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Zechariah Chapter Two, The Vision Of The Millennial Temple

In our study of Zechariah chapter two, we will look at his fourth vision in one night. In this vision we see the prophecy concerning the coming of the temple during the millennial reign.

Zechariah 2:1

Then I looked up - and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand!

When we see a measuring line in scripture, we know that God is going to expand something. We see the same thing in Revelation 11 with the measuring of the temple.

Zechariah 2:2

I asked, 'Where are you going?' He answered me, 'To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.'

The angel tells him that he is going to measure the city of Jerusalem. We should note that it is not so that God would know the size but it is for the benefit of the prophet and us.

Zechariah 2:3 & 4

Then the angel who was speaking to me left and another angel came to meet him and said to him: 'Run, tell that young man, "Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and livestock in it."'

When the angel left to measure the city, he was met by Jesus and given a message for Zechariah. The city was going to grow beyond its walls and be filled with men and livestock. It is interesting to note that most of the modern city of Jerusalem is outside the walls of the Old City.

Zechariah 2:5

'And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,' declares the Lord, 'and I will be its glory within.'

There is a time that is coming when God will protect His city and He will be there as well. We are also told of this time in Revelation 21.

Zechariah 2:6 & 7

'Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,' declares the Lord, 'for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven,' declares the Lord. 'Come, O Zion! Escape, you who live in the Daughter of Babylon!'

God was telling His people to get out of Babylon because He was going to judge the Babylonians. This was the first horn as we saw in chapter 1 in his second vision and they were judged by the craftsman (the Media-Persian empire) of his third vision. The Jews have been scattered over the entire earth and still are today.

Zechariah 2:8 & 9

For this is what the Lord Almighty says: 'After he has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you - for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye - I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me.'

God tells the people why He wants them out of Babylon but we also see why God takes care of His own people. He says that when the enemy messes with His people, they are messing with the "apple of his eye". That is a common expression meaning the one that is cherished above all others. God cherished Israel because of Abraham and his faith and he sees us the same way because of Jesus Christ. Defending His people displays His glory and power and causes people to honor Him.

Zechariah 2:10

'Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,' declares the Lord.

There is a time that is coming when this vision will be fulfilled as Jesus comes to reign on this earth for a thousand years. We find this described by the apostle John in Revelation 20. This will indeed be a time of joy and peace!

Zechariah 2:11

'Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.'

This verse tells of the fact that, through Jesus Christ, salvation was coming not only to the Jews but also for the Gentiles. It is interesting to note that, even back here in the Old Testament, God was telling the Jews of the ministry that would be given to the apostle Paul.

Zechariah 2:12

The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem.

There is a lot of talk these days of a "Middle East Peace Plan" but this verse demonstrates the problem with all of those plans. Man does not decide who owns the city of Jerusalem because it always was, is, and will be God's city. Though it may not seem like it today, He will inherit the city and in fact it will be made new.

Zechariah 2:13

'Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.'

God is telling His people that they can rest in Him and let Him do the work. This work of restoring God's people and His city can only be done by God and not by men. The best "Middle East Peace Plan" is for God's people to trust in Him and let Him claim His city.

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