By Patrick Hawthorne
…Thus the Lord my God will come, and all the saints with You.
6 It shall come to pass in that day that there will be no light; the lights will diminish.
7 It shall be one day which is known to the Lord—neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen that it will be light. 8 And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur.9 And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be—“The Lord is one, ”And His name one. (Zech 14:6-9 NKJV – latter part of verse 5)
Have you ever read verses from the Bible and thought, “What did I just read?” If I were a betting man, I would dare say that for many of you this is one of those passages. I know it was for me. You might be thinking, “What? There will be no light but there will be light. And, what about this living water flowing from Jerusalem?… Zechariah, have you lost your mind?” Take joy because this is one of those passages that can make your feet do a happy dance once you understand its meaning.
If you recall from the books of Revelation and Joel, there is coming a time, just before the return of Jesus, when the heavens will be in total upheaval. The sun will be turned to sack cloth, the moon to blood, and stars will fall out of the sky. Because of this, there will be a time of total darkness that shall befall the earth. This is the picture we are seeing in Zechariah 14. Yet, Zechariah goes on to write that, when Jesus returns, there will be a light accompanying Him. What is this light?
If we head over to Genesis 1:3, we see that God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. Notice that this is the evening and the morning of the first day. Yet, when we go down to verse 14, we see that God says, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night…” In verse 16, God makes the sun and the moon. This was done on the fourth day. If He created the sun and the moon on the fourth day, what was the light on the first day? It was His glory!
So too will His glory be present to light the way for Jesus and the saints when they return to earth. Uh oh… my feet are starting to twitch in happy dance preparation. But wait, there’s more!
Notice in Zechariah 14:8 that rivers of living waters shall flow from Jerusalem. We know from Matthew 26 and other places that Jesus is returning to the Mount of Olives. When His feet touch the mount, a great earthquake will follow which shall cause the mount to split from the north to the south. Rivers of water shall flow to the east – to the Mediterranean – and to the west – to the Dead Sea. What else do we know about Living Waters? You got it; living waters represent the Holy Spirit. (John 7:37-39).
Have you put it together? When Jesus returns to the earth He is returning in a Father, Son, and Holy Spirit fury that will hit this earth so hard that the devil will most likely piddle his pants. This earth will be hit with such tremendous power that it will truly be a wonder to behold. And, the best part is that we will not be spectators. We will be participators. Is it now time to do the happy dance? Go for it. Be blessed.