The prophecy in Zechariah 12 continues on into chapter 13.
1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.
2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Jehovah of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered; and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
Israel will finally see and accept their Messiah, and it will be an incredibly awesome moment in time.
Now, you might ask about these idols that are being referred to here.
When my wife and I were in Jerusalem in 2010, we had the chance to witness a new Torah scroll being installed in a synagogue. It was remarkably like what happens when an idol is installed in a pagan temple.
And yes, if you worship printed paper and not the author, that is idolatry.
And, there is also an idolatry of the heart. Any kind of worship that is not a worship of God is idolatry. ANYTHING that is not the truth is idolatry, and that includes Judaism.
3 And it shall come to pass that, when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of Jehovah; and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he prophesieth; neither shall they wear a hairy mantle to deceive:
The ultra orthodox will abandon the symbols of their previous faith and will no longer seek to command the respect of the people around them.
5 but he shall say, I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the ground; for I have been made a bondman from my youth.
6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds between thine arms? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith Jehovah of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered; and I will turn my hand upon the little ones.
But, it is these next two verses that gives me the most worry:
8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith Jehovah, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I will bring the third part into the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried. They shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, Jehovah is my God.
And no, we are not talking about a spiritual death here. These are flesh and blood Israelis that are killed – two-thirds. The current population of everyone living in the land of Israel is about nine million. About four million of those are Arabs. And yes, it does appear that any invading army WOULD move through the arab regions.
But, I don’t want Arabs to die, either.
And, let’s not forget that you would still have many, many Jews dying.
Unfortunately, I cannot see how this passage can be interpreted any other way.