THE BOOK OF ZECHARIAH - GOD REMEMBERS THE FUTURE OF ISRAEL
The name Zechariah comes from the Hebrew verb zakar that means “remember”. The last half of his name is a reference to the Lord as Yah.Therefore the meaning of the name of Zechariah is that of the “Lord remembering” and is a fitting one because the entire prophecy is one in which the Lord remembers Israel.
Zechariah is quite a common name in the Old Testament where it is found forty three times and references at least twenty different individuals. The prophecies in this book are covering the time from about 520 B.C. through to the time of the second coming of the Messiah.
This book may be viewed as the Old Testament apocalypse, or the continuation of prophecies of
the prophet Daniel. This book has great importance today because it give insight into God’s mind and His plans for Israel which are still future to us today.
Zechariah was born in Babylon and was both a prophet and a priest.
He was a contemporary of Ezekiel, Daniel, and Haggai. Haggai and Daniel
were much older than Zechariah and had seen the Temple in Jerusalem before
its final destruction in 586 B.C. by the Babylonians (Haggai 2:3). In 539 B.C.
the Persian emperor Cyrus conquered Babylon and ruled with a completely
different attitude towards the Jews and Jerusalem. Cyrus granted the Jews
permission to return to rebuild Jerusalem and their Temple in 536-35 B.C.
In 530 B.C. the son of Cyrus, Cambyses II, succeeded him. Darius I succeeded
Cambyses II in 522 B.C. It was during Darius I’s reign that the Lord gave
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