Zechariah chapter 14
Let us now conclude our study of Zechariah. In this final chapter we are going to see Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, come to Jerusalem after the abomination of desolation, Satan, has sat in the midst of the temple and made the whole land spiritually desolate by deceiving the whole world into believing he is God! Then, at the appointed time, the LORD shall come forth and cleanse the temple, pulverizing the "stones" of the temple, and defeating His enemies and the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever! What a glorious day it shall be when that 7th Trump sounds!
Let us now read of that day!Rev. 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.
This is speaking to Jerusalem saying that when the spoil (the prey) has been divided and taken by the one who sits in the midst of thee, i.e. Satan sitting in the temple upon Mt. Zion, then the day of LORD shall come.Zech. 14:1
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
When the final siege of Jerusalem has taken place by the king of Babylon, Satan, and the houses (temples, or even families, i.e. the houses of Israel) have been rifled (spiritually plundered) and the women (adulteresses/idolaters) ravished (shagal in Hebrew; to copulate with, to lie with, i.e. spiritually seduced) and half (which means "the middle or midst of") the city shall go forth into captivity, i.e. the false-christ comes and sits in the temple and takes the prey, THEN shall the LORD go forth and fight against those nations (which have all joined together in the NWO). For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Nevertheless, even so, never forget what we learned in this great book that the remnant, God's elect, are protected by the "wall", His wall of fire, and that no harm shall come to them.
We are going to read in verses 6 & 7 that this day, this day of battle, of war, when the LORD comes forth and fights, will be like no other day. Here is a type of that day like no other when the LORD fought for His people Israel. It is often called "Joshua's long day".[3 ]Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Though they know they sling the stones of truth, those like David know that it is the LORD who goes before them into battle! And at this time, the nations shall have all joined together into one beast, even one great mountain, the New World Order, even the mountain that those of faith shall move and cast into the sea. In other words, those nations shall come against Jerusalem, the mountain of the Lord, and He shall go forth and do the fighting for His people and the enemy shall be utterly defeated. It is written, we have the victory in Him!Joshua 10:13-14
And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.
We know that there shall be a great "earthquake", a shaking of all the "mountains" of the earth (Hos. 2:21), which means a shaking of all the nations when Jesus Christ returns. And in that day when His feet stand upon the Mount of Olives this flesh age shall be over and everyone, ALL people, will be instantly changed into their spiritual bodies. Paul makes this very clear in 1 Cor. 15:50-52. And yet, God is going to cleave the Mount of Olives and open a great valley, making a path of salvation, a way of escape, through the valley of the mountains, i.e. through the nations. The picture of the mountain cleaving and the path through the valley, etc., is given to us to graphically illustrate to our minds what is happening spiritually. And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
How far does the valley of the mountain's reach? Unto Azal, which means "noble" or even the Noble One. In other words, He is going to make a path to the mountain of God where the Noble One resides. This applies to the remnant, His elect, those He protects. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
The living waters spring from that fountain we read about in chapter 13 (Zech. 13:1). These two living waters which flow from sea to sea (throughout the world) continually, during all seasons, are not physical rivers. That is not what we are to learn from this for waters and rivers and mountains are just symbols used to place pictures in our minds in order that we might understand that which is spiritual, the things we cannot see (Rom. 1:20)! You "see", by this point in Zechariah one should know that these two rivers (the rivers of Ezek. 47) are no different in that sense from what we learned concerning the two witnesses, that one is of the kingship line and one of priesthood line. That is because there are two horns (powers) of the Lamb, which are those of King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 11:15). In other words, at that day and from henceforth there shall be ONE KING and ONE LORD over all the earth whose rivers of TRUTH (His Word) and JUSTICE (His Righteous Judgment) shall flow like mighty rivers from beneath His throne through all the earth! And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
Remember we learned in the last chapter that the names of all idols will be ridden from the land? There shall be only one name, one Lord, one king over all the earth. There shall also be a great crushing of all the powers and a gathering (confiscation) of all the wealth of the nations and Mount Zion and Jerusalem shall be lifted up! And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
To understand the full meaning of this verse one needs to know that Geba was a town along the north boundary and Rimmon was a town in the southern portion of Judah. So what we have described here FROM Geba to Rimmon is all the land outside the city or, as the context of the remainder of the verse shows, "surrounding" the city of Jerusalem. The city itself is spoken of in contrast to the surrounding land and described by its "four" gates which face North (Benjamin's or Ephraim's gate), West (the first gate or Old Gate), East (the corner gate), and South (the sheep gate near the tower of Hananeel).Zech. 14:10
All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it [i.e. Jerusalem] shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place [see Zech. 12:6], from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.
