352: Zechariah 12:10a

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 352

The Messiah will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace.

Old Testament Prediction:

Zechariah 12:10a 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:

Luke 4:22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

John 1:1,14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Application:

Those who heard Jesus speak were amazed at the gracious words that proceeded from His mouth. Everywhere Jesus went people were highly impressed with His knowledge of the scriptures and the authority in which He made application for the word of God. In the above verse from Luke 4:22, it is said of Jesus by those who heard Him speak, that they bore witness of His gracious words. [1]

In speaking of the Messiah in Zechariah 12:10, the prophet references the fact that He will pour out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace. The cause of their amazement seems to originate from the grace that poured forth from His mouth as He spoke.

Most of us understand that the way in which a person speaks is as important as what they speak. A person may say something very wise and profound, yet express it in such a way that the hearers feel they have been assaulted. My wife has told me on occasion that it is not what I said that hurt her feelings, but the way in which I said it.

When Jesus spoke, His words and the manner in which He spoke them were full of grace. This is the important and defining point of Zechariah’s prophecy of the Messiah. When He comes, He will speak to the inhabitants of Jerusalem with such grace that the people will be utterly amazed.

Later, in the ministry of Paul and Barnabas, they sought to continue the foretelling of the gospel of Jesus to others, by imitating Jesus’ manner of speaking in great grace.

Acts 14:3 3 Therefore they (Paul and Barnabas) stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His (Jesus) grace…

Acts 20:24 24 (Paul Speaking) But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Zechariah 12:10 has four parts to its fulfillment:

1. Prophecy 352: A time when the Lord will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Israel the spirit of grace.
2. Prophecy 353: A time when the Lord will pour out on Israel, continual prayer for their restoration and acceptance of Jesus as their Messiah.
3. Prophecy 354: As Jesus is revealed to the nation of Israel and Jews around the world that He is their Messiah, they will look on Him—whom they had pierced—believe in Him and be saved.
4. Prophecy 355: When the Messiah returns to earth, the nation of Israel will realize that they had crucified their Messiah—this will produce a great national sorrow. At this time many Jews will receive Jesus as the Messiah and be saved.

Each of the four parts of Zechariah’s predictions are divided between prophecies 352 and 355.

The first part of Zechariah’s prophecy describes the beginning of Israel’s restoration through an outpouring of the spirit of grace. It is by grace that a person is saved (Ephesians 2:8). Human beings do not have the power to save themselves, nor can we earn the favor of God by our good works (Titus 2:5). All of our works are seen by God as “filthy rags.”

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags…

Beginning at a time that God has determined, He will pour out His grace on the nation of Israel as a people and bring the Messiah to Jerusalem. Despite the grace of the Lord, He will be rejected—leaving Israel a desolation 40 years later. God will renew His grace towards Israel once again in the last days, during the fulfillment of Daniel’s 70th week, called the seven year Tribulation (see Prophecy 309).

When Israel receives the Messiah

During the reign of terror by the antichrist in the last three and one half years of the Tribulation, God will supernaturally protect the Jews from the armies of the antichrist as they flee Jerusalem.

The prophecy of Zechariah 12:10 has a great deal to do with the time when Israel and the Jews will receive Jesus as their Messiah at the end of the seven-year Tribulation period.

From the specific moment when the religious leaders and people of Israel rejected Jesus as their Messiah and King—as they cried out to Pilate, “We have no king but Caesar” and “Let His blood be on us and our children,” the Bible describes Israel as retaining a “blindness” that will come upon the whole nation, and remain until the last days.

As Israel has missed the time of their visitation, God has turned His attention to the Gentile nations to offer salvation to the whole world through Jesus’ death and resurrection. This period of time is defined by the Bible as “The time of the Gentiles.” After Israel rejected Jesus as the Messiah, He said that they would “fall by the edge of the sword and be led away captive into all nations.” This was fulfilled in 70 A.D., when Jerusalem was sacked by Titus, the city and the Temple being destroyed.

Luke 21:24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

For more information on Israel being offered salvation before the Gentiles, and how their rejection of the Messiah will lead to their desolation—a prophecy fulfilled in 70 A.D., see the following Prophecies:

Prophecy 18
Prophecy 19
Prophecy 341
Prophecy 346
Prophecy 347
Prophecy 353

See also the The Predictions of Jesus (specifically: 12, 13, 14), as He spoke in detail, describing the desolation of Israel and the destruction of the Temple that would occur just one generation after Israel rejected Jesus as the Messiah.

This period of time defined by Jesus as “The Times of the Gentiles” will encompass a great harvest of human souls, as Jesus brings into His church, all those who will believe in Him for their salvation.[2] When this time has concluded, the Lord will turn His attention back to Israel once again and save many, many Jews who have come out of the horrors of the antichrist’s seven-year reign.

Jesus told the Jews in Jerusalem during His first visitation, that after the Tribulation was concluded, He would appear in the heavens; and all of the Jews who are located around the earth will see His return, with His church. As they realize that Jesus was pierced for them, they will mourn for Him and receive Him as the Messiah.

Matthew 24:29-31 Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 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. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Zechariah 12:10 “…then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him…”

How Jesus is made known

When Jesus was speaking to the Father in John Chapter 17, He was praying for those who would believe in Him as a result of the preaching of those who had already believed. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is spread by people who first believe it themselves, then tell others so that they can also believe.

John 17:20 (Jesus Praying to the Father) “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word…”

At the midway point of the seven-year Tribulation, there will be two witnesses who will speak to the people of Israel that Jesus is the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies that concern the Messiah. These men will systematically take the listeners through many of the prophetic predictions, which I have detailed in this book, showing how Jesus fulfilled each one as evidenced by the testimony given in the New Testament.

The Two Witnesses:

Although the identity of the two witnesses described by Revelation 11:3 is uncertain, it is reasonable that Moses and Elijah are prime candidates. Moses, representing the Law; and Elijah, representing the Prophets. Jesus said that the entire plan and purpose of God resides in what has been been written by the books of Law from Moses, and the prophetic revelations of the Messiah in the books of the prophets.

Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.

The abilities that each of the two witnesses will possess, gives us a subtle hint as to their identity.

Revelation 11:6 These (two witnesses) have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.

In 1 Kings 17, Elijah has the power to stop rain on the earth.
In Exodus 4, Moses is given the power to turn water to blood.

The 144,000 witnesses:

The Book of Revelation Chapters 7 and 14 describes 144,000 Jewish male virgins whom God specially anoints and protects to preach Jesus as the Messiah—to the Jews who remain on the earth during the seven-year Tribulation.

Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:

Revelation 14:4 These (144,000) are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins.

We see the effect these witnesses have upon those who dwell on the earth, from chapter 7 of the Book of Revelation:

Revelation 7:9-10 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Immediately after these men are sent out to declare to the world that Jesus is the one and only Savior, we see a great multitude of new believers who come from every tribe, tongue, nation, and people, standing before the Lord, wearing the white robes of redemption.

The two witnesses and the 144,000 young men from each of the twelve tribes of Israel are sent to the remaining Jews in the world, to witness to them of this “grace,” that Zechariah describes in this 352nd Old Testament Prophecy from chapter 12:10. The Messiah will pour out on the “house of David and the inhabitants of Israel, the spirit of grace…”

Jesus’ warning to the Jews in Israel during the Tribulation period:

In Matthew Chapter 24, Jesus explains the entire scope of His return to earth, to the Jews. He warns the Jews that when they see the abomination of desolation described in the Book of Daniel, that they should take this as a signal from God to flee Jerusalem as quickly as possible.

Matthew 24:15-16 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

Just three and one half years after this event, Jesus will return from heaven to earth. All the tribes” of Israel will see Him and mourn, as they will realize that He was the one whom God had sent to their nation 2,000 years before; and they had not recognized Him.

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 24:9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.

The Jews who are living in Jerusalem when this abomination occurs will flee the city. The description of this event is predicted in the Book of Revelation Chapter 12:

Revelation 12:6 Then the woman (Israel) fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

The period of time specified by the Book of Revelation—from the moment the abomination of desolation occurs, until the arrival of Jesus—is 1,260 days, or three and one half years. At that time Jesus will return to Israel at the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:12, Zechariah 14:4), with His church. The Jews who flee Jerusalem will be supernaturally protected by God on their journey to the wilderness—a place that God has specially prepared for the Jews who flee the antichrist. Many of us who study these events believe that this place of refuge for the Jews who flee Jerusalem, could be the ancient city of Petra, in the present nation of Jordan (see Prophecy 159).

An Old Testament allusion

There is an interesting scripture in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah that gives us reason to define Petra as this place of refuge. Here, the prophet predicts that there will be a time when Israel will be God’s outcasts. He will bring them to a place of safety in Moab, which is the neighboring country of Jordan, just east of Israel. There is a great ancient city located there called Petra that fits the description of a shelter that God speaks of in Isaiah 16:4, to protect the Jews from “the spoiler and the extortioner, and the oppressors are consumed out of the land…”

Isaiah 16:4 Let My outcasts dwell with you, O Moab; Be a shelter to them from the face of the spoiler. For the extortioner is at an end, Devastation ceases, The oppressors are consumed out of the land.

The Jews will remain in this place of shelter for the last three and one half years of the Great Tribulation. In Revelation 12:13-17, John writes that “she (Israel) is nourished for a time and times and a half a time.”

Revelation 12:13-17 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time (1 year) and times (2 years) and half a time (1/2 year), from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Daniel defined this period of time as three and one half years—described by Jesus as the Great Tribulation, in Matthew 24:21.[3] Daniel also refers to a time and times and a half a time, as three and one half years.

Daniel 7:25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.

See Prophecy 312 for more information.

