6 By the four chariots he describeth the four Monarchies.
1 Again, I turned and lifted up mine eyes, and looked: and behold, there came four [a]chariots out from between [b]two mountains, and the mountains were mountains of brass.
2 In the first chariot were[c]red horses, and in the second chariot [d]black horses,
3 And in the third chariot [e]white horses, and in the fourth chariot, horses of [f]divers colors, and reddish.
4 Then I answered, and said unto the Angel that talked with me, What are these, my Lord?
5 And the Angel answered, and said unto me, These are the four [g]spirits of the heaven, which go forth from standing with the Lord of all the earth.
6 That with the black horse went forth into the land of the North, and the white went out after them, and they of divers colors went forth toward the [h]South country.
7 And the [i]reddish went out, and required to go, and pass through the world, and he said, Go, pass through the world. So they went throughout the world.
8 Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the North country, have pacified my [j]spirit in the North country.
9 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
10 Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, and of Tobijah, and Jedaiah, which are come from Babel, and come thou the same day, and go unto the house of [k]Josiah, the son of Zephaniah.
11 Take even silver, and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the [l]head of Joshua, the son of Jehozadak the high Priest,
12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, and saith, Behold, the man whose name is the [m]Branch, and he shall grow [n]up out of his place, and he shall [o]build the Temple of the Lord.
13 Even he shall build the Temple of the Lord, and he shall bear the [p]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 [q]them both.
14 And the crowns shall be to [r]Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to [s]Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a [t]memorial in the Temple of the Lord.
15 And they that are [u]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 [v]obey the voice of the Lord your God.
Zechariah 6:1By chariots here, as by horses afore, he meaneth the swift messengers of God to execute and declare his will.
Zechariah 6:1By the brazen mountains he meaneth the external counsel, and providence of God whereby he hath from before all eternity decreed what shall come to pass, and that which neither Satan nor all the world can alter.
Zechariah 6:2Which signified the great cruelty and persecution that the Church had endured under divers enemies.
Zechariah 6:2Signifying, that they had endured great afflictions under the Babylonians.
Zechariah 6:3These represented their state under the Persians, which restored them to liberty.
Zechariah 6:3Which signified, that God would sometimes give his Church rest, and pour his plagues upon their enemies, as he did in destroying Nineveh and Babylon, and others their enemies.
Zechariah 6:5Meaning, all the actions and motions of God’s Spirit, which according to his unchangeable counsel he causeth to appear through all the world.
Zechariah 6:6That is, toward Egypt, and other countries there about.
Zechariah 6:7That is, they of divers colors, which ask […], to signify that Satan hath no power to hurt or afflict, till God gives it him, Job 1:12.
Zechariah 6:8By punishing the Chaldeans mine anger ceased, and you were delivered.
Zechariah 6:10To receive of him and the other three, money to make the two crowns: which were men of great authority among the Jews, and doubted of the restitution of the kingdom, and of the Priesthood, and hurt others by their example.
Zechariah 6:11Because this could not be attributed to anyone according to the Law, therefore it followeth that Joshua must represent the Messiah, who was both Priest and king.
Zechariah 6:12Meaning, Christ, of whom Joshua was the figure: for in Greek they were both called Jesus.
Zechariah 6:14That they may acknowledge their infirmity, which looked that all things should have been restored incontinently: and of this their infidelity these two crowns shall remain as tokens, Acts 1:16.
Zechariah 6:15That is, the Gentiles by the preaching of the Gospel, shall help toward the building of the spiritual Temple.
Zechariah 6:15If ye will believe and remain in the obedience of faith.
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