Zechariah

Book Outline & Menu of Notes
Key & Guide to Notes
I. Symbolic Visions
Israel's Messianic Hope: Sure (ch. 1-6)
  1. Introduction and Message of Warning, 1:1-6
  2. Ten Visions, 1:7 - 6:15 -
    1. A Rider among the Myrtle Trees, and Horses behind Him (1:7-17)
      • The gentile world is at ease while Israel is downtrodden.
    2. Four Horns (1:18-19)
      • The four successive gentile empires.
    3. Four Smiths (1:20-21)
      • Four successive powers break down the gentile empires.
    4. Man with Measuring Line (2:1-13)
      • The restoration of Jerusalem is certain.
    5. Joshua and Satan (3:1-7)
      • God's irrefutable purpose: to save and to cleanse His people.
    6. The LORD's Servant, the Branch (3:8-10)
      • God's sole means: for cleansing and restoring His people.
    7. Lampstand and Two Olive Trees (4:1-14)
      • God's Spirit illumines His sure Word via true witnesses.
    8. Flying Roll (5:1-4)
      • God's Word condemns sinners without exception.
    9. Woman in the Ephah (5:5-11)
      • Taking exception to God's Word, Wickedness, though long restrained, will have its reign.
    10. Four Chariots & the Crowned Priest (6:1-15)
      • Taking vengeance on His enemies, God's wrath will be satisfied, and His King will be crowned.
II. Historic Traditions
Israel's Religion: Misdirected (ch. 7,8)
  1. Question Concerning a Religious Ritual: Fasting (7:1-3)
  2. Answer in four messages, which are each introduced by: "the Word of the LORD came" (7:4- 8:23)
    1. Israel's ritual: empty, through disregard of God's Word (7:4-7)
    2. Israel's ruin: cut off, through disregard of God's Word (7:8-14)
    3. Israel's restoration (historic and future): sure, in fulfillment of God's Word (8:1-17)
    4. Israel's rejoicing (future): overflowing, through love of the Truth (the One revealed in His Word) (8:18-23)
III. Prophetic Burdens (ch. 9-14)
  1. The Burden of the Shepherd for His wayward flock
    Israel's Messiah: Redeeming, Rejected (ch. 9-11)
    1. The flock of God delivered (ch. 9)...
      • from Alexander the Great (9:1-8)
      • by Israel's meek & lowly King (9:9-11)
      • from the Antichrist (9:12 - 10:1)
    2. The flock of God refreshed & strengthened (ch. 10)...
      • emaciated by vain shepherds (10:2,3)
      • visited by the true Shepherd (10:4-12)
    3. The flock of slaughter suffering (ch. 11)...
      • judgment upon vain shepherds (11:1-6)
      • rejection of the true Shepherd (11:7-14)
      • tribulation under the idol shepherd (antichrist) (11:15-17)
  2. The Burden for Israel when they turn to their Shepherd
    Israel's Messiah: Received, Reigning (ch. 12-14)
    1. Jerusalem's Defence (ch. 12:1-9)
      • The nations trembling
      • The LORD defending
      • His people standing in His strength
    2. Israel's Cleansing (12:10-14 - 13:1-9)
      • through Holy Spirit enabled recognition of a pierced Son, an opened fountain
      • from idolatry & false prophecy
      • by their Shepherd's wounds
      • through refining flames
    3. Jerusalem's Deliverance (ch. 14)
      • The LORD returns...
      • ...fights...
      • ...refreshes...
      • ...reigns...
      • ...receives true worship


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