Verse 1 – “In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.
Verse 2 – “It shall be in that day,” says the LORD of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land.
In order for God’s new era to begin, there must be a cleansing – all evil must be abolished. All idols and false prophets will be done away with, and even their memory will have to go.
Verse 3 – “It shall come to pass that if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who begot him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, because you have spoken lies in the name of the LORD.’ And his father and mother who begot him shall thrust him through when he prophesies.
In this time that Zechariah is speaking of, there will be no need for prophets, but if one should rise up and claim they are such, even the parents will know they are false.
Verse 4 – “And it shall be in that day that every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not wear a robe of coarse hair to deceive.
Verse 5 – “But he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a farmer, for a man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.’
Verse 6 – “And someone will say to him, ‘What are these wounds in your hands?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’
This robe of course hair is a cloak like the one Elijah wore. Not all prophets wore them, but if a man wanted people to think and believe him a prophet he wore it. And as for the wounds in the hands; a lot of God’s prophets were beaten by their own countrymen when they didn’t like what the prophet had to say, so these false prophets would self-inflict their own wounds to convince others they were from God.
Verse 7 – “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My Companion,” says the LORD of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; then I will turn My hand against the little ones.
Jesus quoted this verse in Matthew 26:31, right before He was arrested. He knew that when He was arrested, the disciples would scatter.
Verse 8 – And it shall come to pass in all the land,” says the LORD, “That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it:
Two-thirds of the Jewish people were to die in the Roman war and a third to survive.
Verse 9 – I will bring one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on MY name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’ ”
Throughout the history of Israel, whenever the whole nation seemed to turn against God, God said that a righteous remnant would be saved. However, the remnant has to go through the fiery trials in order to be purified. Fiery trials are never pleasant, but the reward far out-ways the circumstances.