Micah's message Messianic in nature

The message of Micah is replete with Messianic prophecy, concerning both the birth of the Savior in the flesh and of events preceding and attendant to His coming in glory.

Visiting King Herod of Jerusalem in their search for him "that is born King of the Jews" (Matt. 2:2), the wise men from the east cited this prophecy from Micah:"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." (Micah 5:2.)

Micah's is the only biblical record that specifically foretells Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Christ child.

As for the latter days, Elder Bruce R. McConkie noted the following:

"Both Isaiah and Micah prophesied of the building of temples in the last days, of the gathering of Israel to those holy houses, and of the gospel teaching they would receive. For out of Zion shall go forth the law,' they both said,and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem' - thus naming the two great world capitals and indicating the authoritative decrees to go forth from each. Isaiah put his words in a millennial context by saying that he [Christ] shall [then] judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.' Micah says all this and more. He speaks in addition of the millennial gathering of Israel and says,The Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.' " (Isa. 2:1-5; Micah 4:1-7.) (The Millennial Messiah, p. 299.)

In prophesying of the last days, "Jesus has made repeated references - both quoting and paraphrasing, as best suited His purposes - to the words of Micah," Elder McConkie pointed out. "That ancient prophet said: `And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.' That is, the Lord's people will be everywhere, scattered in all nations, and their presence will seem as natural as the settling of the dew and the falling of the rains; their influence will be to give life and strength to the nations, even as the moisture from heaven gives life and growth to the crops of the earth.

" 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. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.' These concepts, including most of the very words themselves, Jesus has quoted, and He has explained that their fulfillment will be in the day when the wicked are cut off as Moses promised. After Micah gave them, he said:And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that I will' do such and such, referring to certain conditions that will prevail during the Millennium and after the destruction of the wicked at the Second Coming of the Son of Man. (Micah 5:7-15.)" (The Mortal Messiah 4:356.)

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