When a sinner pauses in coming to Christ, Satan
works upon his hesitancy.
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
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
Zech 1:15 God is angry at the nations because
they were having it easy while Israel was being
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.
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.
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
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.
Don't spoil tomorrow by failing to do the will of
God today. Make tomorrow the best by obeying
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.
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.
Zech 4:1-3 Telling that the kingdom of His, in
the millennium will be all light and perfect
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.
Error and love of error is all the difference.
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
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.
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
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.
We cannot fly from ourselves by changing our
circumstances, we can only change our
circumstances by flying from ourselves.
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?
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.
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
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
Zech 8:19 Fasting and feasting produced joy and
gladness... truth and peace.
It is impossible when we are occupied wit
ourselves to be witnesses to others of what God
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
Zech 9:9 This verse is in the New Testament; see
if you can find it. It is very plain to Whom it
Zech 9:10-16 But the tribulation must come also
to take away the wicked people, then the
believers in Israel shall be saved.
Revelation is not a mass of theories and
principles, but the knowledge of His will.
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.
When we are wronged or hurt, or treated unkindly,
if we would honor our blessed Lord, we must
endure with sweet forgiveness and patience.
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.
The tendency is to lose dependence when we are
enjoying the results of dependence.
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
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
Zech 12:12 All will mourn, King (David), Prophet
(Nathan), and Priest (Levi).
The Christian that compromises Truth today will
compromise Morals tomorrow.
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.
The ability to memorize anything depends on its
importance to us.
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
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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