The LORD will again choose Jerusalem
The desolation of Jerusalem becomes a metaphor for the desolation of “New Jerusalem” by the four horns (Zechariah 1:18-19). These four horns (powers) are the four beasts from Daniel. This prophecy explains how the saints, the four living creatures, the four craftsmen (Zechariah 1:20), shall eventually rule over the nations, when New Jerusalem is restored.
Oh YHVH of hosts – this is an interesting verse. The Angel of YHVH, who is the YHVH of the Armies, and appeared to Joshua, as the “Captain of the Armies” calls the invisible God, the “YHVH of the Armies” (of the Armies of Angels!) This tells us that the invisible God and His image always shared the same name. This began in Genesis 4:1, where Eve called God “He WILL BE.” The invisible God who had no one older to name Him gave us His name when He said, I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE (Exodus 3:14). God simply chooses to identify Himself by the name and reputation of His Image, who is Jesus Christ.
these seventy years – the 70 years of desolation prophesied in Jeremiah 25:11, 29:10; spoken of in Daniel 9:2, 19. By the word “desolation” in Jeremiah 25:11, and Daniel 9:2, we understand that the seventy year period begins when Jerusalem is “desolated,” and that is when the temple was also desolated. The Temple at Jerusalem was destroyed in the summer of 586 BC; and will be rebuilt, and dedicated in the spring of 516 BC, according to Ezra 6:15. In Ezra 5:1, we read that the temple of Jerusalem was rebuilt according to the prophesy of Haggai and Zechariah. This is found in Zechariah 4:9.
The “desolation of Jerusalem” has the symbolic meaning of the desolation of the Holy City, God’s house. Zechariah’s prophecy of the restoration of God’s house becomes a prophecy of the restoration of the New Jerusalem.
And the LORD answered the Angel – of course, we cannot hear the LORD speak, nor can anyone (“You have neither heard His voice,” John 5:37). The Angel of YHVH is the speaker for the invisible God. He is the Word. The Angel of YHVH speaks the message that He heard from YHVH. “No one knows the Father but the Son,” (Matt 11:27).
A surveyor’s line shall be stretched out – see Zech 2:1; this is the idea of the measurement of New Jerusalem, that is given in Revelation 11:1, and Ezekiel 40:3, etc. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will be the measurement that allows the Sanctified Church to be restored.
will again choose Jerusalem – the promise of restoration has meaning into the New Covenant; that the Sanctified Church will again be restored.
the four horns that scattered Judah – this describes the nations who lifted their horns against the saints. The four kingdoms of Daniel: Babylon, Persia, Greece and the extended Roman Empire with Ten horns.
the angel who talked with me – who is the Angel of YHVH, as mentioned in verse 9.
four craftsmen – the ones coming to terrify the horns are the “four living creatures,” the saints who oppose the beast in every time period. The saints are the “craftsmen” who will rebuild the New Jerusalem.
that lifted up their horn…to scatter it – this word “scattered” in Hebrew is “Zarah,” the same word used for Jezreel, who was Hosea’s first son: “EL” “ZARAH” – God scatters. And the meaning is the same here, believers scattered by false teachings, created by the power of the beast.
with a measuring line in his hand – as we shall see, this is the Angel of YHVH who holds the measuring rod, to measure the true temple of God in Ezekiel 40:3, and New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:15.
the Angel who talked with me was going out – As we mentioned under Zechariah 1:9, the Angel “who talked” (haddober) with me should always the Angel of YHVH; just as He is also the one who always speaks to John in the Book of Revelation. This Angel was identified as YHVH, Christ 1 in Ezekiel 44:2,5, and Revelation 22:7. In the Book of Ezekiel, He used the measuring rod, to measure the dimensions of the true Church, by His Gospel.
another angel was coming out to meet him, and said to Him, “run, speak to that young man” – this “other” Angel speaks as the Word, as clearly indicated by the phrase that appears verse 9 and 11: “then you will know that the YHVH of Hosts (the Most High) has sent Me.”
This is confusing. All of the hints tell us that both of these Angels are the Spirit of Christ, but is this really possible, and why would God leave us with such a puzzle? The handing of the measuring rod to John, in Revelation 11:1, may be a bit of a joke as to who was holding the measuring rod in Zechariah. Was Zechariah really identifying the Spirit of Christ as “the Angel who spoke with me?” Is this really the same Angel with the measuring line in Zechariah.
