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Visions, Zech 24th Shevat"
The study of the book
has tremendous potential, which will apply to many current
affairs. Below I post an old commentary. Ron study this article,
it points to Syria! The whole book is loaded with prophetic
connections past (the Persia of Darius) present (Assad of Syria,
supported by Iran's and Russia's military, weaponry and
intelligence services ) and future ( the Lord Return's to
Jerusalem, awakens a sleeping Israel, who when awakened began
building the Fourth Tribulation Era Temple. Look at the verse,
which Chabad highlights below. It's all about the Lord's
consolation of Israel after a devastating attack by weapons that
equate to the plagues of Pharaoh. Weapons of mass destruction
and, or nuclear weapons. They are coming upon all the world.
Prepare as you may.
The Man Among the Myrtle
7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month of
Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD
came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of
Iddo. 8During the night I had a vision--and there before me was
a man riding a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle
trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown and white
horses. 9 I asked, "What are these, my lord?" The angel
who was talking with me answered, "I will show you what they
are." 10 Then the man standing among the myrtle trees
explained, "They are the ones the LORD has sent to go
throughout the earth." 11 And they reported to the angel
of the LORD,who was standing among the myrtle trees, "We have
gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at
rest and in peace." 12 Then the angel of the LORD said, "LORD
Almighty, how long will you withhold mercy from Jerusalem
and from the towns of Judah, which you have been angry
with these seventy years?" ( WOW, Ron Did You See This
Jewel? 1942-2012 Nazi Germany began the modern
genocide of the Jews their Final Solution, which today's
moslems and progressives continue to this day )
13 So the LORD spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who
talked with me. 14 Then the angel who was speaking
to me said, "Proclaim this word: This is what the LORD
Almighty says: 'I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion, 15 but
am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was
only a little angry, but they added to the calamity.'
is what the LORD says: 'I will return to Jerusalem with
mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring
line will be stretched out over Jerusalem, 'declares the
LORD Almighty. 17 "Proclaim further: This is what the LORD
Almighty says: 'My towns will again overflow with
prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and choose
Zechariah's Eight Visions for Israel
Zechariah is one of my favorite prophets. Perhaps it is because
he talks so much about God's love for His people and His land of
Israel, which is also one of my favorite topics. God's passion
for Israel as expressed by Zechariah is not a sappy kind of
infatuation. Rather, it is a more mature love that displays
God's deep and abiding commitment to love, defend and bless
Israel, despite her flaws, if only she would renew her love and
commitment to Him. In Zechariah 1:3, God pleads to Israel, "This
is what the Lord Almighty says: 'Return to Me,' declares the
Lord Almighty, 'and I will return to you.'" Zechariah's message
is very messianic and future-looking, and reveals much about the
end times in which we are living. Scholars list 41 citations or
allusions to Zechariah's prophecies in the New Testament
(Nestle, pp. 670-1), indicating that its message goes far beyond
the immediate time in which it was written. Looking at the eight
visions together, you can see it is God's message to restore
Israel and the nations to their right relationship to one
another, and to Him as the God of the world.
The prophet Zechariah was active towards the end of the 6th
century BC, prophesying in Jerusalem after the return from the
Babylonian Exile. He was a Levite born in Babylon (Neh. 12:1,
16), and he was both a prophet and a priest. His name means,
"Yahweh remembers." He was a contemporary of Haggai the prophet,
Zerubbabel the governor, and Joshua the high priest (Ezra 5:1-2;
Zech. 3:1; 4:6; 6:11). As a young man, he returned to Jerusalem
from Babylon with the first returnees, a smallish contingent of
50,000 souls. Let's look at a bit of history to put Zechariah's
message into context.
Because of Israel's rebellion against the ways of God (Zech.
1:2-6), not only did the Assyrians exile the northern kingdom in
722 BC, but also the Babylonians took the southern kingdom of
Judah captive in 586 BC (Zech. 1:2-6). This second exile ended
when the Babylonian Empire fell to the Persian Empire (539 BC),
and Cyrus the Great decreed that the Jews could return to
Jerusalem to rebuild their Temple (Ezra 1:2-4). Shortly after
their return, Levitical sacrifices were reinstituted on a
rebuilt altar of burnt offering (Ezra 3:1-6), and in the second
year of the return, the foundation of the temple was laid (Ezra
3:8-13; 5:16). However, because of external opposition and
internal depression, the building of the Temple was halted for
about 16 more years. It was at this time (520 BC) that Haggai
appeared and preached four sermons in four months encouraging
the Jews to rebuild, and then he disappeared from the scene
(Ezra 5:1-2). Two months after Haggai delivered his first
sermon, Zechariah began his prophetic ministry (cf. Hag. 1:1 and
Zech. 1:1). He encouraged the people to spiritual renewal and
motivated them to rebuild the Temple by revealing to them God's
plans for Israel's future. With this encouragement, the Temple
reconstruction was completed in 515 BC, five years later.
