Judgment Begins At The House Of

We spoke of scriptures that speak directly of Israel also possibly applying to the church. Here are a pair of verses, saying about the same thing, that mention Zion and Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 26:18 Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

Here Zion and Jerusalem apply both to Israel and to the church. This prophecy was partly fulfilled in ancient times, and yet also refers to Judgments yet to come on both the church and Israel. For we know that judgment has to begin at the 'house of God.' And of course the term 'house of God' is another way of expressing 'God's People' namely Israel and the church. This is how Israel and the church the paradox makes sense. Israel and the church are the same, yet different. 1 Peter 4:17

17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

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