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Comment by Tonya on August 23, 2009 at 4:34pm
INTRODUCTION TO HAGGAI

Haggai,whose name is probably derived from the Hebrew word hag, "festival." It may also be an abbreviated form of haggiah, "festival of Yahweh." Thus making Haggai mean "Festival" or "Festive," possibly because he was born on the day of a major feast, such as Tabernacles(Habbai's second message takes place during that feast, 2:1).

Haggai was the first prophetic voice to be heard after the Babylonian Exile. He was a contemporary of Zechariah (and of Confucius) and his ministry was to call the people to finish the Temple, whose completion had been delayed for at least 15-18 years.

With the Babylonian Exile in the past, and a newly returned group of Jews back in the land, the work of rebuilding the temple can begin. However fifteen years after the process is begun, the people have yet to finish the project, for their personal affairs have interfeared with God's business. Haggai preaches a fiery series of sermonettes designed to stir up the nation to finish the temple. He calls the builders to renewed courage in the Lord, renewed holiness of life, and renewed faith in God who controls their future.

About 18 years had passed since Cyrus released Zerubbabel with a group of Jewsish exiles to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. They had arrived filled with hope, but pressure from the local authorities and selfish decisions led them to quit. They turned instead to building their own homes. Their priorities wer out of order.

Haggai's task was to arouse the people to complet the rebuilding of God's Temple. Over a six-month period, he gave four messages designed to get the people back on track. He began by telling them to stop making excuses and get back to work. He showed them how their present sufferings resulted from their failure to put God first in their lives. They needed to get their spiritual lives in shape and let their actions prove that they had done so before they could expect God's blessings. Haggai's next message continued the encouragment by promising God's help as they continued to work. The Prophecies were given between August and December 520 B.C., and the Temple was completed four years later.

The book is addressed to all the people (1:13;2:2), to encourage them to rebuild the Temple. But is is also particularly addressed to Zerubbabel, the governor, and to Joshua, the high priest(1:1;2:2;21).

The book contains four appeals, each introduced by "the word of the LORD came."

Purpose: To challenge the people to complete rebuilding of God's Temple, their community, and their lives.

Author: Haggai

Audience: The people living in Jerusalem, including those who had returned from Babylonian exile.

Date Written: Between August and December, 520 B.C.

Setting: Jerusalem had been in ruins since its destruction by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The people had started to rebuild the TEmple but had failed to complete the task.

Key people and relationships: Zerubbabel(the political leader), Jeshua(the priestly leader), and the prophets Haggai and Zechariah.

"Why are you living in luxurious houses while (God's) house lies in ruins?" 1:4.
Comment by Tonya on August 23, 2009 at 4:35pm
Welcome Back, We are beginning the Book of Haggai today. Glad to have all of you with us in Fellowship and Study of God's Holy Word.

Heavenly Father, We give thanks for all, for our Savior Jesus Christ. We give thanks for this wonderful day, Let us rejoice in it. We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, and for our Messiahs return. We pray forgiveness on our sins, and the forgiveness unto others. May we all come together and be guided by the Holy Spirit in the reading of Thy Holy Word today. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!!

HAGGAI

A CALL TO CONSTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE

INTRODUCTION:

Darius I (Hystaspes) ascended to the throne of Persia in 522 B.C. and appointed Zerubbabel, grandson of Jehoiachin, king of Judah(1 Chron. 3:17,19), as governor of the newly constituted province of Judah. the sixth month, in the first day = Aug. 19, 520 B.C. Josedech. High priest at the time of the Babylonian invasion(1 Chron. 6:15).

Haggai 1:1

In the second year of Da-ri'-us the king, in the sixth month, came the word of the LORD by Hag'-gai the prophet unto Ze-rub'-ba-bel the son of She-al'-ti-el, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jos'-e-dech, the high priest, saying,

Haggai 1:2

Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD'S house should be built.

THE REPRIMAND:

Haggai 1:3

Then came the word of the LORD by Hag'-gai the prophet, saying,

Haggai 1:4

Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?

