The Book of Zechariah-Chapter 8

After urging them to obey the Torah by remembering what happened to the previous generation, this chapter deals with the coming peace and prosperity of Israel, not only in the time of Zechariah, but in fulfilled totally in the messianic age.
1) Then the word of the Lord of hosts came saying,
2) Thus says the Lord of hosts, “I am exceedingly jealous for Zion (Zion means “mark”), yes, with great wrath (against her oppressors) I am jealous for her.
3) This says the Lord, “I will return to Zion (my decrees have gone forth and the process started) and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem (this has not been fully fulfilled yet). Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth (Hebrew “emet” which is spelled with the first, middle and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet), and the mountain of the Lord of hosts will be called the Holy mountain (Jerusalem has three valleys that form the letter “shin” in Hebrew, which symbolizes name of God-Deut 12.11. There are three mountains there that also tells us of the Godhead. Moriah, where the Temple was and where Yeshua was crucified, means “my teacher is the Lord” and this refers to Yeshua the Messiah. The next mountain is called Ophel which means “fortified hill” and refers to the Father. The third one is Zion, which means “mark” and refers to the Holy Spirit-Eph 4.30).’
4) Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Old men and old women will again sit in the streets of Jerusalem (people will not be cut off in their youth), each man with his staff in his hand because of age.
5) And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets (security and future generations).’
6) Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘If it is too difficult (hidden, hard to understand) in the sight of the remnant (those who returned from the captivity) of this people in those days, will it also be too difficult (hidden, hard to understand) in my sight (however impossible it seems to you to believe what I have promised, it isn’t for me)?’ declares the Lord of hosts.
7) Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Behold, I am going to save my people from the land of the east and from the land of the west (from everywhere);
8) and I will bring them back, and they will live in the midst of Jerusalem, and they will be my people and I will be their God in truth and righteousness.’
9) Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Let your hands be strong (in building the Temple), you who are listening in these days to these words from the mouth of the prophets (Haggai and Zechariah-Ezra 5.1-2), those who spoke in that day the foundation of the house of the Lord of hosts was laid, to the end that the Temple might be built.
10) For before those days there was no wage for man or any wage for animal (no produce from the field to pay any one with-Hag 1.6-10; 2.16); and for him who went out or came in there was no peace because of his enemies (Ezra 4.1), and I set all men against one another (internal strife also).
11) But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days (now that the Temple is built),’ declares the Lord of hosts.
12) For there will be peace for the seed: the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce, and the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things.
13) And it will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations (the nations would wish that their enemies be as bad off as Israel was), O house of Judah and house of Israel (another verse showing they were not “lost”), so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.’
14) For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Just as I purposed to do harm to you when your fathers provoked me to wrath,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and I have not relented,
15) so I have again purposed in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear!
16) These are things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates (courts).
17) Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,’ declares the Lord.”
18) Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me saying,
19) “Thus says the Lord of hosts (now he answers Zech 7.3), ‘The fast of the fourth (month called Tammuz; on the 17th the walls of Jerusalem were breached), the fast of the fifth (month of Av; on the 9th the Temple was destroyed), the fast of the seventh (month of Tishri; on the third the Governor Gedaliah was assassinated which led to the third deportation to Babylon), and the fast of the tenth (month of Tevet; on the tenth Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Israel added these self-appointed times of mourning to the religious calendar. The natural man is always looking for ways to ingratiate himself before God. In the future, when man is in a right relationship with God, these will be times of feasting. All of these fasts are still observed by many Jewish and Messianic people today) will become joy, gladness and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah; so love truth and peace.’
20) Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘It will be yet that peoples (Gentiles dissatisfied with pagan worship) will come, even the inhabitants of many cities
21) and the inhabitants of one will go to another saying, “Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts I will also go (Isa 2.2-4; Mic 4.1-4).”
21) So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord.”
22) Thus says the Lord of hosts, “In those days (Hebrew “B’yamim” and an idiom meaning “when the Messiah comes”) ten men from the nations (Gentiles) of every language will grasp the garment (Hebrew “kanaf” meaning “corner” where the tzitzit, or fringes, hang-Num 15.37; Mal 4.2. The tzitzit symbolized the commandments. This is an idiom meaning “embrace the doctrines” found in the Torah and is another example that the Torah has not been done away with and when the Messiah returns, it will be the rule for the Kingdom for everyone as it applies) of a Jew saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

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