The great British preacher Charles Spurgeon was keenly aware of the dangers of pride. After his
sermon one Sunday, Spurgeon was met by a woman who exclaimed, “Oh, Mr. Spurgeon, that was
wonderful.""Yes, madam,” Spurgeon replied, “the devil whispered that … More
The second vision is divided into two parts: (1) The four horns (vv.18,19); and the four carpenters (vv.20,21) The horns are thought to be the four world powers, spoken of by Daniel, that oppressed Israel which were Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. The horn is often spoken of in Scripture as the symbol of power and authority, which refers to an animal whose strength is in its horns. In this case it represents the strength of governments which were proud Gentile powers (“horns of the nations,” Zech. 1:21) that scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem.
The vision is completed when the Lord shows the prophet four carpenters which represented craftsmen or skilled workers. The purpose of these powers is to strike fear into the hearts of the Gentile world powers. These Gentile world powers should not come to a false conclusion that they can operate above the law; for God will cause them to realize that they can only go as far as He intended for them to go and then they will be stopped.
I must be careful to never get to the place where I think that I am something great in myself. The Apostle Paul said, “For by the grace of God I am what I am.”
And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four horns! And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these?" And he said to me, "These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem." Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen. And I said, "What are these coming to do?" He said, "These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no one raised his head. And these have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations who lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter it."
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Zechariah 1:1-6Repent Now
Zechariah 1:7-17The Man On a Red Horse
Zechariah 1:18-21The Hammering of the Four Horns
Zechariah 2:1-13The Man Who is Measuring Jerusalem
Zechariah 3:1-10The Chief Priest
Zechariah 4:1-14The Golden Lampstand and the Two Olive Trees