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1 I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.
2 Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.
He saw a man with a measuring line in his hand, who told him he was going to measure the length and breadth of Jerusalem. He saw by this that there were measurements, and that the fortunes of the city were not abandoned to accident or caprice. He was told what the line of Jerusalem's humiliation extended to; but he was not informed of the number of the years that humiliation should continue.
Zechariah was told what the line was for, but he was not informed of the details of the measurements. These details were reserved by the Father, to be communicated afterwards to the Anointed Jesus, that he might send and "indicate them by sign," represent them symbolically, to his servant John. The apocalypse, however, to which the "measuring line" extended, was communicated to Zechariah.
5 For I, saith Yahweh, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
He was told these words,
"Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, for the multitude of men and cattle therein:"
and the reason given why it should be so secure in such a country was,
"Because, saith Yahweh, I will be unto her a Wall of Fire (the Jasper - wall of Apoc. 21:12,14,18) round about her, and will be the Glory (the Jasper - stone, clear as crystal - ver. 11) in the midst of her."
He perceived from this, as we may also perceive, that Yahweh would appear in Jerusalem at the end of the measuring line. He found also, by attending to the words spoken, that when He should be therein apocalypsed or unveiled, he will make a proclamation to the Israelites dwelling in the countries north of Jerusalem, called "the Land of the North," the territory under the dominion of Gog, the then Head of the Little Horn Babylon of our future.
12 And Yahweh shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
"After the glory" is apocalypsed in Jerusalem, in other words, after Messiah effects his entrance into Jerusalem, the work begins that is to result in removing the veil from the mind of lsrael with respect to Jesus; in their restoration to Palestine; in the subjugation of the nations; and their subsequent enlightenment.
When this work is accomplished the apocalyptic millenary is introduced, in which the things expressed in the following words of Zechariah become the order of the times...
13 Be silent, O all flesh, before Yahweh: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.