Zechariah 12: Under Attack
Zechariah 12 gives a prophecy that speaks to a future time when Jerusalem will be under siege. Understanding the accuracy of Biblical prophecy, this could make the people nervous. I think that it would make me nervous. If God doesn’t fail, and God is saying that I am going to be in a siege, it could certainly be frightening news.
However, even with that assurance, there is also positive prophecy as well.
Zec 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.
Zec 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Verse three is powerful. Anyone who tries to burden themselves with Jerusalem is going to be defeated. God first assures Jerusalem and all of Judah that they are going to be attacked, but He also assures them that if they are attacked, they are not going to get very far.
Now, I’m not claiming that this prophecy is directly about the lives of the individual Christians today, but I do think there are parallels. For example, we are promised that there will be difficult times in the world. We might be under attack at certain times, and we might feel like there are more difficulties than we could ever want. However, there is a similar theme in the New Testament that Jesus has overcome the world, so we do not need to fear anything that happens in the world. Jesus overcame death itself.
As we look at this promise made to the people of Jerusalem and Judah, it is somewhat easier in my mind to try to parallel what might be at least comparable for those of us today.