Are Ewe Looking For Yah’s Kingdom?

And in the fourth year of King Darius, the Word of YAHWEH was to Zechariah, in the fourth day of the ninth month, in Chislev. And Sharezer and Regem-Melech, and his men, had sent to Bethel to seek the favor of the face of YAHWEH, to speak to the priests who belong to the house of YAHWEH of Hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, consecrating myself as I have done these many years? The Word of YAHWEH of Hosts was to me, saying, Speak to all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months, even those seventy years, did you truly fast to Me, even to Me? And when you ate, and when you drank, was it not for those eating, and for those drinking? Are not these the Words which YAHWEH proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited, and prosperous with her cities all around her, and the Negev and the Shefelah were inhabited? And the Word of YAHWEH was to Zechariah, saying, So says YAHWEH of Hosts, saying, Judge true judgment, and practice kindness and pity, each man with his brother. And do not oppress the widow, or the fatherless, the stranger, or the poor. And do not devise evil in your heart, of a man against his brother. But they refused to listen, and gave a stubborn shoulder, and they made their ears heavy from hearing. And they made their heart adamant from hearing the Torah and the Words which YAHWEH of Hosts has sent by the former prophets through His Spirit. And great wrath was from YAHWEH of Hosts. And it will be, just as He called, and they did not listen; so they called, and I did not listen, says YAHWEH of Hosts. And I stormed them away on all the nations whom they did not know. So the land is desolated behind them, from passing and from returning; for they made the land of desire a waste.
Z’kharyah/Zechariah 7:1-14 (HRB)

The period in which this message comes from Yah, to the Prophet, is during the Persian reign over the house of Y’hudah. The Jews had already begun to return to the land, unfortunately not all would return even to this day. A representative of Bet’el/Bethel comes to Yerushalayim to inquire of the Cohens/Priests who are of the line of Levi. What they come to ask about is how to observe the fast of fifth month which is lamenting the destruction of the Temple by the Babylonians. Remember Bet’el is not in the territory of Y’hudah but was the inheritance of the tribe of Efraim. At this time in history Bet’el was inhabited by foreigners; brought in by the Assyrian Empire to replace the ten northern tribes of Isra’el, whom they had exiled to another land.

Z’kharyah is given a dispatch from the Eternal, that questions the envoys from the north, about their method of fasting during the seventy years Y’hudah was in captivity. The Almighty is disputing the reason for their method of their fasting by challenging them as to who they are fasting to. Apparently their fasting was all ritual with no substance and He hates mere symbolism. Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement was part of their inquiry, as it is also a fast day. In the next passage from the Prophet, other fast days will be examined. Note that those from Bet’el may not have even been Isra’elites at all.

Yah proclaims to the Prophet Z’kharyah his displeasure concerning how those laying claim to being Isra’el were mistreating their fellow citizens. Regardless of one’s genetic ancestry, declaring we are part of Isra’el, places us under certain obligations to the Father. Verses 9 through 12 above express Elohim’s displeasure with lip service and mere symbolism. Ignoring the plight of others is something the Almighty does not take kindly to. In the case of the northern kingdom the punishment was exile, to be scattered among the nations/gentiles of the earth. Loving our neighbor as ourselves requires us to lend a helping hand when needed.

And the word of יהוה of hosts came, saying, “Thus said יהוה of hosts, ‘I shall be jealous for Tsiyon with great jealousy, with great wrath I shall be jealous for her.’ Thus said יהוה, ‘I shall return to Tsiyon, and I shall dwell in the midst of Yerushalayim. And Yerushalayim shall be called: City of the Truth, and the Mountain of יהוה of hosts, the Set-apart Mountain.’ Thus said יהוה of hosts, ‘Again old men and old women shall dwell in the streets of Yerushalayim, each one with his staff in his hand because of great age, 5and the streets of the city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.’ Thus said יהוה of hosts, ‘If it is marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in My eyes?’ declares יהוה of hosts. Thus said יהוה of hosts, ‘See, I am saving My people from the land of the sunrise and from the land of the sunset. ‘And I shall bring them back, and they shall dwell in the midst of Yerushalayim. And they shall be My people, and I shall be their Elohim, in truth and in righteousness.’ Thus said יהוה of hosts, ‘Let your hands be strong, you who are listening in these days to these words, from the mouth of the prophets, of the day the foundation was laid for the House of יהוה of hosts, the Hĕḵal that was to be rebuilt. ‘For before these days there was not a wage for a man, nor a hire for beast, and there was no peace for him who went out or came in, because of his enemies, and I set all men one against another. But now I am not as in the former days to the remnant of this people,’ declares יהוה of hosts. ‘Because of the sowing of peace the vine does give its fruit, the ground does give her increase, and the heavens do give their dew. And I shall cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these. ‘And it shall be, as you were a curse among the gentiles, O house of Yehuḏah and house of Yisra’ĕl, so I shall save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, let your hands be strong.’ For thus said יהוה of hosts, ‘As I purposed to do evil to you when your fathers provoked Me,’ declares יהוה of hosts, ‘and I did not relent, so again in these days I have purposed to do good to Yerushalayim and to the house of Yehuḏah. Do not fear! These are the words you should do: speak the truth to one another, judge with truth and right-ruling for peace in your gates. And do not plot evil in your heart against another, and do not love a false oath. For all these I hate,’ declares יהוה.” And the word of יהוה of hosts came to me, saying, “Thus said יהוה of hosts, ‘The fast of the fourth, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth months, are to be joy and gladness, and pleasant appointed times for the house of Yehuḏah – and they shall love the truth and the peace.’ Thus said יהוה of hosts, ‘Peoples shall yet come, inhabitants of many cities, and the inhabitants of the one go to another, saying, “Let us earnestly go and pray before יהוה, and seek יהוה of hosts. I myself am going. ‘And many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek יהוה of hosts in Yerushalayim, and to pray before יהוה.’ Thus said יהוה of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all languages of the nations take hold, yea, they shall take hold of the edge of the garment of a man, a Yehuḏite, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that Elohim is with you.’ ” Z’kharyah 8:1-23 (ISR98)

The Eternal states that He will return to Tzion and dwell in Yerushalayim, this is future-tense to the Prophet. Yah constantly declares where on earth He will be once the Kingdom is FULLY established. It’s location is never in doubt according to the Almighty. There will still be other people on the planet, this too is repeated over and over in the Word of Yah. Every time someone declares the Kingdoms location is someplace else, it is applying allegory and metaphor to the Father’s words.