Haggai 1:5

Now therefore thus saith the LORD of Hosts; Consider your ways.

Haggai 1:6

Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

THE REMEDY:

Haggai 1:7

Thus saith the LORD of Hosts; Consider your ways.

Haggai 1:8

Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.

THE REBUKE FROM GOD:

Haggai 1:9

Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of Hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.

Haggai 1:10

Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is styed from her fruit.

Haggai 1:11

And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.

THE REACTION OF THE PEOPLE:

Haggai 1:12

Then Ze-rub-ba-bel the son of She-al'-ti-el, and Joshua the son of Jos'-e-dech, the high priest with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their GOD, and the words of Hag'-gai the prophet, as the LORD their GOD had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.

Haggai 1:13

Then spake Hag'-gai the LORD'S messenger in the LORD'S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.

Haggai 1:14

And the LORD stirred up hte spirit of Ze-rub'-ba-bel the son of She-al'-ti-el, governer of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jos'-e-dech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of Hosts, their GOD.

Haggai 1:15

In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Da-ri'-us the king.

ceiled houses. Paneled houses. A sign of luxury, for expensive timber had to be imported. this house. The Temple, which had been started about 16 years earlier(Ezra 3:2-4:5).

This verse(v.6) illustrates the truth of Matt. 6:19;33. a bag of holes. The bad economic conditions caused inflation of prices.

Cedar wood had previously been purchased from Lebanon(Ezra 3:7) but was likely used in their houses instead of in the Temple.

Even the little they were able to reap, God would blow upon it, dispersing it in order to chastise the people for their disobedience in not furnishing the Temple.

The abense of dew in the dry summer months, increased the famine.

Seldom has a sermon had such immediate practical impact(though Haggai realized that it was the LORD'S doing, v. 14). Only 23 days elapsed between the events recorded in verse 1 and those recorded in verse 15.

God called the people in Jerusalem to inventory their priorities. The people had returned from exile and started to rebuild the Temple, but they had stopped when they faced opposition. They chose to build beautiful homes for themselves instead of finishing God's house. Their actions had proven that they considered personal comfort more important than God. As a result, they suffered hard times. When we put God in the backseat of our life, we become enslaved to other things-money, pleasure, sex, material objects or motivations,relationships, work, alcohol, or even religious activities. We must put God back in the driver's seat. We must give God top priority in our lives, then, no problems will be too great to overcome.

There is point that we must stop talking about things and take concrete steps to make them happen. We are like the people in Haggai's day who already knew God's will for them-they were to rebuild God's Temple. They just needed to act on that knowledge. The Israelites finally took concrete steps to complete the task God had given them. As we start taking inventory, we soon become aware of steps we need to take. When we reach this point, it is time to act! If we don't take active steps now, how will we reach the full potential of God's Will for us.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in the Lord!!!
Comment by Tonya on August 24, 2009 at 7:59am
Hello, How is everyone today? I hope all of you had a Nice Weekend. We are beginning the second chapter into the book of Haggai today. Glad to have you with us in Fellowship and Study of God's Holy Word.

Heavenly Father, We come together today to study in Thy Holy Word, May we be led by the Holy Spirit into perfect understanding. May we apply the Word and Thy Will to our daily lives and witness of the Good News to others, so that they might receive the Gift. We give thanks for Our Savior Jesus Christ, and Pray for our Messiahs Return. We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come. We pray for those out there suffering or lost, May they be redeemed in Christ. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!!

A CALL TO COURAGE IN THE LORD

The twenty-first day of the seventh month, Oct. 17, 520 B.C., was the seventh and last day of the Feast of Tabernacles(Lev. 23:39-44), usually a joyous occasion of thanksgiving for the harvest. That year, however, the harvest was scanty (1:6,11).

Haggai 2:1

In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the LORD by the prophet Hag'-gai, saying,

Haggai 2:2

Speak now to Ze'-rub'-ba-bel the son of She-al'-ti-el, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jos'-e-dech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying,

Haggai 2:3

Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?

