17th April, 2019




Zechariah 13:8-9 (NKJV)

[8] And it shall come to pass in all the land,”

Says the Lord,

“That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,

But one-third shall be left in it:

[9] I will bring the one-third through the fire,

Will refine them as silver is refined,

And test them as gold is tested.

They will call on My name,

And I will answer them.

I will say, ‘This is My people’;

And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”


We established in our previous devotion, that, the antichrist will breach his contract with Israel as a guarantor for peace with Israel’s neighbours, three-and-a-half years after the implementation of the peace treaty. He will enter Judea to take over Jerusalem as his capital, with the Jewish Temple as his capital building. 

We also stated that the antichrist will exalt himself as God to be worshipped in the Jewish Temple, which the nation Israel will consider as blasphemous. When Israel refuses to submit to such blasphemy, the antichrist will mobilize the armies of “enemy nations” to besiege Israel with one common aim – to exterminate the nation Israel from the surface of the earth! They’ll convince themselves that the only way for the world to enjoy lasting peace, is to completely annihilate the nation Israel. Don’t forget that there are some countries who are already avouched enemies of Israel, just as there are countries who have friendly relations with Israel. The fate of both enemy and friendly nations of Israel will be discussed in due course, but suffice it to say that, most of these enemy nations will use weapons that are currently banned from being used. The nation Israel will be invaded and placed under a great siege by these enemy nations. 

The verse 8 of our theme Scripture points out the outcome of this invasion: two-thirds of the people in Israel shall be cut off and die. That’s a great host of people, right? Can you imagine losing two-thirds of the population of a country, under the onslaught of enemy nations? That looks like a “third world war.” And truly, that’s going to be the Third World War. It shall be troublous times for the nation Israel, and a great tribulation for all who refuse to compromise their faith in Jesus. It shall be a holocaust, worse than what the nation Israel suffered under Adolf Hitler. 

The one-third of the population of Israel who will remain, will be tested and refined by God. We will discuss in detail, the experiences of these one-third population in subsequent devotions. But the question remains, “Why the nation Israel?” We will address this question before we look at the great tribulation in a broader perspective.

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