By Lee. Y. Martin, Ph.D.,©1999
   
 

Zechariah 5:5-11

5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.

6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.

8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.

9 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.

10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?

11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base. (KJV)

 

 

 

The book of Zechariah opens with a series of eight visions that pertain to the last days. The above passage is the seventh one that precedes the last vision of the four chariots, which corresponds to the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Because we know that the four horsemen refer to the culmination of the time of the end, we can assume that the 7th vision about wickedness sets the stage for the horsemen to unleash the wrath of God, which is to be poured upon all mankind for their wickedness.

The Hebrew word for wickedness here is "risha" a feminine noun meaning "to be wrong" or "to be at fault." It comes from a root verb "to disturb" or "to violate." We know from Ezekiel 28:16 that Satan's overt sin was to violate God's Kingdom. (Pride was the covert motivation to his overt behavior.) "By the multitude of thy merchandise they (the merchandise) hath filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned." Strong's concordance defines violence as:

The book of Zechariah opens with a series of eight visions that pertain to the last days.
 
 

2555 chamac (khaw-mawce');

from 2554; violence; by implication, wrong; by meton. unjust gain:

KJV-- cruel (-ty), damage, false, injustice, X oppressor, unrighteous, violence (against, done), violent (dealing), wrong.

   
 

It is important for a clear understanding of Zechariah's prophetic revelation above and what is going on in Jeannette's revelation from the Lord, to know that "to be wrong" does not necessarily connote immorality, i.e., sexual promiscuity. God has named the wicked woman in the ephah basket in verse 8 Wickedness, but her wickedness is all inclusive, not just sexual impropriety. According to Revelation 17:3 she is evil and "full of names of blasphemies." This woman is the same harlot as in our vision. She's the false bride of the Antichrist in Satan's false trinity, who seduces the people of God, Christians, into following her to their doom. Being full of evil means she embodies all kinds of blasphemies. The harlot prostitutes God's revelation of truth about salvation, creation, holiness, worldliness, and doctrines of Christ in a myriad of ways. We need not enumerate particulars here because of lack of space, but the wise will understand. What is important is to know that sometimes what looks like righteous behavior is wickedness in God's eyes. Jeannette's vision depicts the fact that the harlot is in fact even now leading true believers outside their protective covering and convincing some of our leaders to cooperate through "networking" with unbelievers to Christianize the world for Jesus. In this regard they are unwittingly helping to fulfill the prophetic revelation of Zechariah above.

Having established that the woman in the basket is wickedness or just plain wrongness we can now interpret the rest of the passage in Zechariah. This wicked woman sits in an ephah basket, the ephah being the ancient symbol of commerce. The ephah was the largest dry measure among the Hebrews, and it related to commercial interests and trading. Why is she sitting in an ephah? And why is she hidden? I submit that in an agricultural economy the ephah basket would be the symbol of choice as would a factory symbolize an industrial economy such as we have today. Could this hidden wicked woman inside the basket be the woman in Jesus' parable who hid leaven - symbolic of evil in Scripture - in three measures of meal till all was leavened? Is it possible that the measures of meal were the three Babylonian conjectural constructs: political, religious, and economic. I believe our answers lie hidden in the Bible's revelation about Lucifer's fall from heaven.

 
Merchandising: Good or Evil?
Evil Times

From Ezekiel's teaching on Satan [28:16] we gather that he was peddling in heaven a whole lot of merchandise (propaganda?), lies which a third of the angels bought [Revelation 12:4]. "By the multitude of thy merchandise they (the goods he was selling) have filled the midst of thee with violence, (i.e., rebellion), and thou has sinned; therefore, I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God and I will destroy thee..." Whatever the merchandise was, we are told violence was found in him. His rebellion disrupted the divinely established order of things, and as a result he was cast out of heaven. So rebellion is the essence of violence, and rebellion is wickedness. We learn from Scripture that rebellion is a cardinal sin. Man and even angels have had a hard time with submission and accepting God's way of doing things. Men want to create their own cosmos, as Satan tried, and rule things apart from Him as little gods themselves (secular humanism). True to this subliminal desire to be a god, there are Christians today who aspire to rule in Jesus' stead -- while He sits in heaven they rule for Him on earth as His corporate body. Even though they are good people and sincerely want to be holy, they hold a militant doctrinal position regarding restoration of the earth for God before it is cleansed of corruption and filth by the fire of God's wrath. Reread the opening quote of this vision and you will see what I mean. I believe they are getting ahead of God's schedule for the setting up His Kingdom and paradoxically are facilitating the establishment of the Antichrist's kingdom instead.

