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#1012

When a sinner pauses in coming to Christ, Satan works upon his hesitancy.

Zechariah 1

His name means "Remembered of Jehovah". Nothing of Zechariah's own life is recorded. His time was about B.C. 5l9. We have just been reading Haggai's book, and these two men apparently lived at the same time, according to Ezra 5:1 and 6:14. Haggai is concerned as to the House, Zechariah as to the city. We will find it a very interesting book, for it tells about the first coming of the Lord Jesus, which at that time was in the future. Then it also reaches forward to tell of days which are still future to us, when Israel shall be blessed in their land. They got their land back in May 1948. So we're close!

Zech 1:1-6 A call to the people to turn to the Lord, not to be like their fathers who refused to listen to God's warnings through the prophets. They admitted that the punishment was exactly what He had said.

Zech 1:7-17 Zechariah's first message. A horse is a symbol of God's power on the earth, using nations to carry out His purposes. Possibly the red horse represents Persia (Iran today) the same color as the one on which the angel rode, because Persia was ruling at that time. The speckled could represent the next future Empire - Grecian, and the white horse being the Roman Empire (last Empire).

Zech 1:15 God is angry at the nations because they were having it easy while Israel was being punished.

Zech 1:16 God is yet going to show mercy to Jerusalem, after all the disobedience to Him. Mercy? Why? Because Christ paid for their sins.

Zech 1:18-21 The four world Empires represented by four horns, they were God's instruments to scatter Israel for disobedience.

#1013

Those busiest in our Lord's things fight the hardest to salvage their own personal time with the Lord. Urgent needs and constant demands easily push aside our own fundamental relationship with the Lord.

Zechariah 2

A man with a measuring rod. Jerusalem, though small, would be made large and a blessing (still future). No walls.

Zech 2:5 The Lord would be a wall of fire about it.

Zech 2:8-13 "The glory" refers to when the Lord shall come back in power to set up His glorious kingdom and to reign over the earth, Jerusalem and Israel being the centre.

#1014

Don't spoil tomorrow by failing to do the will of God today. Make tomorrow the best by obeying today.

Zechariah 3

In order for Jerusalem to be blessed, the people must be cleaned. Joshua, the high priest, with his filthy garments, illustrates this. Satan is put down. In verse 4, Joshua is cleaned, in verse 5 he is clothed then crowned.

Zech 3:7 The little remnant (the future faithful few) will be tested until that day comes.

Zech 3:8-10 A view into the millennium.

#1015

It requires no faith to look back and say, "It was the Lord". But to see the dim-shadowed figure on today's stormy sea and say, "It is the Lord!" requires faith and courage.

Zechariah 4

Zech 4:1-3 Telling that the kingdom of His, in the millennium will be all light and perfect order.

Zech 4:6-10 Describe the conditions at the time of writing when the remnant, under Zerubbabel had returned to Jerusalem. Zechariah encourages him, that he would be able to complete the job of rebuilding the house of God.

Zech 4:11-14 Christ in the future will be both King and Priest, His power shall be the Holy Spirit (the oil). It applies both to the remnant then returning like a shadow of the real fulfillment in the day when the Lord appears (Rev. 11:4).

#1016

Error and love of error is all the difference.

Zechariah 5

Zech 5:1-4 Another vision - a high flying roll (about 30 x l5 ft) this pictures judgment which will search into every corner and punish stealing and swearing falsely.

Zech 5:5-11 Another vision. The woman held in place by a weight. A picture of the wicked idolatry introduced by Babylon into the land of Israel earlier. It is now departing and returning to its original place. Shinar is in Babylon, where men opposed God. (See Gen. 11:2 & Rev. 17:5).

#1017

The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Word in our life and thoughts. - George Mueller

Zechariah 6

Zech 6:1-8 The four horses possibly represent the four world Empires. The red horse (Babylon); black horse (Medes and Persians, then existing); white horse (Greece); grizzled and gray horse (Romans).

Zech 6:9-15 Christ as the Branch is again brought in. He will build the temple of the Lord and then sit upon His throne; and rule as King and Priest.

Zech 6:13 Speaks of the Lord in a future day as King and Priest.

#1018

We cannot fly from ourselves by changing our circumstances, we can only change our circumstances by flying from ourselves.

Zechariah 7

Things change from this chapter on. The Lord now speaks to the conscience of the people that had come back to Jerusalem. It will be harder to understand, so take it slowly.


Zech 7:3 Refers to when Jerusalem had been destroyed seventy years before (2 Kings 25:8)

Zech 7:5 The Lord asks them if they really fasted and mourned when they had been in Babylon, about the destroyed condition of Jerusalem.

Zech 7:8-14 God reminds them that they had been scattered for their sins. But were they listening?

