The Four Chariots
1Then I turned around. I looked up and saw four chariots going between two bronze mountains. 2Red horses were pulling the first chariot. Black horses were pulling the second chariot. 3White horses were pulling the third chariot, and horses with red spots were pulling the fourth chariot. 4I asked the angel who was talking with me, “Sir, what does this mean?”
5The angel said, “These are the four winds.#6:5 four winds Or “four spirits.” Four winds often means “winds that blow from every direction: north, south, east, and west.” They have just come from the Lord of the whole world. 6The black horses will go north, the red horses will go east, the white horses will go west, and the horses with red spots will go south.”
7The red spotted horses were anxious to go look at their part of the earth, so the angel told them, “Go walk through the earth.” So they went walking through their part of the earth.
8Then he shouted at me and said, “Look, those horses that were going north finished their job in Babylon. They have calmed my spirit; I am not angry now!”
Joshua the Priest Gets a Crown
9Then I received another message from the Lord. He said, 10“Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah have come from the captives#6:10 captives People taken away as prisoners. Here, it means the Jewish people who were taken to Babylon. in Babylon. Get silver and gold from these men and then go to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 11Use the silver and gold to make a crown. Put it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jehozadak. 12Then tell him this is what the Lord All-Powerful says:
‘There is a man called the Branch.
He will grow strong,
and he will build the Lord’s Temple.
13He will build the Lord’s Temple,
and he will receive the honor.
He will sit on his throne and be the ruler,
and a priest will stand by his throne.
These two men will work together in peace.’
14The crown will be kept in my Temple,#6:14 my Temple Literally, “the Temple of the Lord.” so that when people see it, they will remember Heldai, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and the kindness of Zephaniah’s son Josiah.”
15People living far away will come and build the Lord’s Temple. Then you will know for sure that the Lord All-Powerful sent me to you people. All these things will happen if you do what the Lord your God says.