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A time of fire and revival in Israel

A time of fire and revival in Israel

Israel will again be restored back to their Messiah Yeshua, but it will only come through a refiner's fire at the end of the age.

Zechariah 13:

1 "On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

Idolatry Cut Off

2 "And on that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more. And also I will remove from the land the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness.

3 And if anyone again prophesies, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, 'You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD.' And his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies.

4 "On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies. He will not put on a hairy cloak in order to deceive,

5 but he will say, 'I am no prophet, I am a worker of the soil, for a man sold me in my youth.'

6 And if one asks him, 'What are these wounds on your back?' he will say, 'The wounds I received in the house of my friends.'

The Shepherd Struck

7 "Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me," declares the LORD of hosts. "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will turn my hand against the little ones.

8 In the whole land, declares the LORD, two thirds shall be cut off and perish, and one third shall be left alive.

9 And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'They are my people'; and they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"

Things to think about…

1.Zech 13 has both past and future fulfilment with respect to the ministry of Christ. Jesus has opened up the way not only for the Jew but also the Gentile to cleanse them from sin Zech 13:1. The fountain that opened up of course started at the resurrection of Jesus and has continued ever since. In Zech 13:2, the Lord says He will cut off the idols in Israel. Israel is still a secular nation, but at that time He will show them their true Messiah by opening their eyes through those who witness Christ to them – especially converted Jews Zech 13:3-6. These will be ordinary people, not prophets who used to wear hairy garments (like John the Baptist), but people who witness Christ possibly those in slavery from the time of Christ's resurrection even up to the present who have secular jobs, and are working - to pay off debt after a life false prophetic ministry Zech 13:5. This end time's revival will not come from the religious hierarchy in Israel.

2.Zech 13:2,3 refers back to the law that required parents to stone their children if they prophesied against the law and spoke false prophesies usually in the name of the Lord, Dt 13:1-18; Dt 18:1-22. There will be a time where it says Jewish parents will say "You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD". Seems hard to believe this will be the case in current secular Israel. Especially if these parents are following Christ. But here is one of those difficult passages we need to wrestle with simply because it is part of scripture.

3.Even false prophets, Zech 13:4-6 will be ashamed to prophesy in the end days revival that will occur in Israel. They will go into hiding or take up secular employment (Eg become farmers, vs 5) and even be happy to say that the marks of the beating he received for being a false prophet was from his friends. This verse does not speak of Christ. He of course was never a false prophet and those who beat Jesus were certainly not his friends.

4.Zech 13:7-9 is a prophecy of Christ being taken (struck) in the Garden of Gethsemane and his disciples being scattered as a result of Christ's arrest. Christians (as were Jews) were marked for destruction up to and beyond AD70 by the Romans. The Lord's hand was turned against the little ones – Christ's disciples. The land of Israel would be desolate until he called them back – not just literally, but spiritually and they say "The Lord is my God", vs 9. This was true until 1948 when Israel became a nation again. But one day Paul's words will finally be true for the Jew that "All Israel will be saved", Rom 11:26, 27 when it seems the whole nation will stop following the false shepherd and follow the Good Shepherd.

5.Zech 13:8,9 are verses that speak of the horror that will be inflicted upon the Jeish people at the end of the age. I agree with David Guzik who comments on this passage when he says "This seems to suggest that only one-third of the Jewish people will survive the Great Tribulation. If this is the case, no wonder these years are called the time of Jacob's trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), and why Jesus said the Great Tribulation will be the most horrific time in human history (Matthew 24:21)," and Mt 24:22 where it says "if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short" will certainly be true for the Jewish people.

6.The last phrases of this chapter, Zech 13:9 "They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'They are my people'; and they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"" is again well commented on by David Guzik who says "They will call on My name, and I will answer them: This prophetically refers to the Jewish people who survive the Great Tribulation, come to salvation in the second half of that final period and welcome Jesus in the name of the LORD. This group – which includes the 144,000 of Revelation 7 and 14, but is not limited to that number – will make up the core of a restored Israel as Jesus establishes His millennial rule over the earth."

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

Sunday's sermon "A vision of the new temple" came from Zechariah 6:9-15.

1.Zechariah mentions a crown of silver and gold representing two roles the High Priest Joshua would take on. What are they and how are they fulfilled in the Person and work of Jesus Christ?

2.Zechariah mentions that a temple will be built. Jesus said destroy this temple and I will rebuild it in 3 days. What did Jesus mean?

3.Is it just the church Zechariah is referring to? Is there going to be a literal temple built in Jerusalem? Discuss why you think it may or may not be so.

4.Pray that we as a church can reach out in this gospel age to build the temple of Christ's body, the church – in our community and beyond.

Prayer Points

1.Combined Baptist service this Sunday night at CBC.

2.New people as they settle into the church.

3.Please continue to pray CBC's Mallacoota bushfire appeal. More exciting news this Sunday about what the Lord has done with our money thus far. Praise God for "Cowboy" and how we have helped his situation.

4.Christine Denning's mum recovering from a broken femur. Pray as she rehabilitates.

5.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

6.Sunday's message on Zech 12 "Jesus the Saviour of Jerusalem" - Ps Jay. Axiom:- "We have a lot in common" – 6:00pm – combined church service.

7.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

8.Church finances to meet our expenses.

9.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.

Praise Points.

1.Business meeting was a wonderful encouragement of what the Lord is doing at CBC.

2.Community event was a blessing on Sunday night. Good fellowship with each other and an opportunity to get to know some of our neighbours.

3.Christine Denning's mum home and recovering well.

4.More new people on Sunday.

5.Tad's brother Andrew attended church on Sunday. A miracle in anyone's language. Pray the Lord continues to open his heart to the gospel.

6.Praise God for the rain going to farmers breaking the drought in many areas..

7.New Website completed – Praise God for Melody and Suzie making this happen.

8.Recharge blessed again – thankyou leaders. New youth (who have never been to church), 13 last week.

9.CBC's Mallacoota appeal David Jeffrey of Mallacoota, our money is still being used by the Lord to bless the community.

10.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

Announcements

1.Willey - Hosting, morning tea next Sunday morning.

2.Men's shooting event – Sat 29th February – 9am at the Ripley rifle range. $15 entry, $10 ammo. See Tim/flyer for more details.

3.Steve Hawkins 60th birthday bash – 4:30pm Sat 29th at Church. Bring yourself, something to eat/cook and something the sit on as we celebrate 60 years of Steve!

4.Mallacoota Bushfire Appeal. You can donate directly through our "Give" tab on the website http://www.chuwarbaptist.com/give . Label your offering "Bushfire appeal"

5.Kids@Church and Recharge parents.Leaders for next Sunday Older group Leader:- Kim Rawiru. Lesson :- Journey to Mars 5 Psalm 119:105. Younger Group Leader:- Melody Jarvis, Assistant:- Nat Jarvis. Lesson:-Garden of Eden Picture, P24.

6.Recharge youth 7pm at Church, Fri 7th Feb for all High Schoolers. Games Galore. Recharge parent on roster for this week: - Yuki Fujita. Enjoy the amazing cooking by Angelo – this week Mexican tacos – Yum!

February's catechism question...

Question. 9. Question:- What do we pray for in the second petition?

Answer. "That the gospel may be preached in all of the world, and believed and obeyed by us and all men"

Bible Reference – Matt. 28:19-20; John 17:20-21; Acts 8:12; Acts 28:30-31; 2 Thess. 3:1.



"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay

Living waters will flow out from Jerusalem
They will look on Me whom they have pierced