The Puzzling Vision of Zechariah 5:5-11

Zechariah 5:5-11 is one of the most puzzling visions in the entire Bible. I used to search throughout the Internet for explanations that addressed the vision, but I often found that hardly anyone addressed it. The websites that recognized the vision explained the vision’s imaginary, but did not offer an explanation of the vision’s significance.

After several years of contemplating this vision I devised an explanation regarding the significance of Zechariah 5:5-11. Here is my explanation of this puzzling vision…

The vision opens with an angel showing Zechariah an ephah (a kind of basket) with a giant piece of lead above the ephah. Inside the ephah is a woman who is characterized as “wickedness” by the angel that accompanied Zechariah.

  • Zec 5:5 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.
  • Zec 5:6 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.
  • Zec 5:7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.
  • Zec 5:8 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.

The vision becomes even more puzzling when Zechariah witnessed two-winged women take the ephah to the land of Shinar (the land of Babylon). Another consideration that makes the vision more puzzling is that I’ve read Bible commentators suggest that the two-winged women are also wicked entities. Thus, you have wicked creatures transporting a wicked entity to the land of Babylon.

  • Zec 5:9 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.
  • Zec 5:10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?
  • Zec 5:11 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.

Zechariah wrote this vision after the Jews were released from Babylonian captivity so it initially seems counterintuitive that a group of people would be brought back to the land of Babylon.

However, the idea that a wicked group of people could be sent to Babylon during the End Times does not seem impossible when you consider that Antichrist is likely going to scatter the Jews from Israel and is likely going to send them to places like the land of Babylon.

Recall that I wrote that Jeremiah 50 and Jeremiah 51 probably had End Times significance. In both Jeremiah 50 and Jeremiah 51 Jews located in Babylon are told repeatedly to flee from Babylon before it is destroyed:

  • Jer 50:8 Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks.
  • Jer 50:9 For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain.

  • Jer 51:5 For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.
  • Jer 51:6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD'S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.

  • Jer 51:45 My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.
  • Jer 51:46 And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.

If Jeremiah 50 and Jeremiah 51 truly have End Times significance then the call for Jews to flee from Babylon implies that there are Jews in the land of Babylon during the End Times. This begs that question: “Why are there Jews in the land of Babylon during the End Times?”

I believe there is a lot of biblical evidence that Antichrist is going to have a concentration camp system throughout the Middle East, including one major concentration camp in the land of Babylon. The purpose of the Jews enduring the hardship of these camps is to purge the wicked elements of the Jewish people and to condition the surviving Jews to seek salvation.

  • The evidence for the existence of a concentration camp system, including the evidence for existence of a concentration camp in Babylon can be read beginning here: link.

Given my view that there is going to be a major End Times concentration camp in Babylon, the woman inside the ephah represents a “wicked” group of people from Israel that will be sent to Babylon during the End Times. Once in Babylon this group of people will undergo a purge. The survivors of the purge will return from Babylon to be saved…

This is just my interpretation of the vision. I am sure there are going to be people that will disagree with my interpretation because the meaning of the vision can easily be debated. Zechariah 5:5-11 is one of the most puzzling visions in the Bible after all.

27 comments: (+add yours?)

Anonymous said...


Here are some Bible verses that Pres. Obama avoids:
Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): "It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury - how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!"
Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under "a servant who becomes king."
And Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 (KJV) advises: "let thy words be few...a fool's voice is known by multitude of words."
Although Obama is not descended from slaves, he may feel that he's destined to become a black-slavery avenger.
Or maybe an enslaver of all free citizens!
For the brain-dead, pro-murder politicians in Washington DeCeased who fix Social Security by voting to abort millions who otherwise could be paying into SS (!), I have two pro-life slogans I thought up:
"Unborn babies should have the right to keep and bear arms - and legs and ears and eyes etc.!" and "Unborn babies should have the same right to be born alive that abortionists had!"
For more insights, Google "Obama Supports Public Depravity" and "Mayor 'Napoleon' Bloomberg." Also Google "Pretrib Rapture Secrecy" and "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty."

Anonymous said...

I seriously think that the end times Babylon is the USA. Not the true Babylon in Iraq. And Israel is not just the Jews but all of Gods people. So that vision may have a double meaning. It may have happened in that time and then it's going to happen again in our time in this country. Of course there are concentration camps all over the US already. So I believe that this is going to happen here.

Arrogoth said...

I enjoyed this very much,  I look forward to disusing this with my friends. 

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

Thanks, I may reevaluate some of the items I wrote in this
article following the completion of the various ongoing studies I’m working on,
including a study on the identity of Babylon the Great.  I’ll probably write another article
concerning this passage after I reevaluate things.  Just a heads up that this may not be my final
position on Zechariah 5:5-11.

Researcher said...