Zechariah opens his book with an exhortation for Israel to
repent quickly so that they could be in the position to receive
God's blessing. God confirmed that He was very angry with the
forefathers of Israel who did not hearken to the words of the
prophets, who were sent to call them to repentance. However,
even though God used Gentile nations to come up against Israel
in judgment, He was even angrier with them because they went too
far. At this point, Zechariah received eight prophetic visions
for Israel, which all follow the same pattern, i.e., a)
introductory words, b) a description of the things seen, c) a
question by Zechariah to the angel for the meaning, and d) the
explanation by the angel (Baldwin, pp. 92-3).
Let us look at each of these eight visions and see for ourselves
what God plans for Israel. Please read each passage indicated
with each vision along with this Teaching Letter to get the most
complete picture and interpretation.
1. The Man Among the Myrtle Trees (Zechariah 1:7-17)
Meaning: God's anger against the nations and blessing on
In this vision, there was a man riding a red horse, standing in
a grove of myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown
and white horses. The angel of the Lord explained that these
horses were sent throughout the earth, and found the world at
rest and peace. But, Israel was not at rest and peace. In fact,
it had been exiled for 70 years and Jerusalem was in ruins. Then
God lamented over His beloved people and the land of Israel. He
declares, "I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion, but I am
very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a
little angry, but they added to the calamity. Therefore, this is
what the Lord says, 'I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and
there My house will be rebuilt. My towns will again overflow
with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose
Jerusalem'" (Zech. 1:14b-15,17).
The message of this vision is that God was angry at the nations
of the world, which spoiled Israel, and that He would bless
restored Israel again, showing His faithfulness. Isaiah had
already prophesied something similar, "I became angry with My
people and desecrated My inheritance; I gave them into your
hand, and you showed them no mercy, even on the aged, you laid a
very heavy yoke Disaster will come upon you, and you will not
know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that
you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot
foresee will suddenly come upon you" (Isa. 47:6,11). The man
standing at attention with his red horse seems to be awaiting a
report of his reconnaissance patrol. Their report that the world
was at peace could be a double reference. There was the
appearance of peace in Zechariah's day, because of the hegemony
of Darius and Persian rule, somewhat like the Pax Romanus,
during the later period of Rome. However, this was not good news
for Israel, since that placed them under Gentile domination.
However, the reference to the report from "the whole world"
indicates a future prophetic time when everyone except Israel is
seemingly at peace in their borders, while Israel is not -
somewhat like today.
The Jewish Sages in the Aggadah (Sanhedrin 93a), say that the
man with the red horse "refers only to the Holy One, blessed be
He, as it is said 'The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is His
Name'" (Ex. 15:3). Rashi says that the red color shows He will
mete out divine retribution on the nations for spoiling Israel;
and the myrtle trees represent righteous men. Rabbi Redak and
his father, Mezudath David, suggested that the horses
represented Babylon (red and already subdued), Media-Persia
(black and brown), and Greece (white). As with Babylon, each
would have a period of dominance over Israel, but would then be
destroyed by the hand of the Lord on behalf of Israel.
This is a recurring theme throughout Scripture, since the
nations repeatedly come against Israel and God goes to her
defense. Remember what the Lord said to Abram in Genesis 12:1-3:
"The Lord said to Abram, Leave your country, your people and
your father's household and go to the land I will show you. I
will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will
make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless
those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and
all people on earth will be blessed through you." God had and
has a central role for Israel and the Jewish people in His
redemptive plan for man. Anyone who assists in this calling
receives a blessing from God, and anyone who tries to thwart
God's plan through Israel will be cursed. While we Christians
see Yeshua (Jesus) as the fulfillment of this prophecy that
brought redemption to the world, the story is not yet over.
Christians see Yeshua coming back again, and where does He come
to? He comes to Jerusalem, in Israel, and to His people
regathered from the four corners of the earth (Isa. 11:11-12).
