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“And I WILL APPOINT MY TWO WITNESSES…” (Rev 11:1-3, NIV)

“These are THE TWO OLIVE TREES AND THE TWO LAMPSTANDS that stand before the Lord of
the earth.” (Rev 11:4, NASB)

EVERYONE (those who care) wants to know (or thinks they know): What are the “TWO OLIVE
TREES” and the “TWO LAMPSTANDS?!” To begin, it is important to note BOTH are filled with
BELIEVERS!

THE BELIEVERS:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and YOU WILL BE MY
WITNESSES in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.” (Acts
1:8)

“Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.” (Isaiah 43:8)

“‘YOU ARE MY WITNESSES,’ declares the LORD, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that
you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and APART FROM ME THERE IS NO
SAVIOR. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you.
YOU ARE MY WITNESSES,’ declares the LORD, ‘that I AM God.’” (Isaiah 43:10-12)

Referred to as an OLIVE TREE:

“But as for me, I am like A GREEN OLIVE TREE in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness
of God forever and ever.” (Psalm 52:8) “The LORD called your name, ‘A GREEN OLIVE TREE,
beautiful in fruit and form…” (Jeremiah 11:16, NASB)

Next, it is the HOLY SPIRIT that nourishes BOTH the Olive Tree AND the Lampstands. A vital part
to BOTH, it is CHRIST, through The HOLY SPIRIT who is the 1st WITNESS:

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who
proceeds from the Father, HE WILL TESTIFY OF ME.” (John 15:26)

“THE SPIRIT ITSELF BEARETH WITNESS WITH OUR SPIRIT, that we are the children of God…”
(Romans 8:16) “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL
TRUTH: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and
he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for HE SHALL RECEIVE OF MINE, AND
SHALL SHEW IT UNTO YOU.” (John 16:13-14)
Can it really be that easy? YES! Understand that the “TWO OLIVE TREES” and the “TWO
LAMPSTANDS” is ONE and the SAME STORY!

“These are THE TWO OLIVE TREES AND THE TWO LAMPSTANDS that stand before the Lord of
the earth.” (Revelation 11:4, NASB)

The OIL (HOLY SPIRIT) fills the LAMPS:

“He asked me, ‘What do you see?’ I answered, ‘I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the
top and seven lamps on it, WITH SEVEN CHANNELS TO THE LAMPS. Also there are two olive
trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.’” (Zechariah 4:2-3, NIV)

The NOURISHING SAP (HOLY SPIRIT) feeds the OLIVE TREE:

“If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been
grafted in among the others and now share in THE NOURISHING SAP FROM THE OLIVE ROOT,
do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: YOU
DO NOT SUPPORT THE ROOT, BUT THE ROOT SUPPORTS YOU.”
(Romans 11:17-18, NIV)

The use of “oil” is used throughout Scripture referencing THE HOLY SPIRIT:

"…and THOU SHALT ANOINT IT *the altar+, to sanctify it." (Exodus 29:36)

“YOU SHALL ANOINT THE ALTAR of the burnt offering and all its utensils, and consecrate the
altar. The altar shall be most holy.” (Ex 40:10)

“And YOU SHALL ANOINT THE LAVER AND ITS BASE, and consecrate it.” (Ex 40:11)

"…AND ANOINT HIM *Aaron+, and sanctify him…" (Exodus 40:13)

Moses "…anointed it *the Tabernacle+, and sanctified it…" (Numb 7:1) “And Moses took the
anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.” (Lev
8:10) Moses "…poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him, to sanctify
him." (Lev 8:12)

“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS ON ME, because HE HAS ANOINTED ME to proclaim good news to
the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the
blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Then he rolled up the
scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were
fastened on him. He began by saying to them, ‘TODAY THIS SCRIPTURE IS FULFILLED IN YOUR
HEARING.’” (Luke 4:18-21, NIV)

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.” (1 John 2:20)
“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone
to teach you. But as HIS ANOINTING TEACHES YOU ABOUT ALL THINGS and as that anointing is
real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.” (1 John 2:27, NIV)

Referencing the OLIVE TREES in Zechariah:

“I asked the angel who talked with me, ‘WHAT ARE THESE, my lord?’ He answered, ‘Do you not
know what these are?’ ‘No, my lord,’ I replied. So he said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD
to Zerubbabel: ‘NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT,’ SAYS THE LORD
ALMIGHTY.’” (Zechariah 4:4-6, NIV)

“Who *art+ thou, O GREAT MOUNTAIN Before Zerubbabel -- for a plain! And HE hath brought
forth THE TOP-STONE, Cries of Grace, grace -- *are+ to it.'” (Zechariah 4:7, YLT)

“Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, THE STONE which the builders
rejected, the same IS BECOME THE HEAD of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is
marvellous in our eyes?” (Matthew 21:42)

The “HUGE MOUNTAIN” is JESUS CHRIST!

“While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but NOT BY HUMAN HANDS. It struck the statue
on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and
the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer.
The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But THE ROCK THAT STRUCK THE STATUE
BECAME A HUGE MOUNTAIN AND FILLED THE WHOLE EARTH.” (Daniel 2:34-35)

And these are NOT defeated through “human hands!” It is NOT by might and NOT by power
but “BY MY SPIRIT” says the LORD!!

