Contributed on Dec 10, 2009
Zechariah was anointed by God’s Spirit, who took him to heights of messianic revelation rarely equaled. He not only reveals a God who is able to protect His people, but a God who has given us what we need to know His Messiah & His plan for the future.
ZECHARIAH 1:1 THE BOOK OF ZECHARIAH [Jeremiah 25: 1- 13/ 52: 3-16 / Isaiah 45:1-8] I. INTRODUCTION Life on planet earth is fragile. We live every day under the threat of catastrophic environmental disasters and weapons of mass destruction. Surprisingly, a study of a book as ancient ...read more
Contributed on Dec 17, 2009
Divine grace cannot be divorced from human responsibility. The bestowing of the riches of covenant grace are for those who are genuinely willing to turn away from sin to follow God alone.
ZECHARIAH 1:1-6 REPENTANCE PRECEDES RESTORATION [Haggai 1:1-11 / 2 Chronicles 7:14] The visions of God showering His people with the riches of divine treasure must first be prefaced by the message that travels parallel down the track, arm in arm with divine blessings. The eternal truth ...read more
Contributed on Jan 13, 2010
After Zechariah's opening sermon on repentance a new section of prophecy is given in the form of a series of night visions. After Zechariah followed the Lord's 1st instructions - to preach repentance-the Lord continued to speak to him.
ZECHARIAH 1:7-11 GOD RETURNS TO HIS PEOPLE OR The Rider Amidst the Myrtle Trees [Haggai 2:15-19] We now come to visions and revelations of the Lord. After the introduction to the entire book, which was Zechariah's opening sermon on repentance (1:1-6), a new section of prophecy is given ...read more
Contributed on Jan 21, 2010
It is not easy to read God’s providence, but faith grasps that even behind what is indiscernible ‘in all things God works for the good of those who love Him’ (Rom 8:28). Though the rulers of the world were not watching out for God’s people, the Lord was.
ZECHARIAH 1: 12-17 ANSWERED INTERCESSION [Revelation 1: 12-20] We left off last time with the angels reporting that all the earth was peaceful and quiet (1:11). In the second year of Darius (489 BC) there prevailed an uncommonly peaceful time. The Medes and the Persians had conquered the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2010
This revelation serves to greatly encourage His people's hopes & faith for it shows how entirely God knows the outcome of all circumstances & how completely all results lie in His hand & His purposes.
ZECHARIAH 1: 18-21 The Second Vision THE HORNS AND THE CRAFTSMEN [Jeremiah 23:29 / 2 Cor. 4:1-6] What stands against our church? Why doesn't it move on for God? Is there any satanic power oppressing us and holding us back? Have we repented? Have we prayed for the advance of our ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2010
While the 2nd vision sets forth the destruction of the powers that were behind those hostile to Israel, the 3rd represents the development of His people & His kingdom till it completely unfolds into its final glory.
ZECHARIAH 2:1-5 GLORY IN HER MIDST (The Third Vision) [Isaiah 61:4-9] [Background Study: Gen. 22:17 & 18; Ps. 72:8-11; Isaiah 54:2,3, Chs 60-62; Jer. 31:31-40, 32:36-40; Amos 9:11-15; Mic. 2:12 & 13, 4:1-8, ch 5] The second and third visions stand in close connection with the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 17, 2010
In a burst of messianic grandeur sparked by disclosing a portion of His future glory in Jerusalem, the Lord shouts out in prophetic anticipation to prepare those who are to be His people. Let us also experience the excitement of God within our text as He
ZECHARIAH 2: 6-13 MAKING HIS HABITATION HOLY [Psalm 2; Revelation 18:4-7, 21] Though the passage has application to Zechariah's day it is also a prophecy of the future. In a burst of messianic grandeur sparked by disclosing a portion of His future glory in millennial Jerusalem, the Lord ...read more
Contributed on Feb 25, 2010
Satan takes our sins & prosecutes them before the Lord, making his case that we are neither worthy of salvation nor able to be servants to God. Here the LORD rebukes Satan & gives the representative of the people, & thus the people, full & final accepta
ZECHARIAH 3:1-5 SATAN REBUKED & MAN CLEANSED [Isaiah 43:1-7] The fourth vision deals with the problem of sin. Before the promised blessing of inhabiting God's holy habitation can come about, there must be a spiritual transformation in Israel. God's people, both then and now, have fallen ...read more
Contributed on Mar 4, 2010
The text contains a charge & a promise to the restored nation. The forgiven man must keep God's charge if he is to enjoy the blessings of his right standing.
