We are sharing with our visitors some responses to common objections against Covenant Eschatology. The responses are written by Frank Speer and are well thought out and Biblical. Be sure to take a look and compare with scripture!
The objection for consideration in this article is as follows:
“ALL NATIONS” of the world did not come against Jerusalem in 70 AD…only Rome. All nations coming against her are to be destroyed….“
Frank Speer Responds:
I assume the author is referring to Zech 14:2…
Zechariah 14:2 – “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.”
Firstly, has the questioner considered the abundant references to ANCIENT WARFARE and ANCIENT LIVING listed in Zech 14?? Gold and silver as currency, horses, camels and donkeys, chariots, swords, bows and arrows as weapons of warfare, clay cooking pots and Canaanites in the land etc etc??
Is it reasonable to suppose that our modern nations (or future nation) be reverting back to wooden weaponry – “spears, swords and horse driven chariots, etc.” in the near future?
Zech 14 is describing the Roman-Jewish war of the first century AD – and “the nations” that were gathered against Jerusalem were the the Roman armies – the word translated nations (hag·g?·w·yim) in the Hebrew is better translated “THE GENTILES” – the pagans – the non-covenant peoples….
“For I will gather ‘THE WHOLE OF THE GENTILES’ against Jerusalem to battle,“
Now, no matter what we make of this particular passage – I don’t know of ANY Christian who believes and teaches that EVERY NATION IN THE ENTIRE WORLD would or will attack Jerusalem at the time of the end. Right? So taking this verse at ‘face value’ is risky business no matter what side you come down on.
Notice also that in Zechariah 14:5 it is said the “the Remnant” of Israel would “FLEE TO THE WILDERNESS” during the battle – this is exactly what Jesus told His first century disciples to do when THEY SAW the armies surrounding Jerusalem (Mt 24:15).
As far as Jesus “standing on and splitting the Mt of Olives” etc – there is much of this type of ‘poetic imagery’ of God leaving Heaven and standing in the Holy Land (Ezek 11:23; Isa 64:1-2 etc). Zech 14:1-6 is poetic imagery of God drawing a line between the unrighteous apostates and the righteous remnant of Israel – Notice Zech 14:6 sounds just like the many other battles of the O.T. period when “the celestial luminaries burnt out” and the mountains were saturated with Blood and the springs of the seas burst open etc. etc. – Isa 13:9-10; 34: Jer 4:23 ff; Ezek 32:7-8 etc)
So much more to be said about Zech 12-14 – please read this article…