"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)