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Tuesday, February 16 2016
Zechariah 6: Chariots Of Fire In History And Prophecy
"Behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains"
"Chariots of fire" are recorded in both Bible history and prophecy. As we will read, their appearance and their purpose, ancient or yet-future, have always been the same.
"2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2:2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel.
While the chariot of fire left Elisha behind when it took Elijah away, it was not the only chariot of fire there, nor did they thereafter leave Elisha i.e. "the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha" (see Did Elisha Have Chariots of Fire Too? and The Beginning Of Elisha's Miracles.)
"6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
"Chariots of fire" are also recorded in prophecy. They will be a major part of the Messiah's return to re-establish the Kingdom of God on Earth over a defiant and delusional world that now requires force to cure it of its rebelliousness and arrogance (see The First And Last Nation). As recorded in Isaiah (see also What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?):
"66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many." (Isaiah 66:15-16 KJV)
The prophet Joel also included chariots of fire in his LORD-given prophecies (see also What And When Is The Day Of The LORD? and What Happens After The Day Of The LORD?; also Where Is The Valley Of Decision?).
"2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 2:3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. 2:5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array." (Joel 2:1-5 KJV)
Zechariah also saw chariots of fire at the time of the return of the people of Judah to Jerusalem (see also The Angel With A Surveyor's Measuring Line). The prophecy is however, like Isaiah and Joel, end-time - the end of Satan's world and the beginning of the world of salvation.
"6:1 And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass.
The office of High Priest was established by the LORD as a prophecy in itself of the ultimate High Priest - Jesus Christ (see Why Did Jesus Christ Choose Aaron?). Joshua the son of Josedech was the first High Priest after Judah's return from the Babylonian exile (see Haggai's Message To Zerubbabel And Joshua and Joshua's New Garments). The chariots of fire that, as we read in the verses above, provided Joshua with certain success will be a major part of the returning Messiah's success, as also recorded in the Book of Revelation ("19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Revelation 19:14-16 KJV).
"6:9 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
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This Day In History, February 16
374: The ninth recorded perihelion passage of what was later named Halley's Comet occurred (see also What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven? and The Maker Of Mystic Mountain).
1249: Dominican missionary and diplomat Andrew of Longjumeau was sent by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to establish diplomatic relations with the Khagan of the Mongol Empire (see also Gog and Magog).
1270: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the Livonian Order at the Battle of Karuse.
1349: Jews were expelled from Burgsdorf, Switzerland (see also Nehemiah 11: Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1559: Pope Paul IV called for the overthrow of any king who opposed the Church of Rome's doctrines (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). The decree was aimed primarily at England.
1646: The Battle of Torrington in Devon. It was the last major battle of the First English Civil War.
1699: The First Leopoldine Diploma was issued by the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). It provided the Greek Catholic clergy with the same rights as Roman Catholic priests in the Principality of Transylvania.
1771: Astronomer Charles Messier presented his original list of 45 M-objects to the French Academy.
1808: France invaded Spain during the Peninsular War.
1881: The Canadian Pacific Railway was incorporated by and Act of Parliament at Ottawa.
1918: Lithuania proclaimed its independence from Russia.
1940: The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescued British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord.
1944: The Japanese naval base at Truk, Caroline Islands, was bombed by Allied aircraft, destroying 201 planes.
1948: "Miranda," a moon of the planet "Uranus," was photographed for the first time. While many scientists claim to reject religion, they nevertheless very often name heavenly objects after pagan gods e.g. Saturn, Uranus, Pluto.
1956: Britain abolished the death penalty.
1959: Fidel Castro was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that ousted the C.I.A. and Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are based on historical reality) backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on New Year's Day. The "out of the frying pan, into the fire" Cuban people went from being ruled by a fascist, U.S.-backed tyrant to a communist rebel.
1987: The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible" of the Treblinka death camp, began in Israel.
2005: The Kyoto Protocol came into force after its ratification by Russia.