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The Book of Zechariah
The vision of this chapter prophesies the rebuilding of the temple and the city of Jerusalem by the remnant of Israel in the days of Zechariah. But, the prophecy does not end there. Zechariah, and all the other prophets, look forward to the very end times and sees the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple during the Millennium. During this period the desert will blossom as the rose (Isa.35:1-2). The Lord Himself will dwell in the city of Jerusalem. I do not think that we will be living there because the "New Jerusalem" (Rev.21:2) will be the home of the church. The earthly Jerusalem will be inhabited and will become the center of this Earth (Eze.5:5).
We have already been told in Zec.1:17: "My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem." Everything that was to be done in Zechariah's day had eternal importance. God has a purpose for Israel, He will NEVER cast her off. Circumstances in Zechariah's day were discouraging and it seemed that God had deserted them, but He wanted them to know that not only had He NOT deserted them, but He has an eternal plan and purpose for them. They, along with us could say: "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:6).
Vision Of The Man With The Measuring Line Zec.2:1-13
Zechariah 2:1 I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand. (KJV)
I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked . . . Zechariah now sees a third vision; which refers to the times of the Messiah; although it might be of use to the Jews then, to encourage them in the rebuilding of Jerusalem, in a literal sense.
And behold a man with a measuring line in his hand . . . the appearance of this "Man" reveals that He is the Angel of the Lord, the pre-incarnate Christ. It is the very same "Man" who appeared in the first vision as the rider on the red horse. In Zec.6:12, Zechariah says: "Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH." That is the "branch of David," the sprout which is coming from Jesse, the Lord Jesus Christ (Isa.11:1; Jer.23:5; 33:15; Zec.3:8; 6:12).
To establish the meaning of the "measuring line," I bring other verses of Scripture:
Jeremiah 31:38-39 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner. 39 And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath. (KJV)
Ezekiel 40:2-4 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. 3 And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate. 4 And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel. (KJV)
Revelation 11:1-2 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. (KJV)
Any where that God uses a "measuring line," it simply means that He is getting ready to move again in behalf of what He is measuring. In the Jeremiah, He is measuring the city of Jerusalem. The prophet Ezekiel also speaks of measuring, and if we read further we would see that this is the vision of the building of the millennial temple in Jerusalem. I think that the "measuring line" here could also include the measuring of the millennial temple that is to be built.
Measuring in this Passage refers to the restoration and enlargement of Jerusalem under the Messiah, who is spoken of here as being sent by God to be in the midst of Israel (Zec.2:1-3,9-12).
4th prophecy in Zechariah (Zec.2:1-13, unfulfilled). Next one, Zech. 3:8.
Eight Predictions, not yet Fulfilled:
#1. Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein (Zec..2:4).
#2. I will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her (Zec.2:5).
#3. You will be gathered from the land of the north and from the four winds where I have scattered you (Zec.2:6).
#4. I will come and dwell in the midst of you (Zec.2:10).
#5. Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be My people (Zec.2:11).
#6. I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that the Lord has sent Me unto you (Zec.2:11).
#7. The Lord shall inherit Judah His portion in the holy land (Zec.2:12).
#8. I will choose Jerusalem again Zec.2:12).
Zechariah 2:2 Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof. (KJV)
Then said I, Whither goest thou? . . . this reveals great freedom and boldness on the prophet's part to ask such a question to the Man with the measuring line. Question 8. Next one, Zec.3:2.
And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem . . . He is saying that the city will be expanded. It did that in Zechariah's day, and it still is today, but I do not think any current building is a fulfillment of Zechariah's prophecy because I believe the fulfillment is yet future. The Jews 'could be' driven out of the land of Israel again, as chastisement, without affecting God's Promise to eventually and finally bring them back to the land for good, because that is exactly what He intends to do some day.
To see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof . . . the length of the New Jerusalem is the same as the width . . . its length, breadth, and height are all equal (Rev.21:16).