God is still protecting His nation Israel and the Jewish people
for He made a promise and He is keeping it.
2. The Four Horns and the Four Craftsmen (Zechariah 1:18-21)
Meaning: God's judgment on the nations that afflict Israel.
In this vision, Zechariah saw four horns and four craftsmen.
When asked, the angel was clear in the interpretation of these
symbols: "These are the horns that scattered Judah, Israel, and
Jerusalembut the craftsmen have come to terrify them and cast
out these horns of the nations who lifted up their horns against
the land of Judah to scatter its people" (Zech. 1:18b, 21).
In prophecy, a horn when used symbolically indicates invincible
strength (cf. Micah 4:13) or often a Gentile king who represents
his kingdom (Dan. 7:24; Rev. 12:3). (Walvoord, Zuck, p. 1551).
These clearly represent nations, as it says so, and many
scholars compare these horns with the four great and powerful
empires that came against Israel (Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece
and Rome). Although Babylon had been subdued, the vision was
truly prophetic because the other three empires were yet to
inflict their oppression upon Israel and receive judgment for
it. Other scholars see four as the number for completeness,
indicating the totality of those from the four corners of the
earth who have come to destroy Israel at different times in
The Hebrew word for craftsmen used here indicates workmen
skilled in wood, stone or metal. Since it is not mentioned which
material the horns were made of that would be dismantled, this
makes sense. But who are they? Interestingly, if the four horns
are Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece and Rome, then the craftsmen
would be the succeeding power who destroyed the former.
Media-Persia destroyed Babylon, Greece destroyed Media-Persia,
Rome destroyed Greece, and in the end, God's Messianic Kingdom
will destroy Rome. In any case, the prophecy shows that God
raises up powers to destroy those who come against His land and
people, Israel. The Hebrew word for the "casting out" of these
nations who came against Israel (v. 21) means "to cast them
away" from their place, "to break" the kingdoms of the people
that bore arms against Israel, and "to exile" them! SYRIA,SYRIA,
Jewish sources have a very interesting interpretation of who the
four craftsmen are. Rashi explains that they are: Messiah, son
of David, and Messiah, the son of Joseph because they will
rebuild the Temple; Elijah, because he was a stoneworker, having
built the altar on Mt. Carmel; and Melchizedek (Shem, son of
Noah), as he is known as a craftsman in Isaiah 41:7, because he
helped build the ark. According to the Rabbis, this verse
belongs to a future Messianic time. Today, rabbis in Israel say
we are now entering that era.
3. The Surveyor with a Measuring Line (Zechariah 2:1-12)
Meaning: God's future blessing on restored Israel.
In this vision, Zechariah saw a man with a measuring line go and
measure Jerusalem to find out how long it is. An angel came up
and told the angel talking to Zechariah, "Run, tell that young
man, 'Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the
great number of men and livestock in it. And I myself will be a
wall of fire around it,' declares the Lord, 'and I will be its
glory within'" (Zech. 2:4-5).
This is an incredibly prophetic statement because Zechariah was
seeing his visions and giving his messages to the returning
exiles of Israel who were in the process of building a wall
around Jerusalem. The vision was showing that there would be a
Messianic day when Jerusalem would grow to vast proportions and
not need a wall because of God's protection. Never has this
vision been fulfilled, except in the past 100 years. There are
other things that God said in this passage that shows that the
prophetic day in which this unwalled Jerusalem would exist is
what we are seeing today. Let's read what He says:
As for the inhabitants of this future unwalled city, who are
they? God spoke and said, "'Come! Come! Flee from the land of
the north,' declares the Lord, 'for I have scattered you to the
four winds of heaven,' declares the Lord" (Zech. 2:6). It is
interesting that the exiles of Israel are being called from the
north and the four winds, indicating an even greater exile in
the future, because in Zechariah's day, the exiles were only in
Babylon. This verse is a confirmation of Isaiah 11:11-12, where
he says, "In that day, the Lord will reach out His hand a second
time to reclaim the remnant that is left of His people He will
raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel;
He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four
quarters of the earth." Notice Isaiah is talking about a second
ingathering, the first being the one Zechariah, Haggai, Ezra and
Nehemiah were experiencing. Today, we see Jews coming from the
land of the north and from the four corners of the earth. Jews
have immigrated to Israel from 102 nations in our lifetime.
