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.'”
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2012 Bible Plan