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Founder and Pastor General of The Restored Church of God, Editor-in-Chief of The Real Truth magazine, and voice of The World to Come program, David C. Pack has reached many millions around the globe with the most powerful truths of the Bible—unknown to almost all. He has authored 80 books and booklets, personally established over 50 congregations, and appeared as a guest on The History Channel. Mr. Pack attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, California, entered the Worldwide Church of God ministry in 1971, and was personally trained by its founder, Herbert W. Armstrong.Learn more
The Greatest Untold Story!
By Mr. David C. Pack
Author’s Introductory Note
The following transcripts contain a written record of dramatic new understanding given to God’s Church within a 75-plus-part sermon series titled “The Greatest Untold Story!” The series starts slow, but leads to knowledge so fascinating, powerful and life-changing that readers will find they are unable to stop reading. Because every sermon builds on the previous one, you are urged to review them in their proper order. Those who skip ahead to future parts will be utterly lost and will have no chance of understanding what they are reading, or where the series is going because they don’t know where it has been. Be patient and watch the inspiring picture unfold!
A longer ellipsis in a transcript (……) denotes sections that were cut due to the Church having outgrown early understanding. The ellipses will help the reader understand why the messages might not flow as smoothly as you would expect. Certain areas that somewhat changed in focus or importance were generally left in so the reader could at least partially appreciate the development of thinking. The enormity of what God’s Word says grew bigger and bigger, and the sermons contained material that was later seen to be incorrect.
For example, the following two all-important points were not seen at the time the series began. The areas that are ellipsed reflect no knowledge of the two points below, which leavened the Church’s understanding in ways that took a long time to “deleaven.” Eventually that happened, making the series explode with excitement and meaning in its later segments. The last segments, which of course will be released last, will likely not have any deleted material. Thus, they will appear to “flow” more smoothly. The reader must understand the complexity of removing what the two points below explain. Eventually, a new and true “simplicity in Christ” emerged that will change your life forever regarding events just over the horizon if you read every part. Here then are the biggest things that changed. Obviously, there were many other things within them that necessarily “moved” (a little or a lot) as well.
(1) The Kingdom of God initially comes as a “mustard seed” and “leaven” that is “hid,” with Christ reigning, away from Jerusalem, on David’s throne as He and some of the saints restore the Kingdom to Israel during the time of Jacob’s trouble, all before He relocates to Jerusalem to establish a world government from His own throne. (The series opens with an enormous focus on God converting the Jews.)
(2) Revelation 4 through Chapter 22, verse 6 describes punishment (destruction) and testing on all nations centuries after the Kingdom arrived, and just before Christ’s 1,000-year reign. This is an early parallel of what happens when Satan is “loosed” again after the 1,000 years for a “little season.” God tests who will remain loyal to Him and destroys all those who do not.
Note that these transcripts reflect the spoken word, without the subtle emphasis, pauses, gestures, facial expressions and other elements that seeing or hearing a speaker bring. So they do not read like the written word. Also, some sentences may have unusual structure but would be clearer on audio or video.
Finally, the reader will be greatly helped by seeing this visually represented through use of the Timeline (released November 3). Consider reading all 75-plus parts with this additional tool in front of you. Some of the material retained could be categorized as “toss up”—it could have been cut, but it can be properly understood if readers keep the timeline in front of them. Slowly, slowly, slowly—and then eventually at a point in the series very rapidly—everything will fall into place and make the whole picture of Bible prophecy literally EASY to understand.
Good afternoon. A couple of quick things I wanted to share with you. The Signal video continues hundreds a day, maybe close to 1200-1300 a week. We just passed 27,000 people. Virtually, all of those, I would imagine, are in the splinters and with events developing in Israel as they are, there are some repeats.
By the way, tomorrow, we will pass 300,000 people who have viewed just the Bands video…300,000 people, as of tomorrow. So, that is exciting to see…at the rate people were taking items this last week, we would have passed half a million items distributed, less than six months after we were under a quarter of a million. So we are bounding ahead in ways that are just very, very exciting.
This is Part 3 of what is likely to be six parts, with two already behind us two weeks ago. I am going to explain a certain plan of what I’m doing here. I have never done this before in over 45 years of my ministry. I don’t know exactly which will be the last part, but I would guess there would be four more parts, certainly, at least three. It depends on how fast I am able to get through them.
It is so dramatic, so exciting, so, literally, life-changing…and you will see why in a moment…way beyond what we saw two weeks ago.
There will be a series of World to Come broadcasts that build on Bands. You will even begin to see a powerful relationship between the House of God and Bands. But, I will be filming Part 2 (if you want to call Bands, Part 1). Every two weeks, which is as fast as Media Production Services can post them, while having quality graphics, there will be another one until I have covered this entire prophecy, at least sufficiently so that I have fulfilled the responsibility that I have…which will come a little bit later.
The coming of a temple in Israel—Judah—involves other things that swirl around it. God addresses a great many things that would be on people’s minds once they understood that, in fact, God is going to build—on Mount Zion—the greatest building, by far, the world has ever seen, and I will explain more about them.
He would know that we would have a host of questions. I do. I am sure you do. For a while, as I continue preaching more things to you, I will actually open as many questions as I answer. However, it is my job to teach this great understanding. It becomes, in many regards, a restoration of among the very greatest doctrines in the Bible—that only begins with the fact that God is going to build this great house—even greater than Solomon’s wonderful house, built to God…or “wonderful great” house as he called it in Chronicles.
So a doctrine—a great doctrine—that was known and taught in the first century is going to be restored today. In many regards, other than in the first century, this is the greatest story never told since or until now. Once it is explained, we will say, it is soon to be one of the greatest stories ever told. It is the greatest story never told to the New Testament Church since the first century. God has broken an unbelievable, powerful code. I am going to drown you in verses proving what I am going to tell you, but I wanted to say at the outset some corrections of things we thought we understood. I am coming up on fifty years in the Church and there are things we wrestled with. For instance: When is the last three and a half years of Christ’s ministry? I will throw that one out there, because I am going to tell you later…But there are things we wrestled and wrestled with.
I have told you about things Mr. Armstrong wrestled and wrestled with, and things that he had absolutely no chance to understand previously. Neither did I—or anyone—until God simply turned the screw and broke codes, and opened up things so awesome that you can’t really begin to imagine that they are in the Scriptures—never mind anticipate them. One would be—and it introduces so many others—that God is going to build this great house in Jerusalem.
