4All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

6And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

7And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.     Matthew Chapter 21/4-7 Holy Bible KJV.

 

9Rejoice greatly, Fair Zion;
Raise a shout, Fair Jerusalem!
Lo, your king is coming to you.
He is victorious, triumphant,
Yet humble, riding on an ass,
On a donkey foaled by a she-ass.

10He shall banish chariots from Ephraim
And horses from Jerusalem;
The warrior’s bow shall be banished.
He shall call on the nations to surrender,
And his rule shall extend from sea to sea
And from ocean to land’s end.     Zechariah 9/9-10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Jesse,
A twig shall sprout from his stock.

6The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard lie down with the kid;
The calf, the beast of prey, and the fatling together,
With a little boy to herd them.

9In all of My sacred mount
Nothing evil or vile shall be done;
For the land shall be filled with devotion to the Lord
As water covers the sea.

10In that day,
The stock of Jesse that has remained standing
Shall become a standard to peoples—
Nations shall seek his counsel
And his abode shall be honored.     Isaiah 11/1, 6, and 9-10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1So Israel set out with all that was his, and he came to Beer-sheba, where he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2God called to Israel in a vision by night: “Jacob! Jacob!” He answered, “Here.” 3And He said, “I am God, the God of your father. Fear not to go down to Egypt, for I will make you there into a great nation. 4I Myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I Myself will also bring you back; and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.”     Genesis 46/1-4 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

23A long time after that, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites were groaning under the bondage and cried out; and their cry for help from the bondage rose up to God. 24God heard their moaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. 25God looked upon the Israelites, and God took notice of them.     Exodus 2/23-25 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

31See, a time is coming—declares the Lord—when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, though I espoused them—declares the Lord. 33But such is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel after these days—declares the Lord: I will put My Teaching into their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts. Then I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34No longer will they need to teach one another and say to one another, “Heed the Lord“; for all of them, from the least of them to the greatest, shall heed Me—declares the Lord.
For I will forgive their iniquities,
And remember their sins no more.    
Jeremiah 31/34 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1Behold, I am sending My messenger to clear the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek shall come to His Temple suddenly. As for the angel of the covenant that you desire, he is already coming.     Malachi 3/1 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

The prophet referred to by the unknown writer of Matthew is Zechariah. The prophecy is Chapter 9, verse 9. Verse 10 was not mentioned or fulfilled and they go together. Zechariah was the prophet who saw the destruction of the Temple and the last of the line of the Kings of Judah exiled to Babylon and banished by G-d from ever ruling on the throne of David again.

“Lo, your king is coming to you. He is victorious, triumphant, Yet humble, riding on an ass” has become an end times prophecy as it never was fulfilled. King David often rode on an ass. This means the twig which will sprout from the stump of Jesse described in Isaiah 11 will have a humble nature like Moses.

“He shall banish chariots from Ephraim And horses from Jerusalem; The warrior’s bow shall be banished. He shall call on the nations to surrender”. In the days of the prophets invading forces used chariots for battle in the rural areas, rode upon horses like police in the city and shot arrows with bows to enforce their will upon the people of Israel.

In the days of Zechariah this was the Assyrians and Babylonians. In the days of Jesus this was Rome. Cyrus the Great of Persia the last anointed King of G-d conquered and defeated Babylon freeing the exiled tribes of Israel to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.

Jesus did ride an ass into Jerusalem but he did not banish the chariots and horses and arrows and swords of Rome. He rode in for his last supper allowing himself to be captured and executed and later Rome destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple despite the noble and gallant wars of the Jewish people which ended at Masada with mass suicide of every man, woman and child rather than be killed by Romans. He was not the anointed King of G-d prophesied by Zechariah or Isaiah.

In today’s world chariots and horses and arrows are much different. They are tanks and armored SUV’s and automatic rifles and nuclear bombs. The invading forces are radical Islam and terrorist organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic State. The nations threatening war are Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Iran and to rebuild the Temple that would include Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq.

The anointed King of G-d prophesied by Zechariah must resolve the Palestinian issue and banish radical Islam from Israel to fulfill this prophecy today. In his day Israel shall rest secure.

For almost seventy years, the same time as the Babylon exile before G-d anointed Cyrus of Persia as his King to rebuild His Temple on His Holy Mount Zion the Jewish people have tried to make peace with an enemy of G-d that seeks nothing but their destruction.

The prophecy of the Jewish Bible is the prophecy of G-d. He thought creation through from beginning to end before He formed it. He knows what the tasks of His anointed King will be.

And G-d knows it is going to take the prophet like Moses, Elijah and the son of David to rebuild His House on His Holy Mount Zion. And that man is the Lord’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53. A firebrand pulled from the fire of refinement by the hand of G-d.

G-d knows that suffering makes Israel a great nation. This suffering made the Jewish people worthy of His Torah that he gave them at Sinai. That is where their suffering in slavery was rewarded and the Torah made Israel a great nation.

By receiving the Torah and being G-d’s chosen people the people Israel have endured greater suffering than slavery in and from the world for thousands of years.

And the reward for that is just beginning. The redemption has begun. Elijah is here.

And I herald the time of the new covenant of the forgiveness of all the sins of the Jewish people declared by G-d in Jeremiah 31/34. It is for the building of the third Temple so that G-d may return to it quickly as G-d declared in Malachi 3/1. The time of Elijah. A time when there is no temple and the Holy children of G-d are to rebuild it for His presence to dwell on earth.

No man alone can do this. But G-d can take a man and do this. A man with a cleansed spirit and tempered soul who no longer has self will and speaks to G-d face to face.

The man who offered his self and soul to G-d described in Isaiah 53 who is given long life for the prosperity of G-d’s purpose of redeeming the Jewish people in the end times.

Elijah, the HaMoshiach.

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