Just like we saw the Captivity from 3 different perspectives (Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel) we are now seeing the process and encouragement of rebuilding the Temple from different perspectives. Truly we need to keep it from just one perspective…and that is HIS.
Chapter 8 turns the attention to the Jews from heartache to Joy. Giving them a hope that one day all this will be so much more than you can imagine. A Messiah is coming for you.
The rest of the Chapter si FULL of prophecy. Some regarding the Messiah Coming and others of the Second Coming. God is setting the stage. Some of the obvious ones of the First Coming is:
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and having salvation,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (9:9)
”And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives. (12:10)
And there were others, like the price of setting a slave free was 30 sheckles (CHapter 11). The same price Judas was paid to turn Jesus over to set us free.
In between we see scriptures begin with “On that Day….” This is the Second Coming. The Final Battle. I have to interject here: Lots of people ask me “Does God have a plan still for the Jewish people?” YES. We can see that here (and throughout the Bible). After the cleansing of the earth that we are reminded HE laid out he then deals with those nations that are against Israel. (Keep that in mind when you watch the News)
Chapter 14. WOW right! Ever See the end of Indiana Jones. When their eyes, flesh and tongues melt! This is the CHapter they got that from. I highly recommend re-watching that movie one day.
Chapter 1: Loved the into! paraphrased “Listen, I warned your mom and dad and look what happened to them…you want that captivity to happen to you ? No? Then don’t do what they did! You children listen to me!”
The man among the myrtle trees. The man was an angel (love that), the horses represented that the world around them were at peace under the hand of the Persian Empire. The vision ends with a message that Jerusalem will again be a great nation.
The vision of the 4 horns represent the nations that destroyed Judah and Israel while the 4 craftsman represent the prevailing world powers.
Chapter 2: This is a forecast of what will be. The Jerusalem that will be populated and prosperous. and I hope in verse 2:10 of this chapter your pen just went into underlining mode! Ohhhh the Messianic Prophecy here is amazing. (Am I starting to talk too much like a Chirstian..becasue I remember when friends said that and I was like huh?? what is that?) Read chapter 2 10-13!
CHapter 3: What a beautiful chapter! Re read it tonight. A vision of forgiveness. A vision of forgiveness on the Cross. Joshua, wearing the filthy garments of sin was made clean. A scripture that says in verse 8
” ‘Listen, O high priest Joshua and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day. ” ‘In that day each of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and fig tree,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”
Chapter 4. The lampstand and the olive trees. We have seen the lampstand from the beginning in the tabernacle representing the Holy Spirit. It carries all the way to Revelation to represent the Spirit in the church. We are to be the light of this Lampsptand with Christ IN us. The two Olive trees in context represent JOSHUA and ZERUBBABEL. This imagery will also carry to Revelation 11 with the two witnesses (Moses and Elijah).
Chapter 5 (I feel overwhelmed already…jut saying). The flying Scroll. The Scroll will be a curse to the thiefs. God will wend out His Word to kill sin by destroying the sinner.
The flying basket as the iniquity of the people throughout the land. Another picture of sin being removed. He will remove the sin of His People like a woman being removed and put in a foreign nation.
Chapter 6: Listen to me, if you are called by the Lord to dig really deep and study this book in detail. Maybe a Precept study…let me know. WOuld love to do it. As for now, I just can skim the top off. Sorry. The 4 horses here executed the judgement that will go out to all the nations. It is hard not to line up again Zechariah’s vision with John’s vision in Revelation:
The next part of the read is often referred to as the Coronation scene. The layers here are unbelievable. I am going to keep this on level 101 (because that is my level). The Branch is a reference to the Messiah (I am sure you knew that) but there is a parallel here. THis is speaking to the Line of David in the context of the Jews at the time as well as the prophecy of the Christ. See, if you pull out your KINGS charts we have to look at the last Kings of Judah. Why? because the Davidic Covenant said that out of the line of David will come the Messiah. Zechariah is tying together the pieces to encourage the Jews in the rebuilding of the temple. The priest that is the “shoot or branch” that is bring crowned here, Zerubbabel, is the grandson of King Jehoiachin who when brought to Babylon was the heir to David’s throne. So we see this represents a literal and well as a prophecy of the Messiah (Just like most of the Bible)
Chapter 7. We finally get to chapter 7 with a 3 paragraph summary of the entire readings of the Prophecy and the Captivity. I have to say, this has to be a personal message to us.
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’ “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears. They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry.
” ‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the LORD Almighty.
If you have never read this book before. Join the club, most have not.
Ready to be shocked? This book is about visions that will line up the Messiah and Revelation. I am not kidding, I did not know this? Why is the modern church only telling the same “bible stories” over and over again. All 66 are fascinating…not just the same 6 we cycle through.
In short, Zechariah was a contemporary of the older prophet Haggai. While Haggai preached for about 4 months, this young Zechariah (born in Babylon in the captivity) preached for about 2 years. NO doubt they had a huge part of the actual 4 years the building was going on.
This book has flashes of Messianic (the messiah coming) Prophecy as well as details of the life and work of Christ.