The Deliverance of Jerusalem
Book of Zechariah Chapter 12
We must always remember, whose words are recorded in the Bible that is given to us!
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
The Word “all” concerns every Hebrew and Greek word in the “Received Text” or the Textus Receptus from which we get our English translated King James Version Bible, which is one of the few remaining Bibles that come from the truth.
All other Bibles come from text that have been altered by some man or some men and are full of errors!
When we have the Holy Ghost inspired Word of God, then we have the actual words of our Creator. The red letter, Bibles contain the words of Jesus while He was upon this earth, but all the Scriptures are the Words Jehovah sent down from Heaven!
Psa 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
The Scriptures tell us about our Creator!
His meanings but most of all His “Love” for His creation!
When the Word of God is settled in Heaven, how could we as the created, think we could change the words of our Creator!
We need to meditate on this for a moment before we continue!
The most major thing that separates humans from the animal world is “words”. We need to hear words and we need to say words and it is words that comfort us and words that stir us up!
God settled this when He gave us His words to live by because we do not have it within us to live by our own words!
The Prophet Zechariah makes this very clear!
*****Zec 12:1 The 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.
It was the Jewish nation, the children of Israel, who were predetermined to bring the written Word of God to the world and though they like all humans fail at all things we try to accomplish alone, they did give us the written Word of Jehovah God. The One True God!
That name Israel means “the people of God” so named by the Lord Himself!
Gen 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Had Jacob given in for one moment, he would have perished, and God would have chosen someone else to be His people!
The orthodox Jews still to this day, seek Jehovah and cling to Him.
The Church is bound by the Lord Jesus Christ to our Heavenly Father, who is the One and the Same Jehovah. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, not three gods but One God in three persons. The three persons described in those same preserved Words that He has given to us!
It is our Creator who formed this nation. He chose Israel, so who are we to question His choice!
Not only did He create the heavens, which we know to be three.
The atmosphere that we breath up to the heights that the birds can fly.
The expanse where all the stars and planets that can be seen by the naked eye and with the most sophisticated instruments.
The Heaven of heavens that cannot be seen, the realm of Jehovah and the heavenly hosts.
This same Creator has formed a spirit within each of us, so that we by our spirit can worship our God who is Spirit.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
In our lesson today, our God, Jehovah says I want you all to know this one thing!
The world will tremble at the power that comes from the city of Jerusalem one day in the future!
*****Zec 12:2 Behold, 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.
Just when Jerusalem is surrounded by a much overwhelming army of nations.
Just when things seem so bleak for the Jews and Judah.
Just when it seems all is lost.
What do we know for?
On the night before the exodus of the Jews out of Egypt, they took the blood of a lamb and painted the door frame of their homes, in fact in the shape of a cross and the death angel passed over them.
Exo 12:22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
Exo 12:23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
In fact, Jerusalem will be this “Cup” holding the blood of the Lamb and the armies of the enemy will stagger like a bunch of drunks and they will turn on each other.
We must remember that every nation who has tried to destroy the Jews has failed, and on this day, it will be a great destruction of all the enemies of God!
If you are an enemy of Israel, you are an enemy of God. This God is Jehovah, He is not Allah!
On this day everyone who came to cause harm to Jerusalem, will stagger back like a drunk and fall in destruction and not only Jerusalem will be free of them but all of Judah.
Jer 25:15 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.
Jer 25:16 And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.
The armies of the Antichrist will fall in so great numbers that blood will flow as a river.
Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
This will be the “Day of the Lord”.
*****Zec 12:3 And 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.
The enemies of God will use every means possible to destroy Jerusalem, but the city will be like a stone just too large to move.
No matter how cunning these enemies, their every attack will fail.
We already know that every nation that tried to destroy God’s people have failed.
Among them already Rome, Babylon, and Hitler of Germany.
It looks like the world would wake up to the fact that God will not allow these people to be destroyed!
Over and over Jehovah has warned this world.
Isa 66:14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.
Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
Joe 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
Joe 3:17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
Mic 5:15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
Mic 7:15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.
Mic 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
Mic 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.
This will be a terrible day for the enemies of God!
****Zec 12:4 In 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.
We know that the war horse of old would ride into battle without fear and deliver his rider into the conflict.
In modern warfare the horse has been replaced with armored personel carriers.
The Lord will cause these things not to operate and the men inside be driven mad and useless.
When military equipment fails in the modern-day armies and navies and airforces, these militaries are then made useless.
When GPS does not work, much equipment is useless.
When radar does not work, much equipment is useless.
When satellites cannot see, much equipment is useless.
When all the equipment of all militaries is made blind, they are for the most part, useless.
When the armies have to face off with their bare hands against Israel whose technologies will still operate there will be much devastation!
It is during this blind time when these armies will turn on themselves for everyone around them will appear to be their enemy.
The blind man in a wilderness can never find his way out of the wilderness and will perish!
*****Zec 12:5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.
The Jews became jealous when they realized that the Church, the Saints of God were all called home to Heaven, before this horrible 7 years began, but now as the enemies of God are falling to their death outside the walls of Jerusalem and the people have remembered Jehovah these, Jewish leaders have their eyes opened for the first time and they see that strength comes only from our heavenly Father.
What had Jehovah said?
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2Ch 7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
2Ch 7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
This day had finally come!
And Jerusalem would stand before the world as the place where the Antichrist was defeated.
*****Zec 12:6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.
The invading enemy will be struck with madness and delusion! Is this some sort of chemical warfare that backfired?
The military machinery will be blinded. All the satellites, the GPS, and all guidance systems have been rendered useless by Jehovah, and all those soldiers are in a panic till they attack each other.
All the means of attack will be turned on themselves!
Remember many of these nations were enemies of each other, until the Antichrist brought them together and they will remain enemies!
The military machine of the Antichrist is in the dark and they will become afraid.
The days of these armies standing their ground will be over because they will see the “supernatural” things of Jehovah, also named “Elohim”!
Inside the walls of Jerusalem just the opposite is taking place. They now know that only God could have done such a thing and their faith will become blistering hot for the truth of the Word of God!
Eze 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
Eze 39:8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
Eze 39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
Eze 39:10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 39:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.
Eze 39:12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
Eze 39:13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.
Before the Lord saves the city, all those innocents outside the city will be saved from harm! All those too weak to defend themselves will be saved from harm!
*****Zec 12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.
Zec 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
It will be those Jews and those who help them outside the city of Jerusalem, who will lead the charge.
On this day the impossible will take place!
It will be as David met Goliath! Where one river stone and a sling did take down the invincible giant!
What did David say?
1Sa 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
1Sa 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
It will be the same this day in Judah and those of the earth will know that there is a God in Israel and He is real!
The house of David represents King Jesus.
King Jesus the “Captain” of the Heavenly Hosts.
Jos 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
Jos 5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
Jos 5:15 And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
The armies of the world led by the Antichrist, will suffer an embarrassing defeat or I should say slaughter!
*****Zec 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
There will be a complete devastation and a total annihilation of all the armies of the world, who come against the Jews and Jerusalem!
Notice also, it does not say just armies but also nations. Those nations that come against Jerusalem!
Personally, I believe what the Bible says so I know this to be true!
Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Hag 2:22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.
That “day” is the “Day of the Lord”!
That “day” is the “Return of Jesus Christ” to this world!
Before the Lord restores all lands to that of the time of Adam, all these lands where great nations once stood, will be as a wilderness!
Then God will show His covenant of “Grace”.
*****Zec 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
At the same time the Lord is pouring out His wrath upon the enemies of Israel, the Lord is pouring out the Holy Spirit on all those in Jerusalem who are under siege.
We know the Holy Spirit brings “regeneration”.
To regenerate means to give life to.
Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Tit 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Tit 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
At the first coming of the Lord, He was rejected and then crucified.
All the years since they have continued to reject the Lord Jesus Christ!
They know Jesus very well but just not as Savior! Much like the world!
You can either meet the Savior or you will meet the All-powerful King of all kings and Lord of all lords!
When they see their Savior on this day, “The Day of the Lord”, they will continue to reject Him until they see, that this is the same Jesus who was pierced upon the cross at Mount Calvary.
Then they will remember!
It is then, they will feel remorse for having rejected Him all these years, and they will humble themselves and pray!
1Pe 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1Pe 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
1Pe 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1Pe 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
1Pe 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
These lowly Jews will finally look upon their Savior and the true Messiah.
They will realize what they have been wrong all these years!
The people will realize they have been led by false prophets!
They will realize that it was they who had attempted to kill God’s Son!
They will mourn even more than those who had mourned at the death of Josiah who fell while trying to pose a threat to the King of Egypt, when he should have stayed at home.
2Ch 35:22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.
2Ch 35:23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
2Ch 35:24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
2Ch 35:25 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations.
There was a great mourning for King Josiah who died but there will be even greater remorse for the murder of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who has arisen to be their King!
And there was an even great mourning!
*****Zec 12:11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
Zec 12:12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;
Zec 12:13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;
Zec 12:14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.
There will be no one in all Jerusalem who will not realize that this Jesus is indeed the true Messiah!
They will think about all those wasted years. All the sorrows and despair that could have been avoided, had they listened to John the Baptist.
They will be a broken nation which will cause sincere repentance.
When we are broken, it is then and only then, when most of us see the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ!
The House of David represented the government.
The House of Nathan represented the prophets.
The House of Levi represented the priest.
The House of Shimei represented those who were descendants of King Saul who were filled with hatred.
Then all the other families that remained. All sorrowing for the rejected Messiah, but their Messiah that never forgot about them!
Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
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