|Lost in the Swamp|
7 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7 Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.
Conditions worsen to this desperate picture right before the Judgment. Much of the miasma is already in place. We become more dissociated and suspicious. The efforts of men toward social reform and justice become more pathetic and misdirected. For the majority, a resort to God becomes less and less of an option.
We have seen a "dry-run" of the Great Tribulation before - Nazi Europe. Indeed there have been several holocosts since.
But thank God for the victory of the old Bible theme. "In wrath, remember mercy" (Habakkuk 3:2). Even the above chapter of Micah will conclude with the saving and vindicating of a faithful remnant. For them a new community of righteousness and a casting of the memory of all their sins into the depths of the sea:
18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.