"Rejoice for the Coming of Christ, the First Burden"
Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
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Zechariah 9:1 "The burden of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord."
"The burden of the word of the Lord" is "a divine declaration". To God's "elect", this is deliverance from our enemies. "Hadrach" is the name of an "Assyrian deity", and the land of "Hadrach" is the nation of Syria today.
Zechariah 9:2 "And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, thaugh it be very wise."
Make a note of Ezekiel 28. "Hamath" is the father of the "Kenites", and Tyre and Zidon were centers of commerce of the "Kenites" [the offspring of Satan through his relations with Eve; their son Cain]. "Tyre" means "rock" in the Hebrew, and when it is used here in Bible prophecy, it refers to the "false rock" [Satan].
Zechariah 9:3 "And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets."
The word "strong hold" in the Hebrew text is "zor mazor"; which has no correct word in the English. However, it refers to strength and power that come from it's wealth, or money. Tyrus wealth is created the trading capital for the world.
Zechariah 9:4 "Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devouted with fire."
This verse is both historical, and prophecy for the very near future. Historically, Alexander the Great, and his Grecian Army destroyed Tyre and Zidon, and swept it's foundation rocks clean.
In prophecy Tyrus also applies to the very near future for it is the destruction of the "Kenites", Satan, and the wealth controlled by the Antichrist's one world system. This will happen at the last trumpet, when our Lord Jesus Christ comes and His feet touch the Mount of Olives.
Zechariah 9:5 "Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited."
All these governments shall cease to exist.
Zechariah 9:6 "And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines."
The Hebrew word for "bastard" is "mamzer", # 4464 in the Strong's Hebrew dictionary. It is translated "mongrel":
4464 mamzer, from an unused root meaning to alienate; a mongrel, i.e. born of a Jewish father and a heathen mother: KJV-- bastard.
- a bastard, a child of incest, an illegitimate child
"Cain" was the "mongrel, half-breed" of a sexual union between Satan [not of the dust of the earth in the flesh], and Eve. The seed, or children of Cain are the "Kenites". See also Strongs dictionary # 7014, "Qayin, or Kajin; name of the first child, Cain, oriental tribe." This is also verified in # 7017, "from [I Chronicles 2:55], from # 7014, a kenite, or member of the tribe of Kajin, Cain, Kenite"
When you understand who the Kenites are, and what happened in the "Garden of Eden", then you will have a new insight into God's Word, and why there is so much confusion. This king that shall take the authority from the other kings will receive it as a gift. He will come in peace and he is the Antichrist. He will claim to be God, but he is a fake.
Zechariah 9:7 "And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite."
"His abominations from between his teeth", is the expression that represents the flood of lies and deceptions that will come from Satan's mouth. This identifies the place of the Antichrist's reign as being in Jerusalem, when it will be [as it is today] in an unclean and corrupt state. Jerusalem and "Jebus" are the same city, only "Jebus" was the name of Jerusalem when it was in the control of the Heathens.
Notice also, "that remaineth" refers to those of the "elect" of God who know that the Antichrist is Satan, and are set aside for the purpose of the true Christ. Satan is this "mongrel king".
Zechariah 9:8 "And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes."
This verse is God declaring His return. It is written that Messiah will come in two advents; however, most Christians today overlook the fact the first coming in the end times is the Antichrist. It is not a fly away time [rapture time], but a time of great deception.
God is saying here that when you see these things come to pass, prepare yourself as an oppressor to assist our Heavenly Father in bringing in the New Age. This Millennium age will start at the return of the true Christ. We will assist our Father when we allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us, as recorded in Mark 13:11.
Mark 13:11 "But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought before-hand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy ghost."
Zechariah 9:9 "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, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.."
When we refer to two advents, or comings of our Lord Jesus Christ, this verse prophesied the first advent. This happened just prior to his crucifixion on palm Sunday. Matthew 21:1-9 records in detail Christ's entry into Jerusalem, and verse five fulfills this prophecy.
Matthew 21:5 "Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foul of an ass."
In Christ's first coming He did not come as the King of Kings, and riding on that great white horse. No! He came as a baby in the lowest of places; a cave [manger] where cattle were kept. He came to pay the price, and offer Salvation. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, it was on "a colt the foal of an ass." That is a donkey that had never been ridden before. His first coming paid the price in full for your and my sins, when we repent them to the Father "in Jesus name".
Zechariah 9:10 "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 heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth."
This verse is telling us of the second advent of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ will not be crucified at this time, but He will come with a rod of iron. The chariot to be cut off, will bring peace for Ephraim.
