syn·ec·do·che\sə-ˈnek-də-(ˌ)kē\ – noun
MERRIAM WEBSTER defines “synecdoche” as: a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole (as fifty sail for fifty ships), the whole for a part (as society for high society), the species for the genus (as cutthroat for assassin), the genus for the species (as a creature for a man), or the name of the material for the thing made (as boards for stage)
This helps clarify and enlighten some verses of scripture that some might be inclined or convinced by others to write off as necessarily historical and therefore disqualified to YET occur, because the equipment, setting, or other phraseology appears too ancient and out of date – an example being found in this intense end-of-age prophecy by young Zechariah:
2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.
3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.
4 In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.
Some of the end-of-age haters of Israel may indeed come as actual riders on actual horses, but description of ancient weapons and rudimentary means of transportation ought not be so literally clung to as time-framed markers to cause us to quickly write off yet-to-occur events. Synecdoche, folks. The Middle Eastern writers of scripture utilized this bonafide literary tool.
The very most intense conflicts prophesied at the conclusion of this age are, well, at the conclusion of this age. Stay tuned, and take heart: your daily intimacy with and obedience to the Lord is your very best preparation and assurance of eternal success.
Further in the same chapter Zechariah tells us more about these great and upcoming events (in fact confirming the timeframe for the entire chapter):
10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
This reveals tremendous promise re Israel finally beholding the Pierced One, finally and in great numbers understanding the plan of salvation they for the most part originally rejected, and at that time grieving both for their national act of Messiah-rejection as well as for the suffering they unnecessarily underwent for 2,000 years. God’s great grace will accomplish and reveal amazing things in those upcoming days, both in Israel and in the world.
The following supports and seamlessly coordinates with the above – both in subject matter and in timeframe. If you require confirmation of the timing of Ezekiel 39 – this is revealed to us just prior to the peephole revelation by Ezekiel (chapters 40 and beyond) into the NEXT age. Chapter 39 is about the conclusion of THIS PRESENT age.
21 “I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgment which I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them.
22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward.
23 The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. 24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.” ’
25 “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name— 26 after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid.
27 When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations,
28 then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer.
29 And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.”
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BTW #2/FYI #1: The city in upstate New York is “Schenectady” – and that name is derived from a Mohawk word skahnéhtati meaning “beyond the pines”.