The Vine and the Branches (OLIVE TREE): “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He
prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have
spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it
abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I AM THE VINE, YOU ARE THE
BRANCHES. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do
nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they
gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:1-6)

“They said to Him, ‘HE WILL DESTROY THOSE WICKED MEN MISERABLY, AND LEASE HIS
VINEYARD TO OTHER VINEDRESSERS who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.’ Jesus
said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?
‘Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation
bearing the fruits of it.’” (Matthew 21:41-43)
BROKEN OFF…

“If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been
grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, DO NOT
CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE SUPERIOR TO THOSE OTHER BRANCHES. If you do, consider this:
YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THE ROOT, BUT THE ROOT SUPPORTS YOU.” (Romans 11:17-18, NIV)

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized
into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave
nor free, nor is there male and female, for YOU ARE ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. If you belong to
Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29,
NIV)

The LAMPSTANDS:

“Make A LAMPSTAND OF PURE GOLD. Hammer out its base and shaft, and make its flowerlike
cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them.” (Exodus 25:31, NIV)

“Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—THREE [BRANCHES] ON ONE SIDE
AND THREE ON THE OTHER.” (Exodus 25:32, NIV)

“…And having turned I SAW SEVEN GOLDEN LAMPSTANDS, and in the midst of the seven
lampstands One like the Son of Man…” (Rev 1:12-13)

“THE BUDS AND BRANCHES SHALL ALL BE OF ONE PIECE WITH THE LAMPSTAND, hammered out
of pure gold.” (Exodus 25:36, NIV)

“Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it SO THAT THEY LIGHT THE SPACE IN FRONT
OF IT.” (Exodus 25:37, NIV)

Notice the “EYES” – WITNESSES – BELIEVERS work in direct correlation with the HOLY SPIRIT:

“For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in
the hand of Zerubbabel. THEY ARE THE EYES OF THE LORD, WHICH SCAN TO AND FRO
THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH.” (Zechariah 4:10, NKJV)

“Their rims were high and awesome, and ALL FOUR RIMS WERE FULL OF EYES ALL AROUND.
When the living creatures moved, the wheels *with the rims “full of eyes”+ beside them moved;
and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. WHEREVER THE
SPIRIT WOULD GO, THEY WOULD GO, AND THE WHEELS WOULD RISE ALONG WITH THEM,
BECAUSE THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING CREATURES WAS IN THE WHEELS.” (Ezekiel 1:18-20)

“For those who are LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD are the children of God.” (Romans 8:14)
“YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. NEITHER DO
PEOPLE LIGHT A LAMP AND PUT IT UNDER A BOWL. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives
light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they
may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16, NIV)

“Then I said to him, ‘What are these two olive trees on the right of the lampstand and on its
left?’" (Zechariah 4:11)

“Then he said, ‘THESE ARE THE TWO ANOINTED ONES who are standing by the Lord of the
whole earth.’" (Zechariah 4:14, NASB)

Who are the 2 “ANOINTED ONES?”

JESUS CHRIST:

“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS ON ME, because HE HAS ANOINTED ME to proclaim good news to
the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the
blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

Christ sits at the right hand of God – the Father’s Holy Spirit resides in the Bowl providing
nourishment to the Olive Trees, the 2 Anointed ones, Christ and His followers…

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, WHERE CHRIST IS,
SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.” (Col 3:1)

“And there are two olive trees by it, ONE ON THE RIGHT OF THE BOWL and the other on its
left." (Zech 4:3)

AND HIS FOLLOWERS:

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.” (1 John 2:20)

“…THESE ARE THE TWO ANOINTED ONES who are standing by the Lord of the whole earth.’"
(Zechariah 4:14, NASB)

THE 2 WITNESSES ARE CHRIST (BY THE HOLY SPIRIT) AND HIS CHURCH!

They *THE BELIEVERS+ are the “LIGHT OF THE WORLD” out of BOTH the Jewish and Gentile
camps: “Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but YOU WILL
BE BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.’ So if GOD GAVE THEM THE SAME GIFT HE GAVE US who
believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?’ When
they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, ‘So then, even to
Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.’” (Acts 11:17-18, NIV)
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized
into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave
nor free, nor is there male and female, for YOU ARE ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. If you belong to
Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29,
NIV)

Coming together as ONE:

“THE BUDS AND BRANCHES SHALL ALL BE OF ONE PIECE WITH THE LAMPSTAND, hammered out
of pure gold.” (Exodus 25:36, NIV)

“THAT ALL OF THEM MAY BE ONE, FATHER, JUST AS YOU ARE IN ME AND I AM IN YOU. May
they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I HAVE GIVEN THEM
THE GLORY THAT YOU GAVE ME, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me.
MAY THEY BE BROUGHT TO COMPLETE UNITY to let the world know that you sent me and have
loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:21-23, NIV)

“…he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
(John 8:12b)

“…that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” (John 12:46b)

 “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
(John 1:4)

“The LORD is my light…the LORD is the strength of my life…” (Psalms 27:1a)

“For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” (Psalms 36:9)

“Command the children of Israel, that they BRING UNTO THEE PURE OIL OLIVE BEATEN FOR THE
LIGHT, TO CAUSE THE LAMPS TO BURN CONTINUALLY. Without the vail of the testimony, in the
tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before
the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations. HE SHALL ORDER THE
LAMPS UPON THE PURE CANDLESTICK BEFORE THE LORD CONTINUALLY.” (Leviticus 24:2-4)

				
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