Look! Behold! This is some vision, isn't it? Of course you know there are no "brass" mountains on earth, right? This is our first clue to the fact that we are "seeing" something spiritual, supernatural in scope. Also, one should know that "chariots" are used symbolically to denote WARFARE and the number "Four" is the number pertaining to "the earth" (see appendix 10 in the Companion Bible).Zech. 6:1
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.
Note: We are going to discover that the vision we are "seeing" is of the "wind", the "ruach". In other words it is the powerful spiritual warfare which follows the 5th Trump, which is what? The 6th Trump! That spiritual tribulation is part of God's judgment whereby He uses HIS locust army to come against His people to chastise them! (See Dr. Bullinger's note on Zech. 6:5 in the Companion Bible, re: judgment.) Therefore, since these chariots and horses are sent by God to execute His judgment upon the earth, they come from the Valley of God's Judgment, which those who have studied the Book of Joel know is called the Valley of Jehoshaphat. "Jehoshaphat" means "Yahveh Judges". To wit, if you check a map of Jerusalem you will find that the Valley of Jehoshaphat lies between the "two mountains", Mount Moriah and the Mount of Olives.
Now notice what is in these chariots of war! Horses! Colored Horses!
 In the first chariot werered horses; and in the second chariot black horses;
Horses are symbolic of POWER and we see these same colored horses in the first four seals of Revelation chapter 6 concerning the "powers" we call the "Four Hidden Dynasties". Zechariah now sees something else. And in the third chariotwhite horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.
Let us hear and understand the answer from the Word of God. Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord?
These are the same four spirits, or angels, of Rev. 7 who hold back the Four Winds until the flying roll has flown, i.e. until the teaching, the sealing, of the 144,000 has been accomplished. You see, the chariots which are symbolic of warfare, and the horses which are symbolic of power, reveal to us that this is talking about Spiritual Warfare... of the wind! By the way, the Hebrew word translated "spirits" in this verse is "ruach" which is often translated wind! 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.
Before we go to Rev. 7 to learn more about these Four Spirits and the Four Winds, notice that they went forth "from standing before the Lord of all the earth"! What does that mean? Perhaps it would help to read how Dr. Moffat translates it which is, "after they have presented themselves before the Lord of all the earth". Why would they present themselves before God? The simple answer is "Because God said so", because it is written that they receive instruction from the One who is total and complete control. That is one of lessons we learn from all of this, i.e. that our Father is complete control and NOTHING happens without Him allowing it to (see Col. 1:16-17)!
If you have read the Book of Job you may recall that Satan himself "presented himself before the Lord" and he was given specific orders!
The sons of God are the angels. Also, you can read the account of the conversation between Satan and God for yourself concerning His servant Job, a type of God's elect, but the bottom line is that Satan was told he could NOT put forth his hand upon Job! So let there be no doubt about the power and authority of our heavenly Father. Again, neither Satan nor his locust army can do anything without the express written consent of the Creator of the Universe! So have no fear! Got it?Job 1:6
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
The reason this is so important is because the locust army that comes with Satan at the sound of the 6th Trump is also given instructions before the Lord as in "commanded" by Him that they may NOT hurt those who have the "seal of God" in their foreheads, who are God's elect.Job 1:12
And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
Now let us go to Rev. 7 and learn more concerning these Four Angels and the Four Winds!Rev. 9:4
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
The "four corners" means "four quarters" or "four quadrants" of the earth, i.e. the whole earth, global, in all four directions, North, East, West, & South... NEWS. The Four Winds are poised and ready to go as soon as the angels get the go ahead! Anxious indeed they are as we shall see!Rev. 7:1
And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Who is this angel from the east? It is Michael, the angel with the 6th Trump. You see, it is documented in Rev. 12:7-12 that it is Michael who is holding back Satan and his angels, that locust army. He does so until our Father gives him the command to step aside and release Satan and his angels, i.e. cast them to this earth! Then "WOE to the inhabitants of the earth" (Rev. 12:12) when they are let go for as Daniel states in chapter 12:1, "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." The word "trouble" means "tribulation"! There will be great tribulation, great "spiritual warfare" when the 6th Trump sounds! And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Of course, it is written in Mat. 24 and Mark 13 that Jesus Christ shorted the reign of Satan and his locust army! In other words, He has held back the 6th Trump, the furious angelic onslaught, the Spiritual Warfare, the blowing of the four winds, for the sake of the elect! Why for the elects sake? So that they could seal the 144,000 of the temple and whomsoever would "turn unto Him"! Of course, Satan is not too happy about his time being shortened! In fact, he is really steaming with anger! Oh boy! Nothing like an angry fire breathing dragon stomping around! Got your sword ready?
