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ACCURATE BIBLE KNOWLEDGE!
“ZECHARIAH “
“GOD’S TAG TEAM PARTNER WITH HAGGAI”
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The main theme of the prophets – NATIONAL DISASTERS AS THE RESULT OF DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD.

In this case Zechariah says their captivity was due to disobedience by turning a deaf ear toward God. They wouldn’t listen to the prophets.

1. Prophets were chosen of God, to tell the certain future before it happened, with prophecy.

2. They would not predict the future, as this would imply guesswork on the part of the prophet.

3. God simply used these messengers, to tell what WOULD be happening. No guessing needed!

4. The books of the prophets, Isaiah to Malachi, cover about 400 years, 830-430BC approximately, when the Hebrew nation was in decline.

THEIR MISSION AND MESSAGE

1.  To try and save the Hebrew nation from IDOLATRY and wickedness.

2.  Failing this, to announce to the nation, that they will be destroyed.

3.  But not completely destroyed, as a remnant (a few left) will be saved.

4.   Out of this remnant will come a Person who will bring all nations to God.

5.  That person will be a great man who will one day arise out of the family tree of David. The prophets called him THE BRANCH. This family tree of David, once the most powerful family in the world, was cut down in the days of the prophets, and disappeared. But the family would comeback with this man called THE BRANCH - THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Rev 19:16)

Not even understanding the full meaning and importance of their words, the prophets were obedient.

There are three prophets whose mission were to other nations other than Israel (ten Northern tribes) and Judah (two Southern tribes), and these were JONAH to Assyria (Nineveh), OBADIAH to Edom (Esau) and NAHUM to Assyria (Nineveh). 

16 PROPHETS IN FOUR GROUPS

1. NORTHERN KINGDOM CALLED ISRAEL had the ten tribes, and lasted about 210 years, and the prophets during this period were Amos, Hosea.

The destruction and captivity Northern kingdom went from 734-721BC. They were taken to Assyria have simply disappeared from the face of the earth.

2. SOUTHERN KINGDOM CALLED JUDAH had the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and lasted about 320 years, and the prophets during this period were Joel, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Habakkuk, Zephaniah.

The destruction and captivity of the Southern kingdom, went from 606-586BC. Taken to Babylon.

Invading armies didn’t kill and destroy everything at once, but slowly strangled their captive nations, with taxes, slaves and goods. Under their rule, they then left the very poorest in the land to struggle on.

3. RESTORATION OF THE NATION made up of only Judah and Benjamin, NOW CALLED ISRAEL, happened from 536-444BC, and the prophets during this period were Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

4. OTHER NATIONS were ASSYRIA (Nineveh) with the prophets Jonah and Nahum and EDOM (Esau) with the prophet Obadiah

THE 16 PROPHETS ARE GROUPED AS FOLLOWS 

Northern - ISRAEL

Southern - JUDAH

Other Nations

Amos

Before captivity

Ninevah

Hosea

Joel

Jonah

 

Isaiah

Nahum

 

Micah

 

 

Jeremiah

Edom (Esau)

 

Habakkuk

Obadiah

 

Zephaniah

 

 

Before & to Babylon

 

 

Daniel

 

 

Captives in Babylon

 

 

Ezekiel

 

 

Return from Captivity

 

 

Haggai

 

 

Zechariah

 

 

Malachi



“TABLE OF KINGS AND PROPHETS”

KINGS and PROPHETS

Two

Prophets

Year BC

 

Year BC

Fourteen

Prophets

 

 

The Exodus 40 years

1446

 

 

 

Joshua in Canaan 16 years

1406

 

 

 

The Judges 340 years

(450 yrs with gaps Acts 13:20)

1390

 

Samuel 1100-1050 BC

 

 

Saul 40yrs

1050

 

 

David 40yrs

1010

Nathan

 

 

Solomon 40yrs

  970

 

 

930

KINGS NORTHERN

 reign years

KINGS SOUTHERN

reign years

  930

 

 

930-911

1 Jeroboam I       22

1 Rehoboam        17

930-914

 

 

 

2 Nadab                2

2 Abijah               2

 

 

 

 

3 Baasha             24

3 Asa                 40

912-872

 

 

 

4 Elah                   2

 

 

 

 

 

5 Zimri           7 days

 

 

 

 

 

6 Omri                 12

 

 

 

Elijah

875-850

 

 

Elisha

850-800

 

AMOS

780-740

HOSEA

760-720

 

