Wounded in the House of My Friends

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #22

Wounded in the House of My Friends

“2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive: 5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

7  Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.” (Zec 13:2-7 AV)

Wounded in the House of My Friends

The only reason for thinking that these words (Zech. xiii. 6) have reference to Christ is that he was wounded in the house of his professed friends. But they have no such application. They apply to the attitude and protests of the clerical shepherds at the Appearing of the Lord Jesus, when the people, with enlightened eyes, will exclaim:

“Surely our Fathers have inherited lies and vanity, and things wherein there is no profit” (Jer. xvi. 19);

and when they will cast down their idols

“to the moles and to the bats” (Isa. ii. 20).

The question:

“What are these wounds in thine hands?”

is addressed to the false prophets who wished to repudiate their profession. The whole paragraph, verse 2 to verse 6, is complete in itself, and has nothing at all to do with verse 7, which begins a new paragraph.

The “wounds” were characteristic of the false prophets, and are typical of clerical identification marks of the present day clergy, whom the Lord will make short work of on his Return.

As to wounds, see Isa. xliv. 5; Jer. xvi. 6, 7; Jer.xlviii. 37; 1 Kings xviii. 28.

F. G. J.

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Preceding

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #1 Introduction: What is Prophecy? – Prophets, fortune-tellers and Prophecy

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #2 Shiloh

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #3 Job’s Redeemer

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #4 Judah — Gods Battle Axe

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #5 Evening Morning Period

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #6 Daniel’s Seventy Weeks

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #7 Toes of the Image

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #8 The Fourth Beast

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #9 Michael the Great Prince

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #10 Gog

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #11 King of the North

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #12 The Little Horn of the Goat

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #13 Antiochus Epiphanes

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #14 Tarshish

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #15 More about Tarshish

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #16 Weapons of War as Fuel

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #17 Temple of Ezekiel’s Prophecy

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #18 Shape of Ezekiel’s Temple

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #19 Annual Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #20 King of the South

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #21 Messiah the Prince

Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #22 Micah’s Forty Years

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