330: Zechariah 2:10-13


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 330

The Messiah will come and dwell in the midst of His people during the Millennial kingdom.

Old Testament Prediction:

Zechariah 2:10-13 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD. “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

Revelation 21:24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.

Application:

Prophecy 330 begins the 30 prophecies of Zechariah. The first verse of the Book of Zechariah states:

Zechariah 1:1 In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying…

This prophet is identified as: Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo…

Zechariah means: “The LORD Remembers.”[1]
Berekiah means: “The LORD Blesses.”[2]
Iddo Means: “In Time.”[3]

When we put these three names together, we understand the meaning of the Book of Zechariah: “The LORD remembers, and the LORD will bless, at the set time.”

Israel has been in captivity at Babylon for the past seventy years. At the end of their captivity and desolations, the Lord remembers His promise made by the prophecy of Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 29:10 For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.

Prophecies 324, 325, 326, by Haggai, are contemporaneous with the prophecies of Zechariah. According to Haggai 1:1, the eighth month of Darius’s second year was October-November, 520 B.C. Haggai began his ministry in the second year of Darius’ reign, August 29, 520 B.C.

Cyrus gave the command for the Jews to return to Jerusalem and begin the construction of the temple in 536 B.C. The command of a Persian king was considered the same as a command from God; therefore, it could not be undone, even by the king who spoke it. Amazingly, because God had not finished the “Desolations of Israel” that began in 589 B.C., these Desolations of 70 years could not end until 520 B.C. This was the date that Cyrus’ command to rebuild the temple 17 years before, was finally carried out. See the chart timeline in Prophecy 309.

On the 9th month (December) of the 2nd year of Darius, the King of Persia (Haggai 2:18-19), The Temple Foundation was Laid. Because of the encouragement of Haggai and Zechariah, the second temple is rebuilt in just three years. According to Ezekiel’s prophecy, 2,520 years later, Jerusalem becomes the capital of Israel.
History records that the captivity and the servitude of Israel—both ended in the spring of 536 B.C.[4]

Calculating from 536.4 B.C., we can discover the exact day that Israel’s “Captivity” from God will end; and 2,520 years later, He will allow Israel to become a nation again.

-536.4 B.C.
+2,483.8 years by our 365.25 day calendar
+1 year added because there is no “0” from −1 B.C to +1 A.D., we come to the date: 1948.4

We know from history that Israel became a nation once again on May 15, 1948.

Using the same formula, when we take the date that the second temple was completed, 517 B.C., adding 2,520 years (by the Babylonian calendar of 360 days/year), converting this to our 365.25 days per year:

-517.2 B.C. – The day the temple was rededicated in Jerusalem.
+2,483.8 years by our calendar of 365.25 days
+1 year added because there is no “0” from −1 B.C. to +1 A.D.
This brings us to the astonishing date of:
1967.6 – The day Jerusalem became the capital of Israel.

The subject of this 330th Old Testament Prophecy describes the building of the Millennial Temple by Jesus which will commence at the beginning of His reign of one thousand years. This will occur shortly after the conclusion of the seven-year Tribulation, when Jesus returns to earth with His church.

Prophecy 303: The Messiah will return to earth from heaven with His church.
In this 330th Prophecy of Zechariah: “…Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people….”

Isaiah prophesied a similar event to that of Zechariah:

Prophecy 274: The Messiah shall call the Gentile nations to salvation also.
Isaiah 55:5 Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, And nations who do not know you shall run to you, Because of the LORD your God, And the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Acts 11:1,18 Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

Matthew 22:41-46 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: 44 “The LORD said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool’ ”? 45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word.

Matthew 8:5-13 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 21:43-45 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them.

Other prophecies that also speak of the Messiah’s Kingdom being a kingdom of many nations: “Many nations shall be joined to the Lord…”

Prophecy 319: The Messiah shall gather all the nations and the remnant of Israel when He comes to earth to establish His kingdom.
Prophecy 320: In the “latter days,” the Messiah’s kingdom will be established on the earth above all other kingdoms, and all the nations will come to hear Him and walk in His ways. All people will dwell together in peace and safety—the implements of war turned into instruments of industry. Every sickness and disease will be healed, and all the outcasts of Israel will be united as one people.
We discover, by Zechariah’s prophecies that speak in such stunning detail, that God has chosen this method to speak to us. He alone is the King of the universe, and His reign is supreme over all the other creatures that dwell on earth and in heaven. God demonstrates to us that He is God, and He knows all things and has all power, by speaking of events before they occur and then fulfilling them exactly as He spoke. The Bible is the record of these predictive prophecies and their fulfillments and is provided for us as conclusive evidence for the existence of God and the surety of His word.


