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Complete Study Of The Book Of Zechariah

Introduction

When we open up the pages of the Book of Zechariah, we find a book full of visions, some of which can be seen in the Book of Daniel. The remnant of God’s people have returned from Babylonian exile but because of political problems and local unrest, the building of the temple under the leadership of Zerubbabel had stopped.

Zechariah and Haggai worked around the same time period, and were prophets called by God to preach to the people to restart the building of the temple.

Author

Although there are 27 Zechariahs mentioned in the Scriptures, there’s no doubt when read Ezra 5:1 and Ezra 6:14, that the Zechariah mentioned with Haggai, is the same person as the author of the book after his name.

His name means ‘he whom the Lord remembers’. Both Zechariah and Haggai were prophets at the time when God’s people returned to their home land after their Babylonian captivity. Zechariah was a priest of God and prophet to those who returned.

Zechariah was the son of Berekiah and his grandfather’s name is Iddo, Zechariah 1:1 / Ezra 5:1 / Ezra 6:14. The account of Ezra focuses on Zechariah assuming the priestly heritage of his grandfather, rather than his father.

Iddo was a Levitical priest who returned from Babylonian captivity with the first returnees under the leadership of Zerubbabel, Nehemiah 12:1 / Nehemiah 12:4 / Nehemiah 12:7 / Nehemiah 12:1-16.

When Zechariah arrived in the land with his family, he was a young man, Zechariah 2:4, but God used him only when he was old enough and ready to take on the role of a prophet. The message he delivered to God’s people was a message of hope.

Date

There are no problems in dating Zechariah 1-8 because the dates are given within the text itself, Zechariah 1:1 / Zechariah 1:7 / Zechariah 7:1.

However, when we come to Zechariah 9-14, dating is almost impossible, which has led some to believe they were written by someone else. It’s possible that these last chapters were written by Zechariah sometime after the first few chapters, near the end of Zechariah’s ministry, this would explain why the style of writing is different.

The Book

In the book, Zechariah sees many visions, in which he revealed the will of God to the people in order that God’s people start rebuilding the temple again, Ezra 5:1-2 / Ezra 6:14.

In the later part of the book he tries to prepare God’s people for the struggles that they would endure during the 400 year silent years between the Testaments. He also gives the people hope, when he speaks of the long awaited arrival of the Messiah who would bring peace.

There’s a lot of symbolism, figurative and apocalyptic language within the book itself, especially Zechariah 9-14, so we must be careful not to make the text say or mean something it was never meant to mean, that is, make it literal. We take read it and understand it figuratively, unless the text itself demands otherwise.

Outline

The Call To Repentance, Zechariah 1:1-6
The Visions Of Zechariah, Zechariah 1:7-6:15
The Vision Of The Horses And Riders, Zechariah 1:7-17
The Vision Of The Four Horns And Four Craftsmen, Zechariah 1:18-21
The Vision Of The Surveyor, Zechariah 2:1-13
The Vision Of Joshua The High Priest, Zechariah 3:1-10
The Vision Of The Golden Lampstand, Zechariah 4:1-14
The Vision Of The Flying Scroll, Zechariah 5:1-4
The Vision Of The Woman in the Ephah, Zechariah 5:5-11
The Vision Of The Four Chariots, Zechariah 6:1-8
The Crowning Of Joshua, Zechariah 6:9-15
The Questions Concerning Fasts, Zechariah 7:1-8:23
The Fasts, Zechariah 7:1-3
The Failure Of The People, Zechariah 7:4-14

The Future For Jerusalem, Zechariah 8:1-23
The Prophecy Concerning the Future, Zechariah 9:1-14:21
The First Prophecy, Zechariah 9:1-11:17
The Victories Of Alexander The Great, Zechariah 9:1-8
The Comings Of The King, Zechariah 9:9-10
The Victories Of The Maccabees, Zechariah 9:11-17
The Blessings From Messiah, Zechariah 10:1-12
The Rejection Of The Shepherd, Zechariah 11:1-17
The Second Prophecy, Zechariah 12:1-14:21
The Lord’s Care For Jerusalem, Zechariah 12:1-14
The Lord’s Cleansing Of Jerusalem, Zechariah 13:1-9
The Lord’s Second Coming To Jerusalem, Zechariah 14:1-21

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