Daily Word

Jerusalem secured | Zechariah 14:9-11 (NLT)

9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.

10 All the land from Geba, north of Judah, to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become one vast plain. But Jerusalem will be raised up in its original place and will be inhabited all the way from the Benjamin Gate over to the site of the old gate, then to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. 11 And Jerusalem will be filled, safe at last, never again to be cursed and destroyed.

Zechariah 14:9-11 (NLT)

Verse 9 redeux

As we start today’s passage I want to throw in a quote from John Wesley’s commentary  regarding verse 9: “In that day – All men shall agree in worshipping one God, in one way of spiritual worship, and hearty obedience.” As we know today, there are many gods in this world. In the tribulation, there will be one world government and one religion, an anti-Christ religion. But this will change to what it was intended – worship of God alone.

Jerusalem re-made

The geography of Jerusalem and the surrounding area will be changed. This is likely due to the earthquake (verse 4). The boundaries will expand and Jerusalem will be raised above the surrounding area with the life-giving water continually flowing out of it to the East (toward the Dead Sea) and the West (toward the Mediterranean sea). “The sites mentioned in Jerusalem were on the east, west, north, and south sides of the city, indicating its totality” (planobiblechapel.org)

Jerusalem secured

From the time Israel first moved into the promised land there has been fighting mixed with times of peace. The people Zechariah is writing to can relate, for their ancestors had been sent into captivity and they are now living under the rule of another nation. But this “day” is coming (probably the Millenium) when there will finally be a time of peace (1,000 years). Verse 11 NASB says, “for Jerusalem will dwell in security”. 

For a downcast people, imagine the hope that must stir in them. True, it would not happen in their time, but the Jews are people of promise and are proud of their identity so future glory and peace mean much to them. 

Note: Though Jerusalem will be at peace in this “day”, let’s not confuse this Jerusalem with the New Jerusalem of Rev 21:2 that comes even after this future “day” (period) we’re discussing here. Rev 21:2: “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Image from Pxfuel.com Jerusalem city gate

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