The Final Battle Against Jerusalem
Verse 1 – BEHOLD, the day of the LORD is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst.
Verse 2 – For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifted, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Verse 3 – Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.
Verse 4 – And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south.
The place of Jesus departure at His ascension, shall be the place of His return. This was the place of His agony so it shall be the place of His glory. When the trials and tragedies of life make you think life’s not worth going on, please don’t forget, “God can take our greatest heartache and turn it into our greatest blessing.
Verse 5 – Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, for the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the LORD my God will come, and all the saints with You.
Now we see why the mountain was split in two by God’s hand. It made a way for escape for God’s people – the remnant.
Verse 6 – It shall come to pass in that day that there will be no light; the lights will diminish.
There will be no way to keep track of time. It will be all dark, a horrible day.
Verse 7 – It shall be one day which is known to the LORD – neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen that it will be light.
It will be not altogether daylight, yet not the darkness of night, but at the close of this calamity, light shall spring up.
Verse 8 – And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur.
The eastern sea and the western sea refer to the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. This living water will neither dry up from the heat in the summer or freeze in the winter – ever flowing.
Verse 9 – And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be – “The LORD is one,” and His name one.
Verse 10 – All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be raised up and inhabited in her place from Benjamin’s Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananeel to the kings wine-presses.
Jerusalem is honored as the city of God and the focal point of all the world’s worship. Jerusalem’s elevation is a way of showing God’s supremacy.
Verse 11 – The people shall dwell in it; and no longer shall there be utter destruction, but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
Verse 12 – And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.
The punishment for every nation and the individual that comes against Israel in that day, will literally be dissolved where they stand. Do people honestly think they can come against God and win?
Verse 13 – It shall come to pass in that day that a great panic from the LORD will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor, and raise his hand against his neighbor’s hand;
As if to grasp his neighbors hand for safety, but in vain, causing endless quarrels.
Verse 14 – Judah also will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be gathered together. Gold, silver, and apparel in great Abundance.
Verse 15 – Such also shall be the plague on the horse and the mule, on the camel and the donkey, and on all the cattle that will be in those camps. So shall this plague be.
The plague shall affect the very beasts that belong to the foe. Isn’t it ironic that the battle will be fought on horses, mules, and donkeys, not in tanks? Maybe the Anti Christ cuts off all the oil supply.
Verse 16 – And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
The Feast of Tabernacles is the only feast still appropriate during the Messiah’s reign. This is a festival of thanksgiving.
Verse 17 – And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain.
This is speaking of the time during the millennium reign of Christ. Revelation 20, says after the thousand years has expired Satan is loosed to deceive the nations. So yes, the earth has people outside of Jerusalem.
Verse 18 – If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
Verse 19 – This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
Verse 20 – In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the LORD’s house shall be like the bowels before the altar.
This implies that even the most common, shall be sacred to Jehovah.
Verse 21 – Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the LORD of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.
The Canaanites had taught Israel to worship idols and other gods, because the Israelites never fully wiped them out like they were told. Instead they had lived among them and intermarried. But in this reign of Christ as King, all impurities are gone. God will have purified His people.