342: Zechariah 11:6


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 342

Because Israel rejected her King—the Messiah, they will be given into the hand of another king.

Old Testament Prediction:

Zechariah 11:6 “For I will no longer pity the inhabitants of the land,” says the LORD. “But indeed I will give everyone into his neighbor’s hand and into the hand of his king. They shall attack the land, and I will not deliver them from their hand.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 19:13-15 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

Application:

This prophecy is well attributed to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., by Titus under the Emperor Vespasian.[1]

When Jesus was brought before Pilate (John 18:37 above), He is questioned as to whether or not He is a King. Jesus answers Pilate that He is a King; “for this cause I was born.” When Pilate presents the bloodied and beaten Jesus before the leaders of Israel, he says: “Behold your King.” The angry mob cry out for Jesus to be crucified. Pilate asks them why they want their King to be crucified; they answer Pilate: “We have no king but Caesar.”

The Lord said to Israel through Zechariah in this prophecy:

“For I will no longer pity the inhabitants of the land,” says the LORD. “But indeed I will give everyone into his neighbor’s hand and into the hand of his king. They shall attack the land, and I will not deliver them from their hand.”

When Jesus arrived at Jerusalem and the people began to proclaim Him as the Messiah, the leaders of Israel rejected Him. At that moment, Jesus pronounced the following prophecies upon the nation:

Luke 19:43-44 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Luke 21:20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.

Thirty-eight years later, when Titus surrounded Jerusalem, the Jews had no way out of the city to obtain food or water. When the inhabitants of Jerusalem were near starvation, they opened the gates of the city and allowed Titus to enter without a fight. The Roman general, who later became Caesar, promptly killed nearly a million Jews, burned the temple to the ground, left “not one stone upon another,” and sent the remaining Jews into exile amongst all the nations.

The Jews asked that Caesar be their King; the Lord gave them what they asked for.

This 342nd prophecy of Zechariah 11:4-6 speaks of Israel being given into the hands of another king. This prophecy was fulfilled by the sacking of the city of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., and the Roman Caesar becoming their king.

In fulfillment of Jesus 12th and 13th New Testament prophecies, Israel remained in exile for nearly 2,000 years. Against all odds, the nation was born again in a single day on May 14, 1948. Nineteen years later on June 7, 1967, Jerusalem became the capital of Israel (See Prophecy 309). Since that time, the Palestinians and nearly all of the surrounding Arab nations have sought the total destruction of Israel and all Jews living there.

The greatest threat to Israel in their later years has come from the new president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In 2008, on the 60th anniversary of Israel’s birthday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said:

“Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken. Today the reason for the Zionist regime’s existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation.”[2]

“Israel has reached the end like a dead rat after being slapped by the Lebanese.” Later, he said: “The Zionist regime is dying,” and “The criminals imagine that by holding celebrations (…) they can save the Zionist regime from death.”

“…They should know that regional nations hate this fake and criminal regime and if the smallest and briefest chance is given to regional nations they will destroy (it)”[3]

In July 2012, Ahmadinejad said:

“any freedom lover and justice seeker in the world must do its best for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the path for the establishment of justice and freedom in the world,” and that the ultimate objective of world forces must be the annihilation of the “Zionist regime.”

Ahmadinejad added:

“the Zionist regime is both the symbol of the hegemony of the Zionism over the world and the means in the hand of the oppressor powers for expansion of their hegemony in the region and in the world” and that “liberating Palestine” would solve all of the world’s problems.

“Zionists” control the world’s media and financial systems, and that a “horrible Zionist current” had been managing world affairs for “about 400 years.”[4]

In August 2012, at an annual protest against the existence of Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said:

“The very existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to humanity” and that “the Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumor. Even if one cell of them is left in one inch of (Palestinian) land, in the future this story (of Israel’s existence) will repeat.”

“it is dangerous if even 10% of the territory is given to the Zionists.”

“The western powers cannot tolerate criticism of the Zionist regime. They feel compelled to defend it.”[5]

If it had not been for the Lord’s promise that in the last days Israel would come back to their land and be a nation and people once again, many Arab nations that seek the destruction of the Jews would have already swept them from the face of the earth.[6]

Thankfully, Israel will have a second chance to receive her Messiah. The Book of Daniel Chapter 9 reveals that God has appointed a period of “seventy-weeks” or 490 years for the completion of Israel’s estrangement from God and her final restoration. The Hebrew word for “week” is “heptad,” a period of seven years.

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy.

