41The angel who had been speaking to me came again and roused me as if I had been sleeping. 2“What do you see?” he asked.
“A lampstand made of gold,” I answered. “At the top is a bowl for the oil. On the lampstand are seven lamps, each one with places for seven wicks. 3
There are two olive trees beside the lampstand, one on each side of it.” 4Then I asked the angel, “What do these things stand for, sir?”
5“Don't you know?” he asked me.
“No, I don't, sir,” I replied.4.5 Verses 10b–14 are moved here from the end of the chapter in order to retain the natural order of the narrative.
The angel said to me, “The seven lamps are the seven eyes of the LORD, which see all over the earth.”
Then I asked him, “What do the two olive trees on either side of the lampstand mean? 12And what is the meaning of the two olive branches beside the two gold pipes from which the olive oil pours?”
13He asked me, “Don't you know?”
“No, I don't, sir,” I answered.
14Then he said, “These are the two men whom God has chosen and anointed to serve him, the Lord of the whole earth.”
The angel told me to give Zerubbabel this message from the LORD: “You will succeed, not by military might or by your own strength, but by my spirit. 7Obstacles as great as mountains will disappear before you. You will rebuild the Temple, and as you put the last stone in place, the people will shout, ‘Beautiful, beautiful!’ ”
8Another message came to me from the LORD. 9He said, “Zerubbabel has laid the foundation of the Temple, and he will finish the building. When this happens, my people will know that it is I who sent you to them. 10aThey are disappointed because so little progress is being made. But they will see Zerubbabel continuing to build the Temple, and they will be glad.”
51I looked again, and this time I saw a scroll flying through the air. 2The angel asked me what I saw. I answered, “A scroll flying through the air; it is nine metres long and 4.5 metres wide.”
3Then he said to me, “On it is written the curse that is to go out over the whole land. On one side of the scroll it says that every thief will be removed from the land; and on the other side it says that everyone who tells lies under oath will also be taken away. 4The LORD Almighty says that he will send this curse out, and it will enter the house of every thief and the house of everyone who tells lies under oath. It will remain in their houses and leave them in ruins.”
5The angel appeared again and said, “Look! Something else is coming!”
6“What is it?” I asked.
He replied, “It is a basket, and it stands for the sin5.6 Some ancient translations sin; Hebrew eye. of the whole land.”
7The basket had a lid made of lead. As I watched, the lid was raised, and there in the basket sat a woman!
8The angel said, “This woman represents wickedness.” Then he pushed her down into the basket and put the lid back down. 9I looked up and saw two women flying towards me with powerful wings like those of a stork. They picked up the basket and flew off with it.
10I asked the angel, “Where are they taking it?”
11He answered, “To Babylonia, where they will build a temple for it. When the temple is finished, the basket will be placed there to be worshipped.”
61I had another vision. This time I saw four chariots coming out from between two bronze mountains. 2
The first chariot was pulled by red horses, the second by black horses, 3
the third by white horses, and the fourth by dappled horses. 4Then I asked the angel, “Sir, what do these chariots mean?”
He answered, “These are the four winds; they have just come from the presence of the Lord of all the earth.”
6The chariot pulled by the black horses was going north to Babylonia, the white horses were going to the west, and the dappled horses were going to the country in the south. 7As the dappled horses came out, they were impatient to go and inspect the earth. The angel said, “Go and inspect the earth!” — and they did. 8Then the angel cried out to me, “The horses that went north to Babylonia have calmed down the LORD's anger.”
9The LORD gave me this message. 10He said, “Take the gifts given by the exiles Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, and go at once to the home of Josiah son of Zephaniah. All these men have returned from exile in Babylonia. 11Make a crown out of the silver and gold they have given, and put it on the head of the High Priest, Joshua son of Jehozadak. 12
Tell him that the LORD Almighty says, ‘The man who is called The Branch will flourish where he is and rebuild the LORD's Temple. 13He is the one who will build it and receive the honour due to a king, and he will rule his people. A priest will stand by his throne, and they will work together in peace and harmony.’ 14The crown will be a memorial in the LORD's Temple in honour of Heldai,6.14 One ancient translation Heldai; Hebrew Helem. Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Josiah.”6.14 One ancient translation Josiah; Hebrew Hen.
15Men who live far away will come and help to rebuild the Temple of the LORD. And when it is rebuilt, you will know that the LORD Almighty sent me to you. This will all happen if you fully obey the commands of the LORD your God.