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03 March 29, 2015, Zechariah 8 & 9, The Promised Messiah


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03 March 29, 2015, Zechariah 8 & 9, The Promised Messiah

  1. 1. Zechariah 8:1-8, 9:9-12 The Promised Messiah March 29, 2015 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA What’s the number one thing? The Glory of God! 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. March Memory Verse: Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Maundy Thursday will be Thursday, April 2, 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel led by Tom Washburn. Resurrection Sunday, April 5. What a day to celebrate our risen Lord and the sacrifice He made for each of us!
  2. 2. Multi-Generation Luncheon for Median and Young Adults. Sunday, April 12th immediately after 10:30 Worship. Tickets: Adults -- $7.00 Students -- $5.50 Family Max -- $25.00 Tickets MUST be paid for in advance. Tickets may be purchased today at the 4th Floor East Welcome Desk & at the 2nd floor kiosk on April 5. Tickets may also be purchased online or by calling 601-949-1941. Friday, April 17, 2015 | 6:30 pm | Fellowship Hall East • Dr. Jason Lisle: Creation vs Evolution vs ID, Apologetics, Cosmology, The Big Bang, Astro Physics, Astronomy • Mark Cahill: Apologetic Evangelism, Do Something, Biblical Truth • Jay Watts: Life Training Institute, The Case for Life, Biblical Worldviews Saturday: April 18, 2015 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm | Fellowship Hall East • Jay Watts: “Back to the Cross, Apologetics in Service to the Gospel” • Mark Cahill: Apologetic Evangelism Training (2hrs) (Breakout Session) • Dr. Jason Lisle: How the Heavens Declare God’s Glory (Breakout Session) • Jay Watts: “The Case for Life” (Breakout Session) Saturday Lunch | 12:15 pm | Cost $10 (Purchase by April 12) • Dr. Jason Lisle: “Ultimate Proof of Creation” • Mark Cahill: “No Excuses” Sunday, April 19, 2015 • 9:00 & 10:30 am Sunday School Sunday • School Option: Fellowship Hall East: Dr. Jason Lisle: “Why Genesis Matters” • 9:00 & 10:30 am Worship Services – Sanctuary • Apologetic Message – Mark Cahill: “One Heartbeat Away”
  3. 3. Sunday, April 19, 2015 Evening Service – Sanctuary • 5:00 pm Dr. Jason Lisle: “Discerning Truth: Exposing Errors in Evolutionary Arguments” • 6:15 pm Mark Cahill: “One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven” Secret Church Simulcast Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:00 - 11:59 PM Contact: Hal Warren Taught by Dr. David Platt, President of the I.M.B. Books may be purchased for $10 in the Missions office starting April 12. We will be meeting in the CLC Auditorium, on the third floor of the Christian Life Center for Secret Church Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:00 - 11:59 PM. Snacks will be included We have three challenges that the Education Department has placed before us in 2015:
  4. 4. 1.) Memorize the monthly memory verses and know each month we are hiding God’s Word in our heart. January verse: Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. February verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. 2.) Share your faith with one person each month and build a relationship with them, so they will become a believer in 2015 as God uses you to plant seeds with that person.
  5. 5. 3). Ask two Sunday School class members to share how they have seen God at work during the week. Assignment for next week: Luke 24:1-12 The Declaration Joel 3:1-2 NKJV God Judges the Nations 1 “For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. Joel 3:1-2 NKJV Israel is the only nation in history that has a deed to the land from God.
  6. 6. The four prophets with longer works (major prophets) are: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The twelve prophets with shorter (minor) works are the last twelve books of our Old Testament: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
  7. 7. Of the hundreds of prophets in ancient Israel in Old Testament times, only 16 were chosen to speak oracles that would be collected and written down into books. These 16 writing prophets may be divided into four groups: 1) Prophets of the northern kingdom - Israel – Jonah, Amos, and Hosea 2) Prophets of the southern kingdom - Judah – Obadiah, Joel, Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, and Habakkuk 3) Exilic Prophets – Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel 4) Post-exilic Prophets – Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi
  8. 8. The prophets of the Old Covenant do indeed have a message for us today.
  9. 9. Zechariah 2:8 NKJV 8 For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. Zechariah 8:1-9 NKJV Zechariah 8:1-9 NKJV Jerusalem, Holy City of the Future 1 Again the word of the Lord of hosts came, saying, 2 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; With great fervor I am zealous for her.’ 3 “Thus says the Lord: ‘I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain.’ 4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Old men and old women shall again sit In the streets of Jerusalem, Each one with his staff in his hand Because of great age. 5 The streets of the city Shall be full of boys and girls Playing in its streets.’
