I am now several months into my “Pandemic Pondering.” It is my sincere hope that I am filling pages with God’s truth – truth that has never before entered the mind of man – truth that will change hearts (1 Cor. 2:5-13). Until this happens on a regular basis, lives will not change. There are many church goers today that I consider to be religiously secular. “Religiously secular” sounds like a contradiction, but I assure you it is not! There are many who have joined a local church, been baptized, but they are not spiritual people (1 Cor. 2:14-15). Until God’s Word begins to make a life and death impact, even faithful church people will become religiously secular. If we think that most Americans hold to even a small Christian worldview like ours, we would be tragically mistaken! Polls tell us that the vast majority in this nation claiming Christianity are, in fact, Christian in name only. They are secular people who attend church religiously – religiously secular. They are basically good, moral, country-loving, nature-loving, family-loving, church-loving, music-loving, preaching-loving – people. They are people who have learned to speak “church language,” and to live comfortably in a “church culture.” But some have never become a part of the living Body of Christ by the new birth or real baptism. Attending church has become an addition to the culture of entertainment – you just add God! Well, God refuses just to be added. He will be God, and He will rule.
We are considering, And the LORD (YHWH) shall be King over all the earth and His name one (Zech. 14:9). Notice the future tense in italics. God shall be King; He is yet to be crowned! He is yet to take His throne! This day is coming and coming soon! Many throughout history have desired to be king over all the earth, from Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to Adolph Hitler. No one has ever been king over all the earth. God’s unchanging Word says that One is coming who is to be that King. We have learned that His name is YHWH (I Am) written in the Bible as LORD.
Shortly after we are born here in the ole USA, we are given a Social Security number – “our number.” One can’t borrow money, buy a car, or a house, or do any significant financial transaction without this number. My number identifies me. This may shock the reader, but God also has an identification number. Speaking of YHWH (LORD) the prophet Isaiah said, “Thus says the LORD (YHWH) the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD (YHWH) of hosts, I am the first and the last” (Isa. 44:6). The first and the last is the LORD’s number. Fast forward to the book of the Revelation where we read these remarkable words. “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last” (YHWH’s number). He is identified. Now notice, “Who was dead and has come to life” (Revelation 2:8). The number says that YHWH is Jesus. Wow!
Linda and I moved into new house with freshly painted walls, and a house is not a home until the pictures are hung. This is not true anymore, but back then we realized as we put tiny nails in the walls that from then on, these small imprints would be there. Nail prints identify and nail prints do not lie. Zechariah 12 uses this same truth to shed light on the identity of YHWH. “The burden of the word of the LORD [YHWH] against Israel. Thus, says the LORD [YHWH] who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: Behold, I ([YHWH] will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem” (Zech. 12:1–2). Fast forward to verse 10. “And I [YHWH] will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me [YHWH] whom they pierced.” Who was pierced? Jesus Christ was pierced. Nail prints identify YHWH as Jesus. And the nail prints do not lie.
Growing up in the South, I developed a love for hunting. I taught my children early that if they could find the tracks, they would find the game, because the tracks do not lie. God took on flesh, died for our sin, and rose again. He was giving final instructions to His disciples, telling them that they would become His witnesses in Judea, in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth. This small band then walked up the Mount of Olives. What happened next was amazing. Jesus went up, up and away, and a cloud received Him out of their sight (Acts 1:9). And just like that, He was gone. Two angels standing nearby must have startled the disciples with their presence and these words: “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, (the Mount of Olives) which is near Jerusalem (Acts 1:10–12). The last footprints of Jesus Christ on this earth were found on the Mount of Olives. Jesus promised to one day return to that same location.
Let’s plug into the record of the greatest rescue mission in history. Zechariah wrote about events surrounding the last days. Israel is about to be annihilated. The Jews are surrounded by enemies on every side. The time is short for them. But just before they are destroyed, YHWH once again will step into history. “Behold, a day is coming for the LORD [YHWH] when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished, and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. Just before the end, the LORD [YHWH] will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle” (Zech. 14:1-2). Jesus will come again as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev. 19:11-16). In that day His feet [YHWH’s feet] will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east (Zech. 14:1-4). This was what the angel’s promised. This same Jesus will return. The King will stand once again on the Mount of Olives and from that location He will march down across the Kidron Valley thru the Eastern Gate and into Jerusalem. He will be seated upon His throne and crowned as King – King over all the earth and His name one (Zech. 14:9). What is His one name? His one name is the Christ – the God/man. Footprints identify and footprints do not lie. Stay safe and stay tuned.