Zechariah

Chapter 11

"Prophecy with Symbols."

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location is provided by http://www.theseason.org

Zechariah 11:1 "Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars."

The "cedars" are in reference to the leaders of the old ten tribe nation called "House of Israel". The term "cedars of Lebanon" were always attached to that northern nation, Israel. This message is to the false shepherds [pastors] of the Christian Nations, who are the offspring of the ten tribes of the house of Israel. "Open thy doors" is the message and clean out your Houses of God from the lies and traditions within your teachings.

Zechariah 11:2 "Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down."

God will clean those Houses when He comes. He will remove those false shepherds, as Ezekiel prophesied in Ezekiel 34:1-16. This is directed to our generation, and those pastors [cedars] who play church with God flock. God does not like the mind games your playing in your churches with His flock.

We see today that "the forest", or people of the "vintage [church] is coming down". Most people, even Christians do not know any of the prophesies of truth coming to pass in these end days. They do not know the difference between truth and tradition.

Zechariah 11:3 "There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds, for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.."

The suffering of the false shepherds will drive the young lions out of the forest. Here the "shepherds" are the rulers of the state [government], and the "young lions" are the covetous and excessively greedy nobles. The flock of God's sheep are the target of the not only the government, but also the nobles who are living off their prey, the Christians.

Zechariah 11:4 "Thus saith the Lord my God: Feed the flock of the slaughter;"

Do you know why these sheep are destined for slaughter? Because of what their false shepherds are feeding them; for that is all they are fit for. God is telling us to feed the flock His Word, so they will not become the "Flock of the slaughter". The "slaughter" is death, and Satan is death.

Hebrews 2:14 "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood [conceived in human form], He [Jesus Christ] also Himself likewise took part of the same [born in a flesh and blood body]; that through death He [Jesus Christ] might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;"

Zechariah 11:5 "Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the Lord; for I am rich: and their won shepherds pity them not."

These "possessors" are the false preachers who care more for their position and pension, then the souls of their congregation. They teach traditions of men, rather then preparing this generation for the Antichrist's flood of lies and deceptions that they will face. They are stealing outright the promises and heritage God has for His children. They sit in their rich churches and pretend that what they say is from God. It is not, and these self-righteous fools have no pity on the souls of the lost.

They had better wake up, for their reward will be their own ashes, and their pension is eternal damnation for leading God's children into Satan's camp. We are in the end times and it is to late for church games.

Zechariah 11:6 "For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbor's hand, and into the hand of his king: and out of their hand I will not deliver them."

This "king" is the fake king, the Antichrist. God is saying that if they want to play games, I will "take no pity" on them. God is going to deliver them into the hands of Satan. When they follow after the Antichrist, they will not see a merciful Lord, upon the return of Jesus Christ. They will be taken; however, it will be in the wrong wedding, and to the wrong husband. They will stand before Jesus not as the "Bride of Christ", but as one already take by another man [Satan].

Zechariah 11:7 "And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock."

The "flock of slaughter", are those Christians who allowed themselves to be deceived. Whether by ignorance, or by listening to the traditional poetry of the false shepherd, all will be taught. "Even you", refers to the "Kenites", as we will see in a later verse [Zechariah 14:21]. Who will feed this flock? The "elect" in the end times, when the Holy Spirit is using them to get the message out. These Kenites are the sheep traffickers that gain their prophets off of God's sheep.

The "staves" are the rods used for control, and the "Beauty" [Grace], and "Bands" [union] are what is being taught. This is referring Jesus Christ, His grace and His love. However, this flock will have already bowed to the Antichrist, so this revival will take place in the Millennium age. This verse shows us that Jesus Christ is very patient, yet He will take care of the Kenites and gather these tares in at His right time.

Zechariah 11:8 "Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me."

These "three shepherds" are the priests, magistrates, and false prophets. In one firm stroke, all three will be done away with. Jesus will clean house when He returns. God is telling us that He doesn't like them, or the games they play with their false doctrines, such as the "rapture theory". He doesn't like those false shepherds who lie, and deceive His sheep.

Zechariah 11:9 "Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another."

God is telling you that if you want to destroy yourself, go ahead, I'll let you. You can't even wait until the "staffs and bands", or New Testament [covenant] comes which is our Jesus Christ. God is saying, if you will not get into My Word, and be wise in understanding, I will let those false teachers and preachers take you for all you have.

Zechariah 11:10 "And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people."

This "staff" is the shepherd's staff. Christ is the "Beauty" [Grace] cut asunder on the cross. Here we are told why he died on the cross. Jesus Christ died to break that old covenant He made with the people, and out of the old covenant, Jesus established a New Covenant. This does not replace the Old Covenant, but completes it. The promises of the Old Testament are just as valid today as when they were made.

Zechariah 11:11 "And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the Word of the Lord."

The Old Covenant was broken in the day our Lord Jesus Christ hung on the cross of Calvary. Those Kenites that called for Jesus blood, that sat in the seat of Moses, knew of the Old Covenant, and waited to for their right time to kill Him. That right time was God's appointed time. Once again, the "poor of the flock" are the "Kenites". They are those sheep traffickers of verse eleven.

Zechariah 11:12 "And I said unto them, If ye think good, So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver."