 

 

 

 

As noted Lucifer fell from heaven because he established some sort of merchandising system in God's domain, which angered Him. It is not difficult to translate a heavenly disruption and corruption to an earthly one since we infer from numerous passages of Scripture that the natural world is a shadow of the heavenly world, and Satan is now the god of this world [2 Corinthians 4:4]. The cover is specified as a talent of lead and it holds the woman inside the ephah basket. A talent was the largest unit of measure of weight for the Hebrews. In antiquity they weighed a metal's purchasing power, so over time a talent wound up becoming the name of the largest unit of money in Israel. Roundness is also a shared meaning of talent probably because coins were minted round. In this regard the ephah basket with a talent of lead as its cover, represents commerce and trading and can be designated Economic Babylon [EcB] for purposes of unlocking the meaning of Zechariah's vision.

Because lead is not a precious metal but rather a solid accumulation of grayish pulverized dust, we can also assume that the lead cover denoted that the economic milieu in the vision is not of quality. If it had any worth, the Spirit more than likely would have selected gold or silver as the representative nomenclature of the basket lid. This is in keeping with what we learned about Satan being a merchandiser in heaven. God considered Satan's heavenly cosmos as worthless and threw him out, and His esteem for the devil's worldly cosmos is no better. Our Father left us no doubt regarding His estimation of the value of our earthly economic schemes when He ascribed the name of Wickedness to it. What a judgment! The Holy Spirit even took an entire chapter, Revelation 18, to give us God's assessment of this world's cosmic worth. The whole merchandising scheme is going to collapse in one hour someday and men everywhere will see how fragile earthly things are. Our investments should be in heaven on the streets of gold, not Wall Street. "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" [Matthew 6:21].

Who were the two women with wings carrying Wickedness to her place of origin? I believe they represent Political Babylon, the United Nations [UN] and Religious Babylon, the United Religions [UR]. We learn from Revelation 17 that the UN and UR have a symbiotic relationship since we see the UR riding the back of the beast, the UN. Both these entities support Economic Babylon [EcB] and without question the EcB will not "fly" without cooperation with the UN and the UR. Further the UN cannot operate successfully without the UR as we noted in the body text of this vision's interpretation.

I believe the fact that Wickedness is hidden in Babylonian's economic basket is because everything is tied to an economy. Do you remember that Bill Clinton won his bid for the presidency with the slogan "It's the economy stupid." The same political consultant who gave him this slogan is the same man who helped the Prime Minister win the election in Israel just this past week, and he did it using the same slogan! The economy is where the hidden power lies that run governments and also where bushel baskets of wickedness is bound up with buying and selling and trading. Wall Street in New York City could easily be the destination of this basket, but since it is being taken to its base or roots, I believe the Scripture is pointing out that the center of commerce at the endtime will be transferred to the Mesopotamian Valley to its origin or base, the place where the tower of Babel was erected.

The picture in Zechariah's vision is indicative of how pervasive economic matters are. All three of these enigmas are female (and I thought women were the weaker sex!) and have networked in conjunction with one another since the tower of Babel. Wickedness slipped her leaven in the three measures of meal at the tower of Babel, at the beginning of the second cycle of repopulating the world after the flood. We find the Holy Spirit teaching us when He wrote that Wickedness would accompany commerce wherever it operated -- "this is an ephah that goeth forth (commercial ventures, and) moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth" [v.6]. It is the heart and sole of Satan's cosmos and the limits of his creative ability.

Building cities through merchandising and commerce has always been Satan's method of ruling men ever since Genesis 4:17-22 when Cain built the first city after the garden episode. Every time a kingdom has fallen the Phoenix bird of commerce has given birth to her seed in the next empire. Truly there is nothing new under the sun [Ecclesiastes 1:9,10]. Have you ever wondered why our preachers are called Pastors? I submit it is because "pastoral" connotes peaceful country settings where there is less stress than in a city. There is only one city where there will be no wickedness and that is the city of God. Abraham said he was looking for that city and would not move into a local one with protective walls such as Lot did.

