Zacharias . This Book was probably written in two main segments between 520 and 470 BC. It has been called the Old Testament Apocalypse , its theme is to expose the program of God. The difference is that in Zechariah Israel occupies the first plane and the Gentile nations take the second place, while in the book of Revelation the Gentile nations occupy the first plane and the link that unites them is the nation of Israel.
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- 1 Location
- 2 Intention of Scripture
- 3 Contents
- 4 Prophecies
- 5 Main verses
- 6 Source
It is a biblical book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanach , which in Christian bibles is located between the books of Haggai and Malachi .
Zechariah emphasized that God had used His prophets to teach, warn, and correct His people. Unfortunately, they refused to listen. Their sin brought them God’s punishment. The book also shows evidence that even prophecy can be corrupted. History shows that in this period, prophecy fell into disrepute among the Jews, leading to the period between the two Testaments, when no enduring prophetic voice spoke to God’s people.
The Book of Zechariah teaches that salvation can be obtained by all. The last chapter describes people from all over the world coming to worship God, who wants all people to follow him. This is not the doctrine of universalism, that all people will be saved because it is the nature of God to save. Rather, the book teaches that God desires all people to worship him, and accepts those who do, regardless of their national or political expressions, as in the liberation of Judah and Jerusalem from their political enemies. Finally, Zacharias preaches that God is sovereign over this world, despite any appearance. His visions of the future indicate that God sees everything that will happen. Descriptions of God’s intervention in the world teach that He will ultimately bring human events to the end that He decides. He does not remove individual freedom to follow God or rebel, but he does hold people accountable for the decisions they make. In the last chapter, even the forces of nature respond to God’s control.
Prophecies about Jesus Christ and the messianic age abound in Zechariah. From the promise that the Messiah would come and dwell among us (Zechariah 2: 10-12; Matthew 1:23) to the symbolism of the Branch and the Stone (Zechariah 3: 8-9, 6: 12-13; Isaiah 11: 1; Luke 20: 17-18), and the promise of His Second Coming, where those who pierced Him will look at Him and weep. (Zechariah 12:10; John 19: 33-37). Christ is the subject of the Book of Zechariah. Jesus is the Savior of Israel , a fountain whose blood covers the sins of all who come to Him for salvation (Zechariah 13: 1; 1 John 1: 7).
Zechariah 1: 3, “Tell them therefore, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Return to me, saith Jehovah of hosts, and I will return to you, saith Jehovah of hosts.”
Zechariah 7:13, “And it came to pass that as he cried, and they did not listen, they also cried, and I did not listen, saith Jehovah of hosts.”
Zechariah 9: 9, “Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion; shout for joy, daughter of Jerusalem; behold, your king will come to you, just and saving, humble, and riding on a donkey, on a colt, son of an ass. ”
Zechariah 13: 9, “And I will put the third part into the fire, and will melt them as silver is melted, and I will test them as gold is tried. He will call on my name, and I will hear him, and say: My people; and he will say: Jehovah is my God. ”