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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

September 19 - Evening

"I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight
against it...Half of the city will go into exile, but
the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.
Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle.
On that day his feet will stand on the
Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem..."
- Zechariah 14:1-4

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Lord Will Fight On That Day    

Zechariah was a member of a prominent priestly family that returned from Babylon in 537 BC.
In 520 Zechariah spoke of a final battle that would take place in Jerusalem before the Lord’s appearance to establish his earthly kingdom.  The invasion of Jerusalem at this future time
occurs because God “will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it.” In the early
stages of this future battle it appears that the invasion by the nations will be successful since
half of the city quickly falls to the conquering nations. It is clear for several reasons that Zechariah refers here to a future event that has not yet occurred:

  1. It cannot refer to the Babylonian destruction since:
    1. This text was written in 520 BC and Babylon’s invasion has already occurred in 586 BC.
    2. Babylon took the first half of the city and also the second half of the city. The Lord
      did not intervene. Jerusalem was totally overrun
  2. It cannot refer to the Roman destruction in 70 AD since:
    1. Jerusalem of 70 AD was completely destroyed.
    2. The Lord did not appear and fight in defense of Jerusalem
    3. There was no earthquake and no splitting of Mount Olives
    4. To allegorize these locations (Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem)
      and these events (gathered nations,  fighting, exile, taken from city, the people,
      the Lord will go out, his feet will stand) in order to find some spiritual meaning
      makes this text senseless and its meaning the victim of personal interpretation.
  3.  It cannot refer to a historical event during church history since it is clear from world
    history over the last 150 years and current events that Jerusalem is not in a state that
    could be described as a kingdom ruled and controlled by the Lord seated in Jerusalem.

This future day is unlike the Babylonian captivity from which the Jews had recently returned.
In 586 the whole city was taken into exile, but during the invasion Zechariah refers to the
second half of the population “will not be taken from the city.” This time there will not be exile,
but instead there will be deliverance.

On this day the Lord’s “feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem” and a new
age will have begun. At Jesus’ ascension into heaven in Acts 1 the angels referred to this
future event when they spoke to the disciples who were watching Jesus rise into the air.
The angles said to the disciples on the Mount of Olives in 30 AD as Jesus ascended:

”Two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee, they said, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
– Acts 1:10-11

  Christian Quote from Church History

"God is not silent. It is the nature of God to speak. The second person of the Holy Trinity is called "The Word."
– A.W. Tozer







Something to Ponder??
The Muratorian Canon from
190 AD was discovered and made public in 1740, and it reveals that by 190 AD believers had organized the New Testament letters and
set them alongside the
Old Testament.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Arrabon (Gr) - "Earnest" (KJ) or "a deposit Guaranteeing" (NIV) – The word
came to the Greeks from the Phoenician traders meaning “first installment,
down payment, deposit.” To the Phoenicians and the Greeks arrabon was not
a pledge or a promise of a future action or transaction, but was instead actually
a portion of the purchase price or the first installment. This means the transaction
was complete and the contract was legally valid, binding and unbreakable.
Arrabon was a legal term used in Greek business and trade. So, when Paul
writes in Ephesian 1:14 that the Holy Spirit in our lives today
is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the
redemption of those who are God’s possession
(or, in the KJ, “is the earnest of our inheritance until the
redemption of the purchased possession
he is saying that our salvation is a legal, unbreakable contract with God.
The fact that the Holy Spirit (the arrabon) has come to us today is the
guarantee from God that this transaction is legal and complete.
Our salvation is not a promise for the future, but is a present possession and reality.

  Assyrian King Sennacherib attacks Judah in
701 BC according to
2 Kings 18:13-16. In the Annals of Sennacherib recorded on the
Sennacherib Prism the Assyrian king records the same invasion when he writes:
“As for Hezekiah the
Judahite, who did not
submit to my yoke…like a caged bird I shut up in Jerusalem, his royal city.”
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I recognize God's wisdom during the day? I will listen and look for wisdom to manifest today.   "Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square."
Proverbs 1:20
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Luke 13 Ezra 6 and Psalm 137
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Organization of house and home management Electronics, sound board, mics, amps, etc. Families Niger - the least reached people groups there
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Water fall from the springs of En Gedi which was one of David's hideouts near the Dead Sea while fleeing from Saul. (click on image for larger size) The Greek alphbet (click on image for larger size)
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