The Flying Scroll, Basket, and Chariots

(Zechariah 5:1-11; 6:1-8)

The saints who fly in “mid-heaven” in Revelation 8:13, 14:6, and 19:17 are of course the “eagles,” the last living creature, that Jesus will gather up when He returns. These were first described by Zechariah, who saw visions of a flying scroll, a flying basket, and flying chariots.

First, he saw a flying scroll that was “the curse that goes over the face of the whole earth,”1Zech 5:3 by which every thief and perjurer is expelled. “It shall remain in the house and consume it.”2Zech 5:4 It was twenty by ten cubits — the size of Solomon’s porch — measured “according to the width of the house.”31Ki 6:3 How does this scroll the size of a house fly all over the earth and enter each house but through Wi-Fi? Zechariah gave us an amazing description of the Internet 2,500 years before it was invented. The thieves who are expelled by the curse are those who steal the true Gospel. Jesus called those who enter the fold of His sheep by another door robbers and thieves.4John 10:8 This flying scroll brings the hour of God’s judgment, as announced by the first angel in Revelation 14:6.

Then Zechariah saw a woman of sin who was thrust into a basket and carried into Babylon by two women with the wings of storks.5Zech 5:6-9 The Hebrew word for “stork” (חֲסִידָה) is the feminine of the Hebrew word for “saint” (חָסִיד). The saints carry her into “Mystery Babylon.”6Zech 6:10-11 This is described by the second angel in Revelation 14:8: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great.”

Finally, Zechariah sees four flying chariots carried by red, black, white, and dappled horses. They are called four spirits that go out through the earth. The white horses go after the black horses in the north country, the place of the Antichrist. God said, “Those … have quieted My spirit in the north country.”7Zech 6:8 These are the white horses that follow the Rider on the White Horse in the Book of Revelation.8Rev 19:14 He treads the great winepress of God’s wrath described by the third and final angels in Revelation 14.