In my last post, Zechariah Speaks to our Day, I highlighted God’s plan; (1) to restore Israel, (2) to restore Jerusalem, (3) and to restore His House (Temple). As Jonathan Cahn shared, over the last three Jubilees, beginning with the Balfour Declaration in 1917 and ending with President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem being the capitol of Israel in December, 2016, the first two parts of God’s plan have been fulfilled. All that remains is the restoration of His House. I used the beginning chapter of the prophet Zechariah to highlight this plan but, I want to especially point out several facts that I didn’t cover in the first posting –
“And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.” – Zech. 1:15,16
Many of the nations have been ‘at ease’ concerning Israel, concerned only with their own selfish ways, multiplying the judgments of God that were on Israel for their turning away from God, deciding according to their own interests how the land of Israel should be divided, such as the Oslo Accord. God will and has judged those nations and will return to Israel with mercy. However, they failed to understand God’s word to Zechariah – God alone will “stretch the measuring line over Jerusalem!”
Zechariah predicted the process of dividing Jerusalem would not be left to with those who are at ease with God’s stated plans. There would be ‘four horns’ that would continue the try this dividing until they are removed –
“Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” – Zech. 1:18,19
Those following world news will recognize these 4 horns as the Madrid Quartet; United Nations, United States, European Union, and Russia. President George H.W. Bush initiated this group in 1991. Their efforts to mediate the Middle East peace process by giving part of Israel to form a Palestinian State was doomed to failure from the start
because they did not take into account what God had to say about His Land! Instead, they brought judgment on themselves and their nations – the Perfect Storm hit the U.S. soon after the Madrid Conference severely damaging President Bush’s Kennebunkport home; the storm blew out windows and flooded the vacation home of President George H. W. Bush. Economic downturns, volcanoes and earthquakes, and wars hit the Quartet throughout the 90’s. Their efforts at middle east peace all collapsed before their eyes and yet, the 2-state plan continues to be promoted by the world.
If they continue this false effort, the cost will increase drastically. God showed Zechariah a man riding a red horse representing ‘taking of peace from the earth and war.’
“Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white.” – Zechariah 1:7,8
I believe it is the same red horse seen by John in Revelation 6 –
“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” – Rev. 6:4
It is the second seal of Revelation 6. If man will not stop trying to control the future of Jerusalem, God will make Jerusalem a ‘cup of trembling to the nations’.
“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.” – Zech. 12:2,3
Man’s idea of peace and accommodation will only bring war and destruction. Better to leave God’s stated plans in God’s hands.
One last point. When did Zechariah see the vision of the man on a red horse?
“Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah” – Zech. 1:7
There is something special about this date. On it occurs the “New Year of the Trees” Festival which in Hebrew is called Tu BiShvat and occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat (in 2018, Tu BiShvat begins at sunset on January 30 and ends at nightfall on January 31). On this day, a Super Blood Red Moon, which was a Blue Moon, occurred for the first time in 150 years. Notice, that in Zechariah’s vision, the red horse ‘stood among the myrtle trees. In Scripture men are often referred to as trees. Also, Zechariah’s vision occurred in the second year of the new administration of Darius the Mede in Persia. Does this have further implications for our time? 2018 will be the second year of Donald Trump’s new administration.
The Year of the Tree was a time in Scripture that God inspects the trees to see what fruit they have. Jesus told a parable of this in Luke 13. The owner of the tree inspected it for three years, then fertilized it for a fourth. After the four years, He inspected it checking for fruit. Do you realize, this is the fourth year since the Blood Red Moon Tetrad of 2014-2015? And now we have another Blood Red Moon, a Super Blue Moon! If God did ordain the heavenly signs to alert mankind, and Scripture declares He did, surely these signs are worth watching and being alerted by.
I urge all who claim the Name of Christ to take this warning seriously; examine your life – are you bearing fruit for God, if you are ‘lukewarm’, repent and resolve to renew your commitment to Jesus, if you have not whole-heartedly committed your life to Him, do so now – there is not much more time! If we would judge ourselves, we will be ready for the EXAMINATION that is coming to us all, when God inspects the trees for fruit.