The Visions of the Future Zechariah 9-14, cont’d.
Zechariah 12-14-Events leading to the Second Coming of the Messiah, cont’d.
Zechariah 13:1-9-The Messiah Redeems Israel
Zechariah 13:1-The “fountain” spoken of here represents the forgiveness of God (Psalm 36:9; 68:26; Jeremiah 2:13; 17:13; Joel 3:18; Revelation 21:6).
Zechariah 13:2-6-All false worship and idolatry will be eradicated when the Messiah returns.
13:2-6 All idolatry will be uprooted and false prophesying will cease. In their zeal to obey the law of God, parents will put to death any child who is involved in false prophesying (v. 3; cf. Deut. 13:6-10). False prophets will not wear a hairy robe (v. 4), which true prophets often did (cf. 2 Kings 1:8; Matt. 3:4). Instead, they will pretend to be farmers (v. 5) and lie concerning wounds received in ecstatic frenzy (cf. 1 Kings 18:29), pretending they were received as part of parental punishment or from friendly fighting.
The Ryrie Study Bible, footnote on Zechariah 13:2-6, p. 1427
For an explanation of ecstatic frenzy by prophets see:
Zechariah 13:7-This is a reference to the death of Jesus (Messiah) at His first coming.
Zechariah 13:8-9-When the Messiah returns the second time…only one-third (“a third part”) of the Jews will believe in Him. This will constitute those referred to as “all Israel” (cf. Romans 11:6)…since only those who believe in Jesus as the Messiah are the true Israel.
Zechariah 14:1-21-The Messiah Reigns in Israel
Zechariah 14:1-15-These verses describe the last battle that will take place in the battles of Armageddon. All the “spoil” that has ever been taken from them will be taken back (:1-3). Verses 4-5 describe the return of Jesus to Jerusalem and His conquering of its enemies. Cosmic disturbances will accompany His return (:6-7). Life-giving water will flow out of Jerusalem all the way to the Dead Sea (compare this to Ezekiel 47). At the time of the Millennium…Jesus will be the one and the only supreme King on the earth (:9).
Zechariah 14:16-21-These verses are a description of the time of the Millennium. Everything will be dedicated to the Lord…even down to the bells on the harnesses of the horses (:20-21). However, even during that time, when God will reign through Jesus on earth, people will still have the freedom of will to not be obedient and follow Him (such as not keeping the feast, :17). Those who do such things will suffer (:18-19).
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I long for Your return. Please come soon. But until then…help me to be faithful. Help me to live as if You were coming tomorrow. Use me to reach as many as possible with the Gospel. Please, Lord…lead all of my family and friends to faith in You.