Bible: Zechariah 4

Vision Five: The Menorah

4:1 The angelic messenger 1  who had been speaking with me then returned and woke me, as a person is wakened from sleep. 4:2 He asked me, “What do you see?” I replied, 2 I see a menorah of pure gold with a receptacle at the top and seven lamps, with fourteen pipes going to the lamps. 4:3 There are also two olive trees beside it, one on the right of the receptacle and the other on the left.” 3  4:4 Then I asked the messenger who spoke with me, “What are these, 4  sir? 4:5 He replied, “Don’t you know what these are?” So I responded, “No, sir.” 4:6 Therefore he told me, “These signify the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ 5  says the Lord who rules over all.”

Oracle of Response

4:7What are you, you great mountain? 6  Because of Zerubbabel you will become a level plain! And he will bring forth the temple 7  capstone with shoutings of ‘Grace! Grace!’ 8  because of this.” 4:8 Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me as follows: 4:9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundations of this temple, 9  and his hands will complete it.” Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me to you. 4:10 For who dares make light of small beginnings? These seven eyes 10  will joyfully look on the tin tablet 11  in Zerubbabel’s hand. (These are the eyes of the Lord, which constantly range across the whole earth.)

4:11 Next I asked the messenger, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the menorah? 4:12 Before he could reply I asked again, “What are these two extensions 12  of the olive trees, which are emptying out the golden oil through the two golden pipes? 4:13 He replied, “Don’t you know what these are?” And I said, “No, sir.” 4:14 So he said, “These are the two anointed ones 13  who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”

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