Scripture: Zechariah 6:1-15
Take your Bible if you will and let’s look at the 6th chapter of Zechariah. Now, this book, as we well know…and I’ll take a minute or two to review…but as we well know, it is a book that presents to us in many ways and by many details, the plan of God as He looks at the destiny of Israel and of the nations. And because it is a prophetic book, I think it has special interest to us and to Christian folks around the world.
Everybody wants to know the future. And Christian people have that unique gift of God, His revelation, which does detail for us much about the future. And so prophecy has always been a fascinating thing for Christian people to study. And this is one book that Christians have studied through the years. But it isn’t just Christians that are interested in the future. In Our whole society is, in fact, man has always wanted to know something about the future. For centuries he has had his wizards, his seers, his prophets. He has gazed into his crystal balls. He has read his tea leaves and he has studied the zodiac always trying to see the unseeable and know the unknowable, always trying to uncover the mystery of the future to remove the fear that hangs over his head and the fear is the fear of the unknown. And the only source, really, of the truth about the future is the Bible.
Only God knows the future and only He knows the end from the beginning. And only He determines and charts the course of the ultimate destiny of man and His world. Only God knows that. And God alone is omniscient. When we think about God’s knowledge, it’s very vast and it’s hard for us to understand it. I guess the way you might understand it is to take the sum of human knowledge and make it equal one grain of sand on one beach of one ocean in the world and God’s knowledge being all the grains of all the sand on the globe. And that’s the difference. At best, man is just less than elementary in his grasp of ultimate knowledge. But God knows everything. God knows the end from the beginning. God knows everything past, present and future.
In fact, in Isaiah 46:10 it says, it is God who is “declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times, things which have not been done saying, ‘My purpose will be established and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.'” In other words, God knows everything, God makes everything come to pass. In Acts 15:18 it says, “Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the age.” God knows everything from the beginning all through all of His works until it’s terminated in the end.
Now, there are negative and positive aspects of this omniscience. The negative of it, of course, is that God knows all the evil of all men everywhere and that nothing escapes His eye in terms of man’s evil. In Amos, chapter 9 and verse 2, “Though they dig into Hell, there shall Mine hand take them. Though they climb to Heaven, from there will I bring them down. Though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out from there. And though they be hidden from My sight in the bottom of the sea, there will I command the serpent that he shall bite them. And though they go into captivity before their enemies, and there will I command the sword and it shall slay them. And I will set Mine eyes upon them for evil and not for good.”
In other words, God will find the unrighteous man anywhere. God knows everything. He knows the whereabouts, He knows the sin of all those who have done inequity. Likewise, there is a positive aspect to omniscience. In Malachi, chapter 3 and verse 16, “Then they that feared the Lord spoke often one to another and the Lord hearkened and heard it and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the Lord and that thought upon His name. ‘And they shall be Mine,’ says the Lord of Hosts, ‘in the day when I make up my jewels…'” On the one hand, God will find all inequity and knows of it all. On the other hand, He knows all the righteous and has their name in His book. And so God is omniscient. God knows everything and everybody and everything that everybody will ever or has ever done. So God has laid out a plan. And somewhere in the midst of God’s omniscience is God’s foreknowledge, making the plan come to pass.
Much of the details of this plan for man’s destiny are outlined for us in the Bible. And particularly, God has revealed much of the future to His prophets. Much of what you read in the Bible now, which is history past, was future history to the writers when they received it. All of the prophecies to the Old Testament writers about the coming of Messiah were great prophetic truth. Now, they’re past history to us. But God detailed many things about the future to His prophets.
Now, let me use that as kind of an introduction to Zechariah. I’ve mentioned to you that God knows everything and that within His knowledge is the knowledge of all history past, present and future. And not only that, there is the purpose of God working it out in fact so that God is not a bystander observing it, but He is the one who is making it come to His own purposes.