Zechariah's visions foster hope of the messianic Kingdom and challenge Israel to remain faithful to God after the exile.
Almost 70 years after the exile, the Israelites were experiencing hardships and wondering if the prophetic promises of a new Jerusalem would ever be fulfilled. The book of Zechariah answers this question through several dream visions.
Hope for the Coming Kingdom
The book of Zechariah contains several visions that encourage God's people to remain faithful. Zechariah is writing to the post-exile generation to remind them that they must keep their covenant with God to receive the promises of the new Jerusalem and the messianic Kingdom.
The book doesn't have a clear pattern, and some of the visions contain scary and bizzare images, but it also shows how God has guided history towards his purposes. We can look above the chaos and hope for the coming of God's Kingdom, motivating faithfulness in the present day.
Turn Back to God
The book of Zechariah begins with a challenge for God's people to turn back to him and to not be like their ancestors who rebelled, disobeyed, and were exiled.
Eight Dream Visions
God spoke to Zechariah through dream visions with bizarre images. The message included details about the new Jerusalem and a warning to remain faithful.
The exiles wondered if they would ever stop mourning the temple's destruction. Zechariah asked if they were ready to receive and participate in God's coming Kingdom.
Through images of a messianic King riding into the new Jerusalem and a rejected shepherd, Zechariah asks if the Israelites would reject their King forever.
The New Jerusalem
One day, the new Jerusalem will be established. it will be a place where God's justice will defeat evil, his people will repent, and all nations will gather in peace.
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