The Smitten Shepherd
Book of Zechariah Chapter 13
Many times we are told that the Jewish people did not know that the Messiah would come to die, yet Zechariah is not the only prophet who writes of these things.
In the Psalms:
Psa 51:2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
The Prophet Isaiah:
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
There are other places that taught the Jews about their Savior, yet they chose to disregard those teachings.
The Jews reject many of the writings of the prophets and all the New Testament.
The fact is that we can pick and choose what we believe to be the true Scriptures but in reality, this does not make the other Scriptures to be false.
All the Scriptures are actually written by the Holy Ghost and we have no right to pick and choose what parts to believe and which parts to reject.
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.
We need as much God as we can get, and the best place to get the truth is with all the Holy Ghost inspired Word of God!
So what is the truth of our Savior?
*****Zec 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
This Scripture refers to the Messiah as that fountain that is opened to those of Jerusalem.
We know that according to the Word of God, the Church is already with the Lord Jesus Christ before this day comes about, so in “what day” is this prophet speaking?
He is speaking of the “day of great mourning” from Chapter 12, when the Jewish people had finally realized the truth of the Messiah whom they had rejected and murdered when He first came.
Remember in Chapter 12 they had realized the truth of the Messiah.
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.
Chapter 13 continues with this theme.
The Lord will cleanse every believer who remains after the 7 years of Tribulation, of their sin and of their false worship.
Remember they had been cleansed of idol worship in those 70 years of captivity, but they had given their voice unto the Beast, the Antichrist, until he sat down as God in the rebuilt Temple.
They had been fooled up until that time, along with all the world!
All that are left, rulers and people, will be cleansed of their sin because the Lord had poured out His “mercy” and His “grace”.
That word “fountain” gives the sense of “living waters”.
The true “fountain” is God the Father “as the fountain of living waters”.
Jer 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
It is God the Son that we see here in verse 1, the fountain opened to the house of David and all those in Jerusalem on that day.
God the Holy Ghost is that river of living waters in the heart of each and every believer.
Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
What happens beside salvation on “that day”?
*****Zec 13:2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
Idols are anything that we have placed in our lives that we hold to be higher than our Father in Heaven.
The Lord is saying, that not only idol worship would cease, but even the names of them would not be remembered.
Mic 5:13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
You see all idols are manmade and the things of man are never more important than the things of God!
You know we have no need of prophets today!
We have the complete Word of God which tells us the beginning, and the end, and everything in between.
God would never send us another prophet and here, when the Jewish people wake up to the truth of the Messiah, He tells them the same thing.
The Lord will cause all the prophets to pass out of the land, which is the Promised Land and the place where King Jesus will rule this world.
There is no need for prophets, not even today.
Any prophet would be a false prophet if they went against any part of the Word of God!
We have the complete Word of God, there will never be any new revelations that go against the existing Word of God!
Anything that goes against the Word of God is also unclean and all unclean things would pass out of the land of Promises from the Jews and the Church.
So there false prophets who are filled with unclean spirits!
Unclean spirits are lying spirits which work in the false preachers and false teachers we have today!
2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
The world that is left after those 7 years of Tribulation, will not want to hear any false teachers! They will only want to hear the truth!
They certainly will not want to hear any false prophet and we should not either today.
The world that was destroyed was a world of lies and deception! The same world we live in today.
*****Zec 13:3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
False teaching of any sort will be abolished during the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ.
We see that parents will not allow their children to speak against the Lord like they do today.
Today the parents allow their children to bring home a false doctrine and will not correct them but this will change the parents will rule their own families with a “rod of iron” as will the Lord!
If it were to start up again, the parents would put an end to it immediately.
The people of Millennial reign of Christ, will all honor the commandments of Christ! King Jesus will rule with a rod of iron!
Mar_12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
There will be no place for false teaching during the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ!
Rev_2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
There will be a complete extermination of the unclean spirits, when Jesus Christ sits on His throne in Jerusalem!
Though the Church will be with Jesus, we can still imagine a world where there will be no lies told of any sort.
There will be no deception.
There will be no temptation. (Satan will be bound for 1000 years).
The truth of God will rule each day!
The government will be a Theocracy with King Jesus the true Christ upon the throne.
All the needs of the people will be met, and this includes the truth!
*****Zec 13:4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
Zec 13:5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
Most all of us can relate to this picture. We were all dirty rotten sinners until we met the Lord Jesus Christ and are now cleansed of our sin.
We are all ashamed of our old lives, at least I know I am.
Even in the days of near perfection there will be some who will rebel.
There will also be those who are accused of rebelling who have not.
Remember the craving to sin lives in each of us as long as we are in this body of flesh.
We are not a people who are good and sometimes do bad things. We are a people who are bad and sometimes we may do something good!
This will not change during the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ!
The one thing that is true is, that those who have survived the Great Tribulation and now know the truth, will not tolerate those who would again try to teach a false message.
Until they are found out, they will not dress as the prophets of old, nor will they appear as the TV evangelist do today, they will dress the same as those around them.
