Within an hour of reading this passage I would learn of the attacks in New York City.
Fast forward to yesterday, January 19, 2016. Once again I was reading through Zechariah chapter five, this time sitting at my desk enjoying quite a different view...
I came to the same verse..."I see a flying scroll...This is the curse (alah) that goes out over the whole land..." The use of that particular Hebrew word could NOT have been a coincidence! I began to speculate. Could this 'curse' be the prophesied spread of radical Islam in the last days? Day after day we witness heinous and barbaric crimes committed in the name of Allah! I read several older commentaries looking for confirmation of my theory, but found none. They were written in a different generation, in an earlier, less tumultuous era. The horrific events of today were not yet in the authors' frames of reference.