Now, let me just be dramatic for a moment…and you will see that I am, if anything, understating the case. May God help all of us understand awesome, awesome, awesome things that I’m about to explain. I’m going to teach you, today, the biggest truth from the Scriptures that I have ever been privileged to teach. It even transcends the House…although it is connected to it.
Let me go back to this matter of Christ has three-and-a-half years left in His ministry. We never knew when He was going to do it. We speculated it, but for those of you who understand the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel, He was cut off in the middle of the 70th week. We never knew when that other three-and-a-half years was. He went three-and-a-half years in Judea. What about the other three-and-a-half years…where do they take place?
Now I asked that we would introduce the sermon with Hymn Number 28 (“Mount Zion Stands Most Beautiful”). We just sang it. I want you to turn over to Psalm 48, and we will read exactly what Mr. Armstrong’s brother put into a hymn. There is a reason we sang it. It sets the table in many regards. I want to explain a few basic things to you.
What are we talking about when we talk about Zion versus Jerusalem, or the Mount of Olives, or the Holy Mountain, or Judah, and God’s House and Temple? I wanted to bring some interesting things to you. I want to be sure that I move at a speed that is not too fast, where everyone understands everything. Maybe not the first time they hear it…I have been reading these scriptures that I have been bringing up to you over and over, and I am learning more every time. I want everybody to understand—to move together. For instance, I believe we could start as easily with many different places, but we ought to start with Psalm 48. Something we sing all the time, not just right before the sermon. If you are there, you will recognize the words. If you want to open your hymnal later to see how different they are, you can do that. It begins…
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, [now that is Jerusalem] in the mountain of his holiness”… [The ‘mountain of His holiness’ is Mount Moriah or Mount Zion, sometimes called Zion and Mount Zion—the holy mountain is, it says,] “Beautiful for situation…[More than you will have ever imagined, those three words will jump forward in your thinking.]…the joy of the whole earth…[That is an extraordinary statement.]…is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north…” (Psa. 48:1-2).
Jerusalem originally was David’s city, the City of David, or the stronghold, as it was called—directly south of Mount Zion, when David purchased from Ornan—or Araunah, the Jebusite king—his threshing floor. That was north. Jerusalem is sprawled today, but at the time that this was inspired, about 3,000 years ago, it [the threshing floor] was north. It is sprawled in all directions today, but it is north of the original part of Jerusalem that David held. It is beautifully situated on this extraordinary rock, and it is visible from hills all around it. I have looked at it from various places—Scopus and Olives, and all around it, literally—and it is situated beautifully.
“God is known in her palaces for a refuge…[Here is an extraordinary verse. We are going to have to come to understand this verse.] For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together” (vs. 3-4). These are world leaders—kings—presidents—prime ministers—sultans—whoever they are—and they, apparently at a point in prophecy, come and see this beautifully situated holy mountain on the north side of Jerusalem.
“They saw it, and so they marveled [I think the hymn says ‘amazed.’ They were all amazed. Now something strange happens.]…they were troubled, and hasted away” (vs. 5). We sing, they ran away—they fled—fled away. That’s a strange thing to say if it is talking about the Millennium when God wants all peoples of the world to come and not flee away—not be troubled and run off.
“Fear took hold upon them there…[That is important to understand, don’t be confused.]…and pain, as of a woman in travail” (vs. 6). I am not a woman, but I have watched several babies born, and a lot of you men have and a lot of you women have had babies, you’ve delivered them. It is really serious pain. Now this is a strange thing. It shows world rulers standing in front of Zion...we sing it all the time, brethren...and they are astonished at what they see up there. What’s there today isn’t all that astonishing. It is an iconic view, I guess, for the world that doesn’t understand.
Here are people coming back at a time when it is the joy of all the earth, not the Millennium, though…they run off because they are in great fear—literally, doubled over in tremendous pain. Now, what is it that they see there that causes such tremendous pain in world rulers who want to come and see this mountain after it has changed…and of course first, changed hands? That is a question we are going to have to answer. I’m going to eventually later in the series tell you what they see, but not yet.
“You break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind” (vs. 7). Now that is a strange statement. God says, “I can break ships up. Believe me, I can cause tremendous fear.”
And, in a very undignified description, here are world leaders, who love to pose and be seen in repose, in groups (the G-20 Summit, the G8) and all of a sudden a whole bunch of them just run like rabbits because they saw something. God is describing Himself, here, as somebody who can break ships up. He can certainly break up their emotions and send fear into them. What is it they see?
“As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it forever… [and then it goes on down]…We have thought of your lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of your temple. According to your name, O God, so is your praise unto the ends of the earth: your right hand is full of righteousness. Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of your judgments [What about the other tribes? That is an interesting statement.] Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof…[Assuming you are not one of those who ran away in fear, there are going to be some others that do this.] Mark you well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that you may tell it to the generation following. For this God is our God forever and ever: he will be our guide even unto [or through] death” (48:8-14).
That is a very interesting Psalm. It begs a lot of questions that will slowly be answered, but first, I want to be sure everybody is clear about the difference between Mount Zion and Jerusalem. Turn over to Hebrews chapter 12, yet one more time, and we are going to read. Because, brethren, I am going to answer so many questions. You will learn what happens when Christ returns to His spiritual House.
As we have been studying, now for some months, all the dualities of this prophecy, yet another one is seen. Christ comes to two temples, He comes to spiritual Judah—we are inward Jews—and to physical Judah where Mount Zion is located. When we pray—Hebrews 12:22—it says “…you are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem….” There is a great clue, brethren, that they are not the same. There are places in the Bible where God speaks of them as one and the same, because you cannot think of Jerusalem without thinking of Zion—where this great house will be—where God will dwell.
Remember, the house will probably stand for many centuries, probably less than both Solomon’s (at under 400) and Zerubbabel’s (if you even count what Herod did) at under 600 years. It was under a thousand combined, and I will prove to you that this one is greater than Solomon’s house. By the way, Solomon’s house had $117 billion dollars of just gold in it, and then there were other precious stones and precious metals and magnificent woods and so forth. So probably Solomon’s Temple cost upwards of a quarter of a trillion dollars, if you were going to replicate it today. This one is going to be greater—and I’ll prove that to you. That is not what makes people run away. Seeing the most beautiful piece of architecture the world has ever seen, or could imagine, is not what makes people run away. Something else does that.
However, here for the moment, I wanted you to realize Mount Zion is where God’s Temple is. Turn to Revelation 11 and verse 19. When Christ returns, John records this...and that it is in chapter 11 will become more important momentarily. “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings…an earthquake, and great hail” (Rev. 11:19). So, there is a Temple of God in heaven and that temple of God is in Mount Zion in heaven—that is obvious.