But there is a real message throughout the Book of Zechariah. God is explaining that Angels, or Messengers, are not real beings. Spirits have no real physical form, they are like “horses” who only appear to us as “Angels.” These Spirits can appear in any form, and they can even appear to us in more than one form at same time!
In the Book of Revelation, the Spirit of Christ appears to John in the form of different angels, but is the same Spirit. The first example of this is in Revelation 10:1, where John says: “then I saw another strong Angel.” But in fact, this is really the same Angel he met before, the Spirit of Christ.
In all the examples below, the two “persons” who interact with each other, are both manifestations of the Spirit of Christ:
- the Son of Man coming to the Ancient of Days – in Revelation 5:7, and Daniel 7:13.
- the Word in heaven, and the Angel standing on the land and sea, who speak together in Revelation 10:11.
- the Son of Man standing on the clouds in Revelation 14:14, watching the Rider on the White horse treading the winepress, in Revelation 14:20.
Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls – this is the New Jerusalem, as clearly explained in verses 10-11, “many nations will join themselves to the LORD…then I will dwell in your midst.” The Sanctified Church does not exist in a building. The Church is “a dwelling place of God in the Spirit,” (Ephesians 2:22). The true Church has “no walls.” It is not a building, but a body of believers who have been united by the Spirit of Christ.
men and livestock – or more literally men and “beast,” referring to the Gentiles. For God will make a covenant with “the beasts” – the Gentiles, as we read in Hosea 2:18.
We can also find the description of “men and beasts” in Zechariah 8:9-10, “(before) the foundation of the House of the LORD was laid…there was no wage (reward) for man, and no wage (reward) for beast.” This prophecies the rewards of Christ that will be shared by Jews and Gentiles in the New Jerusalem, described in Revelation 2:7,11,17,28; 22:12, etc. Zechariah 8 is also a prophecy of New Jerusalem, “I will return to Zion and make my Shekinah (dwelling) dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the city of truth.” (Targum Jonathan, Zechariah 8:3).
I will be a wall of fire around her…and the glory in her midst – the Targum defines the Spirit of Christ as the Spirit that defines the boundaries of the true Church. Here, the Targum says, “My Memra will be…a wall of fire round about…and I will make My Shekinah (dwelling) dwell in her midst.” The Spirit of Christ makes the house of God as described in John 14, and Ephesians 2:21-22. The “Shekinah” or dwelling, is the Spirit of God that dwells in the temple.
flee from the land of the North – from the Antichrist, who destroyed the Sanctified Church, see Zech 6:8.
I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven – also translated as “I have scattered you abroad,” with the meaning of Zechariah 1:19, the scattering of the spiritual Judah. This is explained in Hosea 2:22 by the name “Jezreel” (God scatters). This describes the scattering of the saints into many denominations, after they “flee from the land of the North,” from Babylon.
escape from the daughter of Babylon – the great harlot, see also Zech 5:11, the basket in Shinar (Babylon)
he who touches you touches the apple of His eye…they shall become spoil for their servants – the nations are the “four horns that scatter Judah” in Zechariah 1:19. The saints shall now “rule the nations with a rod of iron,” (Revelation 19:15). A similar prophecy is found in Isaiah 14:1-2, “…the house of Israel will possess them …as male and female servants.” The Gentiles will submit to the Gospel of salvation that was preached by the Jews; by Christ and His Apostles.
I will shake My hand against them…then you will know that the YHVH of Hosts (the Most High) has sent Me– these two verses are not describing the submission of the nations to the Jews in a political sense. No such political submission occurred from the time the Jews came out from Babylon. We know that Zechariah is not talking about the earthly Jerusalem. Christ is speaking about His role as “the Rider on the White Horse” who strikes down the Nations, as described in Revelation 19:15, etc.
I will dwell in your midst…and you will know the LORD of Hosts has sent me to you – the “I” in this verse refers to God, as we read in verse 5, and the “me” must either refer to the prophet Zechariah, or to Christ. Here, the Targum reads, “I will make my Shekinah (dwelling) dwell in your midst; and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to prophesy to you.”
many nations shall join to the LORD in that day – to the LORD God, in the last days, as in Isaiah 2:2 etc.
The Lord will…again choose Jerusalem – as first stated in Zechariah 1:17. This promise is given again in Zechariah 8, and Zechariah 14:8; in the last days, “living waters shall flow from Jerusalem.”
- there are two YHVHs – Christ and God ↩