“A prophecy: The word of the Lord concerning Israel.
The Lord, who stretches out the heavens of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares. ‘I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong because the Lord Almighty is their God.’
On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot in the woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place. The Lord will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem’s inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. On that day the Lord will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord going before them. On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.
And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives.” (Zechariah 12: 1-14)
“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land. And if anyone still prophesies, their father and mother, to whom they were born, will say to them, ‘You must die, because you have told lies in the Lord’s name.’ Then their own parents will stab the one who prophesies.
On that day every prophet will be ashamed of their prophetic vision. They will not put on a prophet’s garment of hair in order to deceive. Each will say, ‘I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth.’ If someone asks, ‘What are these wounds on your body?’ they will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’
‘Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.’
‘In the whole land,’ declares the Lord, ‘two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” (Zechariah 13: 1-9)
A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle.
On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountains moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
On that day there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. It will be a unique day – a day known only to the Lord – with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.
On that day living waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.
The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name. The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up high from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses and will remain in its place. It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.
This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another. Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected – great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.
Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, The Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord will bring on them the plagues he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
On that day Holy to the Lord will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the Lord’s house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar. Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day, there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah 14 1-21)
As the Middle East descends into chaos and the entire world is watching Jerusalem become a burdensome stone, the statement that Israel cannot be destroyed is being stated by most Christian believers. The Church has been taught that God will supernaturally protect the state of Israel and that during the coming war, the Holy Land will see no destruction. Again, what many are being taught is not what the Word of God specifically states.
The reason for the long passage to start this presentation is to show the whole story about what is going to come upon the land of Israel and the entire world. As the opposing forces become more emboldened against Israel, we move closer to the time when their siege will begin. The passage within Zechariah shows that the inhabitants of the land of Judah will consume all the surrounding people with their fire. To the average Christian, the land of Judah represents the land of Israel but understanding that the land of Judah is currently the West Bank and controlled by the Palestinians brings understanding into this passage. The Palestinians will bring destruction to all those around them during this time. That is why Jesus gave this warning to the inhabitants of Judah:
“So, when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand – then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equaled again.” (Matthew 24: 15-21)
Jesus specifically warned the inhabitants of the West Bank to flee prior to the greatest distress in the history of mankind. Jesus stated that this would be the beginning of the tribulation and the kickoff point would be Judah.
At this time protection will be granted to the inhabitants of the city of Jerusalem as they will be bypassed from this trial. We are told that they will witness the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ and will see the “one they have pierced”. The free-flowing waters of the salvation of the Messiah will be provided for the salvation of the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Once the salvation of the Messiah is given to the land of Jerusalem, the souls of those who prophesied through the land will be required by God. We are told that those killed would be considered “false prophets” but God specifically states that he is coming for his shepherds. This cleansing will continue until 2/3 of the prophets of the land are killed while the final 1/3 have been tried and refined within the Fire of God. This symbolism is very similar to the event depicted within the 5th seal of Revelation:
“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’ Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.” (Revelation 6: 9-11)
Not only is the land of Israel under siege but it appears that the internal struggle within the Jewish community will cause a massive uprising. The death depicted within Scripture does not align with the modern teaching that Israel will be protected and all those who support the land of Israel will prosper.
The most amazing depiction of the supernatural unfolding of these prophecies are when the city of Jerusalem falls and is ransacked by its enemies. Truth be told, only half the city will fall as currently only half the city is controlled by the Jews. The eastern half the city of Jerusalem is currently under Palestinian control.
Once the city falls, Jesus will go out to overtake the enemies of Jerusalem. The supernatural depiction of the salvation of those within the city shows the Messiah standing on the Mount of Olives, splitting it in two, creating a valley for his people to escape through! What an amazing sight will behold those who witness this event! This earthquake will create the event known as the Day of the Lord and depicted within the opening of the 6th seal of Revelation:
“I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains, they called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hid us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?’” (Revelation 6: 12-17)
The Day of the Lord is depicted as a day like no other. A day that is neither day nor night and when the whole world trembles at God’s presence. When God himself comes to earth, it is done, there will be no war against him after that time. Those who have fought against the Messiah and the city of Jerusalem will witness ‘their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another.’ Those that survive this ordeal will be required to worship the King and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles or they will be stricken by this plague and their lands will witness no rain.
Our God is the only God and Jesus is His son and the Messiah. Our world will witness these events soon enough but until then, we must remain strong and study to find ourselves approved. Too many within the Church have become lazy and refuse to find the truth. They only believe what they are being told and many will be surprised when they find out what Scripture truly says. With this understanding, it may change the perspective of many to know that it’s not until God himself comes to earth that we shall be changed to live with Him forever.
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so, we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18)