PM December 31st Malachi 1

December 31st Malachi 1

A. The Present The Love of God for Israel
1: The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. 2: I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, 3: And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. 4: Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever. 5: And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel.
The Priests rebuked for profanity
6: A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? 7: Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. 8: And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. 9: And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts. 10: Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 11: For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts. 12: But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. 13: Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD. 14: But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the LORD a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.

Malachi 2

1: And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. 2: If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. 3: Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it. 4: And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 5: My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. 6: The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. 7: For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 8: But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 9: Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
The People rebuked for social sin
10: Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11: Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. 12: The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. 13: And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. 14: Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 15: And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16: For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. 17: Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Malachi 3 B. The Future The Two Messengers

1: Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to this temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. 2: But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 3: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. 4: Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 5: And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. 6: For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
The People rebuked - Religious sins
7: Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 8: Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9: Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11: And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. 12: And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. 13: Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? 14: Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? 15: And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. 16: Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17: And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18: Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Malachi 4 The Day of the LORD
1: For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2: But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3: And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. 4: Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
The prophecy of Malachi has a very clear message, which is that the day of the LORD is coming. All of the OT prophets have had this theme in one way or another. This little book of only 4 chapters was written by the prophet Malachi in 430 BC. Malachi wrote to confront the people of Judah with their sins and to tell them of the love of God if they repented. It was written to the southern kingdom of Judah. This is last book in the Christian OT however it is not the last book in the Hebrew OT. 2 Chronicles is the last book in the Hebrew OT. Malachi announced the coming of John the Baptist (3v1) and the coming of Christ (3v1). Malachi prophesied to a people who were as hard as sin could make men. The prophecy of Malachi could be described as having two themes the present state of the Lords people, Israel and the future of Israel in the Messianic kingdom. Malachi begins by unburdening himself of the message of the Lord. He says the Lord says to Israel l have loved you yet you say has the Lord loved us? The Lord responds saying that Jacob had a brother Esau, yet the Lord only loved Jacob and hated Esau. The Lord made the inheritance of Esau waste land and a place for demons. Esau’s descendants will build in the desert but the Lord will destroy their palaces and the place will be uninhabited forever. Then the Lord brings another charge against Israel. He says a son honours his father and even a servant honours his master. Then he says If l am your father where is the honour that is my due? And if l am your master where is your respect? Then the Lord says you priests despise my name. (Notice that the Lords prayer begins Hallowed be thy name) The priests say how have we despised your name and the Lord answers you have polluted bread on the altar. The priests had made the table of the Lord an object of contempt. The priests were offering blind animals and lame animals for sacrifice. This was an evil thing before the Lord. The Lord says l will have no pleasure in your worship and l will not accept it from you. These are serious charges and they give a clue as to why the Lord is silent to Israel for 400 years from Malachi to John the Baptist. When John came he found a nation far from their God and full of sickness and impoverished and occupied by the Roman legions. Yet John was unable to bring about any real change. He called on the people to return to their God but it was not until Christ’s ministry that real restoration was possible. He only could forgive their sins and heal their backslidings. Malachi continues, There will come a day when from the rising of the sun to the going down of the sun the Lords name will be praised in all the earth and in every nation incense will be offered to the Lord’s name. It will be a pure offering and the name of the Lord will be great in the heathen nations. The Lord says that he will curse their blessings. The priests who should have kept the whole law have only kept part of it. Israel is in a sorry state they ask all innocently what have we done yet the Lord replies you have done evil in my sight. In chapter 3 Malachi begins to focus on the future he speaks of the ministry of John the Baptist. He will be sent by the Lord to prepare the way for the coming Messiah to Israel. Malachi describes Christ’s ministry as coming in judgment. Yet we know that when Christ came he came not to condemn or judge but to save, therefore Malachi has in mind a future day when Christ will come to his temple to execute judgment on the children of Israel. John said l baptise with water but he will baptise with fire. Christ will purify the sons of Judah that they might offer sacrifices of holiness to the Lord. Christ will bring judgment on evil doers and justice in Israel. The message of the Lord is, Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. This explains the wording of John and Christs and the Apostolic message, Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. It is not a general call to salvation as Christians experience it but it is a call specifically to Israel to return unto the Lord their God so that he would then return to them. Still Israel complains of their innocence and the Lord continues to explain their sin. They say when did we rob you? And the Lord replies in tithes and offerings. Then the Lord issues this wonderful challenge to Israel. He says bring all your tithes into the storehouse and prove me now. Test me O Israel to see if l will not open the windows of heaven and pour out on you a blessing that you will not have room enough to receive it. Then every nation will call you blessed. The Lord says, you have said strong words against me, you have said what is the point of keeping the law? Yet there were few that feared the Lord and l will keep a book of remembrance of those who fear me. They will be mine in the day when l take up my precious ones. Lastly Malachi speaks of the day of the Lord. He says a day will come which will burn like an oven. It will be a time of destruction of the proud and the wicked. But to those who fear the Lord the Sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings and he will tread down the wicked. He says remember the law of Moses my servant and do it! Then Malachi says The Lord will send Elijah my prophet (resurrected from the dead). Before the great and terrible day of the Lord and he will bring a restoration in the family because if not l will smite the earth with a curse. And so ends the Old Testament. And the Children of Israel waited for 400 years until a man appeared in the wilderness of Judea calling, ‘Repent for the kingdom of God is near’.

