The Priesthood is Reconsecrated for the
Maschiach’s (Messiah’s) Temple
The Prophet Zechariah’s Prophecies on the “Time of the End” for the
Redemption and Restoration of Jerusalem and Israel
Commentary by Robert D. Mock MD
Reedited August, 2005
Reedited and Graphics June, 2007 and May, 2008
preparing to minister in the Temple of Yahweh
Zechariah 3:1 – Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord,
and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.
Here in the fourth vision, (vs. 1-10) we are shown a tribunal scene, with the Angel of the Lord sitting in the seat of judgment. At the right hand of the heavenly Judge, the Angel of the Lord was the defense mediator for Israel, the high priest, Joshua. On the left hand of the presiding Judge, the Angel of the Lord stood the accusing prosecuting attorney, Satan.
The “Angel of the Lord”, is stated another way, the “Angel which is the Lord.” This was the same Angel, which led the children of Israel in the wilderness in the presence of the pillar of Light.
Exodus 23:20.21 - “See I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since My Name is in Him.”
Here we are introduced to Joshua, the High Priest at the time of the rebuilding of the Second Temple of Zerubabbel. This temple was completed and dedicated in 515 B.C.E. Joshua was one of the Jewish leadership who returned with Zerubabbel to Jerusalem from Babylon. Among the leaders named in Ezra 2:2 and Nehemiah 7:7 included the following:
Zerubabbel, son of Shealtiel, the prince and governor of Judah, (descended or born in Babylon) (1 Chronicles 3:19, Ezra 2:2, Nehemiah 7:7, Haggai 1:1) the prince and governor of Judah
Yahshua, son of Jehozadak, the High Priest “He will save” (Haggai 1:1)
Nehemiah, son of Hachaliah, the cupbearer to King Artaxerses, the son of Xerses 1 and Queen Esther, called the “consolation of Jah” (Ezra 2:2, Nehemiah 1:11, 2:1)
Seraiah (Azariah) – “Jah has prevailed” (Nehemiah 7:7),
Reelaiah (Raamiah) – “made to tremble (fearful) of Jah” (Nehemiah 7:7)
Mordecai, the uncle of Esther the Queen of Xerses 1 (Ahasuerus in the Book of Esther),
Bilshan, (Ezra 2:2, Nehemiah 7:7)
Mispar, (Ezra 2:2)
Bigvai, (Ezra 2:2, 14, 8:14, Nehemiah 7:7,7:19)
Rehum (Nehum), a chancellor of King Artaxerses (Ezra 2:2, 4:9, Nehemiah 7:7)
Banah. (Ezra 2:2)
The Seventy Year Prophecy of Jeremiah
This first return of the House of Judah took place about 535 BCE, after the decree of Cyrus I, the king of Persia was given in 537 BCE. This restoration to the Land of Israel came 70 years after the prophecy was given to Jeremiah, the prophet, in 605 BCE. (Jeremiah 25:1,8-12)
Jeremiah 25:11 – And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity’, says the Lord; ‘and I will make it a perpetual desolation.”
Jeremiah 29:10 – “For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word towards you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. …I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.”
2 Chronicles 36:21 - “Then they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possession. And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years. (586 BCE – 516 BCE)
The full decree of Cyrus I, as it pertains to the Jewish people is recorded in Ezra 1:2-4. A more condensed version of this decree appears in 2 Chronicles 36:23. It appears from archeological records that this decree was not unique, but part of the policy of pacification to all the peoples from prior captivities that Cyrus inherited as Median emperor upon assuming the throne of Persia as He was assimilating the conquered peoples of Babylon.
Joshua, also called Yehoshua, was a “type” of the future coming of Yahshua (Yehoshua) or Jesus as we call Him in its Greek form. His role was to mediate for the people of HaShem, the children of Israel. The first high priest after the Babylonian demise and the beginning of the Persian captivity was Joshua, or Yehoshua in Ezra 2:2. It is of interest that the first High Priest after the second coming will be Yahshua ben David, the Son of God as the Priest-King after the order of Melchizedek
Zechariah 3:2 – And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan!
