And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord… I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
…  that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
Last time I had a discussion with someone on the spate of mushroom churches in our neighbourhood, the intention was to get in touch with them to mobilize their youth for some communal work.
It didn’t turn out too good. The discussions waded into uncomfortable areas and some of the pastors/prophets started getting the stick. This apathy towards prophets and the prophetic ministry by a section of the masses is not entirely blameable on the latter.
Indeed, prophets have been getting the stick since the days of old, but such has usually been from the LORD Himself. Through many other prophets, God has and will continue to judge fake, quack stomach-prophets who bring dishonour unto His Holy name, He doesn’t really need your help to do that.
Don’t make your business identifying who is fake or not. You can know some by their fruits and others by discernment. Spend more of your energy working out your own salvation and leave the LORD to deal with his own weeds in His vineyard.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
 …and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
One of the things I love about the bible is its precise predictions of future occurrences.
In the text above (Zech 9:9-10) the prophet spoke those words many many years before the Messiah was actually born, His famous donkey-ride and His promise of peace. All these were foretold.
But what is more striking about Prophet Zechariah’s prophecy is he seeing at that time, that the Prince of Peace’s dominion shall be from sea to sea, to the ends of the earth. Today you and I have access to Him, fulfilling that prophesy and making Him still relevant thousands of years after.
Let no man deceive you with beautiful words that make them seem intelligent or highly enlightened. Jesus is the King that was promised and knowledge of Him will continue to spread. Be part of this cause and be a tool for the fulfilment of this prophecy.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.
 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.
Anyone who has ever lived in a time of war, usually appreciates “Peace” better than those who haven’t.
Having watched video tapes of several wars, be it WWI, WWII or others, one can literally feel the sense of joy on the faces of the people when a “cease fire” is declared or the war is over. That joy of their faces is almost tangible. Everyone, even those fighting, not just the civilians, prefers the peace! So that the best gift for any victim/active participant of war is actually a promise of peace.
The prophet Zechariah spoke these words to the returnees on behalf of Yahweh; “the city will be full of boys and girls playing; old men and women will be seen in the streets…” The message was clear, a peace promise had been made by the LORD to His people.
I pray that this promise of peace will be extended into the homes of all of us reading this. That joy may permeate our homes and infiltrate our workplaces for our sakes. That a promise of a greater peace shall pursue us, in Jesus’s name, Amen.
Zechariah 7:8-10 KJV And the word of the Lord came unto Zechariah, saying,
 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
My friend, Steve, was a very staunch member of the Charismatic Renewal in my school, when we were students. His level of commitment was very admirable.
Many years after school while we were talking, Steve confessed to me he wasn’t fasting as much as he did anymore. My initial thoughts leaned towards backsliding, so I was going to encourage a brother, only for him to present me with an eye opener. He was now more conscious of mercy and compassion towards his fellow man. His religiosity had taken a different shape due to consistent reading of the Word.
The Jews, while in exile fasted and prayed a lot for freedom. Now that they were free, the prophet Zechariah would advise them to now devote more time to mercy and compassion, while they feasted and made merry.
Being religious is not a bad thing, but when we neglect true judgement, show of mercy and compassion to our fellows, it makes nonsense of all our religiosity. Feast and make merry when you have to. Give yourself to love and practise same to others. True religion is of the heart!
Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:
 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.
For the slaves who lived just around the time when slave trade was being abolished, I can’t imagine how they felt.
Especially for those who had gone through a lot of torture (I see an image of those whose backs were torn apart by whips) and even those who worked in large farms and ranches, freedom MUST mean a lot. Every now and then I’m sure they had nightmares of being recaptured and taken back to their masters. They must have needed some assurances, I believe.
God knew this was going to be the feeling in the camp of the “new” Jews who had returned to Jerusalem from exile. So He gave His Word to Prophet Zechariah through a vision: though they had no walls, He Himself was going to be their wall of fire to protect them (v4-5) and whoever sought to mess with them, messed with the LORD (v8).
You are not ordinary! You are the apple of His eyes (v8) and His intention is to be a wall of fire around you. Walk without fear and make people believe this about you, in your speech and in your deeds. You are more than you think!
Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns.
 And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.
Contrary to what most westerners believe, many Africans would readily ascribe a spiritual dimension to every happening in their lives.
Sometimes we go way overboard, especially when one could have just solved a simpler matter with Science or common sense, but choose to wait for some revelation or something of a sort. But indeed, the spiritual does regulate the physical to a large extent and any attempt to disregard the former only depicts how immature one is in spiritual things.
The Jews had returned to Jerusalem, during Darius’ reign but struggled to progress. Zechariah, in his vision, saw 4 horns which the angel of the Lord revealed was responsible for their stalling.
When things seem difficult, perhaps try considering the spiritual and commit them into prayer. Perhaps, some spiritual horns needs to be dealt with first. Engage your guardian angels, they are there for a purpose.
Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
The Jews had returned from a 70yr long exile in Babylon and were just beginning to pick up the pieces. Life was hard!
They weren’t seeing much of the good harvest their forefathers spoke about. They couldn’t see the head and tail of their finances; it was as if they had holes in their bags. Why was all this happening to a liberated people?
They had gotten their priorities wrong! They had not put God first! Everyone went about their business, forgetting how and where they had just come from. The prophet Haggai brought this to their attention and immediately they acknowledged this and “considered their ways,” things turned out differently.
We toil much and toil amiss when our toils are not in the LORD. Jesus encouraged us to seek the LORD’s kingdom first, so that all our desires may rather pursue us (Mat 6:33). You don’t need a patch to seal the holes in your pocket, seek God first, the holes will take care of themselves.