Zechariah 14:2

Hebrew Bible

1 A day of the Lord is about to come when your possessions will be divided as plunder in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to wage war; the city will be taken, its houses plundered, and the women raped. Then half of the city will go into exile, but the remainder of the people will not be taken away. 3 Then the Lord will go to battle and fight against those nations, just as he fought battles in ancient days. 4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives that lies to the east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, leaving a great valley. Half the mountain will move northward and the other half southward.

1 Enoch 56:5


5 In those days, the angels shall return and rush to the east upon the Parthians and Medes: They shall stir up the kings, inciting a spirit of unrest among them, and rouse them from their thrones, that they may leap out like lions from their dens, and like hungry wolves into their flocks. 6 They shall ascend and trample the land of His chosen ones, which shall become a threshing-floor and a highway under their feet. 7 But the city of my righteous shall obstruct their horses. They shall begin to fight among themselves, their own hands turning against each other, and a man will not recognize his brother, nor a son his father or his mother, until countless bodies fall by their own hands, and their destruction shall not be in vain.

 Notes and References

"... 1 Enoch 56:5-8 ... Since Laurence's publication of 1 Enoch in 1821, these verses have been the subject of intense scholarly scrutiny and debate because of their possible bearing on the dating of the Parables. Does this section refer to an actual Parthian invasion of Palestine, and if so, when? Or is it a general eschatological prediction that anticipates such an invasion? ... Dillman, discerning echoes of Joel 2:4-5, Zechariah 12; 14; and Ezekiel 38-39, contested this interpretation and argued that the section has an eschatological flavor and anticipates an incursion yet to come ..."

Nickelsburg, George W. E. A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch Chapters 37-82 (p. 208) Fortress Press, 2012

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