Not By Might – Zechariah 4

6 So he answered me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of Hosts.  Zechariah 4:6 (HCSB) The angel who roused Zechariah from sleep for a series of visions in the night was giving the prophet another important message about the coming of God’s kingdom.  UnlikeContinue reading Not By Might – Zechariah 4

 Branch and Stone – Zechariah 3

The prophet Zechariah’s vision of Judah’s high priest Joshua in the court of the Lord continues: 6 Then the Angel of the Lord charged Joshua: 7 “This is what the Lord of Hosts says: If you walk in My ways and keep My instructions, you will both rule My house and take care of My courts; I will also grant you accessContinue reading  Branch and Stone – Zechariah 3

Accusation and Redemption – Zechariah 3

In Zechariah’s next vision in the night, he was shown Joshua, the high priest of Judah, standing in a heavenly court with the accuser, Satan, and Joshua’s defender, the Lord.  Joshua’s appearance represented the spiritual condition of the people of Israel.  Coming at the end of their seventy-year exile in Babylon which had been imposedContinue reading Accusation and Redemption – Zechariah 3

The Measuring Line – Zechariah 2

The prophet Zechariah’s series of visions in the night continued, coming to him near the end of the seventy-year exile in Babylon: 5 I lifted up my eyes—and behold, I saw a man with a measuring line in his hand.  6 I asked, ‘Where are you going?’ He answered me, ‘To measure Jerusalem to see how wide andContinue reading The Measuring Line – Zechariah 2

4 Horns and Craftsmen – Zechariah 2

Zechariah’s next vision contains a familiar reference to the four great human empires from the times of the prophets until today.  Just as in Daniel’s earlier prophecies, four horns will represent the four great leaders of the world empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Ancient Greece, and Rome.  At least portions of these empires would oppress andContinue reading “4 Horns and Craftsmen – Zechariah 2”

Among the Myrtle Trees – Zechariah 1

Zechariah, God’s prophet to the former exiles returned from Babylon, was given a series of visions in the night which laid out God’s plans for the eternal future of Judah and Jerusalem in His coming kingdom of Heaven. Zechariah’s first vision was of a man riding a red horse, followed by other horses.  The visionContinue reading Among the Myrtle Trees – Zechariah 1

Return to Me – Zechariah 1

God’s tender call to return to Him is a common denominator in the lives of wayward believers.  Many young Christ followers, for whatever the reason, choose to leave the faith, or more commonly, to ignore it as they chase after the excitement and worldly opportunities of young adulthood.  I’m afraid I fell into that latterContinue reading Return to Me – Zechariah 1

Artaxerxes’ Decree – Nehemiah 2

In a special visitation during an impassioned prayer, the angel Gabriel brought the prophet Daniel God’s timetable for arrival of the coming Messiah.  Using the terminology of a week as a group of seven years, the message from God to Daniel stated: 25 So know and understand: From the issuing of the decree to restore andContinue reading Artaxerxes’ Decree – Nehemiah 2

Nehemiah’s Prayer – Nehemiah 1

Ninety-three years after the angel Gabriel brought Daniel the vision of the seventy weeks and the coming Messiah, God set in motion the event that would begin the process – the decree of King Artaxerxes to complete the rebuild of the city of Jerusalem. Artaxerxes was a king of the Medo-Persian empire, which under CyrusContinue reading Nehemiah’s Prayer – Nehemiah 1

Seventy Weeks Prophecy – Daniel 9

The prophet Daniel learned from reading the words of the prophet Jeremiah that the exile of God’s people in Babylon would last for seventy years.  This time period was based upon 490 years of ignoring God’s sabbath land requirements, as required by the law of Moses given eight centuries before Daniel.  Every seventh year wasContinue reading “Seventy Weeks Prophecy – Daniel 9”