Zechariah: Joshua’s Crown and the Messiah

This crown, made of silver and gold molded together by the prophet, might have been double-tiered.  According to commentator Homer Hailey, this would signify that the one wearing the crown held two offices, that of high priest AND king.  No high priest had been king before in Israel.  Zechariah’s crowning of the high priest Joshua was thus a symbolic prophecy.  This is made even clearer by what the Lord directed Zechariah to say to Joshua (whose name in Hebrew – yhosua – means “Jehovah saves” and is transliterated in Greek to iesous…Jesus).… Read More Zechariah: Joshua’s Crown and the Messiah

Zechariah: The Four Chariots of God’s Wrath (The Eighth Vision)

Remember, these horses which pulled these chariots were going “to the four winds of heaven” (6:5).  We’ve seen that angels are associated with “winds” or “spirits” and are involved in the divine punishment of nations.  Thus, the horses’ impatience to “patrol the earth” could signify the impatience of angels to deliver God’s punishment upon counties and cultures throughout the earth who rebel against Him.  In this case, they were given permission by the angel who had been speaking to Zechariah.  Would this indicate that the angel talking with him in all these visions was Michael, the archangel (archangelos, chief angel)?  Possibly.  Whoever this angel was, he then “cried” (zāʿaq in Hebrew, meaning “announced”) to Zechariah, “Behold, those who go toward the north country have set my Spirit at rest in the north country” (6:8).  Apparently, the punishment given to Persia – and the remnants of Babylon and Assyria still existing within the Persian Empire – for their wickedness had satisfied the wrath of God (cf. Ezek. 5:13; 16:42; 24:13). … Read More Zechariah: The Four Chariots of God’s Wrath (The Eighth Vision)

Why Did…Does…Jesus Offend People?

This week I’ve written and thought about how Jesus was both a very loving and very direct person.  Was His directness that offended many and prompted the hatred and opposition He and His followers experienced…and still experience today? I would answer in the affirmative…but only so far. There was a deeper reason, and that reason remains foundational to the opposition pure, unadulterated Christianity faces throughout the world today.
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Jesus Was Very Loving

I cannot fathom the amount of love the Son of God must have for you and me to the point that He would leave Heaven — equality with God — to live a life as a frail man surrounded by frail and sinful man and subject Himself to a lifetime of temptations to sin.  But He did…and He did it so that you and I could “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).… Read More Jesus Was Very Loving