Zechariah

Zechariah

AFTER THE RETURN of some of the Jews from exile in Babylon around 520 bc, in the reign of Darius I of Persia, Zechariah received prophecies from God about the future of Jerusalem and of God’s people. First prophecy (1:1–6) This is a call to God’s people to return to Him and to the words of His former prophets. Then He will bless them. Second prophecy (1:7– 6:15) This consists of eight visions which look ahead to God’s dealings with Israel, and encompass the cutting off of oppressing nations, the restoration of Jerusalem, the rise and fall of false worship, and the judgement of the nations when the Messiah comes. Third prophecy (chapters 7–14) This fills out the message from “the Lord of hosts”, whose armies fight for Israel. Chapter 7: God appeals to His people to hear Him. Chapter 8: He promises a future restoration. Chapter 9: the Greek