In the previous chapter subtitled "Two Olive Trees" the two olive trees are described as "the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth" (Zechariah 4:14