  • What is the day of the Lord?
  • Who was the Prophet that Malachi said was coming?
  • What other prophet was going to come just before the day of the Lord? 

AM December 31st Revelation 22

December 31st Revelation 22

The City walls etc

1: And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2: In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3: And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5: And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

H. Epilogue Christ is coming soon I’m coming soon

6: And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. 7: Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. 8: And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9: Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. 10: And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11: He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12: And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14: Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15: For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16: I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17: And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Warnings & blessings

18: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 20: He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

And so we come to the last chapter of the NT. John is still describing the New Jerusalem. He describes the clear water of the river. He sees the tree of life which bears twelve types of fruit every month. And whose leaves bring health to the nations. On this earth there is no curse.
Lastly John brings his book to an end with an affirmation of the truth of its prophesies. He also states that Gods blessing rests on those who read this book. John is told specifically not to seal this book because the days for its fulfilment are near. And so the book ends with a personal message from Christ himself, in which he promises not to delay his coming. The invitation of Christ is whosoever will may take of the water of life freely. Then comes blessings and curses on the readers of this book.

  • What else does John say about the New Jerusalem?
  • What promise of blessing rests on the readers? (See Chapter 1)
  • What curse does John bring to those who mess with it? 


AM December 30th Zechariah 12

December 30th Zechariah 12

Second burden

2nd Coming of Christ
1: The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. 2: Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3: And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. 4: In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 5: And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God. 6: In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. 7: The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. 8: In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. 9: And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10: And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. 11: In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. 12: And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; 13: The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; 14: All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.

Zechariah 13

1: In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. 2: And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land. 3: And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth. 4: And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive: 5: But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth. 6: And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. 7: Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. 8: And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9: And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Zechariah 14

