ZECHARIAH 14:16-19…..JOHN 7:37,38
Zekaryah Ha Navi (Zechariah the Prophet) is seeing into the future, during the millennial reign of Yeshua HaMelech (Yeshua the King) who is now on earth and reigns over all nations. A reign of peace has now begun and all will rejoice in this period of “shalom”.
All the nations of the earth will go up to Yerushalayim to worship King Yeshua and to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. It says that if “anyone of the clans (or families) of the earth does not come up to Yerushalayim to bow down and worship the King, then on them there will be no rain”
But what exactly does this mean, we might ask? Does this mean that every person in every nation of the world will have to leave home and go up to Yerushalayim to celebrate Sukkot and worship Yeshua? If this were the case, how would so many people fit inside Yerushalayim? You can only get so many people inside a city. What would the population of the world be after the tribulation, perhaps with half of the world’s population dead through the plagues and wrath of Adonai, there would probably still be perhaps quite a few billion inhabitants of the earth, so, how would they all fit?
Now, this is just my idea, my idea only. Perhaps, just perhaps the families of the nations’ leaders would be required to go up to celebrate Sukkot and worship Yeshua. These families would represent all the families of said nations, and any nation that does not send representatives, well, that nation would not receive rain in due season. This would make more sense than every family on earth going up to Jerusalem.
The other thought would be that Jerusalem would be a lot larger than it is now, being a renewed earth during the millennial reign of Yeshua, but still, fitting in ALL of Earth's families would still be far-fetched. One can only suppose what will happen. Well, my thoughts only.
These verses are fitting for this time of Sukkot, which tell about Yeshua being at the Temple during this time. These were his words:
“And on the last day of the great festival (meaning “Shemini Atzeret, the 8th day) Yeshua stood and cried out saying; “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and let him who believes in Me drink. As the scripture says: out of His innermost shall flow rivers of living water.”
Yeshua was referring to Isaiah 12:3 “With joy ye shall draw water out of the wells of SALVATION (Yeshuah)
He said those words at the time that the priests were pouring out water which they carried from the Pool of Siloam, at the base of the altar. Today, in Sukkot ceremonies, we pour out both water and wine, symbolizing the pouring out of Yeshua’s blood which was mixed with water, when the Roman soldier pierced his side with a spear.
Yeshua, therefore, has the title “Mayim Chayim” (Living Water) Water gives and maintains life, and it is symbolically pointing to the pouring out of the Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit) at the time of Shavuot or “Pentecost.”
Drinking water will sustain us with physical life, yet the Holy Spirit will sustain us with spiritual life and fellowship. The Hebrew letter “M” (Mem) symbolizes water. The number value of “Mem” is 40. “4” is the physical earth, and we know that water is found in all 4 corners of the earth, and the Holy Spirit is also present in believers in all 4 corners of the earth as well. Verse 39 explains exactly that. That He was referring to the Holy Spirit which believers would receive soon. (50 days after his death).
After this, John says that many believed on Him, yet others did not, and some were confused. The same is today. Many believe on Yeshua, and many do not. Many will still follow the ways of the world and follow HaSatan. Bad choice! So, choose life, choose to drink the “Living Water” and live forever.