he would desire to be done by; which as it is agreeable to the law of God so to the light of nature and what is shown, required and taught by it;

— and to love mercy; not only to show mercy to miserable objects, to persons in distress; to relieve the poor and indigent, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry, but to delight in such exercises and which a king especially should do;

— and to walk humbly with thy God? his Creator and Benefactor from whom he had his being and all the blessings of life and was dependent upon him; and therefore as a creature should behave with humility towards his Creator, acknowledging his distance from him and the obligations he lay under to him; and even though a king yet his God and Creator was above him, King of kings, and Lord of lords, to whom he owed his crown, sceptre and kingdom and was accountable to him for all his administrations: and this “walking humbly” as opposed to “walking in pride” which kings are apt to do; but God can humble them and bring them low as kings have been obliged to learn; see Daniel 2:21.

The Lord’S voice crieth unto the city (and the man of wisdom shall see Thy name): “Hear ye the rod and who hath appointed it! — the Targum of the whole says, “with the voice the prophets of the Lord Cry to the city; and teachers fear the name (of the Lord); hear, O king and rulers, and the rest of the people of the land.”

10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable? — are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked? namely, such as had been gained by wickedness, by oppression and cheating;

— and the scant measure that is abominable? or for such practices as they were abominable and detestable to God; they stirred up his wrath, and brought destruction on those that used them. The Targum says, “false measures that bring a curse.”

11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? — and with the bag of deceitful weights? or “stones” which were used in weighing goods and which were deceitful when a heavier was used in buying and a lighter in selling. So the Targum says, “and with the bag, in which are weights greater and lesser” condemned in Deuteronomy 25:13.

12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. — for the rich men thereof are full of violence… that is, the rich men of the city, to whom the voice of the Lord cried, Jerusalem or Samaria, or any or all the cities of Israel and Judah; the rich men of these cities, who had enough of the world and were under no temptation to do an ill thing, to get money; and yet their hands and their houses and their treasuries, as the Targum says, were full of goods gotten by violent measures, by the oppression of the poor and needy.

13 Therefore also will I make thee sick by smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins. — therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee… with the rod to be heard by some of his sore judgments: as famine, pestilence, the sword of the enemy, civil disorders and the like which should cause their kingdom and state and families to decline and waste away as a sickly and diseased body. So the Targum says “and I brought upon thee illness and a stroke.”

14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied, and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee. And thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword. — thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied… either not having enough to eat, for the refreshing and satisfying of nature; or else a blessing being withheld from food, though eaten, and so not nourishing; or a voracious and insatiable appetite being given as a curse; the first sense seems best;

— and you shall overtake: your enemies who lead your sons and daughters away into captivity; but you shall not rescue them and if you rescue them their end will be to the sword.

15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine. — thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap, the enemy either destroying or robbing the crop; thou shalt tread the olives but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil since the enemy would plunder the stores; and sweet wine, these must as pressed from the grapes, but shalt not drink wine, the finished product.

16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab; and ye walk in their counsels, that I should make thee a desolation and the inhabitants thereof a hissing: Therefore ye shall bear the reproach of My people.” — I should make thee a desolation, an object of astonishment and horror, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing, to be jeered at on every side. Therefore ye shall bear the reproach of My people, the disgrace which is ordinarily heaped upon the people of God if it is delivered into the hands of its enemies. The greater the grace and mercy of the Lord which was upon them, the greater would be their punishment for having rejected His mercy. If people have a form of godliness but deny its power, then this outward semblance is all the more liable to bring the Lord’s reproach upon such hypocrites.

Micah 7

1 Woe is me! For I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: There is no cluster to eat; my soul desired the first ripe fruit. — Woe is me!.. alas for me unhappy man that I am to live in such an age and among such a people as I do! this the prophet says;

— for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits as the grape gleanings of the vintage; when there are only an apple or a pear or two leftover, or such sort of fruit, and such a quantity of it left on the top of the tree, or on the outermost branches of it after the rest are gathered in; or a few single grapes here and there after the vintage is over; signifying either that he was like Elijah left alone or however that the number of good men were very few;

— there is no cluster to eat; my soul desired the first ripe fruit; there are few or none that are so truly and consistently pious as to delight in doing good to others or making them as happy as lies in their power.

