You’ll notice that I skipped chapter 11.
I didn’t want to because it speaks of our Lord Jesus.
However, the time period of the time of Jesus doesn’t fit within the confines of our discussion covering the time of Israel prophesied by the Ezekiel Tetrad. So, I had to leave it out.
Here in Zechariah 12, we come to another view of what goes on during Ezekiel 36-39.
1 The burden of the word of Jehovah concerning Israel. Thus saith Jehovah, who stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him:
2 behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of reeling unto all the peoples round about, and upon Judah also shall it be in the siege against Jerusalem.
3 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples; all that burden themselves with it shall be sore wounded; and all the nations of the earth shall be gathered together against it.
This portion is deeply disturbing – and exhilarating at the same time. In my own view of the geopolitical history of recent times, anyone who messed with Jerusalem got hurt. When any power sided with the Arabs against the Jews they wound up heavily damaged. And, I do not think that it is a coincidence that the decline of America coincides with America’s support of the Arabs at the expense of the Jews.
And, as the US and Europe continue to support Palestinian claims on Jerusalem, the decline of the US and Europe will only accelerate.
But, what disturbs me about this passage is in verse three. It is hard to see what could bring all the nations against Jerusalem. Or, maybe I should say that it would take something catastrophic for all the nations to besiege Jerusalem.
Now, the great army mentioned in the Ezekiel Tetrad does encompass a great number of nations and peoples. And, you might be able to see that ALL nations in some way are represented there.
I just don’t want MY nation, the United States of America represented there. And thankfully , I don’t see that she is.
4 In that day, saith Jehovah, I will smite every horse with terror, and his rider with madness; and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the peoples with blindness.
Now, we begin to see more of what happens in the Ezekiel Tetrad.
What does it mean when the Lord says that He will strike every horse with blindness?
Is it possible that the armies of Gog and Magog will somehow be made up of HORSES?
Well, I guess that anything is possible, but it is clear to me that the army of Gog and Magog includes very few, if any, horses. If these really ARE horses, then I can tell you right now that we do not live in the last days, and the battle of Gog and Magog is not eminent – which would be a great relief to me because that would allow me to stop what I’m doing here and get on with something of a normal life.
However, there is so much evidence indicating that we really ARE in the last days… well, you would have to turn the bible on its head to prove that we do not live in the last days.
Could there be some kind of catastrophe that could cause Gog and Magog to rely on horses, instead of trucks and tanks?
Well, I guess that it’s TECHNICALLY possible that all the oil fields in the world could be destroyed world-wide at the same time. But, you would also have to destroy our ability to synthesize fuel from other sources.
So no. These horses that the Lord speaks of are not four-hooved beasts of burden. No, these are vehicles – cars, trucks, tanks, etc.
So, what does it mean to strike them with blindness?
Let’s think a bit about what the Lord is trying to say to us here. When you strike a horse with blindness, you don’t have to kill or destroy the horse. However, making a horse blind does keep it from doing anything useful.
Let me try and move us towards a modern day interpretation of the horse.
Think of it this way. A blind horse won’t start.
Everything works, except that it just won’t go.
You turn the ignition and nothing happens. Everything looks fine, except for the fact that the car/tank/truck won’t go.
Do we have any examples of something like this?
When the Russians exploded a nuclear weapon at extremely high altitude, they found that the starters of all the cars within a certain zone were burnt out. The same kind of thing happened when America detonated a nuclear bomb at high altitude in the Pacific Ocean.
What happened was an Electromagnetic Pulse, or EMP.
EMP comes in many different forms. It can be man made, caused by a nuclear weapon detonated at high altitude. Or, it could come in the form of a massive solar flare.
This brings me to an important verse in the Ezekiel Tetrad:
Ezekiel 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and on them that dwell securely in the isles; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.
Remember when I discussed this here?
Yeah. That kind of fire.
And yes, I believe that the army in Ezekiel 39 is the same army here. And, when you rain down fire on the earth from a massive super X-class solar flare… well, none of your vehicles will start. All of your electronics will have been fried.
Your horses will be blind.
So, when God rains fire on Magog, that fire is coming down on more than just Russia, it’s also coming down on Israel and everything in the area that is electronic will be destroyed. And, that includes the transformers that supply electricity.
In fact, everything that runs on electricity will cease to work.
Water pumps will cease to work.
Gasoline stations won’t be able to pump gas.
Everything that you depend on that uses electricity will cease to operate. And, in a place like Israel where electricity is an absolutely essential component for survival… That would be catastrophic – unless Israeli power stations are shielded from such an event. And, I don’t know that they are.
If Israel is like America, she gets her transformers from South Korea. And, it would take MONTHS for those transformers to get replaced, and most Israelis would die of thirst within days. Israel cannot exist without electricity, so I worry about what will happen to Israel when all the horses of Gog and Magog are struck with blindness.
Then, I ask myself if there is something that I need to do because I see the danger that Israel is in. Israeli power stations CAN be shielded from a solar flare of this magnitude. The Israeli power grid can also be shielded.
The question is that this kind of shielding costs money. Is there anyone out there who believes as I do that this is coming and is willing to spend money to protect Israel?
I really don’t know. But, count me in, if someone is willing to take up a collection to help shield Israel.
5 And the chieftains of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in Jehovah of hosts their God.
6 In that day will I make the chieftains of Judah like a pan of fire among wood, and like a flaming torch among sheaves; and they shall devour all the peoples round about, on the right hand and on the left; and they of Jerusalem shall yet again dwell in their own place, even in Jerusalem.
Now, these two verses are also deeply disturbing.
If the army of Gog and Magog reach all the way to Jerusalem… a lot of Israelis are going to be killed. I do NOT want to see that. I do NOT want to see a siege of Jerusalem. I want to see Gog and Magog destroyed in the Golan.
And yes, quite a bit of Gog and Magog WILL be destroyed in the North, but not all of them – because quite a bit of this army makes it down to Jerusalem.
My only hope is that they come down through the Jordan Valley and attack Jerusalem from the East – which would seem to be a sensible thing to do.
7 Jehovah also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem be not magnified above Judah.
8 In that day shall Jehovah defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of Jehovah before them.
And, when this great army is destroyed and Israel rescued, Jerusalem will be rescued last. But, is this rescue merely physical? Could it be a spiritual rescue?
I used to think that it was a spiritual rescue – i.e. a saving belief in Jesus Christ. But now, I’m not so sure.
Yes, it is true that Israel DOES recognize Jesus as their Lord and Savior in this chapter – and in the Ezekiel Tetrad. But, this happens a few verses down.
Here I think we are talking about the saving of lives, and not souls.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
And, God will exact vengeance on all those who participate in this awful attack.
Remember that Ezekiel mentions fire that descends on Magog. To me, this can only be a massive solar flare – a flare so massive that everything electrical or electronic would cease to function. And, if that happens to modern day Russia and Europe, they’re toast.
Close to a billion people will die.
And, civilization as we know it would be changed forever.
The only question in my mind is how much of the earth will be affected?
I worry about more than just Israel. I worry about everywhere God’s people are.
10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look unto me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born.
11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;
13 the family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of the Shimeites apart, and their wives apart;
14 all the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.
But, in the aftermath of such terrible death and destruction, something awesome happens.
The people of Israel accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
I can’t think of anything better than that.
(And, I will win my bacon cheeseburger bet with my Jewish friends.)