Haggai 2:5

According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.

Haggai 2:6

For thus saith the LORD of Hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;

Haggai 2:7

And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saitht he LORD of Hosts.

Haggai 2:8

The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of Hosts.

Haggai 2:9

The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of Hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of Hosts.

The background for this question is in Ezra 3:8-13. A few septuagenarians and older ones, who could remember the larger and more beautiful Temple of Solomon, wept when they saw the smaller, plainer Temple of Zerubbabel. Coupled with the slim harvest, this sight also infected others with discouragment.

v.5: see Ex. 19:5;29:45-46;33:14.

Yet once..shake. Better, Once again, in a little while, I will shake. The scope of these words points to a yet future fulfillment at the time of the second coming of Christ.

The well-known translation the desire of all nations makes this a reference to Messiah and is in accord with Jewish tradition. However, many feel that the phrase is more properly translated "the wealth (precious things) of all nations," referring to the offerings the nations will bring to the millennial Temple. The glory may refer to the splendor of the Temple or to the presence of the Lord in it.

this latter house. This may refer to Zerubbabel's Temple (and its successor Temple built by Herod) and to the peace made by Christ on the cross at His First Coming, or it may refer to the millennial Temple(Ezek. 40-48) and the world peace He will bring at His Second Coming.

The former Temple had been destroyed nearly seventy years earlier, so there were few alive who could remember it. The few elderly people who had seen Solomon's Temple were sad, because the new Temple would never match the old one in splendor. God made it clear, however, that their rebuilding project would result in a temple even more glorious than the first.As we go through our lives, the pain from past set-backs need not distract us from building a worthwhile future. There is always hope when we rebuild with God's help.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in the Lord!!!
Comment by Tonya on August 25, 2009 at 9:03am
Welcome Back, We are continuing in Haggai chapter 2 today. Glad to have all of you with us in Fellowship and Study of God's Holy Word.

Let us Pray:

Heavenly Father,

We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, for our Messiahs' return. We give thanks for our Savior Jesus Christ, who came and went to the cross for our sins, in our place, and was resurrected. We give thanks for all, for this wonderful joyous day, May we follow in Thy Will today and witness of the Holy Kingdom and our Savior to Many, May they receive the Holy Ghost today. We pray forgiveness on our sins and forgiveness unto others, We pray we are led away from temptations today, and delivered from all evil. May we understand the scriptures today through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We give thanks, Glory and Praise in Thy Name..Amen!!!

A CALL TO CLEANNESS OF LIFE:

the ninth month = Dec. 18, 520 B.C., when they looked for the early rain to water the new crop.

Haggai 2:10

In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Da-ri'-us, came the word of the LORD by Hag'-gai the prophet, saying,

Haggai 2:11

Thus saith the LORD of Hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,

Haggai 2:12

If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.

Haggai 2:13

Then said Hag'-gai, if one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.

Haggai 2:14

Then answered Hag'-gai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.

Haggai 2:15

And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD:

Haggai 2:16

Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty.

Haggai 2:17

I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.

Haggai 2:18

Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the LORD'S Temple was laid, consider it.

Haggai 2:19

Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you.

Haggai 2:20

And again the word of the LORD came unto Hag'-gai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying,

Haggai 2:21

Speak to Ze-rub'-ba-bel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;

Haggai 2:22

And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.

Haggai 2:23

In that day, saith the LORD of Hosts, will I take thee, O Ze-rub'-ba-bel, my servant, the son of She-al'-ti-el, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of Hosts.

The first question is: Since a man who is carrying holy flesh, that is, meat for a sacrifice, is sanctified(Let. 6:27), can he transfer that sanctification to things he touches? The answer is, No.

The second question is: Since a man who touches a corpse is defiled, does he transfer that defilement to other things he touches(Num. 19:11-13)? The answer is, Yes. The point of these two questions is this: Santification or cleanness cannot be transferred, but defilement can(just as health is not contagious, but disease can be). The disobedience of the people was like a dead thing in their midst, contaminating all of them(v.14).