1: Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2: For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3: Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4: And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5: And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. 6: And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: 7: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. 8: And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. 9: And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. 10: All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses. 11: And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. 12: And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. 13: And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. 14: And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. 15: And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague. 16: And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17: And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 18: And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 19: This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 20: In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD's house shall be like the bowl's before the altar. 21: Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.
In the last three chapters of Zechariah the prophet records no less outstanding prophesies that previously. The prophesies regarding his first coming are understood to be literal and specific. The prophesies regarding his second coming are also to be understood to be literal and specific. It will be noted however that some prophesies are little understood until the time of their fulfilment. These prophesies regarding Christ’s second coming are given against the background of a God who stretched out the starry heavens and who made the foundations of the earth. He is the one who gave every man a spirit. The Lord says l will make Jerusalem the source of fear to all the nations around her. All those who come against Jerusalem will be totally destroyed. The people of Jerusalem will find their strength in the Lord their God. The Lord himself will defend the children of Israel. And even the weak will be as mighty as David. In the day when all the nations will rise against Israel the Lord will give a spirit of grace and prayer to them and they will see Christ as the one who they crucified. And they will mourn like the mourning of the loss of an only child. They will have great bereavement like that of a firstborn. All and every Israelite will mourn. There will be a general and great revival beginning with great fear and trembling and sorrow before God. On that day there will be a fountain opened to the house of David and to all who live in Jerusalem. It will be a fountain opened for sin and uncleanness. All Idols will cease forever in Israel. There will never again be spiritual adultery before the Lord. None will allow a false prophet to live in the land. Two thirds of the land will perish but the third will come through as through fire. They will be refined like silver and gold. They will call on the name of the Lord their God and he will hear them. And then there is this beautiful exchange – The Lord will say, You are my people. And they will reply, The Lord Jehovah is my God. Next Zechariah turns his focus on the day of the LORD. This is the great battle when all nations will gather against Jerusalem. Christ said of this time, You will be hated of all nations because of me. There will be battle, looting and rape and the people will be taken in servitude but the Lord will stand on the mountain of Olives (Where the Garden of Gethsemane was) And the mountain will divide causing a canyon lying east west. Men will flee and there will be no night or day. And living waters will flow out of Jerusalem half to the Dead Sea and half to the Mediterranean Sea. In that day the LORD will be king over the whole earth. The central part of Israel will be raised up the highest mountain in the earth and those who fought against Jerusalem will perish where they stand, including all their beasts. Those who do not die will every year go to Jerusalem to worship the King the Lord of Hosts. Those who refuse to go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord will have no rain the following year. They will go to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. It seems that Egypt will initially refuse to celebrate Tabernacles yet afterwards they will go. These prophesies are not only remarkable they are amazingly detailed. Zechariah says that the horses will have bells the inscription HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD. This will also be written on pots too in the house of the LORD. In fact every pot in all Israel will carry this inscription. There will never again be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts. There are some that mock at prophecy, yet we know that the 30 pieces of silver came to true exactly as foretold and so it will be with the inscriptions on the bells and pots - HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD.

  • How would we know that the prophesies about the second coming of Christ are to be taken literally?
  • What do we learn about the second coming in this passage?
  • What expression is used by the prophet which characterises the Millennial kingdom?

AM December 30th Revelation 21

December 30th Revelation 21

Christ becomes all in all – The New Jerusalem

1: And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2: And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3: And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5: And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6: And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8: But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. 9: And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10: And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11: Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12: And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14: And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15: And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. 16: And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. 17: And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 18: And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 19: And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20: The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21: And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 22: And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23: And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24: And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25: And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26: And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27: And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Now we come to a very exciting part of Revelation. All that are wicked are removed for ever and God now begins to do something very new. God will make a new heaven and a new earth. The new earth will have no sea. Then John sees the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven to earth. God himself will dwell with men. There will be no more tears. No pain or sorrow Everything previous will have passed away. The wicked will not have ceased to exist but they are confined forever in the lake of fire. Then John is introduced to the Lamb the wife of the lamb (Israel) then John sees the New Jerusalem. Glorious in beauty and riches. gold and precious stones. 1500 miles cubed. The city will have no temple and no sun or moon will shine upon it and there is no night time. The Lamb himself is the light. The nations will walk in the light and the Kings will bring their honour to it. The City will be holy.

  • What stage are we at in this chapter in Gods purposes?
  • How does John describe the New earth?
  • How does John describe the New Jerusalem?


