Israel's rejection of good shepherd - Zechariah 11:1-17
Israel's deliverance and conversion - Zechariah 12:1-14
Israel's cleansing as prophets cease - Zechariah 13:1-9
Israel's restoration -- Zechariah 14:1-21
Reign of Ahasuerus (Xerxes) begins - 485-464 B.C.
His identification - Esther 1:1-2
Six month feast for provinces - Esther 1:3-11
Vashti's rebellion - refuses to appear before king - Esther 1:12
King concerned - Esther 1:13-18
Vashti dethroned - Esther 1:19-22
I can not quite grasp all of Zechariah. It would appear that the prophecy given has not fully been fulfilled. I browsed several commentaries, yet nothing to fully persuade me that Israel's restoration and repentance had taken place. At this juncture I am leaning towards Zechariah is foretelling a future event - when Christ returns.
The main scripture verse that makes this stand out to me is:
Zechariah 12:9 - And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Did the prophet mean a ongoing continuing destruction of nations which come against Jerusalem? It would appear that Jerusalem is the be re-inhabited and then destruction upon all nations. Lots to pray and ponder about in this prophetic book.
Zechariah 14:5 "...and the Lord my God shall come and all the saints with thee." - Is this the Lord returning with those are taken away in the twinkling of an eye?
Feast of Tabernacles - mentioned 3x in Zechariah 14...specifically verses 16, 18, and 19. What is the Feast of Tabernacles? Interesting side study, here are a few sites I browsed through:
Overall feast explanation - I enjoyed:
Specific to the Feast of Tabernacles - the last one - btw, all the Fall feasts appear to NOT have been fulfilled by Christ.
Another one with a general overview:
Another general overview, with Biblical Calendar information:
Interestingly unleavened bread is used in the first 3 feasts - I can find scripture verses to substantiate.
Exo 12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
The Feast of Pentecost is livened bread - and I can not find specifically what type of bread is used in the Fall feasts. If someone has scripture verses for the last three...please post them.