The Book of Zechariah -
8. The four chariots of judgment
The eighth and last vision of
Zechariah is about the four chariots of Apocalypse with diverse coloured horses
for each chariot.
1 I looked up again — and there before me were four chariots coming out from
between two mountains — mountains of bronze! 2 The first chariot had red horses,
the second black, 3 the third white, and the fourth dappled — all of them
powerful. 4 I asked the angel who was speaking to me, "What are these, my lord?"
5 The angel answered me, "These are the four spirits of heaven, going out from
standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world. 6 The one with the
black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses
toward the west, and the one with the dappled horses toward the south."
7 When the powerful horses went out, they were straining to go throughout the
earth. And he said, "Go throughout the earth!" So they went throughout the
8 Then he called to me, "Look, those going toward the north country have given
my Spirit rest in the land of the north."
The chariots came out from
between two mountains of bronze. The vision did not specify how many horses are
there for each chariot. Also, the vision did not reveal where the red horses are
heading to. However, in verse 7, it says that all the horses were straining
to go throughout the earth.
Others say that this passage
is parallel with the vision of John, the apostle found in the Book of Revelation.
2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse ! Its rider held a bow, and
he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
3 When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say,
"Come!" 4 Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given
power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was
given a large sword.
5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say,
"Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse ! Its rider was holding
a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the
four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three
quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"
7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living
creature say, "Come!" 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse ! Its
rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given
power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the
wild beasts of the earth.
There are differences though. Let
us compare the horses of similar colors.
Prophet Zechariah's vision
- Four chariots with multiple horses
Apostle John's vision -
Four horses with a rider each. The last one with a follower which is Hades
Destination not mentioned
Its rider was given power to take peace
from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large
Going to the North country (Look, those
going toward the north country have given my Spirit rest in the land of the
Its rider was holding a pair of scales in
his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living
creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of
barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"
Going to the West
Its rider held a bow, and he was given a
crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
Dappled / Pale (Colors do not match)
Going to the South
Its rider was named Death, and Hades was
following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth
to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
First difference is that
Zechariah's vision is about four chariots drawn by multiple horses while John's is
simply four horses with a rider each. John's horses symbolize the events and
signs prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as the Lord mentioned in Mount
of Olives below with brackets mine.
4 Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come
in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many [white horse]. 6
You will hear of wars and rumours of wars [red horse and pale horse], but see to
it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to
come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will
be famines [black horse and pale horse] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All
these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death [pale horse],
and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will
turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false
prophets will appear and deceive many people [white horse]. 12 Because of the
increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands
firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be
preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end
[Second Coming] will come.
The pale horse is a
combination of the first three horses but is much worse since it will lead to
many deaths. Many will also die from the attacks of wild beasts. These are beast
kingdoms allied to Antichrist as prophesied in
Rev 13:2-4. Please read Who Are the
Ten Horns of the Beast? - Part 2 for details.
In the contrary, the chariots
of Zechariah will occur during the Day of the Lord
or during the Second Coming. We should note that the horses or chariots with
horses are the four spirits of heaven (verse 5). They are sent
directly from the presence of God and not to symbolize the signs prior to
His return as there is no description given to their respective roles or colors. They also appeared from between two mountains of bronze. Mountains
symbolize a great nation in the Bible and whenever God mentioned about a great
nation, it always refer to His nation, Israel. But this mountain is a mystery.
But let us get a clue from the Book of Revelation. The four chariots are the
same as the four angels of Apocalypse who will put an end to the kingdoms of the
world (or the beasts). They are revealed twice in the Book of Revelation.
The highest mountain
in Armenia, Mount Aragat, is one of the origins of Euphrates River.
Could one of the mountains in Armenia is the place where the four angels
of Apocalypse are bound?
1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the
earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing
on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel coming up
from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice
to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea:
3 "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the
foreheads of the servants of our God."
14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four
angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." 15 And the four
angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year
were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the mounted troops
was two hundred million. I heard their number.
So, the above passage reveals
where the four spirits (angels) came from. They were originally bound at the great river
Euphrates. It is just logical that they will be released from same location, symbolized
as horses. The source of the Euphrates River are from the
mountains of Armenia. No one knows for sure about the specific mountains on
both sides of Euphrates where the angels were bound. The whole lands from Greece
to the west, Armenia to the north, Egypt to the south to as far as India to the
east was once conquered and occupied by Alexander the Great and was known as the
Macedonian Empire. It is the kingdom of bronze in the vision of another prophet,
Daniel (Dan 2:39). [Related: Who Are the
Ten Horns of the Beast? - Part 1]. There might be a special meaning to this
angels being bound at Euphrates. That, we may never know.
The four chariots are also
the same as the four craftsmen of the
first vision of Zechariah.
18 Then I looked up — and there before me were
four horns! 19 I asked the angel who was speaking to me, "What are these?"
He answered me, "These are the horns that scattered Judah, Israel and
Jerusalem." 20 Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen. 21 I asked,
"What are these coming to do?" He answered, "These are the horns that
scattered Judah so that no one could raise his head, but the craftsmen
have come to terrify them and throw down these horns of the nations who
lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter its people."
Only God will do the destroying during
the Day of the Lord, the last year. However, during those times, only those who do not
have the seal of God on their foreheads will be destroyed. The
Antichrist by that time is trembling in fear and
has lost his power to destroy since God will protect His people Himself (Rev
In Zech 6:8, the angel put
emphasis on the black horse that headed to the north country.
8 Then he called to me, "Look, those going toward the north country have
given my Spirit rest in the land of the north."
There should be a special reason why.
The Day of the Lord is the seventh year of the Last Seven
Years (Last one week of Daniel). Since it is the last year of the last
seven, years, it is also called the Sabbath Year, the year of Rest. There is one specific angel that will
provide the Spirit of God a complete rest—the
horse that is going to the North country. Why?
The North country is still a
mystery for so many years but not anymore these last days. That country is
Greenland, located at the north hemisphere close to the north pole. It is a
wilderness of perennial ice and snow. Desert and wilderness usually mean the same
in the Bible. It is under the control of Denmark (from
the tribe of Dan). Greenland is the place where God is mustering His army of war
to put an end to His enemies. The army is numbering 200,000,000.
This is the prophecy about
16 "Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the
horse's heels so that its rider tumbles backward.
18 "I look for your deliverance , O LORD.
King David also had a vision
about this coming rest, a deliverance from distress in the last days.
4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. 5 Fear
and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. 6 I said, "Oh, that I
had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest — 7 I would flee
far away and stay in the desert.
Finally, there will be a sure
deliverance to the terrors of death, the overwhelming horror, the persecution
from the Antichrist. From Dan's country in the north—Greenland will come forth
God's army and the Antichrist will tremble in fear. Only God can defeat Him and
will finally meet his end.
44 But reports from the east and the north will alarm him [Antichrist], and
he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 45 He will pitch
his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will
come to his end, and no one will help him.
The Antichrist will pitch his
tent in the USA which is between the seas, the
Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. His throne will be in New
York City, the modern Tyre. North and the east is northeast in our modern
language and from the USA, it points to Greenland.
To find more
about Greenland, read
Greenland: The Camp of
God's Army - Part 1 and
Part 2 for details.
The last vision of Zechariah
put a fitting climax to God's promise of redemption to His people who put their
trust in Him. He is a dependable, all powerful God that has a complete control
of the world.
We will conclude our study of
the Book of Zechariah next week.