Zecharia 8:20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities; 21 and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying: Let us go speedily to entreat the favour of the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts; I will go also. 22 Yea, many peoples and mighty nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favour of the LORD. 23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’
Zecharia 8 is a prophecy for the Messianic Age. As the chapter begins we see that peace has already come to Jerusalem. Children are playing in the streets. God has already brought back all of the peoples of the diaspora. In verse 8 we see that the Temple has not been built yet but, the original foundations have been uncovered. Finally, at the end of the chapter, we are told that peoples from other nations shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying “We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
This is a very important time in the future. Who are these people that are turning to the Jews? As I will show through scripture, these are the remnant of the people after the church and all other religions have been destroyed. We are told this will happen after the destruction of the empire that has stood for thousands of years, Rome.
Looking at Daniel chapter two, we find Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the four kingdoms. They are Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. These four kingdoms are world powers of their time. Each of these conquered Israel with Rome being the final and most ruthless of the four. In verse 41 we see that Rome will be divided. “41 And what you saw, the feet and the toes-which were partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron-so it will be a divided kingdom, and in it will be some of the strength of iron, in view of what you saw iron mixed with clay.”
In the next verse, we see that part of this kingdom will be strong and part will be broken. The part that remains will be mingled with the seed of men, but they will not cleave together. “43 And what you saw, iron mixed with clay, [connotes] that they will mingle with the seed of men, but they will not cleave one to the other, as iron does not mix with clay.” When we get to verse 44 we see something miraculous. A fifth kingdom will be set up by God Himself. It will destroy all of these other kingdoms and will stand forever. This will be the Messianic Age we discussed earlier. “44 And in the days of these kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom forever, it will not be destroyed, and the kingdom will not be left to another people; it will crumble and destroy all these kingdoms, and it will stand forever.”
These verses from Daniel make up some of the most important verses in the entire Bible. There is a part of the Roman Empire that is still in place today. This fragment of Rome has mingled with the seed of men. That is to say that it has gone out through all the world. This is a huge kingdom but, the people do not cleave together. This remnant of Rome is the church. Christianity has literally thousands of denominations. They are all separate and independent of each other, yet they are all one kingdom who declare Jesus as their king. This kingdom will stand until the fifth kingdom is set up which will destroy it and the remnant of the other three kingdoms.
The biggest problems for the church are these. If you say that Jesus will set up the fifth kingdom when he returns, then where is the fourth kingdom today since it will be in power until the time of the fifth kingdom? Furthermore, we know that Rome was divided the problem for the church is that it happened after the time of Jesus. The prophecy states that the division will occur before the time of the messiah.
We just saw how the church will be destroyed. This brings us back to Zecharia 8:20-23. This is the reason why the peoples of the earth will finally turn to the Jews in an effort to save themselves after finding out that the church has been wrong all these years. The sad part of this is that when kingdoms are destroyed it means that there will be war. Many people from these kingdoms will die without the chance to turn to the Jews to learn about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Many people believe we are at the beginning of the Messianic Age. People are turning to Judaism in record numbers. The rate of Orthodox conversions is exponentially higher than it was just twenty years ago. Time is running out for these wicked kingdoms. But, there is still time to take hold of the garment of a Jew and ask him to teach you the ways of God.
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