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Living waters will flow out from Jerusalem

Living waters will flow out from Jerusalem

When Christ returns to fulfil the OT prophecies about Jerusalem and Israel and to gather His bride – the church, there will be no mistaking the event. Zechariah explains.

Zechariah 14: The Coming Day of the LORD

1 Behold, a day is coming for the LORD, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst.

2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

3 Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle.

4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward.

5 And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

6 On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost.

7 And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light.

8 On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter.

9 And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day the LORD will be one and his name one.

10 The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain aloft on its site from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king's winepresses.

11 And it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction. Jerusalem shall dwell in security.

12 And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.

13 And on that day a great panic from the LORD shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other.

14 Even Judah will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance.

15 And a plague like this plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever beasts may be in those camps.

16 Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths.

17 And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.

18 And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; there shall be the plague with which the LORD afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.

19 This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.

20 And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, "Holy to the LORD." And the pots in the house of the LORD shall be as the bowls before the altar.

21 And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to the LORD of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the LORD of hosts on that day.

Things to think about…

1.Prior to Christ's return, there will be another battle over Jerusalem and it will be a time of terrible tribulation for the people of Israel, Zech 14:1,2. But then the end will come. Christ Himself will stand on the Mount of Olives Zech 14:3 and the mount will be split in two (this of course is in the future – the mountain is still intact today). Living waters will flow out from the mountain – they will replenish the dead sea (currently it is still dead). Ezekiel speaks of this same event in Ezek 47. Zech 14:7 says this will be a unique day only known to the Lord. Indeed it will be. Christ says no-one knows the hour or the day, only the Father in heaven Mt 24:36.

2.It says after this time, Jerusalem shall dwell securely and everyone who survives of all the nations will go up every year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, Zech 14:16. We know Him as Jesus. The Jews will know Him as Yeshua. This will be done in Jerusalem. This begins the earthly Millennial reign of Christ, Rev 20. The temple will be built according to the specifications given in Ezek 40-46. It is interesting that it says the nations will keep the Feast of Booths, vs 16. This festival was a remembrance festival of deliverance, the Jews made temporary booths (shelters) to recall the time they spent in the wilderness (Lev 23:39-44). This millennial period will be a remembrance for the nations that this millennial period is still temporal, only being in place for 1000 years, then there will be an eternal dwelling place. The invitation is to be part of it, Rev 21 – the eternal dwelling place – the true eternal Jerusalem which will be part of the new heavens and the new earth. Have a read of John 7 and see how Jesus kept this feast. He was teaching at the temple – I believe He will do so again. John 7:37 and 38 will literally come true from this temple. Living waters will literally flow from this place! For those who have accepted Jesus as their Saviour from sin, the living waters that flow up are as a result of the Holy Spirit, Jn 4:10, Jn 7:39.

3.Christ will literally reign on the earth and fulfil all the promises given to Jacob (Israel) and David. The nations will know either blessing and abundance or a curse and a plague depending on whether they keep this feast, Zech 14:17-19. You can see why Jesus got so angry with the money changers in His day, vs 21. This Millennial temple will truly be a house of prayer and worship.

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.Pray for Catherine Charlesworth who is currently in the Royal Brisbane Hospital recovering from a bad fall. Pray for a full recovery.

2.Pray for Ailsa, Hans and Peter with the tragic loss of their son and brother last week.

3.Combined Baptist service this Sunday night at CBC.

4.New people as they settle into the church.

5.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.

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

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

8.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.

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

10.Church finances to meet our expenses.

11.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.



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