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  • Richard H Priday on Zechariah 12 - 10 months ago
    Zechariah 12:1-4

    1The 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.

    2Behold, 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.

    3And 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.

    4In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

    Verse 1 demonstrates that the God of all creation has specific plans for Israel. Verses 2-4 show how Armageddon will transpire; when all nations fight Israel and are drawn to Armageddon ( Rev. 16:13-14). Eventually as in other earlier campaigns; God's enemies in some part will start to fight one another; although Christ personally destroys the armies in the valley of Armageddon itself. These verses show what is happening first in Judah (the southern part of Israel) then in Jerusalem itself.

    Verses 5 through 7 discuss the "governors of Judah" which may have been the representatives such as Nehamiah and those commissioned to rule by Persia at that time; but certainly there are end time ramifications here as to what I mentioned above; Judah being saved first.

    Verse 8 then talks about supernatural strength against enemies among the residents of Jerusalem. Verse 9 shows how God Himself will fight against the enemies. The rest of the passage shows how those in Israel finally recognize their Messiah. Everyone mourns by themselves. Apparently it isn't until the brink of the Second Coming until there is national repentence for those still alive realizing finally who Christ really is and finally have remorse.

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