I remember Carol and I walking through the streets of Jerusalem in late 2015 and hearing the sounds of Jewish children playing and laughing. Many children can been seen behind us as we stand next to an ancient pillar from Herod’s temple.
Those children play under the threat of attack from enemies. One day they will play and laugh in peace (Zechariah 8:5). The sights and sounds today are foreshadowing of that day when Jerusalem is called the City of Truth and Jesus Christ will dwell in their midst. “Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold your King is coming to you (Zechariah 9:9). No longer will there be a threat and men and women will grow old with “great age” (Zechariah 8:4).
But first, Israel must go through a purging–a great trial so that they may believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Nations will be against Jerusalem and it will be a time of distress (Zechariah 14:1,2). But they will call out for the Messiah, and He will return and plant His feet on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4). He will set up His government and people from all nations will come to worship Him (Zechariah 14:16). Everything and everyone will proclaim HOLINESS TO THE LORD (Zechariah 14:20).
That day is coming.
Read Zechariah 8:1 – 14:21