“Then the messenger that talked with me answered and said unto me; Do you know what these things are? And I said, No my lord.”
The religious elite of the world are daily occupied in searching the heavens, reading the local accounts of news and scanning the media of the day in a desperate quest for any speck of information which may be used as evidence to prove their theories concerning the signs of the time. Adam’s limited prospective and corrupt understanding are accepted as the industry standard for the interpretation of the prophecies of Yehovah because of the carnal proclivity of the faculties of man. He cannot accept anything that he cannot explain either through his conjectures or by generally accepted conclusions. These result in foolish questions and endless arguments which gender confusion. The Messenger of Yehovah came to this servant of God as a clear demonstrated of the condition of the natural man and his inherent inability to know the things of God.
Many years of training and education are expended in attempt to properly equip the natural man in the interpretation of the hidden mysteries of this world. Science, falsely called, has developed many elaborate theories which are constantly built upon to demonstrate to the natural senses that man is superior to his environment and that nothing exists which he cannot explain. Yet how many of these star gazers, sooth-Sayers and sorcerers, though highly esteemed of men, saw the star in the east that announced the birth of Messiah? The entourage from the east saw it and so did the shepherds but it was hidden by those who were busied looking. How many scientists foresaw the fire and brimstone which rained down from heaven and destroyed the wicked cities and how many leaders in Israel were given to acknowledge that the end of the world had come, even when Messiah was standing in their midst?
The answer is none. No man can see with the naked eye the things of God, though he views the whole of creation, neither can he, with the natural mind, understand the wonders of the works which Yehovah has done from the beginning. God has filled the heart of Adam with the cares of this world and has hidden the mystery of His grace and His love yet “at sundry times and in divers manners, (He) spake in times past to the fathers by the prophets” (Heb. 1:1).
Zechariah (‘Yah is my memorial’) was awakened out of what he perceived to be a condition of sleep by the angel of Yehovah who showed him a vision. He was not seeking a vision nor was he in deep meditation awaiting a word from on high. The Messenger of Yehovah came unto him and showed him the vision of the Holy city and gave him the words of praise; “sing and rejoice daughter of Zion, for I am come and I will dwell in the midst of you, said Yehovah. And many nations shall be joined unto Yehovah in that day and shall be MY people and I will dwell in the midst of you and you shall know that Yehovah has sent Me unto you. And Yehovah shall inherit Judah (praise) in the holy land and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent all flesh before Yehovah for He is raised up out of His Holy habitation”
Zechariah then saw the Salvation of Yehovah (Joshua) clothed upon with the filthy garments of the sin of His people and the ‘Adversary’ standing by and accusing Him. Adam was not to be found as Yehovah rebuked the Adversary and commanded that these filthy garments be removed for the sin and transgression of His Beloved had been forgiven by the blood of the Lamb shed from the foundation of the world. He then commanded that His salvation be adorned in a change of raiment of fine linen pure and clean (which is the glory of God) and a crown set upon His head for He had completed His charge in perfect righteousness. The praise of Yehovah was upon Him and His fellows that sit before Him (the redeemed of the Lord). These are the children that the Father gave unto Him to be raised up together with Him as a sign in Israel, a miracle to be wondered at and the surety token of that which shall come.
He asked Zechariah to describe what he saw and in the vernacular of man he set forth the elements of this heavenly revelation. The Spirit enabled him to use words that were common to the natural ear as he set forth the truth of the reality of God. He describes many things in the vision, each appearing as individual items, and in the same manner as Jesus taught the disciples with parables, so Zechariah set forth the beauty of the Holiness of God in simplicity. He neither needed the commentaries of man, nor an understanding of the current socio-economic conditions of the world to see this vision for Yehovah enabled and caused. He also did not need the approval of any other son of Adam to understand what he saw for the Spirit taught him.
