The second oracle sets forth Zechariah’s vision of the day of the Lord, a global apocalyptic battle in which all the nations fight Judah. Guess who wins.
God will strengthen Jerusalem so that anyone who tries to harm her will be sorry.
Even the wimpiest Jerusalemite will be as strong as David.
Once the enemies are taken care of, God will get down to the business of purging Jerusalem of its idols and false prophets.
The ones that were left after the city’s destruction will become purified like precious metals.
Chapter 14 describes another “Day of the Lord” when Jerusalem will be plundered and the women raped, but God will take vengeance on all the attackers.
The mountains will split, the sun won’t set, and fresh water will flow through the city.
Most of the land will flatten out, but Jerusalem will stay high up on its hill.
Does the way that Yahweh destroys his enemies sound familiar? “Their flesh shall rot while they are still on their feet; their eyes shall rot in their sockets, and their tongues shall rot in their mouths.” (NRSV 14:12)
And the heathens who are left? They’ll all make pilgrimages to Jerusalem from Egypt and elsewhere to worship God if they know what’s good for them.
And that’s what makes Zechariah the greatest minor prophet of them all--he totally called the ending to Raiders of the Lost Ark.