I find it interesting that as I near the end my 20187 daily Bible readings, the Old Testament prophets focus more and more on the coming of Jesus and His eventual kingdom. And John in Revelation focuses on the coming of Jesus and His eventual kingdom.
Sometimes the imagery is so similar, I am not sure if I am reading an Old Testament prophet or Revelation! For example, I read about a bunch of horses in Revelation 6, then again in Zechariah 6… Wasn’t sure what I was reading some days!
I’ve compared verses in the OT prophets and Revelation in previous blogs: Like here. And tonight, these verses from Zechariah and Revelation struck me:
On that day… I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child… Zechariah 11:10
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. 12: 12
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. Revelation 19:6-8
Jesus is the pierced one – the only Son of God – who’s grace and mercy cleansed us from sin and uncleanness.
So that one day, Jesus would marry His bride, the church, made bright and pure by His blood.
Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, Zechariah predicted His death and its gracious consequence of removing our sin and clothing us in righteousness.
And almost 2000 years later, we await the fulfillment of Christ’s work prophesied by John, the marriage of the cleansed Bride to the Lamb.
And when that happens, heaven will resound with “the roar of many waters and… the sound of mighty peals of thunder.” A great multitude will praise God with “hallelujahs,” rejoicing, exulting, and giving Him glory.
Because what started before the foundation of the world, was predicted in Genesis 3: 15 (“he shall bruise [Satan’s] head”), was clarified by Zechariah’s and John’s prophecies, will have come to pass:
The people who turned away – and were then rescued by their Savior – will marry Him forever and ever. Amen and Amen.
Dear Lord: I love how Scriptures tie together and how the Bible is a love story from beginning to end. Help me realize more and more how much You love me! Amen.