How Zechariah Vision Take Concern Us TodayIn the opening chapter of the New Testament book of Luke, we learn that one main task of that man who would become known as John the Baptist was to prepare a people for the coming of Jesus Christ. I believe that many times God provides means of escape or whispers words such as "You are going through this large wilderness because I have a giant Promised Land for you." Sometimes by listening to evil spirits' radio frequencies, we do not hear the words "Change Course or Stop," before it is too late.
Once forgiven and cleansed by the Lord, the angel had instructions for Joshua (Israel) in order to retain this new state of being: "If you will walk in My ways and keep My requirements, then you will govern My house and have charge of My courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here" (v.7). If Israel remained in this cleansed, priestly state, God was promising her the privilege of service in the Temple before Him, guarding it from idolatry and other religious defilement, and access to the very presence of God like the angels standing around Him.
Let us take each particular separately, and may God the Holy Spirit shed a sacred light upon the vision, and may we see in it more than Zechariah himself discovered; may we see Jehovah Jesus in all the glory of his love, manifesting himself to his chosen as he doth not unto the world.
Joshua, wearing the crown, would symbolize the Messiah to come, "Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: 'Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord." Interestingly, the name Joshua and Yeshua are often used interchangeably in the Bible.
Now, for those of you that have been following us as we have studied various portions of the Bible you will remember when we studied the life of Gideon, not too long ago, that Gideon had an encounter with the angel of the Lord and in that encounter it was revealed that this angel of the Lord was really the Lord.
Now, in the second division of this book, which begins in the seventh verse of the first chapter and does not conclude until the end of the sixth chapter the prophet describes for us eight apocalyptic visions, by apocalyptic I mean primarily symbolic visions, which he had apparently in one night.
Here Tiemeyer surveys the interpretive history of each passage and offers her own interpretation of each exegetical problem, but also argues that many of the exegetical difficulties throughout the visions can be resolved if one understands the content of the visions as an actual record of what Zechariah actually saw.
Some of us sit in the audience and hear words just as I have heard and kind of sit back and say, Well I have believed in Christ and I have the Holy Spirit and therefore I have the teacher and I'm sitting pretty.” But Zechariah Vision we also learn in the Bible that we, even though we possess the Holy Spirit, cannot understand anything more than the milk of the word if we are not obedient to that spirit, if we are not in fellowship with God.
Why, those believers who live nearest to God and have the deepest experience of divine things will tell you they have given up that dream long ago, they never expect to be perfect except in Christ Jesus, and never to be complete in themselves but only to be complete in him.
Prayer Our Heavenly Father we come to thee through the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ we thank thee that thou are the great and powerful Lord of the Universe thou art the God of Heaven and therefore, the affairs of earth take place within thy will.
The first thing one should note is, that the promise delivered to David via Nathan the prophet (not unlike the covenant made with Abraham, of whom God said confidently "I know him"), involved no conditions (although there was a condition placed upon his earthly throne: see I Kings 2:4; 9:4-6; 11:11-13, 26-36; I Chron.