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The years just prior to the return of Jesus Christ (see When Will Christ Return? and Where Will Christ Return?) will be a time unique in all of human history, not necessarily events themselves, but the intensity (see Never Before, Never Again). War will be so rampant that, unless it (and all of The Lord's wrath because of it i.e. see War With The Lamb) were not stopped, no humans would survive - so it will be stopped, as Christ the Conqueror For Peace himself prophesied: "13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles ... 13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days" (Mark 13:8,19-20 KJV).
"12:1 The burden [see Oracles] of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth [see The Lord's Plumb Line], and formeth the spirit of man within him. 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Zechariah's writings are filled with amazingly specific and detailed Messianic prophecies that link past and yet-future e.g. "they shall look upon me whom they have pierced" in the verses below was written before Christ's crucifixion, and yet it includes the time after His return. The Book of Revelation reiterates the same prophecy: "1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds [see The Clouds of Heaven]; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him" (Revelation 1:7 KJV).
12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
Zechariah Chapter 13
The return of The Messiah will mark the beginning of the end for religious error and confusion - and of the many False Prophets who propagate it - including the "great false prophet" who not only falsely claims to be Christian, but who blasphemously claims to be the leader of Christianity: "19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone" (Revelation 19:19-20 KJV).
"13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
When Christ was crucified, His "sheep" were scattered - but through His Word, they never then, or now, stopped knowing The Shepherd's Voice.
13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God." (Zechariah 13:7-9 KJV)
Zechariah Chapter 14
The book of Zechariah ends with the beginning the Kingdom of God on earth - the return of Christ to The Mount Of Olives (shown in the photo): 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south (Zechariah 14:4 KJV).
"14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
As plainly stated below, the entire world will thereafter observe The Lord's Feast of Tabernacles (or face The Lord's wrath) - along with all of the other true Christian Holy Days (see Christ's Passover, Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread, Christ's Pentecost, Christ's Feast of Trumpets, Christ's Day Of Atonement, Christ's Feast of Tabernacles and Christ's Eighth Day), including the one and only true Sabbath Day: "66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD" (Isaiah 66:23 KJV; see also Sunday Is Not The Sabbath).
14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 14:17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 14:18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 14:19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
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