Zechariah 2:1–5 (NKJV)
2:1 Then I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2 So I said, “Where are you going?”
And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.”
3 And there was the angel who talked with me, going out; and another angel was coming out to meet him, 4 who said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it. 5 For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ ”
The next vision of Zechariah moves from the horns of the enemy to the measuring line briefly mentioned in 1:16. When the Lord sends this message to the prophet, He speaks of the line measuring the width and length of Jerusalem. Another angel comes and says that he should tell this young man (presumably Zechariah) that Jerusalem will be so full of the multitude of men a livestock that will come back from captivity that there will be no walls to the city. This speaks to the massive restoration that will be effected by Yahweh. Then, the angel state that the only walls needed will be a wall of fire all around her, provided by the Lord, who will dwell in the midst of her. This speaks to a profound act of restoration, full of glory, and beyond the original state of the city by far.
While you may feel that you have forever lost what good things you had (possessions, relationships, favor with God), it is essential that you know that God’s restoration is amazing. He can not only give you what you lost, but may restore you greater than what you lost. In the case of Jerusalem, it seems that God is going to bring them back beyond where they were before the captivity, catching them up for the lost years. Trust God for more, not less, than what you had. He is God. He can and will restore!