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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)

"6:14 And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia [see The Decrees Of The Persian Kings]. 6:15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. 6:16 And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites [see No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?], and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy." (Ezra 6:14-16 KJV)

The Mount Of Olives

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.

14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee." (Zechariah 14:1-5 KJV)

Like the other prophets, Zechariah was also a historian who preached the why of the prophecies that he was given.

A Flying Scroll

"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,

1:2 The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers. 1:3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. 1:4 Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD. 1:5 Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us." (Zechariah 1:1-6 KJV)

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.

5:2 And he said unto me, What seest thou?

And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.

5:3 Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.

5:4 I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

5:5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.

5:6 And I said, What is it?

And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

5:7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. 5:8 And he said, This is wickedness [see What Does Wicked Mean?]. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof." (Zechariah 5:1-8 KJV)

Studies For The Book Of Zechariah

Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism

Israel In History and Prophecy: Jews

Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah

Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah

Israel In History and Prophecy: Alpha and Omega

Israel In History and Prophecy: The New Covenant

Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah

Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration

Fact Finder: What is the LORD going to do from the Mount of Olives on the day of His return?
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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.



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