zechariah, revelation prophet, part 5

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Zechariah: Revelation Prophet Part 5:

Friendship Baptist Church Pastor Brian Chilton Friendshipbaptistchurchonline.com Zechariah: Revelation Prophet Part 5

Question of the Week:

Question of the Week Question 40: When was Zechariah 9:9 fulfilled and where is the verse quoted in Matthew’s gospel? Answer: This referred to the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. This was referenced in Matthew 21:5. Question 41: Which verse in chapter 12 gives a direct image of the cross?

Tonight’s Outline:

Tonight’s Outline III. Two Revelatory Oracles (chaps. 9-14) A. Oracle One: The anointed King rejected (chaps. 9-11) 1. The intervening judgments on nations surrounding Israel ( 9:1-8) 2. The blessings of the Messiah (9:9-10:12) 3. The rejection of the Good Shepherd and its consequences for Israel (chap. 11) B. Oracle Two: The rejected King enthroned (chaps. 12-14) 1. The redemption of Israel (chaps. 12-13) 2. The return of the King (chap. 14) Tonight, we will only cover chapters 10 and 11.

1. The intervening judgments on nations surrounding Israel (9:1-8):

1. The intervening judgments on nations surrounding Israel (9:1-8 ) Zechariah 9 1 The burden of the word of the LORD Against the land of Hadrach , And Damascus its resting place (For the eyes of men And all the tribes of Israel Are on the LORD); 2 Also against Hamath , which borders on it, And against Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise. 3 For Tyre built herself a tower, Heaped up silver like the dust, And gold like the mire of the streets. 4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out; He will destroy her power in the sea, And she will be devoured by fire. 5 Ashkelon shall see it and fear; Gaza also shall be very sorrowful; And Ekron , for He dried up her expectation. The king shall perish from Gaza, And Ashkelon shall not be inhabited. 6 "A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod, And I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. 7 I will take away the blood from his mouth, And the abominations from between his teeth. But he who remains, even he shall be for our God, And shall be like a leader in Judah, And Ekron like a Jebusite . 8 I will camp around My house Because of the army, Because of him who passes by and him who returns. No more shall an oppressor pass through them, For now I have seen with My eyes .

The intervening judgments on nations surrounding Israel:

The intervening judgments on nations surrounding Israel (9:1-2) Burden comes from the Hebrew word “ massa ” which references a prophetic word given by God. Hadrach was a city identified with the Assyrians. Damascus was Syrian in origin. Alexander the Great was the catalyst used to bring forth judgment against these surrounding nations and cities. (9:3-4) The next set of judgments came against Tyre and Sidon . Jesus references these cities in Matthew 11. Tyre was a city that was known for its’ mighty fortress. It was also a city of great wealth. Silver and gold were found abundantly in the city. Alexander the Great would tear down the tower and decimate the city’s riches. (9:5-7) The cities mentioned in these verses are Philistine cities. A mixed race points to the people of mixed nationalities as ultimately experienced after the exile. Blood from his mouth refers to idolatrous sacrifices and abominations refer to polluted foods. (9:8) This verse was fulfilled in what has become a strange twist of history. It appears that Alexander the Great came to Jerusalem, but spared the city. Some reports claim that Alexander had a vision from God and offered a sacrifice to the LORD while in Jerusalem. The answer to this odd twist of history is found in Divine Protection.

2. The blessings of the Messiah (9:9-10:12):

2. The blessings of the Messiah (9:9-10:12) Zechariah 9 9 "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be 'from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.' 11 "As for you also, Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. 12 Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you. 13 For I have bent Judah, My bow, Fitted the bow with Ephraim, And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece, And made you like the sword of a mighty man." 14 Then the LORD will be seen over them, And His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, And go with whirlwinds from the south. 15 The LORD of hosts will defend them; They shall devour and subdue with slingstones . They shall drink and roar as if with wine; They shall be filled with blood like basins, Like the corners of the altar. 16 The LORD their God will save them in that day, As the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, Lifted like a banner over His land- 17 For how great is its goodness And how great its beauty! Grain shall make the young men thrive, And new wine the young women.

