The Coming Deliverance of Judah
Zechariah 12:1 The burden (oracle, prophecy) of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him:
Note: “the LORD, who…”
Who stretched out the heavens laid the foundation of the earth? Answer: the Creator.
Who is the Creator?
- John 1:3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
- John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
- Hebrews 1:8a “to the Son He says: 1:10-12 ‘You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.’”
J. B. Phillips. Now Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God. He existed before creation began, for it was through him that everything was made, whether spiritual or material, seen or unseen. Through him, and for him, also, were created power and dominion, ownership and authority. In fact, every single thing was created through, and for him….Life from nothing began through him, and life from the dead began through him, and he is, therefore, justly called the Lord of all.
The first sentence of the Bible reads in Hebrew:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ
B’raysheet ba-RA Eh-lo-HEEM ayt ha-sha-MA-yim v’-ayt ha-A-retz
The word “Ayt” (used twice) is made up of the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, aleph/tav. Jesus said “I AM the Aleph and the Tav, the beginning and the end.”
Zechariah 12:2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.
A cup of drunkedness:
The Hebrew word translated drunkedness isra`al Stong’s H7478
The meanings include: reeling (staggering), trembling. It also includes a veil (like a wedding veil) for its tremulous motions.
Zechariah 12:3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.
Note: “heave it away”
An action of removing the Jews from Jerusalem which also tries to remove God’s agenda for the Jews.
Zechariah 12:4 In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.
Note: “open My eyes” means “Pay attention to”
Zechariah 12:5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the Lord of hosts, their God.’
Zechariah 12:6 In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.
Against All Odds!
Note: Jerusalem, the land of the Jews.
Zechariah 12:7 “The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah.
Zechariah 12:8 In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel (Messenger) of the Lord (Jesus) before them.
Zechariah 12:9 It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Mourning for the Pierced One
Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced.
Note: Jesus is the pierced one, the crucified one.
Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
► The remnant of Jews are mourning (longing for, yearning) for Him as they teeter on the edge of their own extinction by the Antichrist. They desperately need a physical and spiritual Savior.
► Jesus is the firstborn of the Father. He is the First Fruits to rise from the dead never to die again. Jesus died as the firstborn of the Father on the same day as the lamb was slaughtered in Egypt for the Passover. All the firstborn in Egypt died on that same day. The first born son of the Pharaoh died on the same day the first born son of God was slaughtered on the cross as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Zechariah 12:11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo (Heb. Megiddon).
The plain of Megiddo is Armageddon. Megiddo means “multitudes”.