We continue reading Zechariah 5 on how to detect spiritual wickedness. In prophet Zechariah’s vision, wickedness was personified as a woman in a basket (ephah). The basket of wickedness is being taken to where it will be set on a pedestal in a temple built for it: Wickedness (sins) put on pedestal to be worshiped by many in places of worship (including churches).
Summary: How to find Wickedness?
Sins, religion, commercialization, political power will come together and will be highly valued and exalted in the worldly system (starting from the time of Nimrod.) In places of worship with this combination.
Jesus actually rebuked such an unholy system:
- Luke 19:46 Lit cave
Warning of sins both in churches and among the unbelievers:
1 Thessalonians 4:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
1 Corinthians 10:8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;
Revelation 2:20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. Revelation 2:21 And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.
20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries[a] or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
- Revelation 9:21 NU-Text and M-Text read drugs.
Zechariah 5:5-11 wickedness (sins) put on pedestal to be worshiped by many in places of worship
5 Then the angel who was talking with me came forward and said, “Look up and see what’s coming.”
6 “What is it?” I asked.
7 Then the heavy lead cover was lifted off the basket, and there was a woman sitting inside it. 8 The angel said, “The woman’s name is Wickedness,” and he pushed her back into the basket and closed the heavy lid again.
9 Then I looked up and saw two women flying toward us, gliding on the wind. They had wings like a stork, and they picked up the basket and flew into the sky.
10 “Where are they taking the basket?” I asked the angel.
11 He replied, “To the land of Babylonia,[d] where they will build a temple for the basket. And when the temple is ready, they will set the basket there on its pedestal.”
Genesis 10:8-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.