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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Zechariah Chapter 14

 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Zechariah
Date Penned: (1-8 520-518BC)(9-14 480BC)
Overview: Messages while After Completing the Temple (c 9-14)
Theme: Zechariah's Words of Encouragement (c 7-14)
Message: The Lord will Rule (v 1-20)

Zechariah: Chapter 14 Commentary
   
(14:1) The eventual triumph of the Messiah over all the earth and his reign over God's people are pictured in this chapter. This chapter portrays important future events, but their chronological order is not clear. They show that God has various ways of dealing with his people. He is in control and has provided the way for purification to those who call on him. Now we are to behold as the events unfold and God provides an escape for his people. 

(14:2) Many times in the Bible we are encouraged to watch for the Day of the Lord which is coming soon. What if you know exactly when this would happen? Would you live differently? He could come at any moment. Watch for him by studying the Scriptures carefully and make sure you live as he intends for you to live - in obedience and spiritual readiness. 

(14:4) On the Mount of Olives, Jesus talked to his disciples about the end times (Matthew 24) Near this mountain, an angel promised that Jesus would return in the same manner as he had left (Acts 1)

(14:5) Only God's people will escape God's punishment (Matthew 24) In this time of confusion, God will clearly know who his people are. (Amos 1)

(14:8) The former sea and hinder sea refer to the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

(14:10) Jerusalem is honored as the city of God and the focal point of all the world's worship. Jerusalem's elevation is a dramatic way of showing God's Supremacy.

(14:16) This Feast of Tabernacles is the only feast still appropriate in Messiah's reign, The Feast of Passover was fulfilled in Christ's death the Feast of Atonement is acceptance of Christ's salvation , The feast of first fruits in his resurrection, and Pentecost with the arrival of the Holy Spirit. But the Feast of Tabernacles, a feast of thanksgiving, celebrates the harvest of human souls for the Lord, Jesus may have been alluded to it in John 4 

(14:20,21) In the future, even such common objects as horses' bells and cooking pots will be holy, This vision of a restored, holy Jerusalem is in stark contrast to its brown and unpleasant living conditions, One day God would fulfill the people's dreams for Jerusalem beyond what they could imagine, God still wants to do much more for us than we can imagine (Ephesians 3) When we walk with him we discover this more deeply each day.

(14:21) Zechariah was speaking to people enduring hardships - they were being harassed by neighbors, they were discouraged over their small numbers and inadequate Temple and their worship was apathetic. But God said, "I am jealous for Jerusalem ''. He promised to restore their land, their city, and their Temple. Like other prophets, Zecheriah blended prophecies of the present, near future and final days into one sweeping panorama. Through his message we learn that our hope is found in God and his Messiah, who are in complete control of the world. alone will perfect holiness and happiness be found.

 


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Watch for the Day of the Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book ofZechariah with Chapter 14. In our text today we see how the Lord will rule with the eventual coming of the Messiah and how we are encouraged to Watch for the Day of the Lord. In making application we see that the Lord could come at any time. What if he came tomorrow How would you live today? Would you give your life to Jesus? Would you tell your friends and loved ones of Salvation through Jesus-Christ? The truth is He could come tomorrow even today? How about you? Are you saved? Are you telling others of Jesus-Christ? Let us learn from our text today and the prophecy of Zechariah to see that the Lord could return at any time so we should watch for the day of the Lord, serving Him because He will come again, even today.

 

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Zechariah 14

Zechariah 14

 1Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

 2For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

 3Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

 4And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

 5And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

 6And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:

 7But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

 8And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

 9And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

 10All 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.

 11And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

 12And 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.

 13And 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.

 14And 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.

 15And 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.

 16And 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.

 17And 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.

 18And 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.

 19This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

 20In 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.

 21Yea, 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.