Sunday July 25 2021

ZACHARIAH PART FOUR

Sunday July 25 2021          Measuring Up

 “I lifted up my eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand. Then said I, where are you going? And he said to me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the width and the length thereof.

And behold, the angel which talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him, and said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying,

Jerusalem will be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein: for I, says the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire around about,

and will be the glory in the midst of her.

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

Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwells with the daughter of Babylon.

For thus says the LORD of hosts; After the glory has he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you” for he that touched you, touched the apple of his eye.

For, behold, I will shake my hand upon them, and they will be a spoil to their servants: and you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me.

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

And many nations will be joined to the LORD in that day, and will be my people:

And I will dwell in the midst of thee, and you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me unto you.

And the LORD will inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and will choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.” (Zech. 2:1-13 KJV)

So far in our study of Zechariah we have discussed the first two visions of the eight given Zechariah during one night.

The first indicated a “man” on a horse amid the myrtle trees. This “man” was identified as Jesus in one of His pre-incarnate appearances.

We saw that these horses were not the same as those of Revelation, but were rather patrolling the nations of the earth who were at peace. This angered the LORD because these nations had over-stepped their actions against Israel which was destitute and not at peace.

We are told that GOD sent words of comfort and a promise of much better things to come. Psalm 121:4 seems to sum up GOD’s heart.

“Behold, he that keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”

We reviewed the statue’s significance from Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and identified the four “nations” represented there and that these four nations were also the four horns of vision number two given to Zechariah. They were/are, Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece and Rome.

The second half of vision two also mentioned 4 “craftsmen” who would eventually come to throw off these four nations that scattered Israel – the four horns. These craftsmen were identified in Scripture as Cyrus of Persia, Alexander the Great of Greece, the Roman empire and the last craftsman as Christ the Messiah who will ultimately destroy a revived Roman “empire” along with all Gentile nations that had a part in scattering Israel.

The vision from Daniel pictured the Messiah’s kingdom as a rock cut out of the mountain of God, without hands, that would crash upon the statue of the Gentile nations in the last days bringing it crashing down to be forever replaced by the kingdom of Messiah.

Today we deal with the third vision – the man with the measuring line.

With reference to Zechariah 2:1-13 we are given the following information.

“I lifted up my eyes again, and behold a man with a measuring line.”

Most scholars agree that this “man” is Jesus.

This speaks of the future expansion and enlargement of Jerusalem. Now keep in mind, that many prophecies have a two-fold manifestation. This speaks of the Jerusalem of the Babylonian captivity days as well as the Jerusalem of the future.

The returning Jewish people were only rebuilding the temple at this time and had no idea as to the scope of God’s future plans for Jerusalem.

Other Scriptures that involve measuring are Ezekiel 40 through 48 with a view to the Millennium temple erected by Messiah, and Revelation 11:1 where there is a measuring of the temple of the Antichrist – the so-called 3rd temple. How do things measure-up from God’s point of view.

In this context Zechariah asks the man with the measuring line,

“Where are you going? And he said unto me, ‘To measure Jerusalem . . .’”

GOD is very displeased with the Gentile nations that have scattered His people from off His land. Listen to Joel 3:2 NKJV,

“I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there.

On account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.”

God is not only very displeased with how the nations scattered His heritage Israel, but He is extremely displeased with the fact that Gentile nations have divided up His land. Our news today is filled with opinions and efforts by the Gentile nations to divide up His land. We are treading on Holy Ground – be careful where you place your support for such UN resolutions involving His land.

The line is used as a symbol in Scripture to indicate:

  1. Destruction as in Isaiah 34:11; Lamentations 2:8 and 2 Kings 21:13;
  2. a measure of perfection and righteousness as used in Isaiah 28:17;

iii. preparation for building as in Job 38:5.

The passage continues with a mention of the “angle which talked with me.” This is the “instructional angel from 1:9. Then, there comes a second angel which meets with this first angel. This second angel comes directly from GOD with a wonderful heralding word. “Run, speak to this young man,” – Zechariah.

