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BibleTrek2016 - The Golden Lampstand in Zechariah

There are eight visions seen by the prophet Zechariah when he addressed the Israelites who returned from captivity to Jerusalem. At this point the governor Zerubbabel had laid the foundation of the temple and Haggai the profit was exhorting God’s people to consider their ways and finish building God’s house. The vision of the golden lampstand is described in chapter 4, where Zechariah said: “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.” The lampstand was being fueled by the oil that flowed from the two trees to the bowl and into seven pipes keeping the light shining. The two trees at that time seemed to be the governor, Zerubbabel and the priest, Joshua. This vision is rather mysterious and has to be explained by the lampstand seen at other instances in the Bible. The lampstand was first mentioned earlier in relation to the tabernacle seen in Exodus 25 and again at the end of the Bible, in regard to the seven lampstands recorded in Revelation 1. In Exodus 25, the emphasis of the lampstand is on Christ; in Zechariah 4, the emphasis is on the Holy Spirit; and in Revelation 1, the emphasis is on the churches. All three passages mention the lampstand, but in the first passage Christ is emphasized, in the second passage the Holy Spirit is emphasized, and in the third passage the churches are brought forth. We see a progression from Christ, the real light of the world, to the Spirit, and then being enlarged in the seven golden lampstands (churches) which include us the believers. The churches, as the body of Christ are His enlargement and light to the world. Proverbs 20:27 says: “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.” Zechariah 12:1 says: The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundation of the earth, and formed the spirit of man within him.” Then 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 of hosts (Zech. 4:6). Here we see the Holy Spirit with our regenerated human spirit as our light within. No man lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but on a lampstand. The olive oil that fuels the lampstand is a picture of the Spirit flowing from our spirit, to supply the oil to fuel the light to burn and shine as a testimony for the world to see. When we bring our Christ as oil (the Spirit) to the church and supply the lampstand, we become the light of the world and a city on a hill which cannot be hidden.
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