The prophecy of Zechariah was written towards the end of the Old Testament time period and is anticipating the coming of the Messiah. It was a dark and difficult time for God’s people, who were in a low state spiritually. They had just returned from 70 difficult years of captivity in Babylon. Eight visions and additional prophecies by Zechariah were given to encourage God’s people to persevere through these dark times. They were instructed by God to rebuild the Temple and the broken walls of Jerusalem. God, through Zechariah, presents a hopeful view of the future. This was not only very encouraging to the Jews 2,500 years ago, but also to us today. This spiritually rich book calls on the Jews to return to God, and God promises to return to them. It proclaims that God is fully in control. He is ruling the nations and the future for his church is bright and encouraging.
Recently someone asked me which was my favourite book of the Bible to preach from. I replied that it was the prophecy of Zechariah. Why would this be the case? Zechariah is not a well-known book of the Bible. It has some passages which are difficult to interpret. There are strange visions in it. However, there are many things in this book which are plain and easy to be understood. Also, this prophecy of Zechariah is full of Christ. There’s nothing more important for the Christian than Christ—getting to know him, trust in him and love him is the way to be saved.
1. Introduction: Turn to Me and I Will Turn to You
2. The Man on the Red Horse
3. The Second Vision: The Four Horns
4. The Man with the Measuring Line—Church Growth
5. Joshua the High Priest
6. The Golden Candlestick
7. The Sixth Vision: The Flying Scroll
8. The Seventh Vision: The Ephah
9. The Eighth Vision: God Reigns
10. Climax of the Visions: The Crowning of Joshua