The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebukes you!
Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?
Satan, or HaSatan in Hebrew, means ‘the adversary’, where the verb, satan, means to accuse. (Psalms 38:20, 71:13, 109:4, 20, 29 and Zechariah 3:1) The noun without an article applies to an adversary on this earth. (1 Samuel 29:4, 2 Samuel 19:22, 1 Kings 5:4, 11:14, 23, 25; Psalms 109:6) In Numbers 22:22, 23, it is applied to an angel. With the article, “The Accuser”, or HaSatan (The Satan) is referenced 14 times in Job 1:6 to 2:7, and also 3 times in Zechariah 3:1-2. Only once is it translated, “Satan”, without an article in 1 Chronicles 21:1.
In the Book of Job, Satan is pictured again as entering an inter-dimensional heavenly council reserved for the “Sons of God” the Princes or representatives of their separate planets or galaxies. Satan was there to represent this planet earth and this solar system, he had taken from Adam in the Garden of Eden by deception. This time, Satan was there to accuse a “blameless and upright” man called Job from the land of Uz, who “feared God and shunned evil”.
Job 1:6 – “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan ‘From where do you come.” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
Here was the same arch-accuser, who had deceived a third of the angelic hosts of heaven we now see seeking to devour and destroy the heavenly emissary from the Father, the Christ Child. The woman, called Israel, whose most famous king (David) would bring forth through his genetic seed the parentage of the messianic emissary sent from the Heavenly Father, would find her “Promised One” about to be devoured by the forces of darkness and evil.
Revelation 11:1-7 – Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. And another sign appeared in heaven; behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her child was caught up to God and His throne.
The execution of Yehoshua on the Tree was a cosmic battle for supremacy of this planet earth. The first battle was waged in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were deceived and lost the privilege of have dominion over all the creation of this earth. Their descendants bore the curse of that deception for millenniums. The Almighty One of Israel then came down personally to the mount called Sinai to bring His Torah, the remarkable teachings about the divine blueprint of how to live a “saved life”. The battles and deceptions continued. In spite of contracts and covenants, the fallen flesh of men, no matter how “chosen” they were, the “chosen ones of the House of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” appeared also to be a failed mission of restoration and salvation. The Israelites were miraculously rescued from Egypt, and then quickly broke their covenant with their God at Sinai when the “Eriv Rav” (the mixed-multitude) incited them into promoting their own salvation with the Golden Calf.
It took only a small group of Israeli spies sent into the Promise Land in Canaan in order to prepare an invasion into the land, only to return and panic the Children of Israel into a failed mission to even enter the Promised Land. After that generation died out, the next generation under Joshua, their leader, the namesake of Jesus (Yahshua or Joshua) also failed to conquer the entire Promise Land.
The area of Gaza was never taken under the custody of the kings of Israel. Today, the fighting by the forces of darkness with the Hamas government under Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and the Fatah, the inheritors of the arch-terrorist, Yassir Arafat under President Mahmoud Abbas, have now descended into civil war with Hamas taking over that strip of land once governed by the Palestinian namesake, the Philistines, who ruled Gaza to the grief of the kings of Israel, and especially the House of King Saul.
The final omens of the Lord hang over the heads of the government of Hamas in Gaza:
Zechariah 9:1, 5-7 – “The burden of the word of the Lord against the land of Hadrach and Damascus its resting place…also against Hamath (where King Nebuchadnezzar killed the sons of King Zedekiah and the rulers of Judah and put out the eyes of the king)…against Tyre and Sidon…Ashkelon shall see it and fear; Gaza also shall be very sorrowful; and Ekron, for He dried up her expectations. The king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited. A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines (Palestinians). I will take away the blood from his mouth, and the abominations from between his teeth. But he who remains, even he shall be for our God, and shall be like a leader in Judah, and Ekron like a Jebusite.”
At the same time, the Fatah under the rule of Mahmoud Abbas control the “fields of Ephraim and Samaria” in the West Bank, called the Shomron.
