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A.M. 3484. B.C. 520.

In this chapter the prophet is called to contemplate a fifth vision of the most sublime and mysterious import.

(1,) He sets a candlestick of pure gold, with its seven lamps, communicating, by seven pipes, with a bowl at the top, which serves for a reservoir, and is constantly supplied with oil from two olive-trees standing on each side of the candlestick, Zechariah 4:1-3 .

(2,) He inquires into the meaning of the vision, and receives an answer, which, though it might, in some sort, apply to the circumstances of the temple then building, yet, from the solemnity of the manner and terms used, must be considered as pointing to something far higher, even the final and complete establishment of Christ’s holy, catholic church, not by any human means, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, surmounting all obstacles thrown in the way, Zechariah 4:4-7 .

(3,) A special prediction is annexed, that Zerubbabel, who had begun, should have the honour of finishing the building of the temple; the accomplishment of which is made a sign, or proof, of Zechariah’s divine mission, Zechariah 4:8-10 .

(4,) The meaning of the seven lamps is explained, and of the two over-hanging branches of the olive-trees on each side of the candlestick, Zechariah 4:11-14 : see Blayney.

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