Zechariah 2:3 And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him, (KJV)
And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth . . . (Zec.1:9), and he "went forth" from the place where the prophet was, with whom he had been speaking. "The angel that talked" is the great and glorious Angel, Christ Jesus Himself, which had been talking with Zechariah.
And another angel went out to meet him . . . another angel went out to meet him; a created angel, or a common angel, offers his service to Christ, who is Lord of angels.
Went forth, from "the midst of the myrtle trees," where He was first seen. He does not say where He is going.
Zechariah 2:4 And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein: (KJV)
And said unto him . . . meaning the other angel said to the Angel that had been talking with the prophet.
Run, speak to this young man . . . meaning Zechariah, who was either young in years, as Samuel and Jeremiah were when they prophesied; or he was a servant of a prophet older than he, and therefore so called, as Joshua, Moses's minister, was (Num.11:28). Young men: (Jer.1:6; Dan.1:17; 1 Tim.4:12).
Saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls . . . this shows that this is not to be understood of Jerusalem in a literal sense, but yet in the future, for Jerusalem was NOT inhabited as a town "without a wall." Its wall was built in Nehemiah's time, and remained until the city was destroyed by Vespasian.
This means both the safety and security of it (Eze.38:11), as it will be in the latter day, when both Jews and Gentiles are called, and brought into it; which sense is confirmed by what follows:
For the multitude of men and cattle therein . . . Jerusalem is the subject of this prophecy, not Samaria, the capital of the ten tribes. The capital of Judah means all Israel in the restoration, will be greatly enlarged and inhabited with an overflowing population. There will be NO literal wall around Jerusalem, for Almighty God will be her Wall. Jerusalem: (Zec.1:17; 8:4-5; 12:6; 14:10-11; Isa.33:20; 44:26; Jer.30:18-19; 31:24,27,38-40; 33:10-13; 36:10-11; Mic.7:11).
Zechariah 2:5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her. (KJV)
For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about . . . Israel will need NO other wall to secure her, the Presence and power of God encompassing her, as the mountains encompassed Jerusalem (Ps.125:2), for He will "be unto her a wall of fire," for "our God is a consuming fire" (Heb.12:29). A Wall: (Zec.9:8; Ps.46:7-11; 48:3,12; Isa.4:5; 12:6; 26:1-2; 33:21; 60:18-19)
And will be the glory in the midst of her . . . Christ will be in the midst of Israel, ruling personally and visibly on Earth in those days. Messiah: (Isa.4:2,5-6; 9:6-7; 52:7; 60:13; Eze.43:7; 48:35; Zec.14; Lk.1:32-33; Rev.11:15; 20:1-10). The Glory: (Ps.3:3; Isa.60:19; Hag.2:7-9; Lk.2:32; Rev.21:10-11,23; 22:3-5).
This is NOT true today! Their help comes from other nations. But Almighty God says that in the future He will be a wall of fire around them; HE will be their protection, because He will be in their midst. The Lord will make good all that He had promised them.
Daniel, Ezekiel, Zechariah and Revelation are the four apocalyptic books in the Bible. They all look to the future when the Kingdom is to be established here upon Earth. Consider the following Passage from Ezekiel 43 to show the glory that IS coming. It describes the coming of the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, into His temple.
Ezekiel 43:1-7 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: 2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. 3 And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. 4 And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. 5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house. 6 And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me. 7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places. (KJV)
Do you see what this says? "I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever." Forever is a long time! This is a prophecy that was NOT fulfilled in the days of Ezekiel. It looks down through the ages to the Millennium, the time when the Lord Jesus will come and establish His Kingdom here on earth.
Zechariah 2:6 Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD. (KJV)
Ho, ho . . . this expresses a call and proclamation; "proclaim to the dispersed.'' Ho: (Ruth 4:1; Isa.55:1).
Come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the Lord . . . meaning, from Babylon, which lay north of Judea (Jer.1:13-15; 3:12), where many of the Jews had stayed. They did not return with the rest when they came up out of the captivity. Here they are called to come forth, in haste. Flee: (Zec.2:7; Gen.19:17; Isa.48:20; 52:11-12; Jer.31:8; 50:8; 51:6,45,50; 2 Cor.6:16-17; Rev.18:4).
