A remarkable glimpse into the future
- warning and hope for our times.

Words of the Hebrew prophet Zechariah, written around the 4th year of Darius Hystapses* (Zech.7.1), the last Median King, 518 years before the Messiah, yet the train of events he spoke of by Divine inspiration is only now beginning to gain pace, as recent developments indicate.

*Darius was the commissioner of the Babylonian equivalent of the Rosetta stone, the Behistun Inscription,
written in 3 languages, which chronicles his conquests and enabled the modern deciphering of Babylonian.

An apocalyptic battle over Jerusalem, after near universal condemnation, the recognition of and consequent conversion of the Jews in large numbers to the 'Pierced One', and the blessing of the Gentile nations


1 ¶  The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens,
and layeth the foundation of the earth,
and formeth the spirit of man within him.

2  Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about,
when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

3  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people:
all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

4  In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment,
and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah,
and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

5  And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart,
The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.

6  In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood,
and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about,
on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

7  The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first,
that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.

8  In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David;
and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

9 ¶  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
the spirit of grace and of supplications:
and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced,
and they shall mourn for him,
as one mourneth for his only son,
and shall be in bitterness for him,
as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

(Who is this wounded Heir of all?)

11  In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem,
as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

(The place of sudden and tragic death of a young king of exceptional spirituality, Josiah)

12  And the land shall mourn, every family apart;
the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart;
the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

13  The family of the house of Levi apart,
and their wives apart;
the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;

14  All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.

1 ¶  In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David
and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

(A remarkable perspective on the cross)

(Zechariah 12.1-14 and 13.1)

Other passages point to the same or closely temporally associated events, and link colossal military defeat against universal expectation with a sudden spiritual revival amongst the Jews, all in the Jewish scriptures shared with Christians:

Daniel 7.1-28 , Joel 3.1-17, Ps.118 (the speaker identifies Himself with His kin), Ezekiel 38-39 (the famous Gog & Magog passage), Jeremiah 30.1-9, Zephaniah 2.8-20, Isaiah 9.4-7 and many others.

There are many similar passages in the distinctively Christian scriptures.

Ahmadinejad doesn't know what a colossal disaster he is preparing for himself, his allies and facilitators.