159 The Prophecy of Zechariah
More than any of the other too-often-neglected twelve “Minor Prophets,” Zechariah details the important events surrounding the first and second comings of Israel’s Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Writing at the time of the exiles’ return from Babylon to the Promised Land, Zechariah encouraged those who returned to continue the holy work of rebuilding the temple previously demolished by the Babylonians fifty years before. He did this by placing their work in the context of God’s great program for Israel and the coming and rule of Messiah on earth, thereby giving us all a proper perspective and understanding of what God intends for Israel’s future. Zechariah is indispensible for a full appreciation of these future events.