“It shall be in that day,” says the Lord of hosts, “ that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land.
It is always a comforting thing to know that one day the Lord will cut off the names of those things that have been an abomination to Him. He is holy, and the day is coming when everything contrary to God will be cut off.
And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’
What a beautiful picture we have here of Jesus. I love the pictures of Him in the Old Testament. Jesus said, “Greater love has not man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you to do.”
And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south.
In the Book of Acts we read that Jesus ascended into heaven. When the apostles were looking up, an angel appeared and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” This is a prophetic picture of Jesus’ return. It will be a glorious day when the Lord returns.
And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be—“The Lord is one,” and His name one.
Sometimes it can seem as though the Lord is not reigning over the earth at the present time. Though He is still king, He has given Satan temporary dominion over the earth. However, His day is coming. Aren’t you looking forward to the day when the Lord reigns as King over all the earth? I know that I am.
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
There is a lot of pain and sickness in this world, such sorrow that brings many tears and much grief. We mustn’t limit ourselves to a temporal understanding of things and look to the hope that is to come where all sickness, pain, and sorrow will be wiped away…once and for all.
Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
It is apparent to the very end that the Lord has a place for the Jews. What a wonderful sight it will be to see such a city with the names of the twelve tribes and the names of the twelve apostles on them. What a testimony to the eternal plans of God beginning with Abraham, to Jesus, and then the apostles, leading to the end…which is actually just the beginning.
But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
The temple meant everything to the Jews. In fact, as I mentioned before, they are still grieving its destruction, waiting for, longing for it to be rebuilt. There will be no temple in the end, for Jesus will be the temple and all the focus and worship will be on Him. Praise be to God!