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“THE TWO VISIONS OF ZECHARIAH 5″

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By Lang’o Evans Odhiambo
S.O.T.P. Ministry Director/Speaker

“THE TWO VISIONS OF ZECHARIAH 5″

In the first vision of Zechariah 5:1-4 prophet Zechariah saw a flying roll; the length twenty cubits, and the breadth ten cubits; after that in the second vision Zechariah 5:5-11 the prophet saw go forth two women, having between them in an ephah “to build it an house in the land of Shinar; and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

Be Not Satisfied With Superficial Knowledge.

In Child guidance we read “The importance of seeking a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures can hardly be estimated.”Given by inspiration of God” able to make us “wise unto salvation,” rendering the man of God “perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:15-17), the Bible has the highest claim to our reverent attention. We should not be satisfied with a superficial knowledge, but should seek to learn the full meaning of the words of truth, to drink deep of the spirit of the Holy Oracles {CG 512.2}

. “We should not be satisfied with a superficial knowledge, but should seek to learn the full meaning of the words of truth”. In this study we will seek to learn the full meaning of the words of truth in the visions of Zechariah chapter 5 and this can only be if we dig deep; lay our foundation sure. Build, oh, build for eternity! Build with tears, with heartfelt prayers and search with the greatest care for the precious gems of truth contained in the visions of Zechariah 5.

THE FIRST VISION

Zechariah beheld a Flying roll;

Zechariah 5:1 Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. 5:2 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.

The length and breadth of the flying roll;

Zechariah 5:2 And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof [is] twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits

Consider the length and breadth of the roll its “twenty cubits by ten cubits”. By God giving the measurements of the roll he desired to draw our attention to some truth.

What else in the bible has the same measurements as the roll?

1 kings 6:2 And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof [was] threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty [cubits], and the height thereof thirty cubits. 6:3 And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits [was] the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; [and] ten cubits [was] the breadth thereof before the house.

The porch of the house that Solomon built for the Lord had the same measurements “twenty cubits [was] the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; [and] ten cubits “

What is a porch?
Strong’s Concordance Definition;
From 4819 (in the sense of trying) a vestibule (as bound to the building):-Porch

A porch is also a vestibule.

What’s a vestibule?
Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition;
The porch or entrance into a house, or a large open space before the door, but covered.

From the two sources quoted above then we can draw a sure conclusion that the porch which had the same measurements with the flying roll was the open space before the door/at entrance of the Lord House like that which Solomon built.

Why did Solomon build the House?

In prophets and kings we read “At last the temple planned by King David, and built by Solomon his son, was completed. “All that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the Lord,” he had “prosperously effected.” 2 Chronicles 7:11. And now, in order that the palace crowning the heights of Mount Moriah might indeed be, as David had so much desired, a dwelling place “not for man, but for the Lord God” (1 Chronicles 29:1), there remained the solemn ceremony of formally dedicating it to Jehovah and His worship. {PK 37.1}

It was dedicated to Jehovah and His worship.

By the porch which was an entrance into the worship of Jehovah having the same measurements as the flying roll, leads us into the now obvious and sure conclusion that there is a connection between what is written in the flying roll and what takes place at the entrance of the Lord House. Since if fitted the roll would perfectly fit the porch.

What was written in the Flying roll?

Zechariah 5:3 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.

The angel says that it’s a curse. That shows that whatever must have been written in the roll was a curse.

Adventist pioneer Johns Alonzo Trevor says ”The curse of the law, all the curse that ever was or ever can be, is simply because of sin. This is powerfully illustrated in Zech. 5:1-4. The prophet beheld a “flying role; the length thereof. . .twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.” Then the Lord said to him: “This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth.” That is, this roll represents all the curse that is upon the face of the whole earth.And what is the cause of this curse over the face of the whole earth?—Here it is: “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.” That is, this roll is the law of God, and one commandment is cited from each table, showing that both tables of the law are included in the roll. Every one that stealeth—everyone that transgresseth the law in the things of the second table—shall be cut off as on this side of the law according to it; and every one that sweareth—everyone that transgresseth in the things of the first table of the law—shall be cut off as on that side of the law according to it. {December 26, 1899 ATJ, ARSH 837.6}”

This roll is the law of God, and it’s simply a curse because of sin. By the roll having the same measurement as the porch, then its upon a firm foundation to state that the roll is a curse reason being the sins that are being committed by those who are found at the entrance of the house of Jehovah.In a secondary sense this is a curse to the sins of those who theoretically claim to have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before them: Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, [even] Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

This is a curse that’s upon the head of those whom from the time which Jesus entered the most holy place; they only hold a theory of the sanctuary truth and other foundational truths but have no practical experience of the gospel.

