About Jesus Steve Sweetman
This Chapter - Chapter 13
chapter 13 and 14 you will see the words "on that day."
These words can be understood in two ways.
It can mean a particular day, that is, a twenty four
hour day, or, it can mean a time period.
Most of the time in this chapter it means a period of time.
The question is then asked, "what period of time is being
spoken of"? It is
clear to me it is the time period that is at the end of this present age
in which we live. The things
referred to in these verses in connection with "that day"
makes that pretty clear. None
of the things mentioned here in that day have happened in human history
to date, at least not in the fullest sense of the word.
verse 1 we see the result of true repentance.
God says that a fountain will spring up for Israel
and Jerusalem. This fountain will wash
away the sin and iniquity from Israel. I would think this
“fountain” is symbolic. The
fact of the matter is that
verse 2 we see that in that day God will remove the idols and the false
prophets from the land. The
word “land” refers to Israel. No longer will there be
idols and false prophets in Israel. There may not be too many
literal idols in the
3 may be disturbing to some. It
seems to suggest that there might still be the possibility for some false
prophets to exist in these days after Jesus removes the sin from Israel, that is, the thousand year rule of Jesus.
The verse goes as far to say that the parents of a false prophet
will stab him to death. What
this means I am not sure as yet, but it does show us that Jesus will
rule with a rod of iron as the book of Revelations says.
one thing we can say about this verse is that Jesus will rule with a rod
of iron as stated in the book of Revelation.
He will judge, and His judgment is immediate, and not delayed.
verse 4 and 5 we see that these false prophets will be ashamed of
themselves. They admit that
they aren’t really prophets but farmers.
So they go back to their real profession.
6 says, "what are these wounds on your body?"
The question is raised, "whose body is being spoken of
here?" There have been
two answers given to this question over the years.
Because of the context some say that it is the false prophets
being spoken of here. They've
gotten wounds in the houses of their friends, even in the house of their
parents as we've already seen. Since
the NIV does not separate verse 6 into an new paragraph, that suggests
to me that this might be the interpretation of the translators.
Yet others say the body spoken of here is in reference to the
wounds in the body of Jesus. He
too was wounded in the house of His friends, and He will have these
wounds at that day, and all through eternity.
At the moment, I tend to think the body spoken of here are the
bodies of the false prophets.
it is Jesus spoken of in
verse 6 it appears to me that the Jews at the end of this age will need
to be taught the gospel. They
don’t know why Jesus had the wounds in His body.
This shows such a great misunderstanding on the part of the Jews
at the time of the end. They’re
still looking for the King, as they were when Jesus was on earth.
They don’t expect their king to have such wounds in His body.
At this point they’ll finally know that the Jesus they once
rejected really was their King and their Messiah.
another way that some look at these verses.
They say that the false prophets does not dress like a prophet
but like a farmer to disguise himself.
The wounds in his flesh might well be self inflicted or gotten by
some other means. This
doesn't seem to be the best way to view this passage. Whatever
the case, there are a multitude of different view points on many of
these Old Testament prophetic books.
we move back and forth through history in Zechariah’s prophecies, we
now move back to the time when Jesus was first on earth.
You will note that the phrase “in that day”, meaning the end
of this age, does not appear
here in verse 7.
tells the sword to awake and go against the shepherd, “the man who is
close to me.” This is
clearly in reference to Jesus being executed.
I’ve said it before, it wasn’t really the Jews, or the Romans
that were behind the death of Jesus.
It was God Himself. This
is clear from Isaiah 53. It
is also clear from this verse. God
tells the sword to awake and go against Jesus.
God uses the Jews and the Romans in the process, but He is behind
in verse 7 God says to “strike the shepherd, and the sheep will
scatter.” God tells the sword to strike Jesus and He predicts with
accuracy that the sheep will scatter, and that is exactly what took
place after the arrest of Jesus in the garden. Matt.
36:31 and following speaks of Jesus’ disciples being scattered,
running from the Roman soldiers.
I think these words go beyond the scattering of the disciples.
The next phrase says the hand of God will turn against the little
ones. I believe the
little ones are in reference to
Verse 8 says that two thirds of the land will be struck down and perish, while one third will survive. The land refers to Israel. I see this as the final fulfillment of the dispersion of 70 A. D. which occurs at the end of this age. Two thirds of Israel will not survive the Great Tribulation, but one third will. The one third is most likely the remnant that Paul speaks of in Romans 9 through 11. When Paul says that "all Israel will be saved," he might well be saying that all Israel, that is, all who are left at the end of the Tribulation, will be saved.
Yet in verse 9 we see the eventual outcome of this one third of the Jewish population. After a long period of time of refining as with fire they will come around and recognize their God, and He will recognize them. This takes place at the end of this age with the final repentance and restoration of the Jews.