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Chapter 3 VISION OF JOSHUA THE HIGH PRIEST (number 4 of 9)

Zec 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.
Zec 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?
Zec 3:3  Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
Zec 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.
Zec 3:5  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.
Zec 3:6  And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,
Zec 3:7  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.
Zec 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.
Zec 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.
Zec 3:10  In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.

This is the pre-vison of Christ coming out of the line of Israel’s Levite priesthood, with Joshua (not the Joshua with Moses) being the high priest. The tribe of Levi was the 3rd tribe but Christ comes out of the 4th, and this means the sinful garments of the earthly priesthood, and indeed, the sins of the people, are taken away and replaced by the clean garments of Christ. It is a picture of the time when the sins of Israel will eventually be taken away (Zech 12:10) and before then, with the appearance of Christ, at his first coming, on earth.

The pure mitre is made like a close fitting butcher’s cap or turban or headband, that covers the head and hair, and is made up of fine linen (Ex 39:28). As salvation is of the head (Eph 6:17), a fine, white and pure head covering symbolizes the pure and righteous salvation that can only be found with Christ.

The BRANCH is Christ to come

The stone represents Christ as is a stone of stumbling (Is 8:14)

Seven eyes of the Lord search and survey the earth (Zech 4:10) with great speed – they are running.

The vine Christ is the vine

The fig tree is the covering of Christ’s righteousness


(number 5 of 9)

Zec 4:1  And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
Zec 4:2  And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
Zec 4:3  And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
Zec 4:4  So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?
Zec 4:5  Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
Zec 4:6  Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
Zec 4:7  Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
Zec 4:8  Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Zec 4:9  The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
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.
Zec 4:11  Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
Zec 4:12  And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

 Zec 4:13  And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
Zec 4:14  Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.

As a man that is wakened out of his sleep - It’s at night (Zech 1:7)

Candlestick represents Israel bringing light into the world and Christ is the great light (Is 9:2).

The candlestick has 7 lamps and 7 pipes as seven is one of the perfect numbers in the scriptures and stands for God. Although the physical candlestick

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit God fought Israel’s battles and it was not of their power.

Headstone Christ is the headstone and the corner stone and the stone that the builders rejected, but NEVER the capstone.

Two olive trees are Moses and Elijah (Rev 11:3-4). Olive trees can’t be killed. They survive for centuries and are forever sprouting. Olive oil is taken from olive trees and is the perfect oil for light.

Zerubbabel started to build the temple when they first returned from Babylon (Ezra 5:2)

The plummet – used in building to get vertical and upright structures. It’s a weight on the string.

The seven eyes of the Lord, along with the plummet, run to and fro, in the world looking for righteous and upright people.

Moses and Elijah are anointed with the oil of God. Christians today are also anointed.

Golden stands for God and the deity of God.

Pipes signify that the oil flows from God into the lamps and the anointed ones Moses and Elijah.

Chapter 5:1-4 VISION OF THE FLYING ROLL (number 6 of 9)

Zec 5:1  Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.
Zec 5:2  And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.
Zec 5:3  Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.
Zec 5:4  I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

Lifted up God is above and is in heaven. Men must lift their eyes to God. God looks down.

Roll is God’s law Ezra 6:2; Isaiah 8:1; Jer 36:2; Ezek 3:1-3

A roll represents the roll upon which the name Mahershalalhashbaz which means Samaria, the northern tribes, will be taken away by Assyria (Isaiah 8:1). It represents the wrath of God.

A roll also represents words that are written down against Israel (Jer 36:2)

Flying things are an abomination and a curse (Lev 11:21; Is 14:29; Rev 8:13)

Flying roll is something that circles the earth.

The flying roll represents the porch before the temple of the house (1 Kin 6:34) which was twenty cubits length and ten cubits wide. On either side of the porch were two pillars – the right side was Jachin, which was son of the tribe of Simeon and the left side was Boaz, who was a son of Abraham. Now Simeon was called an instrument of cruelty and represents wrath and revenge of God as restored the honour of their sister Dinah (Gen 34:25; 49:5), Simeon was also taken and bound by Joseph, being a type of Jesus (Gen 42:24) Boaz was in the godly line of Jesus (Matt 1:5).

So on both sides of the entry into the temple, people were reminded of the wrath of Christ and the future eternal salvation to be found in him.

Curse – the flying roll is a curse as it is God’s law and the earth is being judged according to God’s laws.

10x20 cubits = holy measurements ie 1Kings 6:3 measurement of Solomon’s temple porch; 2Chron 4:1 size of the altar of brass; Ezek 41:2 holy measurements of a door in the Millenial temple. Altar of brass (2Chron 4:1). Brass represents a curse and it represents the law for those that steal and swear false oaths
Stealing and swearing – ‘stealing’ from God and swearing false oaths (not swearing as in ‘dirty’ words and talk). Thou shalt not steal from God or others.

 Chapter 5:5-11 VISION OF THE FLYING EPHAH (number 7 of 9)

Zec 5:5  Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.
Zec 5:6  And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.
Zec 5:7  And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.

Zec 5:8  And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.
Zec 5:9  Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.
Zec 5:10  Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?
Zec 5:11  And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

Ephah represents a symbol of measurement in commerce. A basket that carries grain.

Resemblance This basket represents the earth

Lead is not gold or silver but worthless; heavy, and represents sin

Cast the weight of the lead upon the mouth means the woman can’t get out of the basket.

Storks are unclean birds Leviticus 11:19, and a stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times (Jer 8:7). It’s now time for Babylon (Rome) to be revealed who she really is, as she returns to her home in Babylon.

Birds represent sin

Woman is not a virgin, wife or bride. Represent a sinful system. Represents Babylon and modern day Roman Catholicism that came out of Babylon. Called the whore of Babylon (Rev17:1,5,15,16; Rev 19:2)

Three women stands for triple Babylon – triple the whore of Babylon.

Shinar is Babylon Gen 10:10 Nimrod’s land (Dan1:1-2). It’s Nebuchadnezzar’s land, the king of Babylon, the land of Shinar. The beginning of the kingdom of Babel was in the land Shinar (Gen 10:10)

Satan (indeed Judas) has his own place Acts 1:25

Her own base is in Babylon This is where she came from and returns to. A base from which to operate.

Israel has her own place in Jerusalem (Zech 12:6; Rev 12:14).

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Harley Hitchcock



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