And the angel said to me, What do you see? And I answered, I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits or thirty feet and its breadth is ten cubits or fifteen feet.
Then he said to me, This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land; for everyone who steals shall be cut off from henceforth according to it , and everyone who swears falsely shall be cut off from henceforth according to it.
I will bring forth, says the Lord of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief and into the house of him who swears falsely by My name; and it shall abide in the midst of his house and shall consume it, both its timber and its stones.
Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said to me, Lift up now your eyes and see what this is that goes forth.
And I said, What is it? And he said, This that goes forth is an ephah. This, he continued, is the symbol of the sinners mentioned above and is the resemblance of their iniquity throughout the whole land.
And behold, a round, flat weight of lead was lifted and there sat a woman in the midst of the ephah.
And he said, This is lawlessness (wickedness)! And he thrust her back into the ephah and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth of it!
Then lifted I up my eyes and looked, and behold, there were two women coming forward! 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 heavens.
Then said I to the angel who talked with me, Where are they taking the ephah?
And he said to me, To the land of Shinar to build it a house, and when it is finished, to set up the ephah there upon its own base.
Summary: Though sinners may seem to prosper, they & the whole system of religious, political & commercial ungodliness, that will so powerfully dominate the earth & its people, will also ultimately fail.
Summary: God has promised restoration to the repentant remnant but before that period of blessing can dawn, God must deal with stubborn & unrepentant sinners. If the way of Grace is not accepted, judgment must come.
Summary: In Zechariah, you see God’s incredible forgiveness and promise of restoration and depth of love for His people, who had been slaves in Babylon and were now returning to rebuild their country, their lives, and their faith