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"I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another." -- Zechariah 11:9

Zechariah for Skeptics

Zechariah is as bizarre as it is cruel. Here are the highlights.

  • Zechariah's conversation with an angel, a man in a myrtle tree, some horses of different colors, and God. Chapters 1 - 6.

  • God has seven eyes that "run to and fro through the whole earth." 4:10

  • Zechariah sees a 30 foot flying scroll that burns down the houses of thieves and liars. 5:1-4

  • God will "set all men one against his neighbor." 8:10

  • "Thus saith the LORD of hosts ... ten men ... shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew." 8:23

  • Someday we'll see God flying over us with his lightning-like arrows. He'll be blowing his trumpet and sending whirlwinds down south. 9:14

  • God "will hiss for them." 10:8

  • "He shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up." 10:11

  • "I will no more pity ... saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand ... And I will feed the flock of slaughter." 11:6-7

  • God will force everyone to eat "the flesh of another." 11:9

  • He will open his eyes and smite "every rider with madness ... and every horse ... with blindness." 12:4

  • A prophet must be killed by his own parents by "thrusting him through when he prophesieth." 13:3

  • God will "go forth and fight" with "his feet" on the mount of Olives. 14:3

  • On the day of the Lord, the mount of Olives will be split in two and half the mountain will be removed. 14:4

  • God will smite the people with plagues that will cause their flesh, eyes, and tongues to rot away. 14:12

  • He will make everyone fight and kill his or her neighbor. 14:13

  • He sends his plagues on animals too. 14:15

  • Whoever survives all these plagues and slaughters must worship God. 14:16