Zechariah 5 - Verse by Verse Commentary
Zechariah 05:1 Then I turned to look, and there was a flying scroll!
Zechariah recorded his sixth vision. Zechariah saw a flying scroll. The flying scroll was the Law of Moses, specifically the Ten Commandments.
2 Someone asked me, “What do you see?” I replied, “I see a flying scroll thirty feet long and fifteen feet wide.”
The flying scroll was the same size as the Holy of Holies. The Holy of Holies pointed to Christ.
3 The speaker went on to say, “This is a curse traveling across the whole earth. For example, according to the curse whoever steals will be removed from the community; or on the other hand (according to the curse) whoever swears falsely will suffer the same fate.”
The angel gave the interoperation of the sixth vision. Since Israel did not follow the Mosaic Law, they were to be cursed by the Law. The curse of the Mosaic Law brought death.
The first five commandments were written on one side of the scroll. The other five commandments were written on the opposite side of the scroll. The law against stealing was the eighth law. It was written on the back of the scroll. The law against swearing falsely was the third commandment. It was written on the front of the scroll. Both of these laws were written in the middle of the front and back of the flying scroll. This means that Israel was guilty of breaking the entire Mosaic Law, so they were to be cursed.
4 “I will send it out,” says the Lord who rules over all, “and it will enter the house of the thief and of the person who swears falsely in my name. It will land in the middle of his house and destroy both timber and stones.”
One of the purposes of the Great Tribulation is to make an end to wickedness and wicked ones. The Mosaic Law will accomplish this purpose. If one rejects Christ and fails to keep the Mosaic Law, then they will be crushed to death by the flying scroll. The Law kills, but Christ brings life.
5 After this the angelic messenger who had been speaking to me went out and said, “Look, see what is leaving.”
Zechariah recorded his seventh vision.
6 I asked, “What is it?” And he replied, “It is a basket for measuring grain that is moving away from here.” Moreover, he said, “This is their ‘eye’ throughout all the earth.”
Zechariah sees an ephod. An ephod was a basket which was used in ancient Israel to measure dry goods in the market place. It was used as a standard of economic measure. Economics controls most of the politics and religions on the world. The economic standard of Israel was corrupt. They learned this economic corruption while they were enslaved in Babylon for the last seventy years. They brought this corruption into Israel.
7 Then a round lead cover was raised up, revealing a woman sitting inside the basket.
Instead of measuring grain, Zechariah saw a woman inside the ephod. Women are much heavier than grain, so this would corrupt the economic structure. This would make the ephod a heavier standard of measure.
8 He then said, “This woman represents wickedness,” and he pushed her down into the basket and placed the lead cover on top.
The angel gave the interpretation of Zechariah’s sixth vision. The woman represented evil. Therefore, he pushed her back down into the ephod. The economics of the nation were established upon wicked economic principles which were learned during the Babylonian Captivity.
9 Then I looked again and saw two women going forth with the wind in their wings (they had wings like those of a stork) and they lifted up the basket between the earth and the sky.
Common angels do not have wings. These beasts are demons, because demons usually possess the body parts of animals. These demons take the ephod with the evil woman and fly away.
10 I asked the messenger who was speaking to me, “Where are they taking the basket?”
Zechariah wanted to know where the demons were taking the basket.
11 He replied, “To build a temple for her in the land of Babylonia. When it is finished, she will be placed there in her own residence.”
The angel answered Zechariah. The demons are taking the basket to Babylon. Babylon will be rebuilt during the Great Tribulation. It will be the capital of the Antichrist. It will also be the economic center of the world. The Antichrist will control all of the economics of the world from this corrupt economic system which started in Babylon. The economic system of Babylon will make the Antichrist rich and powerful enough to control all of the world’s politics.
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