We come this evening to the penultimate OT prophet. Only Malachi remains. After 70 long years of captivity in Babylon under oppressive foreign rule, God’s people start returning to Judah and Jerusalem. Haggai and Zechariah are the two prophets who journeyed back home with Ezra and Nehemiah and about 50,000 Jews to find their homeland and their great city and temple completely destroyed. God sends a message of hope, and a call to start again, to rebuild. The first message was delivered by Haggai and a couple of months later a second message comes from the prophet Zechariah. Haggai encouraged the people to rebuild the temple based on making God their first priority. Zechariah encouraged the people to rebuild the temple based on the future and the hope they have because of who God is and what God is going to do through His people. The prophecy of Zechariah is the longest of all the Minor Prophets and perhaps the most challenging to understand. His prophecy divides neatly into two parts. The first eight chapters are eight dramatic nighttime visions. The second part of Zechariah, from chapter 9 to the end, is very different from the first part, it seems to be written after the temple is completed about four years later and focuses on the future and to the time of a Messiah. Zechariah is called the most Messianic book in the OT.