Seven Eyes Upon One Stone
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 (ebed) the BRANCH.
For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes (ayin):
behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
Zechariah 3:8f (Spoke 16, Cycle 2)
passage is the first of three connected prophecies in Zechariah that reveal the
Capstone of Scripture.
They form a fully integrated revelation of the whole Bible, the Written Word, as the ultimate
type (shadow) of Jesus Christ, Living Word. He Himself is the antitype of all Scripture,
and all Scripture, when viewed as a unified whole, is itself the ultimate type of Jesus Christ.
The fulfillment of these prophecies is the topic of Part III of the Bible Wheel book
(see Fulfillment of Zechariahs's Capstone Prophecies).
The present concern centers on the absolutely astounding correlation of the dominant
theme of Zechariah with both the literal meaning of the name of the Sixteenth Letter, Ayin (Eye).
The graph shows the distribution of this word in the Twelve Minor Prophets.
The numbers on the x-axis mark the positions of the Books in the canonical sequence.
The huge peak occurs in Book 38, Zechariah, where ayin appears 20 times.
This is to be compared with its very low frequency (between zero and three hits per Book)
in the rest of this division. The graph gives a visual representation of what is plain to
any reader of Scripture; the theme of the eye dominates the Book of Zechariah,
in perfect and precise agreement with the Letter that governs its Spoke.
The table below lists the exemplary verses, where we find such famous images as "the apple of his eye"
and major prophecies like "upon one stone, seven eyes." Note also the references to both the "eyes of the Lord"
and the "eyes of man," and the Lord's own declaration that He will open His eyes.
We have here a maximal correlation of the content of Zechariah with the
literal meaning of the name of
the Hebrew letter associated with it through the geometry of the Wheel, which is
itself established by God in the Alphabetic Verses (see The Eyes of God).
|References to Ayin (Eye) in Zechariah|
||Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw ...
||I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked ...
||For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you:
for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
||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.
||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.
||Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked ...
||Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see
||Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women ...
||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.
||Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in
these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.
||The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof:
when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the LORD.
||And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by,
and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more:
for now have I seen with mine eyes.
||And I said unto them, If ye think good [lit. If it is good in your eyes], give me my price;
and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
||Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm,
and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.
||In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness:
and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
||And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against
Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall
consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
Zechariah's Capstone Prophecies unite the symbols of
Stone and Eyes to paint a picture
of Jesus Christ as "the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel" (Gen 49:24), for the Shepherd stands as a
solid, unchanging, and eternally faithful Stone with His Eyes ever over His flock.
He is the Living Stone spoken of by the Apostle Peter on Spoke 16, Cycle 3:
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God,
and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to
offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in
the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that
believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but
unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the
head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them
which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
1 Peter 2:4ff (Spoke 16, Cycle 3)
This passage brings together a host of prophecies scattered throughout Scripture that reveal
Jesus Christ as both the Cornerstone (Author, ) and
Capstone (Finisher, ) of the everlasting Faith
(BW book pg 284, see also the Capstone Signature article).
It also reveals the analogous relation between Christ and the Bible, for both are a stumbling stone
to the faithless and disobedient (1 Cor 1:23). Peter's great emphasis upon the idea of the Stone was
to be expected since it matches the meaning of his name as given by the Lord Himself in
Matthew 16, "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."
These ideas will play an essential role in understanding the Capstone Prophecies discussed in Part III
(see Fulfillment of Zechariahs's Capstone Prophecies).