"I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.Zechariah 12:10(NASB)
God has not finished with Israel, despite the false teaching, that she has been replaced by the Church. Though the mountains are shaken and the hills be removed, God's unfailing love for Israel will not be shaken, nor will His covenant of peace be removed.
Because they crucified their Messiah, Israel has become partially blind, during this church dispensation. However, their spiritual renewal, at the end of the 7-year tribulation period, is the time Zechariah is describing, when God will pour over the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication - as further expanded by Joel chapter 2.
It is at that time the nation of Israel, will be finally and fully regathered, from the four corners of the earth. The kingdoms of Israel and Judah will be reunited, under God's appointed King, and Israel's spiritual deliverance will be accomplished, when Christ returns as King of kings and Lord of lords.
The outpouring of God's Holy Spirit will be over the whole nation, both leaders and people alike. They will all cry out with one voice, in faith.. blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord, as foretold by the prophets. The Spirit of God will minister to their repentant hearts, cover them with His saving grace and lead the entire nation to make earnest supplication to the Father - as they acknowledge their sins and proclaim Jesus as Lord.
No wonder Zechariah foretells that in that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem. The land will mourn, and every family will weep, when they suddenly realise that they crucified their promised Messiah and anointed King. For in that day they will look on Me Whom they have pierced. They will see Jesus coming in the clouds of glory and will recognise the nail-prints in His hands and feet. They will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping, over a firstborn.
At Christ's first coming the nation was called to repent, for the kingdom of God was at hand. Their King was in their midst and He was ready to save His people from their sin. But they refused to repent and would not recognise Him as the only begotten Son of God, Who takes away the sin of the world. Had Israel as a nation turned to Christ for salvation on that first day of Pentecost.. the prophecy of Joel would have been completely fulfilled. However, the continued unbelief of the nation of Israel dictated that the nation was set aside for a season and Joel's end-times prophecy has yet to be fully and finally fulfilled.
For 2000 years, Israel has been set-aside, while God continues to carry out His redemptive plans and purposed through the body of Christ, which is the Church. The Church of Christ was not an afterthought, when Israel rejected their Messiah and refused to trust in His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection. God had purposed to carry out His plans and purposes through the Church from the beginning - until the times of the gentiles is fulfilled.
But following the rapture, when all Christians will be taken to be with the Lord, it will be through the nation of Israel, that the Lord will once again continue His redemptive plans and purposes. Finally, 'the Gospel of the Kingdom' will be preached throughout the whole world, as Christ foretold in Matthew 24 - and then the end will come, when God's chosen nation.. both rulers and people, will recognise the truth and cry: blessed is HE that comes in the name of the Lord.
The main purpose of the tribulation is to bring Israel to repentance and return His chosen nation into a right relationship with their covenant-keeping God. Another reason for this 'time of Jacob's Trouble' is to let the Gentile nations know.. that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Gods plan of redemption was determined before the foundation of the world, and when the spirit of grace and supplication is poured out upon all people, at the end of the tribulation.. Jesus Christ will rule and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords - forever.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing grace. Thank You that You did not cut off Your people Israel, and thank You that Your promises are still YES and AMEN in Jesus Christ. Thank You that You are a covenant keeping God, and we praise You for Your goodness and grace towards the children of men. We pray for the nation of Israel, that many will come to know the Lord Jesus as their God and Messiah, and become part of the one new man in Christ. But we also pray that Your will be done, in the coming time of Jacob's trouble - that glorious day, when Your chosen people, will recognise Jesus as Lord, and they cry out with one voice: blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord, in whose name we pray, AMEN.