Revelation 12:13-17 above speaks of the “the serpent (who) spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood…”

This flood appears to be an army of soldiers who come to attack the Jews as they are fleeing Jerusalem.

The prophet Isaiah described the enemy as being like a flood.

Isaiah 59:19 …When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.

As Israel is fleeing from the wrath of the antichrist, his attacking army is supernaturally destroyed by the Lord. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood.[4] In the Book of Numbers, when Korah came against Moses and his authority, the Lord was angry with these men who attacked God’s anointed leaders. The Book of Numbers describes the earth as “opening its mouth and swallowing them up.”

Numbers 16:28-32 And Moses said: “By this you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of my own will. If these men die naturally like all men, or if they are visited by the common fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me. But if the LORD creates a new thing, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the LORD.” Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods.

Notice the point of these verses: If these men die of natural causes, then it was not the Lord who took them. If the Lord opens up the earth and swallows them, then everyone should understand that this was a judgement from God. In the same way, when the earth opens up its mouth and swallows up the armies of the antichrist who are pursuing the fleeing Jews from Israel, they should understand that this is a supernatural act of God.

When this takes place, It is meant to be a “sign” to the Jews that God has orchestrated this event for them. It is implied here that this supernatural protection by God will open the eyes of the Jews who are living during these final days, that Jesus is the Messiah.

Paul’s revelation of Israel’s final salvation

Paul’s heart was for his people. He loved his fellow Jews so fervently that he was willing to give up his own life in order that they might be saved. He stated that the Jews have a true zeal for God, but this enthusiasm is not based on knowledge.

Romans 10:1-3 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

The Lord had given Paul great revelation concerning the last days and the final salvation of the Jews when the Messiah returned to earth. At that time, God will turn His attention back to the Jews and open their eyes to the true identity of Jesus. Until that time, the whole nation will remain in a state of blindness, being unable to discern the true identity of Jesus.

Jesus is rejected by many Jews today for His claim to be the Son of God. Although the Old Testament vigorously declares that the Messiah will be God in human flesh, the majority of Jews today believe that when He comes He will be only a normal man.

See the chapter in this book: The Messiah will be the Son of God.

Even the name given to the Messiah in the Old Testament—Immanuel—should have been a hint to the Jews that the Messiah would be “God with us.” See Prophecy 165.

When I first heard about Jesus, I knew nothing of the Bible. I came to the conclusion that Jesus is God and that He is the One promised to us by God as the Messiah, from the evidence found in the Bible. The most convincing proof for who Jesus is comes from these 365 prophecies that make up the body of this book. It is my sincere hope that should this resource be read by any Jew, before the seven-year Tribulation begins or during that time, that it would be a source of knowledge and encouragement for their salvation. See the chapter A Message to our Dear Jewish Friends.

It was God’s intention that when the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah and subsequently were visited with utter destruction, being disbursed throughout the world as refugees in 70 A.D.—that as the Gentile nations came to believe in Jesus as the Messiah, it would provoke the Jews to envy. A healthy Jealousy that would drive those with a true heart after God, to seriously examine and consider Jesus as the Messiah, apart from tradition or social correctness.

Romans 10:19-11:5 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says: “I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.” But Isaiah is very bold and says: “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.” But to Israel he says: “All day long I have stretched out My hands To a disobedient and contrary people.” I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, “LORD, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

The Lord has not cast away the Jews forever. He loves the Jews of today as much as He has since the birth of their nation. He has given a full measure of opportunity for all Jews to partake of the unlimited blessings that He has stored up for their nation.

My heart breaks for the suffering that the Jewish people have endured and the hostility of the world, even to the present day. There is, however, a time coming when all of this pain and suffering will be over. God has not cast away His people forever. During the chastening that will occur during the final three and one half years of the Great Tribulation, the Jews will have their eyes opened and receive Jesus as their promised Messiah. When they realize that they have crucified their “Glorious One,” they will weep and mourn for Him.[5]

The four parts of Zechariah’s prophecy in chapter 12 verse 10, a time when God will pour out on them the Spirit of grace and supplication. At that time the Jews will look on Jesus whom they pierced and be saved.

Romans 11:7-15 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.” And David says: “Let their table become a snare and a trap, A stumbling block and a recompense to them. Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, And bow down their back always.” I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

Israel’s current blindness is temporary. The present rejection of Jesus as their Messiah is about to come to an end. At that time, the Lord will take away their sins and bring all His people together as one, both Jew and Gentile. There will be one body of worshippers before the One true and living God.

Romans 11:25-28 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.” Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.

Romans 11:31-32 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all…

How I personally long for this day when all of my dear Jewish friends, many of whom I have never had the privilege of meeting, will finally receive all the blessings that God has so earnestly desired to give them.

What a glorious day it will be when we will all worship together before the throne of our Great God as one family.


[1] Greek: emartyroun auto
[2] Luke 21:24, John 4:35
[3] Matthew 24:21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be
[4] Revelation 12:13-17
[5] Titus 2:13, Zechariah 12:10

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