Zechariah 12:10- Piercing A Messianic Illusion

The following are the Counter-Missionary Survival Seminar notes for the Zechariah 12:10 session.

Zechariah 12:10 Piercing A Messianic Illusion

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Session #8




The one who first states a case seems right, until the other comes and cross-examines.

MICAH 5:2-6

2 But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. 3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel. 4 And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the L-rd, in the majesty of the name of the L-rd his G-d. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; 5 and he shall be one of peace. If the Assyrians come into our land and tread upon our soil, we will raise against them seven shepherds and eight installed as rulers. 6 They shall rule the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod with the drawn sword; they shall rescue us from the Assyrians if they come into our land or tread within our border.


Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? Her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.


Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the L-rd, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

MICAH 7:14

Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.


And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadnezar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants; and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, says the L-rd.

AMOS 9:11

In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof, and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in days of old:

MICAH 7:20

You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

ISAIAH 51:9-10

9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the L-rd: awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Are you not it that has cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? 10 Are you not it which has dried the sea, the waters of the great depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?

MATTHEW 2:1-23

1 Jesus was born at Bethlehem in Judea during the reign of Herod. After his birth astrologers from the east arrived in Jerusalem, asking: 2 "Where is the child who is born to be king of the Jews? We observed the rising of his star, and we have come to pay him homage." 3 King Herod was greatly perturbed when he heard this; and so was the whole of Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the chief priests and lawyers of the Jewish people, and put before them the question: 5 "Where is it that the Messiah is to be born?" "At Bethlehem in Judea," they replied; and they refer-red him to the prophecy which reads: 6 "Bethlehem in the land of Judah, you are far from least in the eyes of the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a leader to be the shepherd of my people Israel." 7 Herod next called the astrologers to meet him in private, and ascertained from them the time when the star had appeared. 8 He then sent them on to Bethlehem, and said, "Go and make a careful inquiry for the child. When you have found him, report to me, so that I may go myself and pay him homage." 9 They set out at the king's bidding; and the star which they had seen at it's rising went ahead of them until it stopped above the place where the child lay. 10 At the sight of the star they were overjoyed. 11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary, his mother, and bowed to the ground in homage to him: then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned home another way. 13 After they had gone, an angel of the lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and said to him, "Rise up, take the child and his mother and escape with them to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the child to do away with him." 14 So Joseph rose from sleep, and taking mother and child by night, he went away with them to Egypt, 15 and there he stayed till Herod's death. This was to fulfill what the lord had declared through the prophet: "I called my son out of Egypt." 16 When Herod saw how the astrologers had tricked him, he fell into a passion, and gave orders for the massacre of all children in Bethlehem and its neighborhood, of the age of two years or less, corresponding with the time he had ascertained from the astrologers. 17 So the words spoken through Jeremiah the prophet were fulfilled: 18 "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud laments: it was Rachel weeping for her children, and refusing all consolation, because they were no more." 19 The time came that Herod died: and an angel of the lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said to him: 20 "Rise up, take the child and his mother, and go with them to the land of Israel, for the men who threatened the child's life are dead." 21 So he rose, took mother and child with him, and came to the land of Israel. 22 Hearing, however, that Archelaus had succeeded his father Herod as king of Judea, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by a dream, he withdrew to the region of Galilee; 23 there he settled in a town called Nazareth. This was to fulfill the words spoken through the prophets: "He shall be called a Nazarene."

LUKE 2:1-24, 36-39

1 In those days a decree was issued by the Emperor Augustus for a registration to be made throughout the Roman world. 2 This was the first registration of its kind; it took place when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 For this purpose everyone made his way to his own town: 4 So Joseph went up to Judea from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, 5 to register at the city of David, called Bethlehem, because he was of the house of David by descent, and with him went Mary who was betrothed to him. 6 She was expecting a child, and while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born, and she gave birth to a son, her first-born. 7 She wrapped him in his swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them to lodge in the house. 8 Now in this same district there were shepherds out in the fields, keeping watch through the night over their flock, 9 when suddenly there stood before them an angel of the lord, and the splendor of the lord shown around them. 10 They were terror-stricken, but the angel said: "Do not be afraid: I have good news for you: there is great joy coming to the whole people. 11 Today in the city of David, a deliverer has been born to you - the Messiah, the lord. 12 And this is your sign: you will find a baby lying wrapped in his swaddling clothes, in a manger." 13 All at once, there was with the angel a great company of the heavenly host, singing the praises of G-d: 14 "Glory to G-d in the highest heaven, and on earth his peace for men on whom his favor rests." 15 After the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another: "Come, we must go straight to Bethlehem, and see this thing that has happened, which the lord has made known to us." 16 So they went with all speed and found their way to Mary and Joseph: and the baby was lying in the manger. 17 When they saw him, they recounted what they had been told about this child: 18 and all who heard were astonished at what the shepherds said. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered over them. 20 Meanwhile, the shepherds returned glorifying and praising god for what they had heard and seen: it had all happened as they had been told. 21 Eight days later, the time came to circumcise him, and he was given the name Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived. 22 Then, after their purification had been completed in accordance with the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the lord, 23 (As prescribed in the law of the lord. "Every first-born male shall be deemed to belong to lord.) 24 and also to make the offering as stated in the law: "A pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons." 36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was a very old woman, who had lived seven years with her husband after she was first married, and then alone as a widow to the age of eighty-four. 37 She never left the temple, but worshipped day and night, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up at that very moment, she returned thanks to god; and she talked about the child to all who were looking for the liberation of Jerusalem. 39 When they had done everything prescribed in the law of the lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew big and strong and full of wisdom; and god's favor was upon him.

JOHN 1:44-46

44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, "We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 46 And Nathanael said to him: "Can there be any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

JOHN 7:41-43

41 Others said, "This is the Christ," but some said, "Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Have not the scripture said, that Christ come out of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" 43 So there was a division among the people because of him.

1 SAMUEL 16:1

And the L-rd said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go, I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons"


1 The burden of the word of the L-rd of Israel, says the L-rd, which stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. 2 "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. 4 And in that day," says the L-rd, "I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open my eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the L-rd of hosts their G-d.' 6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem." 7 The L-rd also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. 8 In that day shall the L-rd defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as G-d, as the angel of the L-rd before them. 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. 11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. 12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; 13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; 14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.

JOHN 19:31-37

31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for the sabbath day was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then came the soldiers, and broke the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they did not break his legs: 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith out came blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bore record, and his record is true: and he knows that he said true, that you might believe. 36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, "Not a bone of his shall be broken." 37 And again another scripture says, "They shall look on him whom they pierced."

2 CHRONICLES 35:22-25

22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of G-d, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo. 23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, "Have me away, for I am sore wounded." 24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah. 25 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spoke of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations.

2 KINGS 23:28-30

28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 29 In his days Pharoah-nechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him: and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him. 30 And his servants carried him in a chariot, dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead.

ISAIAH 9:2-7

2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them has the light shone. 3 You have multiplied the nations, and not increased the joy: they joy before you according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide spoil. 4 For you have broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. 5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty G-d, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the L-rd of hosts will perform this.


Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:


-And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lrd.


And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid; Gad and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram.

JUDGES 18:29

And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.


Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, "A man child is born unto you;" making him very glad

PSALM 87:5

And of Zion it shall be said, "This and that man was born in her:" and the highest himself shall establish her.

RUTH 4:16-17

16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. 17 And the women her neighbors gave it a name, saying, "There is a son born to Naomi;" and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.


And G-d called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.


And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.


And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bore them.


And he cried, "A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

ISAIAH 22:12

And in that day did the L-rd G-d of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

ISAIAH 36:13

Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, and said, "Hear ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.

Isaiah and the use of names

- G-d, the G-d of Israel -


And he erected there an altar, and called it El-e-lo'he-Israel.

- The L-rd is my banner -

EXODUS 17:15

And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Je-ho'vahnis- si:

- The L-rd is peace -


Then Gideon built an altar there unto the L-rd, and called it Je-ho'vah-sha'lom:


In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name by which she shall be called, The L-rd our righteousness.

- My G-d is he -

1 SAMUEL 1:1

Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was El-ka'-nah, the son of Jero- ham, the son of E-li-hu...

- My G-d -

1 SAMUEL 1:3

And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the L-rd of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Pinchas, the priests of the L-rd were there.


