Zechariah sees into heaven and is at the throne of God. Joshua is dressed in filthy rags and Satan stands as his accuser, the angels are at work though, and dress him and prepare him to stand in his position as a priest. But that isn’t one of our points now, Grace, Grace is the message. It isn’t our strength, it is the power of God by His Spirit that every mountain must move. Zechariah sees more, the two anointed ones, the Church and Government that stand together before God and are to maintain order in the world. Then in Zechariah 6:9–15 we see Joshua shown as King and Priest, the position reserved for Jesus Christ.
Yahweh Rebukes You O Satan!
Joshua is before the Lord and Satan was there to accuse him. As a man, he is unclean but God is cleansing him to stand in his office of priest. There is just one requirement in,
Zechariah 3:7 (LEB) “Thus says Yahweh of hosts: ‘If you will walk in my ways, and if you will keep my requirements, then you will judge my house, and you will also guard my courtyards, and I will give to you passageways among these that are standing here.”
And if Joshua will do this, he will have a place in God’s house, in the courtyards which represent the people, the Gentiles and a place in the courts of heaven. But even more important, than his personal position is Zechariah 3:8 “the men are a sign” and God wants them to be seen by the world so through them the world would be waiting for the Messiah, the Branch.
Only By My Spirit
In the vision in Zechariah 4:1-3 the lampstand, the lamps, the olive trees are seen. But Zechariah doesn’t understand what it means. In Zechariah 4:6-7 the angel explains that whatever obstacle faces Zerubbabel, it will be removed by the spirit of the Lord and not by his strength. This is where we get the saying, “Speak to the mountain”. We invoke the authority God delegates to us by the words we speak.
These Are The Two Anointed Ones
The Church and Government are the two that are to maintain order in the earth, “‘the two anointed ones’ (Zec 4:14) are the twofold supports of the Church, the civil power (answering to Zerubbabel) and the ecclesiastical (answering to Joshua, the high priest)”1 and here in Zechariah 4:14 “These are the two anointed ones standing by the Lord of the whole earth”.
This Is The Curse
In Zechariah 5:1 he sees a flying scroll. It is the punishment decreed by God against all who lie and steal. It is open for all to see. It is flying over the whole earth to enter their houses and destroy them. The governments of men ought to uphold righteousness but I think we know that justice is only an aspiration in most places in the world. Did you ever wonder why the thief and liar come to nothing?
This is Wickedness!
The angel speaking in the vision tells Zechariah to look at what is happening. He sees, in Zechariah 6:6-8 “a basket going out … their iniquity throughout all the earth” and inside was “a woman” described as “Wickedness!”. Then in Zachariah 6:11 he is told they are going “to build for it a house in the land of Shinar” which is “Babylonia (Ge 10:10), the capital of the God-opposed world kingdoms, and so representing, in general, the seat of irreligion”.2 This wickedness is leaving Jerusalem, Judah, but not the earth. It will have its place in Babylon.
The Four Winds of the Heavens
These chariots with horses are going, in Zechariah 6:7 to “patrol the earth”. Each went in its own direction, “after presenting themselves to the Lord” in Zechariah 6:5. And the ones to the north it says in Zechariah 6:8 “have set my spirit at rest in the north country”.
He Will Build The Temple of Yahweh
The Lord sent Zechariah to make a collection and to make a crown for Joshua and to pronounce the work he will do to “build the temple of Yahweh” but then in Zechariah 6:13 it says “he will sit and rule on his throne”. “It was a thing before unknown in the Levitical priesthood that the same person should wear at once the crown of a king and that of a high priest (Ps 110:4; Heb 5:10). Messiah shall be revealed fully in this twofold dignity when He shall “restore the kingdom to Israel”.3
Jesus, the Messiah, is the King and Priest.
Revelation 19:16 (LEB) And he has a name written on his outer garment and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”
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- Zechariah 4:1–7 Only By My Spirit
- Zechariah 4:8–14 These Are The Two Anointed Ones
- Zechariah 6:9–15 He Will Build The Temple of Yahweh
- Zechariah 3:1-10
- Zechariah 4:1-14
- Zechariah 5:1-11
- Zechariah 6:1-15
- Zechariah 7:1-14
- 1. Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 721). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
- 2. Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 722). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
- 3. Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 723). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.