Zechariah 9 is a bit confusing. It seems to mash together three (or more) time periods and doesn’t seem to differentiate them very much.
1 The burden of the word of Jehovah upon the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be its resting-place (for the eye of man and of all the tribes of Israel is toward Jehovah);
2 and Hamath, also, which bordereth thereon; Tyre and Sidon, because they are very wise.
So, this is a prophecy of Syria and at least parts of Lebanon.
3 And Tyre did build herself a stronghold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.
4 Behold, the Lord will dispossess her, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.
5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also, and shall be sore pained; and Ekron, for her expectation shall be put to shame; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
And, this happened during Alexander’s time. He took and destroyed both Tyre and Sidon. In fact, the no longer exist today. Yes, there are cities called Tyre and Sidon, but they are in an entirely different location. The ancient cities are ruins and have not been rebuilt.
6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
The Philistines haven’t existed as a people for more than two thousand years.
7 And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth; and he also shall be a remnant for our God; and he shall be as a chieftain in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.
But, could it be that the Palestinians might represent the Philistines? That is after all, where the name Palestinian comes from – or, more accurately, Philistinia, as they are called in Arabic – Philistinayim in Hebrew.
Philistines to you and me.
8 And I will encamp about my house against the army, that none pass through or return; and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.
But, verse 8 has yet to happen. Verse 8 must be in the future. Is this referring to the army of Gog and Magog?
If that’s the case, we flip BACK two thousand years in the next verse.
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, even upon a colt the foal of an ass.
10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off; and he shall speak peace unto the nations: and his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for thee also, because of the blood of thy covenant I have set free thy prisoners from the pit wherein is no water.
And, THIS is the coming of Jesus more than two thousand years ago. This is EXACTLY what happened when Jesus came, died and rose again.
- He was just.
- He had salvation.
- He was humble.
- He rode a donkey.
- The armies of Israel were neutralized and destroyed.
- Christ spoke peace to all the nations.
- His kingdom stretches across the world.
- And, it was His blood that set us all free.
That was two thousand years ago.
But, these next verses must be in our future:
12 Turn you to the stronghold, ye prisoners of hope: even to-day do I declare that I will render double unto thee.
13 For I have bent Judah for me, I have filled the bow with Ephraim; and I will stir up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and will make thee as the sword of a mighty man.
14 And Jehovah shall be seen over them; and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning; and the Lord Jehovah will blow the trumpet, and will go with whirlwinds of the south.
15 Jehovah of hosts will defend them; and they shall devour, and shall tread down the sling-stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, like the corners of the altar.
16 And Jehovah their God will save them in that day as the flock of his people; for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted on high over his land.
17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.
Zechariah 9, is almost confusing enough to rank up there with Daniel 11. The only explanation that I can offer is that it is the Lord’s prerogative to bounce back and forth between one time period and another without explanation.
And, I am reminded of Isaiah 28:13
13 Therefore shall the word of Jehovah be unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little; that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
God makes us put the pieces together. He only wants His people to ‘get it’. Those that are willfully ignorant, won’t.