Before they started building the Temple, grain had decreased 50 percent and juice 60 percent.

upward: Their future would be one of blessing. The foundation of the Temple was laid in 536 B.C.

four and twentieth day = Dec. 18, 520 B.C.

The prophecy looks ahead to the time when Christ will rule the nations of the world. In Haggai's time Persia ruled more than 2,000,000 sq mi(3,2000,000 sq km) of territory.

signet ring: An indication of the honor God gave to Zerubbabel to be the guarantee of the continuation of the Davidic line, who, perhaps, because of this and the suspicion it created in the minds of the Perisan rulers', shortly afterward disappeared from the scene.

Purity and cleanness do not rub off; impurity and dirtiness do rub off. This is true not only in a physical sense but also in a spiritual sense.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day!!!
Comment by Tonya on August 26, 2009 at 8:41am
INTRODUCTION TO ZECHARIAH

Zechariah's father, Berechiah, probably died when his son was young, making Zechariah the immediate successor of his grandfather, Iddo(Neh. 12:4). Iddo was a priest who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel and Joshua and was, according to tradition, a member of the Great Synagogue (the governing body of the Jews before the Sanhdrin). The name Zechariah (used in the Old Testament of 27 other people) means "Yahweh remembers." This Zechariah was a contemporary of the prophet Haggai(Ezra 5:1;6:14).

During the reign of Cyrus, more than 50,000 Jews returned to Palestine from Babylon in 538 B.C. They laid the foundation of the Temple in 536, but opposition stalled the work for about 15 years, (Ezra 1:1-4; 4:1-5). Darius Hystaspes (1:1), who came to the throne in 521, confimed Cyrus's decree, and Zechariah, like Haggai, encouraged the people to finish the Temple(which they did in 516).

For a dozen years or more the task of rebuilding the temple had been half completed. Zechariah is commissioned by God to encourage the people in their unfinished responsibility. Rather than exhorting them to action with strong words or rebuke, Zechariah seeks to encourage them to action by reminding them of the future importance of the temple. The temple must be built, for one day of the Messiah's glory will inhabit it. But future blessing is contingent upon present obedience. The people are not merely building a building; they are building the future. With that as their motivation, they can enter into the building project with wholehearted zeal, for their Messiah is coming.

At times life seems intolerable, especially for those of us who have been victims most of our life. Though we may finally escape and abusive relationship or a dysfunctional home, we are not automatically freed from the emotional grasp of the past. As a result, we feel that people are hostile or that they do not care about us. Eventually, immobilizing despair sets in. Motivation and enthusiasm for life are gone. We become emotiionally crippled. That was probably what it was like for God's people in Judah. Because of the repeated sins of their ancestors, their families had been displaced from Palestine to Assyria and Babylon. Seventy years later, a tteh decree of Cyrus, a remnant of Jews, returned to Jerusalem under the leadership of Zerubbabel. Their first goal was to rebuild the house of God, but their initial enthusiasm was dampened by opposition from local residents. The work of rebuilding the Temple soon stopped.

To counter this hopelessness, God appointed the elderly Haggai and the young Zechariah to prophesy, encouraging the returned exiles to rebuild God's Temple in Jerusalem. Zechariah reminded the Jews tha tGod had not forgotten them. Rather, he had a certain and dynamic plan for their restoration.

Hope for the future can provide encouragment for the present. The promise of deliverance makes it possible to be renewed. This book is a fascinating study of how God, through His prophets, led His hurting people from hopelessness to commitment, through self-examination and transformation to a deepening spiritual perception.

Zechariah predicted more about Messiah than any other prophet except Isaiah. Prophecies concerning His first coming include 3:8;9:9;16;11:11-13;12:10;13:1;6; and prophecies to be fulfilled at His second coming include 6:12;14:1-21.

Purpose: To encourage God's people to complete the task of rebuilding God's Temple, their society, and their lives.

Author: Zechariah

Audience: The people living in Jerusalem, including those who had returned from Babylon exile.

