ZECHARIAH‬ ‭6‬:‭1‬-‭15‬ ‭‬‬

“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 chariot with black horses is going north, the chariot 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 receive 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 Zephaniah.” 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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Zechariah‬ ‭6‬:‭1‬-‭15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Jeshua, Joshua or even Jesus. These names are interesting in meaning. They translate to YHWH is salvation. How fitting is it that you n Jewish history, all three of these men are connected to the history of salvation for Israel. Joshua, son of Nun, brought the Jews into the promised land of Moses. Jeshua, the high priest was appointed as king of the post exilic temple. He was the first high priest of this second temple, where Jesus would worship, around 500 years later. Lastly, Jesus would come as salvation for Jews and the gentiles and destroy that temple to rebuild it in his image. These three Joshua’s represent the branch of God’s providence that is salvation. For Joshua, he would rule as a prophet and General. For Jeshua, he would serve as a priest king, and Jesus would be a prophet, priest and king. One time he will return as a general, leading heavens slaughter of evil in creation. God’s plan is always more grand and clever then we realize.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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