Many nations will come and say, "Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths " For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.Micah 4:2(NASB)
When Christ returns to earth to rule and reign as God's appointed King of all kings, there will be blessings for many nations. There are prophetic writings that foretell the terrible time of Jacob's trouble and the judgement that will come upon those who reject God's offer of salvation but there are also many passages that teach of wonderful kingdom blessings that will accompany the millennial rule of Christ.
The book of Micah begins with messages of judgement and the prophet's lament over the sins of his people. He warns of punishment for Israel as well as retribution on world rulers; false prophets and naïve leaders. Many of his warnings relate to the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel and the dispersion of the southern kingdom of Judah, many centuries ago.
However, in chapters four and five we discover a section of scripture that catapults us forward in time and outlines the characteristics of Christ's coming kingdom rule. It describes the events preceding His millennial rule on earth, and speaks of universal peace and prosperity, when Israel will be regathered forever into the land God promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. On that day the nation will become spiritually sensitive and they will all dwell in security, peace and prosperity.
We read in the previous verse that God is going to bring all the events of history to a wonderful consummation. Micah is looking past the first seven years of terrible judgement as described in Revelation, to the time when the mountain of the Lord's house - Christ's millennial temple, will be built in Jerusalem and elevated in importance. He will set up His political-religious system there, and Israel will become pre-eminent among all the nations of the world.
The rule of man through Satan, which has dominated the world since Adam sinned in the garden, will be replaced with God's kingdom rule. It will be established by the God-Man Christ Jesus, and the world will finally understand the significance of Israel in God's eternal plan of redemption.
In this verse we are informed that many nations will stream to Jerusalem to worship in the Temple of God. They will say to each other, "Come and let us ascend to the mountain of the Lord. Let us go up to the house of the God of Jacob". The anti-Semitic attitude that has prevailed among the peoples of the world for thousands of years will be checked and reversed during the Millennium kingdom.
People from many nations will desire to travel to Jerusalem so that the Lord Jesus "may teach us about His ways". Today the good news of the gospel of God is spurned and rejected, by those He came to save... and those who know the Lord and have trusted Him for salvation will be persecuted and killed. But in that day the nations will desire to know the word of the Lord - "so they may walk in His paths".
How very different from the world in which we live today - and yet God has written the end from the beginning so that we, Who are Christ's Body and saints of all ages, may know that God's word will one day be fulfilled... and we will all see it together.
Israel did not carry out their covenant promise to the Lord when they Law was first given through Moses. They were to be a light to the Gentiles and bring many people into the camp of Israel. But God did not reject His people but promised to make a New Covenant with them, when He would write His laws on their hearts, and we read in this verse that the Law of God - through Christ Jesus their King, will rule the day. He will rule with a rod of iron and "the law will go forth from Zion - even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem".
Heavenly Father, what a glorious plan of salvation You purposed in Your heart, before the foundation of the world. Thank You that the day is coming when many people from many nations will stream to Jerusalem to learn the truth of the glorious gospel of God. Thank You that Christ won the victory over Satan, sin, death and hell and that the day is coming when He will bring all things to completion and make a new heaven and a new earth. We pray that as we look for the any-day return of Christ for His Church, that You would use each one of us to fulfil Your plans and purposes in our lives - for Your greater praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.