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Chapter 9: 9

9:9 "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

This text focuses on the prophecy of Zechariah concerning the coming kingdom of the Messiah, the eventual triumph of justice and righteousness.

Zechariah was a contemporary of the Prophet Haggai. Both prophesied during the restoration after the return of Israel from captivity. Perhaps more than any other prophet, in so short a space, Zechariah made constant projections about the coming of Christ, the king of Glory.

The coming of the king is the recurring theme of this prophet, distinguishing him from other prophets. Moses helped Israel see God's vision for their liberation from Egypt, but none of Moses' projections went further than the Canaan land. Samuel was one of the greatest prophets, but even his visions were limited to Israel immediate circumstances. Elijah and Elisha spoke of things that would affect the nation as it stood.

Only a handful of prophets were given many visions about the coming of the Messiah in any depth of detail. Daniel, telling of stone carved from a mountain that would destroy evil nations, began to project the coming of the kingdom of God in seventy weeks of seven years. Isaiah made vivid descriptions of the Messiah, especially as he asserted that he was "wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquity." Isaiah made prophecies about the birth of the Messiah. He predicted that He would be called wonderful, counselor and Prince of Peace.

In a very short space, Zechariah predicts the second coming of Christ, His reign, His priesthood, His kingship, His humanity, His Deity, His building of the Temple of the Lord, His coming in lowliness, His bringing of permanent peace, His rejection and betrayal for thirty pieces of silver, His return to Israel as the crucified One, and His being smitten by the sword of the LORD.

Not only does Zechariah predict the second coming of Christ but he even predicts events that will occur in the end-time. In the last chapter alone the prophet tells of the last siege of Jerusalem and the ultimate holiness of Jerusalem and her people.

In short, Zechariah saw a day when a king would come that would usher in a time and era of eternal peace and joy. Many kings came and made great progress toward moving the people toward improved condition's. However, Zechariah's message was still "thy king cometh."

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