"Awake, O sword, against my shephard and against the man who stands next to me," declares the Lord of Hosts. Strike the shepard, and the sheep will scattered; I will turn my hand against the little ones.
חֶרֶב עוּרִי עַל־רֹעִי וְעַל־גֶּבֶר עֲמִיתִי נְאֻם יְהוָה צְבָאֹות הַךְ אֶת־הָֽרֹעֶה וּתְפוּצֶיןָ הַצֹּאן וַהֲשִׁבֹתִי יָדִי עַל־הַצֹּעֲרִֽים׃
Zechariah 13:7 - Interpretation
What I was allowed to discover that the Bible is a mirror. The first time we read mirrors in the Bible, we learn that they can also be translated with the word vision, see 1 Chronicles 5:13. The apostle Paul writes: For we now see through a mirror, unclearly, but then face to face. In the first verse, Paul speaks of our Lord and of us. We see both Jesus in the Bible unclearly and ourselves. What kind of mirror does the Bible speak of? James writes: If someone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror. For he looked at himself and went away, and soon forgot what he was like. Now James explains the mirror: "But whoever has looked closely into the perfect law, that of freedom, and remains in it, not being a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, he will be blessed in his deeds.
The Bible as a mirror, so to speak. For me personally it means then that I can see myself. I can recognize who I am and what I am. When I was a sinner, because I was sincere, I could see my sins and my sinfulness. I then turned to Jesus and confessed my sins and later I also told him how corrupt I was. The Lord rewarded this sincerity after I sought him out in the Bible, finding his hiding places. We can discover our Lord on every page of the Bible as we seek Him.
Do you know which games children love to play? Try to remember your own childhood. Isn't it the case that children like to play hide and seek and play catch? It is precisely in this childlike and sweet way that we may seek the Lord in the Bible. And what a joy it is to have found him again can hardly be described with words.
But there is another subject, which in the New Testament is called "The mystery of lawlessness". And this mystery is sometimes told clearly in the Bible, but is usually hidden and veiled.
If we look at the word Antichrist, the Greek word anti means both "against" and "in place of". I would like to focus on the word "against". We can also say "counter", "opposite", "on the opposite side". Now the question arises: Where do I find the opposite view? The answer is quite simple: In the mirror. Look at your mirror image very consciously. Raise your right hand. Which hand raises the mirror image? Isn't it the left hand? Yes, it is the left hand. In the mirror image, the sides are swapped. When I now look for Jesus in the Bible, I often find the Antichrist in the mirror image. When I first discovered this, I was sick for weeks. And if I hadn't known that it was a normal reaction, because the prophet Daniel was also deeply shocked in chapter 10, I could understand my physical and mental state and recover a little.
Jesus helps me in spite of many hardships and I thank him for that with all my heart.
An example: We are now looking at a verse in which Jesus is clearly introduced to us and at the same time, in a very clever way, the Antichrist is spoken. The verse written in Zechariah 13:7.
Why do we look at the verse from the prophet Zechariah? To bring to light what is hidden, for in darkness one does not see. We throw a ray of light on a mystery that lies in this darkness. Let us read about this in 2 Thessalonians, verse 7: "For already the mystery of lawlessness is at work."
First question: What is a mystery?
It is a secret matter which is introduced in silence, i.e. in the first phase things are invisible. While the hidden thing is being introduced, it cannot be seen. This applies to all secrets.
Second question: What is the secret of lawlessness?
Or, in other words, what is the hidden cause of lawlessness? The answers can found in many passages of the Holy Scriptures. To get a clear picture we need to puzzle, but to be able to puzzle we need puzzle pieces. To do this, we have to study the details of the texts in detail so that we can recognize the individual pieces and then insert them in the right place in the existing image section. We don't have to start puzzling if we don't know or recognize the individual parts. But once we have examined the individual parts down to their word roots, we put the matching parts together and if they already exist, we insert them into the large picture.
We look for the parts in the Bible and only in the Bible.