You have a temple in heaven, and that’s inside Mount Zion in heaven and that’s inside heavenly Jerusalem. So the Church is Jerusalem—we are not Mount Zion. I wanted us just to be sure we understand that. Jerusalem, you might say, is where all the people live around Mount Zion, whether it is the one on earth, and it is where the spirits of just men made perfect are in heaven. You can read on down there and it explains more about it as, of course, all the angels are there, and the blood of sprinkling, and the Father and Christ, and so forth.
Now, in Psalm 50, you can better understand, and we can go over there and read it. We have read it many a time, but before we go on, I want all of us to have a really powerful grasp of the difference between Zion, which is Moriah—which is the “Holy mountain,” sometimes called “the glorious holy mountain”—versus Jerusalem.
Sometimes God refers to “a great mountain” in scripture. It can be a government. It could be a leader. He can talk about the top of mountains, or great mountains, or high mountains, and big countries or nations, and then little hills, which Isaiah 2 and Micah 4 refer to, which are smaller countries. Earth’s 195 nations are made up of everywhere from Monaco and Lichtenstein and Andorra, all the way up to India, China, Brazil, and the United States and so forth, big in both size, in some cases, but also in population.
In Psalm 50, it says…when Christ comes with His saints on His mind, verse 2, He comes out of Zion. Well, of course He does, because He comes out of the Temple in heavenly Zion. Now, you could say He comes out of Jerusalem, because the spiritual Mount Zion in heaven is in Jerusalem……
Now again, for perspective, the tallest tower in the world…I think it is now…cost $1.5 billion dollars, so this construction project is enormous.
There is another building, in Saudi Arabia, that is considered the most expensive building ever built. It cost about $15 billion—that is 10 times. So Solomon’s Temple cost something like 17 times more, you might say. Perhaps even more than that. I am assuming that the woods and stones, all the labor and all the other things, that 153,600 people needed seven years to do, maybe only gets it to a quarter of a trillion. That is 17 times as expensive as the most expensive building the world has ever seen, that is now in Saudi Arabia. God is going to build something greater than that……
When this project comes to pass, and Christ retakes the Temple Mount, it will be a nuclear blast seen at the top and the bottom of the world—and we will be inseparable from it…
Zechariah is going to be our focus in a moment, before we go through some more unfinished business. I wanted just to give you some interesting commentary about Zechariah, because God has multiple things in mind. You might think in terms of…If He was going to build a house, He has to have the Temple Mount. If He is going to get anywhere with laborers, then He has to control Jerusalem. If He is going to get anywhere outside of Jerusalem, doing anything to build that house inside Jerusalem on the Temple Mount, He pretty much has to control Judah. Now, just leave that for what it is for a moment.
It is interesting about the book of Zechariah…Judah, which is only one tribe, is mentioned 21 times in Zechariah. Israel and Jacob are mentioned…counting Joseph and Ephraim…seven times, and yet, it is eleven tribes. Now that is kind of interesting. Judah is found about 800 times in the Bible; Jacob and Joseph are found 3,000 times in the Bible. They are mentioned [in Zechariah] seven times. Judah is found about 800 times, and mentioned 21 times. Jerusalem is mentioned 41 times in Zechariah; Zion eight times; the Mount of Olives a couple of times; “mount” or “mountain” a number of times, maybe half a dozen, and 15 times you find the word “house” (10) and “temple” (5), a total of 15. So, that is kind of a backdrop to that book.
“Who is left among you that saw this house [through, of course, Haggai] in her first glory… [That would be about 70 years after Solomon’s Temple was destroyed, and there might have been a few really little kids who are now old people.]…how do you see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing…[It is just, basically, lying waste. They got started under Cyrus, and then had to stop a number of years until Darius assisted them in getting started again. We all know that story.] Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, says the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech…” (Hag. 2:3-4).
One of the things that has always troubled me, there, is…and I have tried to explain it faithfully, according to the way that Mr. Armstrong taught it for many, many years…is you are talking to two individuals in regard to this next temple being described. Now, I will come back to that.
“Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, says the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech [With the whole world unhappy about what is going on up there, you can understand why that would be the case if this is talking, not about the second temple, but the third temple. Let’s keep reading.]…and be strong, all you people of the land, says the LORD, and work: for I am with you…According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so my spirit remains among you: fear you not” (2:4-5). Now, “My Spirit stands among you”…there was no evidence that God’s Spirit ever stood in a clear and visible way, by the way, when the second temple was rebuilt. But here is where you get into the great challenge of our time.
“For thus says the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land…[That cannot be referring to a period 2,500 years ago. It is not possible. By no definition is 2,500 years, actually about 2,534 years, a little while.] “And…all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house [this house] with glory, says the LORD of hosts” (vs. 6-7).
Now, a house that exists just before Christ returns is the one that God is going to fill with glory. Mr. Armstrong looked at…I did…we all did…and saw the only thing we could see and that is, “Well, it has to be talking about the Church.” But that is not what it is talking about. Partly because I am going to “fill”—“fill” involves space. How would you “fill” the Church with glory? Well, maybe you could say you could be full of the Holy Spirit. All right, I understand that, but here is the problem: If the Church had one person in it, a Spirit-led person…any one of you, who is converted, is more important to God than any building. Believe me when I tell you that. It is apples to oranges.
Is God really telling us that My spiritual house is more important or is bigger—more glorious—or I am going to fill it with glory, says the LORD, and that house is going to be more glorious than the first house? No! That makes no sense, because any one being who has the Holy Spirit is more glorious than any building on earth. Let’s keep reading…
“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the LORD of hosts…[I have always wondered, why does God stick that into the middle of a series of verses about His Church? We have always known that.] The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, says the LORD of hosts… [If you say that is the Church, then what God wants us to know is people with the Holy Spirit are a greater glory than a building…but that is true if it is one person. It is apples to oranges. Of course, that is true! Would God need to tell us that? I’m going to prove to you that is not what He is talking about.]
“…and in…[Ready? Here is the key.]…this place...[Great proof number one: It is a place. Christ called it the holy “place.”]… will I give peace…” Wait a minute—the Church has to get all the way into the kingdom to have peace? The Temple of the Lord…We are the House of God, the spiritual house…We can’t have peace now in the Church? What? No! It is a place that will bring peace to the whole world. You can’t make the Church, or the Body of Christ, or a spiritual temple, a place. You can fill a place with glory…and a place could need a lot of gold and silver, particularly, if you are going to make it greater than Solomon’s! Now that is all I want to say.