But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Remember the description we read in Zech. 8:4-5 of how safe and peaceful it will be in the city, i.e. the figurative picture of children playing and old men and women sitting in the streets. To wit, the word "destruction" in Hebrew is "cherem" which means "a shutting in". There will be no more captivity, no more fear, and no more utter destruction for we also know from Rev. 20:1-3 that the old dragon, the desolator, will be bound and cast back into (shut in) the bottomless pit during that time.Zech. 14:11
And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
This verse sure conjures up some vivid imagery in the minds of the reader, doesn't it? And rightfully so.. it should... because it is designed to do so! However, one should not go wavering to and fro, back and forth, from thinking in the flesh to the spiritual in this chapter. We are talking from here on out about that day, the day of Christ's return at the sound of the 7th Trump, when Christ returns and ends this flesh age and everyone, ALL people... the good, the bad, and the ugly, are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, into their spiritual bodies (1 Cor. 15:50-52). If that is how you see this verse, just as a change of bodies, then so be it. And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
Perhaps though you can "see" that this verse is speaking figuratively, in picturesque format, about the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people who have fought, as in warred, against Jerusalem! It is talking about the pestilence, even their punishment, their "going down in defeat" when "the fire of His wrath" (Ezek. 38:19) is poured out upon them. In other words, they are going to FEEL the HEAT, the FIRE of His WRATH from head to toe! And just as the gods of Egypt were turned against them in the plagues (such as the Frog Goddess they worshipped could not spare them from the plague of frogs) neither shall the gods of this generation, gold and silver, etc., be able to deliver the nations. Zeph. 1:18 "Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land."
Hey, it's going to be a hot time in the old town tonight for the enemies of God. All that is evil in this flesh age is going to be consumed by His fire for as it is written in Heb. 12:29, "Our God is a consuming fire!" Peter also speaks about the coming of that day, the day of God, when all the elements (evil rudiments) shall melt with "fervent heat"! That is HIS HEAT, the fire of His wrath and it will easily consume their tongues, their speech!
If it helps one to understand this better, what is being said here is analogous to the great winepress that squeezes the grapes at this same time of the "great harvest" and the blood (the juice of the grape) runs as high as the horses bridles!2 Peter 3:12
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements [rudiments] shall melt with fervent heat?
And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
Do you remember from our study of Haggai when he spoke to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, a type of God's elect who was born in confusion (Babel) and was called forth to be a governor, a ruler? And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.
Jesus Christ is going to come forth and "shake the heavens and the earth" and "overthrow the nations"? He is going to destroy their strength (all their horses) and there shall be a "great tumult" as is a "great uproar" as in "great distress among the nations" (Luke 21:26) because they will be brought down, every one by the sword of his brother. Touché!Haggai 2:21-22
Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;
 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen [nations]; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.
Those with wisdom and eyes to see know that Judah is mixed with "good" and "bad" figs (Jer. 24)Zech. 14:14
And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
The same thing (plague of confiscation, poof!) shall happen to all the commerce of the NWO (next verse).Rev. 18:15-17
The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,  And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!  For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off...
Horses are symbolic of power and are even used to describe the Four Hidden Dynasties (powers) in Rev. 6. All these beasts in Zech. 14:15 are beasts of power, of burden, which carry forth commerce in like manner as ships. They shall receive the same "plague" which means they too (i.e. the power of trade and commerce) shall be taken away, confiscated! Babylon the great is coming down! It is that simple! You see, there is a new King of righteousness in town and His rules and His Word shall apply from here on out, like it or not! The nations therefore had better get their acts together and do that which follows in verse 16 or they shall experience the "real lake of fire" at the end of the Millennium which won't consume their flesh this time, but rather their very souls! That is why Christ told us not to be concerned about those who can kill the body (flesh), but rather fear [revere] the one who can bring about the final plague, the death of the soul in the lake of fire: Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell [gehenna]."Zech. 14:15
And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.
