Most biblical expositors do not think that the bible says anything about America. Instead, they want to always apply Old Testament prophecies about Israel to the promise land that God gave to Abraham and his descendants. This predilection is so strong that it can cause misapplication of some passages. Let us carefully look at one such passage, Micah 5. This speaks of God’s Kingdom coming forth literally in the earth, before Jesus’ return to setup His Millennial Reign. Keep in mind that the Northern Kingdom at the time was known as Israel, while the Southern Kingdom was called Judah. Ten tribes went north after Solomon died and one—Benjamin—stayed with Judah.
I will also speak briefly of Hosea 5 as a lead-in to Micah 5. Both Hosea and Micah were rural prophets sent to call Israel to repentance and warn them of coming destruction if they did not repent. Hosea prophesied during the reign of King Jeroboam II from 786-746 BC. Micah, who actually lived in a small town in south-west Judah, was sent to the Northern Kingdom later around 735 BC to again warn them. Recall that Israel did not heed these warnings and was totally destroyed and carried off by the Assyrians in 722-721 BC.
The Lord in His mercy gave Israel hope in the midst of Micah’s doomsday prophecy. For He knew that they would one day be regathered and do the work of bringing forth His Kingdom. It is worth noting that Jesus alluded to this in His parable of two sons, found in Matthew 21:28-32. Recall that He said this parable to the chief priests and elders in the temple shortly before they killed Him. They challenged Jesus and asked by what authority He did these things. Jesus said, you answer me my question and I will answer yours. He then asked them by what authority was the baptism of John? They said that they could not answer, so Jesus said He would not answer either. Jesus then shared with them that a father had two sons. He asked the first to work today in his vineyard. The son said no. So the father asked the second son to work today in his vineyard, and he said yes, but he did not do so. But the first son repented and then worked in the vineyard. The Lord was telling these leaders of Judah that they say they will do His bidding, but they do not. We know from the parable in Matthew 20 that Jesus compares His Kingdom to working in a vineyard. The important point I am making here though is that Israel, the Northern Kingdom, is the first son to which Jesus was referring. They first said no and were destroyed and scattered. Yet, it is these scattered ten tribes of Israel who repent and receive Jesus as their Messiah and predominately make up His church today.
This is why the Lord said to them, before their destruction, via the prophet Micah that they would bring forth His Kingdom, as recorded in Micah 5. First, the Lord makes it clear in Hosea 5 that He is judging His people in both kingdoms of Israel. Recall that the tribe of Ephraim is the leader of the Northern Kingdom. Verse 14 says, “For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.” But then in verse 15 He says, “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.” Clearly the Lord requires repentance from His people, for they broke the Old Testament covenant.
Micah 5 is a very interesting chapter, and in it is where we find the ‘rest of the story.’ I share the entire chapter with some bolded words inserted in brackets for clarification. Also, with the use of indentation, I show the chiastic structure. By looking at the chapter this way, we gain a deeper understanding of what God said about the Northern Kingdom. Keep in mind that Micah used the term ‘Israel’ to speak of the Northern Kingdom, for he prophesied later to Judah as well. This was the common vernacular of his day. It is the ten tribes that gather to Jesus, not the Jews. For we know from Zechariah 11 that the Jews, as a whole, will not receive Jesus as their Messiah until they see the nail prints in His hands, and He tells them that He got these wounds in the house of His friends. This will not be until He visits to save them from complete destruction. Here is Micah 5 written as a chiasm that the passage meaning might be better conveyed.
In verse 1 it is Judah, the Southern Kingdom, that smites Jesus. At that time the ten tribes were dispersed. So in verse 3 when it says ‘remnant of his [Judah’s] brethren’ it is referring to the Northern Kingdom Israel. Also notice in verse 2 it says that Jesus is YHWH, the God who brought Abraham’s descendants out of Egypt. And in verse 8 it is Israel who is now the ‘young lion’ and they are doing the Lord’s bidding by destroying those who work for Satan, seeking to destroy Israel. This tells us that this prophecy takes place before Jesus Christ returns in power and glory for His Millennial Reign, otherwise there would be no wicked men left to destroy Israel. Therefore, Israel, the lost ten tribes, must be gathered somewhere in the earth unto the Lord in the Kingdom of God. And, where else could this be but America. Here the words of the Lord, received February 12, 2022, concerning this matter.
Listen and carefully consider my words that you might accurately share these things. The prophet Micah was sent not to give reassurance to the generation Israel that lived, but to the generation that I will use to bring forth my Kingdom. He told them what would be that my word of eventual victory might be instilled in my people. He planted this seed, but it has lain dormant these many years. But now it is time to grow forth and make my people’s resolve strong, that they can birth my child, even my Zion.
I am pleased that you desire to understand and are willing to seek me that it might be shared with many. I ask, my daughter, that you carefully explain how his prophecy is yet to be fulfilled, and the fulfillment will be when my children drive the enemy out from among them and allow me to remove him entirely, when I come among them in great power. Then only those who know me will survive, and those who see their state of wickedness will flee.
I tell you that by this great act, I will bring forth my Zion, and, by this, will the standard be set for what is required to dwell in my Kingdom. Micah spoke of your day and the redemption of my Zion, that my people, Israel, will accomplish. For by this power in me, a few will set the thousands to flight, and the enemy will retreat into their own land. Then will come a season of regrowth, that my children might have a final time to choose who they will serve, me or the enemy, even my adversary of old. I tell you that even after my Kingdom is functioning in the earth, many will still turn and choose evil, and, by this, will they seal their fate for eternity. So carefully explain these things, that some might hear and be saved unto me.