I did the best I could. We all did, and certainly, it is true of the Church…But, I think if you really want to go “apples to apples”…and I’m going to prove this to you…If you want to really go apples to apples, here is how you do it…and then oranges to oranges. Here is “apples to apples”: The temple that is going to be built…will be greater than Solomon’s temple. But, if you now want to go oranges to oranges…The size of the Church will probably be greater…and you will not doubt that, soon enough…than it was at its zenith, under Mr. Armstrong. Now, that is a shocking statement, so it requires a lot of time to prove it.
So I will go apples to apples or oranges to oranges…but let’s not go apples to oranges, or oranges to apples, and then just let it be dual in your thinking. That will be very clear……
All right, now let’s turn, at this point, to an extraordinary verse, and see if we can figure out what in the world it means! What does this verse mean? Turn to Zechariah, chapter 12. Some of you are going to immediately leap ahead in your mind, and I guess that is okay, but I am going to move at a speed where the entire Church can understand what I call “awesome, awesome, awesome” understanding. Throw in a couple of “incredibles,” if that will help you remember how big this is. So here we go. Zechariah, chapter 12 and verse 7...Here, in this book, it says something very basic. Let me just read it...
Verse 7: “The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first…” What does that mean? “Save the tents of Judah first”…Well, here is what “save” means: “to be safe; [to avenge,] deliver, help, preserve…bring [to] salvation, save [with a savior,] get victory” [same victory that we all have over death].
Now that is an astounding thing. He will save the tents of Judah first. The Bible talks about Israel and the other tribes. This is Judah. We ought to examine “first.” It means “in order.” It can mean “in place…or rank,” but it means in order. If somebody runs in a race and you say they came in first, nobody doubts what that means. So if you say that you are going to save the tents of Judah first, first you must understand the meaning of “first” before we can go on. You are left with an incredible question. It is inescapable, and it is life-changing in every regard. There are two possibilities. I’m going to show you the Bible is filled with that statement, but for now, we are left with—what does it mean? There are two possibilities.
Number one: It means at the outset of the Millennium, for some years, Christ returns in glory, and He starts working with Judah first, and tells the rest of the nations, “Don’t come to Jerusalem for several years, because I’m going to work with the Jews first. Now…I’m going to hit you with droughts and plagues, and you are going to die, if you don’t come to Jerusalem, but…come to think of it, I am going to do that, and I don’t really want you here, because I am going to save Judah first. That will take years!” Imagine now…You have all the nations of the world…and He tells them, “Back off. Sit down and twiddle your thumbs for years, because I am going to save Judah first”… or, you are left with only one other option—I’m going to save the nation of Judah way before the Tribulation as we’ve understood it in the past.
Now, building the greatest house the world has ever seen—in the center of that nation—ought to, at least, beg a little bit of question…along with two weeks ago. When you are standing at that house and saying, “Behold your God!” and “He is coming; ‘His reward with Him… [The almost exact same reward is found in Revelation 22:12, a story for later] His work before Him,’” you are speaking to the cities of Judah. Presumably, people would listen!
When John the Baptist started preaching in Judea, thousands listened. When Christ started preaching in Judea, thousands listened. When the apostles started preaching in Judea, thousands listened. Here is this great house that God has miraculously built…and nobody responds to it? That would be its own problem.
But here you have God actually saying, I am going to save Judah, first. Well, immediately, when this hit me—like an anvil from the sky—I thought of Romans 1. Let’s turn over there. Do you know you have always believed this, brethren? So have I. We just never understood it. We read over it. Ready? Romans 1, verse 15…
“So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: [Romans 1:16] for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Now, we read it all the time and it is talking about salvation.
“[God] will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory… and honor and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, [comes] indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that does evil, [Ready?] of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that works good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile” (Rom. 2:6-10).
Assuming we all understand God is not going to convert the nation of Judah in tribulation—when people are in captivity—when Jerusalem is under siege… Assuming we know that, then He has to do it, either at the outset of the Millennium…and He tells all the nations of the world, who are shattered—destroyed—they have seen Armageddon—they have seen the heavenly signs—the day of the Lord—the last plagues…they are in absolute shock, and He tells them, “Sit down and hang on, because I will get back to you in a few years.” Or, He starts with the Gentiles, because He already saved Judah… And I am here to tell you, that is what it means.
Now let’s look at the New Testament. Back to a great duality. A Jewish Savior came and called Jewish apostles/disciples, and they went out and converted thousands and thousands of people that were all Jews…rare exceptions, a few exceptions, before God finally raised up an apostle to the Gentiles named Paul. Thousands of them! For years! Paul’s ministry really did not get going for about fourteen years. There were a few Gentiles…Cornelius, the Italian, in Acts 10. Peter saw the vision. One of the first seven deacons there, ordained in Acts chapter 6, was a Gentile. The end of verse 5, the seven deacons and Nicholas, a proselyte of Antioch—a Gentile...So one of the first seven deacons was a Gentile. And you have the Ethiopian Eunuch—he had a scroll of Isaiah—so maybe he was, possibly, descended from Solomon…a black man of Jewish blood. There are many blacks in Israel, who are descended from Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, possibly…but maybe just an Ethiopian. That’s all. So there were a few, and that is important.
You will see that becomes very important as time goes on, and then vast numbers of Gentiles came in. As a matter of fact, when they did, eventually what happened is, the Church got watered down. A lot of them wanted to go back to things that were part of their worldly, heathen, or pagan background. Eventually, a heathen church, centered at Rome, took over after God began to call a lot of Gentiles in. Now, Gentiles are as wonderful as Jews are—when they are converted. The point is Jews never went back to Christmas and Easter. They had not kept those things. It was a very different Church that came later when God began to call people into all these congregations that Paul worked with.
It is pretty obvious, the apostle Paul, had Zechariah 12:7 in mind. He understood it. As a matter of fact, we will come back later, and we’re going to look at Romans, chapter 2, and understand, how it is that God could call Judah first…
How that happens…what happens…is perhaps the greatest story never told. Beginning with the fact that when I said…and Mr. Armstrong said, before his death, that the greatest Work lies yet ahead…none of us had the faintest idea of the sheer awesome, stupefying size of what God is going to do. I’m even going to show you that all nations of the world will flow to this house in significant numbers, and be converted. That’s how it becomes the joy of all the earth. So, we have a few things to cover here, don’t we?
