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Who was Zerubbabel?

1 Chron. 3:19 and the sons of Pedaiah: Zerubbabel and Shimei; and the sons of Zerubbabel: Meshullam and Hananiah, and Shelomith was their sister;

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
According to the genealogies in Matthew and Luke, Zerubbabel (whose name means "offspring of Babylon") was an ancestor of Jesus through Joseph's royal line (Matthew 1:12-13) and also biologically through Mary's line (Luke 3:27).

Zerubbabel was the grandson of Jehoiachin, king of Judah. He was born in Babylon during Judah's exile there, and travelled to Judah after King Cyrus II of Persia allowed the Judean exiles to return from Babylon in order to rebuild the temple, which took 23 years to accomplish, and which was much smaller than the original temple built by Solomon. However, it survived until the time of Christ, and was the temple that He entered and taught in. 

The prophet Haggai identified Zerubbabel as the governor of Judah after the exiles' return.

Through visions given to the prophet Zechariah, God encouraged Zerubbabel in his work (Zechariah 4:6-9).

God also declared through the prophet Haggai that He would use Zerubbabel to overthrow and destroy kingdoms, and that He had made Zerubbabel as His signet ring (Haggai 2:20-23). This in effect reversed the curse that God had previously placed on Zerubbabel's grandfather Jehoiachin in Jeremiah 22:24-25.

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