1The day of the Lord is coming. At that time Jerusalem's enemies will steal everything its people have. They will divide it up right in front of them.2The Lord will gather all of the nations together. They will fight against Jerusalem. They'll capture the city. Its houses will be robbed. Its women will be raped. Half of the people will be taken away as prisoners. But the rest of them won't be taken.3Then the Lord will march out and fight against those nations. He will go to war against them.4On that day he will stand on the Mount of Olives. It's east of Jerusalem. It will be split in two from east to west. Half of the mountain will move north. The other half will move south. A large valley will be formed.5The people will run away through that mountain valley. It will reach all the way to Azel. They'll run away just as they ran from the earthquake when Uzziah was king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come. All of the holy ones will come with him.6There won't be any light on that day. The sun, moon and stars will not shine.7It will be a day unlike any other. It won't be separated into day and night. It will be a day known only to the Lord. After that day is over, there will be light again.8At that time water that gives life will flow out from Jerusalem. Half of it will run into the Dead Sea. The other half will go to the Mediterranean Sea. The water will flow in summer and winter.9The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord. His name will be the only name.10The whole land south of Jerusalem will be changed. From Geba to Rimmon it will become like the Arabah Valley. But Jerusalem will be raised up. It will remain in its place. From the Benjamin Gate to the First Gate to the Corner Gate nothing will be changed. From the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepress the city will remain the same.11People will live in it. Jerusalem will never be destroyed again. It will be secure.12The Lord will punish all of the nations that fought against Jerusalem. He'll strike them with a plague. It will make their bodies rot while they are still standing on their feet. Their eyes will rot in their heads. Their tongues will rot in their mouths.13On that day the Lord will fill people with great panic. They will grab one another by the hand. And they'll attack each other.14Judah will also fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all of the surrounding nations will be collected. Huge amounts of gold, silver and clothes will be gathered up.15The same kind of plague will strike the horses, mules, camels and donkeys. In fact, it will strike all of the animals in the army camps.16But some people from all of the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will still be left alive. All of them will go up there to worship the King. He is the Lord who rules over all. Year after year they will celebrate the Feast of Booths.17Some nations might not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King. If they don't, they won't have any rain.18The people of Egypt might not go up there to take part. Then they won't have any rain either. That's the plague the Lord will send on the nations that don't go to celebrate the Feast of Booths.19Egypt will be punished. So will all of the other nations that don't celebrate the Feast.20On that day holy to the Lord will be carved on the bells of the horses. The cooking pots in the Lord's temple will be just like the sacred bowls in front of the altar for burnt offerings.21Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be set apart to the Lord. All those who come to offer sacrifices will get some of the pots and cook in them. At that time there won't be any Canaanites in the Lord's temple. He is the Lord who rules over all.
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The Coming Day of the Lord
1Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. (Joe 1:15)2For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (Isa 13:16; La 5:11; Joe 3:2; Zec 13:8; Mt 24:40; Lu 21:24)3Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. (Zec 12:9)4On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. (2Sa 15:30; Eze 11:23; Zec 12:3; Zec 14:1; Zec 14:10)5And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. (Am 1:1)6On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. (Isa 60:19; Zec 14:4; Re 21:23)7And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light. (Isa 30:26; Mt 24:36; Re 21:25)8On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter. (Isa 33:16; Isa 33:21; Eze 47:1; Joe 2:20; Joe 3:18; Zec 14:4; Joh 4:10; Re 22:1)9And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one. (Ps 47:7; Zec 12:3; Zec 13:2; Zec 14:1; Zec 14:16; Mal 1:14; Eph 4:5)10The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain aloft on its site from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. (Jos 15:32; Jos 18:24; Ne 3:1; Isa 2:2; Isa 40:4; Jer 31:38; Jer 37:13; Zec 2:4; Zec 12:6; Zec 14:4)11And it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction. Jerusalem shall dwell in security. (Jer 23:6; Re 22:3)12And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war 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. (Zec 14:15; Zec 14:18)13And on that day a great panic from the Lord shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other. (1Sa 14:20; Hag 2:22; Zec 12:3)14Even Judah will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance. (Eze 39:10; Zec 12:2)15And a plague like this plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever beasts may be in those camps. (Zec 14:12)16Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. (Le 23:34; Le 23:39; Na 1:15; Zec 8:21; Zec 14:9)17And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them. (1Ki 17:1; Isa 60:12; Zec 14:16)18And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; there shall be the plague with which the Lord afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. (Zec 14:15; Zec 14:16)19This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. (Zec 14:16)20And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the Lord.” And the pots in the house of the Lord shall be as the bowls before the altar. (Ex 28:36; Isa 23:18; Mic 4:13; Zec 12:3)21And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to the Lord of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the Lord of hosts on that day. (De 7:1; Eze 44:9; Joe 3:17; Zec 14:20)