Zechariah 14:12-21 Breakdown | YEBC.net
12 But this will be the nature of the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that have fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will decay while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot away in their sockets, and their tongues will dissolve in their mouths.
God will exterminate all of the enemies of Israel in four different ways. First, God will kill them by a supernatural plague. This plague will cause their flesh to melt off of their bodies, their eyes to rot away in their sockets, and their tongues to dissolve in their mouths.
13 On that day there will be great confusion from the Lord among them; they will seize each other and attack one another violently.
Second, the Gentiles will kill each other in confusion. This was similar to what God accomplished during the days of Gideon.
14 Moreover, Judah will fight at Jerusalem, and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered up—gold, silver, and clothing in great abundance.
Third, God will energize the Jews of Judah. These were the Jews who were being supernaturally protected by God at Petra. God will energize them, so that they can help out their Jewish brothers in Jerusalem. The Gentiles wanted to plunder the Jews, but instead, the Jews will plunder the Gentiles.
15 This is the kind of plague that will devastate horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the other animals in those camps.
Fourth, God will send plagues upon the transport animals of the Gentiles.
16 Then all who survive from all the nations that came to attack Jerusalem will go up annually to worship the King, the Lord who rules over all, and to observe the Feast of Tabernacles.
Those Jewish and Gentile believers who survive the Great Tribulation will enter into the Millennial Kingdom and worship at the Feast of Tabernacles once a year for the next 1000 years. The Feast of Tabernacles was a type of the Millennial Kingdom.
17 But if any of the nations anywhere on earth refuse to go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord who rules over all, they will get no rain.
If any nation does not attend the annual feast, then God will send a drought upon that nation.
18 If the Egyptians will not do so, they will get no rain—instead there will be the kind of plague which the Lord inflicts on any nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
The Seven Feasts of Israel commemorated Israel’s deliverance from the slavery of Egypt. One year, the Egyptians may decide that they do not want to celebrate a victory of their defeat. They will stay home and miss the Feast of Tabernacles.
19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and of all nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
This attitude of rebellion will cause drought to fall upon Egypt for one year.
20 On that day the bells of the horses will bear the inscription “Holy to the Lord.” The cooking pots in the Lord’s temple will be as holy as the bowls in front of the altar.
During the Mosaic Law, only the utensils in the Jewish temple were considered holy. During the Millennial Kingdom, every utensil in Israel will be considered holy.
21 Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will become holy in the sight of the Lord who rules over all, so that all who offer sacrifices may come and use some of them to boil their sacrifices in them. On that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord who rules over all.
The Jews were commanded to exterminate the Canaanites, but they never accomplished this task. This disobedience caused the Jews to continually fall into idolatry. Therefore, God removed any remaining Canaanites during the Great Tribulation.
There will be sacrifices in the Millennial Kingdom which look back to what Jesus Christ accomplished at the cross. Everything in the land will be holy, even the bells of the horses. The earth will return to its Garden of Eden conditions when God walked on the earth with Adam.
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