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The Jews return to Israel


A few comments on Zechariah 12:1-8   

The verb forms stretches out and lays in present tense, signify that the Lord is always involved in His creation (v.1). The universe continues to stretch out and all things continue to be renewed. The prophecy of Zechariah, chapter 12 is a heavy weight, the burden of the Lord against the enemies of Israel. 

Many times in Scripture we have the expression, “God remembered” His people and in this case, the same thing is expressed in this way, “I will keep My eyes open” (v.4). This means that the time has come to take action to help the Jews, who are in a situation that is impossible for them. He will show aggressive, sovereign might against the force of the Gentile nations and every individual in its army. By the numbers that they have, they ought to be confident, but God is able to insert Himself into their state of mind, so that panic comes upon them and their battle training turns into insane behavior.

Read the news from February 15, 2015: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged European Jews to move to Israel after a Jewish man was killed in an attack outside Copenhagen's main synagogue. ‘Israel is your home. We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe,’ Netanyahu said in a statement, repeating a similar call made after attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris last month that killed 17 people, including four Jews. ‘Extremist Islamic terrorism has struck Europe again... Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews,’ Netanyahu said in the statement. The Israeli prime minister said his government was to adopt a $45 million (39.5 million euro) plan ‘to encourage the absorption of immigrants from France, Belgium and Ukraine.  To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms.’” Then read your Bible: “And the chiefs of Judah shall say in their hearts, The inhabitants of Jerusalem are our strength in the Lord of hosts … (v.5) they of Jerusalem shall yet again dwell and sit securely in their own place, in Jerusalem.” (v.6) It is as I once heard an old preacher say, “Reading the newspaper these days is like reading the Bible.” The government of Israel, with all the world against them, continue to build housing in the city of Jerusalem.

Thanks to the Lord of Hosts, the Jews will be drawn to Jerusalem and take the place that always belonged to them. In verse 7, notice the words tents and house. God does not permit that the citizens of the important city of Jerusalem dominate over the humble residents of Judah. As at the time of the birth of Jesus, Jerusalem was ignored, while the angel announced the birth of Christ to shepherds in Judah. God always takes the less important into account.  

Israel lies in the middle of enemies today and even though it is small, it will destroy the neighboring countries in that day (v.6). It is interesting to see that Israel has deployed a defensive air system against rocket attacks that they call the Iron Dome. Whatever means God uses, He is the shield of protection for Israel. As the principle soldiers in David’s army (2 S.23:8-39), God will equip those Jews in the last days with supernatural power and in verse 8, it is stated clearly that the power comes directly from God.


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