Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.A message from the Lord to Micah of Moresheth during the years of these three kings of Judah. The vision that he saw concerned both Samaria and Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 26:18).
Mic 1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.Let all the people of the world listen and hear what the Lord is saying against you as He speaks from His holy Temple. "Micah begins by taking up the concluding words of the other Micah or Micaiah in: (I Kings 22:28), and recurs to them several times.
Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.The Lord is coming! He leaves His throne in heaven and tramples the heights of the earth. (Isaiah 26:21).
Mic 1:4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.The mountains melt beneath His feet and flow into the valleys like wax in a fire, and water pouring down a hill. (Psalm 97:5, II Peter 3:10-12), Be on guard and know the season for His return, when all evil (all the wicked & rudiments), will be burned up. "Judgment Day." Looking forward to the day of the Lord when He will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt in the flames. Remember that God is a consuming fire and He will destroy this Heaven and Earth age, for there is a "new" heaven and "new" earth age to come.
Mic 1:5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?Why is this happening? Because of the rebellion of Israel. (All Israel)! Who is the blame for Israel's rebellion? Samaria, the capital city. The center of idolatry in Judah and Jerusalem. (Isaiah 50:1-2, Jeremiah 4:18, Amos 6:1). "Both the northern kingdom and southern kingdoms are condemned."
Mic 1:6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.I the Lord will make Samaria (capital of the northern kingdom), a heap of ruins. Her streets will be plowed up for planting. I will roll the stones of her walls into the valley below, exposing her foundation. This should bring our attention to what Christ said about His return at the second advent in (Matthew 24:2), future prophecy for the end times.
Mic 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.All her carved images will be smashed, and all her sacred treasures will be burned. These things were bought with money earned from her prostitution, and they will now be carried away to pay prostitutes elsewhere. In other words; the wealth gained by idolatry shall be taken away by the Assyrian idolaters. "The northern kingdom was carried off by the Assyrians in 722 B.C. The Assyrians attacked the southern kingdom in 701 B.C. but God delivered them. In 586 B.C., the southern kingdom was finally carried into captivity by the Babylonians." In the future sense we can refer to (Revelation 18). In this chapter we see the fall of Babylon, (the harlot religious system) because of her fornications with all nations. She will be paid for her works and blood of the prophets by The Wrath of God. And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. (Revelation 18:1) To the earth; prepare to receive the light or truth. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (Revelation 18:2) Within the confounds of Babylon are caged everything that is spiritually unclean and evil and it will be destroyed. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. (Revelation 18:3) The ten kings (rulers of the earth) and businessmen throughout the world have grown rich from her luxurious living.
Mic 1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.I will mourn and lament. Walk barefoot and naked, howl like a jackal, and moan like an owl. (Weight of the prophetic "burden").
Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.The peoples wounds are to deep to heal. They have reached Judah and the gates of Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 15:8).
Mic 1:10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.Don't tell our enemies in Gath. You people of Beth Aphrah (house of dust, a place in Palestine), roll in the dust to show your despair. (II Samuel 1:20).
Mic 1:11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing.People of Shaphir (meaning beauty town), go as captives into exile naked and ashamed. People of Zaanan (fair), dare not come outside their walls. The people of Beth-ezel (Neighbor-town), shall be a useless neighbor with no support.
Mic 1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.The people of Maroth (bitter springs), wait for relief, but only bitterness awaits them as the Lord's judgment reaches the gates of Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 8:15, Jeremiah 14:19), they wait for good, but instead disaster came.
Mic 1:13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.You people of Lachish (horse town), harness your chariot horses and flee. Because you were the first city in Judah to follow Israel in her rebellion, and you led Jerusalem into sin. (Revelation 2:14). They tolerated things of Balaam such as sexual sin and idol worship. "One of Balaam's main sins was that he was a preacher for money." Does any of this sound familiar? (Revelation 2:20), "Just as Jezebel is a type that would teach that sexual sin is not important, practice immorality, and idolatry." (False religions and traditions).
Mic 1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.Send farewell gifts to Moreshethgath; there is no hope in saving it. The town of Aczib (false town), has deceived the kings of Israel.
Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.People of Mareshah (the possessor), I will bring a conqueror to capture your town. "The possessor whom Yahveh would bring was Assyria. "The nobility of Israel shall flee unto the cave." (Isaiah 5:13). Adullam; as David had done. (I Samuel 22:1).
Mic 1:16 Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.People of Judah, shave your heads in sorrow, for the children you love will be snatched away. Your little ones will be exiled to distant lands. This is addressed to Judah. It was forbidden under law (Deuteronomy 14:1). "Judah had become as the heathen, let them mourn as the heathen."