Prophesies about the coming of the Messiah

Zech 9:1-8   Zechariah prophesies that the LORD will judge the surrounding nations. The cities of Syria - Damascus, Hamath, Tyre and Sidon, and those of Philistia - Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron and Ashdod - will be destroyed.

 

Roman remains at Al Mina, Tyre  (Heretiq)

Roman remains at Al Mina, Tyre  (Heretiq)

 

Zech 9:9-10   The LORD will send a new king:

“Shout for joy, people of Jerusalem! Your king is coming to you... He is gentle and riding on a donkey, on the colt of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9)

Zech 9:11-17   God promises to restore his people: "On that day the LORD their God will save them as if his people were sheep.” (Zechariah 9:16)

Zech 10:1-12   The LORD promises to rescue his people:

“I will call my people and gather them together. I will save them, and they will grow in number… I will bring them back from the land of Egypt and gather them from Assyria.” (Zechariah 10:8 &10)

Zech 11:1-3   The Assyrians – represented by the cedars of Lebanon and the oaks of Bashan – will be destroyed.

 

Cedars of Lenanon (Robert Judge)

Cedars of Lebanon   (Robert Judge)

 

Zech 11:4-17   Zechariah has a picture of two shepherds. The first shepherd (representing the LORD) withdraws his favour and allows the flocks to be slaughtered. Zechariah breaks a stick called 'Pleasant' to represent Judah's breaking of their covenant agreement with God.

In his vision, the people of Judah place little value on the LORD: "Then I said, 'If you want to pay me, pay me'... So they paid me 30 pieces of silver. The LORD said to me, 'Throw the money to the potter.' That is how little they thought I was worth. So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw them to the potter in the Temple of the LORD." (Zechariah 11:12-13)

Zechariah then breaks a second stick called ‘Unity’ - symbolising the split between Israel and Judah.  The second shepherd (symbolising the kings of Israel and Judah) is a worthless shepherd who looks after himself and abandons his flock.

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