The good man is perished out of the earth, and there is none upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net. — the good man is perished out of the earth… here the prophet expresses in plain words what he had before delivered in figurative terms: the “good” or “godly” man. The complaint is that there were few or scarce any of this character in the earth in the land of Israel, where there used to be great numbers of them, but now they were all dead and gone;

— and there is none upright among men; that are upright in heart and life; that have right spirits renewed in them are Israelites indeed, in whom there is no guile; and walk uprightly according to the rule of the divine word, truly honest, faithful men; very few such were to be found, scarce;

— they hunt every man his brother with a net as men lay nets for fish, fowl, beasts and hunt them till they have got them into them; so these men laid snares not for strangers only but for their own brethren to entangle them in and cheat and defraud them of their substance; and this they would do even to their destruction, so the Targum says, “betray or deliver his brother to destruction.”

— there are very few left because the majority in our society have succumbed to four great deceptions in our modern era (Easter, Christmas, Sundays, holy ghost) more at the end

That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man uttereth his wicked desire; so they wrap it up. — that they may do evil with both hands earnestly… Or “well” strenuously, diligently to the utmost of their power, labouring at it with all their might and main; as wicked men generally are more industrious and exert themselves more to do evil than good men do to do good; and even weary themselves to commit iniquity:

— the prince asketh and the judge asketh for a reward; and if they do it must be bribed and have a reward for it even persons of such high character; 

— and the great man he uttereth his mischievous desire; the depravity, corruption and perverseness of his soul; who is either some great man at court, that being encouraged by the example of the prince and judge, openly and publicly requires a bribe also to do an ill thing; and without any shame or blushing promises to do it on that consideration; or a counsellor at the bar who openly declares that he will speak in such a cause.

The best of them is as a brier; the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge. The day of thy watchman and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity. — the day of thy watchmen; either which the true prophets of the Lord, sometimes called watchmen, foretold should come but were discredited and despised will now most assuredly come; and now it should be seen whether it would be the day of their punishment for their false prophecies promised only good times ahead;

— and thy visitation cometh; the time that God would punish the people in general for their iniquities, as! well as their false prophets, princes, judges and great men; who also may be designed by watchmen.

Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide; keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. — put ye not confidence in a guide; in political matters, in civil affairs as civil magistrates, judges, counsellors or in domestic matters.

For the son dishonoreth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law: a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. — for the son dishonoreth the father, openly despising him, the daughter riseth up against her mother, refusing her the love and honor which she owes;

— the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, all the most sacred relationships being utterly broken down; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. Similar conditions preceded the fall of Jerusalem and will precede the end of the world.

Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

Rejoice not over me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. — rejoice not against me, O mine enemy… these are the words of the prophet in the house of Israel continued in an address to his and their enemy; literally the Chaldeans or Edomites or both who rejoiced at the destruction of Jerusalem and the calamities the people of the Jews were brought into at it.

I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He plead my cause and execute judgement for me. He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteousness. — I will bear the indignation of the Lord; the Targum prefaces these words with “Jerusalem saith” and they are the words of the prophet in the name of Jerusalem; with the humble submission which characterizes the repentant heart, because I have sinned against Him, such a free and unequivocal confession being essential if the sorrow is genuine;

— until He plead my cause, taking the part of His people against the enemies and execute judgement for me, maintaining and establishing His Kingdom in spite of all hostility; 

— He will bring me forth to the light, namely, out of the darkness of captivity and oppression and I shall behold His righteousness for the deliverance of His people was in agreement with the Lord’s ancient promises.

10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her that said unto me, “Where is the Lord thy God?” Mine eyes shall behold her; now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets. — then she that is mine enemy shall see it, this being the confident expectation of the Lord’s people and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the Lord, thy God? in the scornful question usually asked by the enemies of the Kingdom;

— Mine eyes shall behold her, with quiet satisfaction; now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

11 In that day thy walls are to be built; in that day shall the decree be far removed. — when Jerusalem is to be rebuilt, then it will be larger than it was previously; “far removed” refers to being extended outwards and implied these extended walls are the city limits of Jerusalem.

12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain. — in that day also He shall come even to thee, the restored Zion, from Assyria and from the fortified cities where many of the ten tribes were, whither they were carried captives and from the fortress, namely, Assyria, even to the river, the Euphrates, to indicate all the countries lying between;

— and from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain, from all the regions and countries of the earth, all those whom the Lord had chosen from the various countries of the world;

— here is a parallel from Ezekiel 6:3

and say: ‘Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God. Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys: Behold I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places. — this message to the “mountains of Israel;” these mountains refer to the United States, UK and France. . . . “and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys;” the hills: Ireland, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Finland, and Iceland; and the valleys, the low countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg;

— and to the rivers; where during the nineteenth century, the British Royal Navy were known to “Rule the Waves;” and the United States having been plowing up and down the five oceans with her Seven Fleets since the British left the scene.

13 Notwithstanding, the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, because of the fruit of their doings. — notwithstanding the land shall be desolate, the reference to the land of Israel; possessed by the ten tribes and at the latter days shall be desolate; because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings; the fruit of their doings are the fruits of their wickedness, which is desolation: by fire, pestilence and famine, and if they still survive, to be smitten by a Sword.

14 Rule Thy people with Thy rod, the flock of Thine heritage, who dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. — led Thy people with Thy rod, with a true shepherd’s care, the staff being the mark of the shepherd; the Targum says, “feed thy people with thy word, the people of thine inheritance, in the age which is to be renewed.”

15 “As in the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt, will I show unto them marvelous things.” — according to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt when He overthrew the enemies with a mighty hand and revealed His goodness to Israel, will I show unto him marvelous things, His Kingdom being given the wonders of His rule.

16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might; they shall lay their hand upon their mouth; their ears shall be deaf. — they will be stunned with it and scarce know what they hear; become deaf with the continual noise of it, which will be disagreeable to them; and will choose to hear no more and therefore through envy and grief will stop their ears at what is told them.

17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent; they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth. They shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of Thee. — they shall lick the dust like a serpent, in deepest humiliation; they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth, literally, “as those things that creep on the earth” they shall tremble forth out of their hiding-places; 

— they shall be afraid of the Lord, our God, approaching to Him with terror, and shall fear because of thee. With these words the prophet once more turns directly to Yehovah, addressing Him in words of praise.

18 Who is a God like unto Thee, who pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy.

19 He will turn again; He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities. And Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. — He will turn again, so the prophet assures the believers; He will have compassion upon us, He will subdue our iniquities, treading them down like enemies that rise up against the believers; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea, so that they are covered over and can no more rise to condemn the Lord’s people.

20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob and the mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old. — thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob… that is, the promise made to Jacob, the Lord would faithfully perform and make good to his posterity, natural and spiritual, especially to those who are Israelites indeed;

— and the mercy to Abraham; the gracious promises made to him, which sprung from mere grace and mercy; all respecting his natural and spiritual seed; and especially the promise of the coming of the Millenium and the Messianic Age, that seed of his in which all nations of the earth were to be blessed; and which is the eminent instance of the mercy and grace of God to all nations of the world that walk in the steps of Abraham.

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Four Great Deceptions:

(a) Easters, a celebration of the Queen of heaven: Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex. Her symbols (like the egg and bunny) were and still are fertility and sex symbols; and to those who actually think eggs and bunnies have something to do with the resurrection; Jeremiah 7:18 the women knead their dough to make cakes to the Queen of heaven; in Egypt, Jeremiah 44:17-19, 25, this is Ishtar: pronounced ‘Easter.’

(b) Christmas; Ezekiel 8:16 five and twenty men with their backs toward the temple; their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east; Christmas, which honor the Mithraism, birthday on December 25th – a form of nature worship based on the Sun-Goddess Mithra who on the darkest night of the year (December 20/21), gives birth to “Light” causing each day thereafter to grow longer until the Summer solstice;

(c) Sundays; her sabbaths which is Sundays, where the original keepers were the Samaritans, brought from Assyria: And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel; and they possessed Samaria and dwelt in the cities thereof, II Kings 17:24.

— today, more than 98.5 percent of Christians are honoring the SUN by observing SUNday worship. Ezekiel 8:16 They have “their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the SUN toward the east; whose penalty is to be stoned to death, Deuteronomy 17:3-5 – ’till they die.

— also, following the SUN-worshipping Samaritans, most Church of God Communities are showing their contempt for God by having their “wavesheaf offering” and Pentecost on a SUNday; always on a SUNday. And these are supposedly in God’s Sanctuary, but God says He is a jealous God, so these pretentious Christians could be spewed out of His mouth! A death penalty – ’till they die!

(4) Holy Ghosts – Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; if the Spirit is a Being or an independent Personage; there would be seven Holy Spirits;

— and with these we would add Jesus Christ the Son, and God the Father, then there would be nine Personage; we should have a Polygon or a Nonagon; so surely the Godhead would be a Polyty or a Nonaty; nine heads, that would be more like an Indian goddess more than a Trinity?

— more about the missing Holy Ghost; indeed he’s real and around; he was created full of wisdom and beauty, his head swelled up so much that he wanted to be like the Most High: these clues are giving in the book of Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14.

~ by Joel Huan on December 11, 2021.

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