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Sunday June 28, 2020

This Sunday was Dan Nefzger's last sermon with us as our pastor
as he chose to retire at this time.
We do thank him for the years he gave to our church and community

The Lord Jesus Christ Reigns
Zechariah 14:8-21

     Zechariah has been called the Revelation of the OT.  It has taken history a long
time to get to this point that Zechariah describes.  There has been no peace on earth
since the Garden of Eden.  There have been wars and rumors of war all throughout
history.  But now here in the middle of chapter 14, we see a war to end the Great
Tribulation.  There is only one more war past the Millennial Kingdom and that comes
at the end of time, before we enter into Heaven and eternity.  There will be peace
during the Millennial Kingdom as Jesus rules with a rod of iron.  Satan and all his
buddies are locked away in the bottomless pit for 1000 years so they cannot cause
any trouble or temptation on earth.  That is not to say that there will not be any sin
since man can still exercise his free will.  Mankind can sin without Satan’s help.  
     As vs 8-9 show, God will refine His people like gold and silver to purify them.  
When gold and silver are heated, the impurities burn off.  So it is with God’s people
in the furnace of affliction, God wants us to reach the end of ourselves and call out to
Him.  The godly remnant of Israel (1/3rd) will be spared during the Tribulation; the
rest will be rejected and perish.  The godly remnant who called on the Lord (Acts 2:
21) will be saved and become the nucleus of the promised kingdom where the Lord
will acknowledge them as His own people.
     Just as Israel was and still is the church today is a defiled people who need to
repent and be cleansed.  The promise of forgiveness is still valid (1 John 1:9-10).  2
Chronicles 7:14 says If God’s people will humble themselves and pray and seek my
face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their
sin and heal their land..

     In v 8, we are told of a mighty river of living water that will flow from under the
temple in Jerusalem, and that brings healing and fertility to the land (Isaiah 35).  One
half flows to the eastern sea, the Dead Sea, some 1300 feet below sea level.  The
water turns the salty Dead Sea into fresh water teeming with fish (Ezekiel 47).  
Today, the Dead Sea is so salty that it would be hard to drown in it because of its
buoyancy. The west flowing river flowed into the Mediterranean Sea and will be used
for irrigation.        
     When Jesus establishes His rule (v 9), there will be only one King, and Satan, the
prince of the air, will not have any influence over it because he is locked away in a
bottomless pit which is not hell.  Satan is released after the Millennial Kingdom ends
to battle the Lord Jesus one last time before being consigned to the Lake of Fire.
     In the Millennium, Jehovah will be universally recognized, accepted, and
worshipped as the only unique, solitary, and incomparable God in the universe.  
Never since the Fall of Man will people so readily accept the Triune God.
     In verse 10, we learn that during the earthquake mentioned earlier, Jerusalem
rose up over the whole land as the surrounding area was lowered down and smoothed
out to become a plain.  As people will make their annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem, it
will be visible for miles.  
     There is great promise in v 11 as it details how the inhabitants will live there in
safety.  Earlier we studied how the old men and women would sit in the streets and
visit and the children would play in the street.  We often pray for the peace of
Jerusalem and it will happen after Jesus comes again.  Psalms 122:6-7 Pray for the
peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure.  May there be peace
within your walls and security within your citadels."
     The description given in vs 12-14, 15 describes what happens to those who had
fought against God’s chosen people at the end of the Tribulation age in the conflict
called Armageddon.  First, there is a plague on all the soldiers that causes their
bodies to rot away.  Second, the Lord will send a panic amongst the enemy soldiers
so that they kill each other.  Third, Judah will fight with Jerusalem in their victory    
(v 14), and Israel will gather the great abundance of wealth from the surrounding
nations.
     Israel will have a ministry to the Gentiles who will trust the true and living God
and come to worship at His temple.  The Shekinah glory will return to this Millennial
Temple through the East gate making it a holy Temple.
     Verses 17-19 explain what will happen to those who do not worship God at His
holy temple.  They will not experience the blessing of life giving rain.
     Holiness will characterize all of life as even the bells and household utensils are
deemed holy (vs 20-21).  There is no secular or sacred in the Christian life, because
everything comes from God and should be used for His glory.  No unclean person
may enter into the presence of God.
     How sincere are we in our worship and is it obvious to those around us?  Are we
blind to our own repetitive routines that dull our spiritual sensitivities?    What do
others see as important in our lives?  Is it the routine or is it the time spent in a
meaningful relationship with our God.