Obadiah 17-21 (parts) – “’But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; the house of Jacob shall posses their possessions. The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame; but the house of Esau shall be stubble; they shall kindle them and devour them, and no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau,” for the Lord has spoken.
The South (Negev) shall possess the mountains of Esau, and the Lowland (Judah proper) shall possess Philistia, they shall possess the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria. Benjamin shall possess Gilead (Jordon), and the captives of this host of the children of Israel shall posses the land of the Canaanites as far a Zarephath (between Tyre and Sidon in Lebanon)…then the saviors shall come to Mount Zion to judge the mountains of Esau, and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.”
Satan will soon incite the final battles of Amalek, the incestuous children of Esau and Ishmael through the lineage of Haman, the Prime Minister of Persia, who sought to annihilate all the Jews in Persia, whose salvation came from the courage of a young Jewish queen called Esther.
The Preexistence of Yahshua, “Adonai our Lord”
Then the Almighty One of Israel sent His only begotten Son as an emissary of “salvation” to bring the message of “salvation” that the “kingdom of God” would be instituted on this planet earth. Yehoshua’s primary mission was to the “Lost Tribes of the House of Israel” and to open up a pathway of salvation for the gentiles of the world to be restored as “righteous gentiles” to the God of Israel. Was it even more remarkable that throughout history, Jesus the Nazarene’s life and mission was anticipated through the life and destiny through those who carried His name; Joshua the son on Nun, who carried the mantle of Moses and led the Israelites into the Promise Land, Yahshua II the High Priest, who dedicated and restored the temple services upon the same site that Solomon’s Temple once stood, and Yeshua II, the high priest, whose daughter, Elizabeth, carried in her womb, the one whose “voice was crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord’”, and became the prophet who carried the mantle of Elijah the prophet, called Yohannes (John) the Baptizer.
This same high priest, Yeshua (Yahshua II) also fathered another daughter, Anna (Hannah), who married a Prince of David, Heli (Prince Alexander III Helios) and in her womb carried a young daughter, Miriam. This orphaned child, would become the beloved of the God of Israel, chosen to be the vessel or the womb to carry the Christ Child, Yehoshua HaMaschiach (Jesus the Messiah). This babe was sent from the very center of the World of the Divine and given the name of His mission, Yehoshua or Yahshua, meaning, “YHVH is Salvation” or “He who is (or will be) Saves”.
The Angel of the Lord is now referenced as ‘Lord’ as opposed to the earlier ‘Lord of Hosts’, who is depicted as a superior and transcendent Being. In this court scene, the Angel of the Lord now rebukes Satan, the accuser of God’s people. (Revelation 12:10) This is even emphasized further, when the Angel is called the “Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebukes you”
In this case, the testimony of Yahshua ben Yosef (Jesus son of Joseph) was that His existence was before the days of Abraham and even before the creation of the foundation of this earth. When He challenged the Pharisees of Beit Shammai, that they believed in YHVH (Almighty One of Israel), but did not know Him, He stated:
John 8:54-58 – “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God. Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him, I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”
Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
John 17:5, 24-26 – “Jesus in the Garden of Agony – “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was… Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
Revelation 22:8 – “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
We are witness to an inter-dimensional court scene with Yehoshua in His pre-existent nature at the right hand of His Father, serving as the Defense Counsel against the accusations of the Prosecuting Attorney, the Accuser of the brethren, Satan, towards the new high priest of Judah, the ancestral name-sake and forefather of Yahshua ben Yosef. Here was the first High Priest of the newly restored Temple of Jerusalem being accused in the heavenly court that the high priest’s sinful life left him unworthy to be an intercessor for his own people, the restored Jews from Babylon and Persia.
Here the pre-Carnate Yehoshua (Jesus), who is translated in this text as Joshua or Yahshua proclaims: “The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebukes you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire? But why was Yahshua rebuking Satan?
