ZECHARIAH 9, THE COMING KINGDOM
Like Zechariah 8 and 10, Zechariah 9 is to be fulfilled in the end time. (See No. 44, "Zechariah 8, Calling The
Christian Nations" and No. 47, "The Corner, The Nail, And The Battle Bow.") Yeshua the Christ, however,
knowingly fulfilled Zechariah 9:9 (see below), so at least some of this chapter also applied in His time.

"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." (Zech. 9:1). At the time of the
fulfillment of this prophecy, all mankind will be looking to God, the end time is "when the eyes of man, as
of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord." The tribes of Israel will be looking to God for guidance,
the rest of mankind will be gazing at what God is bringing forth on the earth with awe and apprehension.

The land of Hadrach has not been conclusively identified, this is the only reference to it in the Bible.
Knowledgeable authorities place it in the area of Syria or Lebanon. This scripture, with its reference to
Damascus, the ancient capital of Syria, and the following references to locations in the area, add support
to their views.

In the past, the biblical burden of a place has meant its destruction. "The burden of Damascus. Behold,
Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap." (Is. 17:1). Under the rule of the
Ottoman Turks which began in 1517, the city was allowed to decay and in 1860 the Christian quarter was
destroyed and several thousand Christians were massacred. In 1926, the French shelled and burned
much of the Old City.

On the other hand,  "the burden of the word of the Lord for Israel," meant a duty or obligation before God.
(See No. 23, "Saving Judah.") The lands around Hadrach were partially settled by people of the twelve
tribes of Israel centuries before Christ (the area was part of King Solomon's kingdom), and Christian have
lived there since the days of Christ.

Paul learned Christ's message in the Christian community of Damascus. "Then was Saul (later called Paul)
certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the
synagogues, that He is the Son of God." (Acts 9:19,20).

Probably this means that there will be an effort to teach Christ and God's Kingdom in the area of modern
day Syria and Lebanon, "the burden of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach." This effort would flow
from a group which would be headquartered in Damascus, "Damascus shall be the rest thereof." I have
some doubts about this based on the massacre of Christians in Damascus in 1860 and the intolerance of
some Arabs. On the other hand, literal descendants of the tribes of Israel live in the area.

The next verse is about places where Christ taught. "And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus (Tyre),
and Zidon (Sidon), though it be very wise." (Zech. 9:2). There is no record of Christ teaching in Hamath, but
He taught and was heard in Tyre and Sidon.

"Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon." (Matt. 15:21). "And he (Yeshua)
came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and
a great multitude of
people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear
him, and to be healed of their diseases
..." (Luke 6:17).

The wisdom of Tyre is found in the next verse. It is the wisdom of men. "And Tyrus did build herself a
strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets. Behold, the Lord
will cast her out, and He will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire." (Zech. 9:3,4).

Tyre was a fortress built on a small off shore island, but In 332 BC, the city was conquered by Alexander
the Great, who destroyed it, killed many of the men and sold the women and children into slavery.

The cities of Philistia were to see the destruction and fear. "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." (Zech. 9:5).

After the destruction of Tyre, most of the Philistine cities quickly surrendered to Alexander. The exception
was Gaza, which was heavily fortified. After three unsuccessful assaults, the city was taken, the men
slaughtered and the women and children were sold into slavery, "Gaza also shall see it, and be very
sorrowful." Thus also the prophecy "the king shall perish from Gaza" was fulfilled.

Ekron may have expected to remain a city, but it did not. The name survived, but the site of the city bears
another name. Near the site of the ancient city there is a small Jewish town named Kiryat Ekron. So the
expectation of Ekron has come to nothing, "and Ekron (shall be sorrowful); for her expectation shall be
ashamed."

Although Ashkelon was an important shipping center under Alexander the Great, it was denuded of
people in 1948, "Ashkelon shall not be inhabited." During the 1948 Arab-Israeli War the city was the
forward position of the Egyptian Army in Gaza. Most of the population fled with the retreating Egyptians.

"And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines." (Zech. 9:6). The pride of
the Philistines was cut off when Israel settled their cities.

In the time of the Old Testament, men had wives and sometimes concubines as well. They generally
acknowledged the children of all. A bastard then would be a child who did not know who his father was or
one whose father refused to acknowledge him. This word applies particularly to Jews who don't know
their tribal heritage.

In the time of Christ, the word bastard applied to those Jews who lost sight of their heritage because their
fathers had been stolen from Israel. Originally under the control of King David, Ashdod was destroyed by
Sargon II, who exiled over 25,000 Jews about 715 BC. One or more of the exiles was replaced by a Jew
who had lost his heritage, "and a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod."

