ZECHARIAH 8, CALLING THE CHRISTIAN NATIONS
The end result of the call to the Christian nations is found in the Revelation. "And the seventh angel
sounded (his trumpet); and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world have
become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." (Rev. 11:15).

In the end time, the Christian nations band together and accept Christ first as the arbitrator of their
disputes, then as the final authority on the justness of their laws, and finally as the ruler over them. "For
the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king, Hhe will save us." (Is. 33:2).

Speaking of the Branch who is this King, Isaiah says, "And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the
spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of
the Lord; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after
the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: but with righteousness shall he judge
the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of
his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle
of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins." (Is. 11:2-5).

The nations who come to Christ's call shall not fear that His King will ever become corrupted, he is "of
quick understanding in the fear of the Lord." He will rely on God's judgment when he judges, "he shall not
judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears." He will be an advocate for
the poor, without giving them more than their just due, "with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and
reprove
with equity for the meek of the earth." God will give him all power over the nations, "he shall
smite the earth with the rod of his mouth." Those wicked that he condemns shall be slain, "with the breath
of his lips shall he slay the wicked." He will be perfect before God, "righteousness shall be the girdle of
his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins."

You will have noticed that this Millennium King is not Christ Himself. (See No. 41, "Christ's King" for full
details.) Now to begin explaining Zechariah 8.

"Again the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous for
Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury." (Zech. 8:1,2). The jealousy of the Lord is
not so much envy as possessiveness. He wants His people to be gathered so that He can fulfill His
promises to them. "Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and
have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for My holy name." (Ez. 39:25). God wants
to protect His Holy Name from those who say He can not fulfill His Promises. Ezekiel 36 says this very well.

"But I had pity for Mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither
they went. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God;
I do not this for your sakes, O
house of Israel, but for Mine holy name’s sake
, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye
went. And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned
in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be
sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all
countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be
clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you,
and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give
you an heart of flesh.
And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall
keep My judgments, and do them.
 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall
be My people, and I will be your God." (Ez. 36:21-28).

"Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem
shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain." (Zech. 8:3). God
will be physically present in His Kingdom and in the churches that gather His Kingdom (in the person of
the Holy Ghost), "I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem." The end time
churches which call God's Kingdom will preach undiluted Bible Truth, "Jerusalem shall be called a city of
truth." The mountain of the Lord of Hosts is Zion, His Kingdom. The Law of the Bible will be kept perfectly
there, it will be holy before the Lord, "the mountain of the Lord of hosts (shall be called) the holy
mountain."

"Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem,
and every man with his staff in his hand for very age." (Zech. 8:4). God's people will live to be very old in
His Kingdom. This is promised in both Old and New Testaments. "And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken
to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His
commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have
brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee." (Ex. 15:26). Christ also promised healing.
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak
with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;
they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17,18).

"And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof." (Zech. 8:5). There
will be many children in God's Kingdom. "Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be enquired of by the
house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. As the holy flock, as the flock of
Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know
that I am the Lord." (Ez. 36:37,38). "Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an
everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the
midst of them for evermore." (Ez. 37:26).

"Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days,
should it also be marvellous in Mine eyes? saith the Lord of hosts." (Zech. 8:6). What will amaze God's
people will be no surprise to God. "The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so
shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
this is the purpose that is purposed upon
the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations
. For the Lord of hosts hath
purposed, and who shall disannul it? and His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?" (Is. 14:
24,26,27).

"Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will save My people from the east country, and from the west
country; and I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be My people,
and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness." (Zech. 8:7,8). God will gather His people, and they
will be reconciled with Him, walking in His Bible Law, as amended by Christ, "I will be their God, in truth
and in righteousness."

"Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the
mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the Lord of hosts was
laid, that the temple might be built." (Zech. 8:9). As in the return from Babylon, God's people must be hard
workers as they come out of modern Babylon to build God's Kingdom, "let your hands be strong." Once
again they follow a prophetic message, "ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the
prophets." "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the
prophets." (Amos 3:7).

