Chapter 6

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1 And 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.

2 In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

3 And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.

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 spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.

6 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.

7 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.

8 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.

9 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

10 Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah;

11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;

12 And 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:

13 Even 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.

14 And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD.

15 And they that are 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 diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.

Commentary for Zechariah 6

The vision of the chariots. (1-8) Joshua, the high priest, crowned as a type of Christ. (9-15)1-8 This vision may represent the ways of Providence in the government of this lower world. Whatever the providences of God about us are, as to public or private affairs, we should see them all as coming from between the mountains of brass, the immoveable counsels and decrees of God; and therefore reckon it as much our folly to quarrel with them, as it is our duty to submit to them. His providences move swiftly and strongly as chariots, but all are directed and governed by his infinite wisdom and sovereign will. The red horses signify war and bloodshed. The black, signify the dismal consequences of war, famines, pestilences, and desolations. The white, signify the return of comfort, peace, and prosperity. The mixed colour, signify events of different complexions, a day of prosperity and a day of adversity. The angels go forth as messengers of God's counsels, and ministers of his justice and mercy. And the secret motions and impulses upon the spirits of men, by which the designs of Providence are carried on, are these four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from God, and fulfil what the God of the spirits of all flesh appoints. All the events which take place in the world spring from the unchangeable counsels of the Lord, which are formed in unerring wisdom, perfect justice, truth, and goodness; and from history it is found that events happened about the period when this vision was sent to the prophet, which seem referred to therein.

9-15 Some Jews from Babylon brought an offering to the house of God. Those who cannot forward a good work by their persons, must, as they are able, forward it by their purses: if some find hands, let others fill them. Crowns are to be made, and put upon the head of Joshua. The sign was used, to make the promise more noticed, that God will, in the fulness of time, raise up a great High Priest, like Joshua, who is but the figure of one that is to come. Christ is not only the Foundation, but the Founder of this temple, by his Spirit and grace. Glory is a burden, but not too heavy for Him to bear who upholds all things. The cross was His glory, and he bore that; so is the crown an exceeding weight of glory, and he bears that. The counsel of peace should be between the priest and the throne, between the priestly and kingly offices of Jesus Christ. The peace and welfare of the gospel church, and of all believers, shall be wrought, though not by two several persons, yet by two several offices meeting in one; Christ, purchasing all peace by his priesthood, maintaining and defending it by his kingdom. The crowns used in this solemnity must be kept in the temple, as evidence of this promise of the Messiah. Let us not think of separating what God has joined in his counsel of peace. We cannot come to God by Christ as our Priest, if we refuse to have him rule over us as our King. We have no real ground to think our peace is made with God, unless we try to keep his commandments.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Zechariah 6

  • ALEX on Zechariah 6
    The branch is th h.g. that comes out of christ loins he breathe on them and they received the the h.g. his breath was his words his seed that initates a new birth of christ n us thus the h.g comes out of his loins just like solomon came out of davids loins but th h.g. is a greater then solomon that makes our bodies his temple as the temple is the h.g. thus th glory is between christ n h.g. gbu
  • Marlo on Zechariah 6
    Christ reigning in the temple has a double fulfillment. The 1st is reigning amongst the believers the spiritual temple, and the 2nd meaning is reigning upon the throne of David in JERUSALEM as the Anointed One. Then will Christ have fulfilled the all-in-all methodology.
  • Sharon vanburen on Zechariah 6
    The temple, made without hands. The body of Christ temple, is built with the born again who will reign with him forever. The branch is Jesus reaching out and bringing us into Him. This branch has never lost a leaf, and none has fallen to the ground. The roots are everlasting, and the leaves are always green. This tree is planted by the rivers of water, and the redeemed shall never ever wither.
  • Alex on Zechariah 6
  • Alex on Zechariah 6
    Its the H.G. that is gonna build the Temple meaning a Spritual Temple. He is the branch of Christ meaning he comes out of Christ.Solomon came out of DAVID, SOLOMON MEANS COMFORTER IN HEBREW,Solomon was the one who built the Temple but Solomon is symbolic of the H.G THE COMFORTER THAT COMES OUT OF CHRIST THAT IS GONNA BUILT THE temple in US,He breathed on them and they received th H.G.TH COMFORTER.
  • REV. CLAY on Zechariah 6
    The natural temple was rebuilt around 530 BC and it was people from afar. The people of the Babylonian captivity returned and rebuilt it. Jesus told the "Destroy this temple and I will rebuild it,in 3 days." He spoke of the temple of his body. The second temp @ Jer was destroyed in 70AD during the Roman Jewish war. Jesus was made a King and High priest 4ever after ord. Melch. Pro. Fulfille.
  • Isaac Miniel on Zechariah 6
    No,it is referring to a spiritual temple according to Ephesians2:20-22,And in Revelation 21:22 the apostle john saw no temple in heaven for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
  • Fred O'Neal on Zechariah 6:5
    These Angels have been employed on my behalf at my request and plea to my advocate mediator Jesus Christ. They have even been to my residence Thank You Lord Jesus!
  • Jose A Gutierrez M.D. on Zechariah 6:7
    The bay horses are angels desiring to go and perform a task s , then the Lord authorizes them almost as if to say "Now is the time to do the task that you were sent for.
  • Tommy on Zechariah 6
    Unfulfilled prophecy verses 12 13 and we can see 5 predictions 1 Behold THE MAN whose name is THE BRANCH and He shall grow up out of His place and build the temple of the Lord 6 12 even He shall build the temple of the Lord 6 13 2 He shall bear the glory 6 13 3 He shall sit and rule upon His throne 13 4 He shall be a priest upon His throne 13 5 The counsel of peace shall be between them both 13 Christ is called THE MAN in both testaments v 12 1 Tim 2 5 He is also called THE BRANCH v 12 3 8 Isa 4 2 11 1 etc Christ will be the one to build the future eternal temple v 12


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