The Book of Zechariah - Conclusion
Justice, mercy and compassion
This is the final instalment and conclusion of our study of the Book of Zechariah.
Chapter 6: 9-14 is about the High Priest Joshua being crowned both as a priest and a ruler. This symbolizes the crowning of Jesus Christ as the High Priest and a Ruler over all creation. There will be a harmony between that dual role (v13). He will also build the true temple, a prophecy which means that temple becomes our own bodies, the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19-20)
Chapter 7 enumerates the sins of Israel, the reason why they were scattered. God said that His people worshipped Him in vain. They fasted religiously but only for themselves. When they feasted, it was also only for themselves (v4-6) God requires justice and mercy, not only physical fasting (v8-9). And yet Israel did not listen to the prophets while they were prosperous (v7, 11) and so the Lord was very angry. That's the reason why they were scattered and their once pleasant lands became desolate (v14).
The future Jerusalem
Chapter 8 is about the promised restoration of Jerusalem. After the coming tribulations, God will again save His people and restore Jerusalem. This how the great promise of restoration will result:
Chapter 9 narrates God's vengeance against the enemies of Israel. The cities enumerated are symbolizing their last days counterparts. Read The Book of Zechariah - Part 1 for the last days enemies of Israel.
Chapter 9:9 is the prophecy about Jesus Christ's return to Jerusalem riding on a donkey after He spent most of His ministry in Galilee (Fulfilled in Matt 21:4-5). The succeeding verses jumps up to the Second Coming towards the Millennium explaining Jesus Christ's ruling the world in peace and restoring twice as much as what Israel lost (v12) during their tribulations.
Verses 14 to 17 of the same chapter is again about the Second Coming, the Day of the Lord. Jesus Christ Himself will sound the trumpet.
Events prior to the Second Coming
Chapter 10 speaks a lot about the last days events. Again God reaffirmed His promise of salvation. Verses 1-2 is a comparison between the true God who creates, who brings rain, storm or showers and the idols and diviners who speak deceit. God is very angry with the shepherds of His flock, the leaders of today's churches and therefore, Jesus Himself will take good care of His Church.
The remaining verses of Chapter 10 reveals a lot about the last days identity of Israel's enemies confirming that history will be repeated.
We will not be able to understand this unless we know who these countries are. The Bible is using their original identities but today, they have extended their territories. Egypt is now the U.S.A., who will also become the throne of the Antichrist. Israel will be weeded out from the countries where they were scattered and will return to Jerusalem through the Great Exodus. The remnants of Israel will re-enact the crossing of the Red Sea as verse 11 says, "They will pass through the sea of trouble; the surging sea will be subdued." The Sea of Trouble, the surging sea will be the Atlantic Ocean. North of the Atlantic Ocean is Greenland which will be hit by a huge space object causing the Atlantic to surge with tsunamis. [Related: Greenland: The Camp of God's Army - Part 1 and Part 2. Read also The Prophet Micah - Part 1 about Israel's return to Egypt prior to the Second Coming]. Nile is now the great Mississippi River of the modern Egypt. Egypt's sceptre is also important to be mentioned in this prophecy since Egypt will become the throne of the Antichrist. Assyria will be the same old enemy of Israel now being occupied by Iraq, partly Syria and Iran. They will all be responsible to the downfall of Europe, the home of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel to confirm the covenant that House of Israel should fall first. The fall of Israel (Europe) will be the beginning of the end of all nations.
Chapter 11 is about the tale of the divided kingdom of Israel and their respective wicked shepherds. Again it is about the sins of the Houses of Israel, named as Favour and Union symbolizing Judah and Israel (v14) rejecting their God, the Creator. The chapter also prophesied about Judas the Iscariot who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
Verses 16 to 17 tell about the worthless shepherd, apparently this is the Antichrist. The Antichrist will come in a sheep's clothing in order to win many but many will be able to know his real identity.
The Battle of Armageddon and the true Rapture
Chapter 12 is about the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming. This will also enlighten us about the transformation of the elect into glorified bodies as prophesied in 1Thess 4:15-17. The saved ones will become like God, like the Angel of the Lord going before them. That is the real transformation from physical to spiritual that will happen in the blink of an eye. This is happening in the very last day of the last seven years. [Related: Is The Traditional Rapture Doctrine Biblical?]
On that same day, all peoples will see the Lord Jesus Christ coming down from Heaven in great power and glory. That is the Second Coming of the One they have pierced (on the cross). There will be great mourning among the returning remnants with cries like grieving for the lose of only son.
Additional information about the Battle of Armageddon and those who attack Jerusalem is detailed in Zech 14:12-15.
The last chapter is a defining moment of God's 7,000-year Divine Plan. The last 1,000 years is the Sabbatical Millennium, the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ over all nations, we call the Millennium. God is also a compassionate God. Among those who had attacked Jerusalem will also be saved to become regular worshippers and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (v16).
Everywhere, the Lord will be mentioned even on the bells of horses. Even cooking pots will become holy. The house of the Lord will no longer become a marketplace like what the people did during Jesus Christ's three-and a-half year ministry on earth. Great will those days be for those who choose to be a believer and persevered in faith.
In those days, the while world shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Isa 11:9; Hab 2:14). Let us start knowing the Lord now and then reserve a place in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Glory be to the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
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