Zechariah 14 — The bringer of victory, life, and light

As we come to the conclusion of Zechariah, we see the second coming of Christ and the time of the Millenium.

It starts once again with the nations rising up against Jerusalem to crush it, and in so doing, half of its inhabitants will be sent into exile.  But then, Jesus will return, and as he sets foot on the Mount of Olives, it will split in two.

The lights will dwindle, but God himself will bring light to the earth, so that even at night, it will be light.  As it says in Revelation,

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.  (Revelation 21:23)

Not only that, but from Jerusalem will flow living water.  This is probably the same thing that was written about in Ezekiel 47:3-11 which we have looked at earlier.

God will then fight for Israel, casting down its enemies through plagues.  I kind of wonder from verse 12 if God will turn the nations’ nuclear weapons against themselves.  It certainly sounds like some kind of nuclear disaster, anyway.  But this is pure speculation on my part.

But anyway, from that point on, people from all over the earth will acknowledge him as King, rejoicing in his goodness.  The Feast of Tabernacles was one of rejoicing out of gratefulness towards God.  Rejoicing in how God brought his people out of slavery to Egypt, and gratefulness for his presence with them as he kept them safe through their time in the desert.  We too, will rejoice at how God brought us out of slavery to Satan’s kingdom, and brought us through the trials of life until the day he finally makes all things new.

For all those who refuse to turn to God, however, they will only find judgment.

What can we get from all this?

God is the bringer of victory.  Though Satan fights against God and us, God will triumph.  He actually has already triumphed.  He triumphed when Jesus died on the cross, but Satan just doesn’t want to admit it.  But whatever trials we may go through, we know that we have victory.  And not only will we have victory over our trials, but we’ll have victory over sin and death itself.  As Paul said,

But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (I Corinthians 15:57)

God is the giver of life.  Just as the water will flow out from Jerusalem and make even the Dead Sea fresh and alive, God’s Spirit will flow into our lives and give us life.  But for all those who are apart from God, they will be cut off from life, and find only misery.

Finally, God is the giver of light. When all is dark, and we have no hope, he gives us light to see and restores our hope once more.  When we can’t see our way and which path we should take, he shines the light on the right path.

Lord, thank you that you give us victory, life, and light.  Let us cling to you everyday, and as we do, make us holy unto you.  May we be pure before you, set apart for your purposes as we live our lives each day.  In Jesus name, amen.

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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