The same Messenger who had given him this first revelation, which was all-inclusive from beginning to end, now caused him to see this second vision. Everything contained in the first speaks of the same subject matter as the second for there is nothing new. The righteous indignation of God against the ungodliness of man is the same today as it was in the beginning when He hated Esau and the promise of ‘whom Yehovah remembers’ (Zechariah) has never changed by one person. None of whom the Father gave to the Son have been lost as the Salvation of Yehovah is upon the election “according to His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (II Tim. 1:9). Thus this second vision is a further explanation of the fullness of the glory of the Godhead for in that day, the day of the revelation of the finished work, you shall call every man (not just those born unto the seed of Abraham) his neighbour (fellow inhabitants of the pasture) under the vine, which is Christ, (John 15:1) and the fig tree, which is the church (Mark 13:24ff).
“And said unto me; What do you see?
Zechariah, the son of ‘the blessing of Yah’ and ‘His witness’ (Berechiah and Iddo) was a prophet who saw one single candlestick with many particular elements. The lamp stand was the completely ‘shimmering’, brilliant with splendour (gold). There was a bowl (cup of oil) upon the top; “and seven lamps are on it and seven spouts which are on its top. And two olive trees beside it, one on the right of the bowl and one on its left”. Contrary to the conduct of the present day, Zechariah did not break into a long diatribe of speculative pontification to impress the messenger who stood with him. He did not begin to quote the ‘church fathers’ (falsely called) or recite something from a venerated writing of the Rabbi for as many before and also after him, these were things which the mere words of man could not explain and the feeble carnal mind could not comprehend “And so I answered and said to the angel who was speaking with me, saying; What are these my lord?”
The test of the truth is as the Spirit teaches His people. The Salvation of Yehovah is the way, the truth and the life of His people. His Word is true and His ways just and He has given the correct method for the proper interpretation of hidden things for “the testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10).
If a person comes forth under the pretence of being one who has this learning and understanding, he is to be judged accordingly, for if a prophet speak and his words do not come to pass, then he is a false prophet. Thusly the prophets of the world look for the things that have happened or are happening in order to prove their interpretation of scripture; this is an incorrect procedure. The prophets of Adam will also speculate in broad terms according to the fears, prejudices and hatred of society in order to establish the ‘man of sin’ which is the spring board of carnal reasoning into the pool of conjecture. The scripture, however, states that in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall all things be established for there is no private interpretation of prophesy.
Scripture gives the interpretation of scripture by the testimony of the Spirit through faith. The context serves the meaning throughout the writings from beginning to end and thus no passage stands alone. That which was written of old by the inspiration of the Spirit before the flood is pertinent to the events of this day for there is One Word from the mouth of Yehovah. The account of the creation in the Genesis explains the vision of Revelation of Jesus Christ as a testimony that the Lord God Omnipotent reigns supreme over all. The types and foreshadows of natural things in the creation of the universe serve as a manifestation of the beauty of the complete Holiness of the fullness of the Godhead so that “at the mouth of two witnesses or at the mouth of three witnesses shall the matter be established” (Deut. 19:15).
Zechariah proclaims that he does not know the meaning of the vision and yet the words given him by the Spirit explain that he has seen another manifestation of the Salvation of Yehovah. Certainly he should have known of the furniture of the Tabernacle and the Temple Holy place, but notice, he did not refer back to the type for he was viewing the fulfillment. The candlestick is presented to Moses in the pattern given in the mount. This is the pattern of heavenly things which is the love of God for His people and the work He has done in and for them. The candlestick, being singular and all inclusive, is the presentation of the completeness of God. In the type this was fashioned first out of the shittim word which represented the scourging of He who is the Light for the sin of His people yet it is covered in beaten gold. The glory of God is in and surrounds the salvation of His people and even though the hands of man fashioned the figures in the furniture of the Tabernacle, no man has any part in the deliverance of the Israel of our God from the corruption and death of the sin of Adam.
