“On That Day” (Zechariah 14: 9, NEB) by Carley Evans

A future exists for us; a future at which time “living water issues from Jerusalem, half flowing to the eastern sea and half to the western, in summer and winter alike.” (Zechariah 14: 8)

“On that day is neither heat nor cold nor frost. It is all one day, whose coming is known only to the Lord, without distinction of day or night, and at evening time there is light.” (Zechariah 14: 6 – 7)

A future day which is “all one day,” in which there is only light; no darkness at all. A future day when “living water” comes out of the city of God — that is, from Jerusalem. “The whole land is leveled; (…) but Jerusalem stands high in her place, and is full of people (…) Men live there in peace.” (Zechariah 14: 7, 8, 10)

Simultaneously, all nations which war against Jerusalem are struck down by a plague — their peoples’ “flesh rots while they stand on their feet, their eyes rot in their sockets, and their tongues rot in their mouths.” (Zechariah 14: 12)

“On that day a great panic, sent by the Lord, falls on them. At the very moment when a man might encourage his comrade his hand is raised to strike him down.” (Zechariah 14: 13)

“On that day a fountain is opened for the line of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to remove all sin and impurity.” (Zechariah 13: 1)

On that day in Jerusalem, all are safe. On that day those outside and against Jerusalem are doomed.