Meyer draws parallels between the visions of Zechariah for the Jewish people and applications of those visions to the modern Christian.
The beginning of Meyer's book offers biographical information. Zechariah was born into a priestly family in the latter years of the Babylonian captivity. His father, Berechiah, is believed to have died when Zechariah was young, and so Zechariah was raised by his grandfather, Iddo.
When permission was finally granted by Darius for the Jews to rebuild the temple, the Jews were not zealous to do so, and so the "restoration" prophets began their exhortations. Haggai and Zerubbabel began expressing their visions to the Jews, as did Zechariah. Zechariah has a touching, merciful prophecy: "Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: return to Me, and I will return to you" (Zech 1:3). Once Meyer has described the content of Zechariah's message, he begins to apply it to contemporary society: "There never yet was a backslider for whose return the infinite God did not yearn, and after whom it did not send messages like this (Meyer 14).
Meyer continues to point out that those who have given such messages have passed away. Prophets are, after all, human beings. It is not the person who carries the force of conviction, according to Meyer, but the word of God. Meyer encourages the reader to pay greater attention to God's "invitations, warnings, threat