Family Study: Zechariah 1:18-21 & 2:1-13


Jeremiah 2:1-13 Breakdown

2:1 (2:5) I looked again, and there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.

Zechariah recorded his third vision. He sees a man with a measuring line in his hand. The man is an angel. He is getting ready to start a building project.

2 I asked, “Where are you going?” He replied, “To measure Jerusalem in order to determine its width and its length.”

The angel is measuring Jerusalem.

3 At this point the angelic messenger who spoke to me went out, and another messenger came to meet him

The Angel of Jehovah approaches Zechariah. The Angel of the Lord is the Lord Jesus Christ in His pre-incarnate form. Another angel meets with Jesus.

4 and said to him, “Hurry, speak to this young man as follows: ‘Jerusalem will no longer be enclosed by walls because of the multitude of people and animals there.

Jesus tells the angel to hurry to Zechariah and tell him the meaning of his vision. The message is that during the Millennial Kingdom, Jerusalem will be too great in population to hold all of the people and animals. Jerusalem will no longer need walls, because they will be living in a time of peace and security.

5 But I (the Lord says) will be a wall of fire surrounding Jerusalem and the source of glory in her midst.’ ”

During the Millennial Kingdom, there will be a wall of fire around Jerusalem. The Shekinah Glory will be present in the future Jerusalem.

6 “You there! Flee from the northland!” says the Lord, “for like the four winds of heaven I have scattered you,” says the Lord.

During the Great Tribulation, there will be many Jews in the city of the rebuilt Babylon.

7 “Escape, Zion, you who live among the Babylonians!”

The Jews are commanded to flee from the city, because Jehovah is going to destroy it just as He did with Sodom and Gomorrah.

8 For the Lord who rules over all says to me that for his own glory he has sent me to the nations that plundered you—for anyone who touches you touches the pupil of his eye.

The speaker is Jehovah. Anyone who comes against Israel is poking God in the eye. He will get irritated and slap them away.

9 “I am about to punish them in such a way,” he says, “that they will be looted by their own slaves.” Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me.

Babylon will enslave many people during the Great Tribulation. Babylon will be destroyed and plundered by her own slaves. The speaker Jehovah sends Himself to Babylon. The “me” who is sent is the Messiah Jesus.

10 “Sing out and be happy, Zion my daughter! For look, I have come; I will settle in your midst,” says the Lord.

After the Great Tribulation, Israel will sing happy songs. Jehovah will be living in the midst of Jerusalem as Jesus the Messiah.

11 “Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on the day of salvation, and they will also be my people. Indeed, I will settle in the midst of you all.” Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me to you.

The day of salvation is the last day of the Great Tribulation. All of Israel who survives the Great Tribulation will receive national salvation. During the Millennial Kingdom, Jesus will live bodily in Jerusalem.

12 The Lord will take possession of Judah as his portion in the holy land and he will choose Jerusalem once again.

Jehovah will inherit Judah as His chosen nation. This is the only time in the battle that Israel is called the “holy land.” Jehovah will choose Jerusalem to become the capital of the Millennial Kingdom.

13 Be silent in the Lord’s presence, all people everywhere, for he is being moved to action in his holy dwelling place.

Jehovah calls the earth to be silent, because Jesus is returning to earth. All people in the world will be affected by the second coming of Christ. Jesus is moving to fulfill His goal of making Jerusalem the capital of the Messianic Kingdom.

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