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The Four Horns and the Four Blacksmiths – The Zechariah Series (Zechariah 1:18-21)

A.    Introduction: God’s Covenants [Zechariah = “Yahweh Remembers”!]

1.     “COVENANT” = a binding and solemn agreement made by two or more individuals to do, or to keep from doing, a specified thing; a compact; a contract. A covenant can be either conditional or unconditional.
2.     With Abraham (Genesis 12:1-4 and 7; 13:14-17 and 17:7-8)
3.     With David (2 Samuel 7:12-16)
4.     With Israel regarding their land (Zechariah 1:15)

B.    The Four Horns (vs. 18 and 19)

1.   “HORN” = a strong king who possesses the authority and power of a kingdom (Revelation 17:12; Daniel 2:26; 31-35; 43-45)

  • First Horn: Babylon – gold
  • Second Horn: Persia – silver
  • Third Horn: Greece – bronze
  • Fourth Horn: Rome – and the revived Roman Empire – iron and fired clay

2.   “SCATTER” = to toss about, to disperse [diaspora], to turn them out among strangers

C.   The Four Blacksmiths (vs. 20 and 21)

  1. “CRAFTSMEN” = smiths in wood, stone or metal – a blacksmith
  • First Blacksmith: Persia cut off Babylon
  • Second Blacksmith: Greece cut off Persia
  • Third Blacksmith: Rome cut off Greece
  • Fourth Blacksmith: Our Glorious and Returning Lord Jesus (Daniel 7:7-8; 13-14)
  1. “FRAY” = to wear down, to make ragged, to terrify them with the loss of their power
  2. “THROW DOWN” = to toss the horns out of the land of Israel

D.   Application

  1. Yahweh always remembers and keeps His promises! That is the one thing you can count on in this world! And, because you will spend eternity with Him, He is committed to making you holy (Hebrews 12:5 and 10-11).
  2. As great, or as powerful as any nation may be, in the end, only Jesus will be Lord over all the earth – forever(Philippians 2:10-11; Zechariah 14:9).
  3. This world and its kings and potentates are passing away, so put your hope in Jesus (Job 19:25-27; 1 Corinthians 15:58).
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Jun 3, 2018 The Four Horns and the Four Blacksmiths – The Zechariah Series (Zechariah 1:18-21) Listen Download