Ruth & Mendel Wedding Highlights. The video of this Jewish wedding shows Jews, of whom are descendants of the people being described and discussed in this study of the Jewish Prophet Zechariah. Because of the length and importance of the book of Zechariah, this prophecy will be discussed, chapter by chapter.
Jews have a great respect for the writings of Jewish prophets. Anyone having any kind of relationship with a Jew should also have a basic understanding of the things which are important to Jews.
Consider the information that was written by Dr. Charles C. Ryrie (Deceased).
Zechariah was a priest who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel and Joshua, and was, according to tradition, a member of the Great Synagogue (the governing body of the Jews before the Sanhedrin). His name means “Yahweh remembers;” he was a contemporary of the Jewish prophet Haggai. During the reign of the Persian King, Cyrus, more than 50,000 Jews returned to Judah/Jerusalem/Judea in 538 B.C. They laid the foundation for the temple in 536 B.C. but, opposition stalled the work for about fifteen years. Darius Hystapes, who came to the throne in 521 B.C., confirmed the decree of Cyrus, and Zechariah, like Haggai, encouraged the people to finish the Temple, which they did in 515 B.C. Zechariah predicted more about Messiah than any other prophet except Isaiah. Prophecies concerning His first coming include 3:8; 9:9, 16; ; 11:11-13; 12:10; 13:1, 6; and prophecies to be fulfilled at His second coming include 6:12; 14:1-21. Zechariah is a book of consolation and hope, beginning with a call to repentance, and concluding with prophecies concerning the return of Christ (Charles Caldwell Ryrie (Th.D, Ph.D.).
Looking through the lens of time, as provided by Zehariah, is an exciting experience. I encourage you to stay with me throughout the journey. The following is a second peak into the millennium, from the Jewish prophet Isaiah (713 B.C.).
Isaiah 11:6-9 English Standard Version (ESV)
6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
9 They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
This study of Zechariah will use the English Standard Version for its text. The following link explains the ESV. https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/English-Standard-Version-ESV-Bible/
Zechariah Chapter 2
2:1–13 When we consider this third vision, we see a man holding a measuring line. Just like the second vision, this vision builds on God’s promise of comfort to His people, the Jews (Zechariah 1:13, 17). The restoration of Jerusalem, after the return of the Jews from Babylon, is a mere appetizing fore-view of the yet future thousand-year Messianic Kingdom. Due to the language of the vision, it cannot be fulfilled historically. The scope of the vision extends far beyond the time of Zechariah to the time of the rule of the Messiah on earth during the Millennium. It is at that time that the Millennial Temple will be constructed by God in Jerusalem. The completion of the temple will be with total perfection (per Ezekiel 37:26, 587 B.C.).
2:6–9 The prophet Zechariah changed from his distant view of the future (Verses 4, 5) to the present, summoning those Jews still living in Babylon (referred to as the land of the north, Verse 7, because of the direction from which it invaded Israel) to flee before God pours out His judgment on it. This also implied a future call to leave a future Babylon (Revelation 17:3–5; 18:1–8.).
2:10–13 The language in these verses is Messianic. The words describe the personal presence of the Messiah, who will dwell on the throne of David in Jerusalem during the Millennium.
2:11 “Many nations” will worship the Lord “in that day,” which will be the future Day of the Lord, during the Millennium (Zechariah 14:16; Isaiah 2:3).
2:1 “a man with a measuring line” The restoration and rebuilding of Jerusalem is symbolized. It is very possible that the surveyor is the Angel of the Lord (Zechariah 1:11; 6:12; Ezekiel 40:2,3), who is laying out the future dimensions of the city of Jerusalem.
2:3 “angel…talked with me” This is the instructing angel of Zechariah 1:9.
2:4 The news was so great that it was to be declared immediately. An angel was dispatched to say that Jerusalem will become so huge that it will extend beyond any walls (Isaiah 49:19,20; Ezekiel 38:11). The conditions described here have not been proven to be true historically (Nehemiah 7:4; 11:1-22); its full realization will occur in the future earthly Messianic Kingdom (Isaiah 49:19-20). A counterfeit of this un-walled safety will exist under the anti-Christ at the time of the tribulation, prophesied in Ezekiel 38:11 (587 B.C.).
2:5 “a wall of fire all around her” Even without walls, Jerusalem will live securely because of God’s protection. “The glory” illustrates the Messiah’s blessing and personal presence in His earthly kingdom of the Millennium. (Isaiah 4:2–6; 40:5; 60:17-18; Ezekiel 42:1–7).
2:6 “I have spread you” Per 2 Kings 17:6, the Jews were scattered from the Gozan River to Media. Some had also taken refuge in Egypt, Ammon, Moab and Edom (Jeremiah 40:11-12; 43:7).
2:8 “He sent Me after glory” The Messiah is sent by the “Lord of Hosts” (Verse 9) to receive His glory and to exonerate Himself in the nations which had defiled Israel. “the apple of His eye” Harming God’s chosen people is like hitting the pupil of God’s eye.
2:11-12 Zechariah echoes the promise that God had made to Abraham (Genesis 12:3). Many nations will join themselves to the Lord (Zechariah 6:15; 8:20–23; Isaiah 2:2–4; 56:6-7; 60:3). However, this will not change God’s choice of the Jews to be His chosen people. The Jews will still be “God’s inheritance in the Holy Land” (Deuteronomy 32:9).
2:12 “Holy Land,” The term is made not because it is the Promised Land but because it will be the site of the Messiah’s earthly throne when the land has been cleansed. A “holy land” can only be appropriate for its “holy Lord” (Isaiah 6:1–5).
2:13 “His holy dwelling.” This is addressed to all flesh. When Israel believes in Messiah Christ, and He returns, all humanity will “be silent” before the Lord. They will submit because He has been “aroused” (awakened, incited to activity), leaving “His Holy habitation” (the heavenly realms) to descend to His Holy Land (Zechariah 2:12), His earthly dwelling place. This context is not merely a “spiritual” descent of God to vindicate and help His people. The context places the event described in the Messianic era at the end of days. When the Lord comes to deliver His people, other prophets recognize that He will do so with the literal return of the Messiah (Isaiah 59:20; Romans 11:26-27; Micah 2:12-13, 5:4)(Moody Bible Commentary).
Consider the Hebrew names for “LORD” in Zechariah Chapter 2. http://biblehub.com/lexicon/zechariah/1-1.htm
LORD יְהוָ֗ה Yah·weh 3068 the proper name of the God of Israel (All verses, all capital letters) (YHWH/Yahweh)
The following video shows Christians, of whom have a love for the nation of Israel, and Jews everywhere. The song tells of the return of Messiah to earth to set up His Millennial Kingdom, which will be worldwide, and will have its Temple in Jerusalem. We will go into greater detail of this event, as we proceed further into Zechariah’s prophecy, which will show some people experiencing joy, and others experiencing judgment. We will address discuss key events that precede the establishment of the Messianic Kingdom, as well as things that will follow. This study of Zechariah is one that nobody should miss.
These are the Days of Elijah by Paul Wilbur
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