Micah Part 22 – The Lord is Faithful

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"The Lord is Faithful"

Key Verses:  Micah 7:16 – 7:20

The most basic promise of God is the salvation of all men. This was what the Lord swore with an oath to Abraham and reconfirmed with Isaac, Jacob and the Elect Apostles when true faith was given. All men, nations, and families will be saved and they will come to be blessed in the Christ.

Gen 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in The Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The sum of the Word makes it clear that the blessing being spoken of is the judgment of God which brings salvation. This is how the word of the Lord is performed and works righteousness.

Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Psa 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

The Lord is faithful even when men are not. The promise is made, and it shall be in the times appointed of the Lord. Our sins are taken away by the remaking of the marred vessel of clay.

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Here are the final five verses of the Book of Micah.

Mic 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
Mic 7:17 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.
Mic 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that 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.
Mic 7:19 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.
Mic 7:20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

These events spoken of in the outward fulfillment span a large number of human years. Even inwardly it seems it takes forever to be transformed and to go through judgment and to be delivered from our sin. Yet the Word says our life is a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. The lies and false doctrines that are nigh unto cursing take a “long” process to be burned out of us. These concluding verses in Micah are part of the same “one dream” (Gen 41:25) that is shown to Lord’s prophets before He brings it pass. In spiritual times, the events in our lives take place quickly and suddenly and like everything else in life, happen exactly on the Lord’s timetable.

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

These verses in Micah and all of Scripture have both an inward and outward application and are “is, was and will be”. We have seen this prophecy of judgment happening in parallel throughout the whole Book. God’s Elect live this “day” out now in this age. This prophecy (“will be”) is speaking to future events that involve the Elect, specifically the Millennium Reign of Christ and the judgment of all men in the Lake of Fire. It is the Lord’s Christ who will witness for the Lord and rule the earth and minister salvation to all men.

Isa 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? (Millennium Reign)
1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (Lake of Fire)

Our first verse to look deeper is verse 16.

Mic 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

The Lord is raising up Kings and Priests via the “on the job” experience learned as judgment is executed upon the heathen nations within us and those nations are ruled with a rod of iron. The final training experience for the ultimate role as saviors to all of mankind in the Lake of Fire (Oba 1:21) is the period of outward ruling and reigning with Christ for the 1,000 years. He that overcomes in this age will be given to rule in the ages to come.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Not one soul will be converted during the entire Millennium. All men will be yet carnal and separated from the knowledge and wisdom of God. Devoid of ears to hear and eyes to see, those in the flesh under the rule of Christ will be confounded. His ways are above the ways of the flesh and cannot understand the mind of Christ through the prism of the mind of a beast. The rulership of God’s Elect will confound the wisdom of the of the carnal mind of those that populate the earth during this period.

1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

Psa 129:5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.

The outward signs and global rulership will strike great fear in their hearts and keep them in subjection to the Elect who will be reigning over the whole earth.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

The people being ruled by Christ will fear because they have yet to learn the perfect love of obedience that casts out fear. Instead they will live in constant fear just as Israel did in the wilderness and Joseph’s brothers’ waiting for Jacob to die and fearful of what “Christ would do to them”.

Deu 11:25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

During the Millennium, Satan will be bound until the little season at the end. It will be a time of peace and as all rebellion will be put down. The yet carnal nations of this earth will hold their peace until the Lord seeks the occasion to put an end to flesh and releases Satan to bring the world against the camp of the saints. This ushers in the final harvest of souls at the white throne judgment which is the lake of fire.

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Mic 7:17 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.

Satan is bound and is therefore no longer eating dust during the Millennium reign. Instead those alive are said to be licking dust. A yet carnal mankind can only think about their carnal reasoning’s in their submission to the rulership of The Christ. This was shown us in type and shadow in the story of Joseph and his brothers.

Gen 42:6 And Joseph was the potentate over the land, the one selling to all the people of the earth. And Joseph's brothers came in and bowed to him, face down to the earth.

Mankind is all Israel and one day all mankind will be our true brother and sisters in Christ.  They too will lick dust when they also bow down in fear of Christ and the revealing of the sons of God.

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Isa 61:9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

Receiving the prize for overcoming includes being raised up as kings for the Lord and ruling over the nations. Fear of the Lord and fear of His Christ keeps the nations and kingdoms of this earth under firm rule until the little season of rebellion at the end.

Psa 66:3  Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

The serpents (heathen) moving from their holes shows that under the rule of Christ, the people of the earth are being moved from the comfort zone and “hideouts” from the Lord. Psalm 18 reveals this and translates H4526 as “close places”. The enemies of David, are the enemies of Christ and His Christ, and we are made the head of the heathen world who will bow down and serve “Christ”.

Psa 18:43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
Psa 18:44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
Psa 18:45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

The Elect will dictate every minor detail of how the world is governed as the people of the earth submit to Christ.

Mic 7:18  Who is a God like unto thee, that 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.

Forgiveness of sins does not mean that restitution is forfeited. Forgiveness of sins does not negate the necessity for justice. Forgiveness of sins does not nullify this truth.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

All the events leading to our salvation are the mercy of the Lord in action. We reviewed this specifically in Part 18 Worshiping in Spirit and Truth where mercy was linked to blotting out of sins or said another way mercy is what ushers in salvation.

Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy [H2617] upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Blotting them out is accomplished by the judgment of the Lord that comes from the scourging chastening grace that is given to those the Lord loves (Heb 12:6). The result of mercy is our learning obedience to His commandments.

Psa 119:124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

Pro 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Mercy and love (our obedience) go hand in glove. The scourging grace of God is where mercy is found and what we should look for to hasten the coming of the Lord.

Heb 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

The Lord is executing His plan of the salvation of all men to perfection. Whatsoever His counsel has determined to be done before hand, is done right on schedule (Psa 139:16, Isa 46:10).

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

Drinking the cup of the Lord’s wrath against our sins in order to learn righteousness is just a small moment of time in the grand scheme of things when compared to “eternal life”. The trials, tribulation, and suffering of mankind all have a purpose in salvation and one day all will look back to understand. That purpose is salvation that comes by us being changed and transformed into the image of God.

Psa 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

The word translated as 'pardoneth' here in Micah 7:18 is actually the word for bear or long suffering. Substitutionary atonement is a big lie of Babylon. Man will indeed be punished and judged for their sins. But the Lord is longsuffering with man. He bears with us for as long as it takes to bring salvation to those He has chosen in this age and ultimately all of mankind.

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

1Co 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

The Christ of Christ (His Elect) will be as the Lord (Joh 20:21, 1Jo 4:17). This means we are being taught the patience and longsuffering of the Lord in this age.

1Th 5:14  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

2Ti 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

The writing of the law of Christ on our SPIRITUAL HEART, comes about by us enduring judgment and being longsuffering in waiting for the Lord. That is the way of salvation.

Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
Heb 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Mic 7:19 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.

The Lord turns us into destruction and into sin and He also turns us back. All of this is the Lord’s work in us His vessels of clay over which He is the Potter.

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Apart from Christ we truly do NOTHING (Joh 15:5) as the Lord wills and ways in us according to what was declared from the beginning (Isa 46:10, Psa 139:16).

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

The Lord plan was always to destroy flesh (1Co 15:50). Flesh cannot inherit the kingdom of God and is symbolized in Scripture by the seas. Flesh or the sea is being destroyed and along with it our sins will be no more.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

The Lord’s prayer teaches us to hasten our sanctification and the appearing of the Lord within us. We pray in faith for the Lord’s will be done and those sins, those mountains and the pride of life, to be cast into the sea that “is, was and will be” being destroyed.

Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Here is the concluding verse of the Book of Micah.

Mic 7:20  Thou wilt perform [H5414] the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

It is the WORD of God that works the work of righteousness in all men the very day they begin to hear it. Christ is His Word and it is the Word being preached and heard that sanctifies us and brings salvation in our day of the Lord. This Word of God is a living Word that needs to be given a vessel prepared to hear it and BAM ----- judgment is now on the house of God and the turning back to God, the repentance of mankind begins.

Pro 1:23  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

 The word translated as PERFORM here in the KJV is actually the word that is used hundreds of times as GIVE or DELIVER and variations thereof.  It is only used as perform ONE TIME in nearly 2,000 occurrences.

H5414, nâthan

Total KJV Occurrences: 1984
give, 484
gave, 253
given, 253
put, 189
set, 103
delivered, 98
deliver, 78
giveth, 77
make, 64
made, 44
perform, 1 – MICAH 7:20

This just confirms faith is a gift and it is that giving of the gift of the WORD which initiates and then completes the work of God in the lives of every man. When the Word is given to a man it never returns void (Isa 55;11). It always accomplishes its purpose.

Jos 21:45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Performing the Truth is performing THE WORD because the Word is Truth.

Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Psa 119:160 (ASV) The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth forever.

The Body of Christ is the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, through which all men will enter in due time. As the instruments of salvation, we will bring the nations and all men to Christ as we guard the way to the tree of life.

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Rev 21:23  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
Rev 21:24  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Micah has taught us a lot about the journey towards maturity and our need to be constantly winnowed down via judgment. We have many things to learn but cannot bear them all at once.   Like a child it takes growing up to mature. There are no shortcuts.

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

If anything, I hope this study has given you greater faith in the Word and the promises of the Lord. He will deliver us and is delivering us and all men without fail! This book of Micah gave us some more of the details and it all fits perfectly with what we already knew and hold as the Truth. We need to wait patiently in faith for the Lord.

Php 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Zec 4:9  The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Hopefully we all aspire to make the first resurrection to be found faithful. The Scriptures do not lie and they tell us that if we are to make it, we must stay together as a Body and continue to strive and labor as we press forward for the prize of the HIGHER CALLING.

Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Our learning the ways of God now in the Body in our day of the Lord will continue in the Millennium and come to a consummation when we shall judge all matters of life in the lake of fire. This is a serious calling and one that requires we abide in the fire now in our suffering and persecution.

Luk 9:22  Saying, The Son of man (Christ, The Elect) must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

We are all getting there on the road to maturity. It sure seems that the day of Christ return to setup His outward kingdom and bring the full redemption to His Elect is not too far away.

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.