Science of the Saints, 27-VIII (14 Aug.), Holy Prophet Micheas


The Prophet Micheas, the sixth of the Twelve Minor Prophets, was descended from the Tribe of Judah and was a native of the city of Morastha, to the south of Jerusalem, wherefore he was called a Morasthite. His prophetic service began around the year 778 before the Birth of Christ and continued for almost 50 years under the kings of Judah — Joatham, Akhaz, and Righteous Ezechias (721-691 B.C., Comm. 28 August).

He was a contemporary of the Prophet Isaias. His denunciations and predictions were in regard to the separate kingdoms both of Judah and of Israel. He foresaw the misfortunes, threatening the kingdom of Israel before its destruction, and to Judah, during the incursions under the Assyrian emperor Sennacherib. To him belongs a prophecy about the birth of the Saviour of the world: “And thou, Bethlehem, house of Euphratha, though small wilt be in the thousands of Judah, from thee to Me wilt come an eldest, that will be King in Israel, Whose coming forth is from the beginning of days forever” (Mic. 5: 2). From the words of the Prophet Jeremias (Jer. 26: 18-19), the Jews evidently were afraid to kill the Prophet Micheas. His relics were discovered in the Fourth Century after the Birth of Christ at Baraphsatia, through a revelation to the bishop of Eleutheropolis, Zeuinos.

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