The Mysteries of Zechariah

Some call the book of Zechariah, "The Apocalypse of the Old Testament." Many feel that Zechariah is the most Messianic book of the Old Testament. Among its many precious passages we find the Messiah presented as the Branch who will remove iniquity; the Shepherd; the Stone; the Coming King; the Triumphal Entry on a donkey; One betrayed for 30 pieces of silver; His Crucifixion, and His Second Coming, "looking upon me whom they pierced." This Continue Reading

Zechariah 14:16-21; Evangelical Predictions; Threatenings and Promises; Encouraging Prospects; A gospel-way of worship being set up in the church; In the object of our worship; In the ordinance of our worship; In the Mediator of our worship; In the time of it; we must be constant; Note, Those who think themselves least indebted to, and depending on, the mercy of heaven, cannot therefore think themselves guarded against the justice of Heaven; It does not follow that those who can live without rain can therefore live without God; for not the heavens only, but all other creatures, are that to us that God makes them to be, and no more; nor can any man’s way of living enable him to set light by the judgments of God. B.C. 500

Evangelical Predictions; Threatenings and Promises; Encouraging Prospects. B. C. 500. Zechariah 14:16-21 16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.   17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem Continue Reading

Zechariah 14:8-15; Blessings Promised to the Church; Judgments Threatened; “And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth; and so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague;” Note, The inferior creatures often suffer for the sin of man and in his plagues. B.C. 500

Blessings Promised to the Church; Judgments Threatened. B. C. 500. Zechariah 14:8-15 8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.   9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.   10 All the land shall be turned as a Continue Reading

Zechariah 14:1-7; Persecution of the Church; Judgments and Mercies; Encouraging Prospects; The gates of hell are here threatening the church and yet not prevailing; The power of Heaven appears here for the church and against the enemies of it; “But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.” B.C. 500

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 14 Divers things were foretold, in the two foregoing chapters, which should come to pass "in that day;" this chapter speaks of a "day of the Lord that cometh," a day of his judgment, and ten times in the foregoing chapters, and seven times in this, it is repeated, "in that day;" but what that day is that is here meant is uncertain, and perhaps will be so (as the Jews speak) till Elias comes; whether it refer to Continue Reading

Zechariah 13:7-9; Sufferings of Christ Predicted; Those whom God sets apart for Himself must pass through a probation and purification in this world; they must be tried that their faith may be found to praise and honour [1 Peter 1:6-7], as Abraham’s faith was when it was tried by the command given him to offer up Isaac, “Now know I that thou fearest Me”. B.C. 500

Sufferings of Christ Predicted. B. C. 500. Zechariah 13:7-9 7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.   8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.   9 And I Continue Reading

Zechariah 13:1-6; Evangelical Predictions; The Destruction of False Prophets; Behold the Lamb of God taking away the sin of the world, the sin of the church, 1 John 3:5; False Prophecy shall be brought to an end; When God designs the silencing of the false prophets He banishes the unclean spirit out of the land; The pretenders had appeared in the habit of true prophets; but, to their folly being now made manifest, they shall lay it aside, no more to deceive and impose upon unthinking unwary people by it. B.C. 500

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 13 In this chapter we have, I. Some further promises relating to gospel-times. Here is a promise of the remission of sins (ver. 1), of the reformation of manners (ver. 2), and particularly of the convicting and silencing of false prophets, ver. 2-6. II. A clear prediction of the sufferings of Christ and the dispersion of his disciples thereupon (ver. 7), of the destruction of the greater part of the Jewish Continue Reading

Zechariah 12:9-14; Promises to Judah; Evangelical Predictions; “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem;” A Glorious work of God to be wrought for His people; A Gracious work of God to be wrought in His people; “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him;” Note, When God intends great mercy for His people the first thing He does is to set them a praying; thus He seeks to destroy their enemies by stirring them up to seek to Him that He would do it for them; though He has proposed it and promised it, and it is for His own glory to do it, yet He will for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, Ezek. 36:37. B.C. 500

Promises to Judah; Evangelical Predictions. B. C. 500. Zechariah 12:9-14 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.   10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only Continue Reading

Zechariah 12:1-8; The Security of the Church; Punishment of the Church’s Enemies; Promises to Judah; “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it;” Here is, The title of this charter of promises made to God’s Israel; a divine prediction; See here in what method God preserves His Church, and those that are His, from the gates of hell to and through the gates of heaven; It is well with a kingdom when its great men know how to value its good men, when its governors look upon religion and religious people to be their strength, and consider it their interest to support them, and learn to call godly praying people, and skilful faithful ministers. B.C. 500

Z E C H A R I A H. CHAPTER 12 The apostle (Gal. iv. 25, 26) distinguishes between "Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children"--the remaining carcase of the Jewish church that rejected Christ, and "Jerusalem that is from above, that is free, and is the mother of us all"--the Christian church, the spiritual Jerusalem, which God has chosen to put his name there; in the foregoing chapter we read the doom of the former, and Continue Reading

Zechariah 11:15-17; Judgments Predicted and Typified; The people shamefully abused by a foolish shepherd; What a curse this foolish shepherd should be to the people; They are luxurious themselves; They are barbarous to the flock; Note, Those that have gifts which qualify them to do good, if they do not do good with them, shall be deprived of them; those that should have been workmen, but were slothful and would do nothing, will justly have their arm dried up; and those that should have been watchmen, but were sleepy and would never look about them, will justly have their eye blinded. B.C. 510

Judgments Predicted and Typified. B. C. 510. Zechariah 11:15-17 15 And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.   16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.   Continue Reading

Zechariah 11:4-14; Judgments Predicted and Typified; The Two Staves: Beauty and Bands; The Thirty Pieces of Silver weighed for Christ’s price; The desperate case of the Jewish Church, under the tyranny of their governors; Note, It is ill for a church when its pastors have no tenderness, no compassion for precious souls, when they can look upon the ignorant, the foolish, the wicked, the weak, without pity; Note, Christ is waited on by the poor of the flock; He chose them to be with Him, to be His pupils, to be His witnesses; the poor received Him and His Gospel, when those that had great possessions turned their backs upon Him; And those that wait upon Christ, that sit at His feet, to hear and receive His words, shall “know of the doctrine whether it be of God, John 7:17.” B.C. 510

Judgments Predicted and Typified. B. C. 510. Zechariah 11:4-14 4 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;   5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.   6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his Continue Reading