“Then he said, these are the two anointed ones that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”
Man has made an open manifestation of the proclivity unto knowledge and understanding. Eve was deceived by the serpent to think that the knowledge of good and evil would be a benefit to her as she espied the fruit, being pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make wise. This was not a conclusion that was obtained contrary to her nature but was the clear demonstration of the God given nature within and when she took and gave to her husband, he likewise took and ate. And so it is that from the beginning man is ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth because God has filled his mind with the cares of this world which he follows after like a moth to the flame.
The science of man is an extension of this nature. Throughout the ages the sons of Adam have sought after knowledge as a place of honour amongst his fellow companions and a source of power to rule and command. Thus the science of the ‘end times’, also known as eschatology, is resplendent with great studies and research intended to discover who the players are in the final chapter of the history of this world. Many prominent and infamous people, usually ruthless rulers, nefarious public figures and tyrannical dictators, have been marked as ‘that man of sin’ who should be revealed, ‘the son of perdition’ of the last days (II Thes. 2:3). Others have expended great time and efforts to unmask the beast, the dragon and the great whore of Babylon while the speculative opinions of the identity of the anti-christ are as numerous as those of the meaning of the number 666.
These endeavours are all undertaken in hopes that a perfect revelation will be discovered which will vault the finder into the coveted membership of the learned. Once this honour is bestowed men, young and old, come and seek the advice of the wise as to the meaning of life and the answer to deepest questions. Many wait upon their every word for they have given evidence of the gift of the ‘proper interpretation of hidden things’ (prophesy). These venerated men are sought after by their fellow companions of the flesh as their words are preserved for posterity and their writings are esteemed as irrefutable because the subject of ‘end times’ is big business. It is profitable in things that cannot satisfy and prosperous in the edification of the pride of life.
This relentless quest of scaling mount Nebo (the Babylonian deity who presides over learning and letters) is the illusion of the pursuit of happiness for Adam and his children. The children of the Kingdom are taught by the testimony of the Spirit that; “in much wisdom is much grief and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow” (Ecc. 1:18).
“Than I answered and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right of the candlestick and upon the left side?
The two witnesses are not exempt from this relentless pursuit. The imaginations of man have given different identities to these two while the limited cognitive abilities have confined them to the image of the creature rather than the Creator. These various and sundry pontifications about the two witnesses, “which stand before the Master of the whole earth”, are often presented in an Adamic persona as man continues to seek for his identity in the characters of the scriptures, yet from the beginning God has provided Himself a testimony. He has revealed Himself in the work of His creation unto all men so that no one has an excuse for not knowing and acknowledging that He is God. He gives to all life, breath and all things and has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth and has determined the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if therefore feeling after Him and finding Him, though HE is not far from every one of us (Acts 17:24ff). The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made are the witnesses of His glory (Rms. 1:20).
These are represented in the creation of the heavens and the earth as; “the heavens declare the glory of Yehovah and the firmament shews forth His handiwork” (Ps. 19:1). God spoke and the vast expanse of the universe came into being, fully developed and functional, according to the good pleasure of His will and for His Beloved. He made the heavens with every planet and star in their exact location for the protection and preservation of the earth, in which He ordained the showcase of the types and patterns of heavenly things.
Zechariah looked and beheld but he did not understand what he saw. He was told by the messenger of Yehovah that the candlestick, with the seven lamps and the seven pipes and the bowl and the two olive trees were the Word of Yehovah unto Zerub-babel. The many members were indeed one in unity and function as the gold (brilliant splendour) flowed from the branches and emptied into the lamps. No single lamp was more important than the others and the seven lamps were not the word while the rest of the members constituted the supporting cast of characters; nor were the branches separate personas of the divine essence with isolated distinctions and functions. These things were all the all-encompassing single Word of God.
The carnal tendencies of man have taken and presented this word of God as a book written for men to read. The presumptive premise of this is that if a man can read the word of God then he will be able to understand Him better and seek after Him for deliverance. Most who have undertaken the project of translating these writings have done so under this very premise whereby their mission is become a righteous work. The reading, however, of anything which the natural eye can see and the carnal mind can decipher is dependent upon reading abilities and natural comprehension of the student; these are indeed the exact might and power which the Word proclaimed to Zerub-babel which were excluded from the work of Yehovah; that no flesh should glory in His presence (I Cor. 1:29).
