My Hi-lite: Zechariah 14:12 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.
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.
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?
These graphic figures of speech mean there will be great multitudes of spiritually dead, those who "miss the mark" and "missed the cut" for the first resurrection and now must go through the Millennium subject to the Great White Throne Judgment at the end. Their "blood" shall run deep and as "far as the eye can see", again, multitudes of spiritually dead. And they shall surely feel that squeezing in the winepress just as they feel the heat of His wrath at His coming!Rev. 14:20
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.
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