Secrets must be digged up. They are, as it were, treasures that we dig up one by one, one after the other. The digging takes place through intensive study of the scriptures. Anyone who has dug up a field with a spade knows what a difficult and hard job it is. King Solomon, too, had such sweaty experiences when he reported it: and a lot of studying is fatigue of the body.
Digging and studying are hard work and make you tired:
1. the brain takes a break and2. the learned is consolidated.
So that the breaks are effective, we need our night's rest, because only during sleep are the connections permanently knotted together. And many connections make the connecting lines thicker and thicker. And in this way the knowledge is permanently "stored". With the thicker connecting lines, the patterns of the Bible can recognized more easily, the puzzle pieces can placed neatly in the right place. In this script three details in particular are considered that can help to uncover the mystery of lawlessness and unveil the cloak of malice.
The purpose of this script is to lay a first trail to identify the evil one.
Zechariah 13, 7:
Sword, awaken against my shepherd
and against the man who is my comrade!
says the LORD of hosts.
The trail we're laying will open:
1. the man,2. the comrade,3. and the word "speaks".
Now we look at the further translation possibilities of the words:
1. man, Hebrew: Gever, also fighter, war man;2. my comrade, Hebrew: Amiti, neighbour or brought close;3. speaks, Hebrew: nəum, whispers; prophesies.
Point 1: the man - Gever -
Now there are different words for man in Hebrew. But God did not use Adam, Enosch or Isch, but Gever and wanted to focus on the war man. Add 1.Sam.17:33:
But Saul said to David, "You cannot go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a young man, but he is a warrior from his youth." David is a model for the Messiah, and the warrior a reference to the Antichrist (Roman Empire).(Even though many apply the Philistine to Satan, here I see the Antichrist. Surely the Philistine has all the character traits of the devil, and that is very understandable, because "as the father (of the lie) so also the son (the Antichrist). Just as the devil is a murderer from the beginning, so also the son (the Antichrist.) And Satan has many sons is expressed clearly by the Lord Jesus: They, the majority of the Pharisees and Scribes and especially the Sadducees, are the viper's brood, the seed and thus the descendants of the serpent.
Point 2: my comrade - Amiti-
The word Amit(i) is found only once in the Bible, with the exception of the third book, Leviticus. It is the third book of Moses and is dedicated to the Levites. The Levites had been brought close to the sanctuary. Therefore it is said: But the Levites according to the tribe of their fathers were not patterned among them. No warrior shall come out of the tribe of Levites.
Yahweh had spoken to Moses, saying, "Only thou shalt not muster the tribe of Levi among the children of Israel for the military, nor take up their sum; but thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the testimony, and over all their utensils, and over all that pertaineth unto them: They shall bear the tabernacle, and over all their utensils, and they shall serve them, and encamp round about the tabernacle."
When the tabernacle is set up, that is, when the tent is taken down to go on, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle is laid down, the Levites shall set it up. But the stranger who approaches shall be killed. And the children of Israel shall lie down, every man in his camp, and every man with his banner, according to their armies. And the Levites shall encamp round about the tabernacle of the testimony, lest wrath should come upon the congregation of the children of Israel; and the Levites shall wait for the hat of the tabernacle of the testimony.
The service of the Levites was to take care of the tent of the assembly and to do all that was necessary with the service of the tent. Military service was not intended for the Levites. God expressly said: "Do not sample the tribe of Levi for military service. We ask ourselves the question, "Is the Amit of Zechariah 13, who comes from the tribe of Levi, a warrior? Shall he not serve in the tent of testimony? Yes, he should. God clearly n unambiguously determines his work. The Levites should serve at and in the tent. We find the word Amit only in Leviticus. 12 times it is used in Tanakh, the Old Testament, eleven times in Leviticus and one time in Zechariah. Remarkable or not?
All scriptural passages in which the word Amit appears follow for the reader's further study.