875-854

7 Ahab                     22

4 Jehoshaphat    25

874-850

 

855-854

8 Ahaziah             2

5 Jehoram           8

850-843

 

854-843

9 Joram               12

6 Ahaziah            1

843

 

843-816

10 Jehu               28

 Athaliah          6

843-837

 

820-804

11 Jehoahaz        17

7 Joash              40

843-803

       JOEL            840-830

       

        JONAH           790-770     

                                     ISAIAH         745-695

      

 

                                       MICAH         740-700

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

                                ZEPHANIAH   639-608

       NAHUM          630-610

       JEREMIAH      626-586

                                  HABAKKUK     606-586

       

           

       OBADIAH       586

806-790

12 Joash             16

8 Amaziah          30

803-775

790-749

13 Jeroboam II   41

9 Uzziah             50

787-735

748

14 Zachariah   6 mth

10 Jotham          15

749-734

748

15 Shallum      1 mth

 

 

748-738

16 Menahem        10

 

 

738-736

17 Pekahiah          2

 

   

748-730

18 Pekah             20

11 Ahaz              15

741-726

730-722

19 Hoshea             9

12 Hezekiah        30

726-697

 

      ASSYRIA CAPTIVITY

                   734-722

13 Manasseh       55

697-642

 

 

 

14 Amon               2

641-640

 

 

 

15 Josiah             30

639-608

 

 

 

16 Jehoahaz           1

608

 

 

 

17 Jehoakim        10

608-597

 

 

 

Assyria falls 607 - Rise of Babylon

 

 

 

18 Jehoakin          1

597

 

 

 

19 Zedekiah         10

597-586

 

 

 

            BABYLON CAPTIVITY                 DANIEL     606-534

                     606–586                        EZEKIEL         592-570                                                      

 

 

 

Babylon falls 536 - Rise of Persia

Return from captivity 536

 

 

 

Joshua

536-516

        HAGGAI        520-516

 

 

 

Zerubbabel

536-516

 ZECHARIAH 520-516

 

 

 

                             Temple rebuilt

 

 

 

Ezra

457-430

 

 

 

 

Nehemiah

444-432

  

 

 

 

                                 Wall rebuilt         

                                                          MALACHI      440-400

 

ZECHARIAH 

Israel had returned from captivity in Babylon, building the temple had started but had stopped.

The two prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, stir up the people and get the temple finished.

THE BASIC TIME LINE

606 – 536 BC: 70 years captivity in Babylon

536          BC: Altar built for sacrifices and the temple work started

536 – 520 BC: 16 years of no work on the temple

520 – 516 BC: 4 years Haggai and Zechariah get the temple finished

THEIR MESSAGE

Zechariah and Haggai worked together. Haggai had been preaching for 2 months and the work on the temple has started, when Zechariah began. Haggai’s ministry lasted about 4 months while Zechariah’s was about 2 years, but they were both present for the 4 years while the temple was being completed. Their message was

Rebuilding the temple

Prophecy of a grand and future temple (being Jesus Christ)

Visions of the coming Messiah

His Universal Kingdom

 

A DETAILED TIMELINE

 

536 BC    50,000 Jews, under Zerubbabel, return to Jerusalem. (Read Ezra,

                                                                                            Nehemiah, Esther)

536 BC    7th month, they build and altar and offer sacrifice.

535 BC    2nd month, work on the temple begins and is stopped.

520 BC    6th month (September), 1st day, Haggai’s 1st call to build. (Haggai 1:2, Haggai 1:3-11)

               6th month, 24th day, building begins (Haggai 1:14)

               7th month (October), 21st day, Haggai’s 2nd call to build (Haggai 2:1-9)

               8th month (November), Zechariah’s 1st address (Zech 1:3-6)

               9th month (December), 24th day, Haggai’s 3rd & 4th call to build (Haggai 2:18)

              11th month (February), 24th day, Zechariah’s visions (Zech 1:7-Zec 6:15)

518 BC     9th month (December), 4th day, Zechariah & fasting and compassion

                                                                                                    (Zech 7:1-14)      

516 BC   12th month (March), 3rd day, the temple is completed (Ezra 6:15)

515 BC    1st month (April), 14th – 21st days, a very joyful Passover.

457 BC    Ezra comes to Jerusalem and makes certain reforms.

444 BC    Nehemiah rebuilds the wall 75 years later.

              This is then the period of Malachi. 

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Harley Hitchcock

Friday 5th November 2021

                                                                                                                                                               

 

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