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Micah 4:1

Micah 4:1 is a mirror of Isaiah 2:2 with minor exceptions. The one that caught our attention was that in Isaiah “all nations shall flow unto it” while in Micah “all people shall flow unto it”. Both statements indicate that a group of people, other than the nation of Israel, shall flow unto the mountain of the house of God and not the other way around. Because the Son was lifted from up the earth (John 12:32), like Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, He draws all His people from the four corners of the earth, where He has scattered them, to His Holy mountain. This drawing is based on the everlasting love that He has for His people, “Jehovah hath appeared unto me of old, saying, ye I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with great loving kindness have I drawn thee” (Jer. 31:3). Man has no part in the matter and cannot help God with this endeavor. This nation of people are drawn to the mountain of the house of God and year by year they worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and keep the feast of tabernacles. The feast of tabernacles is the last feast of the year. It is the Lord’s feast and it comes in the seventh month after the feasts of trumpets and atonement. The feast of trumpets was on the first day of the seventh month and it lasted for seven days. There is no coincidence that there are seven angels with seven trumpets in Rev. 8 or that the feast is in the month of the completion. The number seven signifies a completed work as in, “on the seventh day God ended His work and He rested from all the work He had made” (Gen. 2:2). The feasts of the seventh month signified the end of all things but before the atonement for sin could be offered, the sounding forth of the angel with the trumpet of the everlasting gospel must have sounded. This angel is the Lord’s Anointed as He spoke as recorded in Luke 4 when He said that the prophesy of Isaiah 61:1 was fulfilled in their ears. “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me (the angel having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell upon the earth and to every nation, every kindred, tongue and people {Rev. 14:6}); because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek”. And when He had finished the work that had been assigned to Him and had shown Himself the perfect servant as the Son of God, He offered up the sacrifice of the atonement for the sin of His people. He who knew no sin became sin as the sins of His people were imputed unto Him. Then, as the fit man, he removed those sins as far as the east is from the west and they are remembered no more. He shed the exact amount of blood commensurate to the imputed sin so that, “By this shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged and this is all the fruit to take away his sin;” (Is. 27:9). After these two feasts were completed, then came the feast of the tabernacles. A feast in which the participants were reminded that they were strangers in a foreign land as Israel was in the house of bondage in Egypt. And yet when they had come out of the bondage and Nehemiah (the comfort of Jehovah or ‘I am comfort’) had rebuilt the walls (which are salvation) and had set up the gates (which are praise) the people kept the feasts of tabernacles, “and there was great gladness” (Neh. 8:17). Even though they had their city and their homes in the land of promise, they dwelt in booths signifying that these were types and foreshadows of the time when the booths would not be needed any more; when this tabernacle, this earthen vessel would be laid down and they would stand in the New Jerusalem, the city of God. The statute of the feast of tabernacles is a perpetual statute for it began when God formed man out of the dust of the earth and it ends when he is delivered from the bondage of this corruption; “for we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened, not for that we would be unclothed but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life” (II Cor. 5:4). This is why Job said that after this flesh was destroyed he would see his Redeemer standing upon the earth in the last days, being in his own flesh and not another’s. Not the flesh and blood of Adam, for we have borne the image of the earthly, but in the flesh and bone of the risen Lord, we shall bear the image of the heavenly (I Cor. 15:49). But while we are here in the world but not of the world, the waters are Mirrah (bitter) and there is no food to satisfy our souls. We are strangers in a weary land in the midst of an evil and perverse generation who hate our precious redeemer and mock His love for His people. We long for the time when death, the final enemy, shall be overcome and we shall worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, in Spirit and truth without the cumbrance of this tabernacle.

May the Spirit give us understanding, comfort and peace. “Beloved now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is” (I John 3:2).

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes