THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
READING GUIDE and DEVOTIONS
(As Events Occurred in Chronological Order)
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Zechariah 5:5 through Zechariah 6:15
Focal verse(s): Zechariah 6:1: “I looked up again – and there before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains — mountains of bronze!”
Zephaniah saw a flying measuring barrel which symbolized the sins of all the people. The measuring barrel was used to symbolize sin because of the common practice of businessmen making false measures in that day. The barrel was covered with a lid made of lead to secure its contents and when the lid was taken off there was a woman inside called “wickedness” who needed to be kept confined by the angel. The vision symbolized the fact that wickedness must be removed from the land. Two women with large wings took the barrel to Babylon which represented the place of wickedness and idolatry. These women were possibly demonic beings assigned to protect and preserve wickedness. The return of wickedness to Babylon will prepare the way for God’s final judgment and the Second Coming of Christ. The 8th and final vision Zechariah received in one night pictures Israel’s future history. Zechariah saw 4 chariots with horses leading them throughout the earth. These are war chariots and will carry out God’s judgment upon the earth in the final days. As a conclusion to Zechariah’s visions, God instructed the prophet to symbolically crown Joshua as high priest to represent “the Branch” or Messiah who will rebuild the future temple and will be the ultimate High Priest and King. Imagine how spiritually and physically drained Zechariah must have been the day after receiving these 8 visions! God had concentrated a lot of messages into these visions and given them to the prophet all in one night. When there is much to be accomplished in the kingdom of God, the Lord uses those who can deliver His message, and Zechariah was obviously up to the task! Pray for God’s messenger (your pastor) whom He has assigned to you today that he will be protected each week as he prepares to deliver God’s message to his flock.