ZECHARIAH CHAPTER 3

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

The Bible is written for the end-time Christians, upon whom the ends of the world have come:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

A promise is made that in the latter days, we will understand the Lord’s mind:

Jeremiah 23:20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

“Consider” is Strong’s #995.  Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the Old Testament says, “to discern, perceive, observe, pay attention to, understand, be intelligent, knowing, to heed, to make intelligent, to instruct, teach, to attend to, to be sensible…”

“Perfectly” is Strong’s #998:  “understanding, knowledge, meaning, perfectly…”

Notice Zechariah 1:3.  Who has to do the repenting?

Zechariah 1:3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.

Zechariah 3 and 4 contain a very important message for the sheep who hear the voice of the Shepherd, the wise virgins:

John 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers….27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

The tares and the three categories of good seed going bad won’t listen under any circumstance.

Let’s take a very close look at these two chapters. The good seed, the true sheep, will be startled by what emerges from God’s word.

Zechariah 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

Notice this high priest, Joshua, is getting personal attention from Satan.  None of us wants personal attention from this monstrous sinner.

As we go through chapters 3 and 4, we will see that this is an end-time scenario, and is, no doubt, unfolding now, in July 1998, or just has, or will in the very near future.

Revelation 7:1-4,9,14 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel…..

9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;……. 14…And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Notice that the tribulation is held up so that this 144,000 can be sealed.  The multitude that no man can number comes out of the tribulation.  There is no doubt that we are in the end time now, in the late 1990’s.  The end time events will span many years.

Zechariah 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

God rebukes Satan for the trials that he is shoving on the high priest, this brand, plucked from the fire.

“Brand” is Strong’s #181: “to rake together, a poker, (for turning or gathering embers)…”  What does this mean, since we are all asleep until the cry at midnight wakes us up?

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Does God not have to personally wake the first man up?  Isn’t this person, Joshua the high priest, as good as in the lake of fire when God snatches him back?

Remember, God guarantees to send Elijah the prophet before the end:

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Matthew 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Elijah will be stirring the fire—remember, he is a brand (a poker for turning or gathering embers).

Notice in Zechariah 3:3 that this high priest is clothed in filthy garments:

Zechariah 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

Doesn’t this Joshua the high priest have to be Elijah?  God promises to send Elijah, but I know of no promise to send a high priest named Joshua.

We are all still in our sins while we are asleep.  Notice in verses 4 and 5 that God forgives him and he repents and is cleaned up:

Zechariah 3:4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. 5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.

Now, a bit of digression regarding Elijah–Notice that Acts 3:21-23 is taken from Deuteronomy 18:15-20:

Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

Notice the phrase “like unto me” in Acts 3:22.  In Deuteronomy 18:15, Moses is speaking:

Deuteronomy 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

Moses said, “God will raise up…a prophet…like unto me [Moses].”  And Moses was a sinning man.  In fact, he sinned so grievously, that he wasn’t allowed to go into the Promised Land.

God says He will raise up a prophet like unto Moses, a sinning man, and put His words in his mouth:

Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

The high priest is supposed to get God’s words at God’s mouth:

Malachi 2:7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

Ezekiel 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

Jeremiah 1:9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

Isn’t it clear Elijah and this high priest described in Zechariah 3 are one and the same?  Elijah will be serving a double function.  God does not say in Malachi 4:5, Matthew 17:10-13 and Luke 1:17 that He will send a Joshua the high priest AND Elijah.

Remember, the Bible is written primarily to the end-time Christians.  Notice the warning in verse 12:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Now back to Zechariah:

Zechariah 3:6 And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying, 7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.

“Protested” is Strong’s #5749: “to duplicate or repeat…”

Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the Old Testament says of this same word, Strong’s #5749: “to duplicate, repeat, say again and again…”

So the angel of the Lord was repeating to Joshua the high priest (Elijah) something that had evidently already been said to him at least once.

In verse 7, this man has to make a covenant with God.  God sets the conditions.  Who are “these that stand by?”  Remember, this is a vision.  Satan is there, the angel of the Lord is there–and who else?

“Stand by” is Strong’s #5975: “to stand, in various relations (lit. and fig. intransitively and transitive) to abide (behind), appoint, arise, cease, confirm, continue, dwell, be employed, endure, establish…”

This man is eventually going to be integrated into the top echelons of God’s government.  Use your own Bible knowledge and imagination to think about who is standing by at a meeting like this–such a serious and far reaching meeting.  Some of those standing by were mentioned in verse 4.  Are the 24 elders there? The seven angels of the seven churches?  We can only guess at who may be included.

Continuing on in verse 7, what does God mean by “judge MY house?”

Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the Old Testament says of this word “Judge,” Strong’s #1777: “to rule, to regulate, to sway, to judge, defend, punish, to litigate, to contend with, strife, controversy, to plead…”

“House” is Strong’s #1004: “a house ( in the greatest variety of applications, especially family, etc.)”

Isn’t God gathering together His family, the church?  The 144,000 who come “from among men” (Revelation 14:1, 3-4) are different from the 144,000 who come from the twelve tribes of Israel, (Revelation 7:1-4) and the multitude that no man can number (Revelation 7:9 and 14).  The 144,000 Israelites are sealed after the tribulation is held up.  The multitude that no man can number comes out of the tribulation. (See my articles “End-time Work” and “The Marriage Supper.”)

