5 They shall be like mighty men, Who tread down their enemies In the mire of the streets in the battle. They shall fight because the Lord is with them, And the riders on horses shall be put to shame.
In verses 5-7, we see the Second Advent of the Messiah triumphing over Israel’s foes. Verse 5 shows that the Lord promises His presence with the nation in the final conflict.
They [Judah] shall be like mighty men [warriors],
Messiah will make Judah like “mighty men” to fight for His kingdom.
Who tread down [trample] their enemies In the mire of the streets in the battle.
The warriors of Judah, of the previous phrase, will trample their enemies into the mud of the streets. Trampling indicates the complete subjugation of the nation’s foes.
They shall fight because the Lord is with them,
Messiah will be present with Israel during their fight with their enemies, and He is the reason for Judah’s eschatological victory.
And the riders on horses shall be put to shame.
Israel will be victorious because of Messiah’s sovereignty over the world.
Christ stands in opposition to the satanic worldview.
Everything that Christ represents challenges the false beliefs of our day; He stands polar opposite to the deception found in our society. There are Christians today who stumble over falsities because they do not know enough of the Word of God to see the difference (1 Pe 2:7-8). These people are in palpable danger of defecting from the faith and embracing profound falsehoods. God will deal with Christian leaders who do not warn of this danger.