THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN THE BOOK OF ZECHARIAH
No prophecy of Scripture is a
matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever
made by an act of human will, but
men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Pet 1:19f). This article
elaborates the importance of Jesus’ atoning blood in admitting “those who
believe in Him into His kingdom. And how God continuously emancipates His
people from sins, based upon the premise of His blood covenant. It does not
attempt to interpret the prophecies, to make them dogmatic.
The second part of Zechariah
contains a substantial amount of predictive elements, one of which is the
future Kingdom of God. To talk about it, we may need to know what the necessary
conditions for the Kingdom of God are. At the least, the Lord should be
recognized as the most important figure reigning in His Kingdom (Fs 22:28),
within which He takes control over those whom He has chosen (Deut 7:6; Exod
Since we know that God is of the
Spirit and human beings of the physical realm, the Kingdom of God thus cannot
be delimited in our cosmic dimension. God Himself decides where His Kingdom is
- where the King is, there is the Kingdom of God (Lk 17:21). In other words, if
God dwells in us we are the Kingdom of God.
Having established the conditions,
we realize that the Kingdom of God in the book of Zechariah is His protection
of, and presence with, His people (9:8). This part of the prophecy can have
twofold meanings. It may refer to the protection given to Israel in the near or
distant future. Despite God’s love and promise, they sinned repeatedly against
Him. But, the rebellion of His people would not render His covenant void.
Amidst the punishment He inflicted upon them, He continued in His promise of
deliverance (cf. 10:8-12; 11:10-11). He had to either beckon them to return or
raise a leader to save them, the major reason being that He initiated His
covenant with blood (9:11). This first started at the slaughter of the Egyptian
firstborns. God delivered His people who marked their door-posts with blood
(Exod 12:13; 24).
From this perspective, the
covenant of His blood becomes an important theme in explaining the Kingdom of
God both in terms of the prophetic books. In particular Zechariah, foretelling
that many nations shall attack Israel (Ch.13-14), but God shall save a remnant
of the Jews, despite the sin of rejecting the gospel, and of the vehement
crucifixion of their Savior Jesus.