Prophecy (480-470-450 B.C.)
“Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd,
And against the man, My Associate,”
Declares the Lord of hosts.
“Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered . . .”
Zechariah 13:7b (NASB)
While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came . . . they laid their hands on Him and took Him. Then they (disciples) all forsook Him and fled. Mark 14:43, 46, 50 (NKJV)
Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.” John 16:31-32 (NASB)
In 480 – 470 B.C., Zechariah the prophet predicted that his followers would desert the Messiah. History tells us the rest. John 16:31-32 records that Jesus warned the disciples that they would flee, go home and leave Him all alone and they did. Matthew 27:27 states that Jesus was forsaken by the disciples when the Roman soldiers arrested Jesus after Judas betrayed Him. The disciples ran!