I would like to read Zechariah 6:1-8 and make a few general comments before answering your specific question. The passage reads, “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. In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses. Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country. And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth. Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.”

The vision is actually quite simple. Though there may be partial fulfillments in the past, the vision looks on to the end of the age when God will judge the nations who oppose Him and His people, the nation of Israel. This will prepare the way for Israel’s Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, to come and establish His kingdom on the earth. Here are some key points to be made in the vision:

*The “four chariots” in verse 1 and the “four spirits” in verse 5 represent the agents God will use in these judgments; namely, His angels. Psalm 68:17 tells us, “The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels.

*The “four horses” in verses 2-3 and their different colors speak of the character of each judgment. If we compare these four horses with the four horses of Revelation 6:1-8, we see that red symbolizes bloodshed in war; black pictures famine, and white or pale speaks of death.

*The “two mountains of brass” in verse 1 symbolize God’s power in righteous judgment. The judgments He will execute are righteous, and His power will be unleashed against all nations that oppose Him.

In verse 6 we have the judgments of the “north country” and the “south country.” Again, this had a partial fulfillment in Zechariah’s day, for he lived to see God judge Babylon on the north for their wicked treatment of Israel. God also judged Assyria, which was also an enemy north of Israel, and Egypt, which is south of Israel, for their constant aggression against God’s chosen people. But the final fulfillment of these judgments await the time known as “The Great Tribulation,” when God will use His angels and providential means to judge all Gentile nations who seek the destruction of Israel. Israel’s greatest foe at that time will be the “King of the north,” which was pictured by their ancient foe, the Assyrian. You can read about him and his destruction in Isaiah 30:31-33 and Daniel 11:40-45.

In verse 8 we read, “Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.” I’m sure God’s judgment upon Babylon of old served to “quiet God’s spirit,” but His spirit won’t be quieted completely until He visits His wrath upon all of Israel’s enemies from the north in the last days. Then, and only then, will Israel’s enemies be permanently subdued and their blessed Messiah will take His rightful place on the throne as the “King of kings, and Lord of lords.” (172.1) (DO)