Remembering the Rider on the Red Horse

Zechariah 1:12-23

Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, “O LORD of hosts, how long will You have no compassion for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which You have been indignant these seventy years?” And the LORD answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious words, comforting words. So the angel who was speaking with me said to me, “Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion. But I am very angry with the nations who are at ease; for while I was only a little angry, they furthered the disaster.” ‘Therefore, thus says the LORD, “I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it,” declares the LORD of hosts, “and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.” ’ “Again, proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “My cities will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.” ’ ” Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, there were four horns. So I said to the angel who was speaking with me, “What are these?” And he answered me, “These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen. And I said, “What are these coming to do?” And he said, “These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man lifts up his head; but these craftsmen have come to terrify them, to throw down the horns of the nations who have lifted up their horns against the land of Judah in order to scatter it.”

There’s a lot of bad theology floating around in these turbulent times but that’s nothing new, neither the bad theology nor turbulent times. I am about to go off on a tangent, due to the turbulent times and bad theology. Let me emphatically state, once again, beating the proverbial dead horse, the alleged Antichrist is not the beast in Revelation! The description of the Antichrist is found in John’s second epistle and the description of the beast is found in Revelation 13, both were written by John and have little resemblance to one another other than they are evil and wicked. Do you know who else was wicked and evil? The Sadducees, Pharisees, Scribes, Elders, priests and chief priest. When will we let the Bible speak for the Bible and not rip verses out of context and re-string them together to come up with the precepts of man? If I were a governor in these troubled times, I would execute an executive order, banning verse numbers from the Bible. This is obviously written with a little bit of tongue-and-cheek and a whole heap of satire because the verses help with reference and governors should not have that kind of authority–they are not lawmakers and are certainly not kings. By now we all know, except the brand new to this blog, that here, we consider the context, aspirations of author to his audience, genre, examples and divide rightly the word of truth–the CAGED method of Biblical hermeneutics. But before we begin to consider the context and sublime string, let me state again, unequivocally, that there exists no room for racism, ethnocentric beliefs or antisemitism within the body of believers in Christ. Jesus was Jewish, the apostles were Jewish and we have been grafted into this body of believers–John saw the nations, we are brothers Nevertheless, there exists an apostate Israel. The Scripture is clear on both and Revelation itself, is a tale of two cities and a promise to two people too, both of the Israels, the apostate and the true. Which is why I wrote, there’s a lot of bad theology out there. Follow with me even though you were not with me.

From the dogmatic dispensationalists on my right to the uber-reformed, replacement-theologians on my left, people persistently rip verses out of context to explain their made-up beliefs. To give you my state of mind let me state that for the for four hours, twice, over the past week, I have listened to both sides. Ironically enough, both sides believe that the Antichrist is coming, in the form of the beast in Revelation. Therefore while both sides may make valid points, their theology is flawed because they don’t see the obvious differences between the Antichrist and the Beast. One was in the church but didn’t remain with, or go forth, from the church. The other is bad government manipulated by Jesus to accomplish the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. Covid19 is not part of that plan in the past but a current Coronavirus crippling a people who don’t know the context of prophecy. Covid19 has nothing to do with an Antichrist but ideologically it could be considered part of an Antichrist-esque system. Though I am not sure I would go that far, yet. Also, as a reminder the Antichrist system is the religious denial of Christ coming in the flesh. The government’s, overreaction, under-reaction, or somewhere in the middle would be a beast like system. I know it’s confusing but that is because our prophecy teachers don’t teach the distinction between the Antichrist and the beast–they are not synonymous. I caught myself there; they were not synonymous.

I find it utterly ironic that John begins his initial discussion about the Antichrist by writing; “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that ait might be shown that they all are not of us.”

The dogmatic dispensationalists argue that John was really concerned about the lateness of the time and I would agree. So late in fact, that he calls it the last hour. Not the last times or the last days but the last hour. If time was running out in John’s life, how could the last hour refer to 2020? What are the odds? The dogmatic dispensationalists love to rip what Peter wrote out of context as well, concerning one day being like a thousand years to the Lord. We’ll continue to see how utterly ironic this is as we continue. Why not be dogmatic ourselves? If one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day, using our Holy Math Calculator, John’s last hour either lasted 8,760,000 hours or -8,760,00; the latter being less than the twinkling of an eye. Dubious dogma ruins everything. If you have trouble with my math, let’s agree on one thing; God keeps his Covenants and promises therefore the 70 weeks of years mentioned in Daniel are 70 weeks of years, to the hour. Again, utterly ironic is that the prophecy pundits proclaim a literal thousand years of kingdom but a non-literal 70 weeks of years even though a thousand years is like a day. God keeps his promises whether literal or figurative– context determines the distinctions. Again, utterly ironic is it that the prophecy pundits see the Antichrist in a crown-wearing, Covenant making, promise keeping prince. Daniel doesn’t write about an Antichrist but the Christ. A promise is not a promise if a parenthetical period is added to said promise and a Covenant is not a Covenant if made by an Antichrist. In the same way a crown is not given to Antichrist from Christ. Replacement theology and dogmatic dispensationalism begin with the precepts and presuppositions of men. One party is antisemitic or worse, Duel Covenant, and the other is hyper, idol-worshiping, pro-Israel.

