Zechariah 12 – The Compassion of Jerusalem & The Tatars

Wow, seems like the Mongolian women were treated better than anywhere else in the world, especially in Iraq, Afghanistan and that area.  Probably even better than in the United States. 

Seems that they were treated equally, which I think is only fair, in most cases that is.  What I mean is that I don’t think women should be allowed to fight in wars or be police officers simply because no matter how mean they may be, they don’t have the hatred inside them to kill like men do. 

You didn’t create women to be like men, and vice versa.  Of course, I don’t know about other countries, but I know in the United States we have way to many women.  There are a lot of women that act like men.  But compared to them, there has to be at least twice as many men that look and act like women.  

That’s against You and should be outlawed.  Of course this is no surprise to You and You even warned us what would happen to people that disobey You:

“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves.

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  Amen.

For this Cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

But filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness: full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Without understanding, covenant-breakers without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Rom 1:24-32).

Okay, back to where we were.  We’ve heard about Genghis Khan, the soldiers, the women, the homosexuals/lesbians but I would like to look back at the Tatars and see exactly what…

Zechariah 12
The Compassion of Jerusalem

1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

Jerusalem stone is a name applied to various types of pale limestone, dolomite and dolomitic limestone, common in and around Jerusalem that have been used in building since ancient times.

One of these limestones, meleke, has been used in many of the region’s most celebrated structures, including the Western Wall.

Jerusalem stone continues to be used in construction and incorporated in Jewish ceremonial art such as menorahs and seder plates. In 2000, there were 650 stone-cutting enterprises run by Palestinians in the West Bank, producing a varied range of pink, sand, golden, and off-white bricks and tiles.

12:1-14:21 – this second oracle in Part II of the book revolves around two scenes: the final siege of Jerusalem, and the Messiah’s return to defeat Israel’s enemies and establish His kingdom.

“The LORD, which stretcheth…layeth…formeth” – this description of the Lord’s creative power shows that He is able to perform what He predicts; it also strengthens the royal and sovereign authority of the massage.

2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

“Astonishment…madness…blindness” – listed in Deut 28:28 among Israel’s curses for disobeying the stipulations of the covenant.  Now these curses are turned against Israel’s enemies.

5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.

6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.

8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

Jerusalem – Israeli archaeologists say they have uncovered new sections of Jerusalem’s ancient walls, continuing a project started more than a century ago.

9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

“Hadadrimmon” – the name of either (1) a place near Megiddo, where the people mourned the death of King Josiah for the pain of Megiddo or (2) a Semitic storm god whose name means “Hadad the thunder er” in Babylonian.

12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

“Nathan” – King David’s son.

13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;

Jerusalem – Israeli archaeologists say they have uncovered new sections of Jerusalem’s ancient walls, continuing a project started more than a century ago.

“Family Shimei” – Shimei was the son of Gershon, the son of Levi (Num 3:17-18, 21).  The repentance and mourning are led, then by the civil and religious leaders.

14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.

The Tatars

Vanquished, they ask no favor and vanquishing, they show no compassion.

Modern Tatars prayed in a temporary mosque in Ukraine.

In this passage from 1243, Richard Hakluty described the Tatars, the Turkic/Mongol nomads who threatened Europe from Russia.

Tatars were originally a collection of Turkic nomadic tribes conquered and partially assimilated by the Mongols in early 13th century. As the Golden Horde, they dominated western Russia for a time but then dissolved into separate khanates in the 14th century.

Unlike other Mongol peoples, they settled into stable, prosperous agricultural and trading societies.

Crimean Tatars were persecuted and displaced under Joseph Stalin, but began to return to their homelands in the 1980s.

Today, more than two million Tatars live in Siberia; in western Russian republics, including Tatarstan; and  in Turkey.

Mongolian Women

The wide-ranging domestic and military skills of Mongol women impressed outsiders. According to Giovanni DiPlano Carpini, an envoy from Pope Innocent IV:

Descendants of the Mongols, such as this young oman in traditional dress, form a rapidly growing youthful society in modern-day Mongolia.

“Girls and women ride and gallop as skillfully as men. We even saw them carrying quivers and bows, and the women can ride horses for as long as the men; they have shorter stirrups, handle horses very well, and mind all the property.

The . . . women make everything: skin clothes, shoes, leggings, and everything made of leather. They drive carts and repair them, they load camels, and are quick and vigorous in all their tasks. They all wear trousers, and some of them shoot just like men.

Marco Polo noted: “The women attend to their trading concerns, buy and sell, and provide everything necessary for their husbands and their families.”

Women accompanied armies and sometimes fought in the rear guard. They could own property and were allowed to divorce their husbands.

Mongol men could have many wives, if they could afford them— one reason that so many descendants of the khans are spread through the world today— but the first wife retained seniority and, in the case of royal wives, often had significant authority. 

…Joseph Stalin did to them?