All right, let’s go to Zechariah 12, and let’s start looking at some context around it. Let’s see if we can put some flesh on a very simple statement in the middle of chapter 12. Because I’m going to tell you, brethren, on God’s authority, many in the nation of Israel (the Jews) will be converted before the Tribulation of the latter days.
You might even stop and think for a moment. In order to build the second temple, you needed two prophets, Haggai and Zechariah; you needed the high priest, Jeshua, who is later called Joshua; you needed a Jewish governor, named Zerubbabel, to build a very small house with a third as many people working on it, a little over half as long as Solomon’s…and you needed them all to live in Jerusalem to do it, with 50,000 Jews helping. Right? So, we’re going to see a greater house than Solomon’s, which needed 153,600 and 3,600 supervisors……
It’s one thing, and it’s wonderful and exciting, brethren, to understand. God had to start somewhere and so, I just began to teach you, first, that there’s going to be a great house at the end…and that it’s built in the last days, and you can’t get around that. I now understand it, and I didn’t understand it before. Nobody else ever noticed it. I think I’m the only one who ever noticed. How does it say this thing is built in the last days—and Micah repeats it verbatim—how can that be?.....
Believe me, there are going to be a lot of people…this prophecy addresses them…who are going to have different opinions about this little church.
Now, let’s just briefly overview, in Zechariah 12 for a moment, an extraordinary verse. After you come right out of chapter 11…I always thought God just changed the subject and that chapter 11 was an inset chapter. It’s not an inset chapter. It sets up 12. In fact, it’s two great prophecies that have to happen, in chapter 11, to get to 12. So, chapter 12 is a continuation of 11—follows on its heels—and frankly, is actually inseparable from chapter 11, where the flock of slaughter, and Grace and Bands, and all that we’ve studied for three years.
“The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, says the LORD, which stretched forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and formed the spirit of man within him” (Zech. 12:1).
I often wondered, why does that follow Chapter 11 and the foolish shepherd?…Well, now I know. God is the establishing, “I’m the all-powerful God. I can do anything. I form the spirit in man. I can change minds. I can move the heavens, and the Earth. I’m God.” That’s what He does.
“Behold [Because I have this awesome, infinite power]…I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling…[Now, that can mean “reeling” or “poison.”]…unto all the people round about…[This is just six verses before He’s going to save Judah. So, you can pretty much guess, it must be connected somehow. When is He going to do this? Well, He tells you when, because the very next word is “when.” Look.]... when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem” (vs. 2). “This is when I’m going to do it”……
“And in that day…[when the siege has reached a point that God has to intervene]…in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people…[The whole world. Why? He’s going to build a house there.]…all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (12:3). Now that’s a powerful statement, and we’re just four verses in front of, “I’m going to save Judah first.”
“In the siege.” Does that mean “a siege”? Boy, it sure does. It means “something hemming in.” It means “a mound (of besiegers), (abstractly) a siege…a distress…a bulwark, a fortress, towers, defense” around it. They’re absolutely surrounded……
God’s going to turn Jerusalem to poison. Anybody who tries to touch it will, literally…just believe God, what He says…“I’m going to cut them to pieces, and I don’t care. All people, all nations of the world, you take your hands off Jerusalem”…But it says, “and Judah.”
Brethren, at this point, I want to tell you, we have, basically, just begun to warm up.
How’s He going to do it? You’re going to cut in pieces…Okay, You’re God. You can do anything. But in that day…Now you’ll notice over and over, you’ll see the phrase “in that day.” Verse 3, in other words, “Don’t think this is later—when the siege is on, when I [God] intervene.” The only question would be when will God intervene?
Well, He would intervene when, if He didn’t, Israel and Judah would be destroyed…or they would have to use nuclear weapons, and then they would be destroyed, because these weapons destroy all nations on earth. They’re not going to be destroyed, and God has to intervene at a point, where it has escalated as far as it can go—the level of intensity is as far as that can go…God wants someone to speak comfortably to Jerusalem when her punishment—her warfare—is accomplished and she gets double for her sins.
And it’s after that you find, “Behold your God.” So, look for something that looks about double for her sins, if you want to put it that way, because God is going to intervene in an awesome way. There are hundreds of verses. We’re going to explore so many of them……
Now, by the way, here or any other time is no better than another…Why would God wait so long to tell us this great element of Bands, and how Christ is coming also to a physical temple? Why wouldn’t He tell us that years ago? Here’s why. We would have been dismissive of all the dualities. We would have never considered all the elements of the spiritual house. We would have missed all of it—all of the last three years. We would have of just bounded right over that, and just been thinking about Judah and the physical temple, and so forth. We wouldn’t have understood it.
We had to sit and marinate, and ruminate, and cogitate, and meditate… You see?… for years, understanding the first powerful duality—that God needed a great many people, including a great many ministers to come back together first; that His spiritual house was fractured before He could go add thousands of people to it. It would have been terribly confusing, and we had to know that and all the things that were attendant with it.
Then you’d tell us…and you probably wouldn’t do it too long before you were about to carry it out. You wouldn’t do it right away. You wouldn’t tell us right before you did it, because it’s such a staggering understanding. I mean, all that I found just in Isaiah, or Lamentations, or things I found this morning in Hosea…I’ll come to in a moment. It has so much in the Bible about it. Once it’s unlocked, you’d need time to marinate, ruminate, cogitate, meditate in this understanding as well. But not a lot, because you have such a powerful foundation coming into it……
Verse 4: “In that day, [same time] says the LORD, [Here’s how He going to do it.] I will smite every horse with astonishment… [Now, modern armies don’t fight the cavalry. This isn’t Custer at the Little Bighorn here. This isn’t the Civil War. “Horses” are war machines. We’ve long known that. Nobody has attacked Israel for 100 years, on a horse. So it’s talking about tanks and troop carriers, and half-tracks, and artillery.]… and his rider with madness [confusion or insanity]: and I will open my eyes upon the house of Judah, [the whole area] and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.”
“I’m going to jam radar. I’m going to blow up computer chips. They won’t work. Planes come into this airspace, they’re going to veer right out, and I’m going to crash them in the sea, maybe. Anything that comes in, I’m going to cut them to pieces.”
“And the governors [plural] of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem…shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts… [“Our God?” No, at first it’s]…the LORD of hosts their God” (vs. 5).