The time had come for the Lord of hosts, the Almighty God, to do His mighty Act. Let us look at this scene very carefully. We see the “Angel of the Lord”, who we know as Yahshua (Jesus) in His pre-carnate state in the World of the Divine. He is the “Joshua in the Cosmos”. Now we see the “Cosmic Joshua” is about to transform the “earthly Joshua” the high priest and make him His proper representative on this earth.
To do so, the Angel of the Lord will have to pluck Jerusalem out of the hotbed of international geo-politics. Jerusalem is a “Brand plucked out of a fire”, comes from a unique Hebrew word, uwd (ood) (Strong’s 181) meaning using a “fire poker” to rake together or gather the embers of a raging fire. Consider the significance of this meaning. Most of us would use a brand to establish our seal or mark of authority, such as branding a cow. Yet the Lord suggests that He is stirring up the fire and embers and gathering them together into a central focal point. This will make the fire more intense. And Jerusalem will be that “Brand” to stir up the fire.
Zechariah 3:3 – Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments,
and was standing before the Angel.
Here we see the real active role of Satan, ‘the adversary’. While Joshua, the high priest was mediating as an intercessor before the Angel of the Lord, for the Children of Israel, Satan was quick to point out their sinfulness (I Peter 5:8), Rev. 12:10) not only of the people of Jerusalem, the remnant of God’s chosen people, but making a point of the filthy and uncleanliness, or the sinfulness of Joshua, the high priest and the priesthood in totality. They were spiritually corrupt and ceremonially unclean. It was the transgressions of the people of God that should prohibit the Jews, in eyes of Satan, from being restored to a covenant relation with HaShem (Zechariah 1:6) and be restored back to divine favor. (Zechariah 1:11; 2:12)
Also at this time of the end, the same accusations are being made. Secular Zionist and the Zionist State of Israel, known as the Nation of Israel, is the focal point of the accusations of Satan today. Yet these accusations are not coming from evil cosmic sources as we would recognize them. The accusations against the Nation of Israel are coming from the mouths of the Palestinian terrorists; Yasser Arafat, his successor, Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) in the Palestinian Liberation Organization, plus Ismail Haneya with the Hamas of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Aksa Martyrs Brigade, the Fatah Movement, the Hizbullah, the United Nations, the European Union plus every Moslem state in the world. It can be seen on a spiritual sense as coming from the mouth of Satan. The fact is, it does not matter whether Israel is filthy or clean, the Lord of hosts will punish or spare His people according to His good will.
Filthy garments, would typify the corruption and the filth of the priesthood and the high priest before the restoration of the Temple of Zerubabbel. So also it depicts the ceremonial uncleanliness in the time of the end, where the Land and Jerusalem is defiled, and the priests will also be defiled typified by the High Priest, standing in filthy rags before the Judge of the Universe, the Almighty One of Israel. Whenever the priesthood of the House of Judah becomes visible before the international arena, they will still be in a ceremonial unclean way. According to the transparency of truth that will exist at the last days, the ritual of ceremonial purity will be witnessed by the entire world to see. Israel and the Lord of hosts will share the central stage of this future media event. Why? So all the world may know.
Zechariah 3:4 – Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him saying,
“Take away the filthy garments from him.”
And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you,
and I will clothe you with rich robes.”
The filthy garments were removed and Joshua was clothed, not with just a robe of white linen, but a rich or royal robe as befitting the Golden Garment of the High Priest of Israel.
Zechariah 3:5 – And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.”
So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him.
And the Angel of the Lord stood by.
This miter of the high priest, was also clean, not just physically clean, but pure, or ceremonially clean. Today, we see the Land of Israel still defiled, or unclean. The priesthood today is also ceremonially unclean or impure. Will we have to await the day when the ashes of the Red Heifer are discovered before the Land can be purified or the priesthood can become ceremonially pure. Today, the discovery of the ceremonial purification earthen bowl that contains the ashes of the Red Heifer used by Moses and Aaron may bring to reality soon the day when the priests of Israel and the Temple Mount may be purified again. Have we now discovered Moshe’s earthen vessel that was used in the purification ceremony by Moses and Aaron at Sinai, that will be a link in the future purification of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple? According to this text, it depicts that soon Jerusalem and the priesthood will once again become ceremonially clean.
