by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Zechariah 4:2

The Vision

In Zechariah 4:2 we read of a beautiful, seven-
branched candlestick, a lampstand, with an olive tree
on each side of it.

The Candlestick

An angel had come and wakened Zechariah the prophet
and said, "What do you see?" Zechariah said, "I have
looked and, behold, a candlestick, all of gold, with a
bowl upon the top of it, with its seven lamps thereon,
and seven pipes to the seven lamps which are on the
top; and two olive trees, one on the right side of the
bowl and one on the left side." The purpose of a lamp
is to give light. Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the

Then Zechariah asked the angel, "What are these?" and
the angel answered that the candlestick (lampstand)
had to do with Zerubbabel who would do the work of
rebuilding and finishing the temple. "Not by might,
nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord."

The Light

Zechariah asked, "What mean the two olive branches
which through two golden pipes empty the golden oil
out of themselves?" The angel answered, "These are the
two anointed ones that stand by the Lord of the whole

Here in Zechariah 4 are two men called olive trees
(verse 11) and olive branches (verse 12), who through
two golden pips or conduits EMPTY THE GOLDEN OIL OUT
OF THEMSELVES. This refers to spiritual blessings, the
blessings of the Holy Spirit indwelling them, God's
power flowing out of them and bringing the Light of
the knowledge of God to others.

The Holy Spirit

Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Zerubbabel had
laid the foundation of the temple, but it seemed there
would be a hindrance in finishing the house of God
because of the enemies of Israel. Worshippers would
therefore be hindered from worshipping the true and
living God. But God assured them, "Zerubbabel laid the
foundation and his hands will finish it." God's will
and work WILL be accomplished and none can ...

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