  10. 10. 6 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, Will it also be marvelous in My eyes?’ Says the Lord of hosts. 7 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Behold, I will save My people from the land of the east And from the land of the west; 8 I will bring them back, (began in 1948) And they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem (began in 1967). They shall be My people And I will be their God, In truth and righteousness.’ 9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Let your hands be strong, You who have been hearing in these days These words by the mouth of the prophets, Who spoke in the day the foundation was laid For the house of the Lord of hosts, That the temple might be built. Zechariah 8:1-9 NKJV The Third Temple, or Ezekiel's Temple, is a Jewish Holy Temple architecturally described and prophesied in the Book of Ezekiel, a house of prayer for all people with a sacrificial service.
  11. 11. It is noted by Ezekiel as an eternal edifice and permanent dwelling place of the God of Israel on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. • The architecture of the temple is described in detail in Ezekiel Chapters 40 to 42. Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu completed a B.S. degree in architecture in 1975 at MIT. The leaders of the new coalition government in Israel will become known as the Temple Builders. Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu born 21 October 1949 Born in Tel Aviv to secular Jewish parents, Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister born in Israel after the establishment of the state. He has been wounded in combat twice. Between 1956 and 1958, and again from 1963 to 1967, his family lived in the United States in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended and graduated from Cheltenham High School and was active in a debate club. To this day, he speaks fluent English, with a noticeable Philadelphia accent. After he completed a B.S. degree in architecture in 1975, he also earned an M.S. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1977. Concurrently, he studied political science at Harvard University. See article: The Third Temple: When Will It Be Built? Building a Stage for Antichrist By Ken Raggio
  12. 12. Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974, once joked that "In Israel, there are 3 million prime ministers". Netanyahu (1996–1999) Barak (1999–2001) Olmert (2006–2009) Netanyahu (2009–present) Warren Wiersbe Zech. 8:1-23 Promises concerning Israel God's people don't live on explanations; we live on promises. Faith and hope are nourished by the promises of God given to us in the Scriptures. That explains why Zechariah dropped the discussion of the traditions in chapter 7 and delivered a new message from the Lord here in chapter 8. In this message, he focused the people's eyes of faith on the future and shared some to encourage them. Note the repetition of the phrase, "Thus says the Lord," which is used ten times just in this chapter alone.
  13. 13. The city of Jerusalem will be rebuilt (vv. 1-6). God affirmed His jealous love and concern for Zion, just as He had done earlier (1:14). Zechariah 8:1-3 NKJV Jerusalem, Holy City of the Future 1 Again the word of the Lord of hosts came, saying, 2 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; With great fervor I am zealous for her.’ 3 “Thus says the Lord: ‘I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain.’ Zechariah 8:1-3 NKJV He promises that Jerusalem will be rebuilt and become a wholly different city, dedicated to truth and holiness. • This promise will be fulfilled when Jesus Christ returns to earth to establish His kingdom (Isa. 1:26; 2:3; 60:14; 62:12). But the compassionate Lord centers on people and not buildings, particularly the elderly and the children.
  14. 14. Zechariah 8:4-5 NKJV 4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Old men and old women shall again sit In the streets of Jerusalem, Each one with his staff in his hand Because of great age. 5 The streets of the city Shall be full of boys and girls Playing in its streets.’ Zechariah 8:4-5 NKJV He describes a city so safe and friendly that the elderly can leisurely sit in the streets and talk, and where the children can play in the streets and not be in danger. In today's man-made cities, the elderly and the children aren't safe in the streets or anywhere else! most-dangerous-city-in-US.jpg The children are killed before they have a chance to be born, and when the elderly are no longer "useful," we find legal ways to end their lives. But all of that will change when Jesus returns and righteousness reigns. Zechariah 8:6-7 NKJV 6 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, Will it also be marvelous in My eyes?’ Says the Lord of hosts. 7 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Behold, I will save My people from the land of the east And from the land of the west; Zechariah 8:6-7 NKJV
  15. 15. The people of Israel will be regathered (Zech. 8:7). True to His covenant, God disciplined His disobedient people and dispersed them throughout the world (Deut. 28:63); but one day, He will regather them to their land and to their holy city (Isa. 11:11-12; 43:5-7; Jer. 30:7-11; 31:7-8). While groups of Jewish patriots have returned from time to time to their land, the kind of worldwide regathering described by the prophets has never yet occurred, until this year. Netanyahu Calls For Jews To Return To Israel In Wake Of Copenhagen Attack (Liberty News article) 12:44 pm February 16, 2015 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Jews to return home to Israel after a Jewish man was killed at Copenhagen’s main synagogue. In a statement to the Jewish community, Netanyahu said “To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms.” “Israel is your home. We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe,” Netanyahu said in a statement, repeating a similar call after attacks by jihadists in Paris last month when four Jews were among the dead. “Extremist Islamic terrorism has struck Europe again … Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews,” Netanyahu said in the statement. The Israeli prime minister said his government was to adopt a $45 million (39.5 million euro) plan “to encourage the absorption of immigrants from France, Belgium and Ukraine”. Zechariah 8:8 NKJV 8 I will bring them back, (1948) And they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem (1967). They shall be My people And I will be their God, In truth and righteousness.’ Zechariah 8:8 NKJV
  16. 16. The relationship between Israel and Jehovah will be restored (Zech. 8:8). The promise “They will be My people" reminds us that God claimed the people of Israel as His own. When God delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage, He said to them, "Obey My voice, and do according to all that I command you; so shall you be My people, and I will be your God" (Jer. 11:4, NKJV; see Ex. 19:3-5). For a time, God abandoned His people because they abandoned Him, and He called them "Lo-ammi; for you are not My people, and I will not be your God" (Hosea 1:9, NKJV). The nation of Israel was punished for her idolatry and for disobeying the Shemitah by being sent into Babylonian captivity for 70 years. • Then she was punished for rejecting her Messiah by being sent into worldwide dispersion. Now we see God summoning His sons and daughters from afar and the streets of a restored Jerusalem will be crowded with His people. "At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes" (Zephaniah 3:20). Zechariah 8:9 NKJV 9 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Let your hands be strong, You who have been hearing in these days These words by the mouth of the prophets, Who spoke in the day the foundation was laid For the house of the Lord of hosts, That the temple might be built. Zechariah 8:9 NKJV
  17. 17. The land of Israel will be refreshed (8:9-13). Haggai had rebuked the Jewish remnant because the people weren't faithful to the Lord in their stewardship (Hag. 1). Instead of honoring the Lord and building His house, they built their own houses first, and for this sin, God disciplined them. • The weather turned bad, their crops failed, and the economy became worse and worse. God wasn't being unkind to His people; He was only being true to His covenant (Deut. 28:38-46). But now the land would be refreshed by the Lord and the crops would grow abundantly. Laborers would get their wages and their money would be sufficient to pay their bills. • The Lord would send the promised rain (Deut. 28:11-12) and the other nations would witness the blessing of the Lord on His people. Instead of being a reproach, Israel would become a witness to the glory of the Lord. While this promise of material blessing was given primarily to the remnant in Zechariah's day, it has its application to the future regathered and restored nation.
  18. 18. God promises that "the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the rose" (Isa. 35:1) in the kingdom of Messiah. There are two facts about material blessings that we must always keep in mind. First, we don't obey God just to become wealthy and secure. • We obey God because He is God and deserves our loving obedience and obedience builds character; when our character is what it ought to be, God can trust us with His blessings. Material blessings aren't bribes, nor are they rewards. They're God's way of saying, "You're maturing in godliness, and now I can give you more to use for My glory." Second, God doesn't always respond with material blessings, and poverty is not a sign that God has forsaken His people. • The experience of Job completely destroys this "commercial" idea of faith and obedience. Job's friends had a "commercial" view of faith, so they encouraged Job to confess his sins so God could again make him wealthy. Bargain with God? But Job refused to do that, though he didn't understand what the Lord was working out in his sufferings. If God had told Job ahead of time what was going on, his story would be one of endurance, not one of faith.
  19. 19. God's covenant with Israel declared that He would punish them physically and materially if they disobeyed Him, but bless them if they obeyed Him (Deut. 27- 28; Lev. 26). • However, He has no such covenant with Christian believers today. He promises to meet all our needs (Phil. 4:19) and direct in all our circumstances (Rom. 8:28), but our riches are of a heavenly nature (Eph. 1:3). _part_2_files/droppedImage.jpg If God chooses to make some of His people wealthy, it's that they might use what He gives them to help others (1 Tim. 6:17-19). He blesses us that we might be a blessing. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 NKJV Instructions to the Rich 17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, Who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 NKJV Riches are no proof of God's special love, nor is poverty evidence that He's forsaken us.
