Saturday, June 9, 2012
A Prophecy About The Lord's Future Reign (Zechariah 14)
The following quote is taken from evilbible.com:
"God Assists Rape and Plunder - "Lo, a day shall come for the Lord when the spoils shall be divided in your midst. And I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle: the city shall be taken, houses plundered, women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be removed from the city." (Zechariah 14:1-2 NAB)
You can read Zechariah chapter 14 here:
The book of Zechariah is one of the books of prophecy in the Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament). In chapter 14, the final chapter of the book, there is a prophecy concerning the great tribulation of Israel during the time near the end of the world. During this tribulation, there will be great suffering. The description is of a conquered Jerusalem, with houses plundered and women raped, and half of the people exiled.
Keeping in mind that this is a description of future events, we must consider the question posed by evilbible.com: Is God assisting nations to attack Jerusalem, or is he allowing these things to happen? The reality is that God has given human beings free will, and human beings use their free will to commit acts of evil (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23). Sometimes God allows it, but he does not approve of it.
This is evidenced in the verses that come directly after the passage that evilbible.com quoted above. Shortly after the description of Jerusalem being conquered, God defeats those who conquered them: "Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle" (Zechariah 14:3, NIV). The rest of the chapter goes on to describe the nations that plundered and raped being defeated, and stricken by plague. The survivors of those nations will worship God, who will reign over the entire world, and Jerusalem will never be attacked or destroyed again (Zechariah 14:3-21).
God does not ignore evil. He responds to it, and a day will come when every person will have to give an account to him for the evil acts they have committed (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:10-12; Hebrews 4:13; 1 Peter 4:5; Revelation 20:11-15).