GOD HIMSELF will be our WALL of PROTECTION & our GLORY: Then I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand. So I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.” And there was the angel who talked with me, going out; and another angel was coming out to meet him, who said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it. For I,' says the Lord, 'will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’” (Zech. 2:1-5)
Zechariah was a contemporary of the governor Zerubbabel (Hag. 1:12), the scribe Ezra (Ezra 7:1), and the prophet Haggai (Hag. 1:1). He was a priest who started giving his prophetic messages to the returnees at Jerusalem in 520 A.D. Zechariah’s third vision was that of the man with the measuring line. Its message is that the future Jerusalem will overspread its boundaries, and that God will be its Protector. This refers ultimately to Jerusalem during the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ. The interpretation of the third vision of Zechariah in the above passage includes the following:
- Jerusalem will be greatly expanded and extend far beyond its former boundaries. The population of Jerusalem will overflow the limits imposed by the walls as Jerusalem will again be rebuilt and will overflow with people (vs. 4b).
- There will be no walls for Jerusalem for God Himself will be its Protector, and the inhabitants will dwell in safety without walls. Physical walls will be unnecessary because God will be “a wall of fire around it” (vs. 4b).
- Jerusalem will be filled with the glorious presence of God (Isa. 4:5; 60:19, 20; Ezek. 38:11). Jehovah will personally abide in and will protect Jerusalem from all their enemies (vs. 5). Jerusalem will have no need for defensive fortifications because God’s presence will guarantee its safety and security.
However, these words refer ultimately to the future Jerusalem under the rule of its glorious king (see Zeph. 3:15–19), and these words drive us to the vision of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:1–3, 10, 11, 22, 23). Zechariah’s vision is consistent with the prophecies of Isaiah, Haggai, and other prophets who foresaw God’s new kingdom as a place that would be open to anyone from any background (Isa. 66:18–23; Haggai 2:6–7). The nations and families of the earth will come together and live in New Jerusalem in safety (Zech. 14:10–11, 16–17).
Today, God Himself will be our wall of protection and our glory, for He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Heb. 13:5-6) Jesus has further promised to be with us always, as He has told us: "I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:20). We have no reason to fear or be troubled for we are blessed with the wonderful protective presence of God always!