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Zechariah 4:7… “Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it” (KJV).
There is something wonderful hidden in this Scripture, and it needs some digging out. Is the final celebration in the end times the celebration that honors God’s grace? Prophetically this verse points to the completion of the temple in the Ezra time period. The final temple, however, is not a building made of stones. Zerubbabel was the leader of the first exiles to return from the Babylonian captivity. The prophetic word to him had to do with finishing the almost humanly impossible task of bringing the presence of God to Zion (the rebuilding of the temple). Our text says that “he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” The placing of the headstone was the finish of the work, and with it comes a celebration of praise. The shouts of praise extol the grace that brought it there. In reading Zechariah 4:7, we see that this prophecy reaches through the ages to the greater “temple” made with living stones (Hebrews 12:22, 1 Peter 2:4-9). Jesus is the headstone of the temple (Ephesians 2:20-22).
In the revelation of the temple that was given to Paul, there was no mention of a temple made with stones. Even Peter confirms this truth (1 Peter 2:4-9). Rather, Paul saw the temple in three dimensions made of living stones. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul teaches that the individual believer is the temple of the Holy Spirit. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (KJV). In 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Paul teaches that the local fellowship of believers is the temple. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” In Ephesians 2:20-22, Paul teaches that the church universal is the temple of God. “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
The dwelling place of God is in the individual lives of the believers, and corporately, in the church. At the completion of this temple, there will be “shoutings” that declare grace did it. The word “shoutings” refers to noises of devastation such as the wind, lightening, and thunder. Psalm 77:18 calls these things a “voice.” This natural noise however is but a whisper in comparison with the “shoutings” that celebrate God’s work in His temple. From all over the earth a noise of praise ascends to extol God’s grace. The believers in the end times will shout and rejoice when they see the “mountain” (the Satanic workings in the earth) brought down. They will rejoice with a shout when they see the triumph brought about by God’s grace. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 1:13, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” There is a grace that will come when Jesus returns again.
Paul, in the book of Ephesians, celebrates God’s grace, and that it is revealed in Jesus Christ. Paul uses the word “grace” twelve times in six chapters. Paul uses the word “grace” approximately one hundred times in his epistles. Grace started with God and it works continuously. In Ephesians 1:14, Paul uses the words “unto the praise of his glory” (KJV). The word “praise” as used here is similar in meaning to the word “shoutings” of Zechariah’s prophecy. In Ephesians 1:12, Paul says, “to the praise of his glory,” pointing to the outburst of praise that will close this age. The word “glory” here refers to the bestowal of the splendid and magnificent honor upon someone who is high in God’s government. In Ephesians 1:6, it is God’s grace that receives this honor. The word “grace” is from the Greek word charis which has a twofold meaning, one of which is “the divine favor that extends to us in our times of need.” The other refers to the operating power of the Lord. Charis becomes God’s name for “grace” in the New Testament. It is taken from the word “charisma,” which is the word used for gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:4-9.
When the day of the Lord bursts through the end-time darkness, a shout will come that declares “it was grace” that brought His light. Every saved soul in the universe will resound throughout the earth, with great shouting, because the work of salvation has been completed and it was grace that did it. Paul teaches in Romans 8:22-23 of a redemption that will yet be fulfilled. That day is at hand; the headstone will soon be in place. Psalm 2 teaches this as well. Christ visibly assumes His place and the nations will rage and reject Him.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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