They Shall Look Upon MeWhom They Have Pierced
s the leaders in the Rapture Cult find
themselves increasingly cornered due to the steadily mounting numbers of
believers that have been warned concerning the lies of the cult, many
are retreating to verses they believe provide incontrovertible evidence
of the Jewish Supremacism they espouse. One such portion of Scripture is
found in the latter portion of the book of Zechariah.
"The burden of the word of the Lord for
Israel, saith the Lord...Behold, I will make Jerusalem a
cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in
the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem."
"And in that day will
I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden
themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the
earth be gathered together against it" (Zechariah 12:1-3).
This chapter, and the two chapters
which follow it, vividly describe how "the Lord shall go forth, and
fight against those nations" (Zechariah 14:3) that move against His
chosen. During what is described as an attack against Jerusalem, the
cult assumes this is a latter day defense of the Jews under the
faulty Judaeo-Christian "chosen people" system.
The basic problem with texts of this
type is the assumptions that are built in due to years of conditioning.
For example, the next verse in the passage says
"In that day, saith the Lord, I will
smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I
will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse
of the people with blindness" (Zechariah 12:4).
As there are a minimum of two primary
military sieges in Jerusalem that are separated by two thousand
years, we can use this verse to illustrate the problem of prophetic
assumptions. In the largest assault to date, the Romans brought a
vast army against the city and the temple in 66 AD by the "prince" of
"the people...that shall come" (Prince Titus of Rome as described in
Daniel 9:26), and the ancient city was devastated as a result.
In the lengthy
and detailed historical accounts of that siege, there is no trace of an
account of horses being being smitten, or riders being hit with
"madness" as the prophecy specifies.
As most prophecy teachers see another
siege at some point in the future, we can't help but wonder if this
yet-to-come assault will feature troops on horseback that will be
"smitten with astonishment" and riders who suddenly go mad. Although
some teach that all technology will be destroyed, and then the
Gog-Magog war will bring down the Moslem hordes from the "North
quarters" (Ezekiel 38:4) with a great army consisting of "horses and
horsemen" (Ezekiel 38:4), the prophet Zechariah's descriptive language
poses a great problem.
As this attack occurs, the prophet says
that God will look favorably on "the house of Judah," which is a term
that has been widely represented to refer to "Jews." Yet when the New
Testament tells us that "...he is not a Jew, which is one
outwardly," but the only real Jews are those who are in Christ
(Romans 2:28,29), if Zechariah is making an end times prediction,
this must apply to the only real Jews in that generation, and that would
be the Christians.
Furthermore, since the Christians, as
the bride of Christ, are identified as "New Jerusalem" in Revelation
21:2, the reference to "the siege...against Judah and Jerusalem"
(Zechariah 12:2) would also have to be descriptive of a move against the
Christians -- presuming this reference is still a prophecy of the
Although many think this approach
that applies identities in a spiritual sense is actually just symbolic,
or even a form of liberal theology, there is nothing liberal or symbolic
about our birthright in Christ. Indeed, the book of
Revelation has a sharp word of rebuke for those that "say they are
Jews, and are not, but do lie" (Revelation 3:9), so it is incumbent upon
us to be absolutely sure as to who is whom in the grand scheme of
The straight truth is, the Bible flatly
states that he is "not a Jew" who is one outwardly, but he
is a Jew "which is one inwardly," so a promise made to a "Jew"
(or the house of Judah) concerning the end times must be applied
to the Christians, regardless of whether the prophecy originates in the Old
Testament or the New.
When the prophet Zechariah launched
into this lengthy prophetic utterance concerning tthe defense of the city of Jerusalem,
he also included significant statements involving the house of David
in this account.
Zechariah provided a seeming
scriptural justification for just about every prophetic interpretive
group's explanation of events. There are preterist elements in
Zechariah's statements, and there are amillennial components. There are
verses the Rapture Cult has seized upon, and there are statements even
post-millennialists feel supports their perspective.
The truth is, the last 3 chapters of
Zechariah are punctuated with references from every timeline --
past, present, and future. How we divide and assimilate these references
makes all the difference in the world, in terms of our understanding of
the truth that is found in these most important prophecies.
Earlier in my comments on Zechariah,
we saw how the LORD "will smite every horse with astonishment, and his
rider with madness" at what is described as a "siege" of Jerusalem
(Zechariah 12:4). I pointed out how this did not occur in the
Roman siege of the great city in 66-70 A.D., as well as the unlikelihood
that it describes an end times tribulational siege in the near term. The
simple fact is, in an age of shoulder fired missiles, particle beam
rays, and electro-magnetic warfare, all the various attempts to suggest
a literal equine cavalry in an apocalyptic setting seems to fall
However, there are still other possible
ways in which this passage may yet be fulfilled in a futurist and
literal fashion. For instance, this could very well describe the
post-millennial attack on the saints at the end of the thousand year
reign of Jesus Christ. Revelation tells us that
"when the thousand years are expired,
Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the
nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to
gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the
sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the
camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fir came down from
God out of heaven, and devoured them" (Revelation 20:7-9)
We have scant clues concerning the
conditions of the millennial reign of Christ, but I am persuaded we
won't have the industrialism or the toxic waste sites that are
commonplace in our world today. The best clue we have is this period
will be like it was before the flood with a perfectly balanced ecosystem
that engenders an abundance of all flora and fauna.
In the absence of the type of
mechanization that is commonplace today, at the last revolt against the
LORD of Lords, we might just see an attack on horseback.
Notice, for example, the enemies of God surround (compassed in the KJV)
the "camp" of the saints -- a possible allusion to the wilderness type
of experience seen in Scripture.
Also notice how these rebels come from
"the four quarters of the earth" whereas Zechariah speaks of the
siege in terms of "all the people of the earth" (Zechariah 12:3).
Zechariah 12:2 references "all the
people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah
and against Jerusalem." However, an alternate rendering of this verse
reads "...Judah which shall be in siege against Jerusalem."
According to David Baron, an expert on Zechariah, rabbinical
commentators in centuries past believed this verse actually states that
Judah will be fighting against Jerusalem.
The interesting thing is, in 1948,
during the war that ensued when the Israeli state came into being, the
Jews of Judaea fought against Jerusalem as the city was
under the control of the Arab Legions financed by Trans-Jordan and the
British. This perspective is reinforced by verse 7 which reads
"The Lord also shall save the tents of
Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the
inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah"
This verse plainly states that the
preservation that is stated to be directed towards Judah and Jerusalem
will be extended to "Judah" before it comes to Jerusalem. It is a
historical fact the contemporary state of Israel, which is almost
totally comprised of the ancient land that was called Judaea, did not
regain control of Jerusalem until 1967. To put it bluntly, the Lord
saved "the tents of Judah first" before Jerusalem came back under
Furthermore, at the time that Palestine
was partitioned, it was during this period the then nascent United
Nations met in emergency session to re-affirm jurisdiction over the
city of Jerusalem. In that hotbed of political instability,
Jerusalem had indeed become "a burdensome stone for all people"
[The preceding was excerpted from the James Lloyd book They Shall Look Upon Me Whom They Have Pierced]
September 26 2005 -- James Lloyd
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