About Jesus Steve Sweetman
This Chapter - Chapter 14
Lord Comes And Reigns (ch. 14:1 - 21)
Zechariah 14 we see hints of what has been commonly called "the
Thousand Year Rule of Christ."
This is a period of time that Jesus, after He returns to Israel, will not only rule
1 tells us of a plunder that will take place at "the day of the
Lord" which I believe is at the end of this age, that Futurists
call the Great Tribulation. When
studying the term the "day of the Lord" in the Bible you will
note that there are two ways in which the term is used.
It is seen as one particular and specific day, the very day in
which Jesus returns to earth. The day of the Lord is also seen in the
Bible as the last seven years of this age, also known as the time of
Jacob's trouble. See
plundering seen in verse 1 is devastating.
The city will see much harm and damage to it but it will not be
2 and 3 explain what happens in this day, which I believe is the very
end of the time known as the period of Jacob's trouble or the Great
Tribulation. This tells us
that half of
need to distinguish these words from the words written at the end of the
last chapter. Here the text
is speaking of .
should note in verse 2 that it is God that gathers the nations of the
world here against Jerusalem, just as He is seen doing in Ezekiel 38
concerning the nation from the north coming down to attack Israel.
God works behind the scenes to cause these things to happen.
This is not visible to the carnal human eye, but it is visible to
the spiritual eye. God is
heavily involved in the affairs of our nations.
The secular man cannot see it, but for those of us who know our
Bible, we do see it clearly.
2 cannot be speaking of 70 A. D. when the Roman army leveled Jerusalem
to the ground. There wasn't
anything or anyone left then. The
text clearly states that half of those in
the text speaks of half escaping, many Futurists believe they escape to Petra
which is in Jordon. We know
from other Scriptures that Jordon will not fall under the spell of the
anti-christ. Some Futurists
believe that Jesus will first come to
need to note how horrible of an attack this is.
Houses will be robbed and women will be raped. When
the spoil is taken, that includes the rape of women.
3 tells us that after this siege of Jerusalem Jesus comes to rescue the
Jews and He Himself fights off the nations of the world with the word of
His mouth, but, He does not come until
Daniel 11:41 we see that
4 tells us that Jesus will stand on the
some point, after Jesus stands on the Mount of Olives that is east of Jerusalem, the mountain will be split in two, forming a valley between the two
haves of the mountain. The valley will run from east to west.
There will be a northern mountain and a southern mountain. As
I have said before, this will be a geological change to the geography of
the Middle East that will be to benefit of
have just mentioned that some suggest that Jesus will come to Bozrah
before He comes to the
where Jesus first steps on the earth at His return is really hard to
know, although some believe they have it all figured out.
see the city of
should note that there is a fault line under the
this earthquake, it produces a valley.
If you read Ezekiel 40 through 48 you will note the time of the
Millennium where it speaks of a river that flows from under the
fault lines in this area of the world there is one major fault line that
in verse 5 it says that on that day God will come with all the holy ones
with Him. I believe the
"holy ones" can refer to both angels and saints because the
Hebrew words are translated both ways in the Old Testament.
There are sufficient New Testament passages that state both
saints and angels will return with Jesus.
should also note that there are various ways the English Bibles
translate verse 5. Some say
that the Jews will flee from
6 and 7 are very interesting. It
speaks of a certain day, and this is a specific day, not a time period.
It is the day when Jesus sets His feet on
verse 8 we learn that in that day, after Jesus puts His feet on the
Mount of Olives, living water will flow out of
might wonder if this water spoken of here has anything to do with the
fountain in chapter 13 verse 1 that will cleanse the nation of
9 tells us at this point in history the Lord, or Jesus, will be king
over all the earth. The
battle against the nations has been won and Jesus will set up His
kingdom on earth in
10 and 11 show a
10 speaks of another geological restructuring, possibly due to the earth
quake. It says that from
Gaba, which is about six miles north of Jerusalem, to Rimmon, which is
thirty three miles south of Jerusalem, will be like Arabah.
Arabah is the land south of the Dead Sea and north of the
11 says that
12 and 13 speak of the severe judgment
some Bible teachers, these two verses suggest the explosion of a neutron
bomb. Neutron bombs destroy
all protein but leave things without protein.
Thus you have bodies as described in these verses.
You have eyes rotting in people's head.
The same people who suggest nuclear warfare here see the same in
Ezekiel 39:9 and 10 where Ezekiel predicts that weapons will be turned
into fuel. They suggest that
nuclear weapons will be turned into nuclear energy.
above being said, the text here says that it is the Lord that causes
what we see. They very
presence, the Word of His mouth, or, the "sword of His mouth"
as the book of Revelation puts it, could cause this destruction in the
bodies of people, and not a neutron bomb.
verse 14 we learn that
15 says that the plague that will hit the nations of the earth will even
hit the animals. I can
certainly see how these verses can be understood in terms of nuclear
all the fighting and plagues are over, in verse 16, we learn something
about what we have termed "the Millennial rule of Christ" that
lasts one thousand years. It
tells us that there will be survivors from the nations that attack
17 suggests that during the thousand year rule of Jesus on earth people
will still have freedom of choice. The text says that if anyone, any
nation, does not come to
some reason in verse 18 God specifies
19 simply confirms that the punishment for not coming up to Jerusalem
to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles is a drought.
20 tells us that on that day, or during the thousand years of Jesusí
rule on earth, the inscription "Holy to the Lord" will be seen
on the bells of horses, and on the cooking pots of Godís house.
This might suggest that at least one means of transportation may
be horses, or it might simply symbolize the transportation of the day,
whatever that may be, but, it does suggest that there will be a house of
God, a temple in
verse 21 the text says that every pot in Israel
will be holy unto the Lord. Then
the text says that everyone who comes to sacrifice will cook in these
pots. This raises a big
question. Will there be
animal sacrifices in this thousand year period?
Some say there will be animal sacrifices that look back to the
cross. They are not a
sacrifice to forgive sin since the price for forgiveness of sin has
already been paid by Jesus. Others
say the sacrifices will not include the killing of animals, but will be
sacrifices of praise. I
think we need to at least consider the idea that this might well include
the killing of animals because there are other passages, for example
Ezekiel 40 through 48, that does speak of animal sacrifices during this
period of time. We must
remember this is the thousand years of Jesusí rule on earth.
It is not the new heaven and new earth that is spoken of at the
end of the book of Revelation. Things
will be much different on the new earth.
The thousand years of peace may look more like our life today
than the times of the new earth.
might well be that these sacrifices might only apply to the Jews, and
not to Gentile believers, but, the fact that Gentiles will come to
Jerusalem once a year to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles might
suggest that they will also present sacrifices.
last sentence of Zechariahís prophecy says that on that day there will
not be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord.
The term "house of the Lord" here might mean the
literal temple that I believe will exist in
prophecy of Zechariah is now over. It
was meant to be an encouragement to
final state of the Jews as Zechariah prophesies
important thing to note for Christians concerning the final restoration
think there is a general feeling in today's church that revival will
come to Israel
through an outpouring of the Holy Spirit as we have seen in other parts
of the world. The Bible does
not say that. Israel
comes to Jesus in repentance only after the Great Tribulation when God
pours out a spirit of grace and supplication on them as seen in
Zechariah 12:10. Many Jews
may well come to Jesus prior to that, but that is not what Paul is
talking about when he states that all