Zechariah 4: The Two Anointed Ones
Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 11, 2011
Zechariah 4:1-14 KJV And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, (2) And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: (3) And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. (4) So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? (5) Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. (6) Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. (7) Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. (8) Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (9) The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. (10) For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. (11) Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? (12) And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? (13) And he answered me and said,Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. (14) Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
First off, there are 2 things you can do, after praying of course. Identify the key words that draw the most attention. Don’t look at numbers, or other identifiers associated with the key words right away. Those can be studied later. The KEY words are the most important and the SPIRIT will lead you to them.
To understand the theme, or context of the of the scripture, read the previous chapter to get the flow. You will want to look for things that are the same, similar, or related:
Zechariah 3:4 KJV And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
Zechariah 3:7-8 KJV Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by. (8) Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.
Notice how the main theme of Ch 4 centers around speaking and answers. In Ch 3 the answer is, “Take away the filthy garments,” and “caused thine iniquity to pass,” along with, “and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.”
Another theme in Ch 3 is: “If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge,” and “I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.” Does the BRANCH have a relationship with the olive branches in Ch 4, which are the anointed ones? This shows how to choose the proof texts. It must have the same context, a relationship between the themes of salvation and Jesus, the BRANCH.
Now that we know the basic theme and the context, we can begin to gather related texts.
Here are a few simple texts. Not too deep to begin. When you collect your own texts you will begin to see many other relationships. For simple studies you need to stick with choosing texts with simple, straight forward definitions. We are looking for the spiritual definition for the key word CANDLESTICK.
Exodus 25:31 KJV And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.
Exodus 25 describes the Tabernacle, so now we know the candlestick is associated with the Tabernacle.
Exodus 35:14 KJV The candlestick also for the light, and his furniture, and his lamps, with the oil for the light,
Exodus 39:37 KJV The pure candlestick, with the lamps thereof, even with the lamps to be set in order, and all the vessels thereof, and the oil for light,
These texts have extra bonus points. The candlestick is for light, and this also shows oil is for light. These also show the candlestick and lamps are the same. We can write it out like this:
Candlestick = lamp = oil = light
They all point to light. They are all part of a system to produce light. We can look further by locating texts for lamp, or light. Since lamp is on the list, it will be the next word to study.
Psalms 119:105 KJV NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Proverbs 6:23 KJV For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
Notice how the definitions are plain and simple. There is no chance of a mistake, or guessing. This is how the spiritual definitions for key words is always given. Except for a few, that we will see later.
Lamp = God’s Word and commandment.
We also are shown God’s Law is light. (Another bonus point!).
Psalms 52:8 KJV But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
Jeremiah 11:16 KJV The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.
Hosea 14:6 KJV His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
The Bible uses an olive tree to describe a person, or people. Notice how they are referred to in the texts. In the house of God. The Lord called…
Olive tree = people, God’s people.
This is a rather complicated study. So far we know the symbols point to and identify the two anointed ones. Making a chart will help make it easier to understand.
Candlestick = lamp = oil = light
Lamp = God’s Word and commandment.
Olive tree = people, God’s people.
The two anointed ones are made up of the light, God’s Word and commandment, and His people. It seems very vague at this time. It actually requires a long study on the word anointed.
Exodus 40:9 KJV And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.
Exodus 29:2 KJV And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil: of wheaten flour shalt thou make them.
Exodus 30:26 KJV And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony,
The Tabernacle, every item inside, and the unleavened wafers were anointed.
Exodus 30:30 KJV And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
Aaron the high priest and every priest was anointed.
2 Kings 9:3 KJV Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not.
The king of Israel was anointed.
Isaiah 61:1 KJV The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Luke 4:18 KJV The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
John 12:3 KJV Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
Acts 10:38 KJV How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Jesus was anointed. Jesus was both High Priest and King. The Tabernacle and all the items within pointed to Jesus and His ministry. Jesus was anointed as two into one, and stands beside the Lord of the whole earth.
1 John 2:27 KJV But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
Revelation 3:18 KJV I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Jesus’ followers are also anointed. One day we will stand with Jesus and the Lord of all the earth forever. The two anointed ones are Jesus and His followers.
It may also help to identify Zerubbabel.
Ezra 5:2 KJV Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.
Haggai 1:1 KJV In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying,
Following Zerubbabel through the books of Ezra and Haggi, we find he was the governor of Judah when the temple and walls were rebuilt. Now we understand why Zerubbabel is mentioned in the vision of laying the foundation and building the temple.