Yeshua’s Prophesied Return
1 Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.
A man–actually an angel; see verse 3.
A measuring line–for purposes of evaluation–the size, proportions, maturity, development…of Jerusalem; see verse 2.
2 So I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see how wide it is and how long it is.” 3 And behold, the angel who was speaking with me was going out, and another angel was coming out to meet him, 4 and said to him, “Run, speak to that young man, saying, ‘Jerusalem will be inhabited without walls because of the multitude of men and cattle within it.
Without walls–the people who dwell therein will be safe and have no need of protection; see verse 5.
Multitude of men–an uncountable amount. This is a description of the “New Jerusalem”, which is the ekklesia, the ‘called out ones’, translated “church” in English.
And cattle–this is symbolic of wealth and the lack of nothing.
5 For I,’ declares the LORD, ‘will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’”
I will be the glory in her midst–Yeshua will illuminate the city, His people. This is similar to Rev 21:23: And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it.
6 “Ho there! Flee from the land of the north,” declares the LORD, “for I have dispersed you as the four winds of the heavens,” declares the LORD.
Flee from the land of the north–A command to national Israel. Its possible “the land of the north” refers to Russia/former Soviet Union, since about a million Jews in Israel emigrated from there.
For I have dispersed you as the four winds of the heavens–Besides “the north” giving up Jews, this verse explains that they’ve been scattered around the world–>four winds = every direction. And notice God claims credit: “I have dispersed you.”
7 “Ho, Zion! Escape, you who are living with the daughter of Babylon.”
The daughter of Babylon–not actually the literal city of Babylon, but its descendant, both spiritually and geographically, the Arabs and Islam. Many Jews have fled these nations in the last 60-80 years around the time of the re-formation of national Israel.
8 For thus says the LORD of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.
For thus says the LORD of hosts–this is preincarnate Yeshua speaking; He goes on to say He is sent by God, a problematic verse for a Unitarian Jew.
He has sent Me–this another example of “God sending God”, or the Trinitarian God in action.
After glory–i.e., after Yeshua has been resurrected and glorified, so this can’t be fulfilled in inter-testamental times.
He has sent me against the nations which plunder you–as seen in other passages such as Isaiah 63 and Zechariah 14, Yeshua comes to the rescue of His people Israel.
9 For behold, I will wave My hand over them so that they will be plunder for their slaves. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me.
They will be plunder for their slaves–the tables will be turned on the oppressors of Israel; the surrounding nations, all currently dominated by Islam.
The LORD of hosts has sent Me–the Messiah, the Deliverer–Yeshua. Another problematic “God being sent by God” verse, unless you believe in a Triune God.
10 Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the LORD.
I will dwell in your midst,” declares the LORD–this is not figurative; the only way for God to come literally is with a body, which the Father does not and will never have, but which Yeshua the Son currently has and will have for eternity. Yeshua comes to literally, physically reign over Israel (and the world) from Jerusalem.
11 “Many nations will join themselves to the LORD in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst, and you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.
Many nations will join themselves to the LORD in that day–Here we have evidence that nations other than national Israel will “join themselves to the LORD (YHWH)”.
And will become My people–They literally become God’s “My people”. This is a stunning revelation in the OT referring to the ekklesia.
12 The LORD will possess Judah as His portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.
The LORD will possess Judah…choose Jerusalem—Yeshua will reign from Judah, His tribe, and Jerusalem, the City of God.
13 “Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for He is aroused from His holy habitation.”
He is aroused from His Holy habitation–Yeshua leaving Heaven for Earth to initiate judgment and his reign.