Zechariah 3:7 – “Thus says the Lord of hosts:
‘If you will walk in my ways,
And if you will keep My command,
Then you shall also judge My house,
And likewise have charge of My courts;
I will give you places to walk among these who stand here.
Yes, there are conditions. If you “walk in my ways”, living according to halakhah, or “keep My commands”, or how to live according to Torah, then the high priest Joshua Yehoshua), would be blessed by HaShem (God of Israel) to ”judge My house”, the Temple of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and “have charge of My courts”.
The time of the end will see a restored Temple and a city and a temple removed of impurities. This city of Jerusalem will become ceremonially clean, which also will be spiritually elevated to the other dimensions of the angelic kingdom, even the Archangels, who stand next to the Angel of the Lord.
Zechariah 3:8 – ‘Hear, O Joshua the high priest,
you and your companions who sit before you,
for they are a wondrous sign;
The Angel now addressed Joshua (Yehoshua) that the pledge to be announced would demand his full attention. Not only Joshua, but also his companions, the priests who sat before the high priest were to be addressed. The cohenim (priests) were literally called the “men of wonder” or a “wondrous sign”. (1 Kings 13:3, 5; 2 Chronicles 32:24, 31; Ezekiel 12:6) The restored Israelites and priesthood were to be a living testimony of those who were willing to cooperate with the God’s (Hashem’s) divine will. Their honor would be to be given with the privilege to be recognized as the “Chosen” of HaShem, among the nations of the earth.
What was the pledge the Angel of the Lord testified before Joshua and the priests?
“For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the Branch”
Zechariah 3:9 - For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua (Yahshua):
Upon the stone are seven eyes.
Behold, I will engrave its inscription,’ says the Lord of hosts,
‘And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
The “Stone” was also known as the chief cornerstone, and the foundation stone. This “stone” was laid before Yehoshua, the high priest. This was no ordinary stone, but a living stone, with engravings and seven eyes. With seven as sign of completeness, the eyes seem to depict all knowledge of what is happening. Here is the sign of Wisdom.
This stone also had something different, an engraving. It did not depict a capsule of knowledge of a past era, or an event at the time of the nomination or purification of the High Priest, called Yehoshua. It did depict an event in the future with a prophecy, “And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.”
Let us move about six hundred years later, and we see a judgment scene before the Throne of God (Revelation 4) and the Judge on the Throne (HaShem) has “a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals”. (Revelation 5:1) Here the Angel showing John the Revelator this other dimensional scene, points out to John the One who is truly worthy to open the seals of the Book. This person, identified as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of the David” the one who had triumphed over sin and was worthy and able to open the seven last seals of earth’s history.
This Worthy, was described as “a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain”, yet now standing before the Throne of the Almighty One. This lamb also looked filthy and contaminated. Did he not have blood all over Him, which was in the Torah ceremonial unclean?
This Lamb had “seven horns and seven eyes”, which are the seven spirits (attributes) of God sent out into all the earth.” (Revelation 5:6) These are the same seven eyes that were on the Stone before Joshua, and the seven eyes on the foundation stone laid by Zechariah in the Temple foundation. (Zechariah 4: 7) They are the “eyes of the Lord which scan to and fro upon the earth”. Here again we see the other dimensional view of the awesome power and knowledge of God. This power and knowledge, wisdom, will be engraved. Where? On our foreheads! (Revelation 7:3)
The Seal of the Living God (vs. 7:2) will be carried by the only Angel recorded in scripture as ascending from the east. This event occurs at the end of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 7:1-17), and is associated with a major catastrophic event that will affect the whole earth. Is this a spiritual ascension or a literal ascension? To the ancients, to ascend into the heavens was to rise up from the eastern sky like the planets traversing across the nighttime sky. This is exactly like it is described in the events of the Sixth Seal except it happens right after the cataclysms of the Sixth Seal. All the cosmic events after this seal depict heavenly beings descending in the heavens; the archangels carrying the trumpet and the vial or bowl plagues.
