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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Spring Edition 2014

The Significance Of The Jewish Wailing Wall

“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and shall mourn for him, as one that morneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn every family apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; all the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart” (Zechariah 12:10-14).

This passage of Scripture, being part of the Old Testament, is fulfilled in this present age of the new covenant. Here are the important details of how this fulfillment has taken place.

First, the pouring out of the spirit of grace and supplication upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem took place on the day of Pentecost, when God first poured out His Spirit upon all flesh according to the prophecy of Joel 2:28-32 (compare these verses with Acts 2:16-21). The prophecy of Amos 9:11-15 was also fulfilled at that time, as God raised up Christ, of the house and lineage of David, to sit on David’s everlasting messianic throne at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:25-36; see also Acts 15:13-17 and 13:32-34).

John’s gospel says in 19:37 that the Jews “looking on him who they had pierced” of Zechariah 12:10 was fulfilled at Calvary. It was there also that the fountain was opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness (Zechariah 13:1).

But what about the separated individualized mourning for the Messiah that we find so pronounced in the main body of this Zechariah 12:10-14 passage? Is this yet future? And if it is past, when and how was it fulfilled?

It has been fulfilled, friends, in the long history of the Jew’s usage of what has traditionally become known as “the wailing wall” in old Jerusalem. The Jewish use of the wailing wall began after the final Jewish revolt of 132-135 A.D. that brought the Jewish commonwealth to an end (see John Bright, A History Of Israel, 3rd ed., pg. 462, and John B. Noss, Man’s Religions, 6th ed., pp. 95-97). From that initial beginning after 135 A.D. the custom of Jews praying at the wailing wall for the coming of the Messiah has continued, as much as possible, unto the present time.

How sad to realize, however, that for all these many centuries Jews have mournfully supplicated for their Messiah, who has long ago already come, and has already fulfilled all their prophetic hopes (Acts 26:6-7; 28:20)!

There is no divinely sanctioned national future for the Jews, because the old covenant that bound them together as a nation has been abolished (Hebrews 8:13). Jesus was no liar when He said that Judaism’s house would be left “desolate” until they changed their attitude toward Him and called Him “blessed” (Matthew 23:37-39). And when anyone really does that they become a Christian!

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