Many pastors and preachers, theologians and teachers claim that the Coronavirus is a shadow sign of the great tribulation but these people also claim that the rapture comes sans-signs. They claim that the rapture comes like a thief but that when we start to see signs, look up. I would argue that it can’t be both sign-less and signalled. They claim that God has two distinct people with two distinct plans and the church must be raptured out of the world before God can once again, deal with Israel. Yet they rightly point out that in Romans Paul stresses that the growing church which is growing with gentiles, exists in some part, to make the Jewish people jealous. A rapture rescue would mean that the church failed. I do suppose that the rapture would make them jealous but that’s not the way in which Paul described how that they would be jealous.

The dogmatic dispensationalists also argue that Zechariah speaks of this distinction between Jew and Greek, citing texts like today’s text. “I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion.” They take what happened in the past and apply it to today’s times. Zechariah prophesied in the middle of temple building and in Haggai we read that the new temple paled in comparison to the old temple. And we also saw Jesus sitting on a red horse in the shade. The dogmatic dispensationalists fail to see that there was such a thing as prophecy in the present tense.

I guess, as I treat you all as my diary, what bugs me the most is hypocrisy. I see the hypocrisy in myself and desperately desire change. My words don’t often match my heart. War is a great example. I abhor the thought that slavery, based upon the color of one’s skin, was a defended institution in my country. Yet I also abhor war. I can’t believe that it came to war. I can’t believe that in order to preserve the union of the United States and stop slavery, brother had to kill brother–my hypocrisy lies therein. I would have been a killing machine if alive in those days but I am against killing, even in war. Seeing the hypocrisy in myself, only highlights the hypocrisy in others. It’s the whole log in my own eye type of situation. Nevertheless, I can’t escape seeing the hypocrisy in dogmatic dispensationalism. My hypocrisy detectors are piqued when the prophecy pundits postulate that we need to bless the modern state of Israel so that we will be blessed but at the same time, as we bless Israel under our current administration, we are dealing with the Coronavirus but under our previous administration, which didn’t bless Israel, there was no Coronavirus. Don’t get me wrong, under our previous administration we had record unemployment but under this administration, which blessed Israel, all the great gains we had made, including record employment, were wiped away in a matter of months. Again, don’t get me wrong, I don’t measure blessings by employment but it does keep me guessing.

See the absolute hypocrisy in the dogmatic dispensationalists’ discourse. First, the world gets worse and worse but secondly, at the same time, a country is blessed if they support Israel. By this dogma, all we have to do to be blessed is to bless Israel. Problem; they also claim that things get worse and worse, no matter what. Since the President of the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the dogmatic dispensationalists have proclaimed God’s blessing on the United States of America. But then Covid19 came and unblessed us. But don’t worry, they will double down on their dubious dogma and explain how this happened. But let me get out in front of them and proclaim that it was because the president was considering the “Deal of the Century.” Doubling down on one’s dubious dogma is what one does when they can’t admit that they were wrong.

I should have already won the argument. The dogmatic dispensationalists argue that the generation to which Jesus called “this generation,” is actually the generation which saw the rebirth of Israel in 1948. If this was the case, John would  have written in Revelation; “John, to  everyone-but-the-church, because y’all will be gone.” Speaking of generations…The generation of the sons of Israel that couldn’t enter the promise land was 40 years. But, a great way to double down is to look at Jeremiah. In this book the generation in exile was 70 years. Problem; 70 years have come and gone since 1948. Therefore the dogmatic dispensationalists have to double down again. They change the date from 1948, the reestablishment of Israel as a  nation, to 1967 and the annexation of Jerusalem. But you watch, in 2037, 70 years after the annexation of Jerusalem, they will double down once again and say that 2018 is when God’s prophetic clock started once again. But let me submit to you the following: God’s prophetic clock never stopped and was right on time, down to the minute, exactly as he promised in Daniel.