"For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to
him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour."
(Zech. 8:10). The call to come out of Babylon comes at a time of uncertain employment and war in the
world, and no employment at all in the Kingdom of God, "there was no hire for man, nor any hire for
beast." I am a witness to the severe oppression (affliction) of those calling the Kingdom of God, "neither
was there any peace to him that went out (of Babylon) or came in (to the Kingdom) because of the
affliction." The church, despite Christ's commandment that we should love our neighbors, is split into
hundreds of competing factions, all claiming divine inspiration for their point of view; "for I set all men
every one against his neighbour." Note again that Christians are not competing with non-Christians, but
with fellow Christians, neighbors.

"But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the Lord of hosts. For
the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and
the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things."
(Zech. 8:11,12). God will put a blessing on the farms of His Kingdom, good crops and ample rain, "the
ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew." The blessing will apply in greater
strength after God's judgments, when the world is faced with famine, "I will cause the remnant (survivors)
of this people to possess all these things."

"And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of
Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong." (Zech. 8:13).
The house of Israel, both the Jews (Judah) and the Christians (Israel) are an embarrassment to God, "ye
were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel." The Jews teach that Christ was
a false leader, and the Christians teach that God's feast days ("a statute for ever" - see Lev. 23) are null
and void. Both teach lies and confusion.

God will convert His people into a blessing, "so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing." "And say unto
them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither
they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and
I will make them
one nation
in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall
be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: neither shall they
defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their
transgressions: but
I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will
cleanse them
: so shall they be My people, and I will be their God. And David My servant shall be king over
them; and
they all shall have one shepherd (Christ): they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My
statutes, and do them (all follow God's Law
)." (Ez. 37:21-24).

The 144,000 are the beginning of this blessing, they bring the world "the song of Moses the servant of
God, and the song of the Lamb." (Rev. 15:3). The combined message of the Kingdom of God founded on
His Law and the blood of Christ for salvation goes to the world one on one through the 144,000. The end
of confusion and the unification of Christians and Jews by the 144,000 is indeed a blessing. It will also be
hard work, a job for Christian soldiers, who do not fear death because they have faith in the promise of
resurrection, "fear not, but let your hands be strong."

"For thus saith the Lord of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked Me to wrath,
saith the Lord of hosts, and I repented not: so again have I thought in these days to do well unto
Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not." (Zech. 8:14,15). In addition to the promise of
resurrection for all Christian soldiers proclaiming the Kingdom Truth, there is God's promise that those
doing the work will prosper, "so again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the
house of Judah." The Lord God is the God of hosts, both angelic and earthly. God's people are under His
protection and the consequences of harming them will be terrifying, "fear ye not."

"These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the
judgment of truth and peace in your gates: and let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his
neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord." (Zech. 8:16,17). The
frightful events that occur as the Kingdom of God is gathered purge the world of thieves and murderers;
they are cut off this side of the Millennium by the curse of Zechariah 5. At the end of the Millennium, the
liars and hypocrites are cut off also. "Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the
face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side (of the Millennium)
according to it; and every one that sweareth (falsely) shall be cut off as on that side (of the Millennium)
according to it." (Zech. 5:3).

The Lord is preparing His people for the final judgment. "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the
abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters (all the wicked spawned
during the Millennium), and
all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and
brimstone
: which is the second death." (Rev. 21:5). The Lord wants His people to always tell the truth to
fellow members of the Kingdom, "speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour." He wants you to be just
and peaceful in all your business, "execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates." Don't listen to
gossip about your brethren in the Kingdom, and absolutely, don't add embellishments to gossip, "let none
of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour." There may come a time when, like the midwives
who saved the babies of Israel from Pharaoh, you must lie to protect God's people, even under oath. God
expects you to be ashamed of such lies, "love no false oath." For your own sakes, learn to hate what God
hates.

"And the word of the Lord of hosts came unto me, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; The fast of the
fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the
house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace." (Zech. 8:
18,19). The Jews keep the calendar of the Bible. The Christians keep the calendar of Pope Gregory. This
grouping of fasts (which become feasts) is impossible on either calendar. For example the Passover is
celebrated in the first month of the Bible calendar and Christmas is celebrated in the twelfth month on the
Gregorian calendar.

This prophecy was fulfilled only in 1948 when Israel became a nation. The feast of the fourth month was
Passover. Although my church did not keep Passover in 1948, they did keep the Passover in 1967, starting
on April 24th. According to the Metonic cycle, the feast days recur every 19 years on the same days. So
the Passover in 1967 should have been on the same days as the Passover in 1948, in April, the fourth
month. The fast of the fourth month of this prophecy was the Passover.  Note that second Passover, for
those not clean on first Passover, would have fallen in the fifth Gregorian month that year; 19 years later
my church kept it in the last week of May. "Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the
second month... and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the Lord." (2 Chron. 30:15).

