Once you understand Malachi, Daniel and the timelines along with Revelation, all the rest of the prophesies fall into place. It is like having a key – If you don’t have the right one, the door of understanding is not open to you. However, it opens in a great way, when you do understand them.
I do not know how much time I will have to comment on passages in the bible. However, it should give the holy people some spiritual activity to do on their own during the “straightening” period – That is to “discover” the pure language.
Zechariah 3 Takes us into the heavenly realm at a time when Satan is resisting the acceptance of the first of the two witnesses (Revelation 6:9-11) by Jehovah. Jehovah accepts them and forgives their error. It is most likely right after this forgiving, that Satan is “hurled to the earth” that is, his authority is now restricted to the earth. The time period of Jesus presenting the first of the two witnesses for acceptance including their acceptance by Jehovah most likely happens just before Satan is hurled to the earth. And the action of Satan’s authority being restricted to the earth would coincide with the action of the “arms” of the king of the north (of our day) starting to act against Jerusalem. There is no way, that I know of to indicate exactly when Jesus would present the first group to Jehovah for acceptance. But Jehovah forgiving them and accepting them gets Satan very angry. With this in mind, I wouldn’t be surprised if this “presenting” started at the time of the lunar eclipse of 12/21 and may not be complete for a little while. It can also be speculated that the “presenting” could be done in literal hours before the 1,290 day period. Both statements are equally valid – Time will tell. I just have a tendency to go with the first idea because it is a way of telling time for events that could be deemed universal. One can not tell when the 1,290 day period starts (at the earliest) until Jerusalem is put back into a “wrong” condition (because you would subtract 30 days from the “conquering” of Jerusalem) – Similar in principle to what it was before the “6 day war” in June of 1967. The other brothers of the “two witnesses” are left on earth for a cleansing (or straightening) for 3.5 years because their worship is “crooked” and can not be measured. We are also introduced to Jehovah’s servant named “Sprout!” who is talked about more in chapter 6:12-14. Compare Zechariah 5:5-9
Zechariah 3:7 “This is what Jehovah of armies has said, ‘If it is in my ways that you will walk, and if it is my obligation that you will keep, then also it will be you that will judge my house and also keep my courtyards; and I shall certainly give you free access among these who are standing by.’ ”
Zechariah 3:8 ” ‘Hear, please, O Joshua the high priest, you and your companions who are sitting before you, for they are men [serving] as portents; for here I am bringing in my servant Sprout!” – See Zechariah 6:12-14; Isaiah 9:6,7; 32:1,2,16-18; Jeremiah 33:15; Revelation 6:11
Zechariah 3:9; “For, look! the stone that I have put before Joshua! Upon the one stone there are seven eyes..” – compare Revelation 5:6;”.. a lamb.. having seven horns and seven eyes..”
Zechariah 4:11-14 ( ) Notice the two “anointed ones”. This is also translated as “sons of the oil” and “sons of princes” (Ref. footnote). These seem to be part of the “two witnesses” mentioned in Revelation 11:3,4.
Zechariah 5:1-4 ( ) Notice verse 2 a huge “flying scroll” – could denote a “written” record of all of man’s bad activities on earth and they have gone free from punishment. (Malachi 4:5,6)
Zechariah 5:4 Notice “”.. ‘and it must enter into the house of the thief and into the house of the one making a sworn oath in my name falsely; and it must lodge in the midst of his house and exterminate it and its timbers and its stones.’ ” This seems to be referring to two different houses. This would correspond with the “two witnesses” at Revelation 11:2,3. But also notice “and exterminate it” – see Revelation 6:9-11
Zechariah 5:5-9 The description of “the ephah” – to a “measure”. This “ephah” is gradually raised “up between the earth and the heavens” (verse 9)
Zechariah 5:5-9 The description of “a certain woman sitting in the midst of the ephah. So he said: “This is wickedness.” And he proceeded to throw her [back] into the midst of the ephah, after which he threw the lead weight upon its mouth.” Notice “[back]” – This is the best guess of the translator and I can understand why. It actually (to me) is more understood when it is read without the interjected “[back]”. Then it makes it easier to understand that this is actually talking about 2 things: The measurable “ephah” (vs.6) and the “certain woman” (vs.7) called “This is Wickedness”(vs.8) – And then after considering verses 9-11, one can see how this fits in with other prophesy. // The “certain woman” can not be measured – she is crooked. She is the second of the “two witnesses” described in Revelation 11:1-3 that have to endure a period of “sackcloth” because their worship is corrupted. – Compare Isaiah 40:3-5; Ezekiel 43:10,11; Daniel 11:35; Revelation 21:9-21 Also, compare Micah 6:10-13 where the “scrimped ephah measure” is wicked.
Zechariah 5:9-11( ) most likely is described at Revelation 12:13-14 where it pictures the “woman” fleeing into the wilderness. – See also Revelation 6:11; 11:2,3; 12:6,14 and comments
Zechariah 6:12,13 “…”‘This is what Jehovah of armies has said: “Here is the man whose name is Sprout. And from his own place he will sprout, and he will certainly build the temple of Jehovah. And he himself will build the temple of Jehovah , and he, for his part, will carry [the] dignity; and he must sit down and rule on his throne, and he must become a priest upon his throne, and the very counsel of peace will prove to be between both of them.” – See Ezekiel 17:22-24 and Zechariah 3:8 comments
Zechariah 8:11-15 ( ) Verse 13,15 show two groups – need to research – Is “Jerusalem” (vs.15) the “”Israel” in verse 13?