The accomplishment of “seventy-sevens” (490 years) will encompass six important points in the history of Israel, which will affect the entire world. We should understand that God has set His focus on Israel in the last days in order to fulfill His word that was spoken by all of the prophets of the Hebrew scriptures. What happens in the tiny nation of Israel affects every other nation. All of the final prophetic events of the world will be centered on the Lord’s work of redemption that He is seeking to complete in Israel for the Jews.

Zechariah’s prophecy of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah and the subsequent fulfillment of these words in 70 A.D., set into motion all the words of Daniel Chapter 9, the most important prophecy in the Bible. In these six verses—we see the entire plan of God for the whole world.

Daniel’s prophecy of “seventy-weeks,” are divided into six profound goals that the Lord has for Israel and the world.

1. Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, 2. To finish the transgression, 3. To make an end of sins, 4. To make reconciliation for iniquity, 5. To bring in everlasting righteousness, 6. To seal up vision and prophecy, 7. And to anoint the Most Holy.

1. Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city. The object of this prophecy is directed and intended for the Jews and the city of Jerusalem. The period of time determined to complete all of the individual parts of the complete prophecy is “seventy weeks,” or 70 times 7 years = 490 years.

2. To Finish the Transgression. All of the rebellion of the Jews and the entire world against God will finally be at an end. God will destroy the present earth and the heavens in a great heat death (2 Peter 3:1). He will create a new heavens and earth from where a new order or government completely orchestrated by God will continue forever (Revelation 21:1). This will all come about as a result of the Messiah’s return to earth at the end of the seven-year Tribulation, being inaugurated as “King of kings.” It is the Messiah who is the subject of all 365 of these Old Testament prophecies and the entire Bible itself.

3. To put an end to sins. Sin is defined as “missing the mark of perfection.”[7] The Lord designed us to be perfect from the beginning of our creation. We all became imperfect by our choice to sin and rebel against the laws of God and His authority over our life. When the Messiah rules over the universe, the imperfection of sin will no longer exist. Having defeated sin and death at the cross, Jesus will return to earth at the conclusion of the seven-year Tribulation and establish the kingdom promised by many of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. Those who are permitted to enter the kingdom age directed by the Messiah, will live under His righteousness as He rules with absolute and with complete sovereignty.

4. To Make Reconciliation for Iniquity. This goal was accomplished at the cross when Jesus permanently paid for the sins of every person. The Messiah did not die only for those who would receive Him, He gave His life for the whole world (1 John 2:2). In order for people to qualify for the total absolution of their sins under Jesus’ sacrifice, they must receive Him by faith. Salvation occurs only after the confession of sins and a heartfelt reception of Jesus as Savior. This reconciliation by the Messiah is predicted by Daniel’s prophecy and confirmed by Joel chapter 2:28-32 as a sign of the “last days.” The Church was born on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who had already believed on Jesus as their Savior and were waiting for the promise of His coming (Acts 1:4). Peter stated that Joel’s prophecy of the last days was fulfilled during that particular day of Pentecost described in the Book of Acts Chapter 2:16. Because of the sacrifice that Jesus completed for us as the Messiah, our reconciliation to God is complete. Jesus testified to the finality of redemption while on the cross, by His statement: “It is finished” (John 19:30). Those under the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice are called “the Redeemed” and will be co-rulers with the Messiah in His kingdom that will commence at the end of the seven year Tribulation.

5. To Bring In Everlasting Righteousness. The Righteousness of the Messiah will be eternal and universal. There will be equity and justice in all of the affairs of human life, as the Messiah rules over the earth. No one will hurt or kill another person ever again. Evil and all sin will not be permitted. It is apparent by the term everlasting righteousness that the Messiah will permit no sin or rebellion against His rule. The Law of God will be absolute over all nations. Sin will be dealt with swiftly. The Messiah’s judgement will be absolute and without appeal. This is only right since the Messiah is spoken of as the author of the law of God and creator of all things (Colossians 1).

6. To Seal Up Vision and Prophecy. The importance of the Bible is revealed by these words. Every other prophecy of the Bible is known and understood by looking through the lens of Daniel chapter 9. The arrival of the Messiah at Jerusalem on a specific day, His death and resurrection, “seals up,” or completes all other prophecies of the Bible. This is precisely the point of this book. These 365 Prophecies are the method by which we are able to comprehend the purpose of the Bible .[8] The predictions of the Messiah are the key that unlocks the word of God and allows us to understand what its true purpose is, to reveal Jesus Christ.