Date written: Chapters 1-8 were written between 528 and 520 B.C., and chapters 9-14 werwe written around 480 B.C.

"Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners, for there is yet hope! I promise this very day that I will repay you two mercies for each of your woes!" (9:12).
Comment by Tonya on August 27, 2009 at 1:17pm
Hello, How is everyone today? We are beginning the Book of Zechariah today. Glad to have you with us in Fellowship and Study of God's Holy Word.

Heavenly Father, We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, for our Messiahs' return. We give thanks for our Savior Jesus Christ, for all. We pray for those out there today that are struggling and lost to receive the Holy Spirit today, May the seed be planted in them, so that they may grow in You. We pray forgiveness of our sins, and forgiveness unto others, we pray to be led from temptation, and delivered from all evil. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!!

THE CALL TO REPENTANCE

The prophecy begins with a strong call to repentance, a prerequisite to experiencing the blessings in the book.

eighth month..second year = Oct.-Nov. 520 B.C., son of Iddo. "Son of" can mean "descendant," in this case a grandson(v.7).

Zechariah 1:1

In the eighth month, in the second year of Da-ri'-us, came the word of the LORD unto Zech-a-ri'-ah, the son of Ber-e-chi'-ah, the son of Id'-do the prophet, saying,

Zechariah 1:2

The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers.

Zechariah 1:3

Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of Hosts, Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of Hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of Hosts.

Zechariah 1:4

Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of Hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD.

Zechariah 1:5

Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

Zechariah 1:6

But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of Hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.

the former prophets: such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, who warned of Babylonian captivity.

The idea is this: Pay attention to the Word of God because, though prophets die, it endures, and the proof that it endures is that its warnings come true(take hold).

The prophet begins his message by confronting the Jews with their sins. These people had recently returned from Babylon exile, so Zechariah reminded them that God would deal with their sins just as He had punished their ancestors with the captivity they had recently escaped. It is never safe to ignore a call to turn back to God. Hearing demands heeding! God's promises of future comfort, victory, and deliverance must not lead us to a false sense of security. Neglected spiritual opportunities are lost oppourtunities.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in the Lord!!!
Comment by Tonya on August 28, 2009 at 12:45pm
Hello, We are continuing in Zechariah chapter 1. Glad to have all of you with us.

Heavenly Father, We come together to study in Thy Holy Word today. We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, and for our Messiahs' return. We give thanks for all, for our Savior Jesus Christ. We give thanks for answering our prayers, for all our blessings. We pray we are led and guided by the Holy Spirit in our understanding of the texts today. We give thanks, Glory and Praise in Thy Name..Amen!!

THE VISIONS OF ZECHARIAH

THE VISION OF THE HORSES AND RIDERS:

Eleventh month. Three months after the call to repentance of 1:1-6 and after Hag. 2:10-23 had been spoken, the people had repented.

The meaning of the vision is this: Though Israel is oppressed, God is still greatly concerned for His people and will restore them.

Zechariah 1:7

Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Se'-bat, in the second year of Da-ri'-us, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Ber-e-chi'-ah, the son of Id'-do the prophet saying,

Zechariah 1:8

I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that wer in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white.

Zechariah 1:9

Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be.

Zechariah 1:10

And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth.

Zechariah 1:11

And they answered the angel of the LORD that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.

Zechariah 1:12

Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of Hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?

Zechariah 1:13

And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words.

Zechariah 1:14

So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of Hosts, I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.

Zechariah 1:15

And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

Zechariah 1:16

Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of Hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.

Zechariah 1:17

Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of Hosts; My cities through properity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.

Zechariah saw all eight visions (to 6:8) during one night. Unlike a dream, in a vision the person is awake. The man was "the angel of the LORD"(v.11; see Gen. 16:10, The angel of the LORD. a theophany, a self-manifestation of God. Because the Angel of the LORD ceases to appear after the incarnation, it is often inferred that the angel in the OT is a preincarnate appearance of the second person of the Trinity) different from the angel who interpreted the vision(v.9). myrtle trees: Evergreens that grow about 30 feet high. speckled. A reddish-brown color.

