Old Testament: Zechariah 12:1-13:9
Zechariah 12:1-13:9 Fount Of Many Blessings
In Chapter 12, Zechariah sees ahead to the “day of the Lord” mentioned several times in this chapter (vv. 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11). He sees the final battle of Armageddon where Jerusalem will be like a rock that can not be moved by the nations (v. 3) and a cup that makes the nations reel (v. 2). The nation’s power will be thwarted like a horse that is blinded (v. 4).
In that day Judah will be protected by the “angel of the Lord,” Christ (v. 8), and destroy all her enemies (vv. 6-9).
Yahweh will pour His Spirit on all of Israel, the “house of David.” They will mourn over the One they have “pierced” with nails, the Messiah (v. 10). All of the tribes will mourn over their wrongdoing (v. 12-14). The mourning will be the mourning over good King Josiah who was killed by Pharaoh Neco at Haddadrimmon in the plain of Meggido (v. 11, cf. 2 Chron. 35:20-27).
Chapter 13 states that in “that day” there will be forgiveness, “a fountain,” for all Israel. Idolatry and false prophets will be banished from the land (vv. 2 -6). There won’t be any more “hairy robes” worn by the bad prophets to appear as if they are true prophets of God (v. 4).
Verse 7 is a prophecy that Yahweh’s Shepherd and “Associate” would be slayed. His sheep would be scattered. This was applied by Jesus to the disciples who absconded after the Crucifixion (Matt. 26:31).
Yahweh will judge Israel when Christ returns. A two-thirds of the nation will will be weeded out, only one third will survive to live in the Millennium (vv. 8-9, cf. Rom. 11:26-27).
New Testament: Revelation 19:11-21
Revelation 19:1-21 And Now The One You’ve Been Waiting For . . .
The chapter is the one we’ve been waiting for. Christ comes home to earth. I say, “home,” because He sets up His thousand year kingdom here.
An angel announces that salvation has finally come to earth but so has judgment over the religious system, the great harlot (vv. 1-2). The twenty four elders and four living creatures (cf. ) fell down and worshiped before God’s throne (v. 4).
His bond-servants, those totally committed to Christ, also worshipped Him (v. 5). Multitudes also worshiped Him, having a sound louder than Niagara Falls, because He was now reigning over all the earth (v. 6).
The believers were clothed in righteous acts that had the sheen of clean, bright linen (v.8). They were given in marriage to the Lamb, Jesus (v. 7).
John fell at the feet of the angel but was forbidden to worship Him (v. 10a). The angel said those invited to the marriage dinner of the Lamb would be eternally happy (v. 9). John was reminded that the purpose of prophecy was to reveal Jesus (v. 10b).
We just celebrated the birth of the baby Jesus a few days ago. However, here He is portrayed as a glorious warrior on a white steed (v. 11). He resembles the portrait of Him in chapter 1. He is called “Faithful and True” since He kept the promise of His return (cf. Acts 1:9-11). His eyes are like flames of fire and He wears many crowns, his robe is stained with blood (v. 13a) and He is known as the Word Of God (v. 13b, cf. John 1:1). He will attack the nations with a sword that proceeds from His mouth (cf. Heb. 4:12). He will rule them with an iron rod (cf. Ps. 2:9). He will tread out the wine press of God’s wrath (cf. Rev. 14:19, Ezek. 21). In case you happened to miss Who He is, His name was written on the lower part of his robe, “King of kings and Lord of lords” (v. 16).
An army follows Him, clothed in white linen, symbolic of their righteousness, riding white horses (v. 14a). Notice there is no mention of the saints meeting Him in the air, they are already in Heaven and following Him down (v. 14b, suggesting they had already been raptured).
The believers are invited to the marriage supper of the land (v. 9) but God hasn’t forgotten the wildlife. The birds are invited to “the supper of God” to gorge upon the bodies of the kings and mighty men, their horses and the rest of the armies who will be destroyed at Armageddon (vv. 17-18, 21).
The Antichrist and his hordes assembled to be defeated at the hands of Christ and his army (v. 19).
The Antichrist and his henchman, the false prophet, were taken into custody and heaved into the “lake of fire” (v. 10). The unbelieving dead await their big moment in Hades (Luke 16:23). In that future day, they will be sent to dwell eternally in the “lake of fire” (cf. Rev. 20:14-15). The lake will be created for the devil and his demons but will allow any to go there who wants to go (cf. Matt. 25:41).
