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The physical high priest Joshua, was a type of the spiritual High Priest Jesus Christ who delivers all sincerely repentant sinners by applying his atoning sacrifice; cleansing them from all repented sin .
ALL converted people MUST keep all of the commandments of God with true diligent zealous enthusiasm as Christ did!
This call to salvation from eternal death is entirely conditional on true repentance; on obedience to the commandments and on carefully following the example of Jesus Christ!
Zechariah 3:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
Zechariah 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
Speaking of the physical Joshua; YHVH said to Satan that the physical Joshua is a brand plucked out of the fire; that is he was full of sin and ready to be cast into the fire, but was saved by sincere repentance and the sacrificial atonement of the Lamb of God, bearing his sins.
Jesus Christ was also covered by sin at his death, bearing the sins of the whole world; and Jesus was also saved from destruction by his perfect life, to be given eternal life by God the Father.
Whenever the word “Lord” is in all capitols as “LORD,” it means YHVH.
3:2 And the LORD [YHVH] said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
The physical high priest Joshua then has his filthy garments [as a type of the filth of sin] removed, and he was cleansed and clothed with the garments of righteousness.
3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
3:4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
The high priest’s mitre or crown represents that the high priest is the true ruler of Israel, a type of the eternal High Priest, Messiah the Christ who is the true ruler of spiritual Israel.
3:5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre [the headdress of a high priest] upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.
Then the angel of God warned the physical high priest Joshua that faithful passionate obedience to the whole word of God was required to be counted among the elect!
3:6 And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,
3:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
Jesus Christ was and is eternally faithful to live by EVERY WORD of God the Father; and we must do likewise!
If we repent and diligently walk in the ways of Christ and keep all of God’s commandments; we shall be in the resurrection to spirit and will rule as kings and priests under the King of kings and eternal High Priest Jesus Christ.
Yes even the repentant Laodiceans!
Those who may despise correction today; may still repent in the tribulation and will then be accepted by our Father as a part of the bride for his Son. If we find ourselves being corrected in tribulation; there is still hope! God is correcting us in HOPE that we will sincerely repent; his correction has the object of bringing us to sincere repentance and so saving us!
The Branch [the true vine John 15] shall soon arrive to collect his bride! Let us repent and remove the blemishes of our sins; that we may be found a suitable, pure and perfect bride for our Lord.
Joshua and those with him who are zealously faithful to the whole Word of God, they and their example shall be wondered at by others, and they shall be raised up at the coming of Christ to gather his saints.
The physical Joshua is now told [as a prophecy and promise to us] of the coming of Christ the BRANCH!
3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows [The world will be astounded when Christ comes and resurrects the faithful who sincerely repent of sin and live by every Word of God.] that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH [The true vine, Jesus Christ, John 15.].
3:9 For behold the stone [the chief of the corner] that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes [the seven spirits of God, helping Christ, Rev 1:4] behold, I will engrave the graving [Jesus Christ is the whole Word of God, and the scriptures were written at the inspiration of Christ.] thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
When Christ returns WITH his saints, he will destroy the filthiness of all sin and pour out his spirit on all flesh, Joel 2:28, so that even the wild beasts will be peaceable Is 11:5 and Is 65:25.
3:10 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.
The Two Witnesses of God
Zechariah 4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
4:2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
4:3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
This is the lamp stand often called the Menorah. This lamp stand of seven branches, pictures the seven churches all producing light by the oil of God’s spirit and all connected to the same foundation.
It was intended that each church would be filled with the oil of the holy spirit and through faithful obedience to the whole Word of God, would be a Shining Light and example for the whole world. Mat 5, Mark 4 and Luk 11
Right now the light of all seven churches of Rev 2 and 3 are flickering and dying out, [Yes all seven exist together at the coming of Christ! For each is warned to be vigilant lest they be caught by surprise!]; and the purpose of this effort is to wake people up and excite a zeal for God and his commandments to increase the oil of the spirit and thereby the light of the faithful.
