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Darius 2nd Year, 11th Month, 24th Day (2.11.24)
Here comes one of Zechariah’s psychedelic moments! Even though the seed of revival, sewn through the tag-team duo of Zechariah and Haggai, had taken root in Jerusalem, it still hadn’t spread across the whole land, which was essential to G-d’s plan.
It’s also still essential to His plan for us today!
This would explain the next trippy vision of a heavenly patrol going throughout the land. What were they looking for? Maybe their goal was to determine who, if anyone, had actively rejoined the community worship, bringing their own households back to a life of spiritual fellowship. It would explain why the report of “all is still and quiet” might actually be a bad thing and would rile the Lord’s response up a little as He basically then said in seemingly frustrated resolve, “I have my problems with you…but your neighbors are worse. I will return to you.” G-d’s compassion and determination to see His house restored was so great that He sent another vision of craftsmen frightening away all the things causing people to stay home, so that they could return to Him.
Big Take-Away from Zechariah 1:7-21
20) Plead with the Lord to frighten away the things that are keeping our people scattered.