wounds in thine hands

Zechariah 13:6

13:6 wounds in thine hands. Most expositors say this question is addressed to the “false prophet” discussed in Zechariah 13:3-5, on the assumption that his wounds were somehow caused by mutilation in his occult rituals. This seems unlikely since, in the post-Armageddon context of this section, any false prophets operating during the tribulation period would already have been “cut off” (Zechariah 13:2) and dispatched to the lake of fire along with their masters, the Beast and his False Prophet (Revelation 19:20; Matthew 25:41). Zechariah 12:11–13:5 seem rather to be a parenthetical section inserted between two profoundly moving descriptions of Messiah’s wounds (Zechariah 12:10; 13:6), the sight of which will result in Israel’s conversion, great mourning and cleansing, accompanied by their purging the land of any remaining idols and false prophets, together with the evil spirits possessing and energizing them.

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