“In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah (Yahweh Remembers), the son of Berechiah (Yahweh Blesses), the son of Iddo (The Appropriate Time) . . .” (Zechariah 1:1).
Isn’t God amazing? In the first verse of the book, in the meaning of the names, God is telling Israel that He remembers and blesses at the right time.
Once again, we find that God is not finished with Israel. Here we see God’s justice, judgment, mercy, and integrity—always true to His Word – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17 (KJV)
If you have ever questioned your salvation, one passage is particularly interesting. You may have made a confession for Christ, answered an altar call, been immersed in baptism, joined a church, but sometimes maybe that nagging question arises in the shadows of your mind, “Am I really saved?” There is an answer right here in Zechariah 12:10 – it is a broken, contrite heart. All doubts of your salvation are removed if you can recall a time when you thoughtfully considered all God has done for us, how undeserving we are, and yet, “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8), He unselfishly poured out His blood in propitiation for our sins. Then He poured out His Holy Spirit filling us to overflowing. Emotion is unavoidable. At some point we cannot help but to breakout in tears of both sadness and joy. Each of us have shared with Christ a personal, private time of tears and mourning that bursts forth in overwhelming joy and gladness—just like will happen in Israel when the nation finally recognizes their Messiah and King and boldly proclaim, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD” Matthew 23:25-29.
“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10)
Paradigm Shifting Isn’t Easy:
There is much to say about these last three chapters of Zechariah. They are primarily about the purging and redemption of Israel, the restoration of the Kingdom, and the “Great and Terrible Day of the Lord.”
These particular chapters, along with the book of Joel and Matthew chapter 24, fit snugly and tightly together with Revelation 6:12-17 and the entire chapter of Revelation 14. How do we reconcile God’s many promises to personally protect Israel from her enemies once they are finally back in the land with the apparent devastation, pillaging, ravishing, and return “into captivity” as expressed in likes of Zechariah 13:8-14:2, the prophecy of Joel, and others? How do we reconcile this with Ezekiel 37-39 and numerous other scriptures that illustrate Israel as being protected? How does God say in Isaiah 66:8, “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons,” and then He all but totally and completely devastates them, again? Is that at all reasonable? Isn’t that a contradiction? Honestly, does that sound like God?
What are we missing?
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