Here, we consider the context, aspirations of author, genre, examples and divide rightly but I had to get that off my chest and I thank you for putting up with me. Nevertheless, since I treated you all like my diary, I owe you an explanation based on the context and sublime string–it is only fair. The dogmatic dispensationalists and prophecy pundits get their dubious doctrine of blessing Israel from Genesis 12:3 and Numbers 24:9. But as you probably have figured out, those verses are not only ripped out of context but also don’t consider the New Testament explanation or examples. They neither take into consideration the genre nor the author’s aspirations to his audience.

In Genesis 12:3, God was speaking directly to Abraham and also says, “through you I will bless all the nations.” Yet in Matthew we read that John the Baptist said to the Pharisees and whatnot, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you, that God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. And the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Paul said the same thing in numerous places and in numerous ways. One example is the Romans nine.

Nevertheless the prophecy pundits double down on the cross not being good enough for Israel and that temple worship and animal sacrifice must return, contrary to the entire book of Hebrews. The dogmatic-dispensationalists and other prophecy pundits double down on their dubious dogma as do their sworn enemy, the mainstream media. They look at current events in the United States and link them, dubiously, to ripped out-of-context, really ripped out, verses. Because of due process and trying to teach nothing but the truth, I was forced by the dogmatic-dispensationalists, prophecy pundits (DDPP) to research and read, the entirety of House Resolution, 6666. The DDPP’s claim is that HR 6666 is prophecied in Revelation. Problems; the Mark of the Beast is six hundred, sixty-six and not 666, much less, 6666–literaly they are off by one thousand. Secondly, and this is coming from a freedom-loving, small-government, face-mask-hating, libertarian; they are lying about what the House Resolution actually states. However that’s how one gets clicks on the internet and sells books. Have you noticed that the Mark of the Beast is like wearing a face mask? First we were told, emphatically, that face masks were not needed, then that they help and now, in many municipalities they are mandatory. As is the case of the face mask, the symbolic number of 666 continually changes. First it was a barcode tattoo, then an rfd chip, then the cashless society and now, Covid19 testing. However opposed to the House Resolution I may be, it is not the Mark of the Beast. Ironically enough, the Mark of the Beast was actually cold, hard cash. “Render unto Caesar…” “We have no king but Caesar!” We know whose likeness was on the first-century coin.

“John, to the seven churches that are in Asia” and not, “John, to the left behind.” Since I  am on a terrible tangent, let me blow this whole thing up. Picture yourself dying today and standing at the judgment seat of Christ. Pretend that you have not put on the immortal but remain in the mortal. Will you ask the Master, the creator of the universe and the redeemer of your soul, by his own blood, “what’s with the Coronavirus?” Jesus, who died on the cross, purchasing people from every tribe, tongue and nation by his own blood, would probably point you to the cross and not the Coronavirus. Here, we utilize the CAGED method of Biblical hermeneutics and we also understand that Romans 5:8 is pivotal. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Look to the cross and ignore the prophecy pundits. We don’t look for shadows signaling a future temple but look to the true temple and the true Israel, as portrayed by Matthew. Jesus didn’t say, “something greater than the temple is here, but don’t worry, the temple will return.” Rather, he said, “something greater than the temple is here…period. He also, rather than promising a new temple, promised the destruction of the temple and it was fulfilled. I guess John simply forgot to mention it.

My point in all of this is that the prophecy pundits treat Zechariah as if he prophesied to Jewish people sometime after May 20, 2020 and not to the people present. Malcolm X made a famous speech which has been embellished and misquoted to the point where the words he didn’t say are better known than the words that he did say. This misquoting reads something like as follows: “People look at yourselves–go ahead–take a look around…you’ve been bamboozled, hoodwinked, run-amok…” This is similar to what God says to the people present in Haggai and Zechariah. I think he would also say the same thing to the prophecy pundits and possibly even our politicians.

We look for anything else, shadow boxing ourselves and beating the air for anything else than the simple explanation of Covid19. We want answers and look to prophecy pundits, pastors and preachers, theologians and teachers to tell us the truth about Covid19 but if anyone has any answer other than “I don’t know, we live in a fallen world,” they’re selling snake oil.  Unfortunately we are not satisfied with not knowing so we seek out the snake-oil salesman. Our prophecy pundits and politicians fail to place things in their proper perspective. Yes, compared to where we were, or better yet, where we thought we were a few months ago, this current situation stinks. But compared to the returning remnant in Haggai and Zechariah, we’ve got it made in the shade, like Jesus in the valley, sitting on his red horse of war. All is relatively quiet compared to the calamity that was.

That is, despite our differences and difficulties, we are in relative peace and prosperity, compared to a returning remnant, rebuilding a temple which was ravaged and left abandoned for 70 years. Especially if one considers the absolute opposition they faced as recorded by Ezra and Nehemiah. Most of the returning remnant never even saw the original temple and were not well versed in its customs. They had been in Babylon and were told to dwell there and build houses but now they were uprooted and planted back in the home of their fathers amongst opposition that has now ceased as demonstrated by Jesus sitting on his war horse and it is Jesus himself we see speaking in today’s text–this is a snapshot of the historical context.

“Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, ‘O LORD of hosts, how long will You have no compassion for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which You have been indignant these seventy years?’ And the LORD answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious words, comforting words.”

Things, for me, are better today than they were yesterday. I was actually able to dine inside a restaurant, something of which I haven’t been able to do for almost three months. Nevertheless it is very different than it used to be. The tables are six feet apart, the waitress wore a mask, condiments are only available in single-serve packages and have to be requested. Woe is me! The restaurant that was once bustling was a desolation! I hope that my sarcasm is not overlooked and I certainly don’t want to negate the real suffering that is in the world caused by Covid19. Also, it’s memorial day in the United States and that helps put things in perspective. However I also don’t want to under exaggerate the severe situation in Zechariah. The people present were wind-stricken and hail-hammered, after being under oppressive opposition and were now given the task of rebuilding their religion and relics. Yet God gave Zechariah comforting words.

Why don’t we want comforting words other than a rapture rescue? We are obsessed with the Mark of the Beast but not with the Great Commission. God gave the returning remnant a job to do but he also gave us a job to do. He comforted them as he comforts us. We are told that the gates of hell cannot prevail over the Lord’s church and yet the doors of many churches have been shuttered. It’s time to rethink what the church is as Zechariah and Haggai and the returning remnant had to rethink what the temple was. All the gold had been stolen by Babylon and the new temple they built paled in aesthetic contrast but God promised them that it would be glorious. The question is would it be glorious because of the restoration of Herod or because Jesus came to it? Another question is, was God referring to a far-future temple? Again, that only works if God is grammatically challenged as the prophecy pundits proclaim. “This temple,” means this temple this as “this generation” means this generation. Babylon left the foundation after destroying the building but as Jesus promised his disciples, Rome didn’t leave one stone on another.

Keep this in mind as we reread the following exchange in Zechariah: “So the angel who was speaking with me said to me, ‘Proclaim, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion. But I am very angry with the nations who are at ease; for while I was only a little angry, they furthered the disaster.’ “Therefore, thus says the LORD, ‘I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it,’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.'” Again, proclaim, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘My cities will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.'”‘”

I personally like this passage as we take a long view and consider the greater context of the Bible. God was angry but he wasn’t exceedingly and greatly angry. He wanted the temple destroyed but Babylon and the surrounding cities took the destruction and prevention of rebuilding too far. Then, according to the text, God went from angry to very angry. Notice; “I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion. But I am very angry with the nations who are at ease; for while I was only a little angry, they furthered the disaster.” The surrounding cities pushed the proverbial envelope. But we also see that Jerusalem wasn’t the focus but Jesus was.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, fled to Egypt, returned from Egypt, baptized by John and wandered in the wilderness being temted by the devil. Surely we see the similarities in the walk of Jesus and the walk of Israel. And just as Jesus had to die, so did the Law and the temple. But as Jesus was raised from the dead, neither the temple nor the Law will be resurrected, otherwise, as Paul wrote, Jesus died needlessly. Nevertheless, the temple and Law did not die in a day but were put to death slowly but did have a an abrupt end. Jesus came to Israel and sent his disciples to Israel only. Paul went to the Jews first and continued going to them first from city to city. Paul even risked his own neck, going to the temple in Jerusalem even though he knew, and prophets promised him, chains and afflictions in Jerusalem. The point is that God did exactly what he promised to do. He blessed Abraham by him being the father of many nations. He was zealous for Jerusalem and Zion and sent them Jesus, the seed of Abraham and he preached peace and reconciliation to them. He also sent them scribes and prophets who they stoned from city to city. Zechariah prophesied about Jesus through Jerusalem. Notice; “My cities will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.” Born in Bethlehem but crucified in Jerusalem. Yet he also ascended from Jerusalem and sent the Spirit to Jerusalem. God certainly did choose Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is the site of the temple, Christ’s crucifixion and the very first church, amongst many miracles and other things. Though again, Jerusalem is not the focus, Jesus is. Jesus lamented over Jerusalem and it speaks volumes. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!”

