The Vision of Golden Lampstand (Zechariah 4:1-14) 11/3/2013
Then the angel who talked with me returned and woke me up, like someone awakened from sleep. 2 He asked me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps. 3 Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”4 I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”5 He answered, “Do you not know what these are?”“No, my lord,” I replied.6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.7 “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!’”8 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 9 “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.10 “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”11 Then I asked the angel, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?”12 Again I asked him, “What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?”13 He replied, “Do you not know what these are?”“No, my lord,” I said.14 So he said, “These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth.”
Now we see that wonderful abundance of redemption in Christ through 6 visions of Zechariah. As we read the vision, we see that the pictorial revelation focuses on the Holy Spirit in comparing to the vision 4 that emphasized Christ. We see the work of Christ as well as the work of the Spirit in the reality of our redemption. Can you see it in the Zechariah visions?
2) Especially the vision of the text emphasizes that only the Holy Spirit can change the big mountain into the plain ground. Verse 7 says, “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground.” Here, the golden lampstand point the church and the golden oil the Holy Spirit, and two branches of the oil tree were Joshua and Zurubbabel who were led by Holy Spirit.
I. The Holy Spirit makes the big mount changed the level ground.
1) First of all, we see the lampstand (menorah) in the vision. Do you know that meaning? The image of pure golden lampstand points that the revival of the church shall be happened by working of Holy Spirit. This work happened in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. We believe in that the every works in the Old Testament concentrated on the redemption by the Holy Spirit who was expressed in the symbols or, the direct facts.
And also in reviewing the book of Acts, we can understand the Holy Spirit can accomplish the redemption of Christ.
When Holy Spirit descended on the church, they received the owner of God. (At1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”),
On the Pentecostal day, Holy Spirit comes on the church. (2:1-2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.).
And when the Holy Spirit comes on, the multitude received another power. (4:26-29 The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one.27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.)
As the Spirit depended on the church, the door of the gospel was opened towards the gentiles from the Cornelius family.(10:45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles.)
And the Spirit gave some direction of sending the missionary at the church of Antioch(13:2 “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”)
And also as the door of t gospel will be opened to the Europe. the church received the direction of Jesus’s Spirit.(16:6-7 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.)
As every problem was removed by the power of Holy Spirit politically, religiously and spiritually into the even ground. Before the church every stumbling block should be changed into the plain ground.
God testimonies his redemption by the work of the seven eyes.(10, 3:9) The Spirit who were sent into all areas shall become the level ground. The work of the angels to supervise all the areas, the work to remove the horns, the work of God’s protection and the work to remove all sins(3:9) are accomplished by the communication of Holy Spirit. It is the eschatological promise.(Is.40:4.42:16, Mt17:20, 21:21-22, Mk11:22-23, Lk17:6, I Corin13:2)
Because every mountain of our sin were destroyed before us, every problem already had be perished. When you meet some mountain of problem, command it in the name of Jesus. It shall be solved before you wonderfully.
II. God accomplishes his will through the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit needs the spiritual leaders for the revival of the church. They are the people who stand firm to serve the Lord.(14 So he said, “These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth.”) Zurubabel and Joshua, who were the spiritual leaders were the channel of Holy Spirit. Although few thousand bolt electricity flow, if it has no the electric channel, it shall be useless.
What did the text promise through the Holy Spirit? He makes the big mountain become the level ground.(purpose- accomplishment) and began the temple (motive-golden oil- Holy Spirit) and fulfilled the temple (method- faithfulness).
By their spiritual leadership the Work of God in our ministry shall be begun and completed. So we have to pray that our spiritual leaders should be filled by Holy Spirit.
III. Holy Spirit works in the ministry through the obedience of prayer.
To the work of Zurubbabel, the multitude responded the obedience, harmony and corporation. The Lord declared that to Zurrubbabel grace, grace. It means that they prayed to God. God worked through the only man. God demands the response of all body. Verse 7 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!’” “ And verse 10 says ““Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?” The obedience of the saints is short cut way of wonderful work. So the obedience is than the offering. Especially the prayer of the saints is the tool that accomplished the work of God. Without the prayer no work.
Today again we shave to check up our obedience of pray to God. Then the will of God shall be accomplished in our lives.
Through the Holy Spirit the church shall be revived. Let’s long the fullness of Holy Spirit that the Act reveals to us every time in order to flow in our heart. Let’s believe on it and approach it in order to change into the level ground before you. Because every mountain shall be the level ground before the church.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your wonderful grace and amazing love. Lord, Clean up our corrupted heart by the precious blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. Open our eyes and our ears and our mouths to know you and your truth and to proclaim the word of God in the world. Lord now provide the Spirit to our heart to see the glory of the Lord by faith. Lead us to understand your truth in the text, the work of Holy Spirit. Lord, make your people followed to your calling with the godly attitude. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Lord we thank you for your working power to change any mountains into the ground. Any problems in our lives, you taken away into the hell for your glory. Provide the power of Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel to the world. Fill the fullness of Holy Spirit to us. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.