Read 270.) Zechariah 1:7 thru 6:15. It is this same time of 520/519 BC, and the remnant has returned to Judah and Jerusalem to rebuild a temple unto the Lord. What does this prophet see by way of visions from the Lord? The first is chapter 1:7-17; the Man among the Myrtle Trees. What is the message here? Jerusalem will be restored, not only immanently, as it would in that time, but, with verses 16 and 17, He also means ultimately, in the time of the Millennium, still to come! Verses 18 thru 21 are a second vision; Four Horns and Four Craftsmen. The horns are the nations God used to disperse all Israel in their past… Assyria, Babylon, Media and Persia, but the craftsmen were those sent of the Lord to throw each nation down in their time. In chapter 2, we go to a third vision; the Man with the Measuring Line. This line was first mentioned in 1:16, and speaks of the ‘size‘ of the blessing to come. How great will that blessing be? 2:3-5 and 10-12, explain that it will be enormous! It is Israel in the time of the Millennial Kingdom, yet to come! The fourth vision is all of chapter 3. It is of Judah’s high priest at that time; one Joshua. He’s standing before Jesus, and Satan is accusing Joshua to Jesus. Even though Joshua is guilty, dirty and unclean; Jesus cleanses him, and desires to greatly bless and use him. But, verse 8 says this is symbolic of a future time. It is the time of the Millennium, and Jesus is the servant, the Branch, who will take away Israel’s sin in one day, when He returns for the Second Coming, and establishes His Kingdom!
Chapter 4 is the fifth vision, of the Gold Lampstand and Two Olive Trees. It is an exhortation to Governor Zerubbabel. Though effort had been made to commence the reconstruction of the temple upwards of 20 years before, but had languished, this renewed effort was going to be successful. In fact, it would come true in just 3 or 4 more years! Zerubbabel and Joshua are the 2 anointed ones of the last verse, being especially used of God then. A sixth vision came to the prophet with chapter 5. It is of a Flying Scroll. What is this? It speaks of God’s curse upon those in the land, who were not of a good heart. He would transform the character of the nation, by ridding it of any wicked people. This will be ultimately filled in the Millennium. The Woman in a Basket is the seventh vision. It is most probable that what is being foretold is how that, also in the Millennium, Israel will be purified. Finally, this eighth vision of the Four Chariots, is of God’s sovereign control over all the earth, though we may not think so at times. World events are His purview. He is the King of all Kings. All that was foretold here will come to pass! Verses 12 thru 15 are Millennial, and speak of Christ’s rule, as Priest and King, joining those 2 roles, when He returns and establishes His Kingdom on the earth. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell