Memorise Zechariah 13:8-9
“and went to make war with the remnant of her seed”
WHY MUST ISRAEL SUFFER?
What is Satan’s flood, but one of death and destruction? We know Israel is a land of rock caves in the Negev (the southern desert) which stretches all the way into the Land of Edom, all the way beyond the Dead Sea region. Daniel 11:41 confirms this, “these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon” (Edom, Moab and Ammon form the Land of Jordon today). Perhaps these would be the places that Israel would be hiding – the place that God had prepared for them to be “nourished for a time” (Revelation 12:14).
In the final battles of Armageddon leading up to Jerusalem and into the Judean hills, Zechariah calls, “And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light” (Zechariah 14:5-7). “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God” (Zechariah 13:8-9). Through these times of tribulation, the Jews, in their suffering and desperation, will finally call upon the name of the Lord!
Satan, knowing that his time of judgement is now come, pursues all the more “to make war” with the remnant of the woman’s seed, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. It would be a difficult time for the Jews, but yet it is necessary in the perfect plan of God. This period would serve as both a punishment for their rejection of the Messiah, but also as a time where they will be driven to their knees and finally acknowledge Christ as their Saviour! Likewise we must be thankful for even the trials and afflictions in our lives, for it shows that God is actively involved in our lives, and wants us to draw near to Him.
Thought: Have no fear, God is near.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I trust only Thee for thou alone art my Saviour and Redeemer.