The Messenger-Angel again called me to attention. It was like being wakened out of deep sleep.
He said, "What do you see?"
And there are two olive trees, one on either side of the bowl."
Then I asked the Messenger-Angel, "What does this mean, sir?"
The Messenger-Angel said, "Can't you tell?" "No, sir," I said.
"This is God's Message to Zerubbabel: 'You can't force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,' says God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
'So, big mountain, who do you think you are? Next to Zerubbabel you're nothing but a molehill. He'll proceed to set the Cornerstone in place, accompanied by cheers: Yes! Yes! Do it!'"
After that, the Word of God came to me:
"Zerubbabel started rebuilding this Temple and he will complete it. That will be your confirmation that God-of-the-Angel-Armies sent me to you.
Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? They'll change their tune when they see Zerubbabel setting the last stone in place!"
"And the two olive trees on either side of the lampstand?" I asked. "What's the meaning of them?
And while you're at it, the two branches of the olive trees that feed oil to the lamps - what do they mean?"
He said, "You haven't figured that out?" I said, "No, sir."
He said, "These are the two who stand beside the Master of the whole earth and supply golden lamp oil worldwide."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)