The false prophet and Antichrist will dwell in the lake of fire forever and try to bring anyone they can to join them. As believers, our purpose statement ought to be that we are preparing to live forever with God in Heaven and bring whomever we can to join us there.
Psalm 147:1-20 Jiving Jerusalem A Hymn By Anonymous
Proverbs 31:1-7 M.A.D.D.*
The last chapter, 30, was written by Agur. This last chapter in Proverbs, 31, was penned by Lemuel. McGee believes that Lemuel was a pet name for Solomon used by Bathsheba. Since there is no known King named Lemuel, the best evidence in proof of McGee’s proposition is verse 1 stating that the chapter originated with his mother. She made have been the first mother against drunk driving.*
The entire chapter, no matter where it originated, is consistent with the theme of the entire book of Proverbs as being advice of a parent to a son (vv. 1-2, cf. Prov. 1:8-9).
Verse 3 reminds me of a line from Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein when Gene Wilder says to Marty Feldman, “Dang your eyes” (or something like that). Feldman replies, “too late.” Of course, maybe Solomon’s mother gave him the advice before he married like seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines (cf. 1 Kings 11:3).
She then warned him of the dangers of drinking, especially for those in places of authority (vv. 4-5, cf. 1 Tim. 3:3, 8; Titus 1:7, see commentary Everybody Loves Demetrius, paragraph 10). Most of our presidents were not heavy drinkers (cf. The Complete Guide to the US Presidents and Their Drug and Alcohol Use). Our currently elected President is a teetotaler (cf. Donald Trump And Nine Other Teetotaling Mogus). Despite the Presidents, there are numerous cocktail parties in Washington, D.C. and a lot of drinking going on.
This mother only recommends alcohol for medicinal reasons (vv. 6-7; cf. . Jesus was offered “sour wine” but He refused it (cf. (Matt. 27:34; Mark 15:23). He later drank some wine vinegar (John 19:29 NIV) to fulfill Scripture (cf. Ps. 69:21) and perhaps to wet his throat to enable Him to cry out loud to announce that He Himself was releasing His Own spirit (cf. Luke 23:46). He was making it clear that He was in charge, not His murderers.
For Christians, alcohol is not of importance. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is the goal (cf. Eph. 5:18).
When you are irritated or mad, are you assuaged by alcohol or by God (cf. Isa. 41:10; Phil. 4:6-7)?
*Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
Choose Life: Scripture: Zechariah 13:1 NASB “A Fount And Pen”
“In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity.” Zechariah 13:1
The fountain mentioned in this verse is a fountain of forgiveness. The context is that the Jews had promised to clean themselves up in the previous chapter. The Jews who were involved in idolatry and false prophecy will be either offed by their own parents or sent into the fields to farm (cf. Zech. 13:3; Deut. 13:6-10). The atmosphere will be so different that false prophets will lie about the scars they got cutting themselves in their idol worship (Zech. 13:6).
William Cowper based his sermon “There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood” on Zech. 13:1. The Apostle John told us that we would sin but we shouldn’t wallow in it (1 John 2:2; cf. 2 Pet. 2:22). As J. Vernon McGee says, the difference between an unbeliever and a believer is that a believer may play with pigs in their pens but he will eventually go home because he is a child of God and not a pig! (cf. McGee on 1 John 3:6). Only pigs stay in the pens.
Never wallow in your sin. Guilt is only a way to try to impress God that you are really a good person. The only way to be clean before God is take His righteousness (see blog You Can’t Touch This!).
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Ps. 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Isa. 43:25 “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.”
If you’ve sinned, confess it right away (cf. 1 John 1:9)! Get under the fount and away from the pen!
If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
Years ago, I asked an older pastor, “Should I feel guilty for my sins?” He said, “Sure, go ahead. But it won’t do you any good.” He was right. You can have a pity party if you want, but it won’t do you any good.
Christ paid for a sins. Pure and simple. If someone paid off a debt for you, would sit around feeling guilty for a while because you had gotten yourself into debt? Probably not. You’d probably throw a party and celebrate!
There’s a good chance if you have an outstanding sin that you haven’t confessed that the Holy Spirit will bring to mind right now. If so, confess it.
Then, if you want, go and throw a party.
You’ll be blessed if you do.
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: The One You’ve Been Waiting For!