Zechariah Connects Coming Events
with Astronomical Signs
“I saw by night, and behold
a man riding upon a red horse,
and he stood among the myrtle trees; . . .
Then said I, O my lord, what are these?
And the angel that talked with me said unto me,
I will shew thee what these be.”
|he book of Zechariah, when appropriately connected with the books of Micah, Zephaniah, Haggai, and Malachi, provide a prophetic timeline for the last six active years of this world’s history in the present age, the Years of Returning (Darius), the first six of seven years (mistranslated as seven|
|churches) described in Revelation. This “closing story” spans 10 April 2005 through 4 April 2011. Then follow two special years, the last Sabbatical year in this five-hundred-year cycle, from 5 April 2011 to 23 March 2012, and the final year of release, the grand final Year of Jubilee, from 24 March 2012 to 12 March 2013.
Haggai and Zechariah provide the time framework, with their frequent references to the Years of Returning (Darius) and to other specific astronomical markers: “In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of Yehuveh by Haggai the prophet . . . .” “Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of Yehuveh unto Zechariah . . . .” “I lifted up mine eyes again, and . . . .” “And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there . . . .” Haggai 1:1; Zechariah 1:7; 2:1; 6:1.
The messages of Micah, Zephaniah, and Malachi are then appropriately placed into this frame. Micah starts with verses describing the destruction of Israel and Samaria, which, while indeed there is an ancient application, prophetically describes events to take place in the very near future. This prophecy correlates with the events described in the visions of Haggai and Zechariah and predicted to take place between the final cleansing of Yehuveh’s leadership on 13 September 2007 and the Day of Vengeance following 20 September 2009, as discussed in the notes on Zechariah 7:1-2. [For full explanation of how each of these dates are determined, study Section 5: Time regarding all aspects of Yehuveh’s time information.]
More than any other of these five books, Zechariah associates the stated events with astronomical markers. The horses mentioned in Zechariah 1:7-11, and 6:1-3 are planets which move among the twelve constellations of the Zadok circle. The phrases “lifted I up mine eyes,” “I lifted up mine eyes again,” and the association of the words “standing before the angel of Yehuveh,” with “waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep” in Zechariah 1:18; 2:1; 3:1; and 4:1 indicate events associated with the sky at night, thereby tying these passages to astronomical signs as well. The astronomical events are unique and provide us with identifiable dates for the prophecies of Zechariah, which makes this book invaluable for us at this time.
Originally Written: 30 May 2006
Latest Update: 23 September 2009
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