The signs of the times – 18

“Behold, a day is coming for Hashem when the spoil taken from you will be divided up in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem for the war; the city shall be captured, the houses will be pillaged and the women will be violated; half of the city will go out into exile, but the rest of the people will not be eliminated from the city. Then Hashem will go out and wage war with those nations, as He waged war on the day of battle. On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives will split open at its middle, east to west, [forming] a very wide valley; so that one half of the Mount shall move to the north and half of it to the south. And you will flee to the valley of the mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azal, and you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah. And Hashem will come and all the holy ones with Him.”

“It will be on that day, the light will not be either very bright or very dim. It will be a unique day; it will be known as Hashem’s [day], neither day nor night, but it will happen that towards evening time there will be light. On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half will flow to the eastern sea and half will flow to the western sea. This shall continue in summer and in winter. And Hashem will become the King over all the earth; on that day Hashem will be One and His Name will be One. The whole land shall change to a plain, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem will become lofty and it will be settled in its place, from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the first gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses. And it shall be inhabited, for there shall be no more curse; Jerusalem shall dwell in security.”

“This will be the plague with which Hashem will strike all the peoples that have waged war against Jerusalem: each one’s flesh will melt away while he is standing on his feet, each one’s eyes will melt away in their sockets; and each one’s tongue will melt away in their mouths. On that day a great panic from Hashem will fall among them, so that each one will grab the hand of his fellow, and his hand will be raised up against the hand of his fellow. Even Judah will wage war against Jerusalem, and the wealth of all the nations all around will be gathered – gold, silver and garments in great abundance. And a plague like this plague will fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the asses and all the animals that will be in those camps.”

“It shall be that all who survive from all the nations who have come against Jerusalem will come up every year to worship the King, Hashem, Master of Legions, and to celebrate the feast of tabernacles. And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to bow down before the King, Hashem, Master of Legions, there will be no rain upon them. But if it is the family of Egypt that does not go up and come to Jerusalem, there will be no water for them; and then upon them shall come the plague with which Hashem will strike the nations that do not go up to celebrate the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of the Egyptians and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the feast of tabernacles.”

“On that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, ‘Holy unto Hashem,’ and the pots in the Temple of Hashem will be as numerous as the bowls before the Altar. And it will happen that every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be sacred to Hashem, Master of Legions, all those who sacrifice will come and take from them and cook in them; and there will no longer be any traders in the Temple of Hashem, Master of Legions, on that day” (Zech 14:1-21).