But Israel became independent on May 14, 1948. What had been fasts because the Jews had no home,
now became feasts because they had regained their nation Israel. "The
fast of the fourth month, and the
fast of the fifth... shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful
feasts." The house of
Judah are the known Jews. They are the ones who founded Israel.

Israel is a theocracy, the Bible feast days are law there. So the "fast" of the fifth month on the Gregorian
calendar, became the feast of the fifth month, Israeli Independence Day. Subsequent feasts were kept in
Israel based on the Bible calendar. The feast of the seventh month is Tabernacles and the feast of the
tenth month is Hanukkah (which begins in the ninth month and ends in the tenth). Only in one year is this
combination of fasts / feasts possible, 1948, the first Jubile year in modern times. (See Leviticus 25.)

"Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants
of many cities: and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before
the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also." (Zech. 8:20,21). This is a restatement of the
prophecy of the founding of God's Kingdom, which is found in Isaiah 2 and Micah 4. "And it shall come to
pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the
mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall
go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and
He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law (the
Kingdom of God keeps His Law perfectly), and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (the sisterhood of the
end time churches)." (Is. 2:2,3). People come to where they can learn the ways of God, and urge their
loved ones to join them, "let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will
go also."

"Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray
before the Lord." (Zech. 8:22). The end time church will establish a base in Jerusalem, Israel. The
witnesses of Revelation 11 will appear there.

"Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all
languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you:
for we have heard that God is with you." (Zech. 8:23). Ten is a universal number, there is no restriction on
God's mercy. ""The symbolical number "ten" denotes universality, just as do the ten toes of Daniel 2, the
ten horns of the other Bible beasts, and the ten virgins of Matthew 25."" (V. T. Houteff, Timely Greetings,
Vol. 2, No. 16, 1947, p. 19).

The ten men are leaders, men in a position to make major decisions for their nations. The nations speak a
variety of languages, "ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations." The man they take hold
of is Christ the Jew, who kept the feast days of the Bible, "even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a
Jew." The skirt of a man can either be his wife or his garment. "Cursed be he that lieth with his father’s
wife; because he uncovereth his father’s skirt." (Deut. 27:20).

The "skirts" of God, however, point to the Holy Ghost. "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the
Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train (feminine trailing skirt ) filled the temple." (Is. 6:
1). The abode of the Holy Ghost is the temple of God, "
His train filled the temple." As the slaughter of
Ezekiel 9 begins, the Holy Ghost, the Glory of God, is forced to leave Her abode in the temple. "And the
glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon (s)he was, to the threshold of the
house." (Ez. 9:3). The ten men grasp hold of Christ through His "skirt," the Holy Ghost. They can not grasp
Christ directly because He does not appear in person, but is represented by His King.

The Holy Ghost appears in person to crown Christ's King. "Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit,
saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain:
and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it." (Zech. 4:6,7).
The great mountain is the perfected Christian church walking with God, "the mountain of the Lord’s house
(that) shall be established in the top of the mountains." (Is. 2:2). Zerubbabel means "born in Babylon." Just
as Christ was born among us, so the Holy Ghost is born among us. The church accepts Her authority,
"Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain (bow down)." The
question is asked, "Who art thou, O great mountain?" because those who don't accept Her authority
cease to be part of the end time church. She proclaims Christ's King, "(s)he shall bring forth the
headstone (Christ's King) thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it."

After the Holy Ghost proclaims Christ's King, these ten men lead the Christian nations into the Kingdom of
God. They band together and accept Christ as the arbitrator of their disputes, the final authority on the
justness of their laws, and the ruler over them.

They have served Christ and they claim the reward Christ has promised to the nations that follow His
ways. "When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit
upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them
one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and He shall set the sheep on His
right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye
blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (Matt. 25:31-
34).

With the sounding of the seventh trumpet, men and angels will proclaim the Kingdom of God. "And the
seventh angel sounded (his trumpet); and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of
this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever."
(Rev. 11:15).

Amo Paul Bishop Roden