by Marshall Beeber
Study Overview & Menu
The prophecies of Zechariah gives us a
prophetic perspective "above history and time", peering into
Israel's immediate and far distant future. Zechariah's prophetic
writings focus primarily upon the restoration of the second temple
in Jerusalem after the 70 year Babylonian captivity, but also
foretells the coming of the Messiah to suffer and later reign as
King over all the earth. Zechariah seemed to have used expressions
previously used by Jeremiah. The spirit of Jeremiah dwelt in
Zechariah" was a quote coined by his contemporaries, but his style
approaches Ezekiel and Daniel in his account of his night visions.
This compelling study is for anyone interested in the purposes of
the God of Israel in past, present and future times.
A. Personal Overview Of The Prophet
1. He is called in his prophecy
(Zech. 1), the son of Berechiah and the grandson of
Iddo, whereas in the book of Ezra (5:1, 6:14) he is said
to be the son of Iddo.
This is so since a grandson can still be considered "the
son of" Zechariah, like Jeremiah and Ezekiel was
a priest as well as a prophet.
Zechariah entered his
priestly office as a young man (Zech. 2:4).
3. He was probably born in the
Babylonian empire during the 70 year exile and he
returned to Israel with the first caravan under
Zerubbabel and Jeshua.
was the 8th month in the second year of Darius that
Zechariah began his priestly office.
5. Both Haggai and Zechariah were
contemporary prophets of post-exilic Israel.
6. Both prophets influenced the
rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.
Overview of the Book of Zechariah
1. Analysis of the entire book
The call of repentance (Zech. 1:1-6)
The night visions (Zech. 1:7 to 6:8)
c. The coronation of Joshua
d. The problem of fasting
(Zech. 7:1 to 8:23)
e. The shepherd-king (Zech.
9:11 to 11:17)
f. The universal ruler
(Zech. 12:1 to 14:21)
2. Connection of Zechariah's and
Haggai's revelation of the rebuilding of the Temple.
a. Haggai's first message
(Haggai 1:1) - 6th month of year, 1st day
b. Rebuilding of temple began
(Haggai 1:15) - 6th month of year, 24th day
c. Haggai's second message
(Haggai 2:1) - 7th month of year, 21st day
d. Zechariah's first message -
8th month of year
e. Haggai's 3rd & 4th message
- 9th month of year, 24th day
2: Chapters 4 - 6
3: Chapters 7 - 10
4: Chapters 11 -14
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