Vision of Four Chariots

Zechariah 6:1–8 (NKJV)

6:1 Then I turned and raised my eyes and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming from between two mountains, and the mountains were mountains of bronze. With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses, with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot dappled horses—strong steeds. Then I answered and said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”

Zechariah here sees another vision of horses similar to that in chapter one.  These horses, though, rather than having riders, are attached to chariots and go throughout the earth after they come from the bronze mountains.  The prophet seeks for clarification and asks the angel what these mean.

And the angel answered and said to me, “These are four spirits of heaven, who go out from their station before the Lord of all the earth. The one with the black horses is going to the north country, the white are going after them, and the dappled are going toward the south country.” Then the strong steeds went out, eager to go, that they might walk to and fro throughout the earth. And He said, “Go, walk to and fro throughout the earth.” So they walked to and fro throughout the earth. And He called to me, and spoke to me, saying, “See, those who go toward the north country have given rest to My Spirit in the north country.”

The angel explains that these are messengers or envoys from the Lord, seeking revenge against Israel’s enemies and restoration of His people and His kingdom.  The bronze mountains either represent heaven or the habitation of the Lord.  The colors of the horses are thought to represent many different things, but none are certain.  What is significant is that the chariot that went north found rest.  This likely signifies that the Persian empire, and formerly Babylon or Assyria, is no longer holding God’s people in bondage.  The nation of Israel is free, and restoration has begun.  

This comforting word is applicable to their day, but also reminds us of the promises of God to bring us restoration and rest.  God wants to heal you, forgive you, set you free, and restore all that sin may have cost you.  Trust Him and know that He will send a chariot to your situation to bring you rest from your enemies.

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