Chapter 8 is a continuation of the answer to the question posed in chapter 7.
Zechariah 8:1 Again the word of the L-RD of hosts came to me, saying,
Over and over again in this chapter we see “Thus says the L-RD of hosts” this stresses that G-d is speaking and it is not the words of Zechariah.
Zechariah 8:2 Thus says the L-RD of hosts; I am zealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am zealous for her with great fervor.
Like a husband who desires not to share his wife with anyone else, G-d desires to have Israel for Himself and not share her with anyone else. The wording indicates that He can’t bear the estrangement from His chosen people because of their sin.
Zechariah 8:3 Thus says the L-RD; I will return to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem will be called the city of truth; and the mountain of the L-RD of hosts the holy mountain.
Zion - the mountain on which Jerusalem was built.
“City of Truth” - A city which is characterized by truth, both in word and in deed. It will be ruled over by Messiah who is characterized by truth. Truth also alludes to forever because truth cannot change
“the holy mountain” - the mountain is holy because the king who lives on it is holy.
Isaiah 6:3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, Holy, Holy, is the L-RD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
The L-rd will return to Zion.
Ezekiel 43:1-5 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looks toward the east: And, behold, the glory of the G-d of Israel came from the way of the east: and His voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with His glory. And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell on my face. And the glory of the L-RD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the L-RD filled the house.
Zechariah 8:4 - 5 Thus says the L-RD of hosts; There will yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand because of great age. And the streets of the city will be full of boys and girls playing in the streets there.
Today Jerusalem is not a city of peace (shalom) and safety. When Messiah reigns from His throne in Jerusalem the streets will be safe for young and old alike.
Zechariah 8:6 Thus says the L-RD of hosts; If it be marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvelous in mine eyes? says the L-RD of hosts.
“marvelous” - unbelievable
The L-rd is saying, if this seems unbelievable or too difficult for you, that doesn’t mean that it is too difficult for Me.
Now that is comforting. The situation in Israel seems hopeless. But G-d could solve the problem with out working up a sweat.
Zechariah 8:7 Thus says the L-RD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;
This is not referring to the return from Babylon because the children of Israel had only been scattered east not west at this point in time. He will gather them from “the rising of the sun” to “the setting of the sun”. This is beginning to happen today and it will continue until the coming of Messiah.
Zechariah 8:8 And I will bring them, and they will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they will be my people, and I will be their G-d, in truth and in righteousness..
This refers to Israel’s national acceptance of Yeshua. The day is coming when all Israel will recognize Yeshua as their Mashiach.
The Eighth letter is Chet - New beginning; Divine Grace and new life; a metaphysical letter above this existence.
Zechariah 8:9 Thus says the L-RD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, you that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the L-RD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.
The prophets referred to are Haggai and Zechariah.
Zechariah 8:10 For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbor.
Prior to the construction (rebuilding of the temple) they faced conflict.
Haggai 1:6-11 "You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes." Thus says the L-RD of hosts, "Consider your ways! "Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified," says the L-RD. "You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?" declares the L-RD of hosts, "Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house. "Therefore, because of you the sky has withheld its dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. "And I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands."
Zechariah 8:11 But now I will not be to the residue of this people as in the former days, says the L-RD of hosts.
But once the construction on the temple had started, G-d said he would not bring affliction on them.
Zechariah 8:12 For the seed will be prosperous; the vine will give her fruit, and the ground will give her increase, and the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.
G-d will bless the people.
Zechariah 8:13 And it will come to pass, that as you were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and you will be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.
These promises look beyond Zechariah’s day to the future Messianic Kingdom.