You can just imagine "the war in heaven" as Satan and his legal-beagle attorneys futilely argue "the letter of the law" claiming that he should have 3 1/2 literal years! Sorry Satan, the Judge has ruled your time has been shortened to five months! (See Rev. 9:5 for documentation.)Rev. 12:12
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Let us now return to Rev. 7 and see what it is the angels who hold back the Four Winds are kept from doing until the sealing has taken place.
These are NOT the good guys! This is documented by the spiritual "Hurt" they shall inflict when they are released with the FULL POWER of the Four Winds:Rev. 7:3
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
You should know who it is that wages this spiritual warfare and inflicts the "hurt"? Again, it is the locust army!hurt = adikeo, ad-ee-keh'-o, Greek 91; from Greek 94 (adikos); to be unjust, i.e. (active) do wrong (moral, socially or physical) :- hurt, injure, be an offender, be unjust, (do, suffer, take) wrong.
They come with POWER to do spiritual BATTLE but they are NOT permitted to hurt those who have the Word of God sealed in their minds. Again, this is the great tribulation, the tribulation of Satan as the false-christ, the time of trouble, the great spiritual warfare... i.e. the onslaught of the four winds which blow GLOBALLY upon the whole earth, all four corners (quadrants)! Of course the earth, sea and trees are symbolic terms meaning the peoples of all nations, creeds and tongues. Do you have the Gospel Armour on (Eph. 6) and in place to be able to take a stand against these dudes, against the fiery darts of the Wicked one?Rev. 9:3
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
Hey, would you like to take a guess as to what color these "horses prepared unto battle" are?Rev. 9:7
And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
Let us now return to the great Book of Zechariah and continue with these four spirits. We are now going to see these horses go forth into all the earth, in every direction, i.e. North, South, East and West.
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.
Oh boy! Here they come! The command has been given "Get the hence out of here!" And remember... they are really anxious (sought to go) to walk to and fro through the earth! 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.
To quiet His spirit means His judgment and chastisement have been executed. Do you remember what the "north country (country = eretz)" is? You may recall that we read about it in our study of the second chapter of Zechariah. The north land (land = eretz, same word translated country) is the land of Babylon, the state of confusion (babel) to where God's people are taken spiritually in these last days. That is why God says to His children concerning Babylon the great, "Come out of her, my people!" 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.
If you have the seal of God in your forehead, when the four winds are released as part of God's judgment upon His people, you will not be a recipient of any of those plagues! Got it?Rev. 18:4
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Again, we read the same thing in Zech. 2:6 concerning "come forth", i.e. come forth "out of Babylon", the land of the north?
Perhaps the definition of the word "north" will help us understand this spiritual land of darkness and confusion, the land of the "north", i.e. spiritual Babylon:Zech. 2:6
Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.
By the way, if you would like "see" further into the tremendous "flood like" spiritual onslaught (blowing winds) when the angel of the 6th Trump lets the four angels loose, just read Rev. 9:13-20. You should now be familiar with enough symbolism to easily understand it!north = tsaphown, tsaw-fone', Hebrew 6828; or tsaphon, tsaw-fone'; from Hebrew 6845 (tsaphan); properly hidden, i.e. dark; used only of the north as a quarter (gloomy and unknown) :- north (-ern, side, -ward, wind).
Next we shall see what happens following the witness of the valiant children of the captivity!
Who said "crowns"?