The "thirty pieces of silver", was the price of a wounded slave, and that is the price Judas received to betray His Lord [Matthew 27:3-10]. This writing here in Zechariah, prophesying in detail the things about Christ's death, was spoken in 403 B.C. Sure Judas did repent of that sin and was forgiven by God. He then took the thirty pieces back and threw them on the floor of that dirty dove, mite infested temple.

Zechariah 11:13 "And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord."

This is exactly as it happened in Matthew 27:3-10. Though Judas didn't give it to the potter, the Kenite [those that call themselves Jews, but are not] high priest "Caiaphas" did. These Kenites Jewish religious leaders bought the potters field.

The potters field is a place where makers of pottery throw all the broken and deformed works, the clay objects of pottery that no one wants, nor can use. It illustrates that the silver used in the betrayal of Jesus Christ could not be used to purchase anything of value. It also demonstrates in detail the perfect Word of God, through prophecy being acted out in accordance with God's timing. It is symbolic that the field of the broken vessel, the wounded slave, is the price the Kenites paid to plot to murder and kill our Lord.

When a person ends up broken and on the potters heap, to the world he is a total loss. However there is hope for those that are down and out through their repentance. Our Lord offers complete forgiveness of all sin and a new life, all paid for with the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. When there is repentance in ones heart and faith that God can reshape their life if that lost soul is earnest. He knows the intent of your very heart [mind].

Zechariah 11:14 "Then I cut asunder mine other staff, and Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel."

From verse ten through thirteen we saw God's prophecy of the "Beauty" [grace] given to us, by the death of our Lord Jesus on the cross. In verse fourteen we see the prophecy of the "Bands". The "Bands", or "Union" happened a long time ago, upon King Solomon's death. At that time the twelve [12] tribes were divided into two nations, which in the Bible are called "Houses". They are named throughout the Scriptures as "the House of Israel" [ten tribes to the north], and "the House of Judah" [the Jews].

Today the "Jews" also include many Kenites, which we are warned to be aware of in Revelation 2:9, and 3:9. They are the ones who parade themselves as Jews, when in fact they are of the synagogue [offspring] of Satan. Those of the type of the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia knew them and their doctrines.

Zechariah 11:15 "And the Lord said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd."

This "foolish shepherd" is the Antichrist [Satan]. God will give him his authority to do what he does. Those "tools" are the keys of Revelation 9:1, and they will be used to deceive the whole world, but God's elect.

Revelation 9:1 "And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star [Satan the morning star] fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key [authority over] of the bottomless pit."

God gave Satan the right to do all the deceiving that he will do, for he will have the supernatural powers given to him by God.

Revelation 9:2 "And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and air were darkened by reason of the smoke."

Revelation 9:3 "And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth; and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power."

This release of the locust army of Satan from the bottomless pit will happen at the fifth trumpet, and it is going on right now in the heavenlies. It is the action that must take place before the sounding of the sixth trumpet, that time when Satan and all his angels come to earth. That coming is sure, and is recorded in Revelation 12:9.

Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which decieveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

When Satan and his angels come to earth, he will have all the supernatural instruments at his hands to deceive the entire earth into thinking he is Jesus Christ the true messiah. Sure God will cast him out of the heavenlies to the earth, but God also is going to give Satan all the keys that are needed to do the job of deceiving the entire earth. Friend, you will either know Satan and his angels for what they are, or you will be taken in by him, and deceived. To be taken in by Satan is to be taken in the wrong wedding, and miss the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Zechariah 11:16 "For, Lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still : but he shall eat the flesh of the fat and tear their claws in pieces."

This false shepherd will be vicious in the ways he deceives and destroys all of mankind. Satan doesn't even care about his own flesh and blood [through Eve], the Kenites [the offspring through Cain], as he destroys them through his lies and deceptions of the whole earth.

Notice how Satan comes to power; God said, "I will raise up;" God is in control of Satan, the Kenites, as well as the locust army of fallen angels, and you. If you follow Satan, then God has a plan for the condemning of your soul.

God favored the churches of Smyrna, and Philadelphia because they had something God cherished, and the other five churches of the end times did not have. They knew the "Kenites", and "they knew them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie" [Revelation 2:9, 3:9].

It is these Kenites that are entering the other churches today, and are giving them false doctrine, and traditions, and perverting God's Word and His people. These Kenites sit at the controls of most all denominations, directing God's sheep into the position of accepting their father [Satan] when he arrives at the seventh trumpet. The sheep [Christians] will follow, for they do not know the difference; they are being taught how to follow this false shepherd [the Antichrist] in their church house by their traditions of men.

Zechariah 11:17 "Woe to the idol [worthless] shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened."

The "idol shepherd" is the same fake and false shepherd mentioned above. He is the Antichrist [Satan]. The "sword" are the words; the lies that come out of his mouth, and those words of deception are the only power. He will mix his words with the supernatural powers that God will give him, like calling lightning from heaven, and direct all his wonders and deceptions to Christians. However, those with the seal [understanding] of God in their foreheads [minds], it will have no effect. They know Satan has strict orders not to harm them [Revelation 9:4], and they know the limits of Satan's powers.

Revelation 9:4 "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."

When the seventh trumpet sounds, then Satan "shall be utterly darkened", and Jesus Christ will return to do away with all evil elements [rudiments], and set up His Millennium kingdom.

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