COMING OF CHRIST
AND THE BOZRAH
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Hebrew Names Version of World English Bible
12. I will surely assemble, Ya`akov, all of you;
I will surely gather the remnant of Yisra'el;
I will put them together as the sheep of Botzrah,
As a flock in the midst of their pasture;
They will throng with people.
13. He who breaks open the way goes up before them.
They break through the gate, and go out.
And their king passes on before them,
With the LORD at their head."
King James Version
12. I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee;
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel;
I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah,
As the flock in the midst of their fold:
they shall make great noise
by reason of the multitude of men.
13. The breaker is come up before them:-Mic. 2:12-13 KJV
they have broken up,
and have passed through the gate,
and are gone out by it:
and their king shall pass before them,
and the LORD on the head of them.
The image above shows a stone sheepfold of the type seen in biblical times. Here the sheep would be confined by their shepherd during the hours of darkness in a place of protection. As the dawn approached the shepherd would come into the sheepfold among His sheep. They would gather around the shepherd as he prepared to open a way for them to be delivered from the stone enclosure. As he opened a way out for them they would crowd up alongside him pushing against the gateway with a lot of force. This is the same picture spoken of by Matthew in that difficult and problematic verse in Matthew 11:12."The Kingdom of God suffers (allows) violenceWhen the breakthrough came the whole flock would pour out of the sheepfold through the breach together with the Messiah as "the Breaker" going before them. They would follow on the heels of the Shepherd as he led them out to find pasture. This is the magnificent pastoral picture of the "man-child company" breaking forth into holy history to change the destiny of heaven and earth. The angelic rulerships fall as the sun turns to darkness, the moon to blood, And the stars fall. These are the cosmic disturbances of the 6th seal. After these epic events on earth Messiah brings in His Millennial Kingdom. His peace on earth will last for a thousand years.
and the violent (are pressing in to) take it by force." (Mat.11:12)
This detailed picture of the deliverance of the Elect by Messiah (and not the church) at the second advent is given to us in Micah chapter 2. The entire drama is laid out for us quite clearly and in detail. Note well that it is the Second Coming of Christ which brings the breakthrough. He and He alone is "the Breaker". No churchman will get Messiah's glory here even if he claims some super-anointed status in the charismatic "five-fold ministry" and pretends to be up to the task of bringing in the Kingdom Now. Today's "five-fold/apostolic/prophetic" leaders cannot fit the bill any more than did the Papal/Jesuit Catholic leaderships who preceded them. None of these politically ecumenical leaders will bring in the final breakthrough. None of these religious champions can lay claim to be our Deliverer. Only Jesus Christ/Yeshua Hamashiach, our returning Messiah, will fill that role. The scriptures declare unequivocally that there is one and only one intermediary between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.1 TIMOTHY 2He and He alone is "the man". No one else is capable of filling His shoes.
5 "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, ...."
The Bozrah deliverance is a thrilling element of the Second Coming of Christ. He is the Anointed One and our coming Messiah. The Micah 2 scripture shows a very clear connection of the Second Coming of Christ to Bozrah. And Bozrah, (wherever that may be), will be a place in which the covenant people of YHVH-God will be held in some sort of incarceration and under Edomite control.
We also see The Bozrah deliverance laid out for us in spectacular fashion in Isaiah 63. This scripture showcases the judgment side to the coming of Messiah. So God is obviously telling us quite a lot here in these Bozrah scriptures. Each of them clearly relate to the return of Messiah in judgment and in deliverance.
The Messiah coming as a Deliverer is all through the prophetic scriptures. And yet it has not been addressed by Bible teachers. This is crucial Information. The deliverance of God's elect from Edomite incarceration at the end of the age is a major aspect to the Second Coming of Christ. Why has it been omitted from end time teachings? Is this not some exceedingly good and encouraging news?
Why haven't we heard this before?
The Old Testament is absolutely full of inspiring Millennial poetry. God's Holy Word shows us that there will be a great turnaround at the end of the age. This is exceedingly good news. It is dramatic and inspiring beyond measure. Yet many Christians have not heard this before. Why might this be?
Well it seems the Church prefers to keep the emphasis on themselves being a separate "New Testament people" unrelated to Israel. These dark dramas of the end-time are "for the Jews", we have been told. But is this entirely true?
Here are the facts of Holy Scripture. There is one single Elect, not two. In Micah the Holy Spirit tells us that God will gather all of Jacob, which means all His Elect. God will surely deliver His hard pressed people from out of captivity at the end of this age.
Messiahís coming in the clouds is well known by evangelicals today in the context of the Resurrection-Rapture. They also know that Messiah will deliver our Jewish brethren when He comes at the Mount of Olives. He will bring His deliverance from the siege of the surrounding nations at Jerusalem. (Zech.12:7-13:1, Joel 2:28-32)
Christians know about this deliverance at Armageddon. But is this all there is to the Second Coming of Christ? Is there more? Is there something perhaps that Christians have not been told?
What Christians do not know is that at the Second Coming of Christ He will also come in vengeance upon His enemies and deliverance of His saints at a place, or places, known as Bozrah. All of this is part and parcel of the Resurrection-Rapture seen at the end of the age.
The Bozrah deliverance is laid out for us quite clearly in Micah 2:12-13 and in Isa.63. Jesus will come in judgment and wrath on His enemies. And who are the enemies that He will come to deal with at Bozrah? Well since Bozrah was a pastoral city in Edom this reference to Bozrah in the context of the end-time gives us a very important clue. Bozrah in the Apocalypse will most certainly be territory Under the sovereign auspices of the latter day end time Edomites. Their domain, and remember that Daniel states that the Edomites will escape from his power, will be somewhere on the earth outside of Antichrist 666 control.
