The young prophet Zechariah offered words to encourage the children of Israel as they labored to rebuild the Temple. His words painted a bright picture of the perpetual blessing that was coming to Israel.
As Haggai was aging, God sent Zechariah to reinforce His remnant that returned to Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity in Babylon.
In comparison to Haggai’s practical, unrelenting drone during the depression, Zechariah’s voice was one of hope. God will finish the work He began! “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (Zec 4:16)
Zechariah predicted the Messiah is coming more than any other prophet except Isaiah. Christ is the Branch, Christ is my servant, Christ will enter Jerusalem on a colt, Christ is the good Shepherd, Christ will be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver, Christ hands will be pierced, Christ’s people will be saved, Christ will return on the Mount of Olives, Christ who ascended from the Mount of Olives, shall return in the same way. (3; 9; 11; 12; 13; 14)
The glory of the Lord glows in all the words recorded by Zechariah. He had multiple visions including the hope of things to come. “’My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem!” (1:17)
In chapter six Zechariah shares the vision of the four chariots who went throughout the earth. He also describes the Branch as the Lord, who will build the temple of the Lord, and He will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on His throne. In chapter eight God promises; “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called The City of Truth, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called The Holy Mountain.” (8:3)
Zechariah’s great enthusiasm is contagious! He shared the vision of our awesome hope in God’s faithfulness. “The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of His people. They will sparkle in His land like jewels in a crown. How attractive and beautiful they will be!” (9:16)
In chapter twelve the world is given the prophecy about the Antichrist. The Jews repent and they see the One who was pierced for their sins and the Messiah returns to the Mount of Olives. “On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.” (Zec 14:4) LESSON: Turn to Jesus and expect Him to rule as number One.
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“It is finished.” 4/18/19