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Today’s reading is: Zech. 9-14

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Zechariah Chapter Nine

  1. Chapters 9-14 contain oracle revelations concerning Israel’s future.  As with other prophetic Books, the distinctions between 1st Advent and 2nd Advents are not always clear.
  2. The coming invasion by Alexander the Great is described (Zech. 9:1-8).
  3. An even greater King’s arrival is described (Zech. 9:9-10; Matt. 21:1-11; Jn. 12:12-15).
  4. The King of Peace ensures that peace through the destruction of His enemies (Zech. 9:11-17).

Zechariah Chapter Ten

  1. In anticipation of the coming glory, Israel is commanded to seek the Lord and reject the false messages of idolatry (Zech. 10:1-2).
  2. The Lord will do away with the false shepherds when He comes to shepherd His people and when He transforms them into the mightiest army on earth (Zech. 10:3-11:3).
  3. The Cornerstone, Tent Peg, & Battle Bow are metaphors for Jesus Christ (Zech. 10:4).  He will come in battle with every resurrected King of Judah from David to Jehoiachin.
  4. This is the time-frame for the future promised Global Regathering of Israel—not the Z/E/N Returnings under Zerubbabel, Ezra & Nehemiah.

Zechariah Chapter Eleven

  1. Zechariah hears the Lord’s instructions to a Faithful Shepherd of a doomed flock (Zech. 11:4-14).
    1. This is a prophetic description of the 1st Advent of Jesus Christ.
    2. The spiritual shepherds are more interested in economic activity (buying and selling) and political activity (power and kings) than they are in pursuing the things of the Lord.
    3. The wages paid to this Faithful Shepherd were thirty pieces of silver, thrown to the potter (Zech. 11:12-13; Matt. 26:14-16; 27:1-10).
  2. Zechariah also receives a prophetic message that highlights a coming Worthless Shepherd (antichrist) (Zech. 11:15-17).
    1. His coming is in accord with the activity of Satan (2nd Thess. 2:9).
    2. His coming is in accord with the purpose of the LORD (Zech. 11:16).

Zechariah Chapter Twelve

  1. In the context of the Worthless Shepherd (antichrist) comes a message of world war against Jerusalem (Zech. 12:1-9).
    1. The cup of God’s wrath will be consumed by the nations of the earth hostile to Jerusalem (Isa. 51:22-23).
    2. The flaming torch likewise consumes the nations of the earth hostile to Jerusalem (Isa. 10:17-18).
  2. The Great Tribulation of Israel will produce a true spirit of repentance (Zech. 12:10-14).
    1. The return of the Crucified Christ will be a time of mourning and shame (Rev. 1:7; Matt. 24:29-31).
    2. The mourning is national—spanning the tribes and clans, but also personal—dividing even husbands and wives (Matt. 24:40-41; Lk. 17:33-35).

Zechariah Chapter Thirteen

  1. The national mourning and repentance of Israel will be accompanied by a Divine removal of demonic influences (Zech. 13:1-6; cf. 12:10).
  2. False prophets will do everything they can to conceal their involvement with demonism.
  3. God’s Shepherd is struck by the will of God (Zech. 13:7; Acts 2:23; Isa. 53:4; Rev. 13:8).
  4. God’s people are struck by the will of God (Zech. 13:8-9), refined and prepared for Millennial glory.

Zechariah Chapter Fourteen

  1. Zechariah closes his Book with a summary of the Lord’s coming victory over the nations, and His rule over them with His rod of iron.
  2. Jerusalem will be plundered and defiled during the Great Tribulation (Zech. 14:1-2; Lk. 20:20-24).
  3. The Lord of Hosts Personally battles the assembled enemies (Zech. 14:3,12-15).
  4. The Lord will stand upon the Mount of Olives, providing a way of escape for the faithful remnant to flee through (Zech. 14:4-5).
  5. Topographical changes are then indicated for the Millennial reign (Zech. 14:7-8,10).
  6. The Lord’s world rule is stated (Zech. 14:9) and described (Zech. 14:16-21). Note the Gentile rebellion against the reign of Jesus Christ (vv.17-19 cf. Ps. 2:1-3,9; 18:44; 66:3; 81:15).