Zechariah 10:1 says, “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.” It was a new day; judgment had passed and the LORD desired to bring His blessing, so He tells them to “ask.” James 4:2 tells us that we don’t have some things because we fail to ask, and not because He doesn’t want to give it to us.
Chapter 12, verses 1-9: The LORD speaks of the battle for Jerusalem in the last days. Satan and the powers of darkness know the plan of God is for Jesus the Messiah to reign as King from Jerusalem, so they is fighting for that city. Jesus will come to Jerusalem when the leaders welcome Him by saying “blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD.” The events of the last days will create a scenario where the leaders of Israel will fully accept Jesus as their Messiah when He returns. Verses 10-14 say there will be a “great mourning” in that day when they behold Him.
Chapter 13, verses 8 and 9 seems to say that 1/3 of Israel will survive the time of the great tribulation. That 1/3 will be refined and will serve the LORD faithfully.
Chapter 14 talks about how the LORD will draw all nations toward Jerusalem to destroy the reprobate people who refuse to repent of their wickedness in the very end days. Joel 3:2 says, “I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.” The book of Revelations also goes into more detail on what will happen in Jerusalem
I will comment on this chapter and the others and try not to go beyond my understanding of the Scripture.
Verses 1-5: The “curse” will remove everyone in the end not willing to submit to the King, Jesus Christ. The LORD is longsuffering, but He will manifest His love to His people by establishing His kingdom.
The lead disc (vs. 7) covering the basket with “Wickedness” may represent that God has restrained the manifestation of the extent of wickedness that operates within people as spoken in 2 Thessalonians 2. 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 says, “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”
Verse 11: The land of “Shinar” is Babylon. When God removes restraint off in the last days, the extent of man’s wickedness will be manifested. This wickedness will be seen in Babylon (see Revelations 17).
Verse 12: The “Man” who is said to build the real temple is called “The BRANCH.” The real temple the LORD is focused on is not built by stones, wood etc.; it is built within a people who are living and abiding in Jesus Christ [the Vine (Branch)].
The Jews wanted to know if they should continue the fasts they did in the 5th and 7th month of each year because of the destruction of the temple. Now that it was being rebuilt, they questioned if they should continue with the fasts. The LORD doesn’t give a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer; instead He focuses them back on His previous Word that they rejected that got them in the situation to start with. Zechariah 7:9-10 says, "Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother.'”
This chapter speaks of the time when Jesus Christ shall return to earth and establish His kingdom. The LORD talks of the good He is determined to do to Judah and Israel. He is going to bring them back into their land and make them a blessing to the rest of the earth.
The prophecy in Zechariah 9:9-10 (like many others) speaks of Jesus Christ’s first coming and His second. Verse 9 of His first and verse 10 of His second coming. It says, "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. 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.'”
In verses 1-6, the LORD reminds Judah of the power of His word. When He spoke judgment to the previous generation, that judgment came forth from that Word since they did not repent.
It would be helpful to read Revelations chapter 6 for insight on the meanings of the colors of the horses seen in Zechariah 1:8.
The fulfillment of the vision Zechariah saw concerning Jerusalem is for the time when Jesus returns and brings true peace to His city. The LORD wants us to do our work in this lifetime with the mindset that our work has eternal recompenses and rewards.
Zechariah sees Joshua, the High Priest, receive clean garments from the LORD instead of his filthy ones in a vision. It was the high priest that made atonement for the sin of the nation. This vision represented that the LORD had removed the sin from Israel that had brought judgment upon them. There is also a foreshadow in this vision that applies to us. The Hebrew form of the name Joshua is “Yeshua,” the Name of our Lord and Savior. The vision is also a picture of Jesus Christ bearing our sin, paying for our sin, and giving us righteousness "in one day" (vs 9).
Who are the two anointed ones talked about in this vision? I believe it represents Zerubbabel, who was overseeing Jerusalem, and Joshua the High Priest. (Both King and High Priest were anointed.) Both of these men were types and foreshadows of Jesus Christ, so as you look through this vision, you can see a picture of the ministry of Jesus Christ and the ministry of His body, the church.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan