Royalty and Ruin


The Secret of Success in God’s Work

After Zechariah’s vision of Joshua and the Angel, the prophet received a message regarding Zerubbabel: “The Angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, ... ‘and there is a lampstand of solid gold ... with seven pipes to the seven lamps. ... Two olive trees are by it... .’ RR 209.1

“So I ... spoke to the Angel, ... ‘What are these, my Lord?’ ... So He answered ..., ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts.’” “And I further answered and said to Him, ‘What are these two olive branches that drip into the receptacles of the two gold pipes from which the golden oil drains?’ ... So He said, ‘These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.’” Zechariah 4:1-6, 12-14. RR 209.2

From the anointed ones that stand in God’s presence divine light, love, and power flow to His people, so that they may give light and joy and refreshing to others. Those whom God has enriched are to enrich others with His love. RR 209.3

In rebuilding the house of the Lord, Zerubbabel had worked in spite of many difficulties. Enemies had “tried to discourage the people of Judah. They troubled them in building,” “and by force of arms made them cease.” Ezra 4:4, 23. But the Lord now spoke through His prophet to Zerubbabel, “Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” Zechariah 4:7. Throughout history, great mountains of difficulty have loomed up before those trying to carry out God’s will. The Lord permits such obstacles as a test of faith. This is the time to trust in God. When we exercise living faith, we increase our spiritual strength and develop unfaltering trust. Satanic obstacles will disappear before the demand of faith. “Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20. RR 209.4