Verse 1 – Then I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand.
Verse 2 – So I said, “Where are you going?” and he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.”
Verse 3 – And there was the angel who talked with me, going out; and another angel was coming out to meet him,
Verse 4 – who said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it.
Verse 5 – ‘For I,’ says the LORD, ‘will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ ”
Jerusalem was going to be so full that walls couldn’t be built to contain all the people. There was no need for walls, for the LORD Himself would be her protection.
Verse 6 – “Up, up! Flee from the land of the north,” says the LORD’ “for I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven,” says the LORD.
Verse 7 – “Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.”
Many of the captives had built houses and were prospering and they didn’t want to leave. But Zechariah was telling them to get out before the Lord destroyed them. A vast majority of Israelites rejected this warning and remained in Babylon.
Verse 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.
Israel was, is, and always will be God’s chosen people. Because we as believers have been grafted into this family, we also are precious to Him. Watch how you treat fellow believers, because God is watching very closely.
Verse 9 – “For surely I will shake MY hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me.
This prophecy can only have its fulfillment under Christ.
Verse 10 – “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD.
Verse 11 – “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become MY people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.
Cyrus, Darius, Alexander, Ptolemy, Philadelphus, Augustus, and Tiberius, paid respect to the temple by sending offerings. But all this is but a shadow of the future conversion of the Gentiles which shall result from Jehovah dwelling in Jerusalem.
Verse 12 – “And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem.
Revelation 21:2, 3 – Then I John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Verse 3) And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Verse 13 – “Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!”
Let all wait in silence and awe and reverence, the LORD is coming on behalf of His people.