Today’s reading is: Zech. 9-14
Zechariah Chapter Nine
- 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.
- The coming invasion by Alexander the Great is described (Zech. 9:1-8).
- An even greater King’s arrival is described (Zech. 9:9-10; Matt. 21:1-11; Jn. 12:12-15).
- The King of Peace ensures that peace through the destruction of His enemies (Zech. 9:11-17).
Zechariah Chapter Ten
- In anticipation of the coming glory, Israel is commanded to seek the Lord and reject the false messages of idolatry (Zech. 10:1-2).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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
- Zechariah hears the Lord’s instructions to a Faithful Shepherd of a doomed flock (Zech. 11:4-14).
- This is a prophetic description of the 1st Advent of Jesus Christ.
- 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.
- 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).
- Zechariah also receives a prophetic message that highlights a coming Worthless Shepherd (antichrist) (Zech. 11:15-17).
- His coming is in accord with the activity of Satan (2nd Thess. 2:9).
- His coming is in accord with the purpose of the LORD (Zech. 11:16).
Zechariah Chapter Twelve
- In the context of the Worthless Shepherd (antichrist) comes a message of world war against Jerusalem (Zech. 12:1-9).
- The cup of God’s wrath will be consumed by the nations of the earth hostile to Jerusalem (Isa. 51:22-23).
- The flaming torch likewise consumes the nations of the earth hostile to Jerusalem (Isa. 10:17-18).
- The Great Tribulation of Israel will produce a true spirit of repentance (Zech. 12:10-14).
- The return of the Crucified Christ will be a time of mourning and shame (Rev. 1:7; Matt. 24:29-31).
- 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
- The national mourning and repentance of Israel will be accompanied by a Divine removal of demonic influences (Zech. 13:1-6; cf. 12:10).
- False prophets will do everything they can to conceal their involvement with demonism.
- God’s Shepherd is struck by the will of God (Zech. 13:7; Acts 2:23; Isa. 53:4; Rev. 13:8).
- God’s people are struck by the will of God (Zech. 13:8-9), refined and prepared for Millennial glory.
Zechariah Chapter Fourteen
- 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.
- Jerusalem will be plundered and defiled during the Great Tribulation (Zech. 14:1-2; Lk. 21:20-24).
- The Lord of Hosts Personally battles the assembled enemies (Zech. 14:3,12-15).
- 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).
- Topographical changes are then indicated for the Millennial reign (Zech. 14:7-8,10).
- 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 (Zech. 14:17-19 cf. Ps. 2:1-3,9; 18:44; 66:3; 81:15).