Now, it gets confusing. Or, disturbing.
1 Behold, a day of Jehovah cometh, when thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
I REALLY want to ignore this prophecy.
The city is taken, the women are raped, and half of the city goes into captivity. And no, this is NOT 70AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. Half of the city didn’t go into captivity.
All of it did.
And, unless you can prove that this is an entirely DIFFERENT battle than the one in chapter 13, we have to add THIS to what disturbs us about the previous chapter. Not only will two thirds of everyone living in the land of Israel die, but half of Jerusalem will be captured in a horrible way.
Now, one thing DOES indicate that this is a different battle than what we see in chapter 13.
3 Then shall Jehovah go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; and the mount of Olives shall be cleft in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5 And ye shall flee by the valley of my mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azel; yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah; and Jehovah my God shall come, and all the holy ones with thee.
We do not see in the Ezekiel Tetrad, or in Zechariah 13 any indication that Jehovah comes down and stands on the Mount of Olives. Or, that the Mount of Olives is cut in half.
And yes, this DOES sound like the second coming of Christ.
And, this DOES sound like a different battle than what is in chapter 13.
Well, we don’t see anywhere that Jehovah comes down and stands on the Mount of Olives. You certainly think that they would mention that, if it were to happen, right?
So, it wasn’t mentioned in Ezekiel 36-39 because it doesn’t happen there. Likewise, with Zechariah 13.
However, it cannot be a battle that happens earlier than the one in the Ezekiel Tetrad, after all, this appears to be the Second Coming!
What happens in the mean time?
I suspect that the Great Tribulation happens.
It’s either that, or this is the beginning of the Great Tribulation, and the coming of Jehovah on the Mount of Olives is symbolic. And, we don’t actually see Him.
For those of you who WANT to believe that… read on.
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that there shall not be light; the bright ones shall withdraw themselves:
7 but it shall be one day which is known unto Jehovah; not day, and not night; but it shall come to pass, that at evening time there shall be light.
8 And it shall come to pass in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
9 And Jehovah shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall Jehovah be one, and his name one.
10 All the land shall be made like the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and she shall be lifted up, and shall dwell in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananel unto the king’s wine-presses.
11 And men shall dwell therein, and there shall be no more curse; but Jerusalem shall dwell safely.
Sounds like the Millennium, doesn’t it?
Yeah. It’s the Millennium.
But, if this is the Millennium, what’s going on here?
If there is a last battle, it means that the Antichrist DOES NOT have complete control over all the earth – at least not Israel.
Could it be that Israel holds out against the Antichrist, and that there’s a final battle at Jerusalem?
But, here’s a flashback:
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith Jehovah will smite all the peoples that have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their sockets, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from Jehovah shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor.
14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the nations round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in those camps, as that plague.
So, in this last battle, at the end of the Great Tribulation, there will be some serious fighting, and some serious plagues – which makes sense, knowing about all the plagues that the Lord is going to rain down on the earth as described in Revelation.
And here we see the aftermath:
16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, Jehovah of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
17 And it shall be, that whoso of all the families of the earth goeth not up unto Jerusalem to worship the King, Jehovah of hosts, upon them there shall be no rain.
18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, neither shall it be upon them; there shall be the plague wherewith Jehovah will smite the nations that go not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations that go not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLY UNTO JEHOVAH; and the pots in Jehovah’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holy unto Jehovah of hosts; and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and boil therein: and in that day there shall be no more a Canaanite in the house of Jehovah of hosts.
And there will be peace for a thousand years, and we will rule and reign with Him.