Jesus will not return to the earth until the remnant of Israel [house of Judah] repents and petitions him at the end of the age.
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Mat 23
In the photo below, the children in the tree are at different heights. Depending on their position in the tree, they have a different view of their surroundings. In a similar way, there are several different levels of understanding the words of Jesus, and prophecy. We are each at different levels, and perhaps, some are in different trees.
Jesus often spoke of sight, and blindness, as a metaphor for understanding spiritual things, or not. He said to his disciples, "If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." [John 14:7]
But this has a spiritual meaning. Philip questioned him further, and Jesus went on to explain that he was referring to the works that he had performed that they had all seen.
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
When Jesus said to the Jews, "Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord," I suggest that the meaning he attached to "see" is spiritual. Lots of Jews observed him on his way to the cross, but they did not "see" him in such a way that it lead to repentance, and understanding of what was occurring, and just how momentous an event for man's destiny his crucifixion would be. They had eyes, but saw not.
At Pentecost, when the apostles preached the gospel and thousands of Jews believed, then they "saw" in a spiritual way, because God opened their eyes, and they repented, and then they said of the apostles, "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." They realized Christ was in them
. And Jesus is still in his church today.
9 And it shall be in that day that I will make it My aim to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10 And I will pour out upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace or unmerited favor and supplication. And they shall look [earnestly] upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him as one who is in bitterness for his firstborn.
I have seen this quoted several times, as a proof text that ethnic Jews will eventually convert. No doubt they will, but that, I think, is not
what the verse is about. When the prophet says "they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced" he is not referring to ethnic Jews at all. Because it was probably a Roman, not a Jew, who pierced Jesus with a spear.
31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
Similarly, it was probably Romans who pierced his hands and feet with the nails, not Jews.
But the nationality of the persons involved is beside the point; the meaning of the prophecy is far more profound, as the words "look upon Me Whom they have pierced" have a higher spiritual
meaning, that involves obtaining a knowledge of God, and believing the gospel.
Isaiah 53:5 NIV
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
It is our transgressions
that pierced Christ, as he died on our behalf, to take away our sins.