Zecheriah: Coming Events and Astronomical Signs

Zechariah 1:18a
Zechariah 1, Page 31

Re-evaluation Translation
1:18  Then those who remembered Yehuveh again looked up, and saw, and behold four key constellations.

Bible, KJV Translation
1:18  Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns.

Yehuveh’s Third Sign in the Heavens: Commentary on Zechariah 1:18-21 (16 November 2008):

Significant Words and Comments:

Commentary: “Then lifted I up mine eyes” again indicates the observation of an astronomical entity or configuration. In this vision Yehuveh shows His people four key constellations, and their symbolism in Israel’s fall and restoration.

Significant Words: 1:18 (16 November 2008):  Lifted up is from the primary root verb nasa' [H5375], meaning “to lift, to raise up; to elevate; to exalt.” Nasa' is used only ten times in Zechariah [1:18, 21 (twice); 2:1; 5:1, 5, 9 (twice); 6:1, 13].  
Eyes is from the primary root verb `ayin [H5869], meaning “an eye, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape); a source or center of enlightenment.” `Ayin is used nineteen times in Zechariah [1:18; 2:1, 8; 3:9; 4:10; 5:1, 5, 6, 9; 6:1; 8:6 (twice); 9:8; 11:12, 17 (twice); 12:4; 14:12].
Saw [H7200] and behold [H2009] are both discussed in notes on Zechariah 1:8.
Four [H0702] is discussed in notes on Zechariah 1:7.
Horns is from qeren [H7161], meaning “a horn (as projecting); by implication, a flask, cornet; by resemblance, an elephant’s tooth or tusk (that is, ivory), a corner (of the altar), a peak (of a mountain), a ray (of light); figuratively, power.” Qeren is from the primary root verb qaran [H7160], meaning “to push or gore; to shoot out horns; figuratively, to shoot out rays.” Horn is a very misleading translation of qeren; rather, a more simple and practical definition would be strong upright support or pillar or forceful strength. Such strength can be political (Daniel 8:3, 5; Revelation 13:11), physical (Exodus 27:2; 30:2-3), or moral (Psalms 112:1, 9). Yehuveh bases all astronomical discussion on the four fixed signs of the Zadok circle as defined by Ezekiel and Revelation: “the face of a man, and the face of a lion, . . . the face of an ox, . . . also . . . the face of an eagle.” “a lion, and . . . a calf, and . . . a man, and . . . a flying eagle.” As Zechariah (those who remember Yehuveh, thus those who are remembered by Yehuveh) is looking up into the heavens, Yehuveh described four key constellations [associated of the four leading tribes] which have a significant impact on the past and the future of the nation of Israel:

A lion:  the constellation Leo, associated with the tribe of Judah, symbol of the first commandment
                and the quality of
unwavering unity with Yehuveh. But in rejecting this quality, Israel destroyed
“Ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. And I
                will be found of you, saith Yehuveh;” “but
they did not hear, nor hearken unto Me, saith
Jeremiah 29:13-14, also see Deuteronomy 4:29; Zechariah 1:4.

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:               16 November 2008
Latest Update:                     16 November 2008

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