Christ in the Old Covenant Scriptures (28)

The thief and the false prophet banished.

“I looked again, and there before me was a flying scroll. And he said to me, ‘This is the curse that is going out over the whole land; for according to what it says on one side, every thief will be banished, and according to what it says on the other, everyone who swears falsely will be banished.'” Zechariah 5:1, 3, NIV. The Ezekiel 2:9 describes the “flying scroll” as written on both sides. The angel, who earlier spoke to Zechariah, explained the writings on the scroll. Zechariah 4:1. Who is the thief? “‘ I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.'” John 10:1, NIV. Jesus referred to Lucifer as “thief,” because he became the prince of this earth improperly. Therefore, the open scroll signifies that the ownership of this planet stayed temporarily unresolved. It would be resolved appropriately, in the fullness of time, by the Messiah, the Savior of the world. The Messiah would restore that which he did not steal. Psalm 69:4.

“The Lord Almighty declares, ‘I will send it out, and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of him who swears falsely by my name. It will remain in his house and destroy it, both its timber and its stones’.” Zechariah 5:4, NIV. The curse written on both sides of the scroll was the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who entered the house of the thief, the earth, defeated him, and restored the property to its rightful owner, God. “‘ Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.'” John 12:31, 32, NIV. We have the assurance that Jesus defeated the thief and redeemed the property because the book of Revelation tells us that the scroll, the deed to the property, the earth, is rolled up and sealed with seven seals. Revelation, chapter 5. 

 None of those present in heaven were found worthy to break the seals and open the scroll. John was troubled. “I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll and look inside.” Revelation 5:4, NIV. One of the “twenty-four elders.” Called John’s attention to the “Lion of the tribe of Judah…” Who “has triumphed and can open the scroll.” Revelation 5:5 – 14. Now Jesus Christ, the only one who is worthy, is the King of this world and its inhabitants. Moreover, in the fullness of time, He will destroy the former prince of this world forever. He will also destroy forever those “who swear falsely by the Lord’s name,” the “false prophet.” The prophets spoke to the people on behalf of God, to inform them of God’s plan for them. All who misrepresent God to the people are the false prophet and will perish with the thief, the Satan, forever. “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown…” Revelation 20:10, NIV. They will never rise again.

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Dan Lazich

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