Zechariah 6 Outline
– Vision of the Four Chariots (Zechariah 6:1-8)
– Chosen Leader (Zechariah 6:9-15)
Zechariah 6 Summary
Zechariah 6 is about the 8th vision of Zechariah. In the 8th vision, Zechariah saw four chariots travelling in between two brass mountains. The two brass mountains could possibly refer to Mount Zion and Mount Olives. The valley between Mount Zion and Mount Olivet is often depicted as a place where God carries out his judgment. The first chariot was pulled by red horses; the second chariot was pulled by black horses; the third chariot was pulled by white horses; the fourth chariot was pulled by spotted horses. Red horse represents judgment (Revelation 6:4). Black horse represents famine (Revelation 6:5-6). White horse represents the power of the anti-Christ (Revelation 6). Bay horse represents strength.
The four chariots pulled by the horses are the spirits sent by God to appease his anger. The spirits means God’s servants. It could be that the spirits are God’s angels. Psalms 104.4 says that God will make his angels become spirits. God sent the spirits to roam around the earth after they presented themselves to him. In Zechariah 6:8, the country in the north refers to Babylon. It means that God is the ruler of Babylon. The spirit of God is happy with all that had happened in Babylon because the people did what God want them to do.
In Zechariah 6:9-15, God asks Zechariah to collect silver from Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah to make a crown for Joshua. Zechariah is to tell Joshua that a ‘Branch’ will reach out and rule with glory. The branch refers to Zerubbabel, who was responsible for rebuilding the temple. It also refers to the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Ultimately, Christ will unite the priestly offices and rule in peace. The term Branch has been mentioned several times in the Bible. For example, in Jeremiah 23:5, God says he will raise someone from the line of David to rule with justice on earth.
Zechariah 6 Bible Study
1. Be vigilant because God is coming back soon
God is going to bring modern Babylon to destructions with the help of his angels. During the judgment day, God will reward the faithful but punish the sinners. God will soon bring his judgment on the disobedient. The Bible says that there will be disasters after disasters in the end time. If you read the news, you will find that there have been more disasters than ever in the past such as earthquake, tornado, landslide, flood, winter storms, tsunami, volcano eruptions and etc. God will bring his judgment and Jesus is coming back for the second time soon so everyone should keep watch. No one knows when is the second coming of Jesus but you can be sure that he is coming soon by judging the events happening around the world (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4).
2. Importance of asking God for sin forgiveness regularly
Christians should consistently examine themselves for sins. Many Christians like to excuse themselves and avoid confessing their sins to God. God will judge us according to our sins so we must never excuse ourselves. We sin every now and then, without knowing it. Therefore, we should ask God to forgive us in any areas we have offended him every day. Sin confession can restore your fellowship with God.