Zechariah 5 Breakdown
Zechariah 5:5-11 (Seventh Vision: The Whore of Babylon?)
Summary: Is this the Old Testament version of the Whore of Babylon—not yet fully revealed? (cf. Rev. 17) Don’t forget that Babylon was the evil nation that enslaved the Hebrews and kicked them out of their land. The angel is in complete control of this woman called “Wickedness.” He pulls her out (v.7) and shoves her back in (v.8). This could imply that there are female angels (v.9). God isn’t going to allow this evil in his city. He separates it to Babylon (vv.10-11).
(5:5-6) The “ephah” is a measuring basket.
(5:7-8) This seems to be similar to the Whore of Babylon (Rev. 17:3-5). The basket and the woman both represent the full sin of Israel. It seems that the woman tries to escape the confines of the basket, but the superior strength of the angel keeps her confined.
(5:9) Some understand these two women to be demonic, because the stork was an unclean animal (Lev. 11:19). However, the symbol of the wind is associated with God—not Satan or demons (e.g. Ps. 104:3-4). It seems best to see these two female angels to refer to “divinely chosen agents.” The two angels carry the woman “Wickedness” away.
(5:10-11) “Shinar” is the territory of Babylon (Gen. 10:10; 11:2). This symbolizes God taking idol worship out of the land of Israel. It’s as if God is saying, “Go back where you came from!”
Interestingly, the Jewish people did not have idolatry after the Exile occurred.
What were 5 points that stood out to you in this chapter? They can be observances, cross references, questions, etc…
Overview of the Visions:
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