Zechariah 6
Scofield Reference Notes
And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass.
[2] four chariots

The interpretation of the tenth vision must be governed by the authoritative declaration of Zech 6:5. That which is symbolized by the four chariots with their horses is not the four world-empires of Daniel, but "the four spirits of heaven which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth" (Zech 6:5). These "spirits" are angels Lk 1:19 Heb 1:14 and are most naturally interpreted of the four angels of Rev 7:1-3 9:14,15. These have also a ministry earthward, and of like nature with the "spirits" of Zech 6:1-8. viz. judgment. The symbol (chariots and horses) is in perfect harmony with this. Always in Scripture symbolism they stand for the power of God earthward in judgment. Jer 46:9,10 Joel 2:3-11 Nah 3:1-7. The vision, then, speaks of the Lord's judgments upon the Gentile nations north and south in the day of the Lord Isa 2:10-22 Rev 19:11-21.

In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;
And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.
Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord?
Margin angel

See Scofield Note: "Heb 1:4"

And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.
Margin angel

See Scofield Note: "Heb 1:4"

The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country.
And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.
Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah;
Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;
[1] crowns

Following the earth-judgments symbolized in the horsed chariots (Zech 6:1-8) comes the manifestation of Christ in His kingdom glory (Zech 6:9-15). This is the invariable prophetic order: first the judgments of the day of the Lord Isa 2:10-22 Rev 19:11-21 then the kingdom (cf) Ps 2:5 2:6 Isa 3:24-26 4:2-6 10:33,34 11:1-10 Rev 19:19-21 20:4-6. This is set forth symbolically by the crowning of Joshua, which was not a vision, but actually done (cf) Isa 8:3,4 Ezek 37:16-22. The fulfilment in the BRANCH will infinitely transcend the symbol. He "shall bear the glory" Zech 6:13 Mt 16:27 24:30 25:31 as the Priest-King on His own throne (Zech 6:12,13; Heb 7:1-3). Christ is now a Priest, but still in the holiest within the veil Lev 16:15 Heb 9:11-14,24 and seated on the Father's throne Rev 3:21. He has not yet come out to take His own throne Heb 9:28. The crowns made for the symbolical crowning of Joshua were to be laid up in the temple as a memorial to keep alive this larger hope of Israel.

And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

See Scofield Note: "Isa 4:2"

Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD.
And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.
Scofield Reference Notes by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield [1917]

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