LTHOUGH there are some differences in the order and form, it would be difficult not to connect Zechariah 6 with Revelation 6. In that passage, there is a white horse that seems to be the antichrist bringing false peace to the earth. There, a red horse represents world war, a black horse represents famine and a pale horse represents disease and plagues. In the Revelation of John, these horses represent difficulties that come upon the earth after the rapture and before the second coming of Christ. In Zechariah 6, they symbolize angels who will have influence on the earth at the time of the coming of the Messiah. They may not be identical but there does seem to be a connection. Then again, C. I. Scofield identifies these four spirits with the angels of Revelation 7 instead of with the apocalyptic riders of Revelation 6. Either way, all of them are to be associated with the coming of the Messiah. The role of the angelic princes of Daniel 10 (as the governing influences behind certain world empires and events) may provide the help we need in interpreting these passages together.
More significant than the heavenly spirits and their swift impact on the world, is the One for whom they pave the way. The Branch (Messiah) of Zechariah 6:12 will be both priest and king in Israel. Here He is associated with Joshua the high priest (Zechariah 6:11), and with David too. Here He is presented as both the builder and the ruler of the millennium temple (Zechariah 6:13). So, as they worked on their little reconstruction project, Zechariah's audience had plenty of reason for hope. God was with them and would someday bring from their small beginning something greater than anything they had ever seen. The thing that He wanted from them was faith and obedience (Zechariah 6:15).