Summary: Anointing often comes out of pain

Zec 4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,

Zec 4:2 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:

Zec 4:3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

Zec 4:4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?

Zec 4:5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

Zec 4:6 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.

Zec 4:11 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?

Zec 4:12 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?

Zec 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

Zec 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

Wht are thee 2 olive trees he asked 3 times these are the 2 oily ones or anointed

Zech didn’t have a huge problem w/ this vision other than who th anointed ones were

Didn’t have a problem w/ the candlesticks or the 7 feeder tubes that came from the bowl or the tubes that came from thebowl

But his question was who is the 2 that are on each side

The angel wqas not overly specific other than saying these are 2 anointed ones that stand by the lord of the whole earth.

Zechwas a prophet to the remnant of Gods people which returned to Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity

The prophet was awakend from spiritual slumber which we read about in our text

He saw 2 olive trees

1 on either side

2 golden tubes on each side coming down to a bowl carrying the oil from the trees to the bowl. From the bowl there was 7 spouts carrying oil down to the 7 golden candlesticks.

This was his vision.

This vision was the word of the lord for zerubabel not for zechriah personally. So the symbolism for thevision would be interpreted by the prophet and given to another.

When prophets in the old testament came around therewas usually trouble. Judgement was coming warning was coming. Seldom was it a fresh breath of air when the old prophet came around. In zech the 3rd chpt hetalks about theresistance of satan and then in the 5th chpt he is talking about wickedness. nestled in between 3 and 5 we have the 4th chapter and it is a prophecy of encouragemtn.

If you are discouraged and facing a daunting challenge if you feel insuffcicent then there is aword from god for you today. Then you can leave here full of faith.

Ezr 2:1 Now these are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city;

Ezr 2:2 Which came with Zerubbabel: …

Zerubabel was the leader of over 42000 returning back to gods promise. They were with him after 70 years of captivity

He is the governor. He has repsobility and oversight for rebuilding the temple

Hisname tells us important info. Of his nature and his character.

His name means zeru menas born in descending from or the seed of

Babel means mixed disorderperplexed confusion

He has been saddled w/ a name that is bad. He is not a citizen of Jerusalem but aforeighneer.

No memory root or experience. He was carried away before he was was born born during captivity

He is the offspring of perplexity and confusion during captivity.

Never seen the temple no blueprints never been to Jerusalem. Never seen the preists in the temple.

Its foreign to him no showbread no candlesticks no altar knows nothing

Yet he was chosen by god still born into captivity

Zerubable did not spend 40 days on a mnount like moses to get his plans. No specs no directions not like Solomon who david prepared the materials to build

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