Revelation 19:10 …For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

John 5:39 (Jesus speaking) You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.

When we grasp the Messiah’s purpose, we begin to understand what the Bible is all about, and where each one of us fits in the total plan of God. The prophecies of Old Testament allow us to understand that it is in the Sacrifice of the Messiah that we find our redemption back to God and gain the assurance that all our sins have been fully dealt with and are no more.

7. To Anoint the Most Holy. There is some disagreement here whether this term “anoint” is applicable to the Messiah or the Temple He will build during the Millennium. If we examine Isaiah chapter 61 in speaking of the one who will be known as the Messiah—He will be “anointed” by God for the specific task of redemption, judgment, and rulership—it is certain that Daniel is also addressing the same subject. One of the objections to this seventh point, being the anointing of Jesus, is that the previous five points are all future, to be fulfilled upon the return of the Messiah to earth. It could be argued that point number 3, “to make reconciliation for iniquity,” has already been accomplished by Jesus at the cross (“it is finished,” John 19:30) two thousand years ago; therefore, not all five of the other points of this prophecy are future.

On April 6, 32 A.D., Daniel’s prophecy from God, in sending the Messiah to Israel after a period of 69 “weeks” or 483 years, was completed (see Prophecy 309).

There remains just one seven-year period (the 70th week) in the conclusion of Daniel’s prophecy. This will be accomplished during the seven-year Tribulation Period, described by Daniel, Jesus, and the Book of Revelation. At that time—midway into the seven years, the Jews will have their eyes opened and recognize that their true Messiah is Jesus. Israel will finally obtain their long-awaited King, who was promised to David. At the conclusion of the seven-year Tribulation, Jesus will rule the whole earth from Jerusalem during His one thousand year reign.

Other relevant prophecies in this book regarding the subject of Israel and the return of her Messiah:

Prophecy 301: The Messiah shall destroy the kingdom of the antichrist and rule over the final kingdom of this world.

Prophecy 302: The Messiah will establish a kingdom in the last days that will never end.

Prophecy 303: The Messiah will return to earth from heaven with His church.

Prophecy 304: The Messiah will be given a kingdom on the earth in which He will rule over all people, nations, and languages.

Prophecy 305: The dominion and kingdom of the Messiah will never end.

Prophecy 306: The Messiah shall give rulership in His everlasting kingdom to those who have waited and watched for His return.

Prophecy 307: A period of “Seventy Weeks” are determined for Israel to finish her transgressions and bring the arrival of the Messiah.

Prophecy 308: “Seventy Weeks” of years are determined for Israel and the coming of the Messiah.

Prophecy 309: The Messiah will come “sixty-nine weeks” from the command to restore and build Jerusalem.

Prophecy 310: The Messiah will be “Cut off” or killed  in the midst of His ministry.

Prophecy 311: The Messiah will not be put to death for His own sins but for the sins of the whole world.

Prophecy 312: The Messiah will return to earth a second time, during the final Gentile kingdom of the antichrist, which will be a revived Roman Empire. The antichrist shall commit “The Abomination of Desolation” in the Temple.

Prophecy 313: The Messiah will return to the earth the second time in a glorified body.


[1] The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Unabridged Edition on the Book of Zechariah, chapter 11. “Part of the fulfillment would be the destruction and further subjugation of that whole area by the Romans, including the fall of Jerusalem in A. D. 70 under Emperor Vespasian and General Titus, as well as the later fall of Masada.”
[2] Ahmadinejad brands Israel a ‘stinking corpse'”. AFP. May 8, 2008.
[3] Iran’s Ahmadinejad says Israel “dying””. Reuters. 14 May 2008
[4] Ahmadinejad: Qods Day to liberate Palestine, solve entire world problems”. Islamic Republic News Agency. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
Paraszczuk, Joanna (2 August 2012). “Ahmadinejad: World forces must annihilate Israel”. The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
Ahmadinejad: Jerusalem key to global problems”. Al-Akhbar. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
Zeiger, Asher (2 August 2012). “Ahmadinejad’s new call for Israel’s annihilation is his most anti-Semitic assault to date, says ADL”. The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
[5] US: Amhadinejad’s anti-Israel tirade ‘hateful and divisive'”. Reuters; The Jerusalem Post. The Jerusalem Post. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
[6] Ezekiel 37:21
[7] Romans 3:23
[8] There may be as many as 500 Old Testament prophecies that confirm the identity of the Messiah.

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