Summary of Zechariah
Chapter by Chapter:
Zechariah 1-2: Zechariah calls Repentance/The Last Days…
Zechariah 3-4: Jesus shall come “The Branch”/Zerubbabel shall finish the Temple
Zechariah 5-6: An angel reveals truths/Christ will sit on His Throne
Zechariah 7-8: Hypocrisy in Fasts/The Restoration
Zechariah 9-10: The Messiah shall come/Judah and Joseph
Zechariah 11-12: Messiah will be Betrayed/The Jews will know Christ
Zechariah 13-14: The Jews will be forgiven/The Lord will fight for Israel
Summary of Zechariah:
Zechariah’s ministry took place during the reign of Darius the Great. Some modern scholars believe that the Book of Zechariah was written by at least two different people. I personally believe that it was only written by Zechariah… but I digress.
Zechariah calls the people of Jerusalem to Repentance, he speaks of the “BRANCH” who is otherwise known as Jesus Christ. He speaks of the Second Coming of Jesus Christs, the Restoration of His Gospel and Church, The Last Days, The wars and the plagues that will befall all the earth if they do not believe in the Lord. Finally at the end of the book we learn that righteousness prevails and the Lord rules over all the earth as King.
Chapter 9: The Messiah shall come
Zechariah speaks Messianically and tells us that a lowly King [Jesus Chrisr] riding on a donkey shall come into Jerusalem. Jesus shall speak peace unto the nations. His dominion shall be from sea to sea. “…the blood of thy covenant [The Atonement] I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.” (Zechariah 9:11).
Here we learn a little about the Spirit Prison, which is a place after death and before judgment where those who have not had the proper light of Christ will be given the opportunity to accept His gospel before the judgment day.
Judah and Ephraim are the bow and arrow to be drawn against Greece. They will be used as instruments of the Lord.
Chapter 10: Judah and Joseph
Judah and Joseph shall be sown among the people in far countries. The Lord will grant showers of rain to help with the crops. The people of God will conquer, while idolaters will be led astray like sheep. The houses of both Judah and Jerusalem will be restored along with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Chapter 7: Hypocrisy in Fasts
In the fourth year of Darius, the people ask if they should weep and fast in the fifth month to commemorate the destruction of the first temple. The Lord criticizes those who fast without a purpose, asking; “…did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?” (Zechariah 7:5). He goes on to explain that all things done in hypocrisy are not of the Lord. Compassion and mercy unto your fellow man is more important than hypocrisy in fasting. It is very important to note that fasting is not hypocrisy if done with true intent for the Lord!
Chapter 8: The Restoration
The word of the Lord again comes to Zechariah and told him “…I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy…” (Zechariah 8:2). The Lord tells Zechariah that He will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be a safe place with children playing in the streets. It will be secure and safe. More people will return from the east and the west. The Lord also encourages the people to finish the temple. Judah is described as being a curse, but a curse that shall become a blessing.
The Lord explains that He is as determined to bless the people now as He was to punish them in the past. The Lord tells Zechariah what the people must and must not do to keep the Lord from becoming angry; “…Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord.” (Zechariah 8:16-17)
Chapter 1: Zechariah calls Repentance
The word of the Lord came unto Zechariah in the second year of Darius. The Lord commands Zechariah to speak to his people and tell them to “…Turn ye unto me [God]… and I will turn unto you…” (Zechariah 1:3)
Zechariah has a vision of a man on a red horse among myrtle trees in a low valley. Behind him were red, speckled and white horses. Zechariah asks the angel in his vision what they were and a man riding the horse explains that they are a patrol, which has found that the earth is at peace. However at peace, God is angry with the nations because they assisted in Judah’s and Jerusalem’s suffering/destruction. The Lord’s house will be built in Jerusalem, and comfort Zion. Zechariah then has another vision of four horns, symbolizing the four nations that scattered God’s people. Craftsmen are coming to terrify them, and cast them out.
Chapter 2: The Last Days…
Zechariah has a vision of a man with a measuring line, who is going to measure out Jerusalem (length and width). We learn that the Lord will provide a wall of fire around Jerusalem. He who touches God’s people touches the apple of his eye. The people are commanded to Sing and rejoice! When the Lord dwells in the midst of Jerusalem, many nations shall be drawn unto Him.