Zechariah 9: Worldwide Kingdom
There is a Messianic prophecy alert in Zechariah 9.
Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Zec 9:10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
This entire chapter is a futuristic vision, it is pretty clear how Jesus fulfilled the prophecy in verse nine. He rode into Jerusalem on a colt on Palm Sunday. However, verse 10 is also significant. He will speak peace to the heathen, and His kingdom will extend across the world.
It is interesting because I would argue that Christianity was the first global religion. I am obviously not a professional historian, but when I think about the religions of the world that existed prior to Jesus Christ, most of them were for particular countries or areas. Judaism was not necessarily evangelistic. When I reflect on Native American religions, they were largely tribal although there were similarities between tribes. In Egypt, they certainly had a pantheon of deities, but it wasn’t as if that worship extended much beyond the Egyptian borders. Maybe there is some instance out there that I’m not thinking of, but it seems to me that prior to Christianity, the statement would have been particularly shocking.
No religion extended that far. No one had the means to spread a religion on that scale. Here is a prophecy then that is something different. It must have been controversial at the time. Who would be able to have that kind of kingdom?
Today, there are Christians all over the world. We live in a time where, after I post this article today, it is possible for someone in South Africa, Russia, or Australia to read this simultaneously. Having this type of global reach is routine for us today, but thinking back to the time of Zechariah, I bet that this was controversial and somewhat questionable. It was arguing that something would happen that seemed virtually impossible. It happened though.