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Friday, February 22 2013
Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives
Zechariah, from the Hebrew name pronounced zek-ar-yaw-hoo, meaning the LORD is remembered, was a prophet of the LORD to the nation of Judah (it was actually never a kingdom again after its fall to Babylon in 586 BC), during their return after the seventy-years Babylonian exile. Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai (see Haggai: Consider Your Ways), who together taught and preached as the Temple was being rebuilt in the time Nehemiah (see Nehemiah: The Return Of The Governor) and Ezra (see Ezra: The Return Of The Levites To Jerusalem):
"5:1 Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them. 5:2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them." (Ezra 5:1-2 KJV)
Zechariah was given some of the most detailed prophecies of the Messiah's return, including how the Mount of Olives will be split by a great earthquake at that time:
"14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
Like the other prophets, Zechariah was also a historian who preached the why of the prophecies that he was given.
"1:1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God to understand Who "the LORD God" was and is] unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,
Zechariah's prophecies were moreover about the future, including some that describe things that only exist in our time now. His "flying scroll" is regarded by many to be a nuclear missile (as he portrayed by a rolled scroll, as shown in the illustration, not an opened scroll like some sort of "flying carpet"). The word usually translated as "woman" in the lead-covered basket was actually written in the ancient Hebrew as fire i.e. a nuclear warhead, covered in lead (as nuclear bombs are), enclosed in a rocket.
"5:1 Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.
Studies For The Book Of Zechariah
Fact Finder: What is the LORD going to do from the Mount of Olives on the day of His return?
This Day In History, February 22
896: Arnulf was crowned Emperor by Pope Formosus, who later declared Lambert deposed.
1349: Jews were expelled from Zurich, Switzerland.
1370: Robert II succeeded his uncle, David II, as King of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty.
1512: Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci died at age 61. "America" (i.e. the continents of North America and South America where numerous American nations exist, from the northern border of Canada, to the southern tip of Argentina; in reality, no single nation is America - imagine if, for example, the people of Germany called themselves the Europeans, or if they claimed that Germany alone was Europe) was derived from his first name (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy for the maps of the voyages of Christopher Columbus who actually only "discovered" the islands of the Caribbean Sea).
1630: Native Americans (who were called "Indians" by early European explorers who thought that they had arrived in India) introduced popcorn to British colonists in North America.
1632: Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was published. Galileo correctly believed that the Earth orbits the sun - which nearly got him executed by the Church of Rome that incorrectly taught that the sun orbits the Earth.
1797: The last invasion of Britain occurred when 1,500 French troops landed at Fishguard, in Wales.
1825: Britain and Russia established the Alaska-Canada boundary. The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867.
1862: In Richmond, Virginia, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as President of the breakaway "Confederate States of America."
1911: The Parliament of Canada voted to keep Canada as a member state within the union of the British Empire (later known as the British Commonwealth).
1913: Francisco Madero, revolutionary President of Mexico, was assassinated by the military, along with Vice-President Pino Suarez.
1958: Egypt and Syria joined to form the short-lived United Arab Republic (Bible prophecy does plainly describes a united Arab confederation, in the past, and in the yet future - see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1979: The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia gained full independence from Britain after 165 years. It became the 40th member state of the British Commonwealth.
1980: Israel introduced its new currency, the shekel. It replaced the Israeli pound.
1984: The U.S. and Britain sent warships to the Persian Gulf in support of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein following an Iranian offensive against Iraq. At the time, Saddam Hussein was viewed as an ally of the western democracies, despite the atrocities and war crimes that he was committing then, no different than he was later when he had gone from being a pro-western "good dictator" to an anti-western "bad dictator."
1997: Scientists in Scotland announced that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned.