Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Prophets: The books of Israel’s prophets who announced the downfall of Israel’s kingdom and the hope of its restoration after the exile.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Poetry: A condensed form of writing that uses metaphorical imagery and creative language to engage the reader’s imagination and emotions.
Prophetic: A type of Israelite poetry employed by the prophets to warn and accuse Israel of covenant violation, and to announce future hope.
Zechariah's visions foster hope in the future promise of the messianic kingdom, and challenge Israel after the exile to remain faithful to God.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Zechariah, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Zechariah, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how they work within the Bible’s overall framework.
Almost 70 years after the exile, the Israelites were experiencing hardships and wondered if prophetic promises of a New Jerusalem would ever be fulfilled. The book of Zechariah answers this question through several dream visions. These bizarre images remind God's people that they must remain faithful to the covenant if they want the New Jerusalem, Messianic kingdom, peace on earth and end of evil to come to pass.
Even though the book doesn't follow a neat, orderly pattern and contains scary and bizarre images, it shows glimpses of God's hand at work guiding history toward His own purposes. We can look above the chaos and hope for the coming of God's kingdom, which will motivate faithfulness in the present.
Turn Back to God
The book of Zechariah begins with a challenge for God's people to turn back to Him, unlike their ancestors who rebelled, disobeyed and were exiled.
Eight Dream Visions
God spoke to His people through dream visions with bizarre images. The message included details about the New Jerusalem and a warning to remain faithful.
Grieving exiles wondered if they could stop mourning the temple's destruction. Zechariah asked if they were ready to receive and participate in God's coming kingdom.
Through images of a Messianic king riding into the New Jerusalem and a rejected shepherd, Zechariah asks if the Israelites would reject their king forever.
The New Jerusalem
One day, the New Jerusalem will be established where God's justice would defeat evil, His people would repent and all nations would gather in peace.