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Scofield's Reference Notes

Zechariah 6

 

 

Verse 1

four chariots

The interpretation of the tenth vision must be governed by the authoritative declaration of Zechariah 6:5. That which is symbolized by the four chariots with their horses is not the four world-empires of Daniel, but "the four spirits of heaven which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth" (Zechariah 6:5). These "spirits" are angels; Luke 1:19; Hebrews 1:14 and are most naturally interpreted of the four angels of; Revelation 7:1-3; Revelation 9:14; Revelation 9:15. These have also a ministry earthward, and of like nature with the "spirits" of Zechariah 6:1-8. viz. judgment. The symbol (chariots and horses) is in perfect harmony with this. Always in Scripture symbolism they stand for the power of God earthward in judgment.; Jeremiah 46:9; Jeremiah 46:10; Joel 2:3-11, Nahum 3:1-7. The vision, then, speaks of the Lord's judgments upon the Gentile nations north and south in the day of the Lord; Isaiah 2:10-22; Revelation 19:11-21.


Verse 4

angel

(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4")


Verse 5

angel

(See Scofield Hebrews 1:4).


Verse 11

crowns

Following the earth-judgments symbolized in the horsed chariots (Zechariah 6:1-8) comes the manifestation of Christ in His kingdom glory (Zechariah 6:9-15). This is the invariable prophetic order: first the judgments of the day of the Lord; Isaiah 2:10-22; Revelation 19:11-21 then the kingdom (cf); Psalms 2:5; Psalms 2:6; Isaiah 3:24-26; Isaiah 4:2-6; Isaiah 10:33; Isaiah 10:34; Isaiah 11:1-10; Revelation 19:19-21; Revelation 20:4-6. This is set forth symbolically by the crowning of Joshua, which was not a vision, but actually done (cf); Isaiah 8:3; Isaiah 8:4; Ezekiel 37:16-22. The fulfilment in the BRANCH will infinitely transcend the symbol. He "shall bear the glory"; Zechariah 6:13; Matthew 16:27; Matthew 24:30; Matthew 25:31 as the Priest-King on His own throne (Zechariah 6:12; Zechariah 6:13; Hebrews 7:1-3). Christ is now a Priest, but still in the holiest within the veil; Leviticus 16:15; Hebrews 9:11-14; Hebrews 9:24 and seated on the Father's throne Revelation 3:21. He has not yet come out to take His own throne Hebrews 9:28. The crowns made for the symbolical crowning of Joshua were to be laid up in the temple as a memorial to keep alive this larger hope of Israel.


Verse 12

BRANCH

(See Scofield "Isaiah 4:2")

 


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Bibliography Information
Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Zechariah 6:4". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/zechariah-6.html. 1917.

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