ZECHARIAH 3: 6-10 THE SERVANT OF RESTORATION [1 Peter 2:1-10] Our text contains a charge and a promise to the restored nation and its members. The charge and promise can be given and followed because of the coming of the Servant-Branch and the foundation which He laid by the accomplishment ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2010
God’s desire is to have His people enlightened and able to enlighten by the power of the Spirit of God. God’s plan for Israel was for her to be light to the nations. God’s plan for His redeemed Spirit filled Church is for her to be the light of the world
ZECHARIAH 4: 1-5 THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (The Lampstand in The Fifth Vision) [Isa. 9:1-7; 60:1-3; 62:1-2] These visions supplement one another beautifully . The previous vision of the removal of the filthy garments [by the pre-incarnate Christ] indicating how moral obstacles were to be ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2010
God has designed His born again people so that they may be empowered for glory & service. The church's glory will not be acquired by human might & power but only by the Spirit of the Lord
ZECHARIAH 4:6-10 BY MY SPIRIT SAITH THE LORD [Ezra 4:1-5, 24] God has designed His born again people so that they may be empowered for glory and service. The lampstand for us today symbolizes the Church of God as it will shine in splendor when it is filled with the Spirit of God. For the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2010
Sufficient truth had already been revealed to Zechariah to encourage him & to enable him to encourage others. Zechariah though kept inquiring until God reveals that His Spirit will be poured forth through God's two anointed ones so that God's light shine
ZECHARIAH 4: 11-14 THE CHURCH EMPOWERED [Revelation 11:3-7-13] Sufficient truth had already been revealed to Zechariah to encourage him and to enable him to encourage others in the good work of building the Temple (which the remnant was by that time working on again, Haggai 1:14) and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 8, 2010
God has promised restoration to the repentant remnant but before that period of blessing can dawn, God must deal with stubborn & unrepentant sinners. If the way of Grace is not accepted, judgment must come.
ZECHARIAH 5: 1-4 THE FLYING SCROLL (The Sixth Vision) [Micah 4:1-8] The first five visions are certainly prophecies of hope and of glory. They abound in most glorious promises of restoration and enlargement of temporal and spiritual prosperity and blessing. These promises in the full ...read more
Contributed on Apr 21, 2010
Though sinners may seem to prosper, they & the whole system of religious, political & commercial ungodliness, that will so powerfully dominate the earth & its people, will also ultimately fail.
ZECHARIAH 5: 5-11 (THE 7TH VISION) WICKEDNESS REVEALED [Revelations 17:1-6, 15-16] Religious Lawlessness & the World Commercial System. The previous vision of The Flying Scroll is related to this vision of The Woman in the Basket in that they refer to the judgment which flagrant, ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2010
The LORD is supreme over the nations & is sovereignly working for the good of His people.
ZECHARIAH 6: 1-8 THE FOUR CHARIOTS DESCEND (THE EIGHTH VISION) [Revelations 6:1-8] The vision of the four chariots and their horses is the eighth and last in this series of visions. This vision not only completes the visions but returns to the same theme as was found in the first. The ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2010
The prophesied return of the Messiah for His royal coronation is here fore-shadowed. The full establishment of the God ruled ones’ blessings will come with the crowning of the Priest-King Messiah which is set forth in this historical event of the crowning
ZECHARIAH 6: 9-15 THE MESSIAH CROWNED PRIEST-KING The eight visions are over yet God is not finished speaking to His servant. We thus find a beautiful and fitting climax not only to the visions, but to history as man has known it. Immediately following the overthrow of the world’s ...read more
Contributed on May 20, 2010
God desires to curb the trend toward formalism in religion which is satisfied with meeting external observation. To obey the moral precepts & principles of the word is infinitely more important than ceremonies & man-made traditions.
ZECHARIAH 7: 1-7 RITUALISM VERSUS SPIRITUAL REALITY [Ezra 6:1-11] The seventh and eighth chapters are the third distinct division of the prophecy. In the first portion was the call to national repentance and turning to the Lord for His Covenant blessings. After a national turning to God ...read more
Contributed on Oct 6, 2010
The incentive of future blessings is held out to the present as reason for repenting and living a heart-emanating kind, compassionate and righteous life. So here we have the assurance of full kingdom blessing for Zion and Jerusalem.
ZECHARIAH 8:1-8 "THE CITY OF TRUTH" The remnant people have been told what disobedience to the Word of God had brought to pre-exiled Israel and what it would bring to them in chapter seven. In chapter eight they are told the glorious blessings of what repentance and obedience to the Word of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 28, 2010
These people were only a few years out of the despair that failure brings but they were repentant & becoming obedient. So God gives them the assurance that He has responded to their repentance & obedience & has purposed a time of blessing.
ZECHARIAH 8: 9-17 ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE PRESENT Although the previous prophecies in Zechariah 8:1-8 will only find their fulfillment in the establishment of Christ’s kingdom on earth the prophet does have an accompanying word of encouragement for the people of his generation. And from these ...read more
Contributed on Nov 4, 2010
Zechariah announces the divine blessing of faithful obedience to be realized during that time & in full during the future Messianic Age. At that time God's people will rejoice with great joy, gladness & experience popularity.
