354: Zechariah 12:10c


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 354

The nation of Israel and the Jews will finally “look upon” the one whom they pierced and understand that He is their Messiah.

Old Testament Prediction:

Zechariah 12:10c And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 19:16-18 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away. And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center.

John 19:34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

John 19:37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”

Application:

Zechariah 12:10c appears to have a dual meaning.

First, this prophecy of Zechariah speaks of the Messiah being “pierced,” a clear reference to crucifixion. The certainty of this application is confirmed by the statement of John the Apostle, in chapter 19:37 above, where he quotes the words of Zechariah word for word: “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”

Second, when Jesus returns to earth with His church at the end of the seven-year Tribulation, all Israel will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and be saved. Then they will “look on Him whom they pierced… and mourn for Him….”

Many people do not realize that the method of crucifixion used during the period of time when Jesus was put to death did not elevate the condemned to a position high above the ground. In most cases, the cross was raised just a couple of feet above the crowd of people standing nearby.

See the chapter in this book: The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The effect of seeing someone suffer and die by crucifixion up-close was not soon forgotten. This method of execution was chosen by the Roman government for the specific purpose of being a visual deterrent for those who might consider committing the same offense.

The effects of Jesus’ crucifixion locally and when He returns:

We may not fully understand the significance of this prophecy in Zechariah 12:10 that “The Messiah will be looked upon while being Crucified”; but for those who were present at Jesus’ crucifixion, the nearness of His suffering and the visual horror of His massive injuries shocked and terrified those who observed Him.

A second meaning is directed towards the future when the Messiah will return to the earth at the Mount of Olives, as described by Zechariah in chapter 14:4.

Zechariah 14:4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east…

“That day” Zechariah speaks of is the Day of the Lord, defined by the Bible as the seven-year Tribulation. The Book of Revelation defines a period lasting seven years which begins by a peace treaty between Israel and the surrounding nations.[1] A new world leader will arrive shortly after the church has been Raptured and set up a kingdom that unites the world under his authority. Midway into the seven years, a command will be given to worship this new leader as God, which is defined as the abomination that causes Desolation described by both Daniel and Jesus.[2] For the last three and one half years, God will pour out His wrath on the kingdom of this “beast,” and two-thirds of those who live on the earth at that time will perish.

At the end of the seven years, the Messiah will return to the earth and destroy the kingdom of the beast. At that time, Jesus will establish His kingdom of righteousness promised to David that will last forever.

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

Daniel 2:34-35 You watched while a stone (Jesus) was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay (final kingdom), and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

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

Daniel 2:44-45 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.

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

Daniel 7:13-14 I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.

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

Daniel 7:13-14 I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.

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

Daniel 7:13-14 I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.

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

Daniel 7:27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.

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

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks (70 X 7 = 490 years) are determined For your people (the Jews) 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.

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

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.

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

Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.

Prophecy 310: The Messiah will be cut off or killed, in the midst of His ministry.

Daniel 9:26 And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off…

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

Daniel 9:26 And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself…

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.

Daniel 9:26 And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

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

Daniel 10:5-6 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude.

Zechariah’s prophecy is that the Messiah will return to earth from heaven and be recognized as the one who was pierced. The prophet Daniel also wrote of the Messiah’s return, in chapter seven of his prophecy, described as “the Son of Man.” This is a Messianic term that Jesus claimed for Himself, defining for us that when Daniel described the Son of Man, he was really speaking of Jesus.

Daniel 7:13-14 I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.

Jesus calls Himself—the Son of Man, in the New Testament

Matthew 24:30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

John writes in the Book of Revelation, describing the event that Zechariah predicts here in this 354th Old Testament Prophecy. At the end of the seven-year Tribulation, Jesus will return to the earth with His church to defeat the waiting armies of the antichrist; and set up the kingdom promised, in the Old Testament, to David’s house.

Revelation 19:11-15 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

The term “clouds of heaven,” as used here in Daniel Chapter 7, is an Old Testament intimation that is defined in the New Testament as a gathering of believers. When Paul wrote about the essence of faith in Hebrews Chapter eleven—as he begins chapter twelve, he tells us that there is a great “cloud of witnesses” in heaven, who are watching us in our progress here on earth as believers. The idea is that those who have already gone on to be with the Lord, observe those who remain on earth. They are watching our progress as we struggle and grow in our trust and walk with the Lord.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…

When Jesus said that He will be “coming on the clouds of heaven,” it is understood that this is the same cloud of witnesses that Paul spoke of, in the Book of Hebrews. This is what Daniel wrote in his prophecy of the coming Messiah, in chapter seven verse thirteen. The cloud is a fitting description of what it will look like from the earth, as the Lord returns to earth at the end of the seven-year Tribulation. He will be coming with billions of those who have been Raptured out of the earth before the Tribulation began. Like an approaching storm far off in the distance, the immensity of this gathering of those who love Jesus and are returning with Him to rule over the earth, will look like a great gathering storm cloud.

Revelation 19:14 “And the armies in heaven (The Cloud), clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him (Jesus) on white horses.” (As the Lord returns to earth)

The term “Son of Man,” here in Daniel 7:13, is the origin of Jesus’ reference to Himself as being “the Son of Man.”

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

Since Daniel’s prophecy is speaking of the Messiah and His coming to earth at the end of the age to rule over the earth, this is the intended meaning that Jesus had, when He told the leaders of Israel that He is the “Son of Man,” whom Daniel is speaking of.

Matthew 24:30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Matthew 26:64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

The Messiah will return at the Mount of Olives:

Daniel describes the Messiah returning at the end of the seventieth week, in Daniel Chapter 9 Verse 25. This prediction is discussed in detail in Prophecy 309. The Book of Acts contains a small three-verse reference that tells us exactly where Jesus will return.

Acts 1:9-12 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also 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.” 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.

The prophet Zechariah confirms the arrival of the Messiah the second time, at the Mount of Olives.

Zechariah 14:3-4 Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. 4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east.

For a detailed look at the return of Jesus at the end of the seven-year Tribulation at the Mount of Olives, see Prophecy 301.

Zechariah’s prophecy of those who pierced the Messiah, seeing Him return to earth, is a stunning reminder that all the events of this present earth are under the sovereign control of the Lord. Jesus will fulfill this prophecy of Zechariah at His return to the Mount of Olives with His church. At that time, the whole world will know that Jesus is Lord and that all of us who have given our lives to Him are His.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.


[1] Revelation 6:1-2
[2] Daniel 11:31 and 12:11, Matthew 24:15

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