Zechariah 13: In That Day
Zechariah 13 is another one of these prophecies that talks about a future date. “In that day” is ambiguous for some reason, but there is one thing that it seems to indicate to me.
Zec 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.
Zec 13:2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
As I have been reading through the Minor Prophets, this phrase keeps coming up. On one hand, I really want a definition. I would love for God to have told Zechariah in this case that “In that day (September 27, 1972)…” or whatever date would be appropriate.
People have attempted to find codes in the Bible that point out these dates, but so far none of them have worked out. All of the mathematical patterns or other ideas have simply not told us anything.
That tells me something. That tells me that first of all there is a day that God has appointed for all of these things take place. Some of them we know have already happened. For example, in some of the chapters there are prophecies about the day of Jesus being that day. Some of them have not happened yet, and we have those days to look forward to.
There is something to the mystery. There is something here that reminds us of who God is. There’s something here that reminds us about the sovereignty of God. We might worry about these days that are prophesied. We might worry about the future. However, it is important to remember that God is in control, and even if we do not understand every one of these appointed times right now, that does not need to change our confidence in that God does know. This phrase, in that day, is much different than saying in some day. That indicates chosen, and that is significant.