“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
I love verses like these which speak of the Lord Jesus hundreds of years before he was even born. This verse prophecies that Jesus would ride into Jerusalem, on His triumphal entry. We read about it in Matthew 21:1-5.
For the idols speak delusion; The diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams;
They comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd.
Jesus is our shepherd. He is the only one true shepherds, all others who fail to take to heart His words are false shepherds. For some reason we are drawn to such people. I supposed it is because they will tell us what we want to hear rather than what we need to hear.
“So I will strengthen them in the Lord, And they shall walk up and down in His name,” Says the Lord.
Would be to God that we would always be so strong in the Lord that that we would always ‘walk up and down in His name’. No matter where we are or what circumstances we find ourselves in, may we walk strong in the Lord, relying on Him every step of the way.
There is the sound of wailing shepherds! For their glory is in ruins. There is the sound of roaring lions! For the pride of the Jordan is in ruins.
Ultimately every false shepherds knee will bow to Jesus and whatever glory they has will be left in ruins. In the end, the only one who will remain standing will be the Lord Jesus Christ and all who followed His word.
“Woe to the worthless shepherd, Who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm And against his right eye; His arm shall completely wither, And his right eye shall be totally blinded.”
This is a warning against shepherds who desert their flock. I have seen this in my day, pastors who start a work and then leave the work without having raised up a good or better shepherd then they to care for the flock, in their absence. This must never be.
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
I love this prophecy of Jesus. Jesus is the epitome of the Spirit of grace, freely giving His life for us that we might inherit eternal life, receiving that which we clearly do not deserve. As months apostle was writing about the crucifixion of Jesus he wrote, John 19:35-37, And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
Chapter 20 can be broke down into five distinct sections. Here, in the first, we see that Satan is temporarily bound for a thousand years. This is the period we know as the millennium, the thousand year period where we will rule and reign with Jesus. Evil will still be present, but with Satan bound it will be greatly restrained. I am looking forward to this time and wonder where it is the Lord will have be serving.
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
This first resurrection is a reference to those who have been born again. Those whom will rule and reign with Jesus during the millennium.
They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
I love how short lived Satan’s final attempt to deceive is. And, I love how quickly the Lord gets the job done. The moral of the story, ‘don’t mess with God’!
The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
What a great and glorious day this will be!
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
This is what is known as ‘The Great White Throne Judgment’. It is called the second death because unlike the first, passing from this life to the next, this death is eternal. The harsh reality is, that anyone who has not confessed Jesus as Savior and Lord will be cast into hell. This is a fact for which there is no explaining away.