Reconciling Zechariah 12 thru 14 – Part 5 River of the Sanctuary

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On that day there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. It will be a unique day—a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light. On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter(Zechariah 14:6–8, NIV).

  • Jerusalem then, as today, is the center of world attention. Observe, even in the millennial reign there will be the seasons.

Bible Imagery – See post on Imagery
We have an unfortunate tendency to interpret scripture in terms familiar to us in our day and time, and not as used by God in His book. Consequently, we turn imagery like the sun, moon, stars, into astrological events when they are representations of things much more relevant. The above passage is a metaphorical description of the Day of the LORD – Judgment,
For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth(Luke 21:35, NIV) – and blessings,

  • And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. Joel 2:25-26 (KJV).

This passage transitions from the judgment of the “Day of the Lord” into His Kingdom reign on earth from Jerusalem, replete with its blessings.  The “Day of the Lord” is not a solar day. The “Day of the Lord” begin with God’s “vengeance” Rom 12:19, God’s wrath on unbelieving, disobedient, gainsaying people in the world. For the ungodly, it is “dark days” of judgment.

Like the dullness of a desert sandstorm, there will be neither light nor dark. This day is the answer to the prayers of the Saints under the altar in the 5th seal who, “. . . cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” Revelation 6:10 (KJV).

Christ’s reign on earth begins with the subduing of Israel’s enemies. The nations that came against Israel shall be defeated. The “remnant” of Israel shall be mighty against them, and they will be judged (Mt 25:33-46). Fresh water will flow from the sanctuary in Jerusalem (Eze 47:1-12) transforming all the wilderness into productive fields (Amos 9:13).

Millennial – Davidic Kingdom
“And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one” Zechariah 14:9 (KJV).

This answers the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10 (KJV).

  • “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” Daniel 7:13-14 (KJV).
  • All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. Zechariah 14:10-11 (KJV). (Ps 125:2; Isa 2:2).

The entire area will be turned into a plain and Jerusalem will be elevated and rebuilt where she originally stood. “no more utter destruction”— (Jer 31:40). Literally, “no more curse” (Re 22:3; compare Mal 4:6), for there will be no more sin. Temporal blessings and spiritual prosperity shall go together in the millennium: long life (Isa 65:20-22), peace (Isa 2:4), honor (Isa 60:14-16), righteous government (Isa 54:14; 60:18). Judgment, as usual, begins at the house of God, but then falls fatally on Antichrist, whereon the Church obtains perfect liberty. The last day will end everything evil (Ro 8:21). Karl August Auberlen.

The end of Armageddon, Revelation chapter 16, and establishment of the Kingdom. The “vials of wrath” may be the 30 and 45 days of Daniel 12:11-12. Israel plunders the attacking nations, and the repentant nations bring booty to the land. Revelation 11:15, “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” It appears that the seven-year Tribulation – the 1260 days – has concluded. The “kingdoms of this world” are now the possession of Christ. The vials of His wrath are not yet poured out. Verse 18 says, “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” That is, the final judgment and punishment on the rebellious nations has come. The nations were angry and refused to repent.  Instead, they blasphemed God, Re 16:9,11,21.

And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth Zechariah 14:12 (KJV).

Contrary to what many current day prophecy teachers expound, this is NOT nuclear devastation – which would leave all the land uninhabitable – this is the presence of the Lord among the unholy, unrighteous, unredeemed, God blaspheming people who constantly and continually attempt to annihilate the Jews. The plague is most likely the result of one or more of the plagues (judgments) of Rev 15:1 KJV,And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.” These plagues are detailed in Rev 16, the vial, or bowl judgments. Some of the saddest words in the Bible are these, And (they) blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds” Revelation 16:11 (KJV).

May this be a warning to those participating in churches and companies promoting the BDS movement against Israel (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) – God clearly says to Israel, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Ge 12:3 KJV).

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague” Zechariah 14:13-15 (KJV).

The invading hordes, in panic and distrust, will turn on each other. As the transition continues from the present age into the millennial reign of Christ over the earth from Jerusalem, the “Clans of Judah” fight alongside Christ, their Redeemer.

  • This is the fulfillment of Obadiah 1:15-16, For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually (God’s wrath), yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.
  • And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts” Haggai 2:7-8 (KJV).

Worldwide Worship in the Kingdom – Millennial Reign
“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts” Zechariah 14:16-21 (KJV).

The name Canaanite here refers to the merchants who frequented Jerusalem and the temple courts with their wares (Neh 13:19–22; Matt 21:12; John 2:14). None will profiteer in the worship of God in the coming age. God’s search for true worshipers will be realized in a company of devoted, holy people.

Of the Seven Feasts of Israel, only three will be kept in the Millenia: Passover combined with Unleavened bread – deliverance from bondage; Tabernacles – celebrating the Sabbath rest and rule of Christ, and Atonement – celebrating and worshiping Christ for our redemption.

The remnant of the nations is those who did not fight against Israel. They opposed the “evil one” and supported His people.  These are those of whom Christ says:

  • The Judgment and the Reward
    “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”
    (Mt 25:32-40 KJV).
  • Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” Matthew 25:41 (KJV).

In Messiah’s kingdom, the people of Judah and Jerusalem will fulfill their destiny as a holy, priestly nation (Ex. 19:6). The words HOLINESS TO THE LORD will be inscribed on the gold headband worn by the high priest (Ex. 28:36).

“ . . . they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it” Micah 4:4 (KJV).And the world will be at peace.

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