In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land. And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive: But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth. And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.(Zechariah 13 :1-6)
“In that Day”… i.e. the Day of Divine intervention, in which God comes to the besieged, prodigal nation, and reveals himself, as the One whom the nation had previously rejected and despised, and even had pierced, the people mourn.
On every level of society the people of Israel mourn deeply, and individually; a spirit of repentance,”Grace and supplication” grips the nation, as they are forced to re-think(Repent) everything they think they knew of the last two thousand years of Jewish History.
The Stone their builders had once rejected, was indeed the very cornerstone! Jeshua is no ‘gentile fabrication’, He is the long anticipated Messiah! They thought he was “smitten and afflicted” by God himself, for blasphemy and false prophecy, but “He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace came upon Him and high His stripes, WE are healed”.
On that day a fountain shall open up for cleansing, “…to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem… to remove sin and uncleanness”.
The believing church, the “one new man” composed of Gentiles and a Jewish remnant, has long availed itself of this fountain, but the very entity which it was originally prepared for, has not, until now. Finally the great national sin will be removed, and the Holy Nation will be sanctified once again! What a day of mingled sorrow and rejoicing!
The fountain shall have another effect on the nation which is described here in the vision of Zechariah; it will quench the spirit of false prophecy which has long be-deviled and deceived Israel, keeping her from believing and receiving her Messiah.
Judaism morphed into something other than the Judaism of the Prophets, Moses, and even first century Judaism of Jesus and John the Baptist. It had no choice, especially with the destruction of the temple and the dispersion and exile of the people food the previous two thousand years.
The prophecy of Jeremiah had already been partially fulfilled by 70 ad but it shifted into absolute fulfillment with those days of judgment and decline.
Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.(Jeremiajah 2:12-13)
There was a rabbinic counsel at Javneh in the late first century , organized by Rabbi Johannan ben Zakkai, in which pressing realities had to be faced and adapted to; What should be the Hebrew Canon?, What are we to do now that there is no Temple? Where do we go for forgiveness of sins? What should we do about the Nazrite Sect(Christians)?
Judaism was literally at a crossroads.
The decision was made by Rabbis, to emphasize knowledge, mitzvah(good works), rather than emphasize sacrificial system of forgiveness of sins, now impossible without temple or functioning Priesthood.
There was much work for the Rabbis, now, in order to obscure biblical texts which obviously point to the Sacrifice of the Messiah as a propitiationary substitute for sins, (Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 etc), as well as other texts which plainly stated that the Messiah would come to Israel and die, before the destruction of the second temple,(Daniel 925-29).
Judaism for the most part went after the Rabbis, who reconfigured it to the point of distinguishing scripture understandings which in any way conformed Christian interpretations which would lead anyone to Jesus.
What am I saying? That the system of Rabbinism is a system of false prophecies, every bit as dangerous as the preheats who bedeviled Israel in the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
When the fountain opens up for the house of David and Jerusalem to remove sin and uncleanness, there will be a long overdue reaction against the Rabbis and false prophets which will be so intense, people will try to hide the fact that they were ever a Rabbi at all!
The gall of the Rabbis is astonishing to those like me, who are not Jewish and weren’t exposed to their ministry.
For example,Maimonides changed the Shema, the confession of the faith iof Israel, revealed by Moses, “Here Oh Israel, the LORD thy God, the LORD is ONE…” . He changed one word, for originally the Hebrew text read “Oneness:, (Echad), But Rambam(His other name) inserted instead the Hebrew word for ONE,singular , ( Yachid) a Word which is never used of God in all of scripture.
Why did the Rabbi change the scripture? To hide the idea that the SHema communicates something more akin to a Trinitarian understanding of the nature of God. “Hear Oh Israel, the Lord our God the LORD is oneness…”.
Multiply this kind of duplicity hundreds of times over, over the long centuries of alienation from God, and it is no wonder the Jews did not find God, the Rabbis were for the most part utter false prophets to them!
What about the Rabbinic curse put upon the prophecy of Daniel 9? I read the testimony of a Rabbinical student who had come across in his readings the warnings and even a curse by several sages on He who calculates the timing of Daniel 9! This only piqued his curiosity until he undertook a study. What did he conclude? That the Messiah had to have come back before the destruction of the second temple, and to have died as a substitute for the people.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(Daniel 9:24-26)
What was the Rabbinical student’s response to this revelation? He was born again and eventually became a baptist minister! One wonders how many hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of Jews would have followed suit, had Rabbis not obscured and hid the text!
There will be a repudiation and uprooting of all false prophecy in Israel in that day, to the point where parents will even threaten execution of any of their children who indulge in it, and the distinctive clothes associated with the false prophets, will be shed and denied by those who once practiced it.
Rabbis are not the only false prophets in Israel, there are a good number of Muslims there, and Roman Catholics, and Greek orthodox, many of whom are being used as false teachers, prophets and ministers. The name of idols shall be cut off of the land(Allah will not be heard their any more, nor will there be anymore idolatrous devotion to Mary, the “Queen of heaven” in the day that the fountain for cleansing is opened.
The last vignette has a man being asked about the scars on his hands, and him lying about them rather than confess that he received them in some kind of idolatrous ritual which would mark him out as a false prophet. Behind all false prophets is false religion, a false “Word” and behind them are unclean Spirits, Demons and Satan himself.
On that day of cleansing, Israel receives deliverance as the mad man of Geddarra once did! Then She shall be clothed in regal glory and in her right mind in the fear and love of the LORD.