God's patrols report that the earth sitteth still, and is at rest. I.e., the heathen nations still flourished and were self-confidently secure, while Israel is downtrodden.

these three score and ten years: The 70 years the Temple lay in ruins(586-516 B.C.).

they helped forward the affliction. Lit., they helped for evil. Though the heathen nations were used of God to punish Israel, they went too far in trying to annihilate her.

The Temple (my house) was finished in 516 B.C.(Ezra 6:15). A line was used to measure before destruction for construction (in this case, the latter).

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in the Lord!!!
Comment by Tonya on August 29, 2009 at 7:42am
Hello, We are continuing in Zechariah chapter 1 today. Glad to have all of you with us.

Heavenly Father, We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, for Jesus Christs return. We give thanks for all, for our Savior. We pray forgivness on our sins, and forgiveness unto others. We pray we are led away from temptations today, and delivered from all evil. We pray we may be led by the Holy Spirit today so that we may have understanding of the Word, that we may apply it unto our lives, and witness to others. We pray that many will receive the Word today, that they may receive. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!!

THE VISION OF THE FOUR HORNS AND FOUR CARPENTERS:

They helped forward the affliction: Lit., they helped for evil. Though the heathen nations were used of God to punish Israel, they went too far in trying to annihilate her.

Zechariah 1:18

Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns.

Zechariah 1:19

And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.

Zechariah 1:20

And the LORD shewed me four carpenters.

Zechariah 1:21

Then said I, What come these to do? And He spake saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.

four horns. The power of Gentile nations (perhaps Assyria, Egypt, Babylonia, and Medo-Persia specifically) that afflicted and scattered Israel. carpenters. Those peoples and nations whom God used to overthrow the enemies of Israel. fray. Terrify. The vision reinforces the warning and promise of Gen. 12:3.

horns were symbols of strength and power.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Weekend!!
Comment by Tonya on August 31, 2009 at 11:33am
Hello, Hope all of you had a Wonderful Weekend. We are beginning a New Chapter today into Zechariah. Glad to have all of you in the Study and Fellowship of God's Holy Word with us.

Heavenly Father, We come together to study in Thy Holy Word, Let us be led by the the Holy Spirit as we study the texts. We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, and for our Messiah's return. We pray for fogiveness for our sins and forgiveness unto others. Let us be led in Thy Will today and not of the flesh. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Almighty Name..Amen!!

THE VISION OF THE SURVEYOR:

This vision signifies the assured restoration and blessing of Israel and Jerusalem. In the future Jerusalem will expand beyond its walls(v.4), yet the inhabitants will live in it safely because of the personal presence of the LORD(v.5) during the Millennium. Those who had not yet returned from Babylon (the land of the north, Jer. 1:14) are called on to return(v.6-7; only about 50,000 had returned under Cyrus's decree in 538 B.C.), because Babylon would soon be taken (as happened three years later). apple (v.8) = pupil. Verses 10-13 describe millennial blessings for the nations, Israel, and Jerusalem. the holy land(v.12) = Palestine (used only here in the OT).

Zechariah 2:1

I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.

Zechariah 2:2

Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.

Zechariah 2:3

And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him.

Zechariah 2:4

And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therin:

Zechariah 2:5

For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.

Zechariah 2:6

Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.

Zechariah 2:7

Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daugher of Babylon.

Zechariah 2:8

For thus saith the LORD of Hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apply of his eye.

Zechariah 2:9

For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of Hosts hath sent me.

Zechariah 2:10

Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.

Zechariah 2:11

And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of Hosts hath sent me unto thee.

Zechariah 2:12

And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.

Zechariah 2:13

Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for He is raised up out of His holy habitation.

These verses refer to the Messiah, who was sent to show God's glory in judging the nations that plundered Isreal(Matt. 25:31-46).