For I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the Lord . . . meaning either the dispersion of the Jews in Babylon, and other countries; or of those scattered up and down in the control of Papal Rome. The sense here is, that it was God's will and purpose, when they were come out of Babylon, that they should be spread in the several parts of the world, to support and spread the cause of Christ, and strengthen His interest. Spread, scattered: (Deut.28:64; Jer.15:4; 31:10; Eze.5:12; 11:16; 12:14-15; 17:21; Amos 9:9).
Dispersion of Israel
God scattered Israel in all lands and among all peoples as the four winds blow in all parts of the Earth. This fulfilled the following.
Deut.4:27 And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you. (KJV)
Deut.28:64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. (KJV)
Dispersion of the Jews: (Lev.26:33; 26:41; Deut.4:27; 28:25,62,64; 30:1; 32:26; Neh.1:3,8-9; Esth.3:8; Ps.44:11; 106:27; Isa.11:12; Jer.8:3; 9:16; 15:4; 16:13; 17:4; 18:17; 24:9; 29:18; 32:37; 34:17; 44:1; Lam.1:3; Eze.5:10; 6:8; 11:16; 12:15; 17:21; 20:23; 22:15; 32:26; 34:6; 36:19; Dan.9:7; Hos.9:17; Joel 3:2; Zep.3:10; Zec.2:6; 7:14; 10:9; Jn.7:35; 11:52; Acts.2:6; Jam.1:1).
Since this prophecy the Jews have been established; but they went into sin again, crucified their Messiah, and had to be scattered another time. It is from this second scattering that they are now being gathered. They will continue to be gathered until the Second Coming of Christ; when the last ones will be brought back to their own land to live forever under the reign of Christ (Isa.11:10-12, Mat.24:31).
Zechariah 2:7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon. (KJV)
Deliver thyself, O Zion . . . make your escape, those who belong to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, and should be living there, and not in Babylon. Flee from there. Deliver thyself: (Gen.19:17; Num.16:26,34; Isa.48:20; 52:2,11; Jer.50:8; 51:6,45; Mic.4:10; Acts 2:40; Rev.18:4).
That dwelleth with the daughter of Babylon . . . that dwell with the heathens, or who are the daughters of Babylon, "the mother of harlots" (Rev.17:5). This means to get out of Babylon. Why? Because Babylon was going to fall. God was going to bring it down. (Rev.14:8; 16:19; 17:5; 18:2).
Zechariah 2:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. (KJV)
For thus saith the Lord of hosts . . . Christ, who is God, and Lord of armies, as appears from His being sent in the next section. Jesus IS God! http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_is_jesus_god.htm
After the glory . . . which is promised (Zec.2:5), or "afterwards" shall be a glorious time, after God's people are brought out of spiritual Babylon, when the Jews shall be converted, and the fullness of the Gentiles (Rom.11:12,25) shall be brought in, then will be the latter day glory; and at the same time will be the fall and destruction of the satanic Antichrist, and of ALL heathen states.
Hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you . . . after Israel's glorious deliverance from the different places of their dispersion; "He hath sent Me (Christ) unto the nations which spoiled you," that they may fall under grievous calamities, and be punished in their turn. On Babylon a great calamity fell, when besieged and taken by the Persians.
To the Chaldeans and Babylonians, who spoiled and carried captive the Jews; or the heathen nations, which persecuted and wasted the people of God, Christ will be sent, and will take vengeance on them. He will destroy the Antichrist with the breath of his mouth, and with the brightness of His Coming (Hab.3:4; 2 Thes.2:8); with the sharp sword going out of His mouth (Rev.19:15). Breath of His mouth: (Job 15:30; 41:21; Ps.33:6; Isa.11:4).
For he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye . . . in other words . . . do NOT mess with Israel or any of God's TRUE people. The Apple of His Eye: (Deut.32:10; Ps.17:8; Pro.7:2; Lam.2:18; Mat.25:40,45).
