Zechariah : Christian Community Bible
Introduction to Zechariah
Like Haggai, Zechariah took part in the “restoration” of God’s people and the Temple, when the Jews returned from Babylon (520 B.C.).
Zechariah sees their building of the Temple as a symbol: a new age has begun and the Lord is preparing for the day of his salvation. The visions found in the first six chapters teach the Jews who are gathered round their Temple, that they must be watchful and wait for the Day of the Lord.
Chapters 9–14 teaches the Jews that they must not be afraid: the victory of God and the coming of his kingdom will take place in the midst of very painful events.
NOTE: excerpted from the introductory material for this book.