Yahweh of hosts said that the righteous, on the other hand, who revered the name of Yahweh, would be like a rising sun with healing wings. They would be like leaping calves coming out of their stalls. They would walk all over the wicked, so that the wicked ones would become like ashes under their feet. All of these things were going to take place on the day when Yahweh was going to act.
The day of Yahweh would be a fiery hot day. The wicked ones would burn up as if they were in an oven. All the arrogant and evildoers would be like stubble for the fire that would burn all of them up. Yahweh of hosts was going to leave these wicked people without roots or branches. Thus, the idea that God will come with fire has its biblical origins here.
Yahweh of hosts, via Malachi, said that the righteous would be his possession on the day when he acted. He would spare them, just as parents spare their children. Then on that day, they would once again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who served God and those who did not.
Yahweh of hosts said that his name was great from the rising of the sun to the setting of the sun. Among all the countries and in every place on earth, a pure offering of incense was offered to his name. Clearly, his name was great among all the nations of the world. What countries was he talking about?
This is a universal appeal to all countries to come to worship Yahweh, with a particular remark about those who had fought against Jerusalem. Yahweh wanted them to come every year to worship him, the king, Yahweh of hosts, for the festival of Booths, Tabernacles, or Tents. This was usually in the fall, when there was a renewal of the covenant. There was no mention of any other Israelite religious festivals.
Yahweh of hosts wanted to take away the current leaders. The sword should rise up against them, even if they are associated with Yahweh. The shepherd leaders should be killed, so that the flock would be scattered. Yahweh would destroy 2/3rd of this flock of people. The remaining 1/3rd would have to be refined by fire, just like gold and silver were tested in a furnace. This remaining 1/3rd remnant would be Yahweh’s people. They would have Yahweh as their God. Yahweh would have them as his people.
Yahweh spoke directly to Zechariah. On that day to come, he was going to cut off the names of the various idols in the land. Thus, no one would remember them anymore. He also was going to remove the prophets and unclean spirits. This will be the end of institutional prophets.
Yahweh of hosts once again revealed to Zechariah that the people from many different cities were going to come to seek Yahweh in Jerusalem. They would say to each other that they were going to seek the favor of Yahweh. Many people and major countries were going to seek Yahweh in Jerusalem. They all would come to seek the favor of Yahweh of hosts.
Yahweh of hosts was going to deal with his people, but not like in the former days. Now Yahweh was going to sow peace. Their vines would yield much fruit. Their ground would produce rich harvests. Their skies would send down gentle rain and dew. The remnant of the people would possess all these things. Just as many countries had cursed them in the past, now Judah and Israel would be a blessing to many countries. They should not be afraid, but continue with their strong hands.