The book which many refer to as the word of God is an inanimate object of wood pulp and ink which contains the record of the testimony God gave through the inspiration of His Spirit to His people; “for the prophecy came not in old times by the will of man but holy men of God spake moved by the Holy Ghost” (II Pt. 1:21). This compilation of writings (scripture) has been preserved in a book which has been misused and abused throughout the ages. Wars and cruel atrocities have resulted all in the name of truth based upon the interpretation of these writings and the arrogance of man is accentuated by the illusion of understanding by the natural man.. The book has been falsely concluded to be God’s invitation to all His creatures to turn themselves from the path that they walk, denounce the Adamic nature they were born with and come back to Him. Such conclusions are erroneous and presumptuous against the record God has left of His righteous justice against the ungodliness of men and His eternal love for His Beloved; “for whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Rms. 15:4)
The Word of God, however, is alive and full of power; sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb. 4:12). He knows the exact point where the soul and the spirit become separate for He has created all things and has given life and breath unto each of His creatures. He fashioned the joints for motion and stability and has given the marrow of the bones for life. Because He has ordained every thought, word and deed of His creation so that the universe functions in complete harmony, one with another, so He has firmly established the thoughts and the intents of the heart, therefore David prayed to the only One who knows the secrets of man, “also from the arrogant ones and the secret errors withhold your servant; let them not rule over me” (Ps. 19:13).
This is the Word who became flesh and dwelt among His people in the end of the world as a manifestation of the deliverance, calling and grace which was given them, in the Anointing, before the foundation of the world (II Tim. 1:9). He stands as one tried in the fire of affliction and who has overcome the world. His name is “Faithful and True and He has come forth out of heaven, seated upon the white horse, to judge and make war in righteousness. His eyes as a flame of fire, for He is the Refining Fire, and on His head are many crowns; “and He had a name which no man knew, but He Himself, and He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood and His name is called the Word of God” (Rev. 19:11ff).
“And Noah went forth and his sons and his wife and his son’s wives with him” (Gen. 8:18)
The heavens and the earth, which were created by the Word (breath) of God in the beginning, were destroyed when the righteous judgment of God sent forth the fountains of the deep. Everything which had breath was destroyed by the hand of God who at the same time preserved many creatures and eight souls in the ark. When the waters receded and the land dried, these came forth to a new heaven and a new earth. The firmament was gone from above, the earth beneath was void of vegetation and the face of the earth was completely transformed. No longer was man given to eat of the fruits of the trees and the plants but he was now to hunt for his food and eat of the meat of the beasts of the fields. The massive ship came to rest on top of a mountain, being the same altitude that Noah and his family were accustomed to, and man and beast began the slow migration down the mountain. Noah and his family experienced all things new as the family of Adam began to replenish the earth, but they were still incapable of hitting the mark.
Zechariah did not see the same old thing when he beheld the candlestick. There was no shittim wood in this lamp because the judgment of the Lord was satisfied. The Anointed One had taken the cup of the wrath of God and fully drunk all that was therein. The sin of His people had been lain upon Him and thus “He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our guilt, the chastisement of our peace upon Him and by His strips we are healed” (Is. 53:5) but when the Judge saw the blood and beheld the travail of His soul, He was satisfied. No longer were the types needed for the reality was made manifest. The earthly vision of the beaten gold was replaced by this revelation of the pure brilliance of God. No longer did men come in daily and feed the lamp with beaten olive oil so that the lamps would stay lit night and day for now the Branch, which is Anointed, “through the two golden pipes empty the gold out of themselves” was the light thereof. ALL things are new.
No longer were the week and beggarly elements of this world needed to erect the Tabernacle of Yehovah for the hands of Zerub-bable laid the foundation of this house and his hands also shall finish it and you shall know that Yehovah of Hosts has sent Me unto you” (Zech. 4:9). When John saw the Bride in the revelation of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, he did not see the image of the first Adam for just as with Noah, after the judgment of God was manifested, there was a new heaven and a new earth. The Bride was not adorned in the attire of the work of man nor were the corruptible elements of this existence remade, redefined or re-classified for her weeding dress. She was granted to be adorned for her husband in a garment of white linen tightly woven together of small thread that were pure, without spot or blemish, and magnificently brilliant. All of these threads are corporately the righteousness of the saints, which is the imputed righteousness of He whose name is Faithful and True. (Those who are cavalier about Yehovah’s attention to the minute details should consider how one of these threads could be anything but perfect as the manifestation of the finished work of Christ.)
“And he answered me and said, Do you not know what these be? And I said, no my lord”
Zechariah saw the heavenly reality of the glory of God and again he did not know what he saw. A man who was the son of a prophet, raised in the traditions of the law of Israel and actively involved in the rebuilding of the Temple was not given to revert back to the types in the formulation of an opinion about what he saw. He saw something which was not lawful for men, being the glory of God, and he needed the Messenger to explain the meaning.
The two witnesses of God can be seen in the creation of man. God created them male and female for this is the image of God, but the type is temporal. He created heaven and earth but they shall fade away. He created the firmament above and beneath and separated them from the dry land and He created man and gave him dominion above the animals. He separated Abram from his father’s house and called him to go forth, seeking that city with foundation, whose builder and maker is God. He gave His law with ceremonies, feast days and observances as a pattern of heavenly things and as the nature of Adam continued to demonstrate his inherent inability to measure up to the perfect standard of holiness, He sent forth the prophets and, in the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son.