Rev 7:1  And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3  Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

4  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Rev 7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Rev 7:14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Rev 14:1  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.   4  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

Doesn’t this end-time Joshua, high priest, Elijah, have to be the dominant human figure God will use in this end-time harvest?  Why wouldn’t he be given the authority to rule—RULE BY GOD’S STANDARDS, not as the hierarchists do, because God hates the deeds of the Nicolaitans:

Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate…..15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

“Nicolaitans” is Strong’s #3531: “comes from Strong’s #3532, a Nicolate, i.e. inherent of Nicholas.”  Strong’s #3532 means “victorious over the people…”

Unger’s Bible Handbook says of this word: “some take this symbolism, however, as indicating the origin of clericalism (Nikao means ‘to conquer’ and Laos means ‘people’) making them a group that early favored a clerical system which later developed into the papal hierarchy.”

The end-time Elijah will have the help of the Daniel 12:3 people who “turn many to righteousness,” and also the help of the true Philadelphians of Revelation 3:7 and 8, who go through the door Christ opens and who have “a little strength.”

Dan 12:3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.

Rev 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

8  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Now on to Zechariah 3:8:

Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

Who are these men “wondered at?”  These “fellows?”  Notice what God says to Joshua (Elijah), “You and your fellows that sit before you.”  Now, Joshua (Elijah) doesn’t own these men.  Does this mean that they are his fruit, since he was the one plucked from the fire first, and the man who received the cry at midnight personally from Christ or God?

Don’t the prophesies indicate that the cry at midnight is done by Elijah in Matthew 17:10-13, Luke 1:17 and Malachi 4:5?  It has to be Elijah who wakes these people up.  Is Joshua the high priest prophesied to wake these people up? Review these verses on page 2.

“Fellows” is Strong’s #7453: “an associate, (more or less close) brother, companion, fellow, friend, husband, lover, neighbor…”

“Sit” is Strong’s #3427: “to sit down (spec. as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by impl. to dwell or remain…”

“Wondered” is Strong’s #4159: “meaning in the sense of consciousness, a miracle, by impl. a token or omen, miracle, sign, wonder.”

Who could be more wondered at than the two witnesses and the end-time Elijah, as they go into the hedges (prison camps), Luke 14:23?  This will be during phase three of Elijah’s work, which runs simultaneously with the two witnesses (request my paper on the End-time Work.)

Notice that the last part of Zechariah 3:8 places this scenario in the end time.  “I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.”  “The Branch” is mentioned in Isaiah 4:2, Jeremiah 23:5, Jer 33:15, and Zechariah 6:12.

Isa 4:2  In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

Jer 23:5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Jer 33:15  In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

Zec 6:12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

This is the start of the millennium time setting.

Now look closely at Zechariah 3:9:

Zechariah 3:9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

“Stone” is Strong’s #68: “through the means to build, a stone…”

God is putting a building stone before this high priest (Joshua/Elijah).  This is a method to build, a way to build.  How will this work?  What would be a way to build in the end time?  A website on the worldwide web?  Tapes, papers, articles, personal appearances and other ways or methods by this Elijah character?

Continuing on in verse 9, “upon one stone shall be seven eyes.”  The stone is before this high priest, Joshua/Elijah.  This “stone” with the seven eyes is the same Strong’s #68.

This stone to build with, this method to build, has seven eyes.  These are the same seven eyes mentioned in Zechariah 4:10, which run to and fro over the whole earth.  Aren’t these the seven stars of Revelation 1:20?  These stars are the seven angels of the seven churches.  Do angels have eyes?  I would think it safe to assume so.

Zec 4:10  For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

Rev 1:20  The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Would these angels of the seven churches be running to and fro through the whole earth, checking on their churches?  What else could it mean?  The stone of Zechariah 3:9, which has seven eyes, is a way to build.  What is being built?  God’s house (church), which is the 144,000 in Revelation 7:1-4, plus the multitude no man can number in Revelation 7:9 and 14.  The tribulation is held up so that the 144,000 can be sealed.  Then the innumerable multitude comes out of the tribulation.

Now notice, continuing in verse 9, “behold I will engrave the graving.”

“Engrave” is Strong’s #6605: “to open wide, (lit or fig), espec. to loosen, begin, plow, carve…”

Let’s review verse 9:

Zechariah 3:9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

God sets before this Joshua/Elijah a stone (a way to build).  This way to build has seven eyes that run to and fro, “the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth,” of Revelation 5:6.  What else could this be but access to the seven churches?   God claims he will “engrave” (open wide) this way to build.  Is this the door that no man can shut which is set before the end-time Philadelphian church? Revelation 3:8 describes our part in the end-time work: helping this high priest as one of “they that turn many to righteousness” (Daniel 12:3).

Rev 5:6  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Zechariah 3:9 and 10, last part, move into the millennium time setting:

9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. 10 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.

We will continue this study in “Zechariah Chapter 4.” Read that article here.

Published October 25, 1998

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