#1019

There is many a thing that the world calls disappointment; but there is no such word in the dictionary of faith. What to others are disappointments, are to believers intimations of the will of God.

Zechariah 8

Zech 8:1-8 What mercy! God tells them, that in spite of their willful disobedience, He was going to act in mercy toward them (Romans 9:27). This will only be in the millennium.

Zech 8:9-15 Wonderful picture of how gracious God is!

Zech 8:16-23 During the tribulation, many believing Jews shall preach the gospel of the coming kingdom all over the world. Many, Gentiles shall hear and believe, and so will enter into the millennium.

Zech 8:19 Fasting and feasting produced joy and gladness... truth and peace.

#1020

It is impossible when we are occupied wit ourselves to be witnesses to others of what God is.

Zechariah 9

Zech 9:1-8 God is going to severely punish the nations around Israel, so that this will enable Israel to expand north. When you hear of Lebanon these days, remember Tyre and Sidon are cities there today.

Zech 9:9 This verse is in the New Testament; see if you can find it. It is very plain to Whom it refers!

Zech 9:10-16 But the tribulation must come also to take away the wicked people, then the believers in Israel shall be saved.

#1021

Revelation is not a mass of theories and principles, but the knowledge of His will.

Zechariah 10

Zech 10:1 Showers of blessing shall descend on Israel in the millennium.

Zech 10:2-3 What good were all those idols?

Zech 10:6 God will give the Jews great strength and all the believers shall be gathered in Israel.

Zech 10:7-12 The scattered ten tribes shall be gathered from all over the world.

#1022

When we are wronged or hurt, or treated unkindly, if we would honor our blessed Lord, we must endure with sweet forgiveness and patience.

Zechariah 11

Chapter 11 is quite a contrast to chapter 10.

Zech 11:1-5 Here the people of Israel are under the control of the Gentiles. Their own leaders (their shepherds, scribes, elders, priests) did not pity them, so the Lord has pity on them.

Zech 11:12-13 Can you see how similar this is to Matt.27:9-10? Their Messiah is valued at thirty pieces of silver.

Zech 11:7,10,14 Refer to Judah and Israel, for so long divided into two kingdoms.

Zech 11:15-17 The true Shepherd (Christ) having been refused, the Lord speaks here of the Antichrist. All these Scriptures pass over our day of grace completely.

#1023

The tendency is to lose dependence when we are enjoying the results of dependence.

Zechariah 12

The conditions in Jerusalem during the time the Antichrist is accepted by the nation of Israel during the tribulation.

Zech 12:3-9 The nations surrounding Israel shall be molesting it, but later the believing remnant shall receive strength from God, and shall turn on those nations and crush them.

Zech 12:8 The weakest man there, shall become as strong as David! He killed a lion and a bear with his hands.

Zech 12:10-14 The believing remnant in Judah shall realize that the One they crucified, is their true Messiah. Their heart shall be pierced with sorrow. Their sorrow shall be individual and intense.

Zech 12:12 All will mourn, King (David), Prophet (Nathan), and Priest (Levi).

#1024

The Christian that compromises Truth today will compromise Morals tomorrow.

Zechariah 13

The cross is pointed to here.

Zech 13:2-4 As a result of the cross, all Israel is going to be cleansed. Every unbeliever in the land shall be destroyed (Matt. 25:31-46).

Zech 13:6 Those Israelites who have not known about the cross, will ask this question.

Zech 13:7 God proclaims Jesus Christ as His Fellow (companion), but His sword went into Him! The nation was scattered, while the believing remnant was blessed (Matt. 26:31).

Zech 13:8-9 Judah will be individually sifted. Two thirds of them shall be unbelievers.

#1025

The ability to memorize anything depends on its importance to us.

Zechariah 14

Zech 14:1-4 The Lord appears suddenly at the end of the tribulation. That is called "The day of the Lord". His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives from where He has ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9-11).

Zech 14:5 The Lord shall destroy the unbelieving nations of the West. Not all at once, for we have read in Daniel how He is going to deal with one group at a time (Russia shall be the last - Ezekiel 38 & 39). The last part of this verse is interesting. 1 Thess. 4:14 refers to the same event.

Zech 14:6-7 Turn to Isaiah 39:26. It would seem that it is referring to the same future day when the Lord shall return with all us believers, to reign over the earth. The light apparently will be much brighter than it is now.

Zech 14:8 Two rivers shall start to flow out of Jerusalem. (It is the only capital in the world without a river). One will flow West into the Mediterranean, the other East, into the Dead Sea.

Zech 14:9 Beautiful to read this slowly.

Zech 14:14 Think of what a day that will be when this verse is fulfilled.

Zech 14:20-21 No one shall spoil that wonderful day of "HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD".

 

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