ZECHARIAH 11:1-3 Open your doors, O Lebanon,
That fire may devour your cedars.
Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has
Because the mighty trees are ruined.
Wail, O oaks of Bashan,
For the thick forest has come down.
There is THE SOUND OF WAILING SHEPHERDS! For their glory is in ruins.
There is there of roaring lions!
For the pride of the Jordan is in ruins.
The hour ahead and even now is the hour of the wailing shepherd. It is still not to late to repent! The later that the shepherd repents, the more tears he will shed. Some have missed the wilderness experience and have seen the truth as the prophets of the wilderness enter the churches. 'I will restore you', says the Lord, 'and even though you have come in late, I will bring refreshing which rides on the wings of repentance'.
Those who try to move with the revival at a later season and who have not been through the wilderness experience will be blown by the coming storm like a cardboard shack in a gale. Read the prophecy of the Two Winds by Minor.
The 3 chapters in Zechariah 9 to 11 form a unit which precedes chapters 12 to 14 which speak of the tribulation period and the phrase 'in that day' is repeated. The context of this passage is the time preceding the tribulation period. It is the time of the latter rain.
ZECHARIAH 10:1 Ask the Lord for rain
In the time of the latter rain .
The Lord will make flashing clouds;
He will give them showers of rain,
Grass in the field for everyone.
The echoes of war and peace continue in chapter 10, but now a new metaphor has been introduced: it is the metaphor of the shepherd. Chapter 10 and 11 are held together by this metaphor.
We see the season of the prophets of the wilderness entering the churches and the warfare and conflict in these chapters.
ZECHARIAH 10:3-5 My anger is kindled against the
And I will punish the goatherds.
For the Lord of hosts will visitHis
The house of Judah,
And will make them as His royal horse in the battle.
From him comes the cornerstone,
From him the tent peg,
From him the battle bow,
From him every ruler together.
They shall be like mighty men,
Who tread down their enemies
In the mire of the streets in the battle.
They shall fight because the Lord is
And the riders on horses shall be put to
After the visitation of God, the army of God forms. The leaders come forth from the visitation of God which began with the Laodicean call into the wilderness. And so bone by bone, little by little the army of God forms, and great exploits are done in this final outpouring of the latter rain.
Let us repent now so that we too may be part of the remnant in this critical hour. It will be a bitter and sad day for those who have spent their lives building in the kingdom of God and to find that what they have built blown away by the coming wind - the hour of the wailing shepherd. Take heed, and repent today!
PSALM 127: 1-2 Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labour in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stay awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives his beloved sleep.