—Zechariah 14:20-21 (NASB)
Never lose sight of the fact that God originally spoke these words through Zechariah to a people stalled in their efforts to build God’s temple. They were fixated on the difficulty of their present circumstances and the task of completing a building for their day, but God explained that what they had begun was something far, far greater. Their work was not limited to its effects for their own lifetime, but merely a starting point for things that would not be ultimately fulfilled until the final age on earth when the Messiah comes back to personally reign. What was previously limited to just the Temple would be propagated throughout the whole earth. From this point on begins God’s final plan for restoring the entire earth to a spiritual state which can abide in His personal presence: holiness.