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Alive and Coming Soon to Rule and Reign

[17] And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. I Corinthians 15:17.

[38] Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. [39] For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.  Matthew 23:38-39.

All that we hope for, have faith in, and labor for in love, is based entirely on Christ having been resurrected from the dead.  All of his promises are worthless unless he is alive to fulfill them.  One of those great promises was the assurance he would come again in His Father’s name to complete the redemption of all those sealed in His name, as recorded by Paul in Ephesians 4:30.

He was rejected by the Israelites to whom He had been sent, so He rejected them temporarily, but promised He would come again as their King at a future date.  The promise of Matthew 23:39 will, I believe, be fulfilled in the near future.    

If God had not advised us, well in advance of Christ’s birth, life, rejection, ascension, and soon coming, then our faith would not stand on such a firm foundation of revealed truth. The writings of the events of His life by many prophets, hundreds of years before they occurred, gives our faith a tilled ground in which to plant itself.   

[1] Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. Micah 5:1.

This is a detailed prophecy about a known city, the city of Jerusalem.  Jerusalem stands at the top of a list of worldwide cities that have been conquered over and over again historically by troops of many different nations and ethnic groups.  She has more than earned the title “daughter of troops.”  This prophecy refers specifically to a time in Christ’s ministry when Jerusalem had three sets of troops operating in her at the Feast of Passover.  The Governor of Israel, Pontius Pilate, brought a large group of Roman troops from Caesarea to preclude the possibility of a Jewish rebellion at the time of Passover.  The Fortress Antonia, where he billeted them, was joined to the northwestern corner of the Temple Mount, and from its tower the Temple courtyards could be seen.  Herod, the Roman appointed king of Israel, had his troops quartered in his palace fortress on the western side of the old city.  The Romans allowed the High Priest to have a small contingency of troops associated primarily in duties involving Temple protection.  The time was the last Passover for Jesus on this earth.  The One who has “laid siege against us” is God the Father, and the “us” is Israel.  The reason that God has laid siege against Israel, one that has lasted some 2000 years, is because of the rejection of His Son.  The prophesied rejection was fulfilled when Christ was struck on the head repeatedly, as shown in the following Scriptures:  Matthew 26:66-68 plus 27:30, Mark 14:65, Luke 22:63,64, and John 18:22 plus 19:3.

[2] 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.

The place of Christ’s birth was predicted so well that it stands as one of the most exacting in the Scriptures.  He was rejected as the judge of Israel in Micah 5:1, and as her ruler in this verse.  That is why God has laid siege against them for some 2000 years.  They have been the most persecuted, prosecuted, and butchered people on this planet, and have known no true peace as a nation since their exile from Israel during the wars of Titus and Hadrian in the first century.  The prophets of old, even before Micah, had told of His “goings forth.”  Even Moses advised Israel from “of old” about the coming of God’s Prophet.  So Israel had no excuse in failing to recognize Him as the Messiah when He arrived.

[3] Therefore will HE give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of HIS brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. Micah 5:3.

“Therefore” is a conclusion to Micah 5:1,2.  Because they rejected Him as “judge” and “ruler,” He stood on the Mount of Olives and uttered the words of Matthew 23:37 to 39.  The word “until” tells us HE will give Israel up “until” she finishes her final time of travail in the great tribulation period, at which time HIS Second Advent will bring HIM forth as the returning Lion of Judah.  The word “then” marks HIS return to earth with the saints (previously caught out at the first resurrection), who are “the remnant of HIS brethren” by grace through faith in Christ as adopted sons of Abraham.

[4] And HE shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. Micah 5:4.

This is clearly a prophecy of Christ’s millennial reign, with his kingdom extending from one end of the earth to the other.