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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Zechariah was a prophet of Israel after the people returned from the Babylonian exile. Soon they were in a gloomy and agonized situation because the temple building was halted due to the pressure of the surrounding people. That’s when Zechariah brought them hope with a message of ultimate restoration as depicted in this chapter. His message gave them great encouragement and also to us who are living in this time of the end.

The first two verses seem to describe for us the situation shortly before the door of mercy closes. As we are well-informed, the final issue will be an economic one. Your possessions will be taken and divided no matter where you live in the world. This will include people’s houses because of an economic crisis when buying and selling will be restricted unless they receive the mark of the beast (Rev 13:16-18). From a practical standpoint, believing this prediction and to be free from the trap, we are to put every effort to get rid of our debts, including bank loans, and be careful about using credit cards.

Verse 3 and on may be applied to the situation after the “third” coming of Christ, which will happen after the millennium. Otherwise, it will mean Jesus would remain on earth as King at His “second” coming, which is contrary to other Bible texts, including John 14:1-3, 1Thess 4:16-17, and Rev 20 and 21. At the end of the millennium His feet will stand on the Mt. of Olives. Then the city of New Jerusalem will come down from heaven as the mountain will have split to the north and south, forming a wide plain for the city to rest (vs. 4). What a glorious thought!

At that time, He will come with all the saints in New Jerusalem (see also Great Controversy 662-3). There will be neither day nor night, because it will always be light. Rev 21:23-24 says that it is the Lamb Himself who is the light. And the living water will spring up from Jerusalem, it will flow forth from the throne of God, and on either side of the river will be the tree of life (Rev. 22:1).

After His final coming, He will be the only Lord to be worshiped. All the idolaters are gone, the Canaanites or traders who worshiped Baal (vs. 9, 21). Jerusalem will be new; it will be restored to God’s people (vs. 10). The wicked will attack the descended Jerusalem but will be punished and utterly eradicated including Satan (vss. 12-15; cf. Rev. 20:7-10). Jerusalem will be a safe place and there will be no more curse (Rev 22:3). Eternal security will be there and among her inhabitants (vs. 11) 

The last part of Zech 14 gives such a gracious vision. The remnant from all the nations will worship the Lord of hosts. Though we are not Jewish by blood, if we remain faithful by His grace, we will be counted among the remnant, to worship our God eternally! There will be thorough consecration. Zechariah attempting to make it understood says to the people that even the bells of the horses and the pots in the Lord’s house will also have on them the phrase “Holiness unto the Lord” (vs. 20). These are the same words which were engraved on the plate attached to the miter of the High priests.

Because of the total redemption and salvation extended to God’s people, there will follow the total dedication and holiness from their side to the Lord. Let those athirst come! Help us Lord, to be part of the glorious scene! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever! Amen!

 

Sook-Young Kim

Kyungpook National University

Sangju, South Korea