Zechariah 8:20-23 (” …. to soften the face of Jehovah… ten men… will actually take hold of the skirt of a man who is a Jew…” ) most likely primarily happens during the 45 day period
Zechariah 9:12 – See Revelation 6:11
Zechariah 11:7-17 – note also verses 11-14,17. The religious leaders (“shepherds”) “bought” their way out of Jehovah’s covenant for 30 pieces of silver then they impaled his Son.
Zechariah 12:7-9 ( )
Zechariah 13:2-6 “False prophets to “..pass out of the land. And it must occur [that] in case a man should prophesy anymore, his father and his mother, the ones who caused his birth, must also say to him, ‘You will not live, because falsehood is what you have spoken in the name of Jehovah.’ And his father and his mother, the ones who caused his birth, must pierce him through because of his prophesying…the prophets will become ashamed..” See Daniel 11:32-35
Zechariah 13:8,9 “And it must occur in all the land,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “[that] two parts in it are what will be cut off [and] expire; and as for the third [part], it will be left remaining in it. And I shall certainly bring the third [part] through the fire; and I shall actually refine them as in the refining of silver, and examine them as in the examining of gold. It for its part, will call upon my name, and I, for my part, will answer it. I will say, ‘It is my people,’ and it, in its turn, will say, ‘Jehovah is my God.’ ” // The two parts that “expire” are the two groups of the holy ones (see Revelation 6:9-11 comments) and the “third” would be those on the earth out of the nations who would be subjects of the first two parts (Revelation 7:9,10). These parts are further described in 14:2b as two halves and “remaining ones”.
Zechariah 14:1,2 “Look! There is a day coming, belonging to Jehovah, and the spoil of you will certainly be apportioned out in the midst of you. And I shall certainly gather all the nations against Jerusalem for the war; and the city will actually be captured and the houses pillaged, and the women themselves will be raped. And half of the city must go forth into the exile; but as for the remaining ones of the people, they will not be cut off from the city. // This is an example of two parts of God’s holy people. -See Revelation 6:9-11; 11:2-4
Zechariah 14:3-5 “And Jehovah will certainly go forth and war against those nations as in the day of his warring, in the day of fight….And Jehovah my God will certainly come, all the holy ones being with him.” // Notice that in verses 1,2 Jehovah allows Jerusalem to be captured but by verse five, all the holy ones are with him. This is in agreement with Daniel’s timeline where some of the holy people are rejected by Jehovah but by the end of the approximate three and half year time period, Jehovah sees that they have learned to serve him properly and he then accepts them. Keep in mind what Jesus said that it is not he who decides who rules with him but it is his father.
Zechariah 14:6 “And it must occur in that day [that] there will prove to be no precious light – things will be congealed.” // This certainly happens on a spiritual level during the approximate three and a half year period of spiritual famine when Jehovah leaves his people. – See Revelation 11:2-4 and Lamentations 3:42-45
Zechariah 14:7-9 “And it must become one day that is known as belonging to Jehovah. It will not be day, neither will it be night; and it must occur [that] at evening time it will become light. And it must occur in that day [that] living waters will go forth from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. In summer and in winter it will occur. And Jehovah must become king over all the earth. In that day Jehovah will prove to be one, and his name one.” // Here we see the similar resemblance of what Revelation describes as the never ending spiritual light available to all during the 1000 year reign – Revelation 21:22-25; 22:1-5
Zechariah 14:11 “And people will certainly inhabit her; and there will occur no more any banning [to destruction], and Jerusalem must be inhabited in security.” // From the time of Michael standing up, Jehovah’s people are to dwell in security. Daniel 12:1; Revelation 21:2-4
Zechariah 14:12-14 “And this is what will prove to be the scourge with which Jehovah will scourge all the peoples that will actually do military service against Jerusalem: There will be a rotting away of one’s flesh, while one is standing upon one’s feet; and one’s very eyes will rot away in their sockets, and one’s very tongue will rot away in one’s mouth. (vs.13) “And it must occur in that day [that] confusion from Jehovah will become widespread among them; and they will actually grab hold, each one of the hand of his companion, and his hand will actually come up against the hand of his companion. And Judah itself also will be warring at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the nations round about will certainly be gathered, gold and silver and garments in excessive abundance.” // Notice the scourge and confusion that Jehovah uses against those who war against him
Zechariah 14:16-17 “And it must occur [that], as regards everyone who is left remaining out of all the nations that are coming against Jerusalem, they must also go up from year to year to bow down to the King, Jehovah of armies, and to celebrate the festival of the booths. And it must occur that, as regards anyone that does not come up out of the families of the earth to Jerusalem to bow down to the King, Jehovah of armies, even upon them no pouring rain will occur.” // This “no pouring rain” can be both literal and symbolic. Literal could mean literal desert regions where those resisting to serve Jehovah reside. Symbolic in the thought that these people would not receive any (or very little) spiritual blessings from Jehovah – But this is their own decision.
Zechariah 14:21b “And there will no more prove to be a Canaanite in the house of Jehovah of armies in that day.” // The term “Canaanite” is interesting. Some render it as “tradesman” (Ref.) or “merchant” (Rotherham Emphasized Bible) but I am leaning to defining it to be a false worshipper – not to change the word.