[1] Zechariah: Strong’s Hebrew word # 2148.
[2] Berekiah: Strong’s Hebrew word #1296.
[3] Iddo: Strong’s Hebrew word # 5714
[4] 1. 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Ezra 5:13.
2.Briant, P., From Cyrus to Alexander: a History of the Persian Empire, (Trans. version), Indiana (2002), p.46.
3.From Old Revelation to New: A Tradition-Historical and Redaction-Critical … – Simon John De Vries – Google Books.
4. The Works of Flavius Josephus ,Translated by William Whiston [1] HOW CYRUS, KING OF THE PERSIANS, DELIVERED THE JEWS OUT OF BABYLON AND SUFFERED THEM TO RETURN TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY AND TO BUILD THEIR TEMPLE, FOR WHICH WORK HE GAVE THEM MONEY. 1. In the first year of the reign of Cyrus (1) which was the seventieth from the day that our people were removed out of their own land into Babylon, God commiserated the captivity and calamity of these poor people, according as he had foretold to them by Jeremiah the prophet, before the destruction of the city, that after they had served Nebuchadnezzar and his posterity, and after they had undergone that servitude seventy years, he would restore them again to the land of their fathers, and they should build their temple, and enjoy their ancient prosperity. And these things God did afford them; for he stirred up the mind of Cyrus, and made him write this throughout all Asia: “Thus saith Cyrus the king: Since God Almighty hath appointed me to be king of the habitable earth, I believe that he is that God which the nation of the Israelites worship; for indeed he foretold my name by the prophets, and that I should build him a house at Jerusalem, in the country of Judea.” 2. This was known to Cyrus by his reading the book which Isaiah left behind him of his prophecies; for this prophet said that God had spoken thus to him in a secret vision: “My will is, that Cyrus, whom I have appointed to be king over many and great nations, send back my people to their own land, and build my temple.” This was foretold by Isaiah one hundred and forty years before the temple was demolished. Accordingly, when Cyrus read this, and admired the Divine power, an earnest desire and ambition seized upon him to fulfill what was so written; so he called for the most eminent Jews that were in Babylon, and said to them, that he gave them leave to go back to their own country, and to rebuild their city Jerusalem, (2) and the temple of God, for that he would be their assistant, and that he would write to the rulers and governors that were in the neighborhood of their country of Judea, that they should contribute to them gold and silver for the building of the temple, and besides that, beasts for their sacrifices. 3. When Cyrus had said this to the Israelites, the rulers of the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, with the Levites and priests, went in haste to Jerusalem; yet did many of them stay at Babylon, as not willing to leave their possessions; and when they were come thither, all the king’s friends assisted them, and brought in, for the building of the temple, some gold, and some silver, and some a great many cattle and horses. So they performed their vows to God, and offered the sacrifices that had been accustomed of old time; I mean this upon the rebuilding of their city, and the revival of the ancient practices relating to their worship. Cyrus also sent back to them the vessels of God which king Nebuchadnezzar had pillaged out of the temple, and had carried to Babylon. So he committed these things to Mithridates, the treasurer, to be sent away, with an order to give them to Sanabassar, that he might keep them till the temple was built; and when it was finished, he might deliver them to the priests and rulers of the multitude, in order to their being restored to the temple. Cyrus also sent an epistle to the governors that were in Syria, the contents whereof here follow: “KING CYRUS TO SISINNES AND SATHRABUZANES SENDETH GREETING. “I have given leave to as many of the Jews that dwell in my country as please to return to their own country, and to rebuild their city, and to build the temple of God at Jerusalem on the same place where it was before. I have also sent my treasurer Mithridates, and Zorobabel, the governor of the Jews, that they may lay the foundations of the temple, and may build it sixty cubits high, and of the same latitude, making three edifices of polished stones, and one of the wood of the country, and the same order extends to the altar whereon they offer sacrifices to God. I require also that the expenses for these things may be given out of my revenues. Moreover, I have also sent the vessels which king Nebuchadnezzar pillaged out of the temple, and have given them to Mithridates the treasurer, and to Zorobabel the governor of the Jews, that they may have them carried to Jerusalem, and may restore them to the temple of God. Now their number is as follows: Fifty chargers of gold, and five hundred of silver; forty Thericlean cups of gold, and five hundred of silver; fifty basons of gold, and five hundred of silver; thirty vessels for pouring [the drink-offerings], and three hundred of silver; thirty vials of gold, and two thousand four hundred of silver; with a thousand other large vessels. (3) I permit them to have the same honor which they were used to have from their forefathers, as also for their small cattle, and for wine and oil, two hundred and five thousand and five hundred drachme; and for wheat flour, twenty thousand and five hundred artabae; and I give order that these expenses shall be given them out of the tributes due from Samaria. The priests shall also offer these sacrifices according to the laws of Moses in Jerusalem; and when they offer them, they shall pray to God for the preservation of the king and of his family, that the kingdom of Persia may continue. But my will is, that those who disobey these injunctions, and make them void, shall be hung upon a cross, and their substance brought into the king’s treasury.” And such was the import of this epistle. Now the number of those that came out of captivity to Jerusalem, were forty-two thousand four hundred and sixty-two.”. From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_the_Great_in_the_Bible

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