His wonderful words of promise are, Jerusalem will be inhabited as towns without walls, for the multitude of men and cattle therein.”

Again, this has a two-fold application. The angel speaks of the then present day as the captives return from Babylon but his eyes stretch down the generations toward Messiah’s reign.

“Towns without wall” speaks to the bursting out of boundaries into a spreading rural landscape. Centers of population are no longer to be confined to city-states behind high walls.

The LORD then adds a warning to the Gentile nations round about.

“For I, says the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire around about,

And will be the glory in the midst of her.”

This wall of fire round about her becomes manifested during the assaults by the Gentiles during the last days. Especially as recorded in Zechariah 9:8 which will be expanded later in this series of messages. Past examples of this type of GOD’s protection are given in: Isaiah 4:5-6; Exodus 13: 21-22; 14:19-31; 40:43-38 and numbers 14:14. Jehovah was associated with the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire.

And, He will be the glory in the midst of her. A reference to Messiah’s presence in the midst of Jerusalem during the Millennium. This is referenced three times here in Zechariah. (Zechariah 2:5,10 and 11) See also Isaiah 4:2-6; 40:5 and 60:19. The name of the city from that day forward will be “The LORD is there” Ezekiel 48:35.

“God is in the midst of her; she will not be moved: God will help her and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved:

He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”

(Psalm 46:5-7)

When the Word was made flesh, according to John 1, He dwelt among us, (tabernacled among us). This was His desire from the beginning of His earthly ministry but His people would not receive Him.

There follows a call to return from Babylon. In the initial return to the land only about 50 000 exiles returned from Babylon. Most Jewish people remained. They had grown comfortable and acceptant in the land of their captors. Even Daniel remained behind being an old man by this time.

A remnant returned – the first return – but  there would be a much greater return in the fuller fulfilment of this prophecy. Zechariah continues.

“Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, says the LORD;

For I have spread you abroad as the four winds of heaven, says the LORD.”

The “north” in this passage is not the “far north” of Ezekiel 37-38 which refers to present day Russia. This “north” actually is a reference to how people from Babylon and other nations to the east of Jerusalem journeyed to Jerusalem. They followed the caravan route, the fertile crescent, that Abraham followed when he first was called to “a land I will show you” of Genesis 12:1. Abraham left the home of his farther and headed north along the eastern bank of the Euphrates until he reached Haran, where he crossed over the river and came into the promised land from the north.

So, there are two returns to the land from “Babylon.” The first is followed by about 50 000 who returned by following Abraham’s journey and so came out of the north. There follows a much later coming out of “Babylon” occurring in the last days.

This call to come out of Babylon is a much later occurrence, as I’ve mentioned,  after the “great spreading of the Jewish people to the four winds.” This occurred after Christ was rejected as Messiah in 70 AD and the nation destroyed and the land stripped of Jewish inhabitants.

This passage in Zechariah deals with the second return. The people are coming from the “four winds of heaven” where God has spread them.

Listen to Isaiah 11:11-12.

“It will come to pass in that day that the Lord will set his hand again

the second time to recover the remnant of his people . . .

He will . . .assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together

the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”

Again, Jeremiah 23:3-8:

“I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and bring them back into their folds . . .

And they will dwell in their own land.”

The final Babylon will be destroyed and all that it represents, including the false religious system called Mystery Babylon of Revelation 17.

A word to the nations.

“For thus says the LORD of hosts; After the glory has he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you for he that touched you, touched the apple of his eye.”

The “apple of God’s eye,” refers to the very pupil of the eye. The nations have in fact, poked God in the eye. It is an interesting play on words or a pun that is used here. This is the only place in Scripture where the term “apple of God’s eye,” is used. The Hebrew word for pupil is “babah” and is a pun with regards to Babylon.

God says, “I will shake my hand against them.” Pictures God shaking His fist!

“and they will be a spoil to their servants: and you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me.”

