Zechariah 1:18–21 (NKJV)
18 Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were four horns. 19 And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these?”
So he answered me, “These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.”
20 Then the Lord showed me four craftsmen. 21 And I said, “What are these coming to do?”
So he said, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no one could lift up his head; but the craftsmen are coming to terrify them, to cast out the horns of the nations that lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.”
This vision of Zechariah saw four horns, representing the conquering nations around Jerusalem, and four craftsmen (smiths) who cut off the horns. The four nations are not named, but the number four is likely used to signify that they surrounded Jerusalem (North, South, East, West). They were used of God for punishment, but went beyond God’s purpose in the extent of the destruction of the City of God. Therefore, God will send smiths to cut off the bronze horns and bring judgment upon the nations. This is the first in a series of visions to demonstrate God’s relenting of judgment and restoration of His people.
Who has raised up a horn of destruction against you? Maybe you don’t have a particular person in mind that God needs to cut off. We all have a common enemy, though. Satan wants to utterly destroy you. Don’t fall when he raises up to hurt you. Instead, believe that God is sending the smith to cut off the horn that threatens your existence. God Almighty, El Shaddai, will fight for you!