"Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me, “Look up and see what is appearing.”
I asked, “What is it?”
He replied, “It is a basket.” And he added, “This is the iniquity of the people throughout the land.”
Then the cover of lead was raised, and there in the basket sat a woman! He said, “This is wickedness,” and he pushed her back into the basket and pushed its lead cover down on it.
Then I looked up—and there before me were two women, with the wind in their wings! They had wings like those of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between heaven and earth.
“Where are they taking the basket?” I asked the angel who was speaking to me.
He replied, “To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it. When the house is ready, the basket will be set there in its place.”
I looked up again, and there before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains—mountains of bronze. The first chariot had red horses, the second black, the third white, and the fourth dappled—all of them powerful. I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these, my lord?”
The angel answered me, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world. The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses toward the west, and the one with the dappled horses toward the south.”
When the powerful horses went out, they were straining to go throughout the earth. And he said, “Go throughout the earth!” So they went throughout the earth.
Then he called to me, “Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit rest in the land of the north.”
When I read these words I was struck by how inevitable the Lord's ultimate plan is. He is the eternal conqueror of sin and death, and I am invited to share in the certainty of His victory over all these things. There is so much reassurance in knowing that it is finished in eternity.
The sins of all time
Though seeming now to spread
Like sickness across the land
Are gathered and fixed
And one day their time
Will come to the end that eternity rests upon
So have faith
I hold your times in My hands
And I teach the winds with My voice
Though clouded in your eyes
Though generations go by
Nothing can hold back the plans I have made
Wrath is poured out
On the idols of men
Now it pursues like a flame
I give it leave
To go through the world and give my Spirit rest
So have faith (chorus)
Take comfort My child
The burdens you bear
Are already overcome
In eternity's coming day of glory
You will know and see
So now rest and believe (chorus)