Note: Students of prophesy will find in these verses the prophesy of end time events. Are these the prediction of pre-millennialism? You decide.
PM Adult Bible Study – S – P – L – I – T – Zachariah 14: 1-14
See also: Isaiah 34: 4; 64: 1, 2; Ezekiel 32: 7,8; 47: 7, 8; Matthew 16: 27; Mark 13: 25, 26; I Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Revelation 6: 12, 13; 20: 4, 5.
S – Spoil – v. 1 What was lost the Lord will restore. The Lord restores in this life and at the end.
P – Parting – v. 4 – The mount of Olives will split when an earthquake signals the coming of the Lord.
L – Living Water – v. 8 It was so in Eden, it was so in Ezekiel’s temple, and it was so in Revelation. In Zachariah’s vision living water flows from the city of God.
I – Illumination – v. 6 There will be light from the throne of Christ when Christ Jesus returns.
T – Throne of triumph – v. 9 – Make no mistake. There is one Lord, and there shall ever be one Lord, God above all.
Exemplary story: A beloved grandmother, Granny Liza, lived into her eighties. Before all of her eight children had left home, she was widowed, but she kept faith in God in hard times. Toward the end of her days she would often say, “Child, I feel like traveling on today.” In faith she has traveled on to God’s great city. Are you ready to travel on?
Zachariah 14: 1, 2 A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided among you. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.
Prayer: Lord God, we do believe that all that has been lost by the children of faith will be restored.
Thought for the day: God’s accounting books never lie.
Zachariah 14: 3, 4 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.
Prayer: Lord God, when we can fight no longer for justice both now and at the end of the age, fight for us.
Thought for the day: When God is on your side, you have the best wrestling tag team possible.
Zachariah 14: 5, 6 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come and all the holy ones with him. On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost.
Prayer: Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, all the saints of all the ages including those we know and love are always in your safekeeping.
Thought for the day: In God’s plan heaven is for sharing.
Zachariah 14: 7, 8 It will be unique day, without daytime or nighttime – a day known to the Lord. When evening comes, there will be light. On that day living water will flow out of Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, in your eternal presence there shall be no want or need.
Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “They tell me of a home in a land far away. O they tell me of a home far away. O they tell me of an unclouded day.”
Zachariah 14: 9, 10 The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name. The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up and remain in its place, from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the first gate, to the Corner gate, and from the Tower of Hanael to the royal winepresses.
Prayer: Lord God, on this day we joyfully proclaim you are Lord, you are God above all.
Thought for the day: In the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, in Revelation, God reigns over all.
Zachariah 14: 11, 12 It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure. This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
Prayer: Lord God, may we find the peace you intended for the world.
Thought for the day: Historical accounts of atomic blasts describe how persons close to the blast zone were vaporized in seconds.
Zachariah 14: 13, 14 On that day men will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other. Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected – great quantities of gold and silver and clothing.
Prayer: Almighty God, you are awesome; yet, your Son, Jesus, has shown us your love.
Thought for the day: Jesus came to impart spiritual peace and not panic.