The topic of fasting is taken up again by Elohim when he declares four separate fasts will eventually be times of joy. Those from other cities will come to Yerushalayim to seek Yah. It even tells us that ten men from other nations will grab hold of the garment of a Y’hudi, asking him to allow them to go with him.

Look! A day [is] coming for Yahweh, when your plunder will be divided in your midst. I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, and they will loot the houses, and the women will be raped; half of the city will go into exile, but the remainder of the people will not be cut off from the city. Then Yahweh will go forth and fight against those nations, like {when he fights} on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on {the Mount of Olives}, which faces Jerusalem on [the] east; and {the Mount of Olives} will be split {in half}, from east to west, [by] a very great valley; and half of the mountain will withdraw toward the north, and the other half toward the south. And you will flee [by] the valley of my mountains, because the valley of [the] mountains will reach to Azal, and you will flee like you fled from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. And Yahweh my God will come, [and] all [the] holy ones with him. {And then} on that day there will not be light, the precious things will congeal. There shall be continuous day–it is known to Yahweh–not day and not night; and at evening time there will be light. {And then} on that day, living waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea, and the other half to the western sea; it will happen [both] in the summer and in the winter. And Yahweh will be king over all the earth; on that day Yahweh will be one and his name one. All the land will be transformed into a desert plateau from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But it will rise up high and it will stay in its place from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of [the] former gate, up to the Corner Gate and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. And they will dwell in it, and {there will be no more ban imposed}, and Jerusalem will dwell in security. And this will be the plague [with] which Yahweh will strike all the peoples that fight against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they [are] standing on their feet; their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. {And then} on that day a great panic from Yahweh will fall on them, and {they will seize one another’s hand}, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of {another}. And Judah also will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected–gold and silver, and garments {in great abundance}. {Like this plague} will be the plague on the horse, the mule, the camel, and the donkey, and every kind of animal in those camps. {And then} every survivor from all those nations coming against Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship [the] king, Yahweh of hosts, and celebrate the Feast of Booths. {And then} whoever of the clans of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the king, Yahweh of hosts, it will not rain on them. And if the clan of Egypt will not go up and come in, on them will be that plague Yahweh inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. On that day there will be [inscribed] on the bells of the horses, “Holy to Yahweh.” And the cooking pots in the house of Yahweh will be [holy] like the sacrificial basins before the altar. And every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to Yahweh of hosts, and all those who sacrifice will come and will take from them, and will cook in them, and there will be no longer a {trader} in the house of Yahweh of hosts on that day. Z’kharyah 14:1-21 (LEB)

The above chapter has many points that are frequently quoted and referred to as latter day events to come. Some of these instances have occurred in our past, however those circumstances did not contain all the elements Yah tells the Prophet. Some of these conditions are:

  • The splitting of the Mount of Olives
  • A river flowing out Yerushalayim going to both the eastern and western sea
  • There will still be summer and winter
  • There will be no further destruction in Yerushalayim
  • After the war, those who are defeated must go to Yerushalayim to celebrate Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles every year … or they will get no rain
  • Rain is still necessary outside Yerushalayim to grow crops

One of the most ignored aspects of End Times experts is they do not put all of Scripture together before jumping to their conclusions. It appears to us that to many do not realize that we can find the entire book of Chazon/Revelation within the writings of the Prophets. Because of this neglect, the Covenant with Isra’el is not even taken into account. The B’rit Chadashah/New Testament is not written for those who wish to remain gentiles … but for those who desire to be part of the Olive Tree. The wall of separation misleads people into believing we can be in the New Yerushalayim without obeying the Father.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. Chazon 22:14-15 (NIV) Washing our robes means to stop willfully sinning or to keep the Commandments of Yah; which is also the testimony of Y’shua … this witness is that he only spoke his Father’s words, not his own. Likewise he told us he only did what he saw his Father do. This means the Son declares that the Father is the Authority above all. The teacher SUBMITTED to his Father’s will.

I saw no Temple in the city, for ADONAI, God of heaven’s armies, is its Temple, as is the Lamb. The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s Sh’khinah gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. Its gates will never close, they stay open all day because night will not exist there, and the honor and splendor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure may enter it, nor anyone who does shameful things or lies; the only ones who may enter are those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Chazon 21:22-27 (CJB)

As the New Yerushalayim is the location referred to in the above verses, it cannot be heaven as it is frequently allegorized as. By the same token, outside the city cannot be hell. These two thought lines, according to many mystical beliefs, are totally in conflict with Scripture. Also there is no perpetual/eternal Shabat, as we will still be working six days a week. The curse from the garden is what makes our work such a burden at this time. This is going to change. Therefore let us be as the Bereans, examining everything we hear in comparison to the Word we have been given from Yah.

Shalom Aleichem!

With the help of the Ruach HaKodesh, written by:
Rabbi Danny Palmer and Bernard Yosef Honigfort

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