Who wrote the roll?

Zecharia 5:3 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. 5:4 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.

We have seen that both tables of the law are included in the roll. Every one that stealeth—everyone that transgresseth the law in the things of the second table—and every one that sweareth—everyone that transgresseth in the things of the first table of the law—shall be cut off as on that side of the law according to it.

If we know who wrote the law then we shall know who wrote the roll.

Exodus 31:18 “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God”

Also note a part of hand sent from God writting

Daniel 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

“The Lord does not suffer wicked practises to go on without sending reproof and warning. There are men in high places who know of the reproofs, of warnings, of judgment sent, who know the example of God’s dealings with others who have been disobedient, yet who have not sought to correct their ways before God. They have endeavored rather to make of none effect the messages that God has sent. They have continued to exalt themselves, and to carry out their own ways in defiance of the words of God. They have not been ignorant of the right way, but they have allowed their eyes to be blinded. In pronouncing judgment upon these, God will say, as he said to the wicked king, “Thou . . . hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this.” {RH, September 24, 1908 par. 13}

Where else do we see the finger of God write?

John 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger wrote on the ground, [as though he heard them not].

“The scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman whom they accused as guilty of breaking the seventh commandment. They said to him, “Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.” Curiosity led them to draw near, and read what was written on the ground. There they saw their own sins plainly stated,–sins of a far more aggravated character than that into which she had been betrayed; for her accusers had induced her to sin, that they might lay a snare for Christ. And they which heard the words of Christ, “being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last.” {RH, January 10, 1893 par. 6}

As cited above; upon the testimony of two we have seen where the finger of God has written his law and also the part of hand sent from God is connected with a judgment massage as it was at Belshazzar’s feast. The roll of Zechariah has been written by the finger of God and connected with it is a judgment message upon all those who commit sin at the porch/ entrance of the sanctuary.

Who are this people whom the curse of the flying roll is upon?

Ezekiel says “And He called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; and the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others He said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.” Ezekiel 9:1, 3-6.

Here we see that the church–the Lord’s sanctuary–was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light, and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. This shows us that we must not look to men for example. We need to stay our faith upon God; for there is just before us a time that will try men’s souls. Christ upon the Mount of Olives rehearsed the fearful judgments that were to precede his second coming: “Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars.” “Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” While these prophecies received a partial fulfillment at the destruction of Jerusalem, they have a more direct application in the last days.{RH, January 11, 1887 par. 12}

Many of our people today do not realize how firmly the foundation of our faith has been laid.

In the great controversy we read “The majority of Adventists rejected the truths concerning the sanctuary and the law of God, and many also renounced their faith in the Advent movement, and adopted unsound and conflicting views of the prophecies which applied to that work. Some were led into the error of repeatedly fixing upon a definite time for the coming of Christ. The light which was now shining on the subject of the sanctuary would have shown them that no prophetic period extends to the second advent; that the exact time of this event is not foretold. But, turning from the light, they continued to set time after time for the Lord to come, and as often they were disappointed. {GC88 456.1}”

As it was in the millerite time period so it with many today.

In selected massages book1 pg 210 we read “We are God’s commandment-keeping people. For the past fifty years every phase of heresy has been brought to bear upon us, to becloud our minds regarding the teaching of the Word–especially concerning the ministration of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, and the message of Heaven for these last days, as given by the angels of the fourteenth chapter of Revelation. Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His Word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority “

Those who don’t hold firmly the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority which have made us who we are as seventh day Adventists the curse that’s in the flying roll rests upon their head. Remember we have ascertained that by the roll having the same measurements as the porch then it’s a curse upon the sins that are committed at the porch by those people in Gods church who stand at the entrance of the Lords house. In a secondary sense it’s a curse upon those who claim to believe in the sanctuary order of worship/truths but deny it their practical lives.