The final verses of the great 6th chapter of the Book of Zechariah bring forth a summary and reveal to us the purpose and end result of the eight visions shown to the prophet of God whose name means "Remembered of Yahveh". In these concluding verses we are reminded that God has surely NOT forgotten His people and that just as Jesus Christ promised He would raise up and rebuild the temple, His body, symbolic of His many membered body, He is doing so in these last days according to the faithfulness of His Word. And we have seen through "visions", graphic illustrations, that it would be through His faithful servants who love and serve Him in this final generation that He would accomplish His wondrous works.
However, it seems most of Christianity today is focused almost entirely on salvation and baptism, the first "babe" steps in becoming a Christian, and they totally disregard the meat of God's Word (Heb. 5) concerning His ways, the ways of truth and justice, which is His righteousness. Thus without being fed any meat from His Word, it is no wonder that the final generation that would "boom forth" in these last days would never grow up (mature) in His Word but remain "babes" even unto the end. It also seems fitting that they would even come to be known as the "Baby Boomer" generation which is that final generation spoken of by Christ when He told us to learn the Parable of the Fig Tree. You see, that final generation began on May 15, 1948, when the "fig tree" was set out in the land of Judea (Jer. 24). The problem is that those who remain "babies" in His Word, those who are also likened to virgins who do not fill their lamps with the oil from the Bowl above, i.e. from His Word, SHALL BE seduced by the first supernatural entity who comes on the scene. That one will not be Jesus Christ whom most of Christendom is expecting at "any moment", but will rather be the king of Babylon, the false messiah, the instead-of-Jesus, Satan himself!
That is why a servant of God in these last days MUST be able to see the wickedness of the "four horns" in Zech. 1:18-19 and how they are used and abused by Satan's own to "scatter God's people (spiritually)" and bring forth the beast of Rev. 13:1, the New World Order. That is why four, even the first four of the seven seals in Rev. 6, that you MUST have locked in your forehead in these last days pertain to those "Four Hidden Dynasties", those four powers (horns) of Religion, Economics, Education,and Politics.
You see, there is nothing new under the sun. In other words, there is nothing new in this flesh age that wasn't present in the first earth age, in the "world that then was" Peter speaks of in 2 Pet. 3:6 which was destroyed by the wrath of God (Jer. 4:26) at Satan's first rebellion. If you read with understanding the 28th chapter of Ezekiel it will document for you that it was by the corruption of those same four "powers", all present in Ezek. 28 which together comprise the "tail" of the Dragon (Rev. 12:4), that Satan drew a third of God's children away from the mercy seat of righteousness in that first earth age. He has done so once again in this present earth age. Wake up America!
But Satan's oppressive, unrighteous, unholy One World System shall not endure, for the King of kings and Lord of lords is soon coming to take over the reigns of ALL government on this earth. THEN we shall have true peace on earth because truth and justice shall be established in ALL the earth! Read what is written of the "child who was born" in a lowly manger concerning His second advent at the sound of the 7th Trump!
This did not happen at the first advent but shall happen at His second. And you know what? God's elect of the Elijah ministry of these last days shall prepare (even are preparing) the way, building up the temple of God, for the return of the King of kings and Lord of lords to take upon His shoulder the governing of the whole earth!Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Here are the definitions of "judgment" and "justice".Isaiah 9:7
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
judgment = mishpat*, mish-pawt', Hebrew 4941; from Hebrew 8199 (shaphat*); properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or [participle] divine law, individual or collective)...
Again, why is this so important to the servants of God in this final generation? Lift up your eyes as you read the remainder of this 6th chapter of Zechariah and you will easily "see" the answer.justice = tsedaqah, tsed-aw-kaw', Hebrew 6666; from Hebrew 6663 (tsadaq); rightness (abstract), subjective (rectitude), objective (justice), moral (virtue) or figurative (prosperity) :- justice, moderately, right (-eous) (act, -ly, -ness).tsadaq, tsaw-dak', Hebrew 6663; a primitive root; to be (causative make) right (in a moral or forensic sense) :- cleanse, clear self, (be, do) just (-ice, -ify, -ify self), (be, turn to) righteous (-ness).
