This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: January 1 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
The splitting of the Mount of Olives by the Keeper of Promises
For the actual event described in Zechariah 14:1-11 from the American Standard Version of 1901:
1 Behold, a day of Jehovah cometh, when thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
The foregoing describes the beginning of the Great Tribulation, expanded on by Jesus Christ as reported in Matthew 24:15-22. It was to be as literal as he described it, which it indeed became when the Roman Army besieged and destroyed the whole of the Jewish age still under the supervision of the law, the tutor leading Israel to their Messiah.
3 Then shall Jehovah go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
There are many different ways to fight, ranging from shielding, passive resistance to preemptive strikes.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; and the mount of Olives shall be cleft in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee by the valley of my mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azel*; yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah; and Jehovah my God shall come, and all the holy ones with thee.
* An unknown non-geographical place more akin to a situation or condition.
And so it was for the residue or remnant of Israel as well as other God-fearing people to join them over time in that little flock to be given the Kingdom of God (Luke 12:32), when Jehovah opened up for them between His mountains a place of refuge and escape from those bent on annihilating them completely as a people of God.
Mountains in the bible primarily refer to sovereignty, rulership, government, kingdoms due to their elevated positions.
What then are the my mountains between which Israel of the promise could escape and
find protection? Why, simply the space or interval of time between the kingdom
of Israel under the Law and under their Messiah (Christ)* yet ahead.
* Not Jesus, who forfeited his life and needs to remain dead for those saved to retain theirs.
It may seem reasonable to assume that quite a number of epochs could be said to constitute that chronological valley of succour for the flock of Jacob, the seed of Abraham Israel.
It may, however, be more astute and in keeping Jehovah's purpose to allow the biblical record to determine that.
Here from God's grave pronouncement to King Zedekiah recorded in Ezekiel 21:25-27:
And thou, O deadly wounded wicked one, the prince of Israel, whose day is come, in the time of the iniquity of the end, 26 thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Remove the mitre, and take off the crown; this shall be no more the same; exalt that which is low, and abase that which is high. 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn it: this also shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.
Although Israel continued to be guided by the tutor of the Law (Galatians 3:24-25) to their Messiah and future king Christ Jesus, they were no longer a kingdom of God destined to remain in that condition until he whose right it was to occupy the throne of David one final time, began to rule over the Israel of God, initially represented by the 120 who had put faith in their Messiah, now under the New Testament.
All this answers the question: why did Jesus' disciples frequently address him as Lord?
It was because he was the only and final one who had the legal, natural and God-purposed right to be king over the Israel of God in the flesh and only in the flesh and not of the kingdom of the 1000 years where all those finally chosen, including their forerunner Lord, are not just in the image of God, but true systemic sons of Jehovah God with the same powers.
That is why Jesus, a fleshly son in God's image, said to his disciples in John 6 that they had to eat the flesh and drink the blood of him who was their final atonement and second Passover sacrifice for them to be saved to become Jehovah's true sons in company with the only-begotten forerunner who was simultaneously saved by the proxy sheep Jesus in the manner of Isaac's salvation.
During this epoch, Israel's Old Testament was validated through the death of the testator Israel in Jesus, while at the same time inaugurating Israel's New Testament to be validated at the termination of their special 1000-year Kingdom assignment.
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that there shall not be light; the bright ones shall withdraw themselves: 7 but it shall be one day which is known unto Jehovah; not day, and not night; but it shall come to pass, that at evening time there shall be light. 8 And it shall come to pass in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. 9 And Jehovah shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall Jehovah be one, and his name one.
During Israel's journey through the valley she proved not to be a light to anyone. Toward the end of her law the power of the Law to give life ceased at John's preaching when that life-giving power transferred to the Kingdom of God -Luke 16:16. The anointed (Christian) congregation of Israel under the New Covenant had now become the light -Acts 13:47.
Interesting living waters - Temple connect in Ezekiel 47:1; John 4:6-14; Revelation 22:1, 17; and many other references.
10 All the land shall be made like the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and she shall be lifted up, and shall dwell in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananel unto the king’s wine–presses. 11 And men shall dwell therein, and there shall be no more curse; but Jerusalem shall dwell safely.
Jerusalem i.e.: Israel finally receiving its rightful elevation to their heavenly destiny and, with the curse of their collective transgressions finally removed from Jerusalem/Israel, we behold the splendour of the heavenly city in Revelation 21:10-27 then via the waters and tree of life in the first two verses of the next chapter to verse 3 for the final evidence:
And there shall be no curse any more: and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be therein: and his servants shall serve him; ––Revelation 22:3.
May it make sense to you