About Jesus Steve Sweetman
This Chapter - Chapter 14
Lord Comes And Reigns (ch. 14:1 - 21)
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, and Futurists say
in the Great Tribulation. When
studying the "day of the Lord" in the Bible you will note that
there are two aspects to it. It
is seen as one particular day, that is the 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.
2 and 3 explains what happens in this day, which I believe is the time
of Jacob's trouble. This
isn't the exact day of Christ's return.
It tells us that half of
need to distinguish these words from the words spoken at the end of the
last chapter. Here the text
is speaking of Jerusalem, and in the last chapter it was speaking of Israel. In chapter 13 one third 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 isn't visible to the carnal eye, but it is visible to the
spiritual eye. God is
heavily involved in the affairs of our nations.
The secular man can't see it, but for those of us who know our
Bible, we do see it clearly.
2 can't be speaking of 70 A.D. when the Romans leveled
the text speaks of half escaping, many Futurists believe they escape 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
4 tells us that Jesus will stand on the
some point, after Jesus stands on
just mentioned that some suggest that Jesus will come to
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
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 is translated both ways in the Old Testament.
There are sufficient New Testament passages that state both
saints and angels will return with Jesus.
6 and 7 are very interesting. It
speaks of a certain day, and this is a specific day, not a time period.
Itís 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 Jerusalem. It will flow to the
western sea, that is the Mediterranean, and it will flow to the eastern
sea, that is, the Dead Sea. It will produce much
needed water to the land itself and make Israel
more agriculturally prosperous
might wonder if this water spoken of here has anything to do with the
fountain of water in chapter 13 verse 1 that will cleanse the nation of Israel. Maybe the Jews will have a
massive baptismal service in this water.
I do believe the water in this chapter is real literal water.
The water in chapter 13 might well be symbolic.
9 tells us at this point in history Jesus will be king over all the
earth. The battle against
the nations have been won and Jesus will set up His kingdom on earth.
In that day there will be only one Lord, and He will be Jesus.
His name will also be one. There
will be no more division among
10 and 11 show a Jerusalem
that has been rebuilt. It
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 valley where the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River,
12 and 13 speak of the severe judgment that will come on the people of
the nations who fought against Israel. Literally, they will be
rotting in the streets while they are still alive.
They will grasp each others hand, looking for help, but they will
find none. The text says
they will be totally panic stricken.
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.
verse 14 we learn that
15 says that the plague that will hit the nations of the earth will even
hit the animals.
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 Israel, and these survivors will come to
once a year to worship King Jesus. These
are clearly Gentile people who apparently have come to know the truth.
They will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This is the feast
that is called the feast of ingathering, the gathering of the crops, the
harvest celebrated in our September.
The feast that will be celebrated in
17 suggests that during this thousand years, people will still have
freedom of choice. The text says that if anyone, any nation does not
come to Jerusalem God will cause the rain to stop falling on their
lands. Jesus is in total
control during this time, yet it appears that people will still have the
opportunity to disobey with consequences. This
seems to suggest the possibility of national disobedience because the
lack of rain is over a large section of land.
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 ďHoly to the LordĒ 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 here 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 for. 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.
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.
last sentence of Zechariahís prophecy says that on that day there will
not be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord.
I think this simply means that there will not be any unbelieving
Gentiles in the house of the Lord, in the temple in Jerusalem.
prophecy of Zechariah is now over. It
was meant to be an encouragement to
important thing to note for Christians concerning the final restoration
is that their restoration comes about with God's intervention in helping
them to come to a heart felt repentance.
Repentance is something that is lacking in the modern gospel.
This should never be.