At first, they’re going to see what God does, and there are these beings who come with this powerful purpose in mind, who are recipient of great miracles themselves, and their first strength is going to be in us—“my strength in the LORD of hosts their God”—you see? But it’s also the strength is in God—but it’s sort of “their God” at first.
Verse 6: “In that day will I make the governors of Judah [There it is, more than one leader, and now speaking of a different group that has assumed control.] like an hearth of fire [not actual fire] among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf… [They’ll be like blowtorches, or flamethrowers, if you will. Nobody will mess with them.]… and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.” Even though the whole world remains gathered against it. And then comes this statement...
“The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah” (vs. 7)……
So, God has multiple purposes in mind, and He begins to convert Judah.
That’s not the only reason He converts Judah...They have a tougher path, because Judah still goes through the tribulation. I’ll show you later, Judah still blows it. They make terrible mistakes. Terrible, terrible mistakes and they get tribulation and anguish first…They are a brilliant people. A powerful, a wealthy people, full of themselves. And in the end, they have to go a much harder route, before they’re back to wonderful. And finally, these brilliant people learn not to trust themselves and their own wealth and power and influence and skills, and so forth.
“In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem [There it is. It’s just plain.]…and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David…[Mass healing, hmm, that’s interesting. I’ll show you more about that later. Mass healing in the Church; mass healing there. Now look at this.]…and the house of David [In other words, if you have tremendous power, they will]…be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them” (12:8). They’ll be almost like angelic, or like God, because God is going to strengthen them.
“And it shall come to pass in that day, [You haven’t moved off of the siege, and when God intervenes. Literally, it appears this all occurs in one day.]…in that day…will [I] seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (vs. 9). “I don’t care where you are in the world. I will cut you to pieces if you come, and get in the way of Me saving and converting Judah, and building the greatest building the world has ever seen.”
“And I will pour upon [This is proof of conversion. If you have any doubt, watch this.]…the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace…[Well, that’s forgiveness.]…and of supplications [That is, they start to pray.]…and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced…” They’re going to understand Jesus Christ the way we do. We crucified Him. We pierced Him. That comes from Isaiah 52 and 53. This is a picture of conversion…
“…and they shall mourn for him… [Jews are going to begin to say, “What have we done?”]… as one mourns for his only son… [It’s going to break up great numbers of Jews.] and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (vs. 10). “Ohh, Christ came to Judah, and we crucified Him. It will be a shock that’s unbelievable, as God pours His Spirit on them, and begins to work with them.
“In that day…shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn… [This is after Judah’s tribulation, brethren.]…every family apart; [Means individually—salvation is individual. That’s why it says, “apart.”]…the family of the house of David apart…[I don’t care how high you are, it’s individual.]…and their wives apart… [Men and women don’t ride each other coattails. This is a picture of conversion, individually. I don’t care who you are man or woman, who you are married to]…
“The family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart…The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart…Shimei… [Now Shimei was executed. Shimei had a bad end. So I don’t care if you’re some kind of Jewish hillbilly, so to speak. However low you are, or the house of David at the top, no matter whether you come from the prophet Nathan, or you’re a Levite, or you’re Shimei, everybody gets a chance, and that applies to Shimei.] “…their wives apart; All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart” (vs. 11-14). “That remain,” now that’s an interesting verse, because it suggests the siege is going to get very bad.
“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” (Zechariah 13:1).
…God is going to open up this fountain and this water is going to run all over the nation of Israel and you’re going to see deserts blossom like a rose as a result of this. I can’t begin to cover it all here, but I am trying to preview it. And if you wait and be patient, I’m going to show you things so awesome, you can’t fathom it.
“For sin and uncleanness…” This is a picture of conversion.
Verse 2: “And it shall come to pass in that day…” Okay, still the same time. If we were reading this, and for years, we read right over it. I don’t know how many times I’ve been reading for fifty years, God saves Judah first. Okay, what does that mean? “Well, I don’t know,” and I would just go over it.
“…that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered…” Do you know how many Christian churches are in Judah? They all have to go—no more crosses—no more pictures of Jesus—no more phallic symbols stuck in God’s nose. That’s going to make the Christians of the world wildly angry—but all the idols go.
All the statues of Mary and Baby Jesus, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher that Constantine’s demon-possessed mother believed was where Christ was born. All the mosques—all of them—gone. This is a type of the Millennium. What God is going to do is establish what it could be like for any other nation, including the other nations of Israel. “If you want all of this, then change.” I’m going to show you, later, Judah doesn’t do anything to deserve it. They didn’t do anything to deserve it. God just simply makes a decision “out of the gate”—“I’m going to intervene…”
Here’s an example. I want to break away for a moment, before we come back. I want you to turn over to Hosea, chapter 1. I want to give you an example of how this is all through the Bible, and yet, you have to break the code to be able to find it. Hosea is a very interesting prophet. Thirteen chapters…The word “Hosea” means “salvation.” So we’re going to read from the prophet Salvation. “Malachi” means “messenger,” and so forth. Let’s read what the prophet named “Salvation” had to say…Now, I’m going to go way out on a limb here…He probably had something to say about the subject of salvation. I’m going out there on a limb.
It opens real quickly with the time Hosea lived, a time of certain Jewish and Israelite kings.
“…the word of the LORD [came to] Hosea [verse 2] Go get a wife…take a wife of whoredoms. Wow, you’re God’s servant and you’re named Hosea, your name means “Salvation,” and now you’re ready to get married. God says, “Well, go find a whore and marry her.” What? Say that again, LORD. I know my hearing has been bad, recently. “Well, go find a whore and marry her “…and children of whoredoms: for the land has [become] great whoredom, departing from the LORD.” Prophets had to do amazing things. “[And] he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived and [bore] him a son named Jezreel, [and so forth.]
Then you come on down to verse 5…“And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in…Jezreel.”
Verse 6: “And she conceived again, and [bore] a daughter. And God said [to] him, Call her name Loruhamah [that means “no mercy” for Israel—no more mercy for Israel] for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.” That is God’s purpose for Israel—the nations of Israel—not Judah.
“But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God…[Why do we never notice verses like that? We are talking about salvation, and just so we don’t doubt]…and will not save them by bow, [or] sword…battle…horses…[or]…horsemen” (vs. 7). “I’m talking about salvation, not save them because they need to be rescued from a precarious position.”
