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Friday, February 12 2016
Zechariah 2: The Angel With A Surveyor's Measuring Line
"I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand. Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof."
Zechariah, from the Hebrew name pronounced zek-ar-yaw-hoo, meaning the LORD is remembered, was a true prophet (see Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?) of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) to the people of Judah (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) at the time of their return (see also Why Didn't The Exiles Want To Go Home?) from their Babylonian exile (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?). Zechariah was active in the era of Zerubbabel (see Zerubbabel's Return), Ezra (see Ezra's Journey From Babylon) and Nehemiah (see The Arrival Of Nehemiah's Cavalry).
Zechariah was also a contemporary of the prophet Haggai (see Haggai's Message To Zerubbabel And Joshua), who together taught and preached as the Temple was being rebuilt, as recorded in the book of Ezra:
"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)
During the work of restoring the city of Jerusalem and the Temple of the LORD (see What Temple Did Ezekiel See? and When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?), an angel appeared to Zechariah with a surveyor's measuring line. His measurements were however also prophetic, not only "end time," but beyond that into the yet-future, which will be the beginning time of the Kingdom of God on Earth (see What Temple Did Ezekiel See? and the Fact Finder question below).
"2:1 I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.
This Day In History, February 12
881: Pope John VIII crowned German King Charles (known as "Charles the Fat") as king of Italy and Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1429: French forces were defeated by the English at the Battle of Herrings (or Rouvray).
1502: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama set sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage of exploration to India.
1541: Santiago, Chile was founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
1554: Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for 13 days, was beheaded on Tower Hill at the age of 17.
1586: Augustus I died at age 60. As elector of Saxony and the leader of Protestant Germany, he reconciled his fellow Lutherans with the Roman Catholic Habsburg Holy Roman emperors (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), thereby helping to bring the initial hostility of the Reformation in Germany to an end.
1733: English Army General and Member of Parliament James Edward Oglethorpe arrived with the first colonists at (what was later known as) Savannah, Georgia. The state was named after King George II of Great Britain.
1818: Chile became independent from Spain.
1851: Edward Hargraves discovered gold at Summerhill Creek in New South Wales, triggering the Australian gold rush.
1895: China surrendered at the Battle of Weihaiwei, ending the Sino-Japanese War.
1912: The Manchu dynasty under Pu Yi abdicated in China and a provisional republic was established under Sun Yat-sen.
1924: King Tutankhamen's sarcophagus was opened to reveal his coffin, 15 months after the tomb was first discovered in Egypt.
1935: The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashed off the coast of California, killing 2 people.
1947: The Sikhote-Alin asteroid strike in eastern Siberia. An iron-nickel asteroid with a mass estimated at 100 tons streaked through the sky as a multicolored bolide brighter than the sun itself (one witness said that it looked like a piece of the sun had broken off). The asteroid shattered while still in the air and scattered meteorites over a wide area. Investigators located 106 craters and pits, the largest recovered meteorite weighed 3,845 pounds / 1,745 kilograms (see also The Blood Moon Prophecy).
1953: The Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations with Israel after a bomb exploded at the Soviet Legation in Tel Aviv.
1955: U.S. President Eisenhower sent the first imperial "advisors" to become involved in the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the colonial French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam).
1986: The Channel Tunnel treaty between Britain and France was signed.
1994: More than 100 people walked the English Channel Tunnel in a sponsored walk for charity. They became the first humans to walk from France to Britain since the Ice Age.
1999: The U.S. Senate failed to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.
2004: The city of San Francisco, California began issuing "marriage" licenses to same-sex "couples."