He shall say “I am no prophet”. He shall say “I am just an average person” who has been taught how to work and make a living.
Remember false prophets prefer to deceive and talk you into supporting them.
They will be hated and sought out during this Millennial Age.
This is one of the reasons that King Jesus must rule with a “Rod of Iron”!
All these people will still have the old sin nature until they are cleansed of that old spirit!
Mic 3:6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.
Mic 3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.
Mic 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
These false prophets would rather be seen as slaves rather than confess that they reject the Lord Jesus Christ!
Some of these men or women may even be repenting their sin in order to be cleansed by the Lord, His “Fountain of Grace”.
Idolatry, false prophesy, and unclean spirits will be removed by the Lord Jesus Christ!
*****Zec 13:6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
No doubt this this is prophecy of our Savior when He was nailed to the cross and if you are Christian, then those wounds in the hands of the Lord we will never be forgotten.
These wounds will be a constant reminder of the things that Jesus did for us so we could be saved.
We will see those wounds when He is placing those crowns on our head and will be a reminder and we will toss those crowns back at the feet of Jesus
In fact the wounds our Savior received in paying our sin debt will be a reminder to us all the days though out eternity.
How will we differ from Christ when we have our own glorified body? Our body will not have any blemishes. Our body will be perfect, while the Lord will always show his scars on His body! Those will be His own Crowns of glory
In real time this thing also speaks of the early days of the Millennial reign of Christ
The beginning, of the Millennial Kingdom, may be the toughest years.
Many will go through firery trials before they find the Lord.
Many will question their sincerity.
The false prophet would still carry the signs of self-mutilation and these things could never be hidden.
1Ki 18:28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
For some, it may take a chastising from our friends to keep us from doing wrong.
Pro 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Whatever it takes for us to see the light of Jesus, is acceptable to the Lord.
We should remember the “Grace of God”. When we are washed in the blood of Jesus, we are cleansed of all our sins.
This old false prophet who finally accepts the Lord will be just as saved as we are, even if they still wear the signs of false worship .
We may scoff at these things, but the fact remains that self-mutilation is still seen today in some religions.
The Lord will rid the earth of all false prophets, false teachers, false teachers and anyone who would use lies to deceive others.
We read in verse 2 where even the parents would not allow their child to speak falsely.
Certainly it would be the same for friends. Everyone would be on the lookout for anything false!
We need our Christian friends sometimes to keep us from falling back in sin!
What does Jesus say?
*****Zec 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
It would be good to remember when the Lord Jesus was upon this earth, He was 100% God while being 100% human. When Jesus went back to Heaven He did so in a “Glorified Body”.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the True Shepherd!
That man is that human part that the Lord has made Himself to be, so when we all live together, we will be like Him.
1Jn_3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Our Lord Jesus has made all these things possible.
Again we see in this passage the Holy Trinity as the phrase “my fellow” signifies “my equal”, my companion. The Lord’s Divine equality with the Father!
The Word was God, and the Word was with God, but He was man as well as God!
Not a natural man but the God Man, the way He presented Himself to us, so we can be with Him and see Him face to face!
1Co_13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
He is the True Shepherd because His people need Him to be that way!
He performs a Shepherd’s part because, He will watch over us, He will provide for us, and He will guide us throughout eternity!
These are things He has decided to do Himself!
We are the sheep that God the Father gave to Him to redeem so that He could give us back to God the Father when He presents His Bride.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
It is God the Father, who caused the sword to smite His own Son that all these things be true!
It was God the Father who cause the suffering of our Savior!
The persecuting Jews were just willing instruments in all they did against Him!
They did it voluntarily, but they did it according to the Word of God.
Had they not done so then there would be no Church.
Had they not done so then there would be no redeemed Jews.
Once the Shepherd was smitten, God turned His attention to the “little ones” all those “Babes in Christ” who would grow into the family of God!
This is the message of the Lord of Hosts!
And what of those who deny Him?
Joh 19:6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
Joh 19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
Joh 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
Remember it is the Lord of Hosts who is speaking.
*****Zec 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
At first, it was the Roman army that laid waste to two thirds of the Jews and the world has continued to do this throughout the years since that time.
Many times the world has tried to destroy the Jews, the most recent time on most minds today would be the holocaust by Adolf Hitler, where 6 million Jews were slain for no reason.
We know that by the destruction of the Temple, Jewish worship had been taken away from this people and has never been restored.
What did God promise?
“I will bring a third part through the fire”. “And refine them” “and try them” and the day is coming they will call upon His name!
Eze 5:12 A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
Eze 5:13 Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.
Eze 5:14 Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by.
Eze 5:15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.
It should be obvious that Jehovah is not through with this promise as of yet, but all the signs indicate that this is soon coming to an end.
1) The Church will be taken out.
2) The 7 years of Tribulation where the refinement of the Jews will succeed.
3) These Jews will call upon the name of the Lord.
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.
Then the Promised 1000 years of King Jesus upon the throne of David.