The final chapter of Zechariah contains a great deal of end-of-days and messianic imagery. “And on that day His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem from the east. And the Mount of Olives shall split in the midst thereof-toward the east and toward the west-a very great valley. And half the mountain shall move to the north, and half of it to the south (Zechariah 14:4).” It’s crazy that these fantastical statements are being made about real places, places that I’ve been. This chapter is describing such out of this world events that it’s hard to reconcile them with reality. It’s statements like these that have made Israel, and Jerusalem in particular, such a hot commodity over the years. Would it maybe be better if this wasn’t all canonized in the Torah? After all, so many wars have been fought over our tiny strip of land. Would some these elements being left out have stopped all that bloodshed?
With that, Zechariah is done, and tomorrow I start the final (short) book of Prophets. Almost the end of 2/3 of the sections of Tanakh!