ImmerseProphets - 421



5:9–6:15
Z echariah
409
Then I looked up and saw two women flying toward us, gliding on the
wind. They had wings like a stork, and they picked up the basket and flew
into the sky.
“Where are they taking the basket?” I asked the angel.
He replied, “To the land of Bab­ylonia, where they will build a temple
for the basket. And when the temple is ready, they will set the basket there
on its pedestal.”
Then I looked up again and saw four char­i­ots coming from between two
bronze mountains. The first char­i­ot was pulled by red horses, the second
by black horses, the third by white horses, and the fourth by powerful
dappled-gray horses. “And what are these, my lord?” I asked the angel who
was talking with me.
The angel replied, “These are the four spirits of heaven who stand before
the Lord of all the earth. They are going out to do his work. The char­io­ t
with black horses is going north, the char­io­ t with white horses is going
west, and the char­i­ot with dappled-gray horses is going south.”
The powerful horses were eager to set out to patrol the earth. And the
Lord said, “Go and patrol the earth!” So they left at once on their patrol.
Then the Lord summoned me and said, “Look, those who went north
have vented the anger of my Spirit there in the land of the north.”
Then I received another message from the Lord: “Hel­dai, To­bi­jah, and
Je­da­iah will bring gifts of silver and gold from the Jews exiled in Bab­ylon.
As soon as they arrive, meet them at the home of Jo­si­ah son of Zeph­a­ni­ah.
Accept their gifts, and make a crown from the silver and gold. Then put the
crown on the head of Jesh­ua son of Je­hoz­a­dak, the high priest. Tell him,
‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Ar­mies says: Here is the man called
the Branch. He will branch out from where he is and build the Temple
of the Lord. Yes, he will build the Temple of the Lord. Then he will re­
ceive royal honor and will rule as king from his throne. He will also serve
as priest from his throne, and there will be perfect harmony between his
two roles.’
“The crown will be a memorial in the Temple of the Lord to honor
those who gave it—Hel­dai, To­bi­jah, Je­da­iah, and Jo­si­ah son of Zeph­an­ i­ah.”
People will come from distant lands to rebuild the Temple of the Lord.
And when this happens, you will know that my messages have been from
the Lord of Heaven’s Ar­mies. All this will happen if you carefully obey
what the Lord your God says.





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