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Prisoners of Hope - Zechariah 9,10

9 out of 10 scholars agree: Zechariah is a tough book to interpret! But what do we find there? The classic Old Testament prophetic motifs and a clear explanation of the Jewish Eschatological Hope. But this hope exceeds the Hope of the enemies of Israel being judged... Zechariah says that these enemies will be CONVERTED by a donkey riding Messiah who will destroy the military might of Israel and proclaim, "Peace to the nations." Therefore, those of us still engaged in a spiritual battle should remember that we are prisoners of Hope! (And this hope will not disappoint!)

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Then the Word of the Lord Came -- Zechariah 6,7,8

The last mention in the Bible of the phrase, "The word of the Lord came to me," is to the prophet Zechariah. What will this word be that concludes the Old Testament canon? First, the Messiah is still coming and he will be known as, "The Branch." Secondly, The Lord is still passionate about the future of Zion (and for those who will dwell there.)

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Burning, Flying, Basket, Horses - Zechariah 4, 5, 6

The conclusion of Zechariah's 8 visions reveals the importance of two Messianic figures as the highlight of the Jewish Eschatological Hope and the call to live mindful of God's impending judgment upon the world. This is also an important reminder of the Gospel of the true Messiah.

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Choosing Jerusalem - Zechariah 2, 3

There has always been a hope of restoring Jerusalem... or at least a community that will reflect the "Zion of God." The first Zionist movement took place with the returning exiles from Babylon/Persia. Zechariah reminds the remnant that they are a part of God's plan to restore a new Jerusalem. It would be prosperous, populace, and a place for -- Gentiles!?! A presentation of the Gospel is played out with Joshua the High Priest in chapter 3. It is the basis for how all who are called by God, Jewish and Gentile, will become a part of the New Jerusalem!

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Return to Me - Zechariah 1

"You've returned to the land; you've returned to the work; but have you returned to ME?" The prophet Zechariah opens his text by revealing the anger of the Lord -- and somehow, we are supposed to return to an angry God? How do we return to God rightly? Why would God accept us? How do we acknowledge this "returning" in our corporate worship of God?

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