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His Only Gift

The Gift Of His Restoration

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

It is a wonderful thing to see that God is never without a remedy. Truly, nothing is too hard for Him. When King Nebuchadnezzar went insane and ate grass in a field for seven years, his kingdom was kept safe and sound for him and given back to him upon his return (See Daniel 4). Can you imagine that happening today? When Israel was taken captive from their land and all things at home left in ruins, they were given the promise that it would be restored to them after seventy years. After that time it was restored. God is truly in control of all the affairs of life. What man imagines it is ever any different than that?

Now we are in a time of deep apostasy. All of religion is turning from God. There are now hundreds of denominations and each has set up a peculiar kingdom of its own. Each denomination has set up its standard and its expectation and the members dutifully follow the ecclesiastical authorities. The blind lead the blind and they all fall into a pit. Winds of doctrine blow and no one knows for sure where they blow, and each man does what is right in his own eyes.

Who can bring anything clean out of that? Certainly God has given up, things are in such a mess. But no! We are seeing again the foolishness of man and the wisdom of God. Even in today's world God is making all things new. He is raising up His church to reap once again. We have seen the 144,000. We have seen these who have God's character written on their foreheads. We have seen the name that they are called. Now we will look at the prophecy that is being fulfilled by these thousands. We will see that God is not unfaithful concerning His promises, even though these promises do not look exactly as one might have supposed.

The Restoration Of Micah 4

The prophecy is found in Micah, chapter 4. Satan has devised a plan whereby many will miss the import of this prophecy. He uses what is called futurism. It means the prophecy is in the future sometime. But, as we shall see, this prophecy is now taking place. It is now, in the last days, that God is once again fulfilling His word. The prophecy starts by saying, "It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains and shall be raised up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it...." Here is pictured God's people, Zion. This mountain is above every other mountain. It is above everything that is set on high. Here, also, is pictured that people are coming to God's church. This is not a denomination, but a people who love God and obey Him continually. And it is pictured here that people are flowing to it. Everywhere these people desire the message of those who have the Father's name written on their foreheads.

"And many nations shall come, and say: 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us his ways and we may walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.' " (Micah 4:2.) Here is pictured people of all races coming to God's people to hear the word of God. There are things mentioned in this portion of Scripture worth taking special note of. The people are expecting to be taught the ways of God. In Psalms 95, verses 10-11, the Lord says, "Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest." This is not the case in Micah. These people have entered into the rest of Christ, for they are being taught the ways of God. Israel did not accept the laws of cause and effect. They were always blaming Moses or the Lord for some problem that had come upon them. So it is with the fleshly mind. These cannot see that they are the creators of all their woe. But with these who are finding the ways of God, there is no such reproach upon the Savior. "We will learn of His ways and we will walk in His paths." They are saying, "We will walk in His laws." How different that sounds than that which comes from the pulpits of Babylon. The message goes out, "You can't really obey God's laws continually." Others say, "You can obey, but you had better not say it if you are." These apostates want to be sure the witness is not heard in the earth. This does not affect God's people. They say, "We will keep His commandments. We will walk where He walks." This brings to mind again the description of the 144,000. "...These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth...." (Rev. 14:4.) These follow in the footprints of Jesus continually.

Perfect Obedience Proclaimed

The last thing mentioned in this portion is, "For out of Zion shall go forth the law." The law of God which is not taken seriously by the multitudes is here expressed. Out of Zion goes the law. This is not a mere belief. This is the life of the people of God. These perfectly obey the law continually. This is not a legalism or a perfectionism, but the very life of Jesus. The people of God delight that the law flows from them. This is the greatest joy there is.

"He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations afar off; 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 4:3.) He shall judge. This judgment is mentioned in the last chapter of the Bible. "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." (Rev. 14:6-7.) When God judges in the midst of peoples they learn to worship Him. He shows them righteous judgment. He shows all things. Jesus said, "For nothing is hid except to be shown and nothing kept secret except to be revealed." (Mark 4:22.) When a man has his very thoughts revealed to him and he is honest in heart, he comes to the Lord breaking his weapons of war and making tools of peace. These do not fight or argue anymore. They do not take up sides and try to force the other into submission. These do not frustrate their children with ill treatment, but always work to bring peace to the home and to the world. Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers." These are they who learn war no more.

They Have No Fear

"But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken." (Micah 4:4.) The picture given here is that each man is happy to be with his own things and he is fearless that any will take them from him. "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear...." (1 John 4:18.) It is written again of God's children, "But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil." (Pr. 1:33.) The ones who Micah describes are God's children. Having His love they fear no evil but quietly abide at their place of rest.

"For all the peoples walk each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever." (Micah 4:5.) Some would suggest this was a boast. If it is, it is a boast in the Lord. We read here that all the people walk after their own god. They have named their god some name. They worship the names of their churches or they worship the names of their countries. These say, "You should belong to the true name or say the true name like us." Even so, the people of God do not go in for such things. These say, "We walk in the name of the Lord." Not only this, but they say we will do this forever and without ceasing. They say they shall not fall away from Him. These continue to walk in the "LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." And they do this continually.

