One of these days . . . soon . . . a very well known man will exactly fit the description found in Zechariah 11:17.
Many people have read this passage in a shallow, quick way and never noticed that God has given us some very clear clues to look for when this Man of Sin is "revealed".
Here is the passage: "What sorrow awaits this worthless shepherd who abandons the flock! The sword will cut his arm and pierce his right eye. His arm will be come useless, and his right eye completely blind" (NLT).
The King James Version renders this verse: "Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened."
Why is the "Anti-Christ" the "Anti-Christ"? It is because he is the opposite of Christ. When we look at the attributes of Jesus, we easily discover what the enemy of our souls looks like. Satan's attributes are the exact opposite of the attributes of the Lord Jesus!
In this verse we first see that the man described here is "worthless".
What is the opposite of "worthless"?
Who is worthy? Revelation 5:12 tells us "Worthy is the Lamb!" The Lamb is Jesus!
The Anti-Christ is the exact opposite of Jesus Christ. The Anti-Christ is "unworthy" . . . exactly like this passage in Zechariah describes him.
The second thing we notice is that the Anti-Christ "abandons the flock". Our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, has promised that he will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He will NEVER abandon us! But Satan uses and abuses. He will buddy-up to you until he is through with you and then throw you on the trash heap.
The next clear thing we notice in this verse is that the "sword will cut his arm".
A sword lying on the table will not cut anyone's arm. Someone must pick it up and physically use it to attack an opponent.
Anyone can clearly see that there will be an attemped assassination of the Anti-Christ. But . . . it will be a failed attempt. Whoever attacks the Anti-Christ will merely wound him . . . he will not kill him.
But the wound will at first appear to be deadly!
My guess is that the assassin will try to either stab the Anti-Christ with a knife or attempt to shoot him in the head. The wound, entering the Anti-Christ's right eye will cause his right arm to be paralyzed . . . just as the Scripture explains.
Revelation 13:12 states: "whose fatal wound was healed."
This will be one of the reasons that people will worship the Anti-Christ. They will think that he has been raised from the dead!
How very interesting it will be, if, in our lifetime, there is an attempted assassination of a public figure who is blinded in his right eye (expect him to wear a black eye-patch) and ends up with a paralyzed right arm!
This Scripture in Zechariah 11:17 will eventually be exactly fulfilled!