(WEB) Zechariah 1:3–Therefore tell them: Thus says YHWH of Hosts: ‘Return to me,’ says YHWH of Hosts, ‘and I will return to you,’ says YHWH of Hosts.
People say, “God bless Babylon.” Is she truly blessed if the majority of her people don’t prosper while the few greedy custodians hoard her wealth that was taken by guile and force? Things happen or are allowed to happen for a reason. Trouble doesn’t last always, but for those who are called, and possibly gone astray, it is an opportunity to reconnect with the Father, YHWH.
Ancient Israel would seek YHWH when their lives were in danger and serve idols in times of peace. No more. YHWH is seeking those of Israel and of the nations who will be faithful in both good and bad times. They are the ones who will preserve their lives and those of their descendents.
There won’t be many more opportunities before Divine Judgement is rendered upon the nations and chiefly upon Babylon.