 
Birds orAngels?
  The two women bearing the basket are depicted as storks, which are unclean animals, and storks are symbolic of birthing. Birthing is not clean and very messy. So too is the trading of stocks and bonds and futures. Much collusion goes on within and high stakes financial gambling without. The passage explains that as they carried their occupant they did it in haste, which is the meaning of the wind in their very large wings. Moreover, they had to be large birds because in the time of the end, which is very close, they must make haste, and their largeness entails the meaning that there is international complicity between governments, religion, and economies. I have read that very wealthy people are today moving their money to European banks because the new EC money is destined to be the new "coin" against which all moneys will be measured and not the dollar. This indicates that the commercial center is clandestinely being moving out of America, and thus the birds are working to bring fulfillment to God's prophecy.
EURO
 

Note that these women were not called angels. I believe this is because angels are always referred to in the Bible in the masculine gender, and I personally do not believe that female angels exist. If any exist, could they be transvestites? Satan is always counterfeiting God. Notice also that they were carrying the ephah to its place of birth, to the land of Shinar, i.e., Babylon, where the tower of Babel was constructed, to "set (it) there upon its own base" [verse 11]. This leads me to believe that the last economic go-around, which began in America -- Chicago being the center for world trading in futures and Wall Street being the center for world trading in stocks and bonds - will end in Babylon where it began.

 
Oil

The life style of abundance, even the manner of living in all countries including the third world, is dependent upon oil from the Middle East. The land of Shinar, contemporary Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iran, is slated as the destination for this ephah.

Just as Zechariah prophesied it would happen, it has happened that the Middle East controls the flow of prices, goods, and services everywhere in the world through their oil, the base upon which industry sits. Japan, Europe, and the USA in a large measure are all tied to the outflow of black oil.

 

Do you recall that the city of Babylon's reconstruction in Iraq began in 1971 at about the same time that OPEC drastically reduced oil production and distribution in 1973. Could this have been the beginning of the migrating flight? Since the oil embargo, the Middle East has had control of world commerce and trade. God said through Zechariah that the land of Shinar would be the base for this ephah and it would happen before Jesus came again. Given the above interpretation is true, have the storks already carried EcB back to her place of origin with Wickedness shut up inside her?

I have heard tapes from some highly visible Christian leaders who say that they have personally gone and talked with Saddam Hussein and other heads of state in Europe. They have not hidden this fact. Moreover they have reported that Hussein is a repentant antagonist of the United States and wants to work closely with the U.S. to further commercial interests and peace. Is this fellowshipping with Wickedness? Has Hussein reformed? Since that meeting in the early 90s, his behavior reflects no change, at least not yet. Perhaps we should read the final chapter in the book of Revelation. The church of Thyatira repented not [2:21], people tormented via the Trumpet judgments repented not [9:20], and men scorched by the fire of the bowl judgments repented not [16:9,11]. I seriously doubt that Hussein is among the repentant although it is not impossible. Surprisingly Christian leaders have already begun consorting with heads of state. The point is that Wickedness - wrong action or rebellion - has accompanied EcB to its place of origin. Babylon is in Iraq, Hussein's territorial power, and the flow (control?) of commerce is tied to oil; so in my opinion Zechariah's prophecy has already been fulfilled.

 

World Commerce

One last point concerning this prophetic passage of Scripture. There was a talent of lead over the basket which when lifted exposed God's estimation of this devilish system of international commerce which demeans work ethics by networking throughout the world to secure the cheapest labor and which has assumed power over governments by its control of money and its domination of the banking systems of the world. This talent is derived from a root word having to do with "roundness", "a circle", or surrounding something. Could this have reference to the international trade covering the world with its markets? Does not one market affect another in today's environment?4 There was a handful of men living in the Middle Ages who desired to control governments with their money, but I doubt if they foresaw the complications that would arise in a world containing 6 or 7 billion people. This vast multitude does not compute with a sustainable planet in the eyes of Environmentalists, nor with control in the minds of would-be world rulers. Greed has a way of choking judgment. As a consequence of not being capable of handling huge numbers of people, they have had to find ways of controlling the masses, and because of black budgets we are now living in a world that threatens our freedom as a Biblical concept.

 

The Greater One

Lest you go away fearful and worried that we are on a fast track to Armageddon, let me remind you that you do not have to be here when the fireworks start. Jesus has said He would receive anyone who would turn to Him and acknowledge Him as Lord. If you are a Christian, you have authority over demonic spirits because we have been told "Ye (born again believers, not nominal Christians 2 ) are of God, little children, and greater is he (the Holy Spirit) that is in you than he that is in the world" [1 John 4:4]. And "...God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of sound mind" [2 Timothy 1:7]. The purpose for Jesus sending His Spirit was to give us power to witness for Him, and when we witness, signs follow in order to confirm the Word, not to experience God.

