This book appears to be on Jesus’ mind as He approached His death. He quotes from it several times. Myrtle is a symbol of the church and a picture of joy and peace. It was used to make the booths at the Feast of Tabernacles (the feast at the end of the harvest). The church (Israel) is in a ravine (a dark place), yet the Lord is in the midst.
So we’ve just finished Haggai, and Zechariah is prophesying around the same time.
We can see the layering over of the same message, the Lord saying, “I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion.”
In Haggai it was God’s HOUSE. Here it is God’s CITY.
We know from Revelation that they are, the living stones being built up into a spiritual house, the same final endpoint.
The Holy Jerusalem, God’s people, prepared as a bride!
There is a very interesting vision here of the man on the red horse, standing among the myrtle trees.
He speaks God’s words, those who patrol the earth report to Him, and through Him God comforts Zechariah.
And the words here, “I saw in the night, and behold, a man riding on a red horse!”, they bear much similarity to the riders and horses in Revelation 6, and in Revelation 19. * Gracious Father,
* Gracious Father,
Thank You for Your word, that it layers over and over Your truths. Your mercy, Your love, Your character.
Thank You that we look forward to the new heavens and the new earth.
Please help us spread Your word, so that when Jesus returns, the rider on the white horse, our loved ones, and those around us – That they may be saved from Your just and holy judgement through Him.