Again in this vision, God speaks of His anger at the nations who
exiled and plundered Israel. I believe this refers not only to
Assyria and Babylon, but to every nation who has aligned itself
against Israel since then. Remember, in Genesis 12:2-3, God
says, "I will bless those who bless you, and curse him who
curses you, for in you will all the nations of the world be
blessed." God has a calling on Israel to fulfill their role in
the redemption of the world, not only thousands of years ago,
but today. Therefore, He is not happy with those nations who try
and thwart His plans (see Zech. 12:2-3,10). Listen to what He
says in this vision of the Jewish people and those who come
against them: "For whoever touches you touches the apple of His
eye I will surely raise My hand against them so that their
slaves will plunder them" (Zech. 2:8-9). Jewish Sages interpret
this verse to mean that just as it is easy to injure someone by
touching or poking the pupil of one's eye (a most sensitive part
of the body), so too God is injured when His people Israel are
harmed in even the slightest manner and thus receive His divine
retribution. They are warned, so they have no excuse.
God desires to live in the midst of His people once they return,
and see other nations become part of the redemptive plan. Listen
to what the Lord says, "'Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion.
For I am coming, and I will live among you,' declares the Lord.
'Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will
become My people. I will live among you and you will know that
the Lord Almighty has sent Me to you.'" (Zech. 2:10-11).
Prophetically, when you see the terms, "O Daughter of" and "in
that day," both used extensively in the book of Zechariah, these
are markers to indicate a time in the future. Jewish sources see
these verses as being for Messianic times since the nations did
not come to help in Zechariah's day. However, today, many have
joined in the rebuilding of Zion.
4. The Cleansing and Crowning of Joshua, the High Priest
Meaning: Israel's future cleansing from sin and reinstatement as
a priestly nation.
The first three visions pictured Israel's external deliverance
from Captivity, her expansion, and the material prosperity of
the land (Walvoord, Zuck, p. 1553). However, in the fourth, God
is focusing on the internal state of Israel, which is in need of
cleansing from sin and reinstatement as a priestly nation and a
light to the world.This vision is a bit different from the
others in that there are no questions about it from Zechariah,
or explanations by the angel. The characters are identifiable
and used symbolically. We see Joshua, the son of Johozadak, the
high priest who returned with Zerubbabel from Babylon, who is
representing the nation of Israel; the Angel of the Lord; Satan,
the accuser; the attending angels; and Zechariah, who becomes a
vocal participant in the vision.
In this vision, Satan is accusing Joshua (Israel), and God
rebukes him, not because the accusations are not true, but
because of God's gracious love for and choice of His people
Israel. The Angel of the Lord says, "The Lord rebuke you, Satan!
The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you!" (v.2). Then God
commands the angels: "Take off his filthy clothes See, I have
taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you Put a
clean turban on his head" (vv. 3-5). Joshua (Israel) is seen in
filthy clothes because of her sin, but the angel commands the
attending angels to take them off of Joshua, representing God's
forgiveness and acquittal. Jewish sources (Rabbi Ibn Ezra) say
that God was willing to forgive Israel and remove the
punishment, pain and shame of her iniquity. Then, the turban is
a symbol of joy and reinstatement as a priestly nation (cf. Ex.
Once forgiven and cleansed by the Lord, the angel had
instructions for Joshua (Israel) in order to retain this new
state of being: "If you will walk in My ways and keep My
requirements, then you will govern My house and have charge of
My courts, and I will give you a place among these standing
here" (v.7). If Israel remained in this cleansed, priestly
state, God was promising her the privilege of service in the
Temple before Him, guarding it from idolatry and other religious
defilement, and access to the very presence of God like the
angels standing around Him.
God then confirms that this vision was symbolic of "things to
come" for Israel at a future time when Messiah would come. God
says, "I am going to bring My servant, the Branch the Stoneand I
will remove the sin of the land in a single day" (vv. 8-9). The
Branch is the promise of Messiah reinstating the throne of David
(cf. Amos 9:11-12; Acts 15:16-17). The Stone, this is Messiah's
role as a judge against Gentile nations who still defy Him.
Then, there is the promise of peace and prosperity: "In that
day, each of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine
and fig tree (a biblical phrase that indicates peace and
prosperity)" (v. 10).
5. The Gold Lampstand and the Two Olive Trees (Zechariah 4)
Meaning: Israel as the light to the nations under Messiah, the
In this vision, Zechariah saw a gold lampstand with a bowl of
oil at the top, from which seven channels continually supplied
the seven lights on the lampstand. Then, there were two olive
trees standing on each side of the lampstand with two gold pipes
that continually supplied golden oil to the bowl.
