Zecheriah: Coming Events and Astronomical Signs

Zechariah 1:12a
Zechariah 1, Page 24

Re-evaluation Translation
1:12  Then the messenger of Yehuveh answered and said, O Yehuveh over everything, how long will You not have compassion on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which You have had indignation these seventy years [from spring 1939 to spring 2009]?

Bible, KJV Translation
1:12  Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?

Yehuveh’s Second Sign in the Heavens: Commentary on Zechariah 1:12-17 (14 November 2008):

Significant Words and Comments:

Yehuveh’s “seventy years of indignation against Jerusalem” have spanned from the spring of 1939 to this present year, but they are about to end. This fourth Year of Returning (Darius) is the year when Israel’s debt of sin and rebellion against Yehuveh is paid in full and Yehuveh cleanses the land and brings His people who have again confirmed their covenant with Him back to their homeland, the land He had anciently given to Abraham and Jacob. Regarding the seventy years of Yehuveh’s indignation against Jerusalem, see Ezekiel’s Years under Historical Calendar.

Historical Events: According to Zechariah 7:1-5, the city of Jerusalem will fall 2 December 2008, less than two years after this vision was given to Zechariah.

Significant Words: 1:12 (14 November 2008): 
Angel [H4397] is discussed in notes on Zechariah 1:9
Yehuveh [H3068] is discussed in notes on Zechariah 1:1
Answered [H6030] is discussed in notes on Zechariah 1:10
Said [H0559] is discussed in notes on Zechariah 1:1
Yehuveh [H3068] of hosts [H6635] is discussed by Zechariah 1:3
How long is from `ad [H5704], properly meaning “as far as, as long as, or as much as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with), and used as a preposition, adverb, or conjunction.” `Ad is used only here in Zechariah.  Forty-seven times the “How long” question is raised in Torah, sometimes by Yehuveh regarding His people, often by the people regarding Yehuveh’s activities, as here. Perhaps the most relevant “How long” question in all of Scripture is posed and answered by the psalmist in Psalms 74:1, 9: “O Elohim, why hast Thou cast us off for ever? why doth Thine anger smoke against the sheep of Thy pasture?” “We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.” Yehuveh intends that His anointed spokesmen see His communications in the heavens and understand the timing of coming events. Zechariah presents us with several of “our signs” from which we can know “how long” until Yehuveh’s judgments are in the land and He can restore His kingdom on earth. See by Revelation 6:10.
Wilt . . . have mercy is from racham [H7355], meaning “to fondle; to love, to have compassion.” Racham is used only twice in Zechariah [1:12; 10:6], but is used another forty-five times in Torah. Compassion and mercy are prominent qualities in Yehuveh’s character: “Yehuveh Elohim, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.” “Gracious is Yehuveh, and righteous; yea, our Elohim is merciful [H7355].” “Thou shalt arise, and have mercy [H7355] upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.” Therefore it is a legitimate question to learn why Yehuveh’s compassion and mercy are withheld from Jerusalem at this time. Psalms 116:5; 102:13.

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:               14 November 2008
Latest Update:                     14 November 2008

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