Amit(i) עמיתי: (my) Comrade: 12 times in the 3rd book of Moses: 2 times Lev.6.2; once in 18,20; 19,11; 19,15; 19,17; 24,19; twice in 25,14; and once again in 25,15; 25,17 and Zech.13,7.
The Amit was a neighbour close to the earthly sanctuary. He lived in the immediate vicinity of the Shrine. He was in the service of the Levitical priesthood and lived right around the Shrine. What does the New Testament say about Levitical ministry? Let us read Hebrews 7:11: If perfection were by the Levitical priesthood (for in connection therewith the people received the law), what need was there that another priest should arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not become after the order of Aaron?
The shepherd cannot be as Amit the comrade of the speaker. The sword against the shepherd was to "produce" a priest who did not belong to the Levitical class, but to the order of Melchizedek. Therefore, the shepherd cannot be an Amit. So who is this man? Who is the Amit? Among many other scriptural passages, the text from Zechariah 11, verse 15, gives us information.
And Yahweh said to me, Take the instrument of a foolish shepherd. For behold, I raise up a shepherd in the land: he shall not receive the dead, he shall not seek the scattered, and he shall not heal the wounded; he shall not provide for the healthy, and he shall eat the flesh of fat, and rend their claws. Woe to the vain shepherd who leaves the flock! The sword over his arm and over his right eye! His arm shall wither completely, and his right eye shall completely extinguished.
The comrade in Zechariah. 11, also called shepherd, is the near Levite and priest. God awakens him, but not to feed the flock, but to execute God's judgment. We therefore find his evil character described two chapters before Zechariah 13, so that we can recognize the evil high priest in time. He is a thief, a liar and a murderer. That he leaves the flock also means that he leaves the yard of the flock. This yard is the temple district where God provides his people with good food. The psalmist once said: "I long, yes, I yearn for the courts of the Lord. His heart and flesh call out loudly for the living God. The void shepherd does not do this, but his heart seeks an evil desire and his flesh does not call for the living God.
In Psalm 65:5, the ( forecourt ) courtyard described as a dwelling place and a place to eat.
Blessed is He whom you choose and bring near, that He may be without in your forecourts! We are filled with the good of your house, the holy one of your temple.
Because the void shepherd has an abomination set up in the temple district, which he can only do as a high priest, many will flee, so not all; especially the inhabitants of Jerusalem will be asked to stay in the city.
The void shepherd will serve the God of fortresses (Islam - that would be a longer explanation; just read 1.Kings 13 and use the name Mohamed).
The decisive verse, 1 Kings 13:18: And he said unto him, I am also a prophet, as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of Yahweh, saying, Bring him with thee into thy house, that he may eat bread, and drink water. And he lied to him.
"Eating bread and drinking water" is repeated in 1 Kings 13 so conspicuously often that it is worth the effort. and if you want to get to know the IS - the Islamic state - then take a look at Genesis 34, 22. Here Simeon and Levi become liars, thieves and murderers. Islam is also hinted at here. -I attribute Islam to the Midianitic religions, because also religious Judaism and the
Catholicism belongs in this category. That this classification seems correct is it indicated by the forecourts.
Unbelievable, but true, what Moses tells us: Simeon and L e v i, representatives of these religions, are sons of violence. Also here we find the Amit, that is the comrade, from the tribe Levi, as he is called in Zechariah 13. What upset me so much and made me sick and made me cry again and again for days is that in the same story both the Messiah and the Antichrist are hinted at. I can understand that hardly anyone understands me. I, too, was stunned by the text.
That is the way God talks. As incredible as it may seem to us, God uses the mirroring in a veiled speech. They are the means of choosing many biblical narratives. We find the Levite twice in the Book of Judges. While we experience the Levite in a critically worthy way when we simply read the book, we will find out - by means of mirroring - that these stories tell more than just historical events. The anti-Christian system already found on the first pages of the Bible and runs like a red thread, often parallel to the narrative of the Messiah, through the entire Old Testament, hidden and clouded in the narrative. The details of the great puzzle become increasingly visible today in the mirroring, which is still unclear because it is veiled. Placing the pieces in the right place, which is often difficult enough, reveals the secret of malice. Not only does the mystery of malice stir, it has come into sight.
