The Vision of the Lampstand
1The angel who had been speaking to me came again and roused me as if I had been sleeping. 2“What do you see?” he asked.
“A lampstand made of gold,” I answered. “At the top is a bowl for the oil. On the lampstand are seven lamps, each one with places for seven wicks. 3#Rev 11.4 There are two olive trees beside the lampstand, one on each side of it.” 4Then I asked the angel, “What do these things stand for, sir?”
5“Don't you know?” he asked me.
“No, I don't, sir,” I replied.
The angel said to me, “The seven lamps are the seven eyes of the Lord, which see all over the earth.”#4.10b: Verses 10b-14 are moved here from the end of the chapter in order to retain the natural sequence of the narrative.
Then I asked him, “What do the two olive trees on either side of the lampstand mean? 12And what is the meaning of the two olive branches beside the two gold pipes from which the olive oil pours?”
13He asked me, “Don't you know?”
“No, I don't, sir,” I answered.
14Then he said, “These are the two men whom God has chosen and anointed to serve him, the Lord of the whole earth.”
God's Promise to Zerubbabel
The angel told me to give Zerubbabel this message from the Lord: “You will succeed, not by military might or by your own strength, but by my spirit. 7Obstacles as great as mountains will disappear before you. You will rebuild the Temple, and as you put the last stone in place, the people will shout, ‘Beautiful, beautiful!’”
8Another message came to me from the Lord. 9He said, “Zerubbabel has laid the foundation of the Temple, and he will finish the building. When this happens, my people will know that it is I who sent you to them. 10aThey are disappointed because so little progress is being made. But they will see Zerubbabel continuing to build the Temple, and they will be glad.”