|Don Preston created the first two columns of this table in which he presumes Zech 14 is the AD 70 destruction of Jerusalem. He then picks verses from all over Revelation, no matter the context, in an attempt to show that all of Revelation matches Zech 14. He thinks this shows Revelation is just an extremely figurative account of the AD 70 destruction of Jerusalem.|
|Zechariah 14||Revelation||James’ Comments|
|Destruction of Jerusalem (1 f)||Fall of city where the Lord was crucified (11:8)||Zech 14 is not the AD 70 destruction of Jerusalem, but the capture of Jerusalem at the end of the world. Zech 14 and Rev 11 are parallel prophecies, but they speak of the capture of Jerusalem at the end of the world when God splits the Mount of Olives in half, and God did not do that in AD 70.
|Escape possible (5)||Come out of her lest partake of plagues (18:4)||Escape was not possible at the DOJ. Fugitives were crucified. Those remaining at its fall were led captive, the city was burned and then leveled. The captives did not escape after an earthquake at the DOJ.
|Coming of the Lord (5)||Coming of the Lord (14, 19)||Yes, these are parallel passages of the Second Coming, not the first. I am glad you agree that the coming in Rev 14 is the same as the one in Rev 19, but this coming is when Christ destroys ALL NATIONS, not the Jews at the DOJ (Rev 19:19-21)|
|Time of light (6-7)||No need of sun (21:23)||———————————————————————-
The Hebrew in Zech 14:6 is very difficult, and the translators have redered it in widely different ways.
“It shall come to pass in that day That there will be no light; The lights will diminish.” (NKJV)
On that day the sources of light will no longer shine, (NLT)
On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. (NIV)
And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the light shall not be clear, [nor] dark: (KJV)
Zech 14 describes the coming of Jehovah and the end of the age. The Sibyls say that when the age ends that the earth will be shrouded in dust, and the sky will be left without a single star (Book III:710). IMO, Zechariah 14 is the Sibyls’ twilight at the end of the world (Book III:993-1001), and the KJV’s idea that the light on that day is diffuse and dim is probably right.
The majority of the translations view this text as happening in a time of semi-darkness and not eternal day as Rev 21:25 describes. Besides if this event is supposed to be the DOJ, how in the world do you get eternal day out of the destruction of Jerusalem?
|Lord shall be king (9)||God on the throne (22:3)||These two passages do refer to the same time, but both of them refer to the condition that follows the day of the Lord when Jehovah shall have taken unto Him His great power and reigns over all the earth (Zech 14:9). Jehovah did not do that at the DOJ.
|No more curse (11)||No more curse (22:3-4)||To apply these passages to the destruction of Jerusalem is willful ignorance. The curses include death, pain in childbirth, weeds, nettles, thorns, mute animals, and vicious wild beasts. All of these curses are still in effect. These verses cannot possibly refer to the DOJ.
|River of life flows from Jerusalem (8)||River of life flows from Jerusalem (22:1f)||Tina says, “Zechariah 14:1-8 says the river of life would be opened as a result of Jesus’ coming against JERUSALEM. Therefore, Babylon HAS to be Jerusalem!”
Zech 14 makes no reference whatever to Babylon. There is no relationship between Zech 14 and Rev 18 or any other Babylon verse. There is no chain of logic to link between Zech 14 and Babylon, so there can be no “therefore”.
|Nations come to Jerusalem (16f)||Nations come to Jerusalem (21:26f)||Rev 21 shows New Jerusalem coming down from heaven. Did this happen at the DOJ? Rev 21 describes a city 1500 miles on a side in which only the kings of the earth may enter. Was this true at the DOJ? Both Zech 14:16 and Rev 21:26ff describe a situation that has not ever happened. This cannot possibly refer to the DOJ.|