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Parallels between the angel of the Lord in Zechariah 3 and Jude March 26, 2008

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I was shown a very fascinating parallel between the revelation given to Zechariah in chapter 3 and Jude 1: 9,10. I discussed the latter in the post

https://thelordsangels.wordpress.com/2008/03/12/apostle-jude-shows-that-chief-prince-michael-contends-for-the-faith/

The vision that Prophet Zechariah saw is a startling revelation about the role that God plays in the defense of the Jews and of His people by extension. I would like to propose that the angel of the Lord seen in the vision is Prince Michael, given previous  revelations of His role as the Defender of the Jewish people.  Here are some important truths related to the vision:

1. The context of the vision (Zech 1 and 2)

Zechariah was a captive in Babylon during the 70 years of the Jewish captivity. God had shown  him (chapters 1 and 2), that he was tell the Jews to return to Him. He also saw the angel of the Lord (Zech 1: 12-18) interceding for the Jews’ release from the captivity. The Lord promised in return to release His people and to restore Jerusalem, particularly the house of worship. This vision seemed to have occured close to the end of the period of captivity.

2. The participants of the vision of Chap 3

The participants were Joshua the High Priest, the angel of the Lord (later identified as the Lord in Zech 3: 2 and most likely Prince Michael), Satan, Prophet Zechariah and other heavenly inhabitants.

3. The location of the vision

Based on the scenario, I believe that the vision took place in the tabernacle in heaven, corresponding to the Holy of Holies on earth. This was a siginficant event in the lives of the Jews since the High  Priest was involved. He entered once a year into the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle in order to offer sacrifices for himself and the people. This was symbolized by Joshua’s position in the vision, since he stood before the Lord.

Satan  is also a key participant in the vision, standing at the right hand of the High Priest to oppose the Lord’s plan to restore the worship  of God in the earth through the restoration of the Jews. He takes a position at the right hand, a symbol of power and authority.  He is a resister, but the Lord again shows us how to resist the devil so that he will flee:

And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him

And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

Satan functions in the role of an accuser, since the Lord responded to his opposition by standing on His word, reminding the devil that the Jews were His chosen people and telling him that they had been forgiven. He also demonstrated the restoration of the High Priest for reinforcement. This scenario is parallel with Job 1 and 2  in which satan appeared before God in a similar role to accuse and harm Job.

4. The Lord appears in the vision as the angel of the Lord

I wrote previously the Lord appears in scripture as the angel of the Lord and this is clearly seen in Zech 3.  It is revealed by the key role that the angel of the Lord plays in the resistance of the devil andtje  restoration of the Jews and the High Priest. He may also be the angel of the Lord who Zechariah saw standing in the myrtle trees, being the same one who interceded to the Lord for the restoration of the Jews (Zech 1: 8- 17).

This is revealed in a rather convoluted manner in Zechariah chapter 1:

  • Zechariah saw a man riding on a red horse who stood among  the myrtle trees. He was accompanied by other angels in the armies of the Lord (Zech 1: 8).
  • He is identified as the angel of the Lord who rides through the earth to determine the condition of the inhabitants. This confirms that God Himself visits the earth in fact finding missions in much the same way that He did when investigating the  sins of Sodom and Gomorrah (Zech 1:  10, 11).
  • The angel of the Lord interceded for Jerusalem (Zech 1: 12). I believe that  He was Prince Michael, the Great Prince of the Jews?
  • He spoke to another member of the God family who responded with good and comfortable words, soothing His cries for the people who He loves (Zech 1: 13).
  • The angel of the Lord, the Lord Himself, then gave Zechariah the command to prophesy to the Jews about their restoration (Zech 1: 14-17).
  • The Lord is revealed in the vision as the Lord of Hosts, more than capable of resisting the attacks and opposition of the devil to His prophetic word (Zech 1: 8, 3: 7)

5. The Lord’s role in restoration of the Jews

The Lord completed the promise of restoration by demonstrating it to the devil:

Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. 

He also told the High Priest that a three fold blessing would come with repentance- He would judge/rule His house, keep His courts, and  walk in a position of influence among these that stand by (Zech 3: 7).

Conclusion

God is forever faithful to His word. His people have been called with a high calling and can go into captivity when they forsake Him.  Those who stand in His presence on the behalf of His people have a serious charge to remain unspotted from sin. God considers the care of His house to be one of utmost importance as revealed in Zech 3: 7.

He is Lord of the whole earth. No weapon formed against us will prosper if we walk in His ways. I hope that you were encouraged today. Blessings. 

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