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Zechariah sees a golden lampstand with two olive trees on each side. He asks the interpreting angel to explain the vision to him. The angel tells Zechariah that the LORD’s Spirit will remove obstacles to the rebuilding of the temple, so that Zerubbabel will complete its reconstruction.
Zechariah learns that Zerubbabel, who laid the temple foundation, will complete it because the LORD watches over all the events of the world.
Zechariah again asks the angel about the meaning of the two olive trees standing by the lampstand and the two olive branches beside the golden pipes. The angel reveals to him that they are the two men God appoints to serve Him.
This chapter records Zechariah’s fifth vision. The prophet sees a golden lampstand with a bowl and seven lamps. He also sees an olive tree on each side of the lampstand supplying the bowl with oil. The prophet asks the interpreting angel for an explanation but does not receive an answer right away.
Instead, he learns that the Spirit of the LORD will enable Judah’s leader Zerubbabel to overcome all obstacles and complete the temple project. Zechariah then asks the angel about the olive trees on each side of the lampstand and the two olive branches beside the golden pipes. The angel informs him they are the two anointed ones standing by the Lord who rules over the whole creation. The outline is as follows: