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Zechariah 14 and the church age

March 28, 2012

The following table contains a brief commentary on Zechariah 14, showing how it applies to the whole of the present age of the church.

Zechariah 14 Fulfilled in the church age
1. The day of the Lord comes The prophecy spans all the time from the ministry of Jesus to the present, as vs. 4 says, “his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives,” which was fulfilled when Jesus stood there.
2. War at Jerusalem – all nations are involved – the spoil is divided in their midst Jesus said Gentiles would trample the holy city. Today, Christians are captive in tens of thousands of sects and denominations.
3. The Lord fights against the nations Spiritual warfare [Ephesians 6:12]
4. The mount of Olives is cleaved in the midst The Olivet Discourse is represented by the mount of Olives; the prophecy Jesus gave on the mount of Olives has been misinterpreted by preterists and futurists, which is depicted by the parts of the mountains being displaced from their positions.
5. The saints flee to the valley; the Lord comes with his saints The valley formed when the two halves of the mount of Olives separate represents the present age of the church; the saints need to go there and seek the promises of God, represented by mountains; thus it is called “the valley of the mountains.”
6. The light is not clear nor dark A mix of truth and error; the Gospel is partly obscured.
7. At evening it is light Prophecy will be understood more perfectly at the end time. This is similar to Daniel 12:4, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
8. Living waters flow from Jerusalem Living water represents the spirit of Christ.
9. Christ reigns as king Christ is Lord and king of the saints in the present age, and reigns over the nations of the earth. [Daniel 4:17]
10. The city is raised up Jesus ascended to heaven, and the city of the saints is now the heavenly Jerusalem. Since the city was raised up, the continuity between the OT prophets and the church has been preserved.
11. Jerusalem is safe There is salvation in the church, the heavenly Jerusalem. Jesus said, “salvation is of the Jews.” [John 4:22]
12. Plague upon the nations Their flesh is affected because they are spiritually Gentiles; eyes because they suffer spiritual blindness; their tongue because they make false claims and say perverse things.
13. They fight each other Christ’s enemies contradict each other, and destroy each other; Paul said, “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” [Galatians 5:15]
14. Wealth of the nations gathered The wealth and learning of the nations benefits the saints. [Luke 16:9]
15. A plague on the horses, mules, camels These animals represent those with no understanding: “But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.” [2 Peter 2:12]
16. The nations will worship the king Gentiles come into the church.
17. No rain upon those who do not worship the king The rebellious are denied the Spirit of Christ.
18. Plague, and no rain on the heathen Rain represents the Spirit of God, and the word of God. [Deuteronomy 32:2; Isaiah 55:10]
19. Egypt punished Egypt represents the world, from which the saints have escaped. [2 Peter 1:4]
20. Even the bells on the horses are holy The bells may represent the music and noise generated by Christians of the past. Even if  they lacked understanding, their worship is holy.
21. No more Canaanites in the house of the Lord The saints of all races are incorporated in Israel, “grafted in.” [Romans 11:17]