The Blessings of Messiah (Cont’d):

The Blessings of Messiah (Cont’d) Zechariah 10 1 Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone. 2 For the idols speak delusion; The diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd. 3 "My anger is kindled against the shepherds, And I will punish the goatherds. For the LORD of hosts will visit His flock, The house of Judah, And will make them as His royal horse in the battle. 4 From him comes the cornerstone, From him the tent peg, From him the battle bow, From him every ruler together. 5 They shall be like mighty men, Who tread down their enemies In the mire of the streets in the battle. They shall fight because the LORD is with them, And the riders on horses shall be put to shame. 6 "I will strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, Because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the LORD their God, And I will hear them. 7 Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, And their heart shall rejoice as if with wine. Yes, their children shall see it and be glad; Their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. 8 I will whistle for them and gather them, For I will redeem them; And they shall increase as they once increased. 9 "I will sow them among the peoples, And they shall remember Me in far countries; They shall live, together with their children, And they shall return. 10 I will also bring them back from the land of Egypt, And gather them from Assyria. I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon, Until no more room is found for them. 11 He shall pass through the sea with affliction, And strike the waves of the sea: All the depths of the River shall dry up. Then the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, And the scepter of Egypt shall depart. 12 "So I will strengthen them in the LORD, And they shall walk up and down in His name," Says the LORD.

The Advent of Zion’s King (9:9-10):

The Advent of Zion’s King (9:9-10) With these verses, we begin the heart of the first oracle found in the blessings given by Messiah. The daughters of Zion represent the inhabitants of Israel and especially the citizens of Jerusalem. This act represents the public acknowledgment of the Messiah. This was fulfilled in Jesus found in Matthew 21:1-5. Jesus rode in on a donkey, but why? This act showed the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Messiah being the King who would bring peace. If a person rode a horse, it represented victory or war. If a person rode a donkey, it represented that the King was bringing peace. This act by Jesus showed that these verses were being fulfilled.

The Deliverance and Blessing of Zion’s People (9:11-10:1):

The Deliverance and Blessing of Zion’s People (9:11-10:1) (9:11-12) Even though verse 11 could refer to the previous covenants, it appears that a New Covenant is being addressed. The blood of your covenant would set your prisoners free . Verse 12 shows us that the Messiah would have to conquer His enemies before there could be true peace. That is why Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. Id di not come to bring peace but a sword” (Jesus, Matthew 10:34, NKJV). (9:13) This verse was partly fulfilled by the Maccabee brothers who staged a revolt before the time of Christ. But ultimately, this would be fulfilled in the Messiah as He would conquer all enemies. (9:14-16) The LORD would deliver His people establishing a new kingdom of peace. When Zechariah uses the term day he is pointing towards the end time “Day of the LORD.” The people would be prized like the jewel on the priest’s hat. (9:17) God would bless the people in mighty ways. In heaven, there will be no wants or desires because God will meet all our needs. (10:1) The false god Baal was seen to bring rain but it would be the true God who would deliver and bless His covenant people.

Warning and Encouragement (10:2-4):

Warning and Encouragement (10:2-4) The Messiah would do away with false idols. Witchcraft is prohibited because God sent His prophets to speak on His behalf. Diviners are not necessary nor are fortune tellers because God has already sent His messengers. God would defeat false religions and false idols. We are to stand for the truth of God’s word even when we are not popular or in the majority. Remember the words of Jesus, “ Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Jesus, Matthew 24:23-24, NKJV).

Israel’s Victory Over Her Enemies (10:5-7):

Israel’s Victory Over Her Enemies (10:5-7) God would re-establish a mighty Israel and therefore call the people back to the land before the Messiah would return for the second time. Here again, we see the regathering of the people to Israel, but in this context we see how this will usher in the Millennial Reign of Christ. After God uses to people to make the nation mighty again, Christ will at some point return to establish the Millennial Kingdom for a brief period in time.

Israel’s Complete Deliverance and Restoration (10:8-12):

Israel’s Complete Deliverance and Restoration (10:8-12) (10:8-10) Here again, the promise to regather the people from distant lands is restated. This regathering is a sign of the Second Advent of Messiah. The chosen will come back until no more room is found for them. (10:11-12) As the children were passing back into Israel at Zechariah’s present time, it was much like a second Exodus. They were crossing over the Euphrates as the Hebrews crossed over the Red Sea. Now, most Jews return to Israel by crossing the ocean. God restates His plan to strengthen them and they shall walk up and down in His name. God would be glorified by the people’s faithfulness.

Conclusion::

Conclusion: Jesus is the Prince of Peace. However, that peace does not always come in this lifetime. Having a relationship with Christ may actually cause divisions and strife as Jesus tells us in Matthew 10. In the end, ultimate peace will come when Christ has established a New Heaven and a New Earth. On that day, all evil will be conquered and vanquished. The return of the Jewish people to Israel was predicted not only of the return of the Jewish exiles of Zechariah’s time, but of all times. This is being fulfilled as we speak.

Next Week::

Next Week: The Rejection of the Shepherd The Deliverance of Israel

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