Zechariah 13: The transformed people and
a future purging
Comment: The prophecy flows on and should be
seen in the light of the previous chapter. The first part of the
chapter shows the changes that will occur in the nation with such
a revival, a pouring out of salvation and a complete removal of
idolatry and false prophets from the past [v.1-6]. The concluding
verses are unclear as to application and comments are provided
at the end of the chapter. The ‘events' are continued to be described
following the announcement, “On that day”.]
With revival, redemption will come
that day 
a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
The previous chapter concluded with Israel repenting
for rejecting their Messiah previously. When that happens, with
what seems to be a national revival, salvation is poured out.
A new day free from idolatry and false prophecy comes
that day,  I
will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will
be remembered no more,' declares the Lord Almighty. ‘I will remove
both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land.
if anyone still prophesies, their father and mother, to whom they
were born, will say to them, “You must die, because you have told
lies in the Lord's name.” Then their own parents will stab the
one who prophesies.
When this revival takes place there will be no room for
any further idolatry, and false prophecy that had also blighted
the nation so often will also be removed. Event No.8.]
False prophets will be shamed and deny their part in the past
that day  every
prophet will be ashamed of their prophetic vision. They will not
put on a prophet's garment of hair in order to deceive.
will say, “I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been
my livelihood since my youth.”
someone asks, “What are these wounds on your body?” they will
answer, “The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.”
Still at this specific time the move of God will be such
that all false prophets from the past will be ashamed and deny
they are a prophet and deny any signs of past beatings for their
deceptions. Event No.9.
In this chapter
so far we have seen the following continuing events:
Redemption coming to Israel
The land will be cleansed of idolatry and false prophecy
Every false prophet will repent of their past.
Aside? Rather like
the structure of the book of Revelation, there seems to follow
an ‘interlude' or break in the flow of historical activity to
reveal an additional event[s] that appears outside the previous
flow of history.]
God's shepherd is struck down and the sheep scattered
sword, against my shepherd,
against the man who is close to me!'
declares the Lord Almighty.
‘Strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered,
and I will turn my hand against the little
Destruction comes together with a purging of the remnant
the whole land,' declares the Lord,
‘two-thirds will be struck down and perish;
yet one-third will be left in it.
third I will put into the fire;
I will refine them like silver
and test them like gold.
They will call on my name
and I will answer them;
I will say, “They are my people,”
and they will say, “The Lord is our God.”'
Verses 7 to 9 appear to step out of the specific time
frame of the previous verses and therefore do not seem to be linked
to that revival. The lack of definition of these latter verses
has allowed much speculation as to their application. Whereas
verse 7 could be seen to refer to Jesus' death and the fleeing
of his disciples [Mt 26:31, Mk 14:27], the death in the land of
v.8 followed by a purging of the remnant [v.9a] appear more like
that which happened prior to the Exile, or maybe even what happened
when Israel were exiled into the world after the destruction of
the temple in AD70. Whatever the truth, the Lord affirms they
are still His people.]
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