The symbolism here is familiar. Two is the number of testimony or witness. Trees are very often symbolic of man or men as witness or witnesses.
The Olive, as is apparent in this chapter,
especially relates to the oil.
The position of these two
trees is on either side of the Candlestick.
These are the two anointed ones which
stand before the Lord of the whole earth.
There is no doubt that
the two olive trees bring into view, firstly and
historically, Joshua the High Priest and Zerubbabel the
The first speech was concerning the High
Priesthood and its ministry, and the second speech, is concerning the Government or sovereignty.
interpreted prophetically relates to the Lord Jesus. His
High Priestly work and position first come into view and
are established in glory. Then He is established by God
as Lord and Sovereign-Head.
On these two sides of His one
Person He ever gives the meaning of the candlestick; that
is, He defines the nature of its vocation, and supplies
the unfailing resource for that testimony.
It is, as we
have said, constituted according to Christ, and
maintained by Him in all the fulness of His anointing.
The Divine explanation of this is "This is the word
of Jehovah unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by
power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts."
Here we reach the central meaning of the vision as to the
executing of the purpose of God. It speaks for itself.
Its clear affirmation is that this instrument and this
testimony must be utterly in the hands of the Holy
Not might, nor power of brain, will, emotion,
organization, machinery, committee, influence,
reputation, numbers, name, personality, outfit,
enthusiasm, etc., but solely the Holy Spirit!
accounting for this will never be in truth -
whatever superficial observers may say - attributable to
any human force or resource, but all who have any
spiritual intelligence will have to recognize that its
energy and power is Divine.
This will also be proved by
its endurance and persistence through the intense fires
of opposition and antagonism.
Here the Holy Spirit is
allowed to govern and dictate, to direct and choose or
reject, just as in the "Acts" at the
To have such an instrument and such a
testimony there will need to be a very revolutionary
re-shaping of ideas. It will be necessary to realize that
all those things upon which men have come to count as
most important factors in the Lord's work are really not
necessarily factors at all.
It will have to be recognized
that education, business ability, worldly wisdom,
personal ability, money, etc., as such have
nothing to do with the work of the Holy Spirit or with
The Lord may use these, call them in, and
if they are kept in their right place they may serve Him
greatly, but they are secondary, and He can easily
dispense with them.
It is of infinitely greater
importance and value that men should be filled with the
Holy Spirit, and if a choice is to be made, the very
first consideration should ever be as to whether this is
There is a wisdom, judgment, discernment,
knowledge, understanding by the Holy Spirit which is the
only kind which is equal to that which is to be wholly
according to God.
Thus the Lord Jesus as the Great
Mediator and Sovereign Head would maintain His testimony
wholly in accordance with His own nature and mind in the
fulness of the Spirit of His own anointing.
~T. Austin Sparks~