(Israel had been raided and captives taken since the days of Jehu, king of the northern kingdom. "But
Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel... In those days the Lord began to cut Israel
short: and Hazael smote them in all the coasts of Israel; from Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the
Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, even Gilead
and Bashan." (2 Kings 10:31,32,33). Assyrian annals mention Jehu paying tribute to Shalmaneser in 842 BC,
150 years before Sargon exiled the Jews of Ashdod.)

In the end time, the word bastard would apply to most of the lost tribes. Except for the 144,000 whose
lineage is revealed by the Lamb on Mount Zion (see Rev. 14:1-5), most of the lost children of Israel will not
know their tribe. Nevertheless some will take lowly jobs so that they can settle in the land of Israel, near
cities like Ashdod. "And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your
plowmen and your vinedressers." (Is. 61:5).

There is a great prohibition on bastards. "A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even
to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord." (Deut. 23:2). Despite this
prohibition, these "bastards" will be assimilated into the country when the land is reapportioned. "And it
shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that
sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the
country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. And it
shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith
the Lord God." (Ez. 47:22,23).

"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." (Zech. 9:7).

This cannot be Yeshua the Christ, because He ate only what was lawful and spoke no blasphemy. In fact
this is an end time prophecy of Christ's King, who was a sinner. Zechariah 3 deals with his purification, "I
will take away his blood (unclean food and practices) out of his mouth, and his abominations (blasphemy)
from between his teeth." (See No. 41, "Christ's King.") After his purification, he is to remain in Israel as
God's representative, "he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God." He will rule the Kingdom of God
from Judah, "he shall be as a governor in Judah."

Jebusites were the first people conquered by king David after he moved to Jerusalem. "And David and all
Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. And the
inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion,
which is the city of David." (1 Chron. 11:4,5).

Ekron now survives as a small town named Kiryat Ekron. In 2000, its population was 99% Jewish. Because
of its unmixed population, Kiryat Ekron presents less Arab threat to the Christian Zionists led by  Christ's
King than cities with mixed populations. It will be specifically targeted by Christian Zionist missionaries
and be speedily converted.

"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." (Zech. 9:8).

This is God's promise of protection to those fulfilling His prophecies in Judah, "I will encamp (My hosts)
about Mine house because of the army (of those who do My work)." This protection extends to the Jews
who live nearby, and to the missionaries returning from their labors, the hosts are encamped "because of
him that passeth by (the Jews), and because of him that returneth (the Christian Zionist missionaries)."
Those who come among them to do them harm will simply disappear, "no oppressor shall pass through
them any more." All this protection is promised because God sees His work being done, "for now have I
seen with Mine eyes."

"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." (Zech.
9:9).

Yeshua the Christ fulfilled this prophecy. "And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to
Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village
over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them
unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he
will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye
the daughter of Sion, behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal
of an ass. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, and brought the ass, and the colt,
and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments
in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that
went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: blessed is He that cometh in
the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest." (Matt. 21:1-9).

In fulfilling Zechariah 9:9, Christ established the pattern of the latter day fulfillment of this prophecy by His
chosen King. Christ's earthly ministry was supported by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost. "And Jesus
being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the (Holy) Spirit into the wilderness."
(Luke 4:1). These two, the Holy Spirit Mother and the Holy Ghost Daughter will also support Christ's King.
(See No. 22, "The Holy Family" and No. 41, "Christ's King.")

No man can ride two asses at the same time, the two asses are symbols. The meek and humble asses are a
symbol of the meek and humble representatives of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost who support Christ's
King as He comes into Jerusalem to meet with the 144,000 on Mount Zion in a fulfillment of Revelation
14:1-5.

"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." (Zech. 9:10).

Chariots and horses are biblical symbols of war. "I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your
King... which bringeth forth the
chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together,
they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow." (Is. 43:15,17).

This is the beginning of the prophecy of the end of war after the establishment of the kingdom of God.
"But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established
in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many
nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the
God of Jacob; and He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of
Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And he (Christ's King) shall judge among many people, and
rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more
."
(Micah 4:1-3).

Ephraim is one of several names for the ten lost tribes, they will be found in the Christian nations. So our
scripture is a prophecy that God will cause them to stop making war (much to the relief of Iraq and
Afghanistan), "I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim."

Horses are symbols of leaders, because great men rode them. A generation of great leaders who strive to
unseat Christ's King will die in Jerusalem, "I will cut off...  the horse from Jerusalem."

The battle bow is a symbol of the Holy Ghost when used in Zechariah 10:4. (See No. 47, "The Corner, The
Nail, And The Battle Bow.") However, since the Holy Ghost cannot die, here the battle bow is a symbol of
warfare, which God will cause to cease, "the battle bow shall be cut off."

In place of war, Christ's King, the Branch, will be called on to settle the disputes of the nations. "And there
shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 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 of the 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." (Is.
11:1-4). The perfectly just judgments of Christ's King will pacify the Christian nations.

Christ's King will suggest an end to fighting to the non-Christian nations, "he shall speak peace unto the
heathen." God will destroy those nations that oppose him, "his dominion shall be from sea even to sea,
and from the river even to the ends of the earth."

Here is the prophecy of his dominion over the earth. "And he that overcometh (sin, is purified), and
keepeth my works unto the end (teaches the message of Christ and walks in His shoes), to him will I
(Christ) give power over the nations: and he (Christ's chosen King) shall rule them with a rod of iron; as
the vessels of a potter shall they (the nations who oppose him) be broken to shivers: even as I received
(power) of My Father (I will give power to him)." (Rev. 2:26,27).

"As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no
water. Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double
unto thee." (Zech. 9:11,12).

The covenant was made by God with the descendants of Israel. His promise is to deliver the descendants
of Israel into their own land. He will bring them forth according to many prophecies, for example Ez.
20:33-44 and Jer. 30:1-10. In doing so he will rescue the lost tribes from Christian churches where there is
no living water and where they are facing a curse during the plagues (See No. 62, "The Seven Last
Plagues" and No. 97, "The Plagues Of Egypt."). To all the seed of Israel, God says that He will rescue them,
"by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water."

When they turn to God to worship Him according to His instructions, and to walk in His Law, they like the
Apostle Paul will suffer to redeem themselves, "Turn you to the strong hold (God), ye prisoners of hope
(who hope for forgiveness from God)." God will recompense their sins on their heads twice, "even to day
do I declare that I will render double unto thee." This recompense is very unpleasant, but it leads to
forgiveness from God.

"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. 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." (Zech. 9:13,14).

This is an explanation of when God will subdue the earth. First the Jews will accept Yeshua the Christ,
"when I have bent Judah for me." When the lost tribes become Christian soldiers, each an arrow into
Satan's heart, God will have "filled the bow with Ephraim."

The sons of Zion are the 144,000 of twelve tribes of Israel who stand on Mount Zion with the Lamb and
receive certification of their tribal heritage from Him and the Holy Ghost. (See Rev. 14:1-5.) The sons of
Greece are the children of the pagan and the apostate world, those who chose the One World
Government over God's Kingdom on earth. So God will first raise up the 144,000 Christian Zionists, when I
have "raised up thy sons, O Zion." Then God will send them into the pagan and apostate world with a
message (like this one, only better), "against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty
man." The sword the sons of Zion carry is the sword of the spirit, the word of God. "And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (Eph 6:17).  

Then God will defend His people, "and the Lord shall be seen over them." "As birds flying, so will the Lord
of hosts defend Jerusalem (His people); defending also He will deliver it; and passing over He will
preserve it." (Is. 31:5).

The Christian soldiers of Ephraim (arrows in God's bow) will flee the cities, God's "arrow shall go forth as
the lightning." The trumpet will sound all over the earth, "the Lord God shall blow the trumpet." "And He
shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the
four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." (Matt. 24:31).

God shall visit great wrath upon the enemies of His people, He "shall go with whirlwinds of the south." A
whirlwind is a symbol of God's wrath. "Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a
grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. Thus saith the Lord of hosts,
Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts
of the earth." (Jer. 23:19; 25:32).

"The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, 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." (Zech. 9:15).

The Lord will defend His people through His hosts, "the Lord of hosts shall defend them." God's people
will be victorious, "and they shall devour (their enemies)." "Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will
make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will
consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth." (Micah 4:13).

Sling stones were the weapon of David, who slew Goliath, God's people shall "subdue with sling stones."
"In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and
he that is feeble among them at that
day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them
. And it
shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem."
(Zech. 12:8,9).

Ephraim shall be empowered also, "they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine." "And they of
Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and
their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall
see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the Lord." (Zech. 10:7). Both Ephraim and the house of David
will be filled with the Holy Ghost, "they shall be filled like bowls (with living water)."

The four corners of the brazen altar (of sacrifice) in the tabernacle were decorated with horns. Each of the
four horns of the brazen altar represented an earthly representative of a member of the fourfold
Godhead. (The heavenly members of the Godhead were represented by the four horns of the gold
incense altar in the Most Holy Apartment of the Tabernacle.) God's people shall support the house of
David, where the earthly representatives of the Holy Family are found, even "as the corners of the altar"
support the horns that rest upon them.

"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." (Zech. 9:16).

The 144,000 of the twelve tribes, the missionaries who gather the great multitude in the harvest of the
world, become a living ensign after they meet with Christ the Lamb on Mount Zion. But all of God's
righteous people are as jewels unto Him. "Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and
the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared
the Lord, and that thought upon His name. And they shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when
I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him." (Mal. 3:16,17).

"For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and
new wine the maids." (Zech. 9:17).

The people of God's Kingdom, the meek who inherit the earth (Matt. 5:5), rejoice in His love and His
provision for them. "Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to
the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the
herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all." (Jer. 31:12).

Amo Paul Bishop Roden