Zechariah. 14:3 ”And the Lord shall go forth and wage war with those nations, LIKE THE DAY HE WAGED WAR ON THE DAY OF THE BATTLE” (at the Sea of Reeds; Exodus 14:13-31).
”It happened at the morning watch that HaShem looked down at the camp of Egypt with a pillar of fire and cloud, AND HE CONFOUNDED THE CAMP OF EGYPT.” The
Hebrew word used here is an expression of confusion, He confused them, He took away their intelligence.
"And He took off their chariot wheels, and made them to drive
heavily, so that the Egyptians said: ''LET US FLEE FROM THE FACE OF ISRAEL, FOR THE LORD FIGHTETH FOR THEM AGAINST THE EGYPTIANS.''
Wherever it says (confusion), it
means a tumultuous noise. As in 1 Sam. 7:10 “and the Lord thundered with a loud noise, etc., on the Philistines and threw them into confusion." (See also Exodus 23:27, Deut. 7:23, 1 Samuel 19:14-21,
"And it will come to pass on that day that there will be great consternation, sent by the Lord upon them" I.e., to confuse their wisdom, to bring them about to madness. "each one shall seize the hand of the other, and his hand shall rise
up against the hand of the other" (Zech. 14:13, Ezekiel 38:19-23).
Zechariah 9:13-17 ”For bend Judah for Me like a bow; I filled [the hand of] Ephraim, and I
will arouse your children, O Zion, upon your children, O Javan (the Greeks, at the time of the Hanukkah miracle); and I will make you as the sword of a mighty man (David)...”
Some of our Sages interpreted [the phrase] as referring to Edom, the fourth kingdom in the future "the feet and the toes-which were partly of potter's clay and partly of iron - a divided kingdom..." (Daniel Ch. 7, 2:31-35, 40-44). The lands of the
Roman empire came to be dominated by Edom-Rome/Esau and Ishmael, represented by Christianity and I-slam.
THESE VERSES ARE THUS A PROPHECY OF HOW GOD WILL SAVE ISRAEL
FROM GOG AND MAGOG.
“And the Lord shall appear over them, and his arrows shall go forth like lightning..." The passage speaks of arrows. The scholar’s weapons are the Torah insights. These come only to one who lives according to the Torah. Their sharpness guarantees their effectiveness in penetrating the listener’s
heart (Rabbi Yitzchok Rubin).
Psalm 45:6 "Your arrows are sharpened, nations shall fall under you, in the heart of the King's enemies." As a reward for Torah, nations
shall fall under Israel (Rashi).
A RABBI CROSS-EXAMINES CHRISTIANITY: Rabbi Michael Skobac takes you on a fascinating exploration of how a small Messianic movement within
Judaism, 2,000 years ago, transformed into a radically non-Jewish world religion.
In this lecture, you will learn about the Jewish roots of Christianity, how those
roots became obscured over the course of time and what surprising developments may lie ahead (At Youtube).
"The Lord of Hosts shall protect them, and they shall
devour. And they shall tread the sling-stones (1 Samuel 17:49: the stone = knowledge of God from the kingdom of David; Isaiah 11:9, Daniel 2:34-35,44, Habakkuk 2:11-14),..And the Lord their God shall save them on that day...For how [great] is
their goodness and how [great] is their beauty!
Corn [will give strength (Torah knowledge) to] young men, and new wine (Torah knowledge) (Genesis 49:12,
Isaiah 55:1-7) will cause maids to speak..."
”Do you have an arm like God, or do you thunder like Him with [your] voice? Bedeck
yourself now with pride and excellence, and clothe yourself with glory and beauty. Scatter your raging anger, see any haughty man and humble him. See any haughty man and subdue him, and crush the wicked in their place. Hide them in the dust together; bind
up their faces in a hidden place...” (Job 40:9-13, Psalms 45).
It is the Torah Scholar's speech, his voice, that will confuse them: Psalms 77:12-19
”I recall the deeds of Yah when I remember Your wonder from time immemorial. And I meditate over all Your works, and I speak of Your deeds.
O God, Your way is
in sanctity. Who is a power as great as God? You are the God Who works wonders; You made known Your might among the peoples.
You redeemed Your people with Your arm,
the sons of Jacob and Joseph forever.
The waters perceived You, O God, the waters perceived You, they trembled, even the deeps quaked. They poured forth thick waters;
the skies let out a voice, EVEN YOUR ARROWS (of lightning) WENT ABROAD.
The sound of Your thunder is like a wheel; the lightning illuminated the world; the earth shook
and quaked.” ”The sound of Your thunder (VOICE) rolled like a wheel on the sea to confuse the camp of the Egyptians” (Rashi).
the chastisement of exile has fully purified His nation, God will again intervene as He did when He redeemed Israel from Egypt: Psalms 48:5-7 ”For behold the kings assembled, they came together (to wage war against Jerusalem in the wars of Gog
and Magog). They saw and were indeed astounded, THEY WERE CONFOUNDED AND FLED IN HASTE.” Whenever kings assembled to attack Jerusalem, they SAW that God was its ”stronghold.” They were astounded and fled (Radak).
”He Who looks at the earth and it quakes; He touches the mountains and they emit smoke. I shall sing to the Lord while I am alive; I shall sing praises to my God as long as I
exist. May my speech be pleasing to Him; I shall rejoice with the Lord. Sinners will be destroyed from the earth and the wicked will be no more; my soul, bless the Lord. Hallelujah”
"The Talmud's take on the last phrase is to read
it as "sin" will be destroyed from the earth rather than "sinners" - once repentance sets in, there will be no more wicked people..." (Rabbi Michael Skobac).
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Malachi 3:8-12 "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob Me, and you say, "With what have we robbed You?"-With
tithes and with the terumah-levy. You are cursed with a curse, but you rob Me, the whole nation. Bring the whole of the tithes into the treasury so that there may be nourishment in My House, and test Me now therewith, says the Lord of Hosts, [to see] if I
will not open for you the sluices of heaven and pour down for you blessing until there be no room to suffice for it.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sake, and he
will not destroy the fruits of your land; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before its time in the field, says the Lord of Hosts. And then all the nations shall praise you, for you shall be a desirable land, says the Lord of Hosts." Providing proper support for Israel's spiritual ministers and teachers is the very key to national as well as international
survival and prosperity (Isaiah 24:1-6, Deut. 4:27-31, Ch. 30).