“It will be a unique day that is known to Yahweh.” The word “day” in this verse could refer to “time,” so from the text alone we do not know if this “day” will be a regular day of 24 hours, or if it will be a somewhat longer time.
Although the text says that this day is known only to Yahweh, and there are aspects of it that are indeed known only to Yahweh, there is still a lot that we can know about it. From the context of Zechariah, we know that it is associated with the end of this “present evil age” (Gal. 1:4) and the beginning of Christ’s Millennial Kingdom on earth. The “day of Yahweh” that is coming (Zech. 14:1) is the time of the Great Tribulation and the Battle of Armageddon, and during that time Jerusalem will be attacked by many nations. Also, the time when Yahweh will go out and fight the evil nations (Zech. 14:3) will be the Battle of Armageddon, when Jesus Christ, Yahweh’s representative, will fight and conquer the earth (Isa. 11:4; 63:1-6; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 19:11-21).
Furthermore, the Mount of Olives will split around this time (Zech. 14:4), and that split will allow the water from the Temple to flow to the Dead Sea (Ezek. 47:1-12; Zech. 14:8).
At some point during the latter part of the Battle of Armageddon, or in the immediate aftermath of it, God’s unique day will begin. Before that “unique day” the earth is in the “present evil age” that we all live in today, but after that day, the earth will be restored to a state very similar to the Garden of Eden (“Eden” in Hebrew is “Paradise” in the Septuagint, and the Bible says that when Christ reigns as king on earth the earth will be “Paradise” again. See commentary on Luke 23:43).
God needed the “unique day” because there is a huge amount of things to change in a very short period of time, and much of it is so complex that it would take volumes for God to explain it to us. For example, animal nature will have to change. In this present evil age many animals are dangerous, but in the Millennial Kingdom the animals will be harmless, like they were in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 1:30; Isa. 11:6-9). Today the soil, water, and air are so polluted or affected by sin that people are starving, or else eating food and drinking water that is often dangerous, but in the Millennial Kingdom the soil, water, earth and air will be healed and the earth will produce abundant food (Isa. 25:6; 30:23-26; 32:15; 35:1-7; 41:18-20; 44:3; 51:3; Jer. 31:5,11-14; Ezek. 47:1-12; Hos. 2:21,22; Joel 2:18-26; Amos 9:13). Today sickness and disease can make life very difficult and dangerous, but in Christ’s Millennial Kingdom people will be healthy (Isa. 33:24). Today the world is full of dangerous people, but when Christ comes to earth he will kill the wicked (Isa. 11:4) and will rule over the earth such that there will be peace and safety for everyone, and no war (Isa. 2:4; 9:4-7; 60:18; Hos. 2:18; Mic. 4:3, 4; Zech. 9:9, 10).
Those are just some of the things that will change in that one “unique day,” and there are more. The Bible does not explain how all this will happen, which is why this unique day is known only to Yahweh. We don’t know how the animals will become harmless or how the earth, water, and air will become unpolluted and healthy, but the Scripture says it will happen. Living forever on a wonderful earth, in a wonderful healthy body, with wonderful people will make everlasting life a truly amazing and joyful experience. After all, who doesn’t like good food, good friends, and cute fuzzy animals? But that wonderful life is part of the great Hope that people who take Christ as Lord and get saved (Rom. 10:9) can look forward to.
[For more on the “Day of Yahweh,” see commentary on Dan. 12:1. For more on the wonderful Millennial Kingdom on earth, see Appendix 3, “Christ’s Future Kingdom on Earth”].
Zechariah 14:6-7 speak of a “unique” day known only to Yahweh. Our God has quite a challenge to take on: restore our fallen world, with its many flaws, to the state of “Paradise” as it was in the Garden of Eden. But God is up to the challenge and it will only take Him one “unique” day to do it.
In this three-part teaching, John Schoenheit explores that day: first the reasons why this sort of material is often scattered throughout many books of the Bible; then a brief overview of the End Times and when the “unique day” will happen; and lastly, what at least part of the unique day will involve.
God has shown us a lot about the future He has in store through His Word, but it is not in one place or even in chronological order, which can make it very difficult to grasp. Nevertheless, with prayer and patient scholarship, the pieces do come together to a large extent.
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