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Who Mourns?

written by Asher Intrater
November 15, 2013

Prophecies about the Second Coming of Messiah state that the inhabitants of Jerusalem will “look upon Me whom they have pierced” – Zechariah 12:10. The prophecy goes on to say that the people will mourn Him as “one mourns for his firstborn son.” Who are these people who will mourn?

Their mourning seems to be a sign of repentance for having rejected and opposed Him for so long, only turning to Him at the very last moment. There is also an added detail: the people will mourn in groups in which the men and women are separated.

Zechariah 12:12, 14
The family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Nathan by itself and their wives by themselves… all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.

It is interesting that the ultra-Orthodox religious sects in the greater Jerusalem area are divided into separate “courts” or sub-communities; and that these sects are requiring ever more extreme measures concerning separation between men and women from an early age – in schools, synagogues and the marketplace.

Is it possible that the separation of men and women, the mourning, and the last minute repentance could be applicable to the different sects of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, living around Jerusalem today?

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.


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