The small horn is the secret societies over in Europe (occupying the UK area). They crash the markets, they control the vatican and the eyes are the USA who invade conquer and establish more eyes (bases).

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

Thanks for commenting That's an interpretation that I have not heard before.

Jake Wells said...

I too believe America is a Babylon, Tyre, Sodom, etc... We here in the USA contribute to the corruption of the entire world. Hollywood, Las Vegas, New Orleans, San Francisco...these are just a few cities that are far worse in influencing and promoting sin than any city described any where in the Bible...

Revelation 17
New Living Translation (NLT)The Great Prostitute17 One of the seven angels who had poured out the seven bowls came over and spoke to me. “Come with me,” he said, “and I will show you the judgment that is going to come on the great prostitute, who rules over many waters. 2 The kings of the world have committed adultery with her, and the people who belong to this world have been made drunk by the wine of her immorality.”3 So the angel took me in the Spirit into the wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that had seven heads and ten horns, and blasphemies against God were written all over it. 4 The woman wore purple and scarlet clothing and beautiful jewelry made of gold and precious gems and pearls. In her hand she held a gold goblet full of obscenities and the impurities of her immorality. 5 A mysterious name was written on her forehead: “Babylon the Great, Mother of All Prostitutes and Obscenities in the World.” 6 I could see that she was drunk—drunk with the blood of God’s holy people who were witnesses for Jesus. I stared at her in complete amazement.7 “Why are you so amazed?” the angel asked. “I will tell you the mystery of this woman and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns on which she sits. 8 The beast you saw was once alive but isn’t now. And yet he will soon come up out of the bottomless pit[b] and go to eternal destruction. And the people who belong to this world, whose names were not written in the Book of Life before the world was made, will be amazed at the reappearance of this beast who had died.9 “This calls for a mind with understanding: The seven heads of the beast represent the seven hills where the woman rules. They also represent seven kings. 10 Five kings have already fallen, the sixth now reigns, and the seventh is yet to come, but his reign will be brief.11 “The scarlet beast that was, but is no longer, is the eighth king. He is like the other seven, and he, too, is headed for destruction. 12 The ten horns of the beast are ten kings who have not yet risen to power. They will be appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast. 13 They will all agree to give him their power and authority. 14 Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him.”15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters where the prostitute is ruling represent masses of people of every nation and language. 16 The scarlet beast and his ten horns all hate the prostitute. They will strip her naked, eat her flesh, and burn her remains with fire. 17 For God has put a plan into their minds, a plan that will carry out his purposes. They will agree to give their authority to the scarlet beast, and so the words of God will be fulfilled. 18 And this woman you saw in your vision represents the great city that rules over the kings of the world.”

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I know a lot of people share your sentiments on this issue.

Swapwap said...

America is not Babylon. The bible when taken literally is very clean. The land of shinar is ancient Babylon. The USA is mentioned in scripture as the cubs of the land of tichnar, or great Britain , which America is becoming more and more like each day. A nation who sits ideally by.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I didn't say that I thought that America was Babylon. I mentioned that many people feel that America is Babylon. I intend to reveal where I actually think Babylon described in Bible prophecy is located in the future. 

Anonymous said...

I've heard that what Zechariah saw was a modern day missile. He had no clue what it was. Woman in Hebrew is pronounced "ISHSHAH" and it also means "burning sacrifice". This so-called basket (surely Zechariah knew what a basket was and it obviously didn't look like one) was holding a burning sacrifice within its cover of lead. I'm sure everyone has their own opinion. I agree with this one. :)

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

That's an explanation I have not heard about before. Thanks for sharing

Connie45 said...

In the passage in Zechariah the word "woman" is "ishshah" Strong's concordance #802. There is another word "ishshah" Strong's concordance #801 which means "fire sacrifice," but it is not the word used in this verse in Zechariah. The difference according to Jewish scholar from whom I got this explanation is the following: "The Hebrew word Ishshah is wife,
but the word for fire sacrifice is pronounced Ashshah. The symbols (or
the consonants) may be the same, but the vowels (a series of dots and
dashes) beneath the symbols (letters or consonants) are different. Unlike English in Hebrew we do not have same sounding words with
different meanings, i.e. rite, right, and write. We must pronounce words
properly to convey the correct meaning." So unfortunately this passage in Zechariah cannot be translated as fire sacrifice, as while in English both words may have been transliterated as "ishshah" by Strong, the word used is definitely the one for "woman" as the vowels symbols are different.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I just checked my Strong's concordance. You're correct.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I plan on posting a new article in the near future. It's definitely time since I recently dreamed about answering comments on here

Connie said...