The bowl on top is the head and the primary or utmost position of the supply of the oil for the light. This oil was to be of beaten olive oil in the type to represent the anointing come down from above (Is. 601:1). He is the light of His people, a lamp unto the feet and a light upon the path upon which His people walk; these are the house of Jacob who walk in the light of the Lord. He is the shinning forth of the perfect glory of God (gold) of His city not made with hands; Jerusalem which is from above who is the mother of the elect. “For mine eyes have seen Your Salvation. A light to lighten the nations and the glory of your people Israel” (Luke 2:30).
The seven lamps on the seven pipes represent the oath (seven) of the Light; “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5); the oath of His work; “I Yehovah have called You in righteousness and will hold Your hand and will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people for a light of the nations; to open the blind eyes, to bring the prisoners from the prison, them that sit in darkness out of the prison house” (Is. 42:7) and the oath of His promise; “All that the Father has given unto Me shall come to Me and him that comes unto Me I shall in no wise cast out” (John 16:37).
This is the oath of His covenant, not like the covenant He made with Israel in the wilderness, which covenant they could not keep for it was the ministration of condemnation; this was a new covenant. This is the eternal covenant which God refreshes with His people as He reveals Himself in them. The first was of the earth and the labour of the hands of man gave evidence of the inability of the flesh to deliver itself from sin, be obedient to the commandment of God or be faithful to the truth; this is the ministration of death. But the new covenant has nothing to do with the first man. It is the covenant relationship between the Father and His Son who cannot deny Himself for “in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9).
This oath is unto the generation of the house of the first-born which are the redeemed of the Lord. His blood cleanses them from all unrighteousness in Adam. It also identifies the tabernacles of earthen vessels in this world as the dwelling place of the chosen people of God; as the blood of the lamb struck on the door posts identified the children of Israel in Egypt so the blood of the Lamb protects His people as they sojourn through this foreign country. These are the sons of God who cannot fall short of the glory of God because His seed remains in them. They are the living stones hewn from the Anointed Rock of their Salvation. They cannot deny their Father nor fail to keep His commandment for they are of the incorruptible seed born from above. The Father has worked all their works in them, has made them willing and able to keep His commandments, has created them in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah unto good works and has ordained each step along the path which they walk. He has called them by His grace and according to His great love, He draws them unto Himself.
“The He answered me and said, THIS the Word of Yehovah unto Zerub-babel saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says Yehovah of Hosts”
The elements of the vision were many and the complexity of the vision immense yet it is one. These things represent the Word of God which is singular and complete without variation. The candlestick is not a separate person or essence of a triune character, the oil is not called God and the seven lights from the seven lamps are not distinct co-equal entities. The Word is one and was in the beginning one in God. This Word made Himself of no reputation and became flesh to dwell among His people and in the fullness of time God sent forth His Son, born of a woman and made under the law, that He might redeem unto Himself a peculiar people zealous of good works. This Word is not separate from the fullness of God nor is He distinct in person, purpose or function. He came to do the will of the Father and to deliver all who were given unto Him.
This work was unique to the Word. No man could help for no man understands what the will of God is; there is none who seeks after righteousness to fulfill the law in all righteousness. There is none who has the power of God, save He who is one with the Father, to do the work of paying the price for sin, redeeming the poor of His household and declaring His generation before the throne of God. No man has seen the Father, no man can speak His name and call upon Him aright, no man has faith to worship or please God for “without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that he is and He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).
No man knows the new name of the redeemed of Yehovah written upon the white stones, no man can open what God has shut nor shut what God has opened, for God has set an opened door before His people which no man can shut (Rev. 3:8). No man is worthy to open the book of life of the Lamb, neither to look upon it (5:4) and no man can number the redeemed of the Lord (7:9). No man can sing the new song of those ‘drawn out’, which is the song of Moses, save the redeemed of Israel (14:3) and no man knows the name of The Word of God, until “all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy, for then will I turn to the people a pure language that they may call upon the name of Yehovah to serve Him with one consent” (Zeph. 3:9).