The final two prophets will do the very same job at much increased power, and will succeed in pouring the oil of God’s spirit out of themselves into the seven churches as two fruitful olive trees; turning the called out away from their false traditions, idolizing of men and sin; back to their LORD; that they may grow in God’s spirit that the light of godly example will shine brightly.
In short, God is sending his two servants to save the seven churches, before they run out of the oil of the Holy Spirit and self destruct.
4:4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?
4:5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
Zechariah asks what these two olive trees who empty the golden oil [Holy Spirit] out of themselves into the seven branches of the lamp stand are; but the angel before answering, goes into some related information.
4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
Speaking to the governor Zerubbabel, the angel informs him that the Temple is being built by the power of God and not by his own strength. This is a lesson for us and for God’s two servants that we are only tools in God’s most capable hands.
4:7 Who art thou, O great mountain [the end time New Europe revival of Babylon the Great]? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof [This is a difficult translation; properly the chief Cornerstone will come and destroy teh mountain of Babylon flattening it. See Daniel 2.] with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
The great mountain is the government of the Babylonian system of the New Europe, and before Zerubbabel, Jesus Christ shall crash the mountain of the government of Babylon teh great down to the level ground and destroy it, and the cornerstone of Jesus Christ shall do this with the rejoicings and shouting’s of the repentant people.
Daniel 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone [the Messiah, Jesus (Yeshua) the Christ] was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
The mountain [government and religious system] of Babylon shall be utterly destroyed!
Jeremiah 51:25 Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain [government of Babylon, the New Europe)], saith the LORD, which destroyest [Babylon which destroys will be destroyed] all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain. 51:26 And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD.
Jesus Christ shall be the chief cornerstone of the millennial Kingdom of God! and Jesus Christ shall build his Father’s spiritual temple! and Christ is the cornerstone of that spiritual Temple!
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Zechariah 4:8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
4:9 The hands of Zerubbabel [The building of the physical temple succeeded, as a type of Christ building the spiritual temple which shall also succeed!] have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
What is the foundation of the spiritual Temple of God?
The foundation of the spiritual Temple of God the Father is: The Whole Word of God, as inspired by Jesus Christ and as written by the inspired authors!
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel [a type of Christ the Master Builder] with those seven; they are the eyes [The seven spirits (servants and helpers) of YHVH, Jesus Christ.] of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
Zerubbabel was a type of Jesus Christ and as he began to build, and completed building a physical Temple; Jesus Christ laid the foundations of his spiritual Temple, which is the whole Word of God, and Jesus Christ: WILL COMPLETE THE JOB!
Jesus Christ is the Father’s Master Builder and he will complete what he began six thousand years ago!
The last days WILL begin on God’s schedule, whether we are ready or not; the resurrection will take place on God’s schedule whether are ready or not, and there shall by much weeping and gnashing of teeth by those who have not made themselves ready.
The Kingdom SHALL COME, on God’s schedule, regardless of whether we think we are ready, or whether we think we have finished our work or not!
This plan is on God’s schedule and NOT our schedule! And the Master Builder will finish the Father’s spiritual Temple ON TIME!
NO! Zerubbabel is not a type of some mere mortal man with a swelled head! He was a type of the true Cornerstone who laid the foundation of the Kingdom of God forever! and which will destroy Babylon the Great of Dan 2!
We are to STAND ON that FOUNDATION and not on the shifting sands of organizational traditions and the teachings of men contrary to scripture!
4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick [lampstand, menorah] and upon the left side thereof?
And Zechariah asked a third time.
4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
Zechariah asked a total of three times: What are these two olive trees?
4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.
The two olive trees are the two anointed ones who stand by Jesus Christ whatever the cost, whatever anyone else says; and do whatever God tells them to do!
They are two prophets who will come in the spirit of Moses and Elijah, in their dedication and zeal for the Eternal and all of his commandments. Read Mat 17 where God shows us who stands beside our Lord in a vision.
There are yet coming two prophets to complete the preaching of the gospel by men and they will also empty the oil of God’s spirit out of themselves and into the seven churches which are all about to die; so as to revive them and fill them with the oil of God! Rev 11. For more on the two prophets see this article on the two prophets and Daniel 12.