Zechariah 6:11-13 is a crucial passage about the new throne in God’s Church. In the New King James Version it appears in poetic form:
“Take the silver and gold, make an elaborate crown, and set it on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest.
Then speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying:
“Behold, the Man whose name is the Branch!
From His place He shall branch out,
And He shall build the temple of the Lord;
Yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord.
He shall bear the glory,
And shall sit and rule on His throne;
So He shall be a priest on His throne,
And the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”’”
There was no such thing as a dual crown in the Levitical priesthood. The only other place that a dual crown is mentioned is with Melchizedek, who was both king and priest (Genesis 14:18-20; Hebrews 7:1-3). Melchizedek became Jesus Christ, who was “the Branch.”
Jesus Christ is about to rule as king and priest! In Zechariah 6:13, He refers to David’s throne as His throne! We often talk about Christ sitting on David’s throne. But God the Father and Christ are not talking that way here. This is the very throne of God the Father that He is giving to Jesus Christ!
The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary says, “The sense here is, ‘Behold in Joshua a remarkable shadowing forth of Messiah.’ It is not for his [Joshua’s] own sake that the crown is placed on him, but as type of Messiah about to be at once King and Priest.” How spectacular to have this throne in God’s Church today, just before the Messiah’s return! God the Father and Christ are trying to get us to see the magnitude of what we are called to be a part of! Do we grasp what God is illustrating in this message? (To understand the revelation about the throne of David being moved to God’s Church, request your free copy of The New Throne of David. See back cover.)
Zechariah 6 continues: “And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the Lord, and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God” (verse 15). Something dramatic is happening here. Zechariah 6 and other prophecies about the new throne of David show that dazzling things are taking place—and notice that God says it depends on “if ye will diligently obey.”
This passage is about a time before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ because it says if you diligently obey, then it will come to pass. The Second Coming has not yet happened. So the promises God makes here are conditional. He doesn’t even say simply if you obey me; He says, You had better diligently obey me or it won’t come to pass!
The word translated “obey” also means to give undivided attention, obedience or listening; it means to understand what one has heard. The main idea of the Hebrew word, shama, is understanding a message. The Moffatt translation renders this, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Eternal your God.” What God is asking is difficult to understand and requires you to listen and study carefully.
At the time when the new throne of David is revealed and the dual-crown king-priest in Zechariah 6 is revealed, we must listen carefully to everything we can about God and not only obey, but diligently obey, God. Really work at it. Live by every word of God and apply every one you possibly can! Don’t let one word drop to the ground. We all must work at this more and more.
The throne of David has continued for thousands of years all the way from David, through Judah, Ireland, Scotland and then England. But after January 2017, that throne ceased to be David’s throne, and it descended into ugliness.
God has worked some dramatic events since He moved David’s throne to this Church. We opened the Armstrong Institute of Biblical Archaeology in Jerusalem. We hosted another archaeological exhibit at Armstrong Auditorium and funded two excavations in Jerusalem. We published America Under Attack and have mailed out nearly 19,000 copies, along with more than 4,500 digital copies. We have also received new revelation. God has given us so many great blessings!
If we want to keep receiving such blessings, we must diligently obey! If we do not, we will suffer the same fate as the British royal family. That is what God is telling us.
An Urgent Message
Jesus Christ is “The Branch” of Zechariah 6:12. In the King James Version, it says that the Branch “shall grow up out of his place ….” “Out of” literally means the lower part, that which is below, beneath or under (Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon). It means that Christ, or His throne, is going to move from a lower place to a higher place—a spiritual place. That is prophesied to happen in this end time, just before His Second Coming.
When does this happen? God is emphasizing a certain span of time. Christ is branching out from His place! There is going to be some change in His speaking to this world. He is talking more directly. What is Christ trying to teach us in this period of time?
Jesus Christ rules His one true Church. Christ has a dual crown, and He is beginning to use that crown more effectively through the Church. We are living in the urgent time just before Christ’s return. The world is facing its most devastating time ever. At this crucial period, God is giving His people an opportunity like no one else will ever have.
In this critical time, God expects diligent obedience! His people must work to receive what He wants them to have. Most of God’s people are faltering right now because they have failed to diligently obey.
Satan has great power and is devastating the world, the nations of Israel and even most of those who have been in God’s true Church. He has his mind on this Work; he hates it with a passion we can scarcely describe! He knows how urgent the times are: His time of ruling the Earth is almost over. God is allowing him to remain in power only a short while longer so we can learn to overcome him and diligently obey God.
To overcome Satan, we need God’s power. These are difficult and solemn times, but God will empower us. We can handle any problem, trial or test because along with this throne coming into the Church, there is more power from God and more light for this world. God is there with His Family, and He is empowering us! He promises that if we diligently obey, He will take care of us, and we will flourish in many ways.
God’s Personal Attention
God commissioned Jeremiah to begin the overturning of David’s throne, from Judah to Ireland. He told him, “See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (Jeremiah 1:10). This is the time frame: the prophecy about three overturns of David’s throne, its erasure and the establishment of a new throne!
Then Jeremiah wrote, “Then a message from the Ever-living came to me, asking, ‘What do you see, Jeremiah?’ And I replied, ‘I see the branch of the Watchful tree!’ When the Ever-living answered me, ‘Attend to what you see! For I am watchful over My promises to perform them’” (verses 11-12; Ferrar Fenton translation). God is personally watching over everything in a special way during this critical period, giving certain things more personal attention.
What “promises” is He discussing in verse 12? It must be the promises associated with Jeremiah’s commission—most importantly, the promise of building and planting a new throne after the old one has been erased!
“Jeremiah, what do you see?” God asks. Jeremiah responds, “I see a branch of an almond tree” (verse 11; New King James Version). Jeremiah saw a branch, attached to a tree, that was budding and blossoming and producing almonds.
We need to look at this spiritually. The British royal family is decaying and dying. This branch was bare before it was moved to this Church. There was no budding or blossoming; there were no almonds. So God took His throne of David and gave it to this Church—a tremendous blessing! Where God has placed the throne of David now is budding, blossoming and producing fruits like never before! And we must make sure we continue to bear abundant fruit.
If you have an almond branch, where is the tree? The tree is Jeremiah’s commission. After verse 10, Jeremiah immediately begins discussing the new throne.
That vision, however, flows right into the vision of the seething, boiling pot (verses 13-14). The “seething pot … [o]ut of the north” is a German-led Holy Roman Empire that will destroy the two nations of prophetic Israel (Britain and America) and Judah, the Jewish nation! These nations must repent to keep that from happening. (All this is explained in The United States and Britain in Prophecy. Request a free copy.) The pot is about to boil over, and that means terrifying trouble. Look at what happened in World War ii: Led by a possessed madman, the Germans tried to exterminate all Jews and killed 60 million people in the process! And God says what is coming will be far worse.
Thankfully, God has given us even more power to face whatever comes our way. He wants us to take full advantage of having a new stone of destiny and a new throne.
It is a great honor to have the dual crown. But in just a short time, all of God’s people will have that double crown and sit on the throne with Jesus Christ, ruling with Him forever. So to have that dual crown today is very small compared to what every member is about to be given—if you diligently obey God.
God wants us to push ourselves to do more than we would normally do and sacrifice more. He is expecting more of His people than in the past. There is a change. We are approaching the return of Jesus Christ and His rule on the throne of David as King and Priest! God is preparing for that and preparing us for it and doing great things in His Church. We all need to do everything we can to diligently obey God and apply every Word of God!
To understand added depth to Zechariah 6 read: The New Throne of David