Zechariah 6

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Zechariah 6 has the word of the Lord coming to our prophet again.  This time, he sees horses, and not just any horses but specific colors of horses.  “The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses, the third white horses, and the fourth chariot dappled horses—all of them strong”.  Commentators tell us the usual Scriptural symbolism:

  • red speaks of war
  • black of famine and death
  • white of victory
  • dappled of pestilence

There is disagreement on exactly what these horses represent – some saying it aligns with Daniel’s prophecy and others that it is connected to what we are told in Revelation by John.

John Calvin said that these angels are compared to horsemen on chariots because “these ride swiftly as it were through the whole world to execute what God commands them.” If Zechariah had the technology of today he might picture the angels in fast…

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