The Book of Zechariah-Chapter 4

1) Then the angel (Hebrew “malak” or messenger) who was speaking with me (Zech 1.9) returned, and roused me as a man who was awakened from his sleep (this is the fifth vision).
2) And he said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see and behold, a lampstand (seven branched menorah deals with “light”, this chapter is about Zerubbabel, like chapter 3 was about Joshua. The symbol of the nation of Israel is the Menorah between two olive branches. The olive branches symbolize Moses and Elijah and the emblem is blue and white, taken from the colors on a tallit or prayer shawl. This will not be exactly what Zechariah will see, but the emblem for Israel was taken from this. The menorah is taken from a plant called the “menorah plant.” It is also called the “Moriah” plant which means “teacher” and the mountain on which Yeshua was crucified is called Moriah) all of gold (all of God) with its bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it with seven spouts (the Ruach Ha Kodesh) belonging to each of the lamps which are on top of it;
3) also two olive trees (the two trees pour oil into the bowl and also symbolize the two witnesses, the Torah and the Prophets-Rom 3.21) by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left side (these trees are called “two anointed ones” in verse 14, and in Hebrew it means “sons of fresh oil” meaning the Law and Prophets are empowered by the Ruach and also alludes to Revelation where the two witnesses will come in the “spirit and power” of Moses and Elijah).”
4) Then I answered and said to the angel who was speaking with me saying, “What are these, my lord (what do these mean)?”
5) So the angel who was speaking with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are (to quicken his attention)?” And I said, “No, my lord.”
6) Then he answered and said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, “Not by might or power, but by my Spirit” says the Lord of hosts (in other words, the menorah was supplied with oil from the two olive trees that poured oil into the bowl, which then fed the menorah, without the help of man to trim the lamps and to pour in oil. So, the Temple would be built by Zerubbabel, a type of Messiah. Also, this verse has seven words in Hebrew, a “menorah”).
7) What are you, O great mountain (idiom for problems, obstacles or kingdoms, and this refers to those who oppose the building of the Temple-Neh 3.33)? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain (vanish, disappear); and he will bring forth the top stone (of the Temple) with shouts of Grace, grace to it (in other words, the Temple would be finished by Zerubbabel by the grace of God. No worldly power will be able to stop him. He doesn’t have the bankroll Solomon had, no cut wood, supply stockpiles, gold, silver or bronze. All he has is a burned out city)!”
8) Also the word of the Lord came to me saying,
9) “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me (referring to the Word of the Lord in 4.8) to you (the Jewish people).
10) For who has despised the day of small things (this Temple would be smaller than Solomon’s Temple-Ezra 3.12)? But these seven (the eyes of the Lord) will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel (God is pleased with their attitude. It’s never just about doing what God wants, it’s the attitude you bring)-the eyes of the Lord which range to and fro throughout the earth (not just Israel).
11) Then I answered and said to him, “What are these two olive trees on the right of the lampstand and on the left?”
12) And I answered the second time and said to him, “What are the two olive branches (literally “ears” meaning “to hear”) which are beside the two golden pipes which empty the golden oil from themselves (the “oil” or word of the Lord empowered by the Ruach goes through them into the bowl, then into the menorah)?”
13) So he answered me saying, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.”
14) Then he said, “These are the two anointed ones (“sons of fresh oil” who are Zerubbabel and Joshua, who come in the spirit and power of Moses and Elijah, but this also alludes to the Torah and Prophets, called the two witnesses in Rom 3.21. The two witnesses in Rev 11 also teach in the Temple) who are standing by the Lord of the whole earth (on his side, stand by his truths. Same with today. The Temple is going to go up just like with Zerubbabel and God is checking out the attitudes, whether you are for it or against it).”

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