The Book of Zechariah-Chapter 6

Now I lifted my eyes and looked (this is the eighth vision), and behold, four chariots (the four spirits of heaven-Psa 68.17 representing war, meaning the four kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome by whom the Lord accomplished his will in the world) were coming forth from between two mountains (Mount Moriah, where the Temple was, the throne of God, and the Mount of Olives. In between you have a called the Valley of Jehoshaphat meaning “God will judge”) and the mountains were bronze mountains (meaning judgment).
2) With first chariot were red horses (Babylon), with the second chariot black horses (Medo-Persia);
3) with the third chariot white horses (Greece) and with the fourth chariot strong dappled horses Rome; mixed-Dan 2.40-43).
4) Then I spoke and said to the angel who was speaking with me, “What are these, my lord?”
5) And the angel answered and said to me, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going forth (to judge Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome-Zech 1.19) after standing before the Lord of all the earth (to receive God’s commands and execute them in the four corners of the earth),
6) with one of which the black horses are going forth to the north country (Medo-Persia went to Babylon, that is why the first chariot was skipped, its fall was already an accomplished fact) and the white ones go forth after them (to the same country/area, Greece overthrew the Medo-Persians there), while the dappled ones go forth to the south country (Egypt-Dan 11. It was there that Rome came into collision with the declining Greece empire and it was there that it was first brought into contact with Israel).
7) When the strong ones (Rome was described as strong in Dan 7.7) went out, they were eager to go to patrol the earth (assert its dominion over the whole earth).”
8) Then he cried out to me and spoke to me saying, “See, those who are going to the land of the north have appeased my wrath in the land of the north (by Zechariah’s day, Babylon had been punished).”
9) The word of the Lord also came to me saying (the ninth vision, we are leaving the apocalyptic visions for straight prophecy),
10) “Take an offering (of gold and silver for the Temple) from the exiles, from Heldai (“robust), Tobijah (“goodness of God”), and Jedaiah (“God knows”); and you go the same day and enter the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah, where they have arrived from Babylon (also called Cush-Zeph 3.10).
11) And take silver and gold (the offering in v 10), make a crown (Hebrew “atarot”= “crowns”) and set it on the head of Joshua (whose name in Hebrew is Yeshua-Ezra 3.1-4 and the same guy in Hag chapters 1 and 2. This prophecy with Ezra 3.1-2 actually gives you the name of the Messiah) the son of Jehozadak, the high priest (Yeshua is the first high priest after the captivity, prophetic of another Yeshua who will be the first high priest after the second captivity).
12) Then say to him, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, a man whose name is the Branch (a term for the Messiah-Jer 23.5-6; Jer 33.15-16; Zech 3.8. It has the same gematria as “comforter” which is another name for the Messiah. Yeshua lived in Nazareth which means “the branch” so this is prophetic), for he will branch out (we have seen in the previous vision how the world’s kingdoms covered the earth. Messiah’s kingdom will be greater than all of them-Dan 2.35) from where he is; and he will build the Temple of the Lord (which Joshua helped to do, but Yeshua will also do it after he returns-Ezekiel chapters 40 through 48).
13) Yes, it is he who will build the Temple of the Lord, and he who will bear the honor (Hebrew “hod” meaning the crowns, used to mean regal majesty and used in Jer 22.18; 1 Chr 29.25; Dan 11.21. It is used to describe those on whom God has conferred majesty-Num 27.20. It is also used to describe the glory of the kingdom of Solomon-1 Chr 29.25) and sit and rule on his throne (alludes to “kingship.” In Zech 3 we saw Joshua as the branch, a religious leader, and in chapter 4 we saw Zerubbalel as the governor, or civil leader. In chapter 6 we see the religious and civil as pictures of the Messiah and these offices brought together. In Ezekiel chapters 40 through 48 there are words used that convey much imagery and concepts, but there is not one verse where the high priest is mentioned, the Prince is! He is both the Nasi, a civil administrator, and a religious leader. So, Messiah must descend from a priestly line also. That is not a new belief. The Essenes believed it to be so. In the Book of Luke we have the genealogy of Yeshua, and you will see many priestly names there. This is the genealogy of Mary and we know she was related to Elizabeth who was a daughter of Aaron-Luke 1.5. Yeshua was related to John the Baptist, who was a priest), and the counsel of peace will between the two offices (between the kingly and priestly offices. This also alludes to the fact that Yeshua will rule as both king and priest).
14) Now the crown (crowns) will become a reminder in the Temple of the Lord (the crowns were taken off and placed in the Temple to remind all that the promised Messiah was to come) to Helem (Heldai-v 10), Tobijah, Jedaiah (Jedaiah of v 10) and Hen (meaning “favor” and another name for Josiah in v 10) the son of Zephaniah (“God hides”).
15) And those who are afar off (from Babylon) will come and build the Temple of the Lord.’ Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. And it will take place, if you completely obey the Lord your God (and build the Temple and obey the Torah. Then the Messiah will come to them. Meanwhile, they are still cast away “branches” and until they are grafted in again on the Branch, or Messiah< in their own olive tree-Zech 3.8; 12.10-12; Matt 23.9; Rom 11.16-24)."

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