By My, Spirit Says the Lord!
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. - Colossians 1:16 -17
Zechariah 4:1-14 is our passage; the vision of the lampstand and olive trees. The angel was sent to Zechariah so he could encourage Zerubbabel in the work of building the Temple. The Temple had been unfinished for about 20 years - a long time. The Lord wanted Zerubbabel to know that He had not forgotten him and was sending supernatural help to finish the work.
The Lord has not forgotten you either; although at times it may appear that the Lord is late in sending help - know this - He has not forgotten your call or mission and He is sending the help you need to finish it!
This vision teaches that spiritual power was (is) necessary for the restoration, just as the previous vision taught that cleansing was (is) necessary for restoration.
Angel Awakens Zechariah - What do you see?
1 Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. 2 And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. 3 Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.”
Not By Might, Nor By Power - But By My Spirit
6 So he answered and 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 of hosts. 7 Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel, you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”
“In the vision of Zechariah 3 God spoke to Zerubbabel about the issue of purity. But purity alone is not enough to accomplish the work of God - the work of God needs resources and not the resources of human might or power.
Might focus on collective strength, the resources of a group or army. Power focuses on individual strength. God
says, “not by the resources of many or one, but by My Spirit. It will not be by your cleverness, your ability, or your physical strength that the temple will be rebuilt, but by the Spirit of God.
The necessary resource for God’s work is the Holy Spirit and God promises Zerubbabel a rich resource in the Spirit of God to accomplish His work. When we trust in our own resources - whether they be small or great in the eyes of man - then we don’t enjoy the full supply of the Spirit.” [David Guzik Commentary]
Don’t Despise Small Beginnings
8 Moreover, the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 9 “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands shall also finish it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. 10 For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.
“For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel: The seven are the eyes of the LORD mentioned in this same context. They rejoice when they see Zerubbabel busy with the building work, with the plumb line in his hand. The eyes of the LORD see it all, and they are happy to see God’s people at work. Though the work was empowered by the Spirit of God, Zerubbabel still needed his plumb line. He still needed to get to work. God could have given Zerubbabel a shortcut and instantly, miraculously finished the work. That’s isn’t God’s way of doing things, because His work in the life of Zerubbabel was as important to Him as His work through Zerubbabel.” [David Guzik Commentary]
Continuous Flow of Oil
Sons of Oil
11 Then I answered and said to him, “What are these two olive trees; at the right of the lampstand and at its left?” 12 And I further answered and said to him, “What are these two olive branches that drip into the receptacles of the two gold pipes from which the golden oil drains?” 13 Then he answered me and said, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” 14 So he said, “These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.”
These two olive trees represent the priestly (religious) and the kingly (civil) government in the land. They represent the office of prophet and apostle also the two prayer thrust in the earth (Bridal) and (Reformation). But most of all they represent the need for a continual flow of Holy Spirit oil to accomplish the building of the Temple / House of God / Kingdom mission in the earth.
Word of the Lord
As I was with Zerubbabel so I am with you, says the Lord. Whatever obstacle you are facing today can become a plain with shouts of Grace, Grace! Speak Grace, Grace to your mountains! I supply the oil and you supply the hands in this we partner together to see the Work of My Son - the Kingdom of God manifest on the earth. As I gave angels to reveal vision to Zechariah you too are given angelic assistance to see the work and to accomplish it through the supernatural empowering presence of My Spirit. Go in this your might, receive a fresh vision, be infused with the dunamis power of the Spirit of God.
Open our eyes, Lord!
Uncover mine eyes, and I behold wonders out of Thy law. - Psalms 119:18 (YLT)
What does the Bible say? Get the fresh oil and keep your lamp full of oil!
Read: Zechariah 4; Matthew 25:1-3
Action: Years ago I came across a definition of grace that I believe reveals its true nature for our lives. The fully unleashed supernatural empowering presence of God in my life for the expressed purpose of enabling me to be what He created me to be and to do what He has called me to do. BE & DO all you are called for in this hour!
Decree: Every obstacle in my path is becoming a plain…I shout Grace, Grace to it!