Zechariah 1:7–11 (NKJV)
1:7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet: 8 I saw by night, and behold, a man riding on a red horse, and it stood among the myrtle trees in the hollow; and behind him were horses: red, sorrel, and white. 9 Then I said, “My lord, what are these?” So the angel who talked with me said to me, “I will show you what they are.”
10 And the man who stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, “These are the ones whom the Lord has sent to walk to and fro throughout the earth.”
11 So they answered the Angel of the Lord, who stood among the myrtle trees, and said, “We have walked to and fro throughout the earth, and behold, all the earth is resting quietly.”
This passage transitions into a series of visions that Zechariah was given in one night in the captivity of Judah. The prophet saw horses, which sometimes signify either movement or battle. In this case, they are envoys of the Lord to walk among the earth and observe its condition, thus movement. The Angel of the Lord speaks to Zechariah and promises to explain the purpose of this initial vision. These horses have walked among the earth and have found all the earth resting peacefully. The harsh reality of war and death and captivity has come to an end, and all is at peace. This signifies a powerful transition of the days of doom and destruction to a day of peace, and eventual restoration. The Angel of the Lord (Yahweh) is the messenger and the interpreter of the vision for Zechariah. He and the other angelic riders are sent to communicate hope. Zechariah has symbolically placed himself in position as a watchman in the night. The message that comes to him in the night describes the first signs of God’s return to Judah. As the night wanes and dawn approaches, deliverance is in sight.
The message for the reader today is the same. The dark night of your soul is temporary. Daybreak is near, and deliverance from captivity is on the horizon. Trust the Lord and listen to the sounds of the horses’ hoofbeats. It is the sound of deliverance!