The Elect Servant of God came forth in complete obedience to the will of the Father. He took on the form of a servant and fulfilled the Law in all righteousness. When His days were fulfilled and all things complete, He delivered Himself up by His determinate counsel and wicked hands took and slew Him upon the tree. Here the Lamb was slain and His blood shed. Here was the culmination of every jot and tittle of the Law as all things written of the law and the prophets came to pass. The handwriting of ordinances was nailed to the cross as the old man was crucified with Messiah and when He gave up the ghost He said, “It is finished”.
Thus the bodily manifestation of the fullness of the Godhead was delivered up for the rebellion and guilt of His people in Adam in manifestation of the work, finished from the beginning. The two witnesses, the law and the prophets, were given to testify for three and a half years in the bodily manifestation of the Godhead, clothed in sackcloth “and when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascended out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them and kill them; and their dead bodies in the street of the great city, which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified” (Rev. 11:3).
The two candlesticks which stand before the “great King over all the earth” as typified in the testimony whereby God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the father by the prophets” was manifested in the last days by His Son “whom He has appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds”. IN the last days all things written in the law and prophets were fulfilled in Him as the days of vengeance were declared and all flesh saw the salvation of Yehovah.
Is this to infer that these are no more and that there remains no testimony? God forbid. The testimony in type has been overshadowed in the testimony of truth. The Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is risen unto the new heaven and new earth and therefore old things have passed away and behold all things are new. The perfect sacrifice for sin has been made and there remains no more sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:26). The Father is well pleased and the Son is seated in the place of authority (right hand) for He has given Him power over all flesh (John 17:2). The Son has declared His generation before the hosts and of all that the Father gave Him, He lost none. The children redeemed are for signs and wonders in Israel (Is. 8:18).
The generation of the first-born is the called out assembly of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. She has been set as the light of a city set upon a hill in the darkness of this world as she is the embassy of Yehovah. Here no one but the citizens of Zion are permitted to enter in because this is a haven of rest from the labours in the wilderness. These are refreshed as they hear the testimony of the truth in Messiah spoken as testimony from the fellow companions in tribulation and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:9). They all speak the same thing because, having the new heart, they each have the mind of the Anointing in them. The love of the Father dwells in each member and they love Him who first loved them. They also love each other as they love the Father for they are all One as He is One; thus they keep the commandment and have the testimony of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
The testimony of the Spirit bears witness that these are the sons of God and the manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that they are counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which they also suffer, is openly demonstrated as they dwell in the earthen booths afore prepared for them, being made subject to vanity. They have the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in them and nothing can separate them from the love of God. The two witnesses of type and foreshadow have been engulfed in the reality of the two witnesses which continually stand before God. The pattern of heavenly things (Heb. 8:5) has been shown unto His Beloved because the “eyes of Yehovah are upon the righteous” (Ps. 34:15) and Her walls, which are salvation, are always before Him (Is 49:16).
“What two branches which through the two golden pipes empty the gold out of themselves?”
The testimony of Yehovah is not for the world. His work was for His Beloved and His word is for he that has ears to hear. The natural man cannot find the witnesses nor receive their testimony for they speak of the perfect holiness of God. The testimony of a chosen people who keep the commandments of God is a declaration of the glory of God without dissemination. The glory of God is the glory of His people (John 17:21) in the finished work of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. They keep His judgments and walk in His precepts because of His Spirit within. He put His law in their inward parts and has written it upon their hearts (Jer. 31:33). They are His people and He is their God and the ‘breath’ of God, which is His Word, causes them to “walk in My statutes and you shall keep My judgments and do them” (Ezek. 36:27).
These children born of incorruptible seed by the Spirit of God cannot deny themselves for the eternal seed dwells in them. The outward shell is dying and shall return unto the dust from whence it came but the inward man, who delights after the Law of God, is renewed daily. As the Spirit causes the children of promise to walk in the light of Yehovah so they love one another because of the common salvation in the Anointing. There is One Lord and One Faith and each member of the house which is built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, The Anointed Salvation of Yehovah the chief cornerstone, has like precious faith. These all have the testimony of the Spirit within and the testimony of the corruption of Adam without as manifested through the trials and temptations which the Father has decreed necessary and good for His Beloved. These are common to all men but the Father will not suffer His children to be tempted above that which they are able but He has interwoven a means of escape that His children may be able to bear the burdens.
The testimony of the two candlesticks, with all accouterments is the Word of God to His redeemed from every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue and His testimony is the spirit of prophecy (Rev.19:10). He is the proper interpretation of the hidden things for all things are by Him, for Him and through Him unto the brilliant shimmering of God.
“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it for the glory of God did lighten it and the Lamb is the light” (Rev. 21:23).
This is not the rebuilding of a structure in the sands of Palestine by the polluted hands of man. God laid the foundation and His hands finished the work in perfect righteousness. The glory of man cannot be found within for all men are liars and have not faith but the redeemed of Yehovah live by faith being children of the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
November 20, 2016