I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.
2 Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.
3 And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him,
4 And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:
5 For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
6 Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the Lord: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the Lord.
7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.
8 For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
9 For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me.
10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord.
11 And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto thee.
12 And the Lord shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.
In the vision of Zechariah 2, the Lord gave assurance that His plan for Jerusalem to be the great center of His redemptive work for the world was still possible. The 70 weeks of prophetic years given for the Jews and Jerusalem to fulfill God’s purpose (see Dan. 9:24) had only begun. Zechariah gave God’s call for His people who had been scattered by Babylon to come out and return to Jerusalem.
Some denominations teach that this vision and others which Zechariah gave are to be fulfilled by Jews in Palestine. They ignore the words Christ spoke as He wept over Jerusalem, “the things that belonged to you are hid from your eyes.” And Christ’s judgment statements when He said, “Your house is left to you desolate. The kingdom of God is taken from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits of it” (see Luke 19:42; Matt. 23:37,38; 21:23).
Zechariah 2:10 was fulfilled by the life Jesus lived. It was carried forward as the disciples went to the Gentiles. These glorious prophecies will find complete fulfillment in God’s New Jerusalem. In these final days of history He is enabling us to fulfill our mission for Him. Amen.
Retired Pastor, USA