Zechariah: Surveying the Future

Rev. Dave Middlebrook

4th June, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Zechariah 2:1-13; John 7:37-39 |


In this 3rd vision of 8 in Zechariah the prophet develops the idea of rebuilding the 'New Jerusalem', speaking both to the returned exiles and also to the future end times. The surveyor of the dream speaks of a wide and expansive Jerusalem, encompassing people of all nations, without walls and prosperous, with God's protection around it and his presence in the midst. This is very much Revelation imagery, and looks to the establishment of that new Jerusalem for all eternity. The prophet then calls the people to return, both those still in exile in Babylon in the north, but also for all people to return to good from 'the ways of the world' - daughter of Babylon as represented in Revelation. God's wants his precious people to return - the 'apple of his eye' - and if people reach out to God, then God, in Christ, reaches out to them, and promises that they will be with Him forever. Zechariah gives a grand prophetic panorama of the deliverance of His people, and a promise of a future Jerusalem beyond our comprehension and grasp, and we will simply gasp and "be still before the Lord because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling. (v13)

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