Beat Their Swords Into Plowshares

31 Aug

Recently I have been thinking a great deal on the many prophecies that have been given and recorded in the scriptures; particularly those that deal with the last days. So I have decided to write some short posts addressing a few of these prophecies. Some have been fulfilled, some are in the process of being fulfilled, and some we are still waiting to see. I will draw from all the standard works, and in each post I will address only one prophesy.

 Micah 4: 3-7

In my last blog I spoke concerning the rather famous prophecy of the Mountain of the Lord’s House. In that blog I said I would later address other portions of the same chapter (Isaiah 2). I also noted that the same prophecy was repeated in 2 Nephi 12 and Micah 4. The same is true of what is stated next, which is also a famous prophecy. I give it here.

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord. (Isaiah 2: 4-5)

In Nephi we get a little added on at the end.

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks—nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord; yea, come, for ye have all gone astray, every one to his wicked ways. (2 Nephi 12: 4-5)

However, Micah gives us a much greater prophecy, giving details that many miss. Isaiah and Nephi are more famous prophets, but in this case I want to turn to what Micah says, for there are things here that I think few people have noticed.

And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. (Micah 3-7)

 Nephi adds only a statement concerning the wickedness of the house of Jacob, which had gone astray. Other than that it is the same as Isaiah. What these two contain is only the very first verse of what Micah tells us, however. Verses 4-7 are entirely new and contain a great amount of information. These verses speak directly of the Millennial age and what life is going to be like after Christ returns. So let us look at all of it.

Swords and Spears to plowshares and pruning hooks: This is a prophecy of the ending of all war. All three of these chapters contain this prophecy, and say directly that no one will learn war, let alone fight one.

Sit every man under his vine…none shall make afraid: Not only will there not be no more war, but every man, or every family will have what they need. All men will be provided for, without fear of loosing it.

Walk every one in the name of his god: This is what most people do not realize. When Christ returns he will not wipe out everyone who is not a Christian, or who is not a Mormon. Nor will it be that every other religion will be destroyed and everyone will instantly embrace the gospel. Rather, when Christ returns all will live in peace to pursue their own beliefs, for, as Micah says here, “all people will walk everyone in the name of his god, and we (meaning the saints or the faithful) will walk in the name of the Lord our God.” All religions will still exist after Christ returns. That is the reason for the last part of this prophecy.

I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out: The great work of the missionaries and the gathering of Israel will continue into the Millennium. Those who were cast out and afflicted will become strong in the gospel and live under the rule of Christ.

Let us not think that the second coming is the end of all hardship and toil. Let us not look to that day with the expectation that all will be instantly converted and the world will be one big community. The work of conversion and teaching will continue, for all men will still have their agency and many will still choose to follow the beliefs and religions they cling to now. We will simply live without war, and will all that we need to be happy and healthy, but we will still be doing the Lord’s work.

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