Now, I could take you to many, many verses, but I decided to go to one place to whet your appetite before we’re done…we have a little ways to go yet…but I wanted to take you to one place, so you can begin to understand, it’s everywhere. And believe me, that’s a microcosm of what we are going to look at. I thought no better place to start than the prophet whose name is “Salvation.” God says, straight up, “I’m going to save Judah ahead of Israel. As a matter of fact, I’m not going to have mercy on them and I am going to have mercy on Judah.”
Now, nobody is weak or stupid because we didn’t understand this. Mr. Armstrong is one of the greatest human beings, I think, in many ways, who ever lived. I’m going to show you again, by the way, I think his role was even greater than we thought. He was not Elijah, he was Moses. That’s greater—my opinion. I don’t know what he would say, but that’s what I would say. I’m going to show you his role was greater in another way, a little later on. I hope I have time to get to it today. If not, I guess we wait a week.
But let’s go back now to Zechariah, chapter 13. So there went all the idols…
“… and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land” (Zech. 13:2). Now, you have to come to grips with what this means. I’ve dealt with unclean spirits. The prince of the power of the air, who has deceived the whole world, is the most unclean of all. It’s talking about demons.
The devil is sent away… Just believe the verse. They are going to leave the land. The devil and demons will not have influence there. They are gone. Not cast out of people, cast out of the land. The Catholic Church tried to cast demons out of Mexico and not a single thing changed. God is literally going to exorcise a nation, Judah, but also the whole world. There will be no unclean spirits in Judah or anywhere. So the god of this world, who deceives the whole world, will not be allowed to be there. That’s one reason Judah will be left without excuse when they fall back into things.
There will be no false prophets—no false religious messaging—not Muslim—not Christian of any kind—or any rabbis or Jews—or anybody else, who want to confuse with false messaging. You have to come to grips, brethren, with what we are seeing…No idols—no false churches—no false ministers—no false messaging—no false spirits. The prince of the power of the air—gone. He comes back. That will be clear. But he is gone.
He comes back at the end of the Millennium, too. You saw how fast things can turn at the end of the Millennium when Gog and Magog are inspired by the devil for reasons yet to be explained. Down the road, in the series, you’re going to find out God lets the devil back in and he takes the great Iron Dome off…
But let’s just keep reading…How determined is God—no more false prophets?
“…it shall come to pass that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and mother that [begot] him shall say unto him, You shall not live; for you speak lies in the name of the LORD…and his father and…mother that [begot] him shall thrust him through when he prophesies” (Zech. 13:3). He is going to go out for the track team, and he is going to be appointed the role of javelin catcher. He will get a full scholarship, and he’ll never have to pay it out. You see. He is going to be thrust through by his parents. That’s how serious God is about no false messaging.
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he has prophesied… [So, the existing prophets are going to stop and change.]…neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive…[That’s a black robe. That’s gone.]…But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am a [farmer]; for man taught me this from my youth” (vs. 4-5). They will even lie. They shouldn’t, but they will (you can read it) rather than let anybody think that they are a false prophet.
“And one shall say [to] him, [Well] what are these wounds in your hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends” (vs. 6). He’ll make up some story…“No, no, no. I’m a farmer. I’m a farmer.”
Verses 8-9: “And it shall come to pass…in [that] land, says the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; [and] the third part shall be left therein…I will bring the third part through the fire [the tribulation, Ezekiel 5]…and refine them as silver…and…gold” And then God will say, it’s My people, and they say the LORD is my God. Because they are going to fail, at a point before this. They are going to have to go into the Tribulation, and Chapter 14 is the day of the Lord. We will learn much later on if there is more than one tribulation and more than one Day of the Lord, and if so, which ones these are……
Let’s just close by turning to the beginning of Zechariah, and I want to set the pace. We’ll go into more detail later on, but let’s go the very beginning of Zechariah. I am going to show you that saving Jerusalem and building a “house” on Zion is a key focus of the book.
I thought I would get further today, but I can now report it’s going to be five sermons in this series. But maybe I’ll move faster later on, because I did lay more foundation. I hope I whet your appetite. [Author’s note: The previous three sentences show how little was seen at the beginning. The series grew over 10 times five sermons.] Zechariah 1 begins “In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius” and then you come to verse 3, God says “Turn to Me! And I’ll turn to you, says the LORD. Don’t be like your fathers, “unto whom the former prophets have cried saying, Thus says the LORD of hosts; Turn you now from your evil ways…from your evil doings” but they didn’t hear. He says, “Turn to Me.”
This is a curious thing…Zechariah wrote that two months after the Jews had begun to build the second temple, Zerubbabel’s temple. They had already turned. What’s this about? He’s telling them two months after they repented and came back to build in the sixth month. He’s telling them, in the eighth month, to turn? No, it must be a future time.
Three more months pass. Now they are well into building the temple, and the foundation was laid years before, under Cyrus. This is three months later, in the eleventh month of the year. Along about January or so.
And you see several verses where it talks about four chariots…leaves out the black chariot, because that one gets mentioned in Chapter 6…The end of verse 10…“These are they whom the LORD has sent to walk to and fro through the earth.”
End of verse 11…These are the four chariots…apparently also corresponding to war, famine, disease, false religion…“We have walked to and fro through the earth… [There has been some disease; there has been some famine and war]… and, behold, the earth sits still and is at rest.” So the earth is quiet. This is a period long, long before the four horsemen ride of Revelation Chapter 6. This is speaking of chariots involving colored horses that were long conflated with horses and riders. Immediately, you get into verse 12…
“…the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long will you not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah [There it is.]…against which you have had this indignation [for 70 years, since Nebuchadnezzar overthrew the first temple.]
“And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words. So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry you, saying, Thus says the LORD of hosts…I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy” (Zech. 1:11-14).
Here is God telling us the purpose of the book. “I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease [We’ve already read chapter 12, so we have a clue where this is going.]…for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction” (vs. 15).
Here, and in one other place later, what the modern Mideast nation of Israel goes through is also called “an affliction,” what the Jews do. It’s called a siege, and it’s called an affliction, during which they get double for their sins. And “I was a little displeased but I’m really displeased, because when I sort of turned the heathen loose to punish Judah, they went eyeballs and elbows. I mean, they went at it hammer and tong.”
“Therefore thus says the LORD… [This is speaking to us today.]…I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, says the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem [The other house had already been half done. This is looking way forward in time. I can prove it, because it goes on and says,]…Cry yet, saying Thus says the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity [in Judah] shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion [remember Isaiah 40 and verse 1]… and shall yet choose Jerusalem…” (vs. 16-17). Now when?