The "river" is the Euphrates river which will be dried up, as the earth will take a new shape. This is coming shortly. There will be no more battles, for at the second advent Jesus Christ is here on earth, and establishing His Millennium [1,000] year kingdom. That kingdom will cover the entire earth, and it's purpose is for teaching and discipline.
Zechariah 9:11 "As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water."
This verse is addressed to Zion, and the "pit" is Satan's abyss. There is no waters of life and truth there, for all you can hear in Satan's [the Antichrist's] camp, which is the "pit", is man's traditions and not the truth of God's word. Satan works by creating traditions formed through years of repeating folk lore, then mixed with lies and half truths until it becomes "doctrine" [false doctrine]. Satan's goal is to mix worldly concepts, and confusion in man's minds to the point of producing doubt. Doubt eliminates faith and hope in Jesus Christ.
Zechariah 9:12 "Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee,"
Our Heavenly Father is our "strong hold", and our "hope" is the substance of our belief that allows us to know that God is God. God declares that His fruits will get a double blessing upon His return, that is a double inheritance. What is necessary to be one of God's first fruits? Repentance! All mankind will fall from time to time, this is why we must repent for all of our sins, in Jesus name.
Zechariah 9:13 "When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man."
God is using an analogy here; Judah is pictured as the "bow, and Ephraim as the "arrow". Ephraim is representing the full house of Israel, all ten tribes, while Judah is the House of Judah [the two tribes called the Jews].
The "sons" that will be present when this takes place, are those living in the final generation [our generation]. We know it is the final generation because the Book of Zechariah is written to those who are living in the last seven years of this earth age. God is going to load that "bow" [Judah] with the "arrows" of Israel [the Christian nations], and use it as a weapon against the Antichrist.
"O Greece," or "yavan" in the Hebrew, is the one world system we are seeing today. The "sword of a mighty man" is not in reference to military might, but in the spiritual sense. Christ is that "mighty man", and the sword that Jesus Christ will carry upon His return, is a two edged sword. That sword is the very words that come from His mouth, for when He spoke, even the worlds were formed. There is power in that sword.
God is going to use people to fight this spiritual war. His people, called His "elect" will fight that war with words, ideas, concepts, and doctrines, placed there by the Holy Spirit. In that same battle, the Antichrist will use the forces of His fallen angels [his locust army], his children on earth called the Kenites, and your own family and friends that are deceived by him.
This spiritual warfare will have God leading and directing through the Holy Spirit, that will be working in and through you and I, facing and winning against the Antichrist. We will be victorious, for it is written in His Word.
Zechariah 9:14 "And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south."
God will use completely His servants as the battle goes forth, and the outcome of this spiritual battle is set before it even starts. This is because God is not just over His elect, to see that we have victory, but "our Lord shall be seen over them" also, and that guarantees the victory.
This verse makes sense when we understand that God is in control of both sides. His arrow is His people, and the time is when the "trumpet shall blow". That trumpet is the last trumpet which sounds Christ's return. The power of those arrows are in God's Word, and it shall go forth out of the mouths of God's people, as we read this in Mark 13:11 above.
Zechariah 9:15 "The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devout, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar."
The part "subdue with sling stones" is an incorrect translation from the Massorah text. We are not going to use "sling stones", for it should read, "we are going to trample on their weapons." It states that anything use against us, we will trample in the mud.
The way the "Kenite scribes" of I Chronicles 2:55 miss used the Word of God and left it very confusing for us to understand. Let's use the Massorah text to put an understanding to it.
The "bowls on the corners of the altar" are filled with sacrificial blood. They are used as a sacrifice to Almighty God. The "noise as though wine" is made by the Antichrist and all those in his religious system, only it will not make sense. It will be confusing, and sound like babbling from a person who is drunk with wine.
So we see that in this verse, it is the Lord that is going to defend, or cause this to happen. He will grind their weapons in the mud, and make their efforts as sacrifices, and their words as the mutterings of a drunken man.
Zechariah 9:16 "And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land."
God will save every last one of His sheep in that day, for they are gems to our Lord. In the first day of the Millennium kingdom, He will lift you up, and show you off with pride. In a parade, the ensign, or flag goes before the troops to show what they represent and stand for. It is something you display with pride. That is how our Lord feels about you and I when we make a stand for Him, in giving witness.
Zechariah 9:17 "For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids."
This can be best illustrated that His people will grow in the Word of the Lord. They will be nourished, and learn to speak about God's Word with authority. They will learn to know of both the goodness of God, and of His great beauty. This will be a time to celebrate for there is no end to God's blessings for His children.
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