How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 67 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #282)
TEXT: Micah 4:1-5
1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 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 hath spoken it.
5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.
Vance Havner said, “The best evidence that the Lord’s return has really gotten hold of us is when we occupy till He come, do business for God, and use up the opportunities, because the days are evil.”
Walter A. Elwell said, “Micah looks beyond the immediate future of Zion’s punishment to the more distant future in which Zion will be exalted. Isaiah and Micah both speak of the day when Zion will be raised above all other mountains in preeminence. Zion’s greatness has nothing to do with its present physical features (it is a relatively small mountain), but rather with God’s choice of it as his place of earthly dwelling. When Zion is so exalted, it will be like a magnet for the nations. There will be a constant flow of people going to Jerusalem in order to learn God’s law. As the nations learn God’s law and apply it to their lives, the world will be transformed. Warfare will be a thing of the past; nations will engage in constructive activities The hope is real. It will be fulfilled; God has spoken it.”
In our last message in this series we saw how all people will worship and learn from the Lord after Jesus Christ establishes His kingdom on earth.
Second, the Lord will teach and judge the earth. Up until the coming kingdom of Christ, nations will walk in their ways, ruling by their own will. Despite the best attempts of man to teach and judge himself, evil abounds in the world. Out of its headquarters in New York City, the United Nations vainly attempts to judge many people and rebuke nations around the world, and yet war and strife continues unceasingly. They have little power to stop the violence and oppression that we hear about in North Korea, Syria, Nigeria, and many other places. But when Jesus sits upon His throne, the nations will seek to be taught by Him. There will no longer be conflict between people groups, because He will justly judge matters between them. He will command and rebuke strong nations, no matter how far off they are from His Throne at Jerusalem. Dr. David Guzik said, “In this midsection Micah is speaking of the time when Jesus Christ will rule and reign as King of kings and Lord of the whole earth. “He will judge between many peoples,” during His coming millennial rule. He will render decisions for mighty, distant nations. During the time of the judges the people of Israel rejected God as their King and during His earthly ministry they rejected Jesus as King. But during Christ’s coming reign of peace and prosperity, Jesus will sit on David’s throne and rule the world in justice and in righteousness. Princes of mighty nations will submit to His authority and bring disputes to Him for judgement.”
Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.