What sins were connected with/were committed at the porch by Gods people?

2 Chronicle 29:6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done [that which was] evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned [their] backs. 29:7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy [place] unto the God of Israel.

What is to “turn their faces from the habitation of the Lord ”

Waggoner explains that “They turned their backs on the sun and sun worship, and they looked to the Lord. That was his invitation: “Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else.” But when they worshiped toward the east, they turned their backs upon the law of God in his temple, in his tabernacle; they then cast the law of God behind their backs. So, every time we turn away from the true Sabbath, we turn our backs upon the law of God, and our faces toward the false gods.” {1893 WWP, CAS 30.3}

The flying roll of Zechariah 5 is a curse upon the people of God who have left his true worship and now walking after the doctrines of the papacy, Sunday worship.

Ezekiel 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, [were] about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

In selected massages we read “All who will exalt and worship the idol Sabbath, a day that God has not blessed, help the devil and his angels with all the power of their God-given ability, which they have perverted to a wrong use. Inspired by another spirit, which blinds their discernment, they cannot see that the exaltation of Sunday is entirely the institution of the Catholic Church. {3SM 423.4}

Last Day Events reads “History will be repeated. False religion will be exalted. The first day of the week, a common working day, possessing no sanctity whatever, will be set up as was the image of Babylon. All nations and tongues and peoples will be commanded to worship this spurious Sabbath. The decree enforcing the worship of this day is to go forth to all the world. As America, the land of religious liberty, shall unite with the papacy in forcing the conscience and compelling men to honor the false Sabbath, the people of every country on the globe will be led to follow her example.-The Sabbath question is to be the issue in the great final conflict in which all the world will act a part. Foreign nations will follow the example of the United States. Though she leads out, yet the same crisis will come upon our people in all parts of the world.–6T 395 (1900). {LDE 135.3}

The curse of the roll of Zechariah 5 is upon those who have not settled into the truth both spiritually and intellectually. As we shall establish latter in this study the prophecy connected with the roll of Zechariah 5:1-4 are events that precede the national Sunday law decree…

Another sin at the porch;

John10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.
10:29 My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand. 10:30 I and [my] Father are one. 10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

In desire of ages we read “Again the priests and rabbis cried out against Jesus as a blasphemer. His claim to be one with God had before stirred them to take His life, and a few months later they plainly declared, “For a good work we stone Thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that Thou, being a man, makest Thyself God.” John 10:33. Because He was, and avowed Himself to be, the Son of God, they were bent on destroying Him. Now many of the people, siding with the priests and rabbis, took up stones to cast at Him. “But Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.” {DA 470.1}

“Satan told them that in order to maintain their authority, they must put Jesus to death. This counsel they followed. The fact that they might lose the power they then exercised, was, they thought, sufficient reason for coming to some decision. With the exception of a few who dared not speak their minds, the Sanhedrin received the words of Caiaphas as the words of God. Relief came to the council; the discord ceased. They resolved to put Christ to death at the first favorable opportunity. In rejecting the proof of the divinity of Jesus, these priests and rulers had locked themselves in impenetrable darkness. They had come wholly under the sway of Satan, to be hurried by him over the brink of eternal ruin. Yet such was their deception that they were well pleased with themselves. They regarded themselves as patriots, who were seeking the nation’s salvation. {DA 541.1}”

At the porch we have witnessed there was false/sun worship, again we find that the Jews wanted to stone Jesus at the porch. Before Christ comes again Satan will revive false worship and also breathe a murderous spirit in those who shall be blinded by him.

In the Great controversy we read “The same hatred of the principles of God’s law, the same policy of deception, by which error is made to appear as truth, by which human laws are substituted for the law of God, and men are led to worship the creature rather than the Creator, may be traced in all the history of the past. Satan’s efforts to misrepresent the character of God, to cause men to cherish a false conception of the Creator, and thus to regard Him with fear and hate rather than with love; his endeavors to set aside the divine law, leading the people to think themselves free from its requirements; and his persecution of those who dare to resist his deceptions, have been steadfastly pursued in all ages. They may be traced in the history of patriarchs, prophets, and apostles, of martyrs and reformers.In the great final conflict, Satan will employ the same policy, manifest the same spirit, and work for the same end as in all preceding ages. That which has been, will be, except that the coming struggle will be marked with a terrible intensity such as the world has never witnessed. Satan’s deceptions will be more subtle, his assaults more determined. If it were possible, he would lead astray the elect. Mark 13:22, R.V. {GC xi.1}.

THE SECOND VISION

Zecharia5:5 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. :5:6And 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. 5:7And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this [is] a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. 5:8And 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. 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. 5:10Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? 5:11And 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.

Symbols in Zechariah 5:5-11?

Ephah;

Strong’s concordance Definition;
Of Egyptian derivation; an ephah or measure fro grain; hence a measure in general:

Ellen white states “The world watches their conduct, and is not slow to measure their Christian worth by their business dealings. God sees their dishonesty, too, and he asks: “Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?” “Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the Sabbath, that we may set forth, wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit? that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat? The Lord hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.” “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.” {ST, December 24, 1896 par. 4}

In the above quote Ellen white quotes Amos 8:5 while commenting on dishonest business dealings, she connects an unjust ephah to unjust business dealings. So an Ephah is a measure used in economic activities, from this vision of Zechariah we can state that it symbolizes the business world.

“Woman that sitteth in the middle of an ephah”

A woman represents a church;

In Revelation 17, Babylon is represented as a woman, a figure which is used in the Scriptures as the symbol of a church. A virtuous woman represents a pure church, a vile woman an apostate church.{4SP 233.1}

Edwardson Christian says “a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.” Zechariah 5: 7. A woman in prophecy symbolizes a church, and in the book of Revelation this woman is called “the mother” church, which is “drunken with the blood of . . . the martyrs of Jesus.” It is also represented as “that great city” on ‘ “seven mountains.” (Revelation 17:5, 6, 9, 18.) ….. This woman is said to be trading in all kinds of “merchandise”: linen, silk, wine, flour, sheep, chariots, and souls of men. (Revelation 18: 12, 13.) A more striking picture of the Papacy could hardly be given, for no advantage in the business world escapes her vigilance. She always seeks to place her members in strategic government positions, and at advantageous labor posts. {1943 CE, FAFA 310.1}

“Two women with the wings of a stork”

In Leviticus 11:19 a stork is mentioned as one of the unclean birds. Thus the two women with the wings of a stork must represent an unclean movement

Edwardson Christian says “Two women” are next seen who “lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.” (Zechariah 5: 8, 9.) That is, after the true nature of the papacy has been concealed, the miracle-working power of Spiritism in some Christian form, and fallen Protestantism (these two women) will raise the Papacy to the sky. {1943 CE, FAFA 310.2}

What time period do this events occupy?

Edwardson Christian says “The ephah, in which this prophetic woman sat, was covered with “a talent of lead,” and when this cover was lifted the “wickedness” was seen, or, as the Septuagint has it: “This is the iniquity.” (Zechariah 5: 7, 8.) And just so, when the Reformation of the sixteenth century pulled off the cover, “the mystery of iniquity” was seen in all its “wickedness.” (2Thessalonians 2: 7, 8.) But the prophet saw the cover placed back on again, and, through the efforts of Jesuits, this covering-up work is being accomplished. {1943 CE, FAFA 310.2}

This events must therefore occupy post reformation period,for the order of the Jesuits was established to counter the reformation.

In the annals of history we quote “Throughout Christendom, Protestantism was menaced by formidable foes. The first triumphs of the Reformation past, Rome summoned new forces, hoping to accomplish its destruction. At this time, the order of the Jesuits was created, the most cruel, unscrupulous, and powerful of all the champions of popery. Cut off from every earthly tie and human interest, dead to the claims of natural affection, reason and conscience wholly silenced, they knew no rule, no tie, but that of their order, and no duty but to extend its power. The gospel of Christ had enabled its adherents to meet danger and endure suffering, undismayed by cold, hunger, toil, and poverty, to uphold the banner of truth in face of the rack, the dungeon, and the stake. To combat these forces, Jesuitism inspired its followers with a fanaticism that enabled them to endure like dangers, and to oppose to the power of truth all the weapons of deception. There was no crime too great for them to commit, no deception too base for them to practice, no disguise too difficult for them to assume. Vowed to perpetual poverty and humility, it was their studied aim to secure wealth and power, to be devoted to the overthrow of Protestantism, and the re-establishment of the papal supremacy. {GC88 234.2}

Where do these movements tend?

“Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? 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.” Zecharia Verses 10, 11.

Edwardson Christian continues “It was “in the land Shinar” that the former tower of Babel was built, as a man-made way to heaven, so as to avoid the judgment of God in case of another Flood. The builders called it “Babil” – “Gate of God,” but God called it “Babel,” “Confusion.” It was around this tower that the city of Babylon was built – and it stands as a synonym for a man-made way of salvation; and for this reason the Roman Catholic Church is called “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER.” Revelation 17:5. Even Cardinal Gibbons declares: “‘Babylon,’ from which Peter addresses his first epistle, is understood by learned annotators, Protestant and Catholic, to refer to Rome.” – “Faith of Our Fathers,” edition of 1885, p. 131; and p. 106 in “Eighty-third Revised Edition” of 1917. It is natural, therefore, when the prophet speaks of the Papacy’s being established “there upon her own base,” that he should symbolically refer to it as “the land of Shinar,” or Babylon. (Zechariah 5:10, 11) Thus we see, that, through the cooperation of modernized Protestantism, and Christianized Spiritism, the Papacy will be brought back to power.{1943 CE, FAFA 310.3}

Thus the second vision of Zechariah 5 is a prophecy that foretells the restoration of the papal supremacy.

Ellen white states “The influence of Rome in the countries that once acknowledged her dominion is still far from being destroyed. And prophecy foretells a restoration of her power. “I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13 Verse 3. The infliction of the deadly wound points to the downfall of the papacy in 1798. After this, says the prophet, “his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” Paul states plainly that the “man of sin” will continue until the second advent. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8. To the very close of time he will carry forward the work of deception. And the revelator declares, also referring to the papacy: “All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life.” Revelation 13:8. In both the Old and the New World, the papacy will receive homage in the honor paid to the Sunday institution that rests solely upon the authority of the Roman Church. {DD 27.1}

Fulfillment of events foretold in the first vision of Zechariah precedes events foretold in the second vision of Zechariah.

Deutronomy11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
11:27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 11:28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

Those who turn aside out of the way which the Lord has commanded as in the first vision will always go after other gods the gods presented by the women/churches in the second vision.

White writes “The Lord has shown me clearly that the image of the beast will be formed before probation closes; for it is to be the great test for the people of God, by which their eternal destiny will be decided. [Revelation 13:11-17 quoted.] .This is the test that the people of God must have before they are sealed. All who proved their loyalty to God by observing His law, and refusing to accept a spurious sabbath, will rank under the banner of the Lord God Jehovah, and will receive the seal of the living God. Those who yield the truth of heavenly origin and accept the Sunday sabbath, will receive the mark of the beast (Letter 11, 1890). {7BC 976.3}

The second vision of Zechariah talks of the formation of the image of the beast .This symbol [the beast], as most Protestants have believed, represents the Papacy. .The “image to the beast” represents that form of apostate Protestantism which will be developed when the Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas. . . ..

All who prove their loyalty to God by observing His law, will refuse to accept a spurious Sabbath [Sunday worship], and will rank under the banner of the Lord God Jehovah, and will receive the seal of the living God. The first vision of Zechariah shows that there is a falling away amongst the people of God as a results of the sins associated with the porch, this will lead them into rejecting the proof of the divinity of Jesus, as the priests and rulers did at the porch and lock themselves in impenetrable darkness and accept the mark of the beast. They will come wholly under the sway of Satan, to be hurried by him over the brink of eternal ruin.

Before the image of the beast is fully set up or rather before the Sunday law decree goes forth as foretold in the second vision of zecahriah.Its upon Gods people to weep between the porch and the altar to be forgiven of the sins done at the porch as foretold in the first vision of Zechariah so that the Lord may remove far from them the reproach of the northern army [king of the north/papacy] at the Sunday law time period. So that they don’t be overthrown at the Sunday law.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Prophet Joel says…. Joel 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where [is] their God? 2:18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. 2:19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: 2:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern [army], and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. 2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.