Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Zechariah-And then I Saw Another Vision of What Was to Come

By Mary Vee
Zechariah 2

From Zechariah's Journal

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An angel of the Lord visited me in a vision. It happened at night when I was alone.  Actually the angel ended up showing me several visions. This is the third vision. Short, but full of good news.

The first vision happened while I was in Jerusalem. We were rebuilding the temple. Darius was in his second year of reign in Babylon. The second and third followed. This is the third vision I saw.

A man stood near me. He held a measuring line in his hand. 

I asked him, "Where are you going?"

"To measure Jerusalem," he said. "To find out how wide and long it is."  

As he turned to leave another angel came to him and said, "Run, tell that young man, 'Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and livestock in it. I, will be a wall of fire around it,' declares the Lord, 'and I will be its glory within.'

"Flee from the north. I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven. Come home to Jerusalem and I all be its glory within," said the Lord. 

"Hurry, Escape. Everyone who lives in Babylon!. The Lord Almighty says, 'I will punish all the nations who have attacked and plundered your city. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me.

"Shout and celebrate. For I am coming and will live among you," says the Lord. "Many nations will join 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. 

"The Lord will inherit Judah and will choose Jerusalem. Be still and know, the Lord has roused himself from his holy place."

Author's note, Bible scholars have studied these visions and the rest of the Bible for years. Many have dedicated their lives to this study to understand the truths God has left us. I went to their books to find insight to this vision. According to Bible scholars, one of the great points made in this vision is that no matter how many ask Jesus into their heart, there will be room in heaven for all who do. 

Second, this vision reminded young Zechariah that although he was not ready to understand the terrible things that will come, there is hope. Jerusalem will be both safe and great. (p.1109)

Third, the angel shouted to those in Babylon to return to Jerusalem. Sadly many had chosen to stay with their beautiful homes and businesses. They didn't want to leave all their riches to return to their homeland which had been destroyed where they could worship God with their brothers. What they didn't see was they were slaves in Babylon. They could be free in Jerusalem.

Fourth, this vision tells how Jesus will leave His place in heaven to be born and live with us, teaching God's ways and explaining truths. That the Jews will know who He is by the miracles and His teachings. And He did. We celebrate His birth with Christmas. This was the future for Zechariah but the past for us. "Yet there were those who died in ignorance and unbelief, for if they had known who He was, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (p.1111) 

God showed Zechariah a few more visions. Come back to see what God showed him.

source: Matthew Henry's Commentary volume 4, Hendrickson Publishers. 2000.

1.  Who was Zachariah? Was he young or old?
2.  What is a vision?
3.  Will there be room in heaven for everyone who asks Jesus into their heart?
4.  Why didn't some of the Jews want to go back to Jerusalem?
5.  Who was the one that will leave His throne above to live with us? 

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