ZECHARIAH: THE PROPHET OF HOPE

Prophet of Hope

The visions of Zechariah offer a unique window through which to view the unfolding history of the world from the divine perspective. Zechariah shows that history progresses on a schedule and according to a plan formulated by God Himself. He is never surprised by events in real-time. He exercises sovereign oversight in the unfolding saga of history.

 

I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW

 

When I see His plan for the ages unfolding in past and present events, this gives us confidence in God and courage to believe his promises. His truth rescues us from the aimlessness (despair) and uncertainty (fear) that pervades our culture. I really do know ‘who holds tomorrow’ and that does make all the difference. This confidence in God comes from knowing and understanding what God has told us in His Word. This gives us courage and boldness to live life, as it should be lived, for His glory and honor. I thank God for His gracious provision of truth regarding His ways in the world of man and how I fit into His plan of the ages.

 

THE MESSIANIC PROGRAM OF GOD 

 

The focal point of God’s purposes in history is His Messianic program based on the Abrahamic covenant. In the promises of the Abrahamic covenant God promised to establish and bless Israel and through Israel subsequently bring blessing to the other nations of the world. In Zechariah, the Messiah will eventually save Israel and set up Israel as the nation over which the Messiah reigns as King. Once this is done, evil is removed from the earth, permitting the Messiah to rule and reign over all the nations of the world in peace and righteousness.

 

ZECHARIAH AND THE CHURCH

 

Zechariah does not mention the church in any of his messages. The church is not in view in any of the visions reported by Zechariah. It is a mistake to try to read the church into the prophecies of Zechariah. The church is not Israel. The church is not a member nation over which the Messiah will rule and reign in His kingdom. The church is distinct from Israel and the nations. The church serves as the Messianic Bride of Christ and will rule and reign with Him at His Second Coming, but this is not revealed by Zechariah.

 

ZECHARIAH AND THE PROBLEM OF SUFFERING

 

Zechariah addresses the age-old problem of suffering in the world, especially suffering among those God calls His own people. How is it that Israel, who was promised blessing by God, has suffered such tragedy and disgrace? The importance of Zechariah to the church is that it shows how God employs the evil in the world for His own purposes for ultimately bringing the blessing promised to His people. Our sufferings in the world as His people the church take on new meaning as we view them in accord with His faithful dealings with Israel. We trust in God because He is true to His Word. We have confidence in God because we know He will fulfill His promises.

Dr. Don