Revelation 6:12, 7:1-3 – “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood…After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.
Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, ‘Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
First we note that the Seal of the Living God is engraved on the foreheads of his people at the end of the ages. How? The Torah of the Lord will be seared in their hearts, or within their minds (foreheads) so impressively that their lives will be lived in harmony with the blueprint of how God created humans to live. Who then are sealed? The sealed ones will include all of God’s chosen ones. These will include the Natural grapes (Children of Judah and Israel) on “the Vine” (de-Vine or the Divine One) and those wild grapes, which were grafted (the gentiles or Christians) also on “the Vine” (de-vine or the Divine One).
Will the people of Israel at this time of Sealing (Sixth Seal) find the ashes of the red heifer and sacrifice a new young pure red heifer? Will they take these ashen waters and purify the Land around the Temple and the Temple site? When the Jewish priests in their desperation during the final weeks before the final overthrow of the city of Jerusalem, they sought to sacrifice the tenth red heifer in the temple. According to the prophecies of the Jews, the messiah would return and redeem the Jews when the tenth and final red heifer is sacrificed. Yet, according to Josephus, at that time a strange event occurred, this was documented in two BibleSearcher articles, “Jesus’ Death, the Earthquake, and the Omens to the Jews” and “The Prophetic Omens that Began on the Death of Yehoshua Forty Years before the Destruction of Jerusalem”. As the priests were prepared to sacrifice the red heifer, she gave birth in the temple to a lamb. Did Yehoshua (Yahshua) ben Yosef’s (Jesus the son of Joseph’s) death on the sacrificial tree spiritually complete and fulfill the prophecy of the sacrifice of the tenth and final red heifer? We do recognize the fulfillment of the rituals of the Spring festival of the Passover’s Pesach Lamb as being completed at 30 CE by the execution of Yahshua on the Mount of Olives at the site of the Miphkad Altar as documented in the BibleSearcher article, “Jesus as the Passover Lamb”. Yet, is there a prophetic fulfillment within the festival pageant that is still to be completed in the future? Will Yahshua HaMaschiach (Jesus the Messiah), as the sacrificial tenth red heifer, spiritually cause the purification within the hearts and minds of His chosen people? Will this be the spiritual purification in the days of the Messiah rather than in the days of the Tribulation?
If a Jewish tribulation temple is built then the site for the temple must be ceremonially pure. According to the halakhah of the Jews, in order to build the temple, the High Priest must have the ashes of the red heifer from the first and second temple. Also a pure red heifer must exist at that time. This will probably also be during the midst of tribulation. Yet, only those with “eyes that can see” and ‘’ears that can hear” realize that tribulation is already here and the prophetic future may occur at any moment of time.
Will the Tribulation Temple be built, as many believe, by the Jewish Rothschilds, the Shabbatean Jews, the British and Scottish Masons, and the Jesuit Illuminists? Even if it is built by the enemies of the God of Israel, it will still be done according to the oral Torah (traditions) of the Jews. In a literal sense, the Nation of Israel must have a temple that is ceremonially clean in order for the Anti-messiah (Anti-Christ) to perform the “abomination of desolation” and render it unclean. Will something besides the purity of the Land occur at the Sixth Seal? Yes, the chosen of God will also become spiritually pure; as the priesthood’s spiritual eyes will be opened and in that “one day”, the Lord will remove the “iniquity of the Land.”
If our spiritual or cosmic eyes were opened such as Elisha’s servant’s eyes were opened as they stood on the walls of Dothan and witnessed the protective horses and chariots encircling around the city, what would we see and what would be our reference point? Most of scripture’s references to man’s contact with Angels suggest that these heavenly messengers suddenly appear and there is no knowledge of how they got there or where they went.
Yet at that era we have a reference point for the Angel of the Lord will be ascending from the eastern horizen. This great moment in earth’s history, when the God of Israel will identify and claim His own, will occur after a catastrophic event; a global earthquake when the sun becomes black and the moon looks like blood from the volcanic haze and ash in the atmosphere, the stars are now falling in a cometary storm, every mountain and island will be shaken as the tectonic plates in the mantle of the earth are torn from each other, the crust of the earth immediately slides across the mantle of the earth, causing the sky to recede like a scroll in a atmospheric vacuum.
Let us assume that a cosmic angelic being will be traveling to our earth from the throne of God and that this angelic emissary will be visible for humans to see. Let us also assume that there will be a time factor associated with this travel. In other words it will not be instantaneous travel. The majestic angelic emissary traveling through stellar space would look like it is standing still, very similar like a comet coming to this earth shines brighter and brighter but little movement is noted. Yet something is mysteriously happening. This angelic emissary is rising or ascending in the horizon.
Does this have any literal meaning to it? This the only time in the Bible that is recorded that an angel is seen ascending or rising into the heavens. Within days we read of many future events where angels are descending in heaven. This includes the Second Coming of Jesus. Normally the earth’s rotation moves from the east to the west. If a stellar being is seen coming into our atmospheric heavens, it would look like it was descending to our earth. Yet, if during the global catastrophes of the sixth seal, we could possibly assume one thing, the earth has experienced a complete polar reversal. The North Pole is now in the Southern Hemisphere. The continent of Antarctica is now where the North Pole once stood. The Angel is actually ascending from what was once the western sky. The stars which once upon a time ascended in the sky from the east are now descending into the former eastern horizon.
Compare this with a very enigmatic statement in Zechariah 14. An event will happen, when the day of the Lord has come and the “Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of Battle.” (Zechariah 14:3) On that day, the Lord’s feet will touch down on the Mount of Olives, from the very place he left after His resurrection. (vs. 4) The Mount of Olives will be split in two by a major shift in the tectonic plates under Jerusalem and a rift valley will form that will go east and west away from Jerusalem. (vs.4, 8) And at this time the “Lord my God will come, and all the saints with You.” (Septuagint, Targum and the Vulgate read with “Him”.) This is called the “Day of the Lord.”
Well, what is this enigmatic statement?
Zechariah 14:6 – “It shall come to pass in that day that there will be no light; the lights will diminish. 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.”
Absorb this into your mind a bit. The Second Coming of Jesus will occur in one day (vs.6) called the Day of the Lord, yet during that literal twenty four hour day there will be darkness and at the evening hour, when the sun normally sets, suddenly “it shall happen that it will be light.” Do you get the idea? The earth has sustained a polar reversal and turns completely over.
We see that during the sixth seal all the mountains and the islands were moved out of place. After this event, we see an Angel ascending in the Eastern horizen with the Seal of the Living God, when usually angels are recorded as coming down from heaven. A period of many global catastrophes will then occur over the next few months in what are called the “Last Plagues”.
See the section of Catastrophes at the Time of the End, Isaiah the Catastrophic Prophet under Polar Migration and Pole Reversals.
What else do we note? Like in the sixth seal, we notice:
Revelation 16:17 – “Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven from the throne saying, ‘It is done!’ And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth….Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found…”
Once again we see a similar but even more catastrophic event then the sixth seal earthquake and global catastrophe. We are now living in the final moments of this era at the seventh trumpet of the seventh seal, when even a bigger and more catastrophic global earthquake will occur and the polar axis of the world again flips over. We see Jesus coming in a cloud from the East. Then the Great Day of the Lord comes. This time, Jerusalem time, the polar reversal occurs at night. Is it any wonder, Yehoshua is spoken as coming as a thief in the night? When the polar reversal occurs and when dawn finally comes the next day, it will arise in the western sky.
Something even more dramatic happens. The mountains that were formed by the continental plates pushing against each other begin to collapse. How can that happen? The rotation of the earth as it moves around its axis keeps these continental plates locked in place. If there occurs a complete polar reversal and the earth’s rotation is now going in the opposite direction, the tectonic forces that are holding these crustal plates together will now reverse and begin to separate them. The mountains will literally come crashing down before the eyes of the remnant of the saints.
