Zechariah 1:7-17 Breakdown
7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month Shebat, in Darius’ second year, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berechiah son of Iddo, as follows:
Chapter 1-6 will record eight visions of Zechariah. The first vision came to Zechariah in 520 B.C.
8 I was attentive that night and saw a man seated on a red horse that stood among some myrtle trees in the ravine. Behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses.
The man on the red horse is the Angel of the Lord, or the Lord Jesus Christ in his pre-incarnate form. He is meeting with three angels at the myrtle trees in the ravine. The ravine was a low and shady place, which symbolizes the Gentile world. These three angels were divine agents involved in Gentile governments.
9 Then I asked one nearby, “What are these, sir?” The angelic messenger who replied to me said, “I will show you what these are.”
Zechariah asked the pre-incarnate Christ for the identity of the three angels on three different horses.
10 Then the man standing among the myrtle trees spoke up and said, “These are the ones whom the Lord has sent to walk about on the earth.”
The pre-incarnate Christ answered. These men on horses were three angelic beings who were given a special mission on the earth.
11 The riders then agreed with the angel of the Lord, who was standing among the myrtle trees, “We have been walking about on the earth, and now everything is at rest and quiet.”
The three angels gave a report to the pre-incarnate Christ. They reported that the Gentiles were at rest and peace. This seems like a good report, but it is actually a bad report. If the Gentiles are at peace, then Israel is not at peace. They are not moving toward God’s plan of Jewish dominion over the Gentiles.
Additional lessons to listen through this week:
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
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