PM December 29th Zechariah 9

December 29th Zechariah 9

C. Prophetic Burdens

First burden 1st Coming of Christ
1: The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the LORD. 2: And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise. 3: And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets. 4: Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire. 5: Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited. 6: And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. 7: And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite. 8: And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes. 9: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. 10: And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from river even to the ends of the earth. 11: As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. 12: Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee; 13: When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man. 14: And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the LORD GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south. 15: The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar. 16: And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land. 17: For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

Zechariah 10

1: Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. 2: For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd. 3: Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle. 4: Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together. 5: And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded. 6: And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear them. 7: And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. 8: I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased. 9: And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again. 10: I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Labanon; and place shall not be found for them. 11: And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away. 12: And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the LORD.

Zechariah 11

1: Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. 2: Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down. 3: There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled. 4: Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter; 5: Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not. 6: For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them. 7: And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock. 8: Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me. 9: Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another. 10: And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it assunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people. 11: And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD. 12: And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. 13: And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD. 14: Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel. 15: And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. 16: For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. 17: Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.
In the next few chapters Zechariah brings forward a number of prophesies that we today find astounding and they all relate to the first coming of Christ. In the early part of the chapter he brings lots of prophesies which at the present time are obscure. However in verse 9 he says rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion then he says Shout O daughter of Jerusalem But why? And the answer comes – Look! Your king comes to you, he is just and he has salvation and he is lowly and he is riding upon a colt the young foal of an ass. This takes us directly to the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday. Then the Lord carries on describing these obscure events. What we see from all this is that Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem has a context. And the context is the struggle and move and counter move of Israel’s enemies. Christ comes to Israel not only as their Messiah but their deliverer. He says the LORD their God shall save them in that day like a shepherd rescuing his flock. They will be like the gems of a crown, which is lifted up as a sign to the land. Is it possible to measure his grace and how beautiful he is? What he provides will be like bread to the young men and the joy of wine to the young women. When Israel needs rain in the autumn they will call on the Lord and they will be heard. The Lord will save his people. He will bring them to the place of blessing and he will have mercy on them. The Lord will whistle for his sheep to return to his pasture and they will flock to him. Those that have died will rise and they will be brought back to Zion. The Lord will destroy those who oppressed Israel. The Lord will have two shepherds crooks, one called ‘beauty’ and the other ‘bands’. Then the rod ‘beauty’ will be broken in two. Perhaps Zechariah is describing the two forms of religious leadership in Israel. Sadducees and Pharisees - beauty and bands. Perhaps he is saying that the theology of the Sadducees will be broken - perhaps by the resurrection of Christ! Next we have an interesting prophecy. It seems that Christ is asking the religious leaders for the price of his own head. So they weighed for my price – 30 silver coins. I dead slave was 60 silver coins. Christ was valued as half the price of a dead slave! Next we have a remarkable detail. The money is cast back into the temple and the money is taken to purchase the potters field. These remarkable prophesies are incidental proofs of the accuracy of the scriptures and of the prophets Zechariahs words. It seems that this whole passage is about Who is to be the shepherd of Israel? Is it to be Caiaphas the Sadducee? And the answer is No! When Christ stood before Caiaphas the high priest, He asked him, who are you? etc etc, At the end of the engagement Caiaphas tore his high priestly garments and thus brought his priesthood to an abrupt end. Then Zechariah speaks of the other staff – ‘bands’. This was also broken in two. Then the Lord says I will raise up a shepherd in the land, He will not care for the flock, he will not visit the sheep or tend them, He will eat the sheep and rip them open. The judgement of God is coming to the idolatrous shepherd. He will suffer injury on his right arm and he will loose sight on his right eye. All of this points to John chapter 10. Where Christ says I am the good shepherd etc etc. And Christ the Good shepherd is contrasted to the hireling and the wolf.

  • Why did Christ enter Jerusalem on the donkey?
  • How much was Christ betrayed for?
  • How is Christs shepherd ministry described here?