So the nations and the peoples of the nations that "missed the mark" in this flesh age better had get busy and do the following, learning and walking in His ways:
Notice the striking contrast here with what those nations were doing when they came against Jerusalem to fight the LORD of hosts, before their defeat and destruction at the coming of the LORD. They SHALL henceforth go up every year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. They SHALL, that is, if they want to be part of the second resurrection and live past the consuming fire which comes at the END of the Millennium, following the Great White Throne judgment! And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
That is why the Feast of Tabernacles is specifically mentioned here, because it is the time of the great harvest of harvests, i.e. the time of the Millennium in which they better keep (live) according to His Word! Will they have free choice to decide not go up to Jerusalem? Yes they will! There shall even be controversy during that time (liberalism doesn't die easily)! Nevertheless, they will be given opportunity in that day to learn and to walk in His ways and if they "miss the mark", if they don't learn to discern between the holy and the profane and walk the walk during that time, they will be sentenced at the great white throne judgment and suffer the second death, the ultimate "plague of fire" by being consumed in the lake of fire along with Satan, the son of perdition. We mentioned Ezek. 44:23-24 earlier so let's read it now to document what shall be taught and also that there will be controversy during the Millennium, which implies free will and freedom of choice.
So what happens to those who do not come up unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord?Ezekiel 44:23-24
And they [the Zadok] shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
 And in controversy [i.e. when there is controversy] they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
They shall receive no rain? What does that mean spiritually? Well, rain is symbolic of truth, His word (Deut. 32), and the withholding of rain causes spiritual drought and famine followed by pestilences, plagues... and eventually the ultimate plague... death!Zech. 14:17
And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
What did the LORD smite all the nations with that came and fought against Jerusalem? His "fire", remember (vs. 12)? And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
If they "miss the mark", i.e. don't make it in "THE FIRST RESURRECTION TO ETERNAL LIFE", during the Feast of Tabernacles, during the time of the great harvest, they shall ultimately be punished, if they still follow Satan at the close of the Millennium, with death in the lake of fire. By that time they shall have made their own decision even judging themselves which will be testified to in their own book by the way in which they walked, and they shall be without excuse. They shall be without excuse because this is how it shall be throughout the Millennium, in that day: This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Hold it! You may be doing it again! Our minds like to think flesh, materially... in this case... pots and bowls and real horses, because that is what our minds SEE in imagery, in the PICTURES painted in our mind's eye by the holy spirit for the purpose of communicating to us. But remember, we learned in the very first chapter about "horses", even those four horses, the four powers known as the Four Hidden Dynasties which are now in the control of Satan and his children of disobedience. It is those horses (powers) they ride and abuse and use in unrighteousness to bring forth the oppression and captivity of the New World Order, and to bring forth the nations of the world to fight against Christ and His holy mountain! In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD'S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
You SEE, this great Book of Zechariah (Remembered of Yahveh) ends in perfect symmetry to its beginning. It began with the four horns, the four horses (those powers of Religion, Economics, Politics, and Education) belonging to and in control of the unrighteous false messiah and his children of disobedience and ends on that day with those horses (powers) having been totally confiscated from the nations, from the New World Order, and from those of Judah (the bad figs, the kenites) who fought against Jerusalem.
In other words, dear Christian, the beautiful truth of the matter is that whenever a "bell" of a horse (power) is rung, it shall ring HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD! Or look at this way: If someone tries to ring a bell on a horse (exercise power and authority) and they do not "ring it" in righteousness, i.e. according to God's Holy Word, then God's elect will come forth and "ring their necks" for them with a rod of iron! To wit, there shall never again be a crack in our Bell of Liberty. Got it? Praise God and may His kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven... and it SHALL... even sooner than many might think!
And what of these pots in Jerusalem? You should have no trouble whatsoever understanding this after the detailed lessons we learned concerning the false prophets and those "sheeptraffickers"!
You see, ordinary pots used for cooking and preparing food shall all be like the bowls before the altar that were used to "catch the blood" of the sacrifice unto His Holiness, the Lord of hosts. In other words, there shall be no phony sacrifices or false doctrines or "unclean food" cooked and/or served in Jerusalem and in Judah! And in that day, there shall be NO MORE sheeptraffickers, merchants of sheep (which is what Canaanite means here) in the house of LORD of hosts! Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.
What is the conclusion therefore given in these last two verses? It is very simple! The reason that all Power on Earth shall be executed with JUSTICE, with HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD, and the reason only the TRUTH of HIS WORD shall be taught in all the land, is because the KING OF KINGS and LORD of LORDS doth reign with His Zadok in ALL THE EARTH and His TRUTH and His JUSTICE shall flow like mighty rivers from beneath His throne throughout the whole earth. We so look forward to that day!
"Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints" (Rev. 15:3)!
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