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DavidTBattler

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« on: August 18, 2000, 03:16:00 PM »
The book of Zecharia is a bit of a mysterious maze to most christians; but it really does deserve a lot more attention than what we usually decide to give it.

In this thread, you will be expected to take the dust off this part of your Bible; for the specific purpose of finding Christ in the book of Zecharia: That is, provided that we find Him there!  

We all know just one or two familiar verses in Zecharia, which we occassionally quote, such as:

Zech. 4:6 - ďNot by might, nor by power; but by my Spirit saith the Lord God of hosts.Ē

Sadly though; the majority of this exciting book of the Bible is usually passed over unread, and uncared about...It is, for the most part NEGLECTED, because to this day, it remains largely unopened by todayís Christians.

A few preliminaries to take note of:

1/  The book of Zecharia is very relevant to Seventh Day Adventist theology, and mission; and we should study it very carefully.

2/  Zecharia has just 14 short chapters; yet it is one of the most Messianic books of the Old Testament.

3/  The book of Zecharia closely parallels  Daniel and Revelation; and it could be said that Zecharia and Daniel are to the Old Testament, what Revelation is to the New Testament.  

Canít you just picture it...Old Zecharia standing between the prophet Daniel, and John the revelator, with his arms extended, complementing and reinforcing the inspired message of Daniel and Revelation.

Each posting in this thread will be about as long as this one; and will end with a question or two to uncover more of what God is saying to us through this study.

1/  What were things like in the history of Godís people, as the messages and prophecies of Zecharia came to them?

2/  What are the implications for Godís people today of these messages and prophecies?


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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2000, 08:39:00 AM »
Brother David, thank you for the topic. It may a little off for this forum, but we will try and get Jesus into the center of each lesson even though it is not His life, we can know it is His teaching.  :)

Jesus loves us and has established an organization to edify us, His church. As we look around us and see that the church is not what God intended, we are in danger of becoming discouraged. God forsaw the situation and many years ago spoke for our admonitiion. In this book, Jesus speaks to our hearts and tells us He knows of our disappointments and He has made provision for us. He has not only opened up the future to us as regards the church, but He has also given us precious promises that will not fail.

He knew there would be wolves in sheep's clothing and He knew there would be confusion over the gospel and the power of God's grace to cleanse from all sin, so He spoke through this prophet to make plain the power of grace to cleanse completely. Such precious promises!

In His love and grace,      Richard

Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2000, 11:08:00 PM »
Hello Brother Richard

Your last paragraph in your above post speaks to the reason I am entering into this line of study.  I am amazed and inspired at how Jesus is so central to this Old Testament book; and how the book of Zecharia speaks so clearly to SDA Theology.

More later when I have a little time.  This should be a good study!

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"The joy of the Lord will be your strength."  (Neh.8:10).

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David T. Battler

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2000, 03:07:00 AM »
Note 2 On Zecharia


The prophecies and messages in the book of Zecharia came  at a very crucial  time in the history of Godís people.

They were all just returning from their exile in Babylon; and were occupied with discouragement, spiritual apathy, and skepticism about the future.

During this kind of prevailing mood, God called upon Zecharia to restore confidence and direction to His remnant people, through His powerful promises, and through restoration in the Messiah.  

Similarly,  God is calling upon His remnant people of today to find REVIVAL AND REFORMATION  in  these  well-timed messages of Zecharia originating from Jesus Himself: His love, His life, , and His return as

King Of Kings, and Lord Of Lords!


Bible  texts to follow in next post!


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"The joy of the Lord will be your strength."  (Neh.8:10).

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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2000, 03:47:00 PM »
"And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon,.... then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord: Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both" (Zechariah 6:9-13).

Commenting on verses 12 and 13, the Great Controversy, pp. 415-17 says: "The work of Christ as man's intercessor is presented in that beautiful prophecy of Zechariah concerning Him 'whose name is the Branch.' Says the prophet: 'He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon His [the Father's] throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.' Zechariah 6:12, 13.

"'He shall build the temple of the Lord.' By His sacrifice and mediation Christ is both the foundation and the builder of the church of God. The apostle Paul points to Him as 'the chief Cornerstone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth into an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also,' he says, 'are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.' Ephesians 2:20-22.

"'He shall bear the glory.' To Christ belongs the glory of redemption for the fallen race. Through the eternal ages, the song of the ransomed ones will be: 'Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His blood,...to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.' Revelation 1:5, 6.

"He 'shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne.' Not now 'upon the throne of His glory;' the kingdom of glory has not yet been ushered in. Not until His work as a mediator shall be ended will God 'give unto Him the throne of His father David,' a kingdom of which 'there shall be no end.' Luke 1:32, 33. As a priest, Christ is now set down with the Father in His throne. Revelation 3:21. Upon the throne with the eternal, self-existent One is He who 'hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows,' who 'was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin,' that He might be 'able to succor them that are tempted...' Isiah 53:4; Hebrews 4:15; 2:18....

"'And the counsel of his peace shall be between them both.' The love of the Father, no less than of the Son, is the fountain of salvation for the lost race. Said Jesus to His disciples before He went away: 'I say unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: for the Father Himself loveth you.' John 16:26, 27. God was 'in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.' 2 Corinthians 5:19. And in the ministration in the sanctuary above, 'the counsel of peace shall be between them both....'"

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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2000, 06:01:00 PM »
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