  Mark 16:20
 

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (KJV)

What is the purpose of signs? To confirm the Word. Having the greater one in us, the Holy Spirit, means we do not have to go on a mecca somewhere to be anointed. We received the anointing power of the Holy Spirit when we got saved, and as you can see from the above the anointing is on the Word. Preach the Word, believe every word it says literally, and let it do its work bringing forth miraculous healings and delivering people from Satan's oppression. The reason so many Christians are powerless is because they have not spent time meditating on God's Word in order for it to become real and alive to them.

  Heb 4:12
 

12 For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (KJV)

What's alive and powerful? The Word of God. Too often believers try to go out unfortified without the Word in their hearts and fail in their attempts to serve God. You can see from the above that the Word discerns our thoughts and motivations. We cannot hide from God. If we have been remiss in Bible study and prayer, you'll know it by your weakness. Boldness for Jesus comes from knowing God is our helper, knowing what He has promised us, and knowing our authority over the devils.

  I Jn 3:21-23
 

21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. (KJV)

The first commandment one has to keep for confidence and power is to become a disciple or follower of Jesus. If Jesus is not your Lord, then you do not have the power of the Holy Spirit which can overcome the power of demons. Our confidence and boldness comes from knowing we are in God...and the greater one is in us.

We have read in Mark 16:20 that signs follow "the believer." It did not say preachers, apostles, prophets, or evangelists. It said the believing one. If you are a believer, start exercising your authority. You cannot control evil spirits in other peoples' lives without their permission, (on occasion you might depending upon the circumstances), but you can keep them out of your own house and surroundings. I did not say you would be free from tests. Tests will come, but you can be victorious over them as Job was. Read the back of the book of Job in the Bible. He was restored twice as much as he had before because he never gave up his faith in God. If Job had God's deliverance when he was not yet saved, how much more should we be delivered from Satan's attacks being children of God?

The words in Mark 16:15-18 referring to "the believing one" came from the lips of Jesus and are our mandate to go preach the gospel expecting signs to follow and make disciples everywhere for Jesus. Quit wasting time trying to change nations. That was not the gospel. When enough individual believers in a nation get saved and start praying, the nation will be blessed as a result. Trying to pull down strongholds through spiritual warfare is not the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19. It is to teach all nations (ethnee = ethnic groups). Teach is from a root word meaning "to make a learner" or "a disciple", it therefore means to make disciples of all ethnic groups. When individuals are presented the gospel, believe it, and receive Jesus as Savior, their group will be blessed by their presence whether it is visible or not. Spiritual warfare then becomes praying through for the salvation of one's friends, neighbors, and family.

Given that we are God's children and have the greater Holy Spirit in us, and given that we have not been dealt the devil's spirit of fear but a spirit of power and love and sound mind, you need to meditate on these two scriptures until you believe them. Then you can go out and share the gospel with whomever you meet. Don't be discouraged if people don't seem to respond. They turned away from Jesus and Paul as well. You have planted a seed, and the day may come when you see that seed sprout up into everlasting life in that person. Keep praying that the seed will take root and expect a harvest. The size of your harvest is not important. The widow's two mites were more impressive to God than the huge amounts given by the rich.

Highly visible people who have been anointed are only doing that which is expected of them because of their anointing. Gloating about their anointing is wrong. Remember that the servant of faith when he came in from the field had only been doing what was expected of him and was not expected to sit down and rest till he had finished everything required of him including the tasks within the house [Luke 17:7-10]. He had no more to glory about than anyone else whose field is smaller. Our glorying should be in the Lord and converted sinners, not men. Faith is no respecter of persons [Acts 10:35]. Some plant, others water, and others harvest the crop.

I exhort you not to sit around waiting for the Rapture. Get busy doing the work God has designed for you. Most importantly make sure your good works do not interfere with your time with the Lord in prayer and Bible reading. This is the only way to know the will of God, to have confidence that you are not praying outside of it, and to make sure your garments are clean and spotless. Jesus said He was coming back for a bride not having spot or wrinkle. Stay out of the world and "get yourself ready to meet the Lord in the air." 3

Lion, Little Girl, and the Lamb!

 

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1 See the vision entitled Paris for further enlightenment on this subject.(Zech)

2 If you want to make Jesus your Lord, see the page on this site entitles How to Become a Christian. (are)

3 See the vision entitled Angel, Angel.

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ZECHARIAH (zek uh rai' uh) HEBREW: ZEKARYAH

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