Night Visions Part 2

March 18, 2010 at 11:32 am | Posted in Zechariah | 7 Comments
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In the previous lesson on Zechariah we started looking at the prophet’s visions which came in the night.

1. The first was a vision of a Man on a red horse, the Angel of the Lord (Christ) leading an army of men on brown and white horses.

2. The second vision was a vision of horns and carpenters – dealing with the Gentile nations who had chastened Judah.

3. The third vision was a vision of measuring and reclaiming ownership, and of the Lord preparing again to dwell with His people.

4. In the fourth vision, there was a courtroom trial.

And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

Zechariah 3:1

That vision concluded with a picture of the priestly ministry of Christ as the Branch – the Messiah Who would save His people, and be their One True High Priest. That vision also gave us a picture of Christ as the Stone.

5. The fifth vision was the vision of the candlestick and the olive trees. The candlestick, or lampstand, represented Christ (the Light of the World.)

Remember, Zechariah started off with a harsh message of repentance: Where are your fathers? Where are the prophets? Zechariah was having a rough night, but he was also getting to deliver some good messages of comfort… When suddenly everything screeches to a halt in Chapter 5!

Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.

Zechariah 5:1-3

The “flying roll” that Zechariah saw was not the kind of delicious bread that we used to call a “roll” in north Louisiana. And it was not the kind of “roll” you find at Lambert’s, “the Home of the Throwed Rolls,” although those rolls sure do fly! And even though “The Legend of the Flying Scroll” sounds more like a Kung Fu movie than a prophetic vision, that’s what this “roll” was: a scroll.

It was huge scroll, too: 20 cubits by 10 cubits. I believe these measurements were meant by the Holy Spirit to point us to the porch of Solomon’s temple and the holy place before the Holy of Holies, which, I think, was also 10 X 20 cubits.

When you read Deuteronomy Chapter 27 you see the people on Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, and they are “amen-ing” the terms of the covenant, and agreeing to keep the Law:

Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Deuteronomy 27:26

Zechariah 5:3 tells us that the roll has a curse “for every one that stealeth,” which is the 8th Commandment, and a curse for “every one that sweareth,” which is the 3rd Commandment. If Zechariah saw this scroll opened like a book, then the 3rd and 8th Commandments would be the “middle” of the first and second of each half of the 10 Commandments (five on each side). Therefore, I believe the flying scroll represents the Law of God, which had to be dealt with on the way to the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies in Solomon’s Temple, and which brought curses upon God’s people (in accordance with their own prior agreement) when broken.

I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

Zechariah 5:4

When the people shouted all those “amens” in Deuteronomy 27 they really did themselves in, agreeing to keep the Law. However, the Law was not wicked. God had a purpose and a plan with the Law.

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Galatians 3:10-13

If I open my Bible in the middle and lay the spine on my palm, face-up, it looks like the open flying scroll. Imagine a giant Bible flying through the air – a living Word – identifying and seeking those who have broken God’s law. Imagine it coming into your home – into the midst of your home – and remaining there. The roll of God’s law brings conviction. Conviction leads to a crisis (a crossroads). You don’t know which road to take, but you must choose one or the other. Christ is one Road: follow this Road, and you will be a new creature. Remaining under the curse is the other road: that road leads to condemnation. Christ became the curse for us, so that the flying roll would not have to enter our house and destroy it, and us with it.

The next post in the series – Night Visions Part 3 – finishes up in Zechariah Chapters 5 and 6.


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