Verse 1 – Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep.
Verse 2 – And he said to me, “What do you see?” so I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps.
Verse 3 – “Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.”
Verse 4 – So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?”
Verse 5 – Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.”
Verse 6 – So he answered me and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel; not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.
What the angel said to Zachariah about the Spirit provides insight into the interpretation of the lampstand. Oil was symbolic of God’s Spirit. Thus while Zerubbabel would be instrumental in accomplishing God’s purpose, it could only happen through the plentiful supply of God’s Spirit.
Verse 7 – ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ‘ ”
God’s grace would start the temple and God’s grace would complete it through Zerubbabel’s guidance which come from God.
Verse 8 – Moreover the word of the LORD came to me saying:
Verse 9 – “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands shall also finish it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts have sent Me to you.
The Divine Angel announces that in what He has just spoken, He has been commissioned by God the Father.
Verse 10 – For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
Many of the Jews were disheartened when they realized this second temple would not be as glorious as the one that Solomon had built, but God said, “Don’t despise small beginnings!”
What we do for God’s kingdom may seem small and insignificant, but God is pleased in our obedience and doing what is right. Be faithful in the small things and watch God bless it and multiply it.
Verse 11 – Then I answered and said to him, “What are these two olive trees, one at the right of the lampstand and the other at its left?”
Verse 12 – And I further answered and said to him, “What are these two olive branches that drip into the receptacles of the two gold pipes from which the golden oil drains?”
Verse 13 – Then he answered me and said, ‘Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.”
Verse 14 – So he said, “Theses are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the LORD of the whole earth.”
The two anointed ones may be Joshua, the high priest and Zerubbabel the governor. There will also be two witnesses that will arise during the tribulation period that will be anointed to preach to the nations the Gospel of Christ (Revelation 11:3).