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King of the earth | Zechariah 14:6-9 (AMP)

6 In that day there will be no light; the glorious ones (heavenly bodies) shall be darkened. 7But it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord—not day and not night, but at evening time there will be light.

8 And in that day living waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea (Dead Sea) and half of them to the western sea (the Mediterranean); it will be in summer as well as in winter.

9 And the Lord shall be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord shall be the only one [worshiped], and His name the only one.

Zechariah 14:6-9 (AMP)

Still continued…

Remember that this saga is continuing, having started in chapter 13. “In that day” refers to a period of time, not necessarily a specific date. Like when we say, “It’s time for new shoes”, doesn’t mean right now, but, in the next period of time. “Here, just the end of the Tribulation is in view—the entirety of which the prophets spoke of as “the Day of the Lord”—along with the Millennium.” (planobiblechapel.org) Only God knows when this “day” will be.

“All over the world people want to know what will happen to Jerusalem. Zechariah knows the answer – God will gloriously save and restore Jerusalem, making it the capital city of the millennial earth.” (enduringword.com)

Strange light

We are used to the routine of light in the day and darkness at night. This is based on astronomical laws related to the earth’s rotation around the sun. In this “day”, something changes. The closest I can imagine was on a trip to Alaska one summer. It was still fairly light at midnight.

I’m reminded of a verse I memorized long ago. Matthew 24:29 (NIV) says, “’the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’” Whether this is referring to the same “day” as today’s text I am not sure. I do know that God is over all.

Summary

Dr. Thomas L. Constable of planobiblechapel.org believes, “This whole chapter focuses on Jerusalem as center of the universe, as the locus of Yahweh’s sovereignty over all nations, and as the focus of earthly existence for Yahweh’s people.” To me, the focus of this chapter is verse 9, God is “king over all the earth”.

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