This is an audio presentation from one of my Friday night Bible Seminars covering the subject of Zechariah’s prophecy in chapter 6. At the bottom of this page are the three audio presentations of this very “obscure” prophecy. Pleas scroll and click play to listen.
“1And 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. 2In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; 3And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses. 4Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? 5And the angel answered and said unto me, Theseare the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. 6The black horses whichare therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country. 7And 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. 8Then 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.” Zechariah 6: 1-8; http://biblehub.com/hcsb/zechariah/6.htm
That the best and brightest of Adventist scholarship is clueless to this timely prophecy, I now forecast a snippet from the Church’s Bible Commentary:
1. Four chariots. This is perhaps the most obscure of the eight visions. The information furnished by the interpreting angel is limited. Some have noted a similarity to the vision of ch. 1:8–11, but to what extent similarity should be pressed is open to question. No fully satisfactory explanation of the various symbols has yet been advanced. See on ch. 1:8.
Two mountains. These appeared in vision and need not necessarily represent any geographical mountains. Later the chariots are said to come from the presence of God (v. 5).
Brass. Better, “bronze,” or “copper” (see on 2 Sam. 8:8). The significance of the metal is not explained. The prophet may have sought to designate appearance rather than material. Not all features noted in a vision are necessarily of interpretative value (see on ch. 1:8).–Nichol, F. D. (Ed.). (1977). The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary (Vol. 4, p. 1098). Review and Herald Publishing Association; italics added.
Notice that our church does not know what Zechariah 6 teaches, yet it is a prophecy for our time. How do we know this? Easy; let’s read on:
“12And 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: 13Even 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.” Zech. 6: 12-13.
Note carefully that this prophecy meets its fulfillment during the age when “the man whose name is The BRANCH” appears, and during which time he is to “build the temple of YHWH” and bear the glory of it. It is to fulfill at a time when this “Man” shall sit and reign as a king upon his throne, while simultaneously He is also a priest upon his throne. Hence this king-priest nature of Christ can only be realized during the Christian dispensation, the time when He is to build this temple–Church. Thus bringing into reality the following Apostolic pronouncement:
“19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Eph. 2: 19-22.
The Need Of Prophecy.
Never in the annals of the Christian church has there been a shaking the likes of that which is rapidly increasing as a result of the circulation of The Shepherd’s Rod series of books and tracts throughout the rank and file of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. It presents a singular and perplexing problem which human wisdom is utterly powerless to solve. In this extremity, then, we must turn to divine wisdom. Both the struggle and its remedy must be found in prophecy. Gladly, therefore, we accept the challenge: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me.” Isa. 45:11.
Only when the church finds herself grounded on a reef of her own folly, with the fierce waves of divine retribution beating over her sides, is she in a position to realize her dreadful danger and her need of everything. And only when thus endangered and alarmed can she possibly be roused to the absolute necessity of having the gift of prophecy – her most imperative need in her present predicament. “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7. “Desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy…. He that prophesieth edifieth the church.” 1 Cor. 14:1,4. “For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.” Rev. 19:10. Consequently if she does not now awake to the fact that “where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18), then she never will.–V.T. Houteff, 1941, The Warning Paradox, pp. 3, 4.
Focus on the imagery of verses 6 and 7 wherein there appears two teams of horses having two different colors going in two distinctly different directions, yet they are leading one chariot!
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Shalom in Messiah