And he went unto his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Je-rub'ba'al, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding yet Jo'tham the youngest son of Je-rub'ba-al was left; for he hid himself.

- “Elohim” -


Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him forever.


And the L-rd said unto Moses, "See, I have made you a god to Pharoah: and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet."


The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.

JUDGES 6:1-2,6,11-16

1 The Israelites did what was wrong in the eyes of the L-rd, and he delivered them into the hands of Midian for seven years. 2 The Midianites were too strong for Israel, and the Israelites were forced to find themselves hollow places in the mountains, and caves and strongholds. 6 They had come into the land for its growing crop, and so the Israelites were brought to destitution by the Midianites, and they cried to the L-rd for help. 11 Now the angel of the L-rd came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite. His son Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, so that he might get it away quickly from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the L-rd showed himself to Gideon and said, "You are a brave man, and the L-rd is with you." 13 Gideon said, "But pray, my lord, if the L-rd really is with us, why ahs all this happened to us? What has become of all those wonderful deeds of his, of which we have heard from our fathers, when they told us how the L-rd brought us out of Egypt? But now the L-rd has cast us off and delivered us into the power of the Midianites." 14 The L-rd turned to him and said, "Go and use this strength of yours to free Israel from the power of the Midianites. It is I that send you." 15 Gideon said, "Pray, my lord, how can I save Israel? Look at my clan: it is the weakest in Menasseh, and I am the least in my father's family." 16 The L-rd answered, "I will be with you, and you shall lay low all Midian as one man."

JUDGES 7:19-25

19 Gideon and the hundred men who were with him reached the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch; the sentries had just been posted. They blew their trumpets and smashed their jars. 20 The three companies all blew their trumpets and smashed their jars, then grasped the torches in their left hands and trumpets in their right, and shouted, "A sword for the L-rd and for Gideon!" 21 Every man stood where he was, all round the camp, and the whole camp leapt up in panic and fled. 22 Three hundred blew their trumpets, and throughout the camp the Lrd set every man against his neighbor. The army fled as far as Beth-shittah in Zererah, as far as the ridge of Abel-meholah by Tabbath. 23 The Israelites from Naphtali and Asher and all Menasseh were called out and they pursued the Midianites. 24 Gideon sent men through all the hill-country of Ephraim with this message: "Come down and cut off the Midianites. Hold the fords of the Jordan against them as far as Bethbarah." So all the Ephraimites were called out and they held the fords of the Jordan as far as Beth-barah. 25 They captured the two Midianite princes, Oreb and Zeeb. Oreb they killed at the Rock of Oreb, and Zeeb by the Winepress of Zeeb, and they kept up the pursuit of the Midianites; afterwards they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb across the Jordan to Gideon.

JUDGES 8:10-12

10 Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with their army of fifteen thousand men. These were all that remained of the whole host of the eastern tribes; a hundred and twenty thousand armed men had fallen in battle. 11 Gideon advanced along the track used by the tent-dwellers east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and his attack caught the army when they were off their guard. 12 Zebah and Zalmunna fled; but he went in pursuit of these Midianite kings and captured them both; and their whole army melted away. 2 KINGS 18:13 13 Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.

2 KINGS 19:20,29-36

20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus says the L-rd G-d of Israel, 'That which you have prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.'" 29 And this shall be a sign unto you, you shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springs of the same; and in the third year you shall sow, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat of its fruits. 30 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. 31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the L-rd of hosts shall do this. 32 Therefore thus says the L-rd concerning the king of Assyria, "He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. 33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city", says the L-rd. 34 "For I will defend this city, to save it, for my own sake, and for my servant David's sake." 35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the L-rd went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt in Ninevah. (cf. Isaiah 36-37)


Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, "Good is the word of the L-rd which you have spoken." He said moreover, "For there shall be peace and truth in my days."

2 CHRONICLES 32:22-23

22 Thus the L-rd saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side. 23 And many brought gifts unto the L-rd to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth.

ISAIAH 10:21-27

21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty G-d. 22 For though your people Israel be as the sands of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. 23 For the Lrd G-d of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land. 24 Therefore thus says the L-rd G-d of hosts, "O my people that dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt. 25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and my anger in their destruction." 26 And the L-rd of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the Rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt. 27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.