Zechariah’s Fourth Vision
Read Zechariah 3:1-10
In the fourth vision, Joshua, the high priest, is dressed in filthy clothing standing in the Temple courts while Satan accused him of being unfit for his position. The Lord is the Judge and He links Joshua with Jerusalem when he says “I have chosen Jerusalem.” Joshua represents Israel in this vision. The Lord rebukes Satan and rejects his accusations against Israel. The Lord calls Joshua a burning stick or firebrand, plucked from the fire. Babylonian captivity was the fire and God plucked her out before she completely burned up. A remnant of Israel was called to return to Jerusalem because God would not let her be extinguished. Similarly, Israel had come close to being wiped out at the Exodus and she will face this again at the Tribulation.
Though Israel had sinned greatly, the Lord promised restoration by dressing her in clean clothes and a turban. This was symbolic of the Lord removing her iniquity and restoring her as a priestly nation.
Then the Lord gave Israel two conditions she must follow: 1) she must live righteously obeying the Lord’s commands and 2) she must carry out her priestly duties faithfully. If she would do these two things, then the Lord would allow her to govern His house, guard His courts, and have free access to His Presence.
The Lord addressed not only Joshua but the other priests that were present; they represented the priesthood of Israel. Together, they were symbols of things to come, namely the coming of Messiah which would cleanse Israel and restore her to God’s original intent. The mention of the stone with seven facets, or eyes, again references the Messiah who is often called a stone or a rock in Scripture. The seven eyes signify His all-knowing character and the inscription on the stone shows that He is the architect and builder of this nation, the Chief Cornerstone. He removed their sins when He died on the Cross, but they must receive Him to see this prophecy completely fulfilled.
As believers in Christ, we are called kings and priests, meant to rule and reign with Him. We, too, share in this promise. God is cleansing His people and teaching us how to access His Court, so that we can govern His House. We have free access to God’s Presence through the Blood of Jesus. We have access to far more than what we have taken advantage of. God wants us to press in to know Him so we can come into the fullness of what He wants for His people. He has prepared places of governance and leadership for us, but often we cannot dream big enough to believe it. It is true! Dare to believe that God has ordained a sphere of authority for you that is big enough for your neighbors to come and find refuge. You are being prepared to share the goodness of God with all those you meet because You are the Kingdom!
- Pray for God’s people to believe that the Kingdom of God is within them and they are here to express it through their personality. We are fountains of God’s goodness to the people around us, because we live in His Presence. It is not by striving, but by becoming. (Luke 17:20-21)
- Declare your position in Christ. You are seated in heavenly places with Him and He is showing you off as a trophy of His grace. Together, Jew and Gentile, are fitted together with Jesus as our Cornerstone, a Body in which the Spirit of God dwells. We are one Body. (Eph 2)
- Declare that the remnant of Israel will return to the Lord. They will shine like the stars in the midst of this wicked and perverse generation. They will declare the Glory of the Messiah. (Isaiah 64:8-9)