The book of Zechariah is a record of the messages of the prophet Zechariah. As with most prophets, Zechariah’s message focuses on current events for the people of Israel, but also has a secondary meaning, anticipating the life of Jesus.
Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai. The messages of both prophets concern the importance of rebuilding the temple.
Zechariah is sometimes called a minor prophet. This doesn’t mean he wasn’t important, but merely that the book named after him is shorter. (Compare this to the major prophets, whose books are much longer.)
For the past several months, most of the A Bible A Day posts have been about the minor prophets. Recall that they are called “minor” not because their prophecy is insignificant, but because their books are short!
The book of Zechariah contains prophecy given by God to the prophet Zechariah about future events. A few centuries later the apostle John also had a revelation from God in the form of a dream, which he recorded in the book of Revelation.
What is interesting is reoccurring images that are found in both:
Four horses: a black horse, a red horse, a white horse (the fourth horse is dapple in Zechariah and pale in Revelation).
Two olive trees
Several of these images are only found in these two prophecies, while the others are found predominately in these two prophecies.
There are also other parallels, though not as exclusive: horns, measure, stone, temple, bowl, mountain, fountain, scroll, chariots, spirits, Jerusalem, Holy Mountain, and earthquake, among others.
I’m not sure if this means that we can use one passage to interpret and better understand the other, but the similarities are intriguing and compelling. Perhaps the God who revealed both messages intended for us to connect the dots — or maybe they’re just some really powerful images that are worth repeating.
Either way, there is a sense of awe and wonder contained in both messages.
Exploring the Biblical Narrative with Peter DeHaan