Well, then comes four verses about these horns that scattered Judah…verse 19, “scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” Then come four carpenters, four mighty angels no doubt…
“Then said I, What come these to do? And he spoke, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah [He leaves out Israel and Jerusalem for the moment.]…so that no man did lift up his head…[The Jews have been scattered, since the Romans threw them out of Israel in 135 A.D., called the Diaspora, the Dispersion. They’re all over the world. There are eight million Jews outside Israel and six million there; fourteen, total—still alive, 70 years after Hitler.]… but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it” (1:21).
So God says, “I’m going to remove them from Judah,” and just doesn’t mention Israel—the other tribes—the house of Israel. Now we have the nation…For new brethren, we have the modern nation of Israel, but if you’ve studied America and Britain in Prophecy, then you understand that there’s the house of Israel—and the house of Judah that the world calls Israel, the little, tiny nation in the Middle East. I’m going to use the word “Judah” when I’m referring to the modern nation of Israel. So they’ve been scattered.
“…And he said to me… [verse 2]… measure Jerusalem…what is the breadth…and length thereof.” So before a temple gets measured, Jerusalem gets measured.
And then one angel talks to another, and then they have this young man… “saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls” (vs. 3-4). But not after the Millennium begins…way before the final tribulation begins.
They’re building walls as far as the eye can see. There are walls all over Palestine. There’s more going to the south. They are building walls as fast as they can, and here is a city God is first going to say, “Tear down the walls,” like Reagan to Gorbachev in 1986. “I will defend you against all nations of the world…I’ll kill anybody who crosses the line; I’ll cut them in pieces.” There’ll be no walls. We’re going to find children can play in the streets, safely…That prophecy, we hear at the Feast of Tabernacles every year, where children can play in Jerusalem safely… this side, in fact long before, the final Tribulation and the Millennium. Awesome understanding! [Author’s note: A reminder—The reader will be greatly helped by seeing this visually through use of the timeline. Consider reading all 50-plus parts with it lying in front of you. Slowly, slowly, slowly, and then eventually at a point in the series very rapidly, everything will fall into place and make the whole picture of Bible prophecy literally EASY to understand.]
Here’s why you don’t need physical walls…“For I, says the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her” (vs. 5). “I’m bringing mercy to Jerusalem and Judah, and I’m going to be a wall of fire. You don’t need walls—they’ll run into me. They don’t need F15s. You don’t need tanks. By the way, all those soldiers can return to their families. There’s going to be peace and prosperity.” God is going to give this great house, the former house of Haggai, peace. There will be peace there.
“Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, says the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as four winds of the heaven…[You’re all over the world.]...Deliver yourself, O Zion, that dwells with the daughter of Babylon.” Millions of Jews the world over are going to come back to Israel in our time. They want to go there now. What do you think they’re going to want to do later? They get to identify with this awesome building, peace, prosperity. “Deliver yourself, O Zion, that dwell with the daughter of Babylon” (2:6-7).
“For thus says the LORD of hosts; After the glory has he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that touches you touches the apple of [my] eye [He’s telling anybody in the world, “Don’t you touch Jerusalem. They’re the apple of My eye.]…I will shake my hand [on] them, and they will] be…spoil[ed] to their servants…[their own servants will turn and kill them]: and you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me. Sing, and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of you, says the LORD. And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people… [Well, Mr. Pack, isn’t that millennial? Many ethnic groups…I’ll show you all nations flow to this house. This will all be so clear, it’s unbelievable.]…and I will dwell in the midst of you…” (vs. 8-11). He’s building a house to dwell in.
You saw all the verses, for four hours. It’s not going to stand empty like the Chinese that build great apartment complexes for millions and millions of dollars and they’re all over China, and they stand empty. That’s not the God we serve. He’s going to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, with mercy. You’ve already seen chapters 12 and 13.
“And the Lord shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again…[Where’s Israel in all this?]…Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation” (vs. 12-13). And He’s ruling from the nation of Judah…
“And he showed me Joshua, the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him…[Why? The devil does not want to be thrown out of Judah. And here’s how you know that’s what’s on God’s mind]…. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke you, O Satan; even the LORD that has chosen Jerusalem… [Why does it say that, brethren?]… rebuke you: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?” (Zech. 3:1-2).
Someone will have this responsibility. All garments, anybody would wear, would be filthy compared to a high priest.
“Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments [I don’t care if it just came back from the cleaners, compared to what a high priest wears, it’s filthy garments.]…and stood before the angel” (vs. 3)…
Now go back to Zech. 1:17, I’ll yet comfort Zion, and I will yet choose Jerusalem.
The devil is going to resist this. He’s about to be cast out. So when he’s rebuked…you now know, from chapter 13…he and all his demons are removed from Judah. Deception is gone. False leaders are gone. False religion is gone. No possibility of demon possession…It’s all gone…
Well, you continue on and you come to this extraordinary place, and we’ll stop. He changes the garments, gets this fair mitre. “Mitre” means there’s authority there. He’s charged, verse 7…
…You have the court of the women, the court of Gentiles, the inner court, the outer court. There’s a variety of courts that are associated with the Temple of God—and it’s plural—it’s courts. You look it up. It’s not one. I guess the campus is a certain court. It can mean a “village” or “with a wall.” It can mean different things.]… and I will give you places to walk among these that stand” (vs. 7).
Then verse 8…“Here now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your fellows that sit before you…men wondered at [I believe great power will be given to three men, as this happens.]…behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH…[He comes to His temple.]
“For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes… [Chapter 4, verse 10 qualifies that those are the eyes of the Lord. Seven spirits, explained in Revelation 6:5. I’ve gone over all of this many times.]…I will engrave the graving thereof [of the tribes and so forth]…says the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day” (Zech. 3:9).
We always believed that “one day” was at the beginning of the Millennium, but it’s the “day” we saw referenced over and over in chapter 12, because God would have to interpret that for us. I don’t have the authority to do that. My job is just to read the Bible…God is going to do it in one day and…
“In that day [that one day, we read about in chapter 12]… shall you call every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree” (vs. 10).
The things that will happen in Israel with the land, with the trees, with the fruit, with farming—to teach them all the things in the Kingdom of God when it comes for the first time—and that will be done again in the Millennium.
I’m going to show you things that are just amazing. That are so amazing, brethren. We’ve just warmed up. Next time, I’ll explain vision Number 5 of the eight visions where Zerubbabel is shown in the midst of, and the context with the Two Witnesses and explain to you what that means…and, oh so very, very much more!
See you in a week!