The Four Chariots

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Judgment

The eighth vision of the four chariots can be divided into two parts:

  1. The details of the vision (vv. 1-3).
  2. The interpretation of the vision (vv. 4-8).

The prophet simply turned, lifted up his eyes, looked and behold there were four chariots that came out from between two brass mountains (v. 1). Presumably, Mt. Moriah and the Mt. of Olives would fit this description. These two mountains in a symbolic way speak of strength.

The first chariot had red horses; the second chariot had black horses; the third chariot had white horses; and the fourth chariot had grizzled and bay (dappled-gray) horses. Usually in scripture red speaks of war, black of death, white of victory, and bay of pestilence. We find that the chariot pulled by the black horses went north to Babylon and the one pulled by the white horses followed them. The chariots pulled by the dapple-grays went south which would have been to Egypt. Only the red horses it seems were not sent to any specific section of the country. The significance of this vision to the land of Israel in Zechariah’s day was that God’s judgment was on Babylon. God is angry with sin and with the wicked and His anger is expressed in judgment. As much as we like to concentrate on God’s love and mercy, anger and judgment are also part of His righteous character.

Application

God has all things under His control. There is nothing that happens in my life that is a surprise to Him. He will be the final judge of all things. That is why I John 1:9 is so important to me.

Zechariah 6:1-8 (English Standard Version)

Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains. And the mountains were mountains of bronze. The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses, the third white horses, and the fourth chariot dappled horses--all of them strong. Then I answered and said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?" And the angel answered and said to me, "These are going out to the four winds of heaven, after presenting themselves before the LORD of all the earth. The chariot with the black horses goes toward the north country, the white ones go after them, and the dappled ones go toward the south country." When the strong horses came out, they were impatient to go and patrol the earth. And he said, "Go, patrol the earth." So they patrolled the earth. Then he cried to me, "Behold, those who go toward the north country have set my Spirit at rest in the north country."

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