Meaning of the name Zerubbabel:
English biblical name of the leader of the first of the returning Babylonian exiles. **If the name is Hebrew, it is probably a contracted form of
Zerua Bavel sown in Babylon, or Zeruy Bavel winnowed one of Babylon. If it is Assyrian-Babylonian, it is probably a contracted form of Zeru Babel,
seed of Babylon.
The Greek form Babylon (…) is an adaptation of Akkadian Babili. The Babylonian name as it stood in the 1st millennium BC had been changed from an
earlier Babilli in early 2nd millennium BC, meaning "Gate of God" or "Gateway of the God" (bāb-ili) by popular etymology… The earlier name
Babilla appears to be an adaptation of a non-Semitic source of unknown origin or meaning…
In the Hebrew Bible, the name appears as… (Babel; Tiberian … Bavel; Syriac … Bāwēl), interpreted in the Book of Genesis (11:9) to mean
"confusion" (viz. of languages), from the verb bilbél, "to confuse".
**It is a matter of derivation/perspective, whether Zerubbabel means sown in but coming out of or still a seed of…confusion.
: 1. (vti) remove chaff from grain: to separate grain from its husks chaff by tossing it in the air or blowing air through it 2. (vt)
examine something to remove bad parts: to examine something in order to remove the bad, unusable, or undesirable parts
= 1. (vt) plant seeds in place: to plant seeds in the soil of a place, or plant an area by sowing seeds 2. (vr) drop seeds: to shed seeds
that develop into new plants
In the Hebrew account, the name is symbolic of those brought out of confusion.
Strong’s Hebrew meanings:
2216; from 2215 and 894; descended of (i.e. from) Babylon, i.e. born there
2215 zarab…; a primitive root; to flow away:-wax warm
894 Babel…; from 1101; confusion
1101 balal…; a primitive root; to overflow (specifically with oil); by implication to mix; also (denominatively from 1098) to fodder:-anoint,
confound, Xfade, mingle, mix (self), give provender, temper
1098 beliyl…; from 1101; mixed, i.e. (specifically) feed (for cattle)-corn, fodder, provender
…”This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubabbel, saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ saith the LORD of hosts.
Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying,
‘Grace, grace unto it.’”
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath
sent me unto you.
For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are
the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. -Zechariah 4.6-10
A plummet is a plumb-bob.
The plummet in the hand of those brought out of confusion will make the great mountain of confusion (Babylon) a plain. The great mountain is obviously
in a position of where Zerubbabel had been and will visit again, to level it.
I’d like to share one of my latest poems. This is how I see the awakening so many are discussing. The Truth is the only thing that will bring people
out of confusion.
In the beginning, The Word was God
Existence by Word
Manifest Truth ~ Life created
God is Truth.
Absolute Truth; contrary is but lies
The Word became flesh
The liar thought he killed Truth!
Truth cannot die.
Men made in the image of Truth, twisted by lies
Both coming to and from men…
Who create and destroy with words
The plummet ever present.
Truth stifles lies.
No lies in the presence of Truth = life
Truth be known, lies expire