Fifth Vision: Gold Lampstand
1The angel who was speaking with me then returned and roused me as one awakened out of sleep. 2He asked me, “What do you see? ”
I replied, “I see a solid gold lampstand there with a bowl on its top. It has seven lamps on it and seven channels for each of # Or seven lips to the lamps on its top. 3There are also two olive trees beside it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”
4Then I asked the angel who was speaking with me, “What are these, my lord? ”
5“Don’t you know what they are? ” replied the angel who was speaking with me.
I said, “No, my lord.”
6So he answered me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,’ # Hs 1:7; Hg 2:4-5 says the Lord of Hosts. 7‘What are you, great mountain? # Mt 17:20; 21:21; 1Co 13:2 Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain. # Is 40:4 And he will bring out the capstone accompanied by shouts of: Grace, grace to it! ’ ”
8Then the word of the Lord came to me: # Zch 6:9 9“Zerubbabel’s hands have laid the foundation of this house, # Ezr 3:8-11; 5:16 and his hands will complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent me to you. 10For who scorns the day of small things? # Hg 2:3-4 These seven eyes of the Lord, which scan throughout the whole earth, will rejoice when they see the plumb line # Lit the tin stone in Zerubbabel’s hand.” # 2Ch 16:9; Ps 34:15; Pr 15:3; Am 9:8; 1Pt 3:12
11I asked him, “What are the two olive trees on the right and left of the lampstand? ” 12And I questioned him further, “What are the two olive branches beside the two gold conduits, from which golden oil pours out? ”
13Then he inquired of me, “Don’t you know what these are? ”
“No, my lord,” I replied.
14“These are the two anointed ones,” # = Joshua and Zerubbabel # Jr 33:17-22 he said, “who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.” # Rv 11:3-4