The Sick Are Healed

"In that day, says the Lord, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away, and those whom I have afflicted; and the lame I will make the remnant." (Micah 4:6-7.) Jesus said, "And these signs shall follow them that believe...they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18.) These will pray for the sick and lay hands on them and they shall be healed. Notice there is not a mention of drug use here. It does not say, "They shall call an ambulance and they shall go to the hospital and they shall recover." The worldly view of healing is totally left out. Their faith is simple and their methods are unpolluted. The lame will be made a remnant. God's people will be made to recover.

"And you, O tower of the flock, hill of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, the former dominion shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem." (Micah 4:8.) Here mentioned is the dominion restored. This is the kingdom returned. This is Jesus' own life. Both the message of John the Baptist and Jesus was, "...Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matt. 3:2.) Jesus came to show this dominion. He had power over the storm and every other thing. He came to restore this dominion to us and these last-day Christians have this dominion restored. "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." (Mark 11:23.) "Here are they that have the faith of Jesus." (See Rev 14:12). These believers walk in the light of the name of God which is the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. These walk in His attributes and possess His kingdom. This is the restoration. This is now taking place.

"Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in you? Has your counselor perished, that pangs have seized you like a woman in travail? Writhe and groan, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail; for now you shall go forth from the city and dwell in the open country; you shall go to Babylon. There you shall be rescued, there the Lord will redeem you from the hand of your enemies." (Micah 4:9-10.) Here, mentioned, is the agony God's people suffer as they are citizens of Babylon. These agonize throughout the land. The people of God are like a woman in childbirth waiting to be delivered. They wait for the call and now it comes. "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4.) When they hear this call they come; out of the cities, out of apostasy, and, they carry the banner of Christ. They walk pure, holy and undefiled. They come to the mountain of the Lord. The Lord redeems us from the hand of our enemies. "Thus the message of the third angel will be proclaimed. As the time comes for it to be given with greatest power, the Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the minds of those who consecrate themselves to His service. The laborers will be qualified rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the training of literary institutions. Men of faith and prayer will be constrained to go forth with holy zeal, declaring the words which God gives them. The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power--all will be unmasked. By these solemn warnings the people will be stirred. Thousands upon thousands will listen who have never heard words like these. In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven. As the people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, Are these things so? the ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things, to soothe their fears, and quiet the awakened conscience. But, since many refuse to be satisfied with the mere authority of men, and demand a plain "Thus saith the Lord," the popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, filled with anger as their authority is questioned, will denounce the message as of Satan and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those who proclaim it." (GC 606-607.)

Enemies Persecute Them In Vain

Now many nations are assembled against you, saying, "Let her be profaned, and let our eyes gaze upon Zion." But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, they do not understand His plan, that He has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor. These citizens of heaven are looked upon as offshoots and separatists. While the religions of Babylon separate themselves from God, they accuse God's people of causing troubles because they will not follow in the path of the denominations. They refuse to take the path of Rome. They refuse to sin on occasion. They refuse the hellish theories that allow the carnal man to live while claiming to be God's children. Because of this, the nations assemble against the Christian. When they bear their testimony that God has worked in their lives and the victory has been given to them, Babylon responds, "Let her be profaned." These cry "blasphemy!" They respond, "He maketh himself sinless." Babylon heaps contempt upon the children of the King but these shall not prevail.

"Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron and your hoofs bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples, and shall devote their gain to the Lord, their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth." (Micah 4:13.) The Lord describes this message as the message that destroys falsehood. "And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe." (Rev. 14:15.) God's people are described as the angel that puts in a sickle and reaps. They bring the message of righteousness to the earth and "beat in pieces many people." This does not signify that one is cruel. Instead, it presents the action of the Lord and what truth does to the multitudes. "Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth." (Rev. 2:16.) "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household." (Matt. 10:34-36.) Notice what the weapon is. It is the sword of the Word. The world thinks it cruel that God's people should rebuke sin. They see it as a divisive sword. They call God's people controversial and even critical. But the Lord says of His people, "I will make your horn iron and your hoofs bronze."

We have described in this book of Micah the restoring of God's people "not to worldly glory and honor" but to righteousness and power. These are those who are called the 144,000. This is the kingdom number for those who live the life of Christ continually and who put in the sickle and reap. All will be reaped for heaven or for destruction by this people who are now taking the field. The rain of the Spirit of God is coming upon them, and they cannot but do the will of Him who calls them out of Babylon into His own glorious city, Jerusalem.

No Side Issues

The people of God, here pictured, are not concerning themselves with the political arguments of the day. They do not concern themselves with some future earthquake or if the stock market is going to crash. They do not concern themselves with bank failures. There is only one thought in their foreheads and that is to reflect the image of Christ. The news of the world that excites the mind to an unnatural pitch is not their focus. These only have one thing in mind, "We will learn of His ways and walk in His paths." These are the children of God. These are the restored and, even now, they have taken to the field with their swords in the name of the Lord their God.


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