  20. 20. Zechariah 9:1-12 NKJV Zechariah 9-11 Messiah, the Shepherd-King In the last half of his book, Zechariah presents two oracles ("burdens") that focus on the first and second advents of the coming Messiah. These six chapters comprise one of the greatest concentrations of messianic truth found anywhere in Scripture, but the truth is always related to God's purposes for His people Israel. Zechariah reveals Messiah as the humble King, the loving Shepherd, the mighty Warrior, the gracious Savior, and the righteous Ruler Who will reign on earth as King and Priest. Theologians agree on the greatness of the Christ Whose character and ministry are so vividly portrayed here. As we study these chapters, may our hearts burn within us (Luke 24:32) and may we love Him more. Zechariah 9:1-8 Messiah's first advent The first coming of God's Son to this earth wasn't Heaven's "Plan B" or a hasty decision by the Father after our first parents sinned. The plan of redemption was settled in eternity, before there ever was a creation.
  21. 21. The coming of the Lamb of God was "foreordained before the foundation of the world" (1 Peter 1:20), for He was "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8). Zechariah 9:1-8 NKJV 1 The burden of the word of the Lord Against the land of Hadrach, And Damascus its resting place (For the eyes of men And all the tribes of Israel Are on the Lord); 2 Also against Hamath, which borders on it, And against Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise. 3 For Tyre built herself a tower, Heaped up silver like the dust, And gold like the mire of the streets. 4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out; He will destroy her power in the sea, And she will be devoured by fire. 5 Ashkelon shall see it and fear; Gaza also shall be very sorrowful; And Ekron, for He dried up her expectation. The king shall perish from Gaza, And Ashkelon shall not be inhabited. 6 “A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod, And I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. 7 I will take away the blood from his mouth, And the abominations from between his teeth. But he who remains, even he shall be for our God, And shall be like a leader in Judah, And Ekron like a Jebusite. 8 I will camp around My house Because of the army, Because of him who passes by and him who returns. No more shall an oppressor pass through them, For now I have seen with My eyes. Zechariah 9:1-8 NKJV
  22. 22. Zechariah 9:1-8 Preparation for the King These verses describe the march of Alexander the Great and his army through the area north and east of Palestine. Alexander defeated the Persians in 333 B.C. at the Battle of Issus (in Turkey) and then turned to conquer the leading cities in Phoenicia. Daniel had predicted Alexander's success; he compared him to a winged leopard (Dan. 7:6) and a fighting he-goat (Dan. 8). • It's been said that prophecy is history pre-written, and both Daniel and Zechariah wrote some of that history. Hadrach was a region to the far north of Palestine, bordered by the Euphrates River, and Damascus was the capital of Syria. Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the planet. Isaiah 17: 1 & 14 NKJV 1 The burden against Damascus. “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap. 14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, he is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us. Isaiah 17: 1 & 14 NKJV
  23. 23. After defeating these nations, the Greek army then marched down the Phoenician coast, taking one city after another, from Tyre and Sidon in the north to Ashkelon and Gaza in the south. Indeed, God "cut off the pride of the Philistines" (Zech. 9:6) and put an end to their idolatrous worship (v. 7). The statement in verse 1 about "the eyes of men being toward the Lord" may mean that Alexander's victorious march caused people to look to God for help, but it could also mean that God's eyes were on the nations and especially on His people Israel. The NIV marginal translation says, "For the eye of the Lord is on all mankind, as well as on the tribes of Israel." Merrill Unger suggests that as the people were watching Alexander, they were actually watching God at work, for "history is His story." • After a two-month siege of Gaza, Alexander took the city and then went to Jerusalem. He was unhappy with the Jews because they had refused to pay him the annual tribute that they usually gave to the Persians.
  24. 24. The high priest in Jerusalem called for the people to fast and pray, and he presented sacrifices to the Lord to seek His special protection. The night before Alexander and his army were to arrive at Jerusalem, the high priest had a dream in which God told him to adorn the city, tell the people to dress in white garments, and open the gates to their visitor. The high priest and the other priests would head the procession dressed in their holy robes. This they did, and Alexander was so impressed that he welcomed them in peace. The high priest told Alexander about Daniel's prophecies concerning him, and Alexander even offered sacrifices to Jehovah in the temple. Thus, the city and the people were spared. But Zechariah had promised that Jerusalem and Judea would be spared. "I will camp around My house because of the army, because of him who passes by and him who returns" (v. 8, NKJV). Alexander had passed by Jerusalem in route to Gaza, but then he turned back to the Holy City. How much of Josephus' account is fact and how much is tradition, we can't tell, but we do know that God kept His promise and protected His people. But why all this concern over the conquests of Alexander the Great? His conquests helped to prepare the world for the coming of Jesus Christ.
