Prophetic Visions of Zechariah"
provides a glimpse "above history and time", peering
into Israel's immediate and far distant future.
Zechariah, like Jeremiah and Ezekiel was a priest as
well as a prophet. His prophetic writings focus
primarily upon the restoration of the second temple in
Jerusalem after the 70 year Babylonian captivity, but
also foretells the coming of the Messiah to suffer an
atoning death and later to reign as King over all the
Earth. On the 24th day of the 11th
month (Shebat), in the second year of Darius (536
B.C.), Zechariah received the first of his seven
visions. In the seventh vision, events leading up to
Messiah's return are vividly portrayed. Zechariah
envisioned a future time when all the nations of the
Earth will turn against Judah (Israel), laying siege
against Jerusalem. Within this prophecy is the
prediction of a plague that will fall upon the armies
that fight against Jerusalem.
14:12 This is the plague with which the LORD
will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem:
Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their
feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their
tongues will rot in their mouths. (New International
Interpretation of Zechariah's Prophecy
prophecy seemed like a horrific fantasy until the dawn
of the nuclear age. In the 1970s Samuel Cohen, a
nuclear physicist, invented a new tactical nuclear
weapon called the "neutron bomb" which would have the
exact effect that Zechariah's prophecy stated.
Neutron Bomb Definition:
called ENHANCED RADIATION WARHEAD, specialized type of small
thermonuclear weapon that produces minimal blast and heat
but which releases large amounts of lethal radiation. The
neutron bomb delivers blast and heat effects that are
confined to an area of only a few hundred yards in radius.
But within a somewhat larger area it throws off a massive
wave of neutron and gamma radiation, which can penetrate
armor or several feet of earth. This radiation is extremely
destructive to living tissue.
to its short-range
destructiveness and the absence of long-range effect, the
neutron bomb would be highly effective against tank and
infantry formations on the battlefield but would not
endanger cities or other population centers only a few miles
away. It can be carried in a Lance missile or delivered by
an 8-inch (200-millimetre) howitzer, or possibly by attack
aircraft. In strategic terms, the neutron bomb has a
theoretical deterrent effect: discouraging an armored ground
assault by arousing the fear of neutron bomb counterattack.
The bomb would disable enemy tank crews in minutes, and
those exposed would die within days. U.S. production of the
bomb was postponed in 1978 and resumed in 1981."Source:
The neutron bomb is now part of the arsenal of most
countries armed with nuclear weapons. After a recent threat
of Israel's annihilation by the leader of Iran in 2006,
Israel admitted having an arsenal of nuclear weapons.
The types of weapons Israel possesses were not specified.
Some theologians believe the plague will emanate
directly from God's angels rather than being of human
invention. They admit the plague resembles the effects
of a "neutron bomb", but refute the prophetic connection
with nuclear weaponry. In support of the "Neutron Bomb
Connection" in Zechariah 14:12, some propose certain human
inventions to be "Wrought
of God" when fulfilling a purpose in God's prophetic
plan. Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph made such a
statement upon its inception.
The Zechariah 14:12 topic remains an intriguingly
credible bit of prophetic speculation. See the
referring links below for details.
Click for Zechariah Study Sections
1: Chapters 1 - 3
2: Chapters 4 - 6
3: Chapters 7 - 10
4: Chapters 11 -14