God’s Plan for Universal Dominion
November 27, 2022
In his book Comrades, Stephen Ambrose writes about the horror of war:
“Combat requires all the nerves, all the physical attributes, every bit of the training. It is only in combat, nowhere else, where time is measured in other ways than by clocks or calendars. Only in combat does the soldier realize that he is in the worst situation that can ever be imagined that nothing else can compare to it, that the longer he stays where he is the more likely that he will be dead, or if he is extremely lucky he will be wounded. Only in combat is one in a position in which youngsters his age he doesn’t know, has never met, are trying to kill him — and he is trying to kill them.”
That state of war is a regular, ongoing part of our world. To be in this world is to be part of a world that is engaged in war. Historians have estimated that since 3600 B.C. the world has known only 292 years of peace. There have been nearly 15,000 wars in those 5600 years, and nearly four billion people have died.
Our world is so desperate that one of the greatest commanders in one of the worst world wars, General George Marshall said in 1945, “If man does find the solution for world peace, it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.” And to date, no such solution has been found.
You have some hope, though, don’t you? It is the hope that was anticipated by the prophet Zechariah, who was writing to encourage the Israelites who returned from Babylonian captivity to rebuild the temple. Nearly 20 years after their return, the temple still only had the foundation laid. The nation hadn’t continued the work because of fear (and apathy?). So Haggai and Zechariah were given prophecies to encourage and exhort them to finish the work.
Zechariah’s prophecy begins with eight visions in which God reveals something of His nature and something of His plan for His people. In the final vision in Zechariah 6, we will discover that…
Sovereign God is in Heaven and all is — and will be — right in the world.
This morning, we consider Zechariah’s eighth and final vision — a vision of four chariots:
- What Zechariah Saw in the Eighth Vision (6:1-3)
- What Zechariah’s Eighth Vision Meant (6:4-8)
- What Zechariah’s Visions Teach About God
Download the rest of this sermon on Zechariah 6:1-8.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website by tomorrow.
“Philistine War Chariot” from The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary.