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Indeed, it is he who will build Yahweh’s temple, and he will have the glory, and will sit and rule on his throne; and he will be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace will be between both offices.’” Bible other translations

“Indeed, it is he who will build Yahweh’s temple.” There are a number of temples to Yahweh in the Bible. The first was Solomon's Temple, which was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC. The second was the small temple that was built in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, and that temple was completely remodeled and enlarged by Herod the Great. It was the temple that Jesus Christ taught in and it was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans. There has been no temple in Jerusalem since 70 AD, but the Bible tells us that the Jews will build a third temple which will be the one mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:4 and Revelation 11:1-2, and that temple will be destroyed in the Great Tribulation and Battle of Armageddon. Then Jesus will oversee the building of a fourth temple which is described in Ezekiel 40-47, and that temple will last 1,000 years and be destroyed in the great fire that melts the elements of the earth. Then, in the new heaven and earth there will be no temple, because God and the Lamb are the temple in that everlasting city (Rev. 21:22).

“and he will have the glory.” The first time the Messiah came, there was “no beauty that we should be attracted to him” and he was “despised and rejected by people” (Isa. 53:2, 3). But when he is present the second time, conquering and ruling the earth, he will “have the glory,” and be “beautiful and glorious” (Isa. 4:2).

“both offices.” That is, the office of king and the office of High Priest. Jesus will be king, and he will be a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 7:11, 17).


Commentary for: Zechariah 6:13