Lydia (14 Jan 2011)
"Micah ch & and the Tribulation"

Forgive me if someone has already pointed this out, but does this not sound like the Great Tribulation?

Micah 7

Israel’s Misery
 1 What misery is mine! 
I am like one who gathers summer fruit 
   at the gleaning of the vineyard; 
there is no cluster of grapes to eat, 
   none of the early figs that I crave. 
2 The godly have been swept from the land; 
   not one upright man remains. 
All men lie in wait to shed blood; 
   each hunts his brother with a net. 
3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil; 
   the ruler demands gifts, 
the judge accepts bribes, 
   the powerful dictate what they desire— 
   they all conspire together. 
4 The best of them is like a brier, 
   the most upright worse than a thorn hedge. 
The day of your watchmen has come, 
   the day God visits you. 
   Now is the time of their confusion. 
5 Do not trust a neighbor; 
   put no confidence in a friend. 
Even with her who lies in your embrace 
   be careful of your words. 
6 For a son dishonors his father, 
   a daughter rises up against her mother, 
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— 
   a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.
 7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, 
   I wait for God my Savior; 
   my God will hear me.

Israel Will Rise
 8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! 
   Though I have fallen, I will rise. 
Though I sit in darkness, 
   the LORD will be my light. 
9 Because I have sinned against him, 
   I will bear the LORD’s wrath, 
until he pleads my case 
   and establishes my right. 
He will bring me out into the light; 
   I will see his righteousness. 
10 Then my enemy will see it 
   and will be covered with shame, 
she who said to me, 
   “Where is the LORD your God?” 
My eyes will see her downfall; 
   even now she will be trampled underfoot 
   like mire in the streets.
 11 The day for building your walls will come, 
   the day for extending your boundaries. 
12 In that day people will come to you 
   from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, 
even from Egypt to the Euphrates 
   and from sea to sea 
   and from mountain to mountain. 
13 The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants, 
   as the result of their deeds.

Prayer and Praise
 14 Shepherd your people with your staff, 
   the flock of your inheritance, 
which lives by itself in a forest, 
   in fertile pasturelands.
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead 
   as in days long ago.
 15 “As in the days when you came out of Egypt, 
   I will show them my wonders.”

 16 Nations will see and be ashamed, 
   deprived of all their power. 
They will lay their hands on their mouths 
   and their ears will become deaf. 
17 They will lick dust like a snake, 
   like creatures that crawl on the ground. 
They will come trembling out of their dens; 
   they will turn in fear to the LORD our God 
   and will be afraid of you. 
18 Who is a God like you, 
   who pardons sin and forgives the transgression 
   of the remnant of his inheritance? 
You do not stay angry forever 
   but delight to show mercy. 
19 You will again have compassion on us; 
   you will tread our sins underfoot 
   and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. 
20 You will be true to Jacob, 
   and show mercy to Abraham, 
as you pledged on oath to our fathers 
   in days long ago.