Zerubbabel – Prophetic Promises That Apply To Us Today (Part 3)
I’ve been talking about Zerubbabel, and the exiles leaving their bondage in Babylon, and returning to Jerusalem. Babylon in our lives speaks of areas of captivity and chains. Jesus has come to set the prisoners free, and loose every fetter.
Jerusalem speaks of the place of God’s peace, rest, and His Presence. It’s the place of healing and restoration, beauty and worship. It’s the place of freedom.
Prophetic words were spoken to Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the high priest, through the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. These words from God are powerful and apply to our lives today.
Prophecies Spoken Through Haggai
- Blessings from God will come when you set your priorities in order.
Famine is broken when priorities are set in order.
Building God’s House is #1, before building your own house. Matthew 6:33 says to seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
In Haggai, Chapter 1, verses 2-11, the people had encountered so much opposition and years of delay in finishing the temple foundation, that they had fallen into a spiritual slumber. They thought that the timing for rebuilding God’s temple was somewhere out in the distant future. But God said that the time is NOW.
The Lord was grieved that they spent 17 years adorning their own houses, yet His House (Temple) was lying in ruins. Most of their energies were spent on personal goals. It’s not that God didn’t want them having nice homes, just as long as He comes first.
Having priorities out of their proper place, resulted in God allowing a drought to come upon the land—a famine of food, wine, oil and fruit.
A famine of food represents a spiritual famine of spiritual bread or manna, the Word of God. It also represents a natural famine resulting in financial lack.
God’s Promise if you put Him first: You will be fed the meat of the Word of God until you are full and want no more. The Lord will increase you financially as you obey His commands to tithe and give offerings, and to seek His kingdom first.
A famine of wine speaks of no joy or gladness. New Wine in the Bible is also symbolic of being filled with the Holy Spirit.
God’s Promise if you put Him first: Your joy and gladness will be restored. Jesus wants to baptize you afresh, or for the first time, in His Holy Spirit. Rivers of living water will flow from your innermost being.
A famine of oil speaks of a lack for the anointing, God’s Presence being distant somewhat.
God’s Promise if you put Him first: The Shekinah glory shall visit you. His glory shall be upon you and in you.
A famine of fruit speaks of a lack of flourishing; lack of productivity; barrenness.
God’s Promise if you put Him first: Barrenness is removed and fruitfulness comes in Jesus’ Name.
Haggai said that they had sown much, yet reaped little.
God’s Promise if you put Him first: Things are turning around. Great harvest is coming from seeds planted long ago. The harvester is overtaking the plowman.
It was as if they earned wages, only to put into pockets that had holes.
God’s Promise if you put Him first: No more financial loss, debts, things breaking down, continual expenditures draining your pocket; there shall be increase and prosperity. God said He would rebuke the devourer for your sake.
- The Lord is with you … be strong … do not fear (Haggai 1:13; 2:4-5).
When the Lord calls us to do something, we can be assured that He is by our side, with us. We don’t have to be afraid because His Presence is there.
- “I will fill this temple with Glory” … “The Glory of the latter temple shall be greater than that of the former, saith the Lord” (Haggai 2:7, 9).
God will fill our lives with His Glory, and His Glory seen in us will be a witness to others. Our latter end will be greater than the former years. This promise applies also to our life, ministry, church, and to many marriages. “The latter end shall be more glorious than the former.”
And of course, this prophetic word is speaking of the literal Temple in Jerusalem being the Desire of All Nations (Haggai 2:7). The Glory and Splendor of the latter Temple will be greater than that of the former.
- In this place, I will give peace, says the LORD of Hosts (Haggai 2:9).
God brings peace to our lives where there was once strife, confusion, sadness or anxiety. There is perfect peace in His Presence, and His paths are the paths of peace (Proverbs 3:17).
- “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says the LORD of Hosts” (Haggai 2:8).
Abundant supply. No lack. God owns it all. He promised to provide for all our needs. Plus, He gives us the desires of our hearts when we delight in Him. He wants to bless us and cause us to prosper. He wants to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others and to His kingdom (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).
- Holiness – “Be ye holy, for I am Holy, says the LORD” (Haggai 2:10-19, Leviticus 11:44-45, 1 Peter 1:16).
A lack of holiness resulted in unfruitfulness and a blockage of blessings of God in their lives. A return to holiness brought the full blessings of God. A lack of holiness, and disobedience to God’s commands, results in barrenness in our souls.
Haggai asks the priests this question: “If one of you is carrying a holy sacrifice in his robes and happens to brush against some bread or wine or meat, will it too become holy?”
“No,” the priests replied. “Holiness does not pass to other things that way.”
Then Haggai asked, “But if someone touches a dead person, and so becomes ceremonially impure, and then brushes against something, does it become contaminated?”
And the priests answered, “Yes.”
Haggai then made his meaning clear and spoke the word of the Lord.
“You people are contaminating your sacrifices by living with selfish attitudes and evil hearts—and not only your sacrifices, but everything else that you did as a ‘service’ to me. And so everything you did went wrong. But all is different now because you have begun to build the Temple.
Before, when you expected a twenty-bushel crop, there were only ten. When you came to draw fifty gallons from the olive press, there were only twenty. I rewarded all your labor with rust and mildew and hail. Yet, even so, you refused to return to me, says the Lord.”
Holiness in spirit, soul and body shall result in blessing blockers being removed.
- From this day I will bless you (Haggai 2:18-19).
But now note this: From today, this 24th day of the month, as the foundation of the Lord’s Temple is finished, and from this day onward, I will bless you. Notice, I am giving you this promise now before you have even begun to rebuild the Temple structure, and before you have harvested your grain, and before the grapes, the figs, the pomegranates, and olives have produced their next crops.
- God will raise up spiritual Zerubbabels, who will lead God’s people out of Babylon (captivity, bondage, confusion and sin) into healing and freedom.
The Lord will give His Zerubbabels authority in the Spirit, for they are His signet ring, whom He has chosen. (Haggai 2:23). The signet ring placed upon the finger speaks of authority to carry out God’s business.
Prophecies Spoken Through Zechariah
- Who has despised the day of small beginnings? (Zechariah 4:10)
As we are faithful in the little task or few people God has entrusted into our spiritual care, then God will bring expansion and increase.
- This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of Hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)
It’s not by human strength that we will receive our healing, deliverance, breakthrough, miracles, answers from God—but it’s going to happen by the Power of the Spirit of God!
Whatever situation you are going through in your life in which you need God to intervene … whatever mountain you are facing today, where it says “Zerubbabel”, replace your name there.
This is the word of the LORD to ________________, saying, “It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before ________________ thou shalt become a level plain.”
- Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a level plain.”
Matthew 21:21-22 Jesus answered and said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea’; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
What mountains are you facing? Jesus said to speak to our mountains of difficulties and command them to be removed out of our way, and it would obey us. Replace Zerubbabel’s name with your name, and declare outloud.
“Who do you think you are, O great mountain? (and name what your mountain is). I command you, according to Matthew 21:21, to get out of my way in Jesus’ Name! Before _________________ you shall become a flattened plain.”
- God will enable you by His Grace to finish the task He has called you to do (Zechariah 4:7, 9).
Vs 9: “Zerubbabel laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it.”
Vs 7: “Zerubbabel will finish building this Temple with mighty shouts of thanksgiving for God’s mercy, declaring that all was done by grace alone.”
Shout “Grace, Grace” as you lay the capstone of the foundation.
- When Satan accuses you before God, Jesus defends you because of His Great Mercy.
Zechariah 3:1-2 Then the Angel showed me (in my vision) Joshua the High Priest standing before the Angel of the Lord; and Satan was there too, at the Angel’s right hand, accusing Joshua of many things.
And the Lord said to Satan, “I reject your accusations, Satan; yes, I, the Lord, for I have decided to be merciful to Jerusalem—I rebuke you. I have decreed mercy to Joshua and his nation; they are like a burning stick pulled out of the fire.”
Revelation 12:10 For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
- Jesus removes our filthy garments and clothes us in robes of righteousness. HE is our righteousness. We are not righteous by things we do, but our righteousness is found in Jesus Christ.
Our filthy garments were removed (sin and junk of the past) and we are given clean, white robes of righteousness to wear. The Lord is preparing His Bride to be ready for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Revelation 19:8 And to her [Bride] was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Zechariah 3:3-4 Joshua’s clothing was filthy as he stood before the Angel of the Lord. Then the Angel said to the others standing there, “Remove his filthy clothing.”
And turning to Joshua He said, “See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.”
Romans 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His Name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
- We are given priestly garments to wear and a priestly turban to crown our head (representing anointing and authority), carrying out our priestly functions.
Zechariah 3:5 Then I said, “Please, could he also have a clean turban on his head?” So they gave him one.
The Lord gives us a crown of beauty where there was once ashes (Isaiah 61:3), and we are like a royal diadem in His Hands (Isaiah 62:3).
A crown is for beauty, honor, royalty, and signifies position. Our position is that of spiritual priests unto God, offering spiritual sacrifices (1 Peter 2:5,9; Revelation 1:6).
We are royal heirs of God.
There are various crowns that believers will receive as rewards.
Crown of Life (James 1:12) – “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” Revelation 2:10b “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8) – “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:2-4) – “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”
Crown of Splendor (Isaiah 62:3 NIV) – “Thou shalt also be a crown of splendor in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.”
Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19) – “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?”
Crown of Beauty (Isaiah 61:3 NIV) – “To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”
- We have been given spiritual access to God’s Throne—we can boldly approach the Father through Jesus Christ, and our prayers and worship ascends to Him.
Zechariah 3:7 “The Lord Almighty declares: ‘If you will follow the paths I set for you and do all I tell you to, then I will put you in charge of my Temple, to keep it holy; and I will let you walk in and out of My Presence with these angels.’”
It’s also possible to be granted literal access to Heaven’s Throneroom, where you are there in person through Heavenly visitations (whether caught up in or out of the body) or through visions.
It seems as if Jeshua, the High Priest, was being given access to literally, whether caught up in person or through a vision, go in and out of God’s Throneroom. It seems as if holiness, complete obedience, and worship is the key.
You shall walk in and out of My Throneroom with the angels. You shall have Throneroom encounters, angelic visitations, visions and prophetic dreams.