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The Bible Says Commentary on the Book of Zechariah
Zechariah 1 begins with the voice of the prophet Zechariah rebuking the returned exilic community and calling them to repentance because they persist in the wicked deeds of their ancestors. Then, Zechariah describes two visions he received from the LORD. In the first vision, the prophet sees a man mounted on a red horse leading a patrol of heavenly horse riders. Through this vision, the LORD explains that He will judge the Gentile nations that oppressed Judah and comfort her.
In the second vision, Zechariah sees four horns representing Gentile nations that have scattered Judah. Then four craftsmen come to terrify the horns. Through this vision, the LORD explains that successive nations will defeat the nations that oppressed Judah. The chapter’s outline is as follows: