Exegetical Studies in Zechariah -- By: Charles Lee Feinberg

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 102:408 (Oct 1945)
Article: Exegetical Studies in Zechariah
Author: Charles Lee Feinberg

Exegetical Studies in Zechariah

Charles Lee Feinberg

(Continued from the January-March Number, 1945)

IV. The Future of The World Power, Israel
and the Kingdom of Messiah, 9-14

B. The Second Burden, 12-14 .

1. Israel’s Conflict and Deliverance, 12:1-14 .

The last section of the latter part of Zechariah’s prophecy deals with events in the distant future. The only exception is 13:7. As a portion of the prophetic Scriptures it is second to none in importance in this book or in any other Old Testament book. It is indispensable to an understanding of the events of the last days for Israel—the time of the Great Tribulation and the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth.

The events of the second burden take place within the same prophetic period, designated repeatedly by ביום ההוא. Compare 12:3, 4, 6, 8 (bis), 9, 11; 13:1, 2, 4; 14:4, 6, 8, 9, 13, 20, 21. The time element must be of great significance if it be reiterated with such frequency, and we shall see that it is. Says Dods, “It is obvious that from the beginning of the twelfth chapter to the end of the book it is one period that is described.”1 In these chapters the city of Jerusalem holds a prominent place, being mentioned in 12:2 (bis), 3, 5, 6 (bis), 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; 13:1; 14:2, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 21. The Tetragrammaton is found with marked frequency in this last burden of Zechariah. The nations of the earth (designated as עמים, גוים, and משׁפחות) play a major role in the events set forth. See 12:2, 3 (two synonymous words), 4,

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