By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

It becomes more and more clear to me and grows more and more dear to me, dear reader, that the curious context from which profound prophecies are uttered, and the curious men which are chosen to "do" the uttering, serve as a timely illustration and instruction to the exact prophetic utterance being issued.
Men and their means,
timing and its employment,
history and its involvement of men,
is always of consequence and bears relevance to the weighty words of God Almighty.
The context serves as a "double meal" to the entrance of the impartation of God's precious word.
He desires for us to receive a "double portion" in this way and this ought to cause the seeking and listening heart to greatly rejoice.
"Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee; for they are men wondered at; for, behold I will bring forth My servant the BRANCH. For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes; behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree."
Zechariah 3:8-10
The prophet Zechariah enters Israel's history upon the return of a seventy year exile in Babylon. His words are an echo to the contemporary prophet Haggai and the two prophets "together" provide a forcible exclamatory voice to vision and rebuilding, restoration and refueling, in the nation of Israel.
Israel is "resituating" itself in its rightful land and everything about the book of Zechariah speaks to the "re" part of God:
Rebuilding. Restoring. Reclaiming. Renewing.
Zechariah's name means:
"Yahweh Remembers."
How glorious this beautiful name and how accurately worded within the context of a redemptive declaration from God.
Zechariah was a grandson to the priest Iddo and familiar with the office of priesthood. Serving as both priest and prophet, he aids in the "re-establishing" of worship, along with the formation of figurehead in God's holy temple.
God had prescribed a holy order for His holy people and sanctioned Zechariah to put this order in place.
Zechariah's role is to reestablish and reinstitute the "orders and order" of God.
His eye rests firmly and resolutely on the high priest, Joshua, whose name means "salvation" and the envisionment received of Joshua's cleansing (Zechariah 3) sends shivers down my spine every time I read it.
The high priest Joshua contends with Satan, himself, in this passage and God utterly cleanses the unholy priest with His holy righteousness:
God starts at the top and He works down.
Don't miss the order!
The extraordinary account of cleansing in the priesthood is flavored with the impossible zeal and reality of God's immeasureless and boundless grace and then flows down to the corporate gathering of His people.
An illustration of what the Righteous BRANCH shall bring.
Mmmm ...
The righteous BRANCH is Jesus Christ, dear reader.
In Him and through Him we find these wondrous realities placed upon ourselves with the beautiful garment of salvation becoming our own.
We are robed in the garments of salvation and we are adorned by the Rescuer of our souls, Jesus Christ.
-We are rebuilt through Jesus Christ.
-We are restored through Jesus Christ.
-We are reclaimed in Jesus Christ.
-We are renewed in Jesus Christ.
-We are reestablished in Jesus Christ.
-We are the redeemed in Jesus Christ.
-We have reason to rejoice in Jesus Christ!
Hallelujah and Amen.
*Let the redeemed of the Lord review and rehearse this list until it forms the identity with solid proclamation and pronouncement!
We stand beneath the BRANCH and not the mistletoe this Christmas season.
1) Read the combined books of Zechariah and Haggai and exclaim over the demonstration of the Spirit's power experienced through them in the foretelling of Christ.
2) Let settle the meaty interpretations of prophecies forecast for Christ's first coming and second and highlight those deemed most relevant to you.
3) What does God desire for "you" to do in conclusion of the readings and realities?
Follow through and begin this moment right where you are.