Zechariah was a prophet of Judah, the eleventh of the twelve minor prophets. Of priestly extraction, his prophetical career began in the second year of Darius about sixteen years after the return of the first company from exile, and along with Haggai, he called the Jews back to the work of God.
Not only did Zechariah encourage the Jews to complete the rebuilding of the temple, but he also prophesied of the coming of Christ, making more predictions about him than any other prophet with the exception of Isaiah.
There are many Messianic prophecies in Zechariah. He foretold that Christ would come as a peaceful king (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-5). He prophesied that Christ would be betrayed by a friend (Zechariah 13:6; Matthew 26:21). He also foretold that the Christ would be sold for thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12,13; Matthew 26:14-27:10). He said that Christ is “the Branch” and the Seed of David (Zechariah 6:12,13; Isaiah 11:1,2; Romans 1:3,4). Zechariah prophesied that Christ would be both a king and a priest on His throne (Zechariah 6:12,13; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Timothy 6:14-16). Since Christ is our High Priest now, this means He is also our king now. If He is our king now, then it means that His kingdom has already come. God revealed to Zechariah that Christ would be crucified (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:33-37; Revelation 1:7). When this happened, a fountain would be opened for sin and cleansing (Zechariah 13:1; John 1:29; Matthew 26:28).
Text partly sourced from Truth for the World Correspondence Studies.