The vision of Jeshua the high priest teaches us much about God's mercy and forgiveness. Jeshua ben-Jehozadak, the high priest at that time, appeared here in soiled garmetns, symbolizing how Israel looked to God in its sinful state. satan stood before him, accusing him of "many things," representing Israel's failures. We still wrestle with sin today, and satan is always there to accuse us before God for sins that have demoralized and immobilized us. Yet God is always there to defend us when we come to Him for forgiveness and cleansing.

God would purify Jeshua, and he would be a living illustration of the good things that would be experienced under the Messiah's rule. This is cause for real hope here. When restoration is complete, suffering people will experience God's healing. Their sorrow and isolation will be replaced by joy and true fellowship with friends and neighbors. As we experience God's powerful deliverance, we can demonstrate what happens in a life that is ruled and directed by our loving God. As we share God's deliverance with others through words and deeds, they, too, can experience His healing power.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in the Lord!!!
Comment by Tonya on September 1, 2009 at 9:09am
Hello, We are beginning a New Chapter in the Book of Zechariah today. Glad to have all of you with us in Fellowship and Study of God's Holy Word.

Heavenly Father, We come together today to study in Thy Holy Word, We pray to be guided by the Spirit into the texts so that we have complete understanding. We pray for the Holy Kingdom Come, and for our Messiahs' return. We pray forgiveness unto our sins, and forgiveness for others. We send our prayers out today for all that are ill, May you be with them, and lead them with courage and strength. May they be comforted and healed. We ask this in Thy Will Father God. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!!

THE VISION OF JOSHUA THE HIGH PRIEST

Joshua the high priest is cleansed in this vision. This had personal significance in that it answered the charge some had made that Joshua was unfit to serve in that office. It had priestly significance for the nation, picturing their restoration to a priestly position before God. It also had prophetic significance, illustrating the future cleansing of the nation at the return of Christ.

Zechariah 3:1

And He shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and satan stainding at his right hand to resist him.

Zechariah 3:2

And the LORD said unto satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O satan, even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

Zechariah 3:3

Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

Zechariah 3:4

And He answered and spoke unto those that stood before Him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him He said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

Zechariah 3:5

And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.

Zechariah 3:6

And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,

Zechariah 3:7

Thus saith the LORD of Hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.

Zechariah 3:8

Hear now, O Joshua the high prist, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee: for htey are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

Zechariah 3:9

For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of Hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

Zechariah 3:10

In that day, saith the LORD of Hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.



The vision of the man with the measuring line concerned the reconstruction and repartriation of Israel. Many of the Jews had become comfortable in exile and were reluctant to return to Palestine. They were probably afraid they would return to a land of confusion and strife. There was no need to fear, however, for God had promised a future of prosperity and peace. For any of us that wrestle with fear in the wake of tramatic experiences, we also are given the assurance of God's special protetion. If we want to escape bondage, we need to trust God and follow His plan for deliverance.

These verses refer to the Messiah, who was sent to show God's glory in judging the nations that plundered Israel (Matt. 25:31-46).

many nations will worship the LORD in that day--the future Day of the LORD, the Millennium(14:16:Isa. 2:3).

The vision of Jeshua the high priest teaches us much about God's mercy and forgiveness. Jeshua ben-Jehozadak, the high priest at that time, appeared here in soiled garments, symbolizing how Israel looked to God in its sinful state. satan stood before him, accusing him of "many things," representing Israel's failures. We still wrestle with sin today, and satan is always there to accuse us before God for sins that have demoralized and immobilized us. Yet God is always there to defend us when we come to Him for forgiveness and cleansing.

God would purify Jeshua, and he would be a living illustration of the good things that would be experienced under the Messiah's rule. This is cause for real hope here. When restoration is complete, suffering people will experience God's healing. Their sorrow and isolation will be replaced by joy and true fellowship with friends and neighbors. As we experience God's powerful deliverance, we can demonstrate what happens in a life that is ruled and directed by our loving God. As we share God's deliverance with others through words and deeds, they, too, can experience His healing power.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in the Lord!!!

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