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Zechariah Commentary: CHapters 12,13,14

Zechariah Commentary: Chapters 12-14 

Zechariah Commentary: Zechariah was a priest and prophet to the Jews during the rebuilding and reestablishing of Jerusalem after Babylonian exile. He was the son of a prophet, which means he belonged to Aaron’s family. The Lord assigned Zechariah to encourage His people to continue rebuilding the second temple (the first temple was burned down by Nebuzaradan, Captain of the Guard, who served under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon).

The theme of Chapters 12 through 14 deals with Israel in the latter years, signifying the return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom on Earth.

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Background InformationThe book of Revelation was written by Apostle John, who authored the Gospel of John, and John I, II, and III.  He was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ and known as the disciple whom Jesus loved.  During the time of the Apostles’ ministry, the early Christians were gravely persecuted by the Roman government.  As the last surviving Apostle, John strove to abolish paganism and fortify the faith of the seven churches in Asia Minor (modern day Anatolia, Turkey):  Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicean.  Toward the end of his ministry, Roman Emperor Domitian (81AD – 96AD), successor of Nero, came to power.  Domitian was the splitting image of Nero in his extreme, diabolical persecution of the Christians.  In 95AD John was summoned to Rome and was found guilty of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Domitian viewed John as a rebel of Roman ordinance, and ordered him to be thrust into boiling water.  Miraculously, John walked away unscathed because of the Lord’s protection.  When Domitian saw that John had suffered not one burn, he ordered him to be exiled to a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, called the Isle of Patmos.  To the Romans, the Isle of Patmos was a place of banishment for criminals; but for Christians this small island represents a banner of faith and hope, inasmuch as it is the place where the Apostle John received and wrote the Apocalypse, called The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Paraphrasing of Revelation”