Although the birth-pangs introduce the idea of restoration, there are consequences to be faced for covenant violations and cultic pollution that will place the land under a curse. “They are saying ‘Let her be profaned’ and ‘Let our eye gaze on Zion.’”
Micah is telling his audience the enemy intends to enter into the holy precincts of the Temple. The mere thought that an outsider might look inside the sanctuary was considered a profanation.
Micah presents Zion as a city under siege that will conquer the world. The historical reality is the kingdom is in great distress. The king is humiliated. In times of great distress, the people look to a promise of divine intervention. In these verses at the end of chapter 4, Micah is not promising immediate relief.
Gospel of Luke