Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO ZECHARIAH 14\\

This chapter treats of the coming of Christ with all his saints, and his
personal appearance among them; and of the signs of the times before
that; and of what shall befall the enemies of the church, both open and
secret; and of the happy state and condition of the church itself. First
there will be a time of great affliction to the people of God,
\\#Zec 14:1,2\\, when the Lord will appear and fight for them, and will
appear to them, and with them, \\#Zec 14:3-5\\ but before this time it will
be an uncommon season, neither day nor night; at the close of which,
light will break forth, \\#Zec 14:6,7\\ the Gospel will be spread far and
near, attended with the Spirit and grace of God in great plenty,
\\#Zec 14:8\\ which will bring on the spiritual reign of Christ over all the
earth, \\#Zec 14:9\\ particularly the land of Judea, and the city of
Jerusalem, shall be inhabited by men with safety, \\#Zec 14:10,11\\ and all
those that oppose and fight against the Lord's people shall be
destroyed, partly by an immediate plague from the Lord upon them, and
partly by the hands of one another, and also by the saints of the most
High; and the plague shall not only be upon their persons, but upon
their cattle likewise, \\#Zec 14:12-16\\ and as for those that profess the
Christian name, and yet neglect or refuse to worship the Lord in a
spiritual and evangelical manner, there shall be no rain upon them,
\\#Zec 14:17-19\\ and as for the church and people of God, there shall be
universal holiness among them, and not a single Canaanite to be found in
the midst of them, \\#Zec 14:20,21\\.