Zechariah

Zechariah is an interesting and powerful book, and I would love to go through and analyze everything that is said in the Book of Zechariah, but we must concentrate on the events of Ezekiel’s Fire. But, even that will take us through eight chapters, and we’ve been through two of them, already. So, let’s get started.

Zechariah 1

I’m going to skip over the first six verses of chapter one and dive right into the vision that Zechariah received from God.

The Horsemen Of Zechariah And The Horsemen Of Revelation

Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of Jehovah unto Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the prophet, saying, I saw in the night, and, behold, a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle-trees that were in the bottom; and behind him there were horses, red, sorrel, and white.

Zechariah 1:7-8

This is where we might get into some trouble, because there is another place in the Bible where we see horsemen:

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, Come. And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon had a bow; and there was given unto him a crown: and he came forth conquering, and to conquer.

And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come. And another horse came forth, a red horse: and to him that sat thereon it was given to take peace from the earth, and that they should slay one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

And when he opened the first seal, I heard the third living creature saying, Come. And I saw, and behold, a black horse; and he that sat thereon had a balance in his hand. And I heard as it were a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, A measure of wheat for a shilling, and three measures of barley for a shilling; and the oil and the wine hurt thou not.

And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, Come. And I saw, and behold, a pale horse: and he that sat upon him, his name was Death; and Hades followed with him. And there was given unto them authority over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with famine, and with death, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

Revelation 6:1-8

Okay, there are four horses here in Revelation and there are three in Zechariah. So, that’s the first problem with this comparison. Also, we don’t see them doing anything – yet.

Maybe they are waiting for the Black Horse?

It could be. I don’t know.

Oh, and I am assuming that the ‘speckled’ or ‘sorrel’ horse is the pale horse in Revelation. Again, I’m not sure that we have permission to make the connection, but there does appear to be something of a resemblance.

We Must Stop Corrupting The Bible

Please understand that we have been corrupting our interpretation of the Bible with all kinds of foolish notions that have little – if any – resemblance to the truth. I think that the time has come to exercise discipline when seeking to interpret what the Bible actually says.

The time has come to stop interjecting your own viewpoint.

Torturing the Bible is a sin, and it needs to stop.

We DO See Four Types Of Horses In Zechariah 6

In Zechariah 6, we also see four chariots with four horses that seem an awful lot like the horses in Zechariah 1 and Revelation 6.

Are these the same?

I’m not sure. If I had to choose, I would say “yes”, but I fully recognize that I could be wrong.

But, there is something that Zechariah records in chapter 6 that tells us something interesting about one of these ‘horses’:

Then cried he to me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, they that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.

Zechariah 6:8

It is clear to me that God was upset with those in the North, and those horses did something in the North that made God less angry. And yes, this can be nothing less than anger.

It certainly isn’t fear.

Remember, this is God. He fears no one, so any upset MUST be anger. Wrath.

And, what would have caused Him to be angry?

Well, remember what I said about God judging those who ‘devoured’ the Jews, in Jeremiah 30. Notice also who did that, and where most of them are located:

The Northern Hemisphere

Of course, this is a temporary appeasement. The Antichrist has not arrived, yet.

The Red Horse Stalks The Earth

But, hold that thought about chapter six. We’ve barely begun looking at chapter one. So, let’s continue with Zechariah 1:

Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will show thee what these are. And the man that stood among the myrtle-trees answered and said, These are they whom Jehovah hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth. And they answered the angel of Jehovah that stood among the myrtle-trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.

Zechariah 1:9-11

There is a part of me that wants to say that this ‘earth sitting still’ that the angel speaks of, is the stillness that would come after the incredible destruction of Ezekiel’s Fire. But, I believe that to be a dangerous assumption. In fact the next verse lays out that the time period (threescore and ten years) is Babylonian captivity.

The Angel Asks God For Mercy Upon Jerusalem

So, let’s continue with chapter one:

Then the angel of Jehovah answered and said, O Jehovah of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?

And Jehovah answered the angel that talked with me with good words, even comfortable words.

Zechariah 1:12-13

If the horses and horsemen of Zechariah are the same as those in Revelation, then these angels have been riding the Earth for a long, long time.

Notice also that the angels are unhappy with the condition of Jerusalem. I find that interesting. The angels have emotions and are NOT unaffected by the situation here on Earth.

Maybe we could say that angels are people, too?

God Is Jealous For Jerusalem

So the angel that talked with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the nations that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

Zechariah 1:14-15

Now, THIS is something that we can definitely connect with the other passages that we’ve been reading.

First of all…

What is God’s focus?

Jerusalem.

And, I believe that this is THE reason why Jesus spoke of Jewish ownership of Jerusalem as marking the end of the era of the Gentiles. Because it is Jerusalem that matters most.

In fact, it is the Key.

Then God speaks of His displeasure at the nations that live comfortably, that have persecuted the Jews above and beyond what God desired. Well above, and well beyond.

Who does God rain fire down upon in Ezekiel 39:6?

Those who dwell carelessly, or securely.

God Will Comfort Zion And Choose Jerusalem

Here are the next two verses in chapter one:

Therefore thus saith Jehovah: I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies; my house shall be built in it, saith Jehovah of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem. Cry yet again, saying, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: My cities shall yet overflow with prosperity; and Jehovah shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.

Zechariah 1:16-17

Okay, so here’s the question. After God threw the Israelis out of the Land of Israel…

…when did God comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem?

Here’s the answer:

NEVER

Since Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians, Zion has not been comforted and Jerusalem hasn’t been ‘chosen’. Yes, I know that Ezra built the Second Temple, and Nehemiah built the city of Jerusalem, after that. But, Jerusalem and the cities of Israel never overflowed with prosperity and Jerusalem was not comforted. Even in the few decades in which the Hasmonean Kingdom existed, they did not control all of the area of Israel.

So, the next question is all about ‘when’.

When will Jehovah comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem?

The answer is soon. In fact, this is really what we are talking about – God’s plan to bring peace and comfort to Jerusalem.

God Will Cast Down The Horns Of The Nations

Let’s go ahead and finish the chapter:

And I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, four horns.

And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.

And Jehovah showed me four smiths.

Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head; but these are come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations, which lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.

 – Zechariah 1:18-21

Because Israel sinned against God, Israel was scattered to the four winds. I’m not sure if these horns have special characteristics, or if they were just… horns. God doesn’t say. Suffice it to say that Israel was scattered to every possible corner of the world.

Even in Taiwan, there stands a statue in the city of Tainan that commemorates the exploits of a Jewish general in the employ of the Ming Dynasty.

I don’t know if there is a connection between the four horns, the four smiths, the four chariots, the four beasts and the four horsemen. Just because you see a four-of-something, it doesn’t mean that it is the same as any other four-of-something. But, it IS interesting that there are four. I will leave the significance of that to your imagination. Just be careful not to claim something is true, when it is really just speculation.

However, I believe that there is one connection to these four horns:

…and Jehovah shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.

Zechariah 1:17b

When I quoted Zechariah 1:18-21 (above), you will notice that I put in bold, this phrase:

…to cast down the horns of the nations…

Let’s look at verse 21 again:

Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head; but these are come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations, which lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.

 – Zechariah 1:21

The horns that scattered the Jews, will be turned to cast down those nations that have acted against the Jews and the Land of Judah. I find that to be interesting.

Who are those nations that will be cast down?

Well, the same cast of characters:

Russia, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and the United States.

God May Spare East Asia

This appears to be a confirmation that God may spare South and East Asia, Central and South America and parts of Africa. China has never, in all of their history, lifted up her horn to scatter the Jews. At least, it has not been recorded in any history that we can find.

On the contrary, China has been a refuge to the Jews. In fact, there is some evidence that China may have been an early haven for ancient Israelis fleeing the destruction of their country.

Possible Jewish Roots To The Chinese Passover

I am currently living in Taiwan, and the biggest celebration of the year – both here and in China – is Chinese New Year. It is also called Spring Festival – because it happens just as spring is about to arrive. The interesting thing is that – as a part of their celebrations – they put up these blood-red banners on the doorposts and on the lintel, at the entrance to their homes.

Oh, and it is traditional to eat lamb during this celebration.

I asked my wife – who is Taiwanese – about this tradition with the banners, and she said that it was for protection against the monster that comes out at the New Year to eat people.

And, when the Chinese greet each other during New Year, they congratulate each other with the words, “過年好“. That’s Guo nian hao, which means “passing the year good”. The word is the word for year, and is also the name of the monster that comes out to eat people.

So, if you put blood-red banners around your door and gather your family inside, you’ll be safe for another year.

What does that sound like?

Yeah. Passover.

Is this a coincidence?

I don’t really think so, but then again, I don’t know how the Chinese picked up this tradition. No one actually does. But no, I do not believe in coincidence.

But, let me bring us back on topic.

The Four Horns Will Cast Down The Nations

The four horns that drove out Judah and Israel will turn to cast down the nations of the world that oppressed the Jews. The Chinese and the people living in the rest of East Asia did not do this.

It appears to me that Ezekiel’s Fire is included in what these four horns do.

Zechariah 2

I don’t want to go over everything in Zechariah 2, even though it’s actually quite interesting, but there are two verses that apply to our discussion:

For thus saith Jehovah of hosts: After glory hath he sent me unto the nations which plundered you; for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. For, behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall be a spoil to those that served them; and ye shall know that Jehovah of hosts hath sent me.

Zechariah 2:8-9

God calls Israel out from the daughter of Babylon and then God says:

I will shake my hand over them

Over who?

Over the nations that persecuted the Jews.

That’s interesting and does seem to connect with Ezekiel’s Fire, although there are a number of other possibilities. But, let’s move on.

Zechariah 6

Here is where you can let go of that thought that I asked you to hold, earlier. Chapters three, four and five deal with issues that really aren’t a part of this discussion. Even chapter six may not connect with what we are talking about here.

Notice that in chapter one, there were only three colors of horses:

Red

Speckled

White

We were missing one:

Black

Well, we find the black horse in chapter six. That is when four chariots come out, pulled by horses of four different colors. Zechariah then asks what these are.

Here is the passage:

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.

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.

 – Zechariah 6:5-8

If there is a connection between these horses and the horsemen of Revelation… well …let’s just say that it’s an interesting one.

Here is what Revelation 6 says:

And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

 – Revelation 6:2-8

Connecting Zechariah Six To Revelation Six

Okay, if there is a connection between Revelation six and Zechariah six, then the black horse – which is scarcity – goes into the North. The white horse – which conquers – follows after the black horse.

So, it appears that we have some sort of financial collapse and the necessities of life become scarce – or, just really, really expensive. Then we have something/someone go out and follow that financial collapse with some kind of political takeover. Again, in the same area as the black horse.

What is to the north?

Well, I believe that the perspective is Israel, which means that those to the North, would be:

Russia

Syria, Lebanon and Turkey

Europe

The Pale Horse

Now here is where we run into a little trouble.

What is this ‘grisled’ horse in Zechariah?

In the Hebrew, it is broo-deem – spotted/marked. If I had to connect it to a Revelation six horse, I would think that it would be the ‘pale horse’ – which is death. It goes to the South, which would be Africa and the Arabian peninsula.

That makes a kind of sense. A lot of death has been happening in Africa, and it looks like more is on its way.

The Red Horse – Matthew 24:7

Then Zechariah mentions a ‘bay horse’. In the Hebrew, it is ah-moo-tseem – or, strong. If I had to connect that horse with that of Revelation, it would be the red horse – which is ethnic and civil strife.

In Matthew 24:7, Jesus spoke of nation rising against nation, and the Greek word used was:

ethnos

I have been writing more and more about the rise in ethnic strife, mostly fueled by Islam. But, there are other ethnic factors that are fueling strife. And, it is worldwide.

What is the connection to Ezekiel’s Fire?

Well, it’s a part of the background to the coming of Gog and Magog. And, I DO believe that the financial collapse that is rolling down upon us, as I write this, will set up the world for this coming of Gog and Magog.

As for the rest, a conquering political system, death and ethnic trouble… well …I think all of that is pretty obvious. If it isn’t, keep reading my articles on omegashock.com. It’ll get clear, pretty quick.

We will skip Zechariah 7 because I believe that it deals with what has already taken place.

Zechariah 8

I also am not going to go over all of Zechariah 8, but there are three verses that talk about Ezekiel’s Fire and the aftermath:

Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath.

Zechariah 8:2

Some people might wonder why God sends Ezekiel’s Fire. And THAT is the answer:

God’s great wrath.

But, it is not the Wrath that we see in Revelation. Revelation makes no connection with Zion, when speaking of the vials of the wrath of God.

Ezekiel’s Fire certainly fits that description very, very well. But, there are two verses that speak to what comes afterwards:

Yea, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek Jehovah of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favor of Jehovah.

Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.

Zechariah 8:22-23

Yeah, I think that when God shows Himself to the world as the God of Israel, I think that this will impress people.

A lot.

Unfortunately, such devotion to God never lasts long unless you are truly saved. And, the world will demonstrate that, when the Antichrist rises.

Zechariah 10

There is only one verse in chapter ten that speaks to our topic, and it’s this one:

And they shall be as mighty men, treading down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle; and they shall fight, because Jehovah is with them; and the riders on horses shall be confounded.

Zechariah 10:5

This is yet another verse where ‘horses’ are disabled. Again, that connects directly to Ezekiel’s Fire, because I believe that horses are a euphemism for tanks and motorized transport.

It would STILL connect with Ezekiel’s Fire if you wished to claim that these are real-life horses. Just think for a moment at what it would take for an army to choose horses instead of vehicles. If our civilization crashed so hard that we could no longer use motorized vehicles… well …the mind just boggles. That alone, is a devastation beyond comprehension. That would be just as extreme a devastation as anything that we’ve been talking about here.

In fact, I’m not sure what would be worse, a societal cataclysm that destroys our ability to use the power of oil and electricity, or a solar flare that would destroy our electronics and electricity distribution.

Either way, billions would die.

Another Warning To The Anti-Zionists

Now, there’s one other verse that I want to throw out there because it is an answer to the anti-Semites and anti-Zionists:

And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them back; for I have mercy upon them; and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am Jehovah their God, and I will hear them.

Zechariah 10:6

The anti-Semites and anti-Zionists are always talking about how the Jews don’t matter, that Christians are the real Israel and that God has cast away the 12 tribes of Israel.

Well, yes God did cast them away, as this verse indicates. But, it is clear that He will bring them back – as this verse also indicatesand it will be as if He never cast them away.

And, those who call themselves Christian, but still hold to their anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist beliefs… well …you will answer to a righteous and angry God. I would not want to be in your shoes, for all the tea in China.

Only a fool would be so willing to resist God in such a way.

 

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