Point 3: "speaks" ( nəum)
When God speaks in Zechariah 13:7, then obviously quietly. Yes, he is whispering. Does he thereby emphasize the prophetic statement? I mean yes. And because the Hebrew word also stands for oracle or prophecy, we must look at the passages in the Word of God in which the word "speaks" נאום (Nəum) occurs. I have only flown over the passages. The first impression, however, is that the Antichrist and his kingdom are often spoken of in a foggy way. Not that the AC mentioned in every Bible passage, but every thing still has its two sides. The Lord promises His people eternal salvation and this is only possible when the victory over the adversary with the AC and his godless companions is complete. And that would give us a third argument that we are dealing here with the void shepherd, because the word is always used when it points out the field of tension: Choose whom you want to serve. Blessing or curse? Life or death? The people are on their way to eternal destruction and God wants to bring them back, so speak to their hearts. Here we learn how to reach people.
that go to the hearts,
can soften hardened stones.
The word Nəum נאום appears 376 times in Tanakh (the Old Testament), in 357 verses:
170 in Jeremiah twice each in: 3:12; 23:24; 23:31; 23:32; 29:14 and 29:29;084 in Ezekiel023 in Isaiah 2x14:22; 2x52:5021 in Amos019 in Zechariah 2x2:6008 in Haggai 3x2:4; 3x2:23005 in Numbers 2x24:3; 2x24:15005 in Zephanja004 in Hosea003 in 2 Kings 2x 9: 26002 in the Psalms002 in Obadiah002 in Micha002 in the Nahum001 in the Malachi001 in Genesis001 in Joel001 in 1 Samuel 2x 2:30001 in 2.Samuel 2x 23:1001 in the 2nd Chronika001 in the sayings.
The counting was done with the Bible program TheWord.
Now we bring another argument that the Amit has nothing in common with the Messiah. Let us go again to Chapter 7 of the Epistle to the Hebrews: "The law has brought nothing to perfection, but it has brought the introduction of a better hope by which we may approach God." Now we can appear before God, approach the Eternal through the beloved, and need not the Levitical priesthood. Anyone who resumes this ministry resists God. Has the Lord not said that there is an abolition of the preceding commandment because of its weakness and uselessness?
When the Levitical cult of priests, today celebrated by the Catholic Mass, is received, the texts of the prophets serve the remnant of Israel as an indication that God can only accept sacrifices of a different kind. But the masses of the people return to the Baal cult. And so the sanctuary will become more than a den of robbers. The erection of the talking idol represents the final act of self-deification. No worse is possible.
(I mean that Messianic Jews can certainly use the temple as a place of prayer as long as the idol is not there. But they are not allowed to take part in the sacrifice of animals. The temple in Jerusalem will be called "a house of prayer for all nations", even if this will only be the case comprehensively in the Kingdom of Peace. I have found the slogan "a prayer house for all peoples" on a website. The fatal is, exactly with this motto the world unit religion is possibly justified.)
For the Baal cult see also Ri. 6:32, Ri.7:1; Gideon is ironically called Jerub Baal.
These are the most important arguments why the shepherd of Zechariah 13:7 cannot be the comrade ( Amit ).
|lives in the house||Neigbour of the house|
|Tribe of Judah||Tribe Levi|
|Stranger with regard to the earthly sanctuary||Neigbour of the earthly sanctuary|
|High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek||High Priest according to the order of Aaron|
|Son of the house||Servant of the house|
|Sacrifices himself for his brothers||Sacrifices his brothers|
|- therefore the sword against him||- therefore the sword against him|
|Is God and man at the same time||Is human, but claims to be God|
|Is the Messiah||anti-Messiah|
|Is the Prince of Peace||Man of War|
|Is the son of the Most High||Son of Perdition|
|Son of Peace||Son of Violence|