Today’s reading is: Isa. 34-35; Mic. 2-5
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Isaiah Chapter Thirty-Four
- The Lord makes an announcement to all the nations and peoples of the earth (Isa. 34:1).
- The real war to end all wars will feature engagements in two theaters: on earth (Isa. 34:2-3), and in heaven (Isa. 34:4).
- The second battle in the earthly theater will be Bozrah, in the land of Edom (Isa. 34:5-17).
- The Battle of the Mount of Olives (Zech. 14:4; Acts 1:11).
- The Battle of Bozrah (Isa. 34:5-6; 63:1).
- The Last Battle: of Armageddon (Har-Megiddo) (Rev. 16:16; 19:19).
- This three stage outline is tentative and will be refined in future studies. Pastor Bob recommends Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s much more developed material on the Armageddon campaign (MBS 004).
- The destruction of Bozrah will endure as a continuous burnt offering (Isa. 34:9-10).
- The desolation of Bozrah will be surveyed with the line of tohu and the plumb line of bohu (Isa. 34:11 cf. Gen. 1:2; Jer. 4:23). See also Isa. 45:18-19 for additional tohu references.
Isaiah Chapter Thirty-Five
- The inauguration of the eschatological theocratic kingdom is described (Isa. 35:1a), and a great anticipation provides encouragement for those who are enduring the Tribulation (Isa. 35:3-4).
- Botanical blessings will be granted to some of the most environmentally devastated places in the world (Isa. 35:1b,2).
- Medical blessings will be granted to some of the most physically disabled people in the world (Isa. 35:5-6).
- The Lord will bring purified Israel (cf. Ezek. 20:33-44) into the promised land along the Holy Highway (Isa. 35:8-10).
Micah Chapter Two
- Micah continues his message of judgment by describing the 24/7 workers of evil (Mic. 2:1-5).
- Workers of evil don’t like the Word of God to be faithfully proclaimed (Mic. 2:6-11; cf. Am. 2:12; 7:16).
- The Lord is faithful to provide for a remnant (Mic. 2:12-13). This is a theme repeated throughout Micah (4:7; 5:7-8; 7:18).
Micah Chapter Three
- Micah’s second primary message is addressed to the political leaders of his nation (Mic. 3:1-4).
- They hate good and love evil.
- They devour God’s people.
- Micah also targets the false prophets of his day (Mic. 3:5-8).
- They minister according to who is feeding them.
- They will be shamed, even as true prophets will be empowered.
- The prophets, priests, and kings are all corrupt, and the Prophet/Priest/King is going to judge them (Mic. 3:9-12).
Micah Chapter Four
- Micah proclaims the coming eschatological theocratic kingdom (Mic. 4:1-5 cp. Isa. 2:2-4).
- Micah proclaims a regathering (Mic. 4:6-8), even as he proclaims a captivity (vv.9-10).
- The nations are oblivious to their pending pulverization (Mic. 4:11-14(BHS)).
Micah Chapter Five
- Micah describes the birthplace of the Messiah in one of the most important prophecies in the Bible (Mic. 5:2-5a; Matt. 2:5-6).
- He comes from Bethlehem Ephrathah.
- He comes from eternity-past.
- Micah describes the battle that the Christ will win over the antichrist—called here the Assyrian from the land of Nimrod (Mic. 5:5b,6; Gen. 3:15; Dan. 9:24-27; Rev. 19:19-21).
- “The Assyrian” (Isa. 10:24; 31:8; Mic. 5:5-6) is like “The Philistine” (20x in 1st Sam. 17 esp. v.23) and serves to represent the great champion who leads the current adversarial nation dedicated to Jewish extermination. This typology has its antitype in the Antichrist.
- The earliest such prophecy is the Seed of the Woman defeating the Seed of the Serpent (Gen. 3:15).
- Another significant message is Messiah the Prince versus the Prince Who is to Come (Dan. 9:24-27).
- The final such prophecy is Jesus Christ defeating the Antichrist (Rev. 19:19-21).
- Micah describes the regathering of the remnant in repentance following the coming of the Christ (Mic. 5:7-9).
- Micah describes the work of the Lord to bring about this repentance—the Tribulation of Israel (Mic. 5:10-15).