252 - The Feasts of Israel and the Coming Messiah

August 11, 2014
For the Jews, prophecy was not just predicting the future as we think of it today, but prophecy dealt with patterns that pointed to a deeper truth, a future truth.  So all the Jewish feasts were not just commemorating some past event, but they were also, by their schedule and pattern, also pointing to something in the future, something prophetic.

For example, we know the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread was fulfilled by Jesus and the cross.  But did you know the Feast of Firstfruits was fulfilled in the resurrection and the Feast of Weeks in the birth of the Church?

What about the Feast of Trumpets or the Feast of Tabernacles or the Day of Atonement.  What future events do these point to?  Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Zechariah 14:16-21 and Leviticus 23.

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250 - The Return of Christ

July 27, 2014
Embedded in chapter 14 of Zechariah, in the middle of the Lord telling His people about how He will "fight against the nations" that fought against Jerusalem, we possibly find a cryptic description of the effects of a neutron bomb.  It reads:

Their flesh shall dissolve (or, rot, waste away) while they stand on their feet,
Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets,
And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths (Zech. 14:12).

How can that be?  And what does that mean for us today?  Is this really the effects of a neutron bomb?

Keep listening to find out more.

The following is a study on Zechariah 14:1-15.

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249 - Salvation Brings a Changed Life

July 20, 2014
Zechariah chapter 12 tells of the national salvation of Israel where the Lord will "pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced.  Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn" (Zech. 12:10).  It is the literal fulfillment of Romans 11:26 where Paul says "and so all Israel will be saved."

So what happens after God saves a nation, or what happens when He saves you and I?  What is our response?  What are we to do?  How are we to act?

And that very question is what is answered in Zechariah 13.  Zechariah lets us know exactly what God expects from those He calls "My people" and for His people who say "the Lord is my God" (Zech. 13:9).  What God commands the remnant in Zechariah 13 is exactly what He commands of us today.  After all, we also have been cleansed of our "sin and uncleanness" from a "fountain" that flowed from the veins of the Lord Jesus (Zech. 13:1).  A fountain of blood freely given for us.  As William Cowpens wrote so many years ago:

There is a fountain filled with blood,
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Zechariah 13:1-9.

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248 - True Mourning and the Salvation of Israel

July 14, 2014
Zechariah 12:10 states:

"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then (what) they will look on Me whom they pierced.  Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn."

Quick question:  When does the pouring out of God's Spirit happen?  And when does the mourning and grieving take place?   Since they must take place after the death of Jesus, do they take place during the time of the early church?  Or, does it refer to the great expansion of preaching and growth during the ages that follow (Reformed / Amillennial view)?  Or, does it refer to a time yet in the future (Dispensational / Premillennial view)?

Quick answer:  Historically, these events were not fulfilled during the days of the early church.  Second, these passages cannot be interpreted as referring to the church since there is no mention of "the people of God" or even "Israel" for that matter.  Additionally, there is no greater Jewish prophecy in all of Zechariah.  Note verses 12 and 13:  "house of David, house of Nathan, house of Levi, family of Shimei."

So what does this mean for us today?  Much.  Keep listening to find out more.

The following is a study on Zechariah 12:1-14.

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247 - Israel, the Antichrist, and Dark Days Ahead

July 6, 2014
Just the mention of the word Antichrist brings to mind images from Revelation 13 and of some old, outdated movies that were made in the late 70's.  Remember those movies?  I sure do.

But the Scripture reveals much about the Antichrist from the Old Testament.  In fact, Zechariah gives us the only physical description of the Antichrist found in Scripture and his description lines up perfectly with what we know from Revelation  13.  Zechariah says, for example:

"Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock!
A sword shall be against his arm and against his right eye;
His arm shall completely wither, and his right eye shall be totally blinded."

Want to find out more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Zechariah 11:1-17.

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246 - A Warning to the Shepherds of His Church

June 30, 2014
Today we often forget the condemning indictment God levels against those shepherds of His flock, those pastors of His church, that have forsaken the call and left their first love and followed after the things of this world.  We forget God's anger against them, but we see this kind of church apostasy and defection all around us. 

So what does God say about a shepherd that cares not for the flock?  And, more important, what does God promise to do to those shepherds?

The answer is both chilling and frightening.  Keep listening to find out more.

This is a study on Zechariah 10 and Ezekiel 9.

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244 - How to Experience True Revival

June 15, 2014
We talk much about revival in Christian circles.  In fact, often we schedule an evangelist to come to our church and preach salvation messages for an entire week and call it a "revival."  But what does revival mean?  What are we trying to experience?  What are we trying to revive?

The Webster definition of revival is:  to restore life or strength, to give new strength or energy.  It also means the growth of something or an increase in the activity of something after a long period of no growth or activity.

So, for the Christian, a revival happens when we have our strength in the Lord restored or have new strength or energy given to us by the Holy Spirit.  Or, it means when we experience an increase in something that we have long let die.  Sound familiar?

Are you in need of revival but don't know how to go about getting revived?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Zechariah 8:1-23.

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243 - The Exchanged Life

June 9, 2014

In Zechariah 7 we find the Lord stripping away the face paint of religion and forcing His children to look deeply at their attitudes and motives, and not their religious actions and practices.  Here He says to them, and to us:

"When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me— for Me?" (Zech. 7:5-6).

His words cut deep because they are convicting and they are true.  They also reveal how far we, as the church of today, have fallen from the standard set by the Acts church, the template, the prototype of how church should be.  Consider the difference between life in the book of Acts and the life of the church today.

Then, they were focused on power.  Now, we are focused on correct doctrine and seminary degrees.
Then, the abundant life.  Now, cutting edge entertainment.
Then, sacrifice and commitment.  Now, potluck suppers and youth trips to Disneyworld.
Then, confrontation.  Now, tolerance.
Then, boldness.  Now, we just want to fit in.
Then, holiness.  Now, compromise.
Then, one accord, unity.  Now, fragmentation and denominationalism. 
Then, baptized and full of the Holy Spirit.  Now, we debate those very terms.

There has to be something more to the Christian life than what we are experiencing.
Oh, there's more.  Much more.  Keep listening to find out what is missing.

The following is a study on Zechariah 7:1-14.

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242 - I’m Not Listening to You!

May 25, 2014
It's hard to believe, but in the book of Zechariah we have a complete picture of the climax of the ages when the Lord Jesus, the Man, the Branch, comes to establish His Kingdom on this earth.  It shows humanity crowning Him with an elaborate crown and declaring Him to be the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  And it also shows how His death brought peace between a Holy God and His sinful creation.

And yes, this is all found in the book of Zechariah.  Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Zechariah 6:9-15.

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240 - Babylon and the FDM

May 5, 2014
When dealing with Babylon in the Scriptures we find ourselves concerned with the Fall of Babylon, the final Destruction of Babylon and, of course, Mystery Babylon as described in Revelation 17 and 18.  Or, the FDM of Babylon.

But wait, there is also the city of Babylon built on the plain of Shinar, the nation of Babylon that was conquered by the Persians and the evil system of Babylon that is cursed and condemned by God in the Scriptures.

So which one is it?  Which one is Zechariah talking about in the visions he was given by the Lord?  Listen and find out.

The following is a study on Zechariah 5:5-6:8.

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