Archive for May 4th, 2017

Zechariah 14

Zechariah 14 has a view of what is to come at the end.  “I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle”.  Zechariah seems to have the very end times in view, when Jerusalem will be surrounded and attacked by some type of international force.  This attack against Jerusalem will be severe, but the city itself will not be overthrown (the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city).  People will be killed, mistreated and scattered.  But God is not going to allow them all to be destroyed.

Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him”.  Just when it seems that all hope is gone for Jerusalem and the people of Israel, then the Lord will fight for His people.  This was the type of arrival the Jews in Jesus’ day hoped for.  When Rome attacked the city in 70 a.d. God’s people were looking for Him to come to their aid but they were killed and captured by the Romans.  They could not see that the Messiah must first be rejected and the nation brought to repentance as Zechariah had prophesied earlier.

Zechariah continues talking about “on that day” continuing from the previous chapter on what will happen at the end times.  His prophecy tells us “the Lord will be king over all the earth.  On that day the Lord will be one and His name one”.  This is the reality of Jesus.  He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and will reign as such on that day.  His power will be manifest and “the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem”.  He will step up and protect His people.

As Zechariah ends his prophecy, he makes it clear that everything will be “Holy to the Lord”.  In the glory of the Messiah’s kingdom, what was previously common is made holy; the holy is made holier; and that which was profane was corrected.  As Guzik points out, you can make everything holy (set apart to the Lord), or you can make everything profane (set apart to sin and self). Zechariah ends his prophecy making it clear that God’s way is the make everything that was once common or profane holy instead. At the end of it all, there is no longer any distinction between the holy and profane. It was all set apart to God and His purposes.

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