-Zechariah lifted up his eyes again and looked. This time he perceives four chariots coming forth from between the two bronze looking mountains where he was located. The first chariot had red horses driving it, the second chariot had black horses, the third chariot had white horses, and the forth had dappled horses. The prophet asked the angel what these were about, and the angel replied, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the Lord of all the earth, with one of which the black horses are going forth to the north country; and the white ones go forth after them, while the dappled ones go forth to the south country.” These were eager to patrol the earth as strong spiritual forces appeasing the wrath of Almighty God especially in the land of the north, probably referring to Assyria (Zechariah 6:1-8).
-The Word of the LORD also came to Zechariah for Messianic prophesy here. Zechariah was instructed to take an offering from the exiles and on the same day present it at the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah, where they have arrived from Babylon. They were to take silver and gold, making an ornate crown to set on the head of Joshua (Yeshua- God saves, Jesus in the Greek) the son of Jehozadak, who was the high priest. Then it was instructed to say to him, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Behold, a Man whose Name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the Temple of the LORD. Yes, it is He who will build the Temple of the LORD, and He will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace between the two offices (Zechariah 6:9-13).’” The crown would be a constant reminder that Messiah was coming, and those who are far off will come and build the Temple of the LORD. At this time they will know that the LORD of hosts has sent His messenger to His people, “and it will take place if you completely obey the LORD your God (Zechariah 6:14-15).”
-*Application* This was a symbolic crown to remind the people that a Messiah was coming. We have the good fortune now of looking back at Jesus’ first incarnation as our hope and joy for salvation. We also look forward in faith to the time when He reconciles all things to Himself and reigns with truth and grace over all creation (2 Corinthians 5:17-19, Colossians 1:20, John 1:14-17).
Verse to Memorize: Zechariah 6:12