An Exegetical Study Of Zechariah's VisionIn the opening chapter of the New Testament book of Luke, we learn that one main task of that man who would become known as John the Baptist was to prepare a people for the coming of Jesus Christ. I believe that many times God provides means of escape or whispers words such as "You are going through this large wilderness because I have a giant Promised Land for you." Sometimes by listening to evil spirits' radio frequencies, we do not hear the words "Change Course or Stop," before it is too late.
Once forgiven and cleansed by the Lord, the angel had instructions for Joshua (Israel) in order to retain this new state of being: "If you will walk in My ways and keep My requirements, then you will govern My house and have charge of My courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here" (v.7). If Israel remained in this cleansed, priestly state, God was promising her the privilege of service in the Temple before Him, guarding it from idolatry and other religious defilement, and access to the very presence of God like the angels standing around Him.
This verse is a confirmation of Isaiah 11:11-12, where he says, "In that day, the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of His people He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth." Notice Isaiah is talking about a second ingathering, the first being the one Zechariah, Haggai, Ezra and Nehemiah were experiencing.
Joshua, wearing the crown, would symbolize the Messiah to come, "Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: 'Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord." Interestingly, the name Joshua and Yeshua are often used interchangeably in the Bible.
Now the second thing is Israel's deliverance in verses 6 and 7, Ho, ho, come forth.” Now I don't know exactly how to translate this, actually the Hebrew is the word, Hoi, hoi,” and it's kind of emphatic and I have a good friend who preaches the Bible in another city in the state of Texas and he thought that this was so emphatic that he kind of likened it to the word that of an officer spoke to his company, Attention!” And that's the way in which he would like to translate this.
In the very midst of that remnant of His oppressed and afflicted people though their eyes may be holden so that they can not see Him afflicted in all their afflictions, is ever Israel s Redeemer, " the Angel of Jehovah," who " encampeth," with an invisible host, round about them that fear Him, to deliver them.
On that day the Lord will gather together the nations to fight Jerusalem; the city will be taken, the houses rifled, the loot divided, the women raped; half the population will be taken away as slaves, and half will be left in what remains of the city.
Some of us sit in the audience and hear words just as I have heard and kind of sit back and say, Well I have believed in Christ and I have the Holy Spirit and therefore I have the teacher and I'm sitting pretty.” But video we also learn in the Bible that we, even though we possess the Holy Spirit, cannot understand anything more than the milk of the word if we are not obedient to that spirit, if we are not in fellowship with God.
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It was " in the twenty and fourth day of the eleventh month, that is, in the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius" On that very day just five months before, the spirit of Zerubbabel and of Joshua, and " of all the rest of the people," being stirred up by God through the preach ing of Haggai, commenced to work again in the rebuilding of the Temple (Hag.
And so the fourth thing that Zechariah has told in this thrilling good news concerning the future is that the Messiah is coming and it's not his first coming, but it's his second coming and he's going to come and he's going to establish residence in the midst of the people of Israel in the city of Jerusalem.