Zechariah asked the meaning of the lampstand with seven lights,
and was told, "These seven are the eyes of the Lord, which range
throughout the earth" (v. 10b). And of the olive trees, "These
are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth"
(v. 14). The whole vision is connected to Zerubbabel, the
governor of Judah, and the rebuilding of the Temple. The angel
says that he would finish the Temple (v. 9) through the abundant
supply of the Spirit of God, and then everyone would know that
God's hand was in it. Thus, the oil for the lamp is associated
with the Holy Spirit. Jewish sources say that God would shed His
light on Israel, in contrast to their present darkness, and this
would enable God's plans to be fulfilled.
Military might and human manpower could not accomplish this
without God's Spirit and His light. It is in this passage where
we get God's prescription on how to get things done, "Not by
might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty"
(v.6). It is suggested by scholars that the "two" branches of
the olive tree refers to Joshua and Zerubbabel, as priest and
king, which represents the role of the Messiah who is Priest and
King of Israel, supplying light to the nation.
6. The Flying Scroll (Zechariah 5:1-4)
Meaning: The severity and totality of divine judgment on sin in
The last three visions have to do with the administration of
judgment on sin in Israel, and on the Gentile nations who have
not responded to the God of Israel.In the sixth vision,
Zechariah saw a flying scroll, 30 feet long and 15 feet wide
(9.0 x 4.5 meters). Interestingly, it is the exact dimensions of
the tabernacle, perhaps indicating that the message on it was in
harmony with God's presence in the midst of Israel. The scroll
was not rolled up, but flying open so that both sides could be
The angel explained to him what it meant: "This is the curse
that is going out over the whole land; for according to what it
says on one side, every thief will be banished, and according to
what it says on the other, everyone who swears falsely will be
banished. ... It will enter the house of the thief and the house
of him who swears falsely by My Name. It will remain in his
house and destroy it" (Zech. 5:3-4).This vision is a call to
righteousness in Israel, and the scroll represents the Word and
Law of the Lord that judges the sinful. God desires that His
people and His land, the place of His past and future
habitation, be holy. It has been suggested that the fullness of
this vision can only be accomplished when the Messiah comes, for
only then can divine judgment on sin be so rapid and complete.
7. The Woman in a Basket (Zechariah 5:5-11)
Meaning: The removal of national Israel's sin or rebellion
In this vision, Zechariah saw an ephah, which is a measuring
basket for grain and other household commodities. The basket
represented "the iniquity of the people throughout the land."
(v. 6). When the lid was lifted, inside the basket sat a woman.
The angel said that the woman represented wickedness, and he
pushed the wickedness back into the basket and shut the lid (v.
8). This is not to suggest that women are wicked. Rather, the
Hebrew word for wickedness is in the feminine form, and the
"woman" was wickedness personified. Then, Zechariah saw two
women with the wind in their wings like a stork, and they lifted
the basket up into the air between heaven and earth.
When Zechariah asked where the basket was being taken, he was
told: "To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it"
(Zech. 5:11). Babylon is the place of ancient and future
idolatry and rebellion against God, so an apt location for the
removal of idolatry from Israel. Putting wickedness and idolatry
back in Babylon also sets the stage for her final judgment (Rev.
8. Four Chariots (Zechariah 6:1-8)
Meaning: Divine judgment on Gentile nations.
Then Zechariah saw four chariots coming out from between two
bronze mountains. In this instance, the bronze mountains could
symbolize the righteous, divine judgment of God against sin
(Rev. 1:15; 2:18) meted out by chariots of war going out into
the world. The first chariot had red horses, the second black,
the third white, and the fourth dappled all of them
powerful. It has been suggested that the colors represent: red =
war and bloodshed, black = death, white = triumph, and dappled =
The angel told him that: "These are the four spirits of heaven,
going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole
world. The one with the black horses is going toward the north
country, the one with the white horse towards the west, and the
one with the dappled horses toward the south" (Zech. 6:5-6).
They were sent throughout the world. The four spirits of heaven
may refer to angels of divine judgment or to the power of God to
accomplish His judicial purpose. The phrase, "the Lord of the
whole world," connotes a Messianic phrase when Messiah will
exact universal rule from Zion.
At the conclusion of these eight visions, God was satisfied. He
instructed Zechariah to symbolically crown Joshua, the High
Priest, with a crown made of silver and gold (vv. 6:9-11).
Joshua, wearing the crown, would symbolize the Messiah to come,
"Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: 'Here is the man
whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place
and build the temple of the Lord." Interestingly, the name
Joshua and Yeshua are often used interchangeably in the Bible.
This is a picture of the future Third Temple built by Messiah.
The crowning has significance pointing forward to the Messiah as
King-Priest, like Melchizedek centuries earlier. The high priest
Joshua had little to do with the actual building of the second
temple, which was the work of Zerubbabel.
Therefore, the temple to be built by Joshua in this passage is
prophetic and relates to a future Temple of Messiah, as
confirmed by this description: "It is He who will build the
Temple of the Lord, and He will be clothed with majesty and will
sit and rule on His throne. And He will be a priest on His
throne. And there will be harmony between the two" (v. 13). The
last phase, of there being "harmony between the two," refers to
the office of Messiah as Priest-King. A Levitical priest could
never become a king and sit on the throne.
What Does This Mean to Us?
The rest of the book of Zechariah contains more promises of
forgiveness for Israel, blessings of restoration of the land and
people from exile, and judgment on the nations who come against
God's eternal plans and promises.Of the people of Israel, God
called them to "administer true justice; show mercy and
compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the
fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think
evil of each other" (Zech. 7:9-10).
Of the land of Israel, God cries out: "I am very jealous for
Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her I will return to Zion
and dwell in Jerusalem I will save My people from the countries
of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in
Jerusalem; they will be My people, and I will be faithful and
righteous to them as their God" (Zech. 8:2,3,8). Of the people
of the nations, God says, "In those days, ten men from all
languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the edge
of his robe and say, 'Let us go with you, because we have heard
that God is with you'" (Zech. 8:23).
Of the choice the nations must make: "I am going to make
Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding people reeling.
Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when
all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will
make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all nations. All who try to
move it will injure themselves On that day, I will set out to
destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem" (Zech. 12:2-3,9).
Of the Jewish people, He says: "And I will pour out on the house
of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and
supplication. They will look on Me, the one they have pierced,
and mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve
bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son On that day,
a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity"
(Zech. 12:10; 13:1).
Of the Messiah, "On that day, His feet will stand on the Mount
of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be
split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with
half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. Then,
the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem
will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord
Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles" (Zech.
14:4,16)."In that dayin that day." This book is a most prophetic
book, which says much about Israel in a future day when the
Jewish people will return from exile and restore the land to its
former glory. Messiah will come and establish Himself in
Jerusalem where He will rule and reign in justice over the whole
world from Jerusalem.
This is that day, and we can be excited that we can be a part of
prophecy, not only witnessing God's plan unfolding, but
participating in prophecy through the projects and programs of
Bridges for Peace and other Christian Zionist organizations. As
we say at Bridges for Peace, "Don't just read about Bible
prophecy when you can be a part of it." Get involved. Pray.
Give. And, participate. Psalm 102:13 says it all: "The time to
favor Zion is now!"
Friday, February 17, 2012 NextNext Day
24 Shevat, 5772
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Zachariah's Prophecy (351
"On the 24th day of the 11th month, which is the month of
Shevat, in the second year of the reign of Darius, the word of
G-d came to Zachariah the son of Berechiah the son of Ido the
'...I will return to Jerusalem in mercy, my house will be built
within her...and the Lord shall yet console Zion and shall yet
choose Jerusalem.'" (Zechariah 1:7-17)
This was two years before the completion of the 2nd Temple on
the 3rd of Adar, 3412 (349 BCE).
Passing of Rebbetzin
Menuchah Rachel (1888) Less
Rebbetzin Menuchah Rachel Slonim, daughter of Rabbi DovBer of
Lubavitch and granddaughter of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi,
was born on Kislev 19, 5559(1798) -- the very day on which her
illustrious grandfather was freed from his imprisonment in the
Peter-Paul Fortress in Petersburg; she was thus named
"Menuchah", meaning "tranquility" (Rachel was the name of a
daughter of Rabbi Schneur Zalman who died in her youth).
The Rebbetzin's lifelong desire to live in the Holy Land was
realized in 1845, when she and her husband, Rabbi Yaakov Culi
Slonim (d. 1857), led a contingent of Chassidim who settled in
Hebron. Famed for her wisdom, piety and erudition, she served as
the matriarch of the Chassidic community in Hebron until her
passing in her 90th year in 1888.