Zechariah 3:10 - “In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts,
‘Everyone will invite his neighbor under his vine and under his fig tree.’”
The Land of Israel is now purified and clean. The Temple Mount is purified and now ceremonially clean. Everyone, that is the Children of Jacob with the Houses of Judah and Joseph/Ephraim, are now able to live in the land which God gave Abraham with the security of peace, happiness and prosperity. (Isaiah 65:17-25 and Micah 4:1-5) The “Vine” and the “Fig Tree” all represents Israel. Yet when the Lord of Israel, Yahshua, who said, I am the Vine and ye are the branches”, He opened up the Vine to the whole renewed earth and the “Day of the Lord”, which to the God of the Universe is as a thousand year will last a whole millennium.
Go to Zechariah 4 –
The Seven Branched Golden Menorah (Lamp Stand)
The Two Olive Trees and the ‘Bowl’ of Oil
The Two Olive Trees are the Two Anointed, the Witnesses sent by God to this earth.
Not by Might, nor by Power, but by My Spirit
The Great Mountain becomes a Plain
The Capstone or Cornerstone
The Eyes of the Lord
The Two Olive Trees as the Two Witnesses
The Two Olive Branches are the Two Anointed Ones
The Two Witnesses and the Twin Messiahs
The Kingdom of Heaven, is it Spiritual or Literal?
Index for the Commentary on the Prophecies of Zechariah
The Redemption and Restoration of Jerusalem and Israel
Zechariah 1 - God remembers and God blesses at the Appointed Time
Zechariah 2 – God sets His sights to Rebuild Jerusalem
Zechariah 3 – The Priesthood is Re-consecrated for the Temple
Zechariah 4 – God sends Israel His Anointed Ones and His faithful Eyes
Zechariah 5 – The Flying of the Megillah and the Cleansing of the Land
The Oracles and Judgments of the God of Israel
Zechariah 9 - Part One – The Burden of the Lord on the Fertile Crescent
Zechariah 9 - Part Two – The God of Israel wants Damascus to be One of His Zions
Zechariah 9 - Part Three – The Prelude to the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah War – Global News
Zechariah 9 - Part Four – The Israeli-Hezbollah War in the Summer 2006
– Global News
Zechariah 9 - Part Five – The Oracles of HaShem against the Palestinians
Zechariah 10 – Latter Rain - Restoration of the Houses of Judah & Joseph
Zechariah 11 – Part One – The Good Shepherd and the Oracles against Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the Palestinians
Zechariah 11 – Part Two – The Good Shepherd and the Unification of the Houses of Judah and Israel
Zechariah 12:1 – The Creator and the Throne of the God of Israel
Zechariah 12:1-2 – Jerusalem, a Cup of Trembling
Zechariah 12:3-14 – Jerusalem, a Burdensome Stone
Zechariah 13 – The Gihon Fountain flows from the Temple of the Lord
Message from BibleSearchers
BibleSearchers scans the world for information that has relevance on the time of the end. It is our prayer that this will allow the believers in the Almighty One of Israel to “watch and be ready”. Our readiness has nothing to do trying to halt the progression of evil on our planet earth. In our readiness, we seek to be prepared for the coming of the Messiah of Israel so that goodness and evil will be manifested in its fullest. Our preparation is a pathway of spiritual readiness for a world of peace. Our defender is the Lord of hosts. The time of the end suggests that the Eternal One of Israel’s intent is to close out this chapter of earth’s history so that the perpetrators of evil, those that seek power, greed and control, will be eliminated from this planet earth. The wars of the heavens are being played out on this planet earth and humans will live through it to testify of the might, power, justice and the love of the God of Israel. In a world of corruption and disinformation, we cannot always know what the historical truth is and who is promoting evil or mis-information. We cannot guarantee our sources but we will always seek to portray trends that can be validated in the Torah and the testimony of the prophets of the Old and the New Testament.
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