A MAN RIDING A RED HORSE… Over 2500 years ago, the prophet Zechariah's night-visions began with a man riding a red horse. These revelations continue to encourage God’s people, reminding us He is interested in the details of our lives, and is working behind the scenes with a perfect plan: rebuilding His spiritual Temple by reclaiming His people.
When Zechariah began his prophetic ministry on the 1st day of the 8th month on God’s calendar, October 11 on our 2018 Gregorian calendar, he delivered God’s message that Judah must repent of their sin or there would be NO future with Him.
“’Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty. Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the LORD. Where are your ancestors now? And the prophets, do they live forever? But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your ancestors?” Zechariah 1:2-6. https://www.facebook.com/fontanacommunitychurch/posts/1905638369516343
The key to God’s divine intervention on behalf of His people is found in the next verse. “Then they repented and said, “The Lord Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined to do.”
That has not changed. In today’s climate we Christians are so busy pointing the finger at each other, we don’t even consider that our personal humiliation through the chastisement of God’s Word and the power of His Holy Spirit, is absolutely essential for the blessing and intervention of the Almighty in any part of our lives, whether it is personal or national.
Zechariah’s 8 night-visions began on the 24th day of the 11th month on God’s calendar, January 31st on our 2019 calendar. This year, an extra month has been added between the 11th and 12th months to keep the calendar aligned with the astronomical seasons. In Hebrew, this leap year is referred to as Shanah Me'uberet, or pregnant year. Since Zechariah’s visions were literally the last ancient lesson appointed in God’s Word for the 11th month, the calendar is effectively providing extra time for the "birthing" of His end times revelations through these night visions. The timing is just too perfect to see it as a coincidence.
Zechariah came on the scene at a time when God’s physical and spiritual throne was no longer in Jerusalem. The nation had been judged mightily for their sins, and in a matter of centuries was reduced to a fledgling remnant of exiles given permission to return home and rebuild. The people spent several generations living in Babylon and surrounding areas, slowly being assimilated into its mindset. Returning to the burned-out rubble of what was once their mighty, Holy City, the remnant nation of Judah desperately needed the Lord God to return home to them.
And return, He did. In the first vision, recorded in Zechariah 1:7-17, Zechariah saw a man riding a red horse standing in a group of myrtle trees. There can be little doubt that this man is the Pre-Incarnate Son of God. With him are three other horses of brown, white, and sorrel. Their riders brought this report to Jesus: “We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at rest and in peace.”
Through this vision, we can see Jesus interceding on our behalf, despite what is happening around us. Even though He appears to be silent, He is valiantly working in the background, unseen by human eyes, aided by warrior angels, focused on our restoration to the Father, and the coming judgment on those who would keep that from happening.
While the chosen people of God are struggling, and bereft, the rest of the world is "at rest and in peace" and doesn’t have a care in the world, failing to intercede on behalf of those who need their help. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion, and I am very angry with the nations that feel secure.”
We need to catch hold of this vision today. Security and peace are not the goal for us as God’s people. We press forward to the High Calling in Christ Jesus which is restoration into God’s presence and His kingdom. Too many Christians have lost sight of this and have become fixated on worldly goals, like personal and national security at any cost. Their pride in their self-righteous action is hardening their hearts to others in need. Exacting their own brand of Godly justice in the process, they are actually setting themselves up for the judgment of Almighty God, Himself.
The people of Judah learned the hard way that mindset was sheer foolishness. They knew the only way they were going to be restored to God Almighty was through the presence and power of a heavenly warrior, whom they could trust with their very lives. They understood that focusing on physical peace and security was actually displeasing to the Almighty. They finally bowed to God as the one true judge, and trusted that, not only would He right every single wrong, He would give them the kind of peace and security they could never accomplish on their own.
There is much more to be learned through Zechariah's visions. His 3rd vision of the young man who attempts to measure God's plan in human terms, leaves us all to grapple with His chastising message: "Jerusalem will be a city without walls... And I myself will be a wall of fire around it," declares the Lord, "and I will be its glory within."
It is no coincidence that we are attempting to do the same thing within our nation today. Through His grace, the Almighty is reminding us of another nation just like ours, who claimed to call on Him as God, but failed miserably to serve Him instead of themselves. https://www.facebook.com/fontanacommunitychurch/posts/1983316798415166
Within this 3rd vision was the prophetic command "... Escape, you who live in the Daughter of Babylon!"
The infamous biblical Babylon still exists today. Like the ancient people of Judah, we have slowly taken on the world's ever-changing mindset, character, and influence, attaching priority to its governing powers instead of the rule of the Almighty through His Word. We no longer see ourselves as the "called out" of God Almighty, the church, but as people who have pledged allegiance to the place we never want to leave. Our choices have become knee-jerk reactions based on our national pride and our greatest fear that like the ancient Babylonians, we will be scattered across the face of the earth and lose our national identity.
The Almighty's appointed message for 2019 is the same message delivered over 2500 years ago. God is sending us visions of deliverance and hope that will never change. They began and continue right this minute through our Intercessor Warrior, The Incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
A MAN RIDING A RED HORSE...