The world will attack Jerusalem. The Deliverer returns. The Messianic kingdom is established.
VERSE 1. Behold, a day of the LORD comes, when your plunder will be divided within you.
VERSE 2. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city will be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city will go out into captivity, and the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city.
I will gather all nations against Jerusalem. The LORD God seems to be the architect of this terrible battle.
The Jewish people will suffer terribly during this battle:
- the city will be taken
- the houses rifled
- the women ravished
- Half of the city will go out into captivity
VERSE 3. Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Then the LORD will go out and fight. After the Jewish people experience incalculable suffering, the LORD God will arise.
fight against those nations. The LORD God will fight against the nations.
VERSE 4. His feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, making a very great valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
NIV translation. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.
stand on the Mount of Olives. This prophecy is fulfilled in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. He stood on the Mount of Olives.
This was part of the battle he waged for our eternal salvation.
VERSE 5. You shall flee by the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azel. Yes, you shall flee, just like you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. The LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with you.
with you. The Septuagint reads “with him” instead of “with you.”
VERSE 6. It will happen in that day that there will not be light, cold, or frost.
VERSE 7. It will be a unique day which is known to the LORD—not day, and not night; but it will come to pass that at evening time there will be light.
Not even the Lord Jesus Christ knows when he will return in glory. Only God the Father knows.
Daniel 8:19. He said, “Behold, I will make you know what will be in the latter time of the indignation; for it belongs to the appointed time of the end.
Zechariah 14:7. It will be a unique day which is known to the LORD—not day, and not night; but it will come to pass that at evening time there will be light.
Matthew 24:36. But no one knows of that day and hour, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Mark 13:32. But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
VERSE 8. It will happen in that day that living waters will go out from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea. It will be so in summer and in winter.
NAB translation. On that day, living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea, and half to the western sea, and it shall be so in summer and in winter.
living waters shall flow from Jerusalem. Living waters have indeed flowed from Jerusalem. The living water is salvation through Jesus Christ.
Those Living Waters have touched the whole world.
VERSE 9. The LORD will be King over all the earth. In that day the LORD will be one, and his name one.
VERSE 10. All the land will be made like the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and she will be lifted up and will dwell in her place, from Benjamin’s gate to the place of the first gate, to the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses.
NLT translation. Jerusalem will be filled, safe at last, never again to be cursed and destroyed.
This is one of the happiest verses in the whole Bible!
Jerusalem will be filled, safe at last. Jerusalem is safe at last.
never again to be cursed. Nobody will ever curse Jerusalem. Ever.
never again to be … destroyed. Nobody will ever destroy Jerusalem. Ever.
VERSE 12. This will be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have fought against Jerusalem: their flesh will consume away while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will consume away in their sockets, and their tongue will consume away in their mouth.
VERSE 13. It will happen in that day that a great panic from the LORD will be among them; and they will each seize the hand of his neighbor, and his hand will rise up against the hand of his neighbor.
VERSE 14. Judah also will fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered together: gold, silver, and clothing, in great abundance.
VERSE 15. A plague like this will fall on the horse, on the mule, on the camel, on the donkey, and on all the animals that will be in those camps.
VERSE 16. It will happen that everyone who is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of Hosts, and to keep the feast of booths.
VERSE 17. It will be that whoever of all the families of the earth doesn’t go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of Hosts, on them there will be no rain.
VERSE 18. If the family of Egypt doesn’t go up and doesn’t come, neither will it rain on them. This will be the plague with which the LORD will strike the nations that don’t go up to keep the feast of booths.
VERSE 19. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that don’t go up to keep the feast of booths.
VERSE 20. In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “HOLY TO THE LORD”; and the pots in the LORD’s house will be like the bowls before the altar.
VERSE 21. Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the LORD of Hosts; and all those who sacrifice will come and take of them, and cook in them. In that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of Hosts.
a Canaanite. Or “merchant.”
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