355: Zechariah 12:10d


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 355

The nation of Israel will realize that the Messiah who was crucified is their Savior, and they will mourn for Him and for what they did to Him.

Old Testament Prediction:

Zechariah 12:10d 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:

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.

Application:

It has always been the plan of God to save Israel. He offered salvation first to the Jews, in fulfillment of His promise (Prophecy 102, Prophecy 163). When this offer was rejected, God turned to the whole world to offer the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We should never think of the Lord as desiring to save only certain people. It has always been the plan of God to save the whole world. The scriptures are clear that salvation is for all people, for all time.

1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

It was also the plan of God to provoke the nation of Israel and the Jews to jealousy. This was so that they would desire what God has given to the Gentiles through Jesus Christ. This prophecy in Zechariah 12:10 reveals that there will come a time, in the near future, when God will again turn His attention back to Israel and save those who realize that Jesus is their Messiah.

The salvation of Israel will not happen until after the middle of the seven-year Tribulation. During the last three and one-half years of this time of judgement, Israel will experience the miracle of salvation and the acceptance of Jesus as their Messiah.

1. Prophecy 352, God will pour out His Spirit on the Jews so that they can experience His grace.
2. Prophecy 353, He will pour out on the Jews the Spirit of supplication, which is prayer, so they can understand who Jesus is.
3. Prophecy 354, He will allow the Jews to see Jesus when He returns; and they will realize their error, and believe.
4. Prophecy 355, as the Jews recognize that Jesus is the Messiah, they will mourn for Him, realizing their former error, and be saved.

After Israel realizes that Jesus is their Messiah, the whole nation will find salvation, and join those who already love Jesus and believe that He is the Messiah. This will happen in the last days, when the Lord returns to earth with His church.

The process of salvation for everyone is very much the same as it is in the four part prophecy of Zechariah 12:10, as illustrated by the four points above.

1. Experience the Grace of God, that He is offering us all salvation by His Spirit, even though we do not deserve it.
2. Understand that God has been praying for you to be saved.
3. See Jesus crucified, understand what He suffered through for our redemption.
4. Mourn for our sins and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

According to those who interpret the Old Testament scriptures in light of how the Jews at the time Jesus appeared in Jerusalem perceived Him, Jesus was not the kind of Messiah they were expecting. The thought of a “pierced” Messiah was impossible for many at that time to accept.[1] Those who were anticipating the fulfillment of God’s promise to bring the Messiah were expecting and hoping for a conquering King.[2] Many of the Hebrew scholars of that day ascribed two Messiahs coming to Israel: one to suffer and die, one to rise and conquer.[3]

Very few were expecting a humble servant/Messiah who would die. If you have read the preceding prophecies before this 355th prediction of Zechariah, you are likely stunned that the leaders of Israel were not expecting the exact Messiah that Jesus presented Himself as. There can be only one explanation for their false expectations: They did not know their own scriptures, and their hearts were not right before God. It is a fact of the Bible that only those who are sincerely seeking God with a true heart can know Him and understand what He says. Those who have selfish ambition, ulterior motives, or hearts of unbelief cannot understand what God has written prophetically.

Daniel 12:10 …none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.

Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Jesus confirms this fact by His words to the leaders of Israel who did not recognize Him as they should. Because they had certain expectations and Jesus did not meet those expectations, their eyes were blinded so that they could not see who Jesus was.

Luke 19:42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”

God reveals Himself in the manner that He chooses, not according to our expectations or demands. If we will know Him and understand the deep things of His word, we must allow Him to speak to us and receive what He says—with no preconceived assumptions. If we will assume anything, it must be that He wants for us to know Him; and He will only come and make Himself known to the humble, the teachable, and those who sincerely want to know and love Him.

A second possible interpretation of the phrase, “they will look on Me whom they pierced…,” is the translation, “they will look to Me,” instead of “on Me.”

This change in the words, drastically changes the meaning of this verse. Instead of looking “on” the pierced Messiah, causing their mourning—those who see Him crucified will be looking “to” Him for their salvation. Much in the same way that the Lord directed Moses to instruct the people to Look to Him and be saved during the plague, described in the Book of Numbers 21:4-9.

Numbers 21:9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

Isaiah 45:22 “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth!”

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

In my view, this would be a more correct application of Zechariah’s prophecy. It is not in simply looking at Jesus or by casual observation of Him that a person is saved. We must look to Jesus alone for our salvation as the only solution to our sin problem and alienation from God. Our Salvation comes not by knowing about Jesus, but by knowing Him experientially and by coming into a personal relationship with Him.

The following 21 Prophecies from the Old Testament specifically speak of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah at His first appearance on the earth, and the acceptance of Him by many at His second appearing.

Prophecy 18: Israel shall have the right to self-rulership. This authority will not be taken away  until “Shiloh, the Messiah, comes.”

Prophecy 42: The coming Prophet “like Moses” will not be received by those to whom He comes.

Prophecy 73: The Messiah will be despised, rejected, abused, and thought to be “a worm,” even less than a man.

Prophecy 74: Amazing detail of the Messiah’s rejection: The people will shoot out their lip and shake their heads at their disgust with Him.

Prophecy 75: The people who witness the crucifixion of the Messiah will say, “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him…”

Prophecy 148: The Messiah shall be the “Chief Cornerstone” but be rejected  by Israel.

Prophecy 167: The Messiah shall be a stumbling stone for the religious leaders of Israel.

Prophecy 191: The Messiah will be the “Precious Cornerstone” of Israel, yet He will be rejected.

Prophecy 196: The Messiah’s second coming to earth will be with vengeance on those who hate Him and for salvation to those who wait for Him.

Prophecy 207: Israel, as the “servant of the LORD,” will be blind to her Messiah when He comes.

Prophecy 218: The Messiah will be despised and abhorred by the leaders in Israel.

Prophecy 233: Even among the Messiah’s own people, the Jews—they would not believe that He was the promised One.

Prophecy 287: The Messiah will offer salvation to the Gentile nations upon Israel’s rejection of her Messiah.

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

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

Prophecy 314: Israel will be without a king for many days; but in the last days, all Israel will receive the Messiah and be saved.

Prophecy 319: The Messiah shall gather all the nations and the remnant of Israel when He comes to earth to establish His kingdom.

Prophecy 320: In the “latter days,” the Messiah’s kingdom will be established on the earth above all other kingdoms; and all the nations will come to hear Him and walk in His ways. All people will dwell together in peace and safety—the implements of war turned instead to instruments of industry. Every sickness and disease will be healed, and all the outcasts of Israel will be united as one people.

Prophecy 329: When the Messiah returns to earth the second time as King, the knowledge and glory of the Lord will cover the earth.

Prophecy 330: The Messiah will come and dwell in the midst of His people during the Millennial kingdom.

Prophecy 350: The Messiah will be rejected by Israel.


[1] C. C. Torrey “The Messiah Son of Ephraim,” JBL 66 [1947]: 273
[2] The Babylonian Talmud Sukkah 52a
[3] Baron, pp. 438- 44, and Cashdan, pp. 321- 22

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