Zechariah 2:9 For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me. (KJV)
For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them . . . . the nations; either the Babylonian, or other heathen states, meaning, that He would extend His power, and inflict punishment on them, and utterly destroy them; which would be done by the bare shaking of His Hand! Almighty God is omnipotent! We simply cannot comprehend just how powerful extremely He is! He "spoke" and the world was created! (Gen.1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24,26-27). Can you understand that? I cannot! But, I believe it! His Hand: (Isa.10:32;11:15; 13:2; 19:16).
And they shall be a spoil to their servants . . . as the Babylonians were to the Persians; not through Cyrus, which had been done; but through Darius, who took Babylon, after a siege of twenty months, and killed many, with all becoming a spoil to the Persians, who had been their servants. They shall spoil: (Isa.14:2; 33:1,23; Jer.27:7; Eze.39:10; Hab.2:8,17; Zep.2:9).
And ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me . . . either the Prophet Zechariah, that he was a true prophet, and that his mission was from the Lord of hosts, or that Christ, sent by God the Father; and Who will one day at last be known and owned by the Jews, as well as by the Gentiles. Ye shall know: (Ex.7:17; Eze.35:4,12,15; Hos.13:4; Zec.2:8; 4:9; 6:15; Jer.28:9; Jn.13:19; 16:4).
Zechariah 2:10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. (KJV)
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion . . . people of Zion, the whole nation of the Jews, the peculiar, redeemed and restored people of God that had been in the great and long captivity. Christ Jesus calls them to rejoice in the goodness showed to them, and to sing forth the praises of Him who showed it, for He has come to execute judgments on their enemies and to fulfill their deliverance and salvation. He has come as foretold and promised! Rejoice: (Zec.9:9; Ps.47:1-9; 98:1-3; Isa.12:6; 35:10; 40:9; 42:10; 51:11; 52:9-10; 54:1; 61:10; 65:18-19; 66:14; Jer.30:19; 31:12; 33:11; Zep.3:14-15; Phil.4:4).
I will dwell in the midst of thee . . . will build His House, and reside in it, and give them His ordinances, His blessing and His Presence shall be with them forever! This was fulfilled only in part then. The Presence of Christ in His churches exist today, for He is with His people, and shall be manifest and continual in the latter day. He will come: (Lev.26:12; Zec.8:3; 14:5; Ps.40:7,9-11; 68:18; Eze.37:27; Mal.3:1; Mat.28:20; Jn.1:14; 14:23; 2 Cor.6:15-16; Rev.2:1; 21:3).
Zechariah 2:11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. (KJV)
And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day . . . in that day, God shall lift up His Hand for His people, and against their enemies (Esth.8:17); when Christ shall come in the flesh, and shall take down the partition wall. This implies both the multitudes and greatness of Gentile nations; heathens shall finally accept the Lord, and worship the God of Israel (Isa.17:6; 21:10; 29:23; 37:16,21; 45:15; 48:1-2; Ezra 1:3; 4:1; 5:1; 6:14,21; 8:35; 9:15; Zep.2:9; Mal.2:16).
And shall be my people . . . shall be His covenant people, who will love, fear, worship and obey Christ! Today, the Jews are NOT God's obedient people. In the latter time, they shall be openly and obediently, His people (1 Pet.2:10).
And I will dwell in the midst of thee . . . meaning people of many nations, as well as of Jews (Zec.2:10).
And thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee . . . (Zec.2:9). The Lord of hosts, the sovereign Lawgiver, and Almighty Ruler of Heaven and Earth, hath sent the Messiah, and Zechariah His servant, unto thee, Jew and Gentile.
The "God of Israel" is mentioned well over 400 times in the Bible. What I want to say is this: God does NOT change (Mal.3:6), and God CANNOT lie (Tit.1:2). The same God is God, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament! Please do NOT ever think that God has deserted His people, the Jews. He has NOT, nor will He ever! And please do NOT curse, hate or condemn the Jews, because you will bring that evil in yourself! Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (KJV) . . . The Jews have NOT been replaced by Christians in God's eyes. That is a FALSE doctrine, a "damnable heresy" (2 Pet.2:1).
