|Zechariah 12:||1: “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.|
2: Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3: And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it...
6: In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.”
The prophecy continues, telling first of the crucifixion of Israel's Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), then the cruel scattering and persecution of the Jews. Next comes the great home-coming and restoration of Israel to the Promised Land. The prophecy then goes on to tell of a national revival in Israel which is compared to a smith purifying silver and gold! When that process is complete, Israel will call on the Name of the LORD; (the word translated LORD is Yahweh, which most Israelis never use, considering it sacriligeous to utter God's name). See A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada article the Sacred Name.
|Zechariah 13:||7: “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.|
8: And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9: And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”
The Blindness of Israel:
|Romans 11:||7: “What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded|
8: (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.”
Beware You Gentiles!
|Romans 11:||25: “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in ...“|
We are told in the New Testament that when the Time of the Gentiles is passed, (and that time has come) Israel's blindness will be removed and the nation will recognize the truth it had rejected so long, long ago. Read (Romans chapter 11) where these amazing events are foretold.
Israel’s Coming Revival:
The prophet Zechariah confirms this end-time revival in Israel when, under inspiration, he writes:
|Zechariah 12:||10: “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”|
The Apostle Paul continues:
|Romans 11:||26: “All Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:|
27: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.”
|Genesis 6:||8: “And I will bring you unto the land, concerning which I did swear to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob and I will give it to you for an heritage: I am the Lord.”
|Genesis 35:||12: “And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee (Israel) I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.”
|Deuteronomy 19:||8: “And if the LORD thy God enlarge thy coast, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land which he promised to give unto thy fathers.”|
Believe it or not, the feud between Israel and its Arab neighbours is the oldest feud in history. It goes back to the tents of Abraham; to the contempt Hagar, the Egyptian maid, had for Abraham's wife Sarah; and to the subsequent hatred of Ishmael (Hagar's son) for Isaac the child of promise. That feud is about to be settled once and for all soon! Watch for these events:
|Zechariah 14:||1: “Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.|
2: 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.”
|Revelation 11:||2: “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.”|
|Zechariah 14:||3: “Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.|
4: 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.
5: ...and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
6: And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
7: 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.
8: 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.
9: And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.”
|Isaiah 2:||1: “The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.|
2: And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3: And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4: And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
The Sacred Feasts of the God of Israel
At long last, man’s rebellion will be curtailed and all the nations of the world will celebrate the Almighty’s Feasts - those eternal Memorials of Salvation!
|Zechariah 14:||16: “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.”|