God Will Split the Mountain to Save Us

Zechariah 14:1–7 (NKJV)

14:1 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,

And your spoil will be divided in your midst.

2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;

The city shall be taken,

The houses rifled,

And the women ravished.

Half of the city shall go into captivity,

But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

3 Then the Lord will go forth

And fight against those nations,

As He fights in the day of battle.

4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,

Which faces Jerusalem on the east.

And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,

From east to west,

Making a very large valley;

Half of the mountain shall move toward the north

And half of it toward the south.

5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley,

For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal.

Yes, you shall flee

As you fled from the earthquake

In the days of Uzziah king of Judah.

Thus the Lord my God will come,

And all the saints with You.

6 It shall come to pass in that day

That there will be no light;

The lights will diminish.

7 It shall be one day

Which is known to the Lord

Neither day nor night.

But at evening time it shall happen

That it will be light.

Zechariah prophecies of a distant day when Jerusalem would be attacked by the surrounding nations, and Yahweh would defend them by standing on the Mount of Olives, splitting it in two, and allowing the remnant of Jerusalem to escape through the valley formed by the splitting of the Mount.  This act is compared to an earthquake that gave them escape during the time of Uzziah, king of Judah.  

While it is uncertain at what time in the eschatology of Israel that this will happen, it does give us one more picture of how God will defend and make a way of escape for His people.  We are never cornered to the point that God cannot bring us out.  We are never so surrounded that we cannot see God’s hand delivering us, even if He splits a mountain or parts a sea to give us escape.  So, when you feel overwhelmed and unable to see the path to victory, trust the Lord.  He will make a way where there is no way, or at least that is how it will look to us.  God knows the way is there even when we cannot see it.  God lives in the way.  Jesus is the Way.  We are okay, even when it seems we are not, because the God who will split the Mount of Olives is the God we serve!

Artwork from https://anencounterwithyeshuamessiah.wordpress.com/tag/zechariah-144/

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