The God of Israel is also the God of TRUE Christians, for there is just ONE God! Consider the following:
Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. (KJV)
Romans 9:6-8 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. (KJV)
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (KJV) . . . Those that are friends or enemies to Israel shall be the same to God; either a marvelous privilege OR contempt! In thee, Abraham's Seed (Gen.22:18; 26:4; 28:14), meaning in and through Christ (Acts 3:25; Gal.3:9,16, 28-29).
Galatians 3:8-9 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. (KJV) . . . ALL nations that would believe God (1 Jn.5:10-13).
Romans 3:28-30 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. (KJV)
Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (KJV)
Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: (KJV)
All families of the Earth, all nations; BUT . . . this is limited to those who BELIEVE God. All that shall be blessed shall be blessed by THIS means (Christ), and NO other way. (Jn.3:15-18,36; 5:24; 8:24; 14:6; Acts 4:10-12).
Many nations: (Ex.12:49; Zec.3:10; 8:20-23; Ps.22:27-30; 68:29-31; 72:8-11,17; Isa.2:2-5; 11:9-10; 19:24-25; 42:1-4; 45:14; 49:6-7,22-23; 52:10; 60:3-7; 66:19; Jer.16:19; Mal.1:11; Lk.2:32; Acts 28:28; 1 Pet.2:9-10; Rev.11:15).
Zechariah 2:12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. (KJV)
And the Lord shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land . . . Zechariah reminds the people again that they are God's inheritance and His portion. Shall inherit, claim, recover, possess and delight in, as a man does his earthly inheritance. This seems to mean the believing Jews; who upon their conversion, will be returned to their own land, here called "the holy land." Judah is mentioned, but all Israel is included.
And shall choose Jerusalem again . . . after long trodden down of the Gentiles (Lk.21:24; 22:25; Rom.11:25; Rev.11:2). It formerly was a place of divine worship, and so it shall be again one day (Zec.14:17; Heb.11:10-26; 12:22-23; Rev.3:12; 7:17; 11:8; 14:1,7; 21:24-26; 22:1-5). Worship will be performed then in a more heart-felt and spiritual manner than ever before. It shall be a place where there shall be respect for the Jews, who, being called by grace, will be a kind of a transformation, and evidence of it.
And shall choose Jerusalem again . . . the Lord will, as of old, choose Jerusalem for His seat, His home base. This should answer once and for all the anti-Semites who insists that Judah means the Jews and that Israel means another race. God says that He intends to inherit Judah.
Isaiah 2:2-3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (KJV) . . . All of this looks forward to the Millennium.
Zechariah 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. (KJV)
Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord . . . be filled with fear, awe and astonishment at the wondrous work of God: the destruction of the Satanic Antichrist; the conversion of the Jews and the calling of the Gentiles. Let them NOt open their mouths, or dare to say one word against it. My friend, ALL the wicked shall be consumed before the Lord (Ps.104:35). Hab.2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. (KJV)
For he is raised up out of his holy habitation . . . our Almighty God lives in Heaven (Isa.63:15), where it seems MOST people think He has been asleep for many hundreds of years, and it will seem that way even during the reign of Antichrist. BUT . . . my friend, He is NOT asleep! He never has been asleep! But during the latter days, He will be as a man awaked out of his sleep, and will rise up and take vengeance on His and His people's enemies. He will help them, and make them happy and glorious, and they shall rejoice!.
In that day the whole Earth will keep silence! Today we hear people spouting about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of choice, etc., etc.
In that future day there shall be a marvelous freedom of silence. Why? Because God will be in His holy Temple. This looks forward to His visible Presence on Earth during the Millennium.
This should have encouraged those people in the day of Zechariah, and it should encourage us today. God has a plan and purpose for each one of us. He is working in your life and in mine. He works in our hearts, both to will and to do His good pleasure. We all should be in step with Him and going in the same direction as He is going! If not, we are in big trouble!
Psalms 73:24-26 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. (KJV)
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