Several years ago this watchman tried reading and sharing the many visions from Zechariah, the last prophetic book in the Old Testament. Lately this book came to the forefront as the Bible turned its pages. The watchman was woken and led to reading, pronouncing, and copying at and after midnight.
We need a humble and yet brave heart like this watchman prophet, young priest Zechariah who was a remnant called to return to Israel to encourage and minister to those rebuilding the temple of God. He saw many visions in one night. When he didn’t know he asked. Note how he interacted with the angels and the roles of angels as assigned by God. A really worthwhile spiritual journey for a watchman.
We start today with a tiny bit. Let’s be like Zechariah. God speaks and we listen. What is God saying tonight? a call to return to Him. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. God talks about His feeling. He lets us know He knows what is going on. He specially takes note of those who have repented. He makes sure we know He has meant and done exactly what He has said He will do. He also reminds us one crucial point: “everything I said through my servants the prophets happened to your ancestors, just as I said.” The mark of a true prophet of God is the coming to pass of the prophetic messages.
Zechariah 1 New Living Translation (NLT)
A Call to Return to the Lord
1 In November[a] of the second year of King Darius’s reign, the Lord gave this message to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah and grandson of Iddo:
2 “I, the Lord, was very angry with your ancestors. 3 Therefore, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.’ 4 Don’t be like your ancestors who would not listen or pay attention when the earlier prophets said to them, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Turn from your evil ways, and stop all your evil practices.’
5 “Where are your ancestors now? They and the prophets are long dead. 6 But everything I said through my servants the prophets happened to your ancestors, just as I said. As a result, they repented and said, ‘We have received what we deserved from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. He has done what he said he would do.’”