The LORD of host, the LORD of God’s armies, the Commander-in-Chief.

There are four promises to those who will be dwelling in Zion in the last days.1

  1. “I am coming and I will dwell in your midst.”

This is the second of three times God has stated that He will dwell in their midst.

(verses 2,10 and 11 of Zechariah 2)

  1. “Many nations will become My people.” This speaks of the Gentiles to be saved.

“In that day” Speaks of the day of the LORD which encompasses the period of time involving such events as the rapture, the tribulation, His second coming and the setting up of His kingdom.

Amos 9:11 reminds us,

“In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David which is fallen,

And close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins,

And I will build it as in the days of old:”

And Acts 15:14-17 which confirms the above Scripture.

“Peter has told you about the time God first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people for himself. And this conversion of Gentiles  is exactly what the prophets predicted. As it is written: Afterwards I will return and restore the fallen house of David, I will rebuild it ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity might seek the LORD, including the Gentiles – all those

I have called to be Mine. – The LORD has spoken – “

This second promise involves the rebuilding of the temple, for the so-called 3rd temple – the one erected sometime near the beginning of the tribulation that the Antichrist will defile – will have been destroyed. It also gives promise to the salvation of many Gentiles.

This last point was very shocking to many of the Jews but it should not have been.

  1. there were the promises to Abraham concerning Gentiles.
  • In you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Gen. 12:3)
  • “You will be the father of many nations.” (Gen. 17:4)
  • “In your seed will all the nations of the earth be blessed because you obeyed my voice.” (Gen. 22:18)
  • “In your seed all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Gen. 28:14)
  1. The prophets spoke of it.
  • “He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.” (Is. 42:1)
  • “ I will . . . give you . . .as a light to the Gentiles.” (Is. 42:6)
  • “That you will be my salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Is. 49:6)
  • See also Ezekiel, Micah, Psalms, Deuteronomy 2 Samuel, Acts, Romans.
  • The Gentiles are “grafted in” according to Romans 11:17-24.
  1. “The LORD will take possession of Judah . . .the holy land.” (Zech. 2:12)
  • He will, “remove the iniquity of that land in one day.” (Zech. 3:9)
  • Only place in Scripture where this term “holy land” is used.
  • He will choose Jerusalem – for the throne of David.
  • He will dwell in this land, in the midst of them, “This is My resting place forever, here I will dwell, for I have desired it.” (Ps. 132:13-18)
  1. The promise of worldwide judgment at His 2nd coming.

He is aroused from His holy habitation. I spoke once about the moment that Christ will arise, stand up. Currently, He is seated at the right hand upon the Father’s throne, but soon, and very soon, He will stand up – be aroused – to bring judgment to the earth.

We don’t fully comprehend the awesome magnitude of some of the following statements from Jeremiah 25:30-33.

  • The LORD will roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation.”
  • “He will give a shout, as those who tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth, for the LORD has a controversy with the nations.”
  • “He will plead His case with all flesh.”
  • “He will give those who are wicked to the sword.”
  • “disaster will go from nation to nation.”
  • “at that day, the slain of the LORD will be from one end of the earth to the other”
  • “They will not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they will become refuge to the ground.”

Similar references can be found in Deut. 26:15; 2 Chron. 30:27; Is. 26:21; 57:15; 63:15; Habakkuk 2:20 and Zephaniah 1:7.

Four promises to the nation of Israel and to Jerusalem and all those living in the land during these coming last days – the day of the LORD.

The first three visions of the eight given to Zechariah during one night give us a grand scope of the Gentile nations that scattered Israel and continue, even to our present day, in their desire to divide up the land and the people who belong to the LORD. A worldly rebellion of pride and violence down through the ages, is soon to reap what it has sown. Come into His barn and be saved. Come in under the wings of the Most High GOD and be secure from what is coming upon the earth. Amen.

1  Jeff Blake Ox Book Ministries PDF with Chuck Missler Zechariah

 

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