We can’t help but notice the supremacy of Jesus over Jerusalem. Not only in Matthew but in Zechariah. “‘”I am very angry with the nations who are at ease; for while I was only a little angry, they furthered the disaster.” Therefore, thus says the LORD, “I will return to Jerusalem with compassion; My house will be built in it,” declares the LORD of hosts, “and a measuring line will be stretched over Jerusalem.” Again, proclaim, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘My cities will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.'”‘”

Fulfillment is found in Matthew and not in the far-future. The angel speaks to Zechariah and in turn, Zechariah is to speak to the people present in the present tense about his anger towards the nations and his compassion on Israel. We fast forward to Matthew and see that compassion in Christ’s lamentation over Jerusalem. The Lord himself condescended and dwelt among them yet the religious leaders rejected him and tax collectors and fishermen flocked to him. Paul wrote, “But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; neither are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants…” John the Baptist said, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance; and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father;’ for I say to you, that God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. And the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Jesus was asked for a sign from the Pharisees, after a myriad of miracles and hundreds of healings but Jesus’ response is incredibly enlightening. “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall stand up with this generation at the judgment, and shall condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South shall rise up with this generation at the judgment and shall condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came;’ and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes, and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

This is that about which Zechariah prophesied. The king has come to gather his kingdom and separate the wheat from the tares, the sheep from the goats, the true Israel from the apostate Israel, those with the Mark of the Lord from those with the Mark of the Beast, the religious from the spiritual. But I am jumping way ahead in the context, nevertheless look at the words of Jesus and their historical context.

My children loved to watch Veggietales when they were young, especially the Jonah movie. The lyrics to the song over the closing credits contain the refrain, “Jonah was a prophet but he never really got it.” I had a conversation the other day with a friend, where we hugged, didn’t social distance and without masks talked about Simon Bar-Jonah and Jonah, who both were sent to the nations from Joppa. I said that while the context never explicitly states that Jonah never repented it looks like he didn’t. My friend replied that his pastor proclaimed that while a prophet used by by God, Jonah absolutely did not repent. I have to agree based upon a long-view and the sublime string. Notice the discourse Jesus had with the Pharisees regarding a sign and Jonah.

Like Jonah was in the fish, Jesus would be in the belly of the earth, we all see this but we miss the subtleties in his statement. Nineveh, representative of the nations repented at the preaching of Jonah but Jesus is greater than Jonah and the Pharisees won’t repent at his preaching. The queen of the south came, representing the nations and repented but Jesus is greater than Solomon.

Back to Zechariah, Jesus speaks of a swept and cleansed house but the wicked return to the house with others even more wicked. In Zechariah the Lord promised to build his house in Jerusalem. We see the juxtaposition between the two text, the types, the anti types and come to a hypothesis. However we have more context to consider. Nevertheless we see Jonah as Israel sent to the nations and the words given to Jonah did not fail though the person of Jonah failed to see what God did. Jonah was not only a tragically flawed type of Jesus, he was also a type to the anti type of the Pharisees. Israel was always to have proclaimed God’s plan for repentance to the nations.

Nevertheless the nations have been against Israel as well. The angel continues to speak to Zechariah: “Again, proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “My cities will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.”‘”

Zechariah continues, “Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, there were four horns. So I said to the angel who was speaking with me, ‘What are these?’ And he answered me, ‘These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.’ Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen. And I said, ‘What are these coming to do?’ And he said, ‘These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man lifts up his head; but these craftsmen have come to terrify them, to throw down the horns of the nations who have lifted up their horns against the land of Judah in order to scatter it.'”

With the mention of horns, we will take our vitamin e and explore examples found in Daniel. For time’s sake we will do this next time, Lord willing. But in closing for today, we will remember Jesus on his horse, while prophecy is revealed to Zechariah and to take the long view of Scripture and search for the sublime string woven throughout by considering the context, aspirations of author, genre, examples and divide rightly the word of truth. The Bible is not an owner’s manual to a 2006 Toyota Corolla but a literary masterpiece written progressively over a thousand years with multiple genres but they all point to Romans 5:8…”while we were sinners Christ died for us.” Compare that to the Coronavirus and as the second temple pales in comparison to the first, everything in this life pales in comparison to the sacrifice of God’s son, the only innocent person in history, who took on the form of a man and bore our sins. Eschatology is important but it pales in comparison to the cross; everything does. Nevertheless, it is important to see that we are not in the world to await an escape from the world and its tribulations but to change the world by discipleship. We’ve come a long way but we have a long way to go. These wouldn’t be encouraging words except that Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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