Today you should read: Zechariah 12
Zechariah 12 begins with describing who God is. He “stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him” (v. 1). Zechariah is showing that these words are from the Lord Himself. The next set of verses (v. 2-9) speak about a specific day: The Battle of Armageddon. The Battle of Armageddon is spoken of in Revelation 16:16, and 19:19. On that day, the armies of the world are going to gather against God and wage war. That day will also culminate the second coming of Jesus. But as God has shown Zechariah, Jerusalem (God’s people) are going to conquer on that day because the Lord is with them. In verse 4, God says He is going to cause panic and blindness to the people against Him, while He will watch over the house of Judah. Then in verse 9, God promises to “destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” But for God’s people, they will be like David (a man after God’s own heart) (v.8). God is going to protect His people on this day.
The next section, verses 10-14, speaks of forgiveness and repentance. The people listed from verses 11-14 are going to weep for the pierced Messiah, signaling their repentance. But God is going to His people (Jerusalem) a “spirit of grace and please of mercy” (v. 10), and yet these people will mourn when they see the Messiah who was pierced.
Trying to understand these prophecies can be confusing, but the big takeaways are this: God has already won the battle, but it will be brought to completion on the Day of Armageddon. So for us, are we 100% sure that we are on God’s side? Have we trusted in Jesus? Do we have a relationship with Jesus? If there is doubt in your life to whether you have a relationship with Jesus or not, please talk to me or someone on staff at CPC. But if you have a relationship with Jesus, be confident in knowing that God has already won and one day it will be brought to completion.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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