  25. 25. By building Greek cities, encouraging his soldiers to marry women from conquered nations, and spreading Greek language and culture; he unified the known world, and when the Romans took over, they found an empire all prepared for them. Greek was the language of literature, and our New Testament is written in the common Greek language of the people of that day. The combination of Greek culture and Roman government, roads, and laws was just what the early church needed for the spread of the Gospel. time.jpg Romans 5:6 NKJV 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Galatians 4:4 NKJV 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, The promise in verse 8 goes far beyond the time of Alexander, for it states that God is always protecting His people and His house. No one can touch them without His permission. In the centuries since Alexander's conquest, the Jewish nation has suffered often because of invaders, and Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70. God always preserves a remnant. But the day will come when Messiah will reign and no invader will be able to threaten God's people let alone attack them.
  26. 26. Zechariah 9:9-12 NKJV The Coming King 9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.’ God Will Save His People 11 “As for you also, Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. 12 Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you. Zechariah 9:9-12 NKJV Zechariah 9:9 NKJV The Coming King 9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. Presentation of the King (v. 9). This prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on what we traditionally call "Palm Sunday," and the event is recorded in all four Gospels (Matt. 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19).
  27. 27. This is the only public demonstration Jesus allowed during His ministry, and He did it to fulfill Scripture. When Zechariah put this prophecy about Jesus right after his prophecy concerning Alexander the Great, he was obviously inviting his readers to contrast the two conquerors. Alexander's arrival brought fear to people, but the Jews were commanded to rejoice and shout because their King (Jesus) had come. Jesus was righteous in all that He did, and His purpose in coming was to bring salvation to those who would trust Him. How different from Alexander!
  28. 28. Alexander rode a mighty steed and proudly led a great army from one victory to another, but Jesus rode a lowly donkey and came in humility. The people who welcomed Jesus were common peasants who laid palm branches and garments before Him on the road. • The great people of Jerusalem didn't welcome Him, but little children sang to Him in the temple. Jesus could have brought judgment (2nd coming), but instead He brought grace and forgiveness (John 3:17). Instead of making a grand oration, Jesus beheld the city and wept over it; instead of slaying His enemies, He went to a cross and died for them! What a wonderful Conqueror! Let's move now to the future and examine His conquests.
  29. 29. Zechariah 9:10-10:12 Messiah's conquests at His second advent The entire age of the church fits between Zechariah 9:9 and 9:10, just as it does between Isaiah 9:6 and 7 and after the comma in Isaiah 61:2. Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV 6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV Isaiah 61:2 NKJV 2a To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (His first coming), [then the entire church age – the time of the Gentiles] 2b And the day of vengeance of our God (His second coming); The prophet is now writing about what will happen when Jesus comes back to earth to defeat His enemies and to establish His kingdom. At His first advent, He rode a humble donkey; but at His second advent, He will ride a white horse and lead the armies of Heaven (Rev. 19:11-21). Zechariah 9:10-13 Messiah will proclaim peace At the beginning of World War I, British author H.G. Wells published a book called The War That Will End War. On November 11, 1918, at the end of the Great War, Prime Minister David Lloyd George said to the British Parliament, "At eleven o'clock this morning came to an end the cruelest and most terrible war that has ever scourged mankind. I hope we may say that thus, this fateful morning, came to an end all wars."
  30. 30. But Wells' title proved wrong and Lloyd George's wish was never fulfilled, for war is still with us. However, when Jesus Christ comes again, He will "speak peace" (v. 10) which means "proclaim peace," for unlike authors and politicians, when Jesus speaks, His words carry authority and things happen (Ps. 33:9). Psalm 33:9 NKJV 9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. His Word will go forth with power and there will be a total disarmament (talk about gun control) around the world. Chariots and war horses will be demobilized, every weapon will be destroyed, and "they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Isa. 2:4; see Micah 4:3). Our Lord's rule will be universal, from sea to sea and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth (see Ps. 72:8). Our Lord's rule will be universal Psalm 72:8 NKJV 8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth. Zechariah 12:1-9 teaches that there will be one last battle before Jesus establishes His kingdom, as the Gentile armies attack Jerusalem. • But the Lord will use Judah as His bow and Ephraim as His arrow and defeat all His enemies (9:13). He will call all His exiled people back from the many nations to which they've been scattered during this age, and they'll return to their "stronghold," which can mean both God their Refuge and the stronghold of Mount Zion.
  31. 31. In their land, ruled over by their Messiah, the Jews will receive double blessing in return for all their suffering. End Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) – Old Testament – The Bible Exposition Commentary – The Prophets. The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23a For the wages of sin is death,  Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.  Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins.  The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
  32. 32. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 6:23b NKJV 23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”  Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept Jesus as our Savior. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” If you have questions or would like to know more, Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-979-1900 or