First, let’s remember the theme for this year: Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations. This is one of the easiest weeks to do so. Easter is one of the easiest time to talk to people about the Gospel.
Archeology has confirmed the accuracy of the Bible in many stories. This is one reason we believe what the Bible says.
Other evidence is the number of fulfilled prophecies which is what this sermon series is about.
Zechariah 9 contains three prophecies, like three distant mountain ranges. … Mountain ranges can look close to each other. You may go hiking and see two ranges, one behind another and they look close, but when you reach the top of the first you see a large valley between the two.
Tyre and the Philistine cities will be destroyed, but Jerusalem will be kept safe (Zechariah 9:33-6, 8).
Fulfilment: Alexander the Great in 332 BC. … 188 years after the prophecy was made, Alexander was conquering all of the known world. Then he came to Jerusalem. The only account we have of this is from the Jewish historian, Josephus, who tells us about how Alexander left Jerusalem alone. Josephus tells us that the night before Alexander approached the city, the high priest had a vision. The high priest was to wear a special outfit and march out with other priests and citizens to meet Alexander. He did so. Apparently Alexander had also had a vision that he would see a man dressed like this. He was taken into the temple by the high priest and offered a sacrifice to God. Then he was shown the prophecy in Daniel about the fall of the Persian empire, at which point he believed that he was the one prophesied about who would conquer Persia. He then left, allowing the Jews to go on living as they had been.
A gentle king will come to Jerusalem. He will ride into the city on a donkey. He will bring salvation and proclaim peace (Zechariah 9:9-10).
Fulfillment: Jesus on Palm Sunday (Matthew 21:1-9). About 550 years after the prophecy, Jesus rides into Jerusalem, on the back of a young donkey.
The Lord will appear over His people in battle. His arrow will flash like lightning. He will sound the trumpet and save His flock (Zechariah 9:14, 16).
Fulfilment: The return of Jesus (Matthew 24:27-31). … Jesus tells His disciples about His second coming and it sounds a lot like what Zechariah predicted. One reason to believe Jesus is coming again is that the first two prophecies here were fulfilled. Why shouldn’t the third also come true?
These prophecies look like they should occur close to each other, but there are large gaps of time between their fulfilments. The first was fulfilled 188 years after being made. The second was around 550 years after the prophecy. And the third has not been fulfilled yet, but was spoken about by Jesus.