Yes, the Edomites will be players in the end time drama. And if they are holding Godís covenant people, like sheep in a sheepfold, Then they will be in for some significant trouble when Messiah returns. The Bible clearly shows us that they will be the subject of Messiah's divine wrath. The Bozrah Deliverance is an important part of the Second Coming of Christ. Jesus as Messiah will arrive on the scene to judge the wicked. He will also be seen as 'the Breaker'. Micah paints the picture in Some superb pastoral poetic imagery. He tells us a magnificent story of a 'breakout' and a deliverance at the end of the age. His beloved covenant people will be delivered from their enemies. They will be released from Edomite incarceration at a place the Bible calls 'Bozrah'. The very same story is told in the constellation of the 'Little Sheepfold' or the 'Little Dipper'.
The glorious Millennium of Messiah will follow this end-time deliverance precisely as the scriptures have laid out for us.1 "Even the wilderness will rejoice in those days.
The desert will blossom with flowers.
2 Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!
The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon,
as lovely as Mount Carmel's pastures and the plain of Sharon.
There the LORD will display his glory, the splendor of our God.
3 With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands,
and encourage those who have weak knees.
4 Say to those who are afraid,
"Be strong, and do not fear,
for your God is coming to destroy your enemies.
He is coming to save you." -Isa 35:1-4
As we survey this intriguing scriptural passage in Micah 2 we are drawn to the name, 'Bozrah'. Just what is the significance to Messiah's return at 'Bozrah' of all places? The final epic deliverance of the Elect at Bozrah is showcased not only in our scripture here in Micah 2:12-13 but also in Isaiah 63.
As we do our homework here we discover that Bozrah was a city in Edom, the territory of Esau. What does the family of Esau have to do with the second coming of Christ? Why hasn't this question been addressed by our popular Bible teachers? Is it because they do not want to face the clear Biblical message here that God's people will be in some sort of captivity in the end time?
The patriarch Isaac blessed wild man Esau with a "left-over" blessing. That blessing clearly stated that Esau would eventually rise up against his nurturing brother Jacob and assume dominion over him for a time. This is an untold part of the end-time drama. It has been 'cloaked' by popular Bible teachers for politico-religious and economico-religious reasons.
Here is what the Bible says.GENESIS 27At this point, here is the question we need to ask ourselves. Are the Edomites, those godless children of Esau still with us today? Were they scattered into the nations as the Jewish nation was in the Diaspora? And if they are going to coalesce and regroup into some sort of a power force in the rich nations of the earth and dominate the nurturing people of Jacob just what role are they going to play in the end time drama?
39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:
"Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth,
And of the dew of heaven from above.
40 By your sword you shall live,
And you shall serve your brother;
And it shall come to pass, when you become restless,
That you shall break his yoke from your neck."
Here is what the scriptures are telling us. The Edomites, it seems, are still with us. They are all around us; fellow citizens in our nations. Indeed they are very prominent players at the end of the age. Even the Antichrist will not conquer them or rule over them during the regime of the 666 system. (Dan. 11:41) Apparently he will not even bother to mess with them during the Great Tribulation, those final 3.5 years of this age. He will allow them to do what Edomites do. Esau will rise up in the end time and achieve mastery over his brother Jacob just as Isaac prophesied. This is the hidden information being kept from the saints. It is probably done with good intentions for their own good. The western Church is still immature. We are still a carnal and potentially violent people). According to Micah God will allow the incarceration of His covenant people Jacob and also provide some degree of shelter for them. Revelation 12 is clearly telling us that end-time Bozrah is the place, (or places), where Jacob can be nurtured in the things of God during the Great Tribulation. (Rev.12) The Bozrah story apparently involves a gathering of the Judeo-Christian people during the latter half of the 70th week. Jacob is wrestling with God once again, just as he did back in the times of the patriarchs. Bozrah is a dynamic yet untold story of incarceration, nurturing, and glorious deliverance played out on earth before angels and men in the final 3.5 years of this age. See the article on 'The Woman of Revelation 12' This would be during the time of "Jacob's trouble". (Jer.30:7) Jeremiah clearly tells us that he will be saved out of it.
Bozrah, as we can see is too awesome for our modern church and our carnal Christian people to handle. Out of the crucible of Bozrah the silver (of redemption) and the gold of glory will be refined. God will refine His people "in the furnace of affliction/tribulation". (Isa.48:10) In the following verse He tells us why it must be this way. It is to bring God's people into a place of holiness where they will no longer pollute God's Holy Name.
The prophet Zechariah tells us the same story.ZECHARIAH 13Our Apostle Paul fills in the story in Romans 11.
13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire,
and will refine them as silver is refined,
and will try them as gold is tried:
they shall call on my name,
and I will hear them:
I will say, It is my people:
and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
"And so all Israel will be saved". (Rom. 11:26)
Ah yes, the Bozrah story will be told eventually. Because it is an important spiritual place in which God will refine and nurture His people in the end-time drama. Right now we do not know where Bozrah might be geographically. It may be many places. Or it may be one place. It may be one central dumping ground for Judeo-Christian troublemakers, even"...as rivers of water in a dry place,Oh yes, Bozrah is not just "past history". It is not an archeological dig on a ruin of an ancient pastoral city of Esau east of the Dead Sea. For those who are there at the place appointed in the latter days this Bozrah will be a very real place.
as the shadow of a great Rock in a weary land." (Isa.32:2)And that is where Messiah,All of this will happen;
Will find them at the end.
A day of wrath, deliverance;
"The Breaker" comes to rend,
He comes to make the breakthrough,
His sheep are pressing in;
He leads them out, they follow Him,
And on 'that Day' they win!
At the sheepfolds of Bozrah. -Mic.2:12-13