AM December 29th Revelation 20

December 29th Revelation 20

The 1000 yrs

1: And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2: And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3: And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 4: And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5: But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6: Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 7: And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8: And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9: And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10: And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Christ’s Judgement begins – The Judgement day

11: And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13: And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14: And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

This little chapter of only 15 verses describes the whole era of the Millennium and period of 1000 years. The first thing that John describes is the binding of Satan and of his restriction in the Abyss. The next thing is that John sees thrones and to those who sit there is given authority to judge. He also sees again the souls of those who had been beheaded by the Antichrist live. They were raised from the dead and they reigned with Christ for a 1000 years. But the rest of the dead were not raised until the end of the 1000 years. So there will be two resurrections separated by the 1000 year Kingdom of Christ on earth. At the beginning, the resurrection of the righteous and at the end the unrighteous. At the end of the Millennium Satan is released again and he starts a rebellion again but Christ confronts him defeats him and sends him to the Lake of fire. Then we have the establishment of the Great White Throne. Here the wicked who are in hell are raised from the dead and stand before Christ in judgment. They are judged according to what they have done and the book of life is consulted. Those not recorded in the book of life are cast alive into the lake of fire. Death and hell are cast into the lake of fire too. And so we see that all who have ever lived will live forever, either in blessedness of Christ’s presence or in the lake of fire.

  • What happens before the 1000 years begin?
  • Where is Satan during the 1000 years?
  • What happens at the end of the 1000 years?


PM December 28th Zechariah 6

December 28th Zechariah 6

10. Four Chariots
1: And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. 2: In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; 3: And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses. 4: Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? 5: And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. 6: The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country. 7: And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth. 8: Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country. 9: And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 10: Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah; 11: Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; 12: And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: 13: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. 14: And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD. 15: And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.
Zechariah 7 B. Historic Interlude Question re Fasting
1: And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu; 2: When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regem-melech, and their men, to pray before the LORD, 3: And to speak unto the priests which were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?
Threefold answer
4: Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying, 5: Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me? 6: And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? 7: Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain? 8: And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying, 9: Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: 10: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. 11: But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. 12: Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. 13: Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: 14: But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.

Zechariah 8

1: Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, 2: Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. 3: Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. 4: Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. 5: And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. 6: Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts. 7: Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; 8: And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. 9: Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. 10: For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour. 11: But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts. 12: For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. 13: And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. 14: For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not: 15: So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not. 16: These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: 17: 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. 18: And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying, 19: Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace. 20: Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: 21: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. 22: Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. 23: Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
The next thing that Zechariah sees is a vision of four chariots. These chariots bear a remarkable resemblance to the Four horsemen of Revelation that John saw. Zechariah asks what they mean and he is told that they are four spirits of the heavens and they are sent out from the presence of the Lord. the black horses go north and the white follow them and the last horses go south. Then Zechariah is told that ‘The Branch’ will grow up and he will build the temple of the LORD. He will rule in the temple and he will be a priest on his throne. Next Zechariah finds that a question arises as to whether the children of Israel should celebrate the yearly fast. The answer from the Lord is when you fasted during the captivity did you fast to the Lord? and when you ate and drank did you do that to the Lord? Shouldn’t you come together to hear the word of God? Then the Lord gave instructions to Israel. He said, you judges give righteous judgments, show mercy and compassion to your brother, do not oppress the widow, the orphan or the poor. Do not think up evil against your brother. However the children of Israel turned away from the Lord and put their fingers in their ears and their hearts became like stone. Because of this rejection the Lord sent them judgment. Then the Lord spoke to Zechariah again. The Lord said I am coming back to Jerusalem to Zion. Jerusalem will be called the city of truth and the mountain of the LORD of hosts will be called the Holy Mountain. Old men and women will live in Jerusalem again and children will be heard in the streets playing. The Lord will save Jerusalem from all the neighbouring countries. There will be peace in the Middle east and there will be a great increase in agricultural production. All Israel will fear the Lord. They will speak truth and righteousness. The fasts of Israel will be turned into times of great joy. Many nations will go to Jerusalem to seek the Lord and to pray before the Lord. In those days ten men will take hold of the skirt of a Jew saying we go with you because we have heard that God is with you. Is there a future for Israel? Of course there is.

  • What do you think about the four chariots?
  • What did the Lord say about the judges?
  • What vision of the peace of Jerusalem does the Lord give?