Father, I wonder what the people thought when they heard this prophecy from Micah? Were some moved to change their ways? Did some campaign for a national awakening and shift in policy?
Did they just think it was for another generation? Or that it would never happen?
Did they believe it at first, and then as time passed and destruction did not come, think they were safe in their sin, and settle back into complacency?
How was it in Noah’s time? Did they all scoff at the ship builder’s efforts?
Micah at least gave hope, that after the calamity there would be a time of peace again. Even though the Israelites were delivered from Babylon, was Micah looking even further into the future?
Moving from Micah’s prophecy to John’s Revelation puts the prophecy squarely into my time for consideration. I have heard of “the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” since I was very young. And as I grew to understand that they were a part of a bigger picture of the Revelation given in the Bible about end times, I began to wonder if these things would come in my lifetime.
Forty years ago as a young woman in college, I heard some sermons and read some pamphlets and believed the end times were upon us. When I told my parents of my discovery they said that they too, when they had been in college twenty-five years earlier, had also made connections from prophecy to current events. They had thought the same thing in their time.
It has been sixty-five years my father has waited, and now he is old. It has been forty-five years for me, and I am old. Will John’s Revelation come to pass in my lifetime? I do not know. Your time, Father, is not the same as my time. Psalm 90:4 says “A thousand years in Your sight is like a day…”
I have studied Revelation enough to know that man will not know the day and time, but can certainly recognize the signs of its coming which You have revealed. For me and my life, I can do no more than praise You as Your servant, minister in Your Name, and tell others of Your wonderful greatness.
O Lord, “May You bless [me] from Zion, You, who are the Maker of heaven and earth”. Amen