I wrote the following on pages 194-196 in Looking Glass, The City God Loves:
In Zechariah 4:1-3, an angel shows the prophet a vision of a gold lampstand. It has a bowl at the top, and there are seven lamps with seven channels. There are also two olive trees, one on either side of the lamp. When Zechariah asks about these things, the angel quotes the Lord Almighty: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit…” (v. 6).
When Zerubbabel worked to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, the Israelites felt discouraged by their enemies, the economy, poor crops, and disobedience to God. Oftentimes we work in our own strength, trying to carry out the Lord’s plan. In verse 7, it says, “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” This verse certainly got my attention. First of all, it describes a mighty mountain, something huge and insurmountable. The two bronze mountains suddenly come to mind. Two enormous mountains of sin stand before us, but the Lord Jesus leveled them when He took the punishment we deserved.
And then He replaced the leveled mountains with His forgiveness so we may have a secure eternal foundation.
Like mountains bowing down, we need to humble ourselves to receive the forgiveness and cleansing we so desperately need from the Lord.
Secondly, when they completed the temple, the last stone would be set in place. And the people would give a shout of joy and victory! Wiersbe explains that another possible translation for "God bless it! God bless it!" is "Beauty! Perfection" (122). I can't help but think of the New Jerusalem and the Lord as the temple.
The prophet Zechariah also asks the angel about the two olive trees. He says, “What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?” (4:12). The angel tells him that “these are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth” (v. 14). In Revelation 11:4, the beloved disciple explains that the two witnesses are the two olive trees and the two lampstands.
Each morning and evening in the holy place, the high priest would trim the wicks and bring oil for the lampstand (Leviticus 24:2-4). The gold lampstand in Zechariah, however, has a continual supply of oil. Wiersbe says, “No priest had to provide the oil because it was always coming from the trees” (120).
Here is a picture of the lamp stand from the north side. Two men are wearing clothes that shine very brightly. They could represent the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil.
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