Zechariah 1: 1-21

Zechariah was a comrade of Ezra and Nehemiah.  We can place this prophet because we know when he says, “the second year of King Darius’s reign,” that means after the Exile.  We also know that he and Haggai were prophesying at the same time.  Again, that shows us that God wanted the message out there because He used more than one person.  God wants to be known by us. 

Zechariah is the most quoted prophet in the NT because this book has the most references to the Messiah.  That makes sense because in order to muster their strength to rebuild the Temple the Postexilic Israelites would need to know that in the future they will be redeemed.  In a sense, you can work harder through suffering when you know that there is a point to it and the suffering is not the end of the story. 

This book starts with that familiar call to repentance, and the promise that the nations that have oppressed Israel will be punished.  And we can’t skip over the beautiful part that show’s God is in control of all the Earth and speaks kindly of His people. 

Revelation 12: 1-17

Remember, over the top Illustrations is what God uses so we won’t forget stuff.  Chapter 12 does not further the narrative it is just a snapshot of what happens with the 7th trumpet, and the beginning of the second half of Tribulation.  We know all these players because of the language used to describe them.  

Ok, rapid fire meanings, ready?  The women is Israel and she is pregnant with Jesus.  We know this because of her twelve crowns that represent the 12 tribes of Israel and that dragon is waiting to devour the baby.  The dragon is Satan.  We know this because he caused 1/3 of the angels to fall from heaven.  He was ready to devour Jesus but Jesus was called back to heaven.  The women running to the wilderness represents the remnant of Israel still on earth.  The heavenly war is what happens at the sounding of the 7 trumpets.  Satan is cast down to for one last stand.  And I think we can all agree that we understand the players and won’t forget that illustration!  It is to help us understand the enmity between Satan and God.  It also helps us understand how much Satan would like to take down God’s people. 

Psalm 140: 1-13

Proverbs 30: 17

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