Therefore the Messenger of the eternal salvation of Yehovah revealed unto the servant of God, set apart as one who was given the proper interpretation of hidden things, (prophet) that no man has any portion, any right or memorial in the work which God has done for His people. He finished His work on the seventh day and He rested therefore He is seated upon His throne in the heavens and “the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever He will and sets up over it the most abased of men” (Dan. 4:17).
“Who are you, Great Mountain? Before Zerub-babel a plain and He shall bring forth the headstone shouting Grace, grace unto it”
The great mountain is the spiritual wickedness in high places of every thought and imagination which exalts itself against the throne of God (Eph. 6:2). It is the arrogance of man to desire to be made wise and become like God (Gen.3:6) and the pride in the heart of the ‘light bearer’ who would ascend against the throne of God and be like God (Is. 14:13). It is the boast of the ‘rock’ whose heart is lifted up and has said; “I am god, I sit in the seat of god in the midst of the seas; yet you are a man and not a God though you have set your heart as the heart of God” (Ezek. 28:2). And it is the pride of the heart of Edom which has deceived him to think that he will dwell in the cleft of the rocks, “whose habitation is high, that has said in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though you exalt as the eagle and though you set your nest among the stars, thence will I bring you down said Yehovah” (Ob. 3).
This is the burning mountain that has been cast out to which the Lord attested; “I beheld Satan as lightning, fall from heaven” (Luke 10:18). This is the accuser of the brethren whom the Lord has rebuked. The salvation, strength and kingdom of God and “the power of His Anointed has come and the accuser has been cast out” (Rev. 12:10). The brethren have overcome this one by the power of the shed blood of the Lamb. They are sober and vigilant for this false accuser, being consigned to roaming to and fro upon the face of the earth, goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (I Pt. 5:8) . And by the teaching of the Spirit in all wisdom and spiritual understanding the children of light are not ignorant of the devices of the serpent who transforms himself into an angel of the counterfeit light (II Cor. 11:14).
This great mountain is reduced and made low as the people of Zion are exalted. The outward man, being of the earth, is perishing for the body is dead because of sin, but the inner man is renewed daily as he grows in the grace and knowledge of His will. The Master has not called the sheep to come forth and vanquish this inveterate foe for He has overcome all things having all His enemies beneath His feet. At the voice of the second Messenger of Yehovah this great burning mountain was cast into the sea (Rev. 8:8) “and the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the devil and Satan, which deceives the whole world, he was cast out and his angels were cast out with him” (12:9).
But not simply cast out, cast out before Zerub-babel. The burning fire of confusion by mixing is what the types and foreshadows had become. The natural mind of man had laboured diligently for many years and is still hard at work, trying to find ways and means whereby he might lift up his hand unto God and show forth his worth. Adam did it with his aprons of fig leaves. Jehu did it when he slew the seventy sons of Ahab and cried, “Come see my zeal for Yehovah” and the religions of the world continually labour in a vast array of works of righteousness which are intended to lift man up from the dust of the earth and present him before the throne of God. The Anointed of God came forth out of this confusion and eliminated the confederacies and alliances of the arm of the flesh in the kingdom of God as He proclaimed, “My Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). His Elect Servant has come forth out of the fire of confusion and made open show of His salvation.
“The voice of him, crying in the wilderness; Prepare the way of Yehovah, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill made low and the crooked way made straight and the rough places plain. And the glory of Yehovah shall be revealed and all flesh shall see together for the mouth of Yehovah has spoken” (Is. 40:3f).
The memorial of Yehovah is His people. These are the sons and heirs of God, joint heirs in the Anointed Beloved. It is the great pleasure of the King to give His kingdom unto His Beloved, therefore, the hand which laid the foundation of the city not made with hands, The Anointed Salvation of Yehovah the chief cornerstone, finished it when He was raised up from the dead. He as the first born of many brethren declared His generation before the Father. He has finished the work which was in the beginning and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
November 13, 2016