Zechariah’s name means “Jehovah Remembers.” Some Bible students call him “Mr. Interpreter.” He was probably a priest of the tribe of Levi, son of Iddo the prophet. He and Haggai were prophets to the Jewish people, called the remnant. These were the ones who came back from captivity to rebuild the temple. Both prophets were used to encourage the people to get back to rebuilding the temple, for they had stopped for about fifteen years.
This book is packed with detail and is the longest of the minor prophets’ writings. As you study this book, notice the word “behold”. It occurs 21 times. “I will” occurs 42 times. This shows the surety of God’s sovereign determination.
God gave Zechariah many visions. One of the greatest was the coming of the Messiah. Chapter 9 tells us of Christ’s triumphant entry. (9:9). Chapter 9:11-12 are another two great verses that speak of deliverance. “Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope.” The strong hold is the Word of God.
Look closely at Zechariah’s visions. The man riding a red horse among the myrtle trees; Chapter 1:7-11. The four horns 1:18-19. Four carpenters. 1:20. The man with a measuring line. 2:1-2. Joshua the high priest. 3:1. The servant the BRANCH 3:8. The candlestick and the olive trees. 4:1-3. The flying roll. 5:1. The ephah and the woman. 5:5-7. The four chariots. 6:1. From the chapters 1 thru 6, we see salvation, security, service, strength, separation and sovereignty. We see the sentinel of mercy. The one watching over Israel is the same one who watches over you and me today.
In chapter 9 thru 14 we see the coming king, having salvation, lowly and riding upon an ass and upon a colt, the foal of an ass 9:9. Compare with Matt. 21:4-5. Zechariah gets a little beside himself when he sees the king’s majesty, lofty dignity, holiness, sympathy and heavenly glory. Should we who know Christ the king, get “beside ourselves”, when we realize that He has saved us and is coming again. Then we will be free from this old world, the flesh and the devil.
Notice the king’s first coming is lowly, 9:9. Then Prince of Peace, 9:10. Then crucified, 12:10 and forsaken, 13:7. And praise the Lord for the cleansing fountain, 13:1. When He comes in the revelation, notice 13:6. We will know Him by the wounds in His hands.
Read chapter 14 carefully. Here is the Lord’s return in glory. He will fight the great battle of Armageddon. He will reign over all the earth 14:9. Oh glorious day when He reigns, 14:20-21. Be sure that you are ready. That you know Jesus as your personal savior. You love Him because He first loved you. You are a “prisoner of hope.” 9:12. This hope means “confident assurance”. He has saved you and will come again for you.