When you consider all of those who came out of the captivity, out of Babylon (as per the Book of Ezra), we see here that only a few are mentioned. To that end, it is worth taking a short side trip to Dani-el, whose name means "God is Judge", keeping in mind that the Book of Daniel is written to those of the second witness, those rich (spiritually rich) of the church of Smyrna who shall be delivered up "to death" and who shall give witness and testimony to the kings and rulers of the earth, even before the king of Babylon, Satan himself! (By the way, do not worry about the "death" part!)Zech. 6:9
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
 Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah;
Here is what the king of Babylon instructed his crony "Ashpenaz" to do. Take heed for this is a type to come in our generation:
Are you of that "seed" in this final generation who serves the King of kings and Lord of lords? Psalm 22:30 "A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation."Daniel 1:3
And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes;
Understand what is being said here. If you have "no blemish" (God's elect of Rom. 8, justified by Him) and well favoured, and skillful in the wisdom and knowledge of God's Word using science (meaning "common sense" in Hebrew), then the king of Babylon wants your hide!! And you know why? So he can feed you his "meat", his idolatrous meat, and cause you to drink his "wine", the wine of Rev. 18:3, that wine of fornication! Yes, he wants to nourish you for "three years" so you can stand before him (and be his)! Imagine that! Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
You know the rest of the story. Of course, God showed Daniel favour and he befriended the prince of the eunuchs, Melzar (butler, i.e. wine server), and said to him "Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink (Dan. 1:12). There is your "ten day" spiritual tribulation of the king of Babylon trying to feed you his junk food! Nevertheless, it came to pass while everyone else was eating bad fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Daniel and his companions, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, fasted on pulse (grain) and water, i.e. on the true "bread of life" and the "living water" instead of idolatrous doctrine! In other words, they ate their daily bread and kept true to God's Word! And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
Later on, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, aka Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedneggo, would be exposed as politically incorrect NWO citizens, even exposed as religious extremists by certain "Chaldeans", and they would thus be delivered up before Nebuchaddnezzar, the king of Babylon who was a type of the world ruling false-christ of these last days. At that time they were commanded in the face of certain death by barbeque in the fiery furnace to "become his", i.e. to bow down and worship his image! But alas! Without a huddle, or any premeditation, or anxious consideration whatsoever, they would say to the would-be "king of kings" AFTER declaring Almighty God to be greater and more powerful than him, "Take your statue and shove it!"
This did not go over too well with old Neb and so he cranked up the spiritual thermostat, i.e. "turned up the heat" seven times hotter than it was wont to be, and had his goons toss the three lads into the burning fiery pit! Of course it is written concerning the witness of these last days that any who would hurt God's servants must in the same manner be killed (Rev. 11:5) and so it was that the goons were consumed by the fire from the furnace, just as those who had Daniel thrown to the lions were themselves fed to the lions. Therein is a lesson to be learned for these last days: Don't mess around with God's servants!
Let us now return to Zechariah having placed in our minds the type of faith and trust in God that His servants who fast on the true bread and water of life have in this final generation! They shall rejoice and come out of the "fire" smelling like a "rose"!
You will recall in verse 10 that Zechariah was to take of them of the captivity, even Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, which are come out of Babylon, and go that same day into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah. Josiah means "Whom Yahveh heals" and "Zephaniah" means the "Hidden of Yahveh", even those two hidden "rays of light" we learned about in Habakkuk. Here is what they are to do:
Note: This verse is specially marked, meaning it is of great importance, as it is one of 26 verses each of which contains all 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Indeed, in this verse we see the coronation of the High Priest as King! (See note in the Companion Bible.)Zech. 6:11
Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;
Do you realize that Joshua (Yeshua), the son of Jo-sedech (Yahveh is Righteous), is the "high priest" who comes from the tribe of Levi? It is Zerubbabel of the tribe of Judah, the kingship line, who wears the civil crown. But look! Behold! Here we see the "high priest" receiving crowns upon His head. That's right! Oh Susanna, you're "seeing" it! Yes, Jesus Christ, Yeshua, riding on His white horse shall wear the "crowns" when He comes around the mountain when He comes.
This is the return of Jesus Christ at His second advent... and He shall have many crowns upon His head.Rev. 19:11
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon Him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.
The many crowns are all the crowns of the nations who shall submit them when He comes to the Valley of Judgment which is the Valley of Jehoshaphat. In other words, as it is written, "every knee shall bow to the name of Jesus Christ", and ALL crowns shall be given unto the King of kings and Lord of lords. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
If you understand all the visions of Zechariah to this point, then you know that it is the elect of God who shall prepare the way in bringing forth Messiah the BRANCH as King of kings not just Lord of lords to rule ALL NATIONS with a rod of iron, i.e. with the justice and righteousness of the Word of God.
Jesus Christ promised He would raise up His temple! And it is written in Ps. 22:30-31* that in the last days a "seed" would come and serve Him and declare His righteousness in bringing forth the BRANCH. "Seed" means "offspring" as in "sons and daughters", even the sons and daughters of God in this final generation of the Fig Tree who do serve Him, who teach His Word and have come to build up His house, His temple, NOT to build up their own houses!Zech. 6:12
And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
Again, Joshua the high priest was a type, a shadowing forth, of Messiah who is to be crowned as BOTH King and Priest! He shall come to the "temple" He is building through His sons of oil and the two candlesticks which are the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna.
*Comment on Ps. 22: Did you know that as Jesus Christ hung on the cross at Calvary He quoted, as in taught, the entire 22nd Psalm which begins with "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" and ends with "It is finished" (See note in Companion Bible on Ps. 22:31)?
Jesus Christ shall be BOTH the Ruler and Priest, the King of kings and Lord of lords, when He returns. That is why and how there shall be TRUE PEACE on earth, because BOTH the civil and the ecclesiastical shall all be under one head, even Jesus Christ, who shall rule with His servants whom He has made kings and priests to rule with Him throughout the Millennium! Rev. 5:10 "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." Even He shall build the temple of the LORD; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and He shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
Note: On page 1286 in the Companion Bible, Dr. Bullinger also makes the following comment on the word "both" in verse 13: "both: i.e. two offices, priest and king will be combined in one person, Messiah."
Now understand these next two verses for they too are profound indeed!
A "Memorial" is a "Remembrance", which is what "Zechariah" means, i.e. "Remembered of Yah". In other words, the crowns shall be to His servants, even those servants who are the sons of Zephaniah (Hidden of Yah) who receive His good Grace from above (Hen means "Grace"), as a remembrance until the second advent. It shall be to His servants whom He has made to be kings and priests to rule with Him and through whom He builds His temple in these last days. To further our understanding of this, let us look at the meanings of the names to whom the crowns shall be: And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD.
"Helem" means "strength" as in strengthened through His Word. "Tobaijah" means "goodness of God" as in blessed by His goodness, i.e. spiritually rich. "Jedaiah" means "Whom Yah has known", not as those "babes" who claim they love the Lord but to whom He says in Matthew 7:23 when He returns: "... And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Do you love and serve Him? Are you strengthened daily by His Word, the true bread of life and the living water? If not, you can be!! All you have to do is turn to Him!
And now to conclude this chapter six, here is some really, really good news!
As it is written it shall be (even is now) the "seed", the sons and daughters who shall come and serve Him in the final generation ("afar off", as in the last, i.e. farthest out), who shall come and build the temple. However, even though they shall be called forth by Him to build His house, understand that the opportunity, even His salvation, is open to anyone who will "TURN TO HIM (Zech. 1:3)" and "DILIGENTLY OBEY THE VOICE OF THE LORD YOUR GOD (Zech. 6:15)"! 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.
Yes, Jesus Christ shall send that seed, His elect, the sons and daughters of the oil, to build the temple, the many membered body of Jesus Christ. And so it shall be built! But through His GRACE, ANYONE of any race, color, or creed, who "will diligently obey the voice of the LORD God" can have the opportunity be joined together in Him and become a part of the building of the temple of the LORD and receive a crown of glory at His coming.
That is our Father's will... for He dearly loves all of His children. And it is for that reason that we remain patient and endure and continue to serve Him until such time as He is ready to consummate the end of this age!
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.