ZECHARIAH 8: 18-23 WHEN FASTING BECOMES FEASTING In the previous chapter Zechariah proclaimed to the people the mere externals and empty ritualism in their observance of the fasts as well as pointing out to them the sins and transgression which caused their suffering (7:1-7). He also gave ...read more
Contributed on Nov 18, 2010
A prophetic description of Alexander the Great's progress south conquering the traditional enemies of Israel by divine providence & the deliverance of Jerusalem. But the total prophecy does not point to this conquer's success but to another Hero's success
ZECHARIAH 9: 1- 9 A WORLD CONQUEROR AND THE PRINCE OF PEACE [Ezra 6:13-22 / Ezekiel 26:12-14] Zechariah does not record for us that the Temple was completed but Ezra (6:13-22) does. However, the completion of the Temple was not the end of the story. With the temple finished Zechariah relays ...read more
Contributed on Nov 29, 2010
After seeing the humble Messiah riding on a donkey the prophet's vision is directed to the victory that will follow and to the blessed results of the second coming. This Redeemer-King not only will deliver Zion and Israel but also to the entire earth.
ZECHARIAH 9: 10-17 THE MESSIAH AND HIS KINGDOM "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord." After seeing the humble Messiah riding on a donkey the prophet's vision is directed to the victory that will follow and to the blessed results of the second coming. This Redeemer-King not only ...read more
Contributed on Dec 7, 2010
In the the prophet's day the remedy for the deceptions of false shepherds was to focus on the Messiah. Focusing on Christ Jesus is also the way not to be deceived today.
ZECHARIAH 10: 1-4 THE NEW ISRAEL'S SHEPHERD-KING [Matthew 7:24-29] Chapter 10 of Zechariah's prophecy gives further blessings that will result for God's people because of their turning to their Messiah. The chapter is very closely connected to the victorious conclusion of chapter 9 and ...read more
Contributed on Dec 9, 2010
After the visitation of The Cornerstone, The Tent Peg, The Battle Bow, The Ruler of them all an amazing change takes place in His flock. God will restore & strengthen His people who turn to Jesus Christ for their deliverance.
ZECHARIAH 10: 5-12 NEW ISRAEL'S SHEPHERD-KING, Part II After the visitation of The Cornerstone, The Tent Peg, The Battle Bow, The Ruler of them all an amazing change takes place in His flock. Instead of being defeated by the adversary they will be as mighty men in battle for the Lord will be ...read more
Contributed on Dec 23, 2010
How did Israel get into such trouble as revealed in Chapters 9 & 10? & as they are in presently? They invited such trouble upon themselves by following their false shepherds & rejecting their Messiah, the true Shepherd, when He first came to lead them.
ZECHARIAH 11: 1-10- (17) THE TRUE SHEPHERD REJECTED or TRUE AND FALSE SHEPHERDS Zechariah means whom the Lord remembers and as his name indicates he is strikingly a prophet of hope and glory. His visions have spanned the centuries to bring us the encouraging hope of future deliverance by ...read more
Contributed on Dec 30, 2010
The reason for the broken covenant symbolically depicted in the Zechariah breaking the staff of grace is now more fully described. It becomes painfully clear that not only did they reject the Son of God but they mocked the character and glory of God incar
Zechariah 11: 11-17 TRUE SHEPHERDS AND FALSE SHEPHERDS - PART II [Matthew 27: 1-10] God gave His Shepherd two staffs, one called Favor (or grace) and the other Union. The Messiah spoke compassionately to them and opposed the false shepherds. He wanted to unite them in the Father and pour ...read more
Contributed on Jan 20, 2011
Our text depicts Jerusalem being sieged for destruction by the nations and yet God keeps Israel safe through the precarious predicament.
ZECHARIAH 12:1-9 JERUSALEM'S SIEGE AND ISRAEL'S SAFETY We come to the second part of the last section, namely to chapters 12-14. [That this section is to be regarded as a parallel to the preceding section appears from the similar pronouncement, "The burden of the Word of the LORD." The ...read more
Contributed on Jan 27, 2011
Israel’s lament over the Messiah who died for their sins will be a far greater victory than the one just won over the armies which will surround Jerusalem. It will be the victory of repentance, the victory over a stubborn heart, the victory over self.
ZECHARIAH 12: 10-14 THE SPIRIT OF GRACE AND SUPPLICATION [John 19:30-34-38] The ultimate goal of God for His people is more than just physical preservation, He is working toward their spiritual restoration. He wants to reveal Himself not ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2011
In response to repentance & faith in Jesus, God cleanses you both inside & out. Sorrow over sin is not an end in itself. Those who repent & follow God find He revives the heart of the contrite & blots out their sins.
ZECHARIAH 13: 1-6 THE FATHER’S PROVISION FOR PURIFICATION Following the great outpouring of the Spirit who brings spiritual illumination, recognition of the Crucified One, and the resulting sorrow of repentance (12:10-14), the Spirit then brings cleansing. Sorrow over sin is not an end in ...read more
Contributed on Feb 10, 2011
During the tribulation period severe testing will be given the repentant righteous remnant to purify them and to prepare them to be the center of Christ's reign on earth.
ZECHARIAH 13: 7-9 TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS BRING SANCTIFICATION [Zephaniah 3] Here begins a new section in Zechariah's great last oracle. The focus is abruptly shifted from the deceitful visions of the false prophet to the sufferings of the Messiah. Clearly it is the time of Christ's death ...read more