Is everything okay with you? It is unusual for you to go such an extended period of time with so little to say. Do you need prayer for any situations, or are you simply deep in study and just needed the time to sort out information? Just concerned about you, that's all.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I welcome any prayers people have to offer. I could use some... I wish I could say I've been in deep study, but I haven't had the time. I'm dealing with something that I think will better prepare me to endure the trials of the great tribulation in the future. I anticipate that I'll soon have the time to resume studying and posting on a regular basis.

Connie said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. I'm sure everyone will be praying for you now that we know you are dealing with a serious problem.

tor lang said...

Endtimes Babylon is the US.
Their endtime leader will be neBUSHadnezzar or GOG (GeOrGe)
He will take the Jews to the concentrations camp in Babylon (USA)

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I thank everyone for the prayers. I'm getting closer to being able to resume studying and posting again on a regular basis.

Michelle said...

I believe the endtimes will be pointing to the middle east. USA may have her problems with concentration camps but is not the focus of the endtime purpose, neither is European Countries they have their roles but the Middle east is where it all began and where it is going to end.Read the bible, Jesus is coming back to His city and all of the endtime issues will be happening in and around there. Jerusalem,Babylon and the Jewish people are already the world's burden it is already in motion..USA is having problems because they chose to become a stumbling block for Israel and have tried to divide the land...Right now the focus is on the place Jesus will be coming back to,His city Jerusalem!

johns718 said...

Interesting interpretation. I never made the connection with Jews being in Babylon and woman in the ephah.

Jeepman said...

Change the word Woman to fire and consider this.flying scrolls? Read Zechariah 5.. 5:2 Twenty cubits about 34 feet. 5:4 consumes wood and stone? Thermonuclear? Scud missile. 5:8 Women eesha (אשה)could have been mistranslated, should it be Fire aish אש from the same root letters? 5:7 and 5:8 Lead is what is used to surround the radioactive nuclear parts of a Scud. 5:9 a stork does not flap its wings, they sit out either up or down like the fins of a missile. 5:11 Shinár is the name for modern day Iraq and Iran.. Is this where the flying lead lined scrolls containing fire that burns even stones will sit on there bases? 6:2 Brass remember is a man made mixture of metals. What do you think ?

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I understand the vision has a lot of symbolism, but I don't think the prophecy is meant to convey weaponry.

Nelson Lima Barbosa Junior said...

i still researching for the meaning of that prophecy brother, but once i first read it, based in the fact that the whole book is about first and second coming of Jesus, most likely chapter 1 to 11 first coming, and 12 to 14 second coming, learning hebrew linguistics, we will understand that hebrew is 100% pun word system, full of parables, poem on prophecies, many of those vision shows the whole story, what already happen, what is happening and what will happen,in order to give a full understanding, woman in the basket is Israel, 2 woman with wings, is a human nation, or two(woman, descendant of flesh), given power or authority by God (wings)to over power Israel, remember the assyrians almost destroy the north kingdom (israel), before the babylonias defeat the southern kingdom (judah), and remember the Hebrews make Babylon prosper and grow a lot, with Daniel, sadrakh, mesakh and abdenego, and even more when the persian kingdown (iran)overcome babylon(iraq), many of the officials of that kingdown, were jews, like mordecai, and eventually Esther the queen, following the prophecy the meaning by my own interpretation(does not mean is correct), tell us that israel was overflowing with iniquities, and was taking by another nation, with extra strength given by God to shinar, and set base there, than if you keep reading the whole book, talks about Israel coming back home, and Zechariah motivating the people to rebuild the temple, than talk about the true pastor (Jesus), than talk about on the end about the final judgement of the Nations and the righteous and final kingdom (2nd coming of Christ), i hope this helps, give me feedback please, i am still researching and trying to understand that prophecy.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I don't believe you can place Zechariah 1-11 exclusively with the first coming of Christ. I believe Zechariah 2 has a lot of end time Bible prophecy implications with some verses in Zechariah 2 even relating to the Millennium. Zechariah 10 has some parts that remind me of verses pertaining to the end time siege of Jerusalem that I've written about. Zechariah 4 seems to be referenced in Revelation 11. Therefore, I cannot dismiss the potential for Zechariah 5:5-11 to have end time implications.

Nelson Lima Barbosa Junior said...

there's no aprendix to interpret prophecy, but if you look at prophecy, and believe that happens on chronological order, like the second vision have to happen after the first, following that order zechariah 11:12 put you right on the moment that judas betrayed Jesus, that was the moment when Judas received 30 pieces of silver, that chronological way to interpreted is western hermeneutics, which does not match the originals, remember the bible is a hebrew book, from hebrew authors, who speak hebrew, who see as hebrews, and live as hebrews, all those prophecies are like a preach, they go back and forth, the reason of zechariah prophecy was for the Restoration of the temple, haggai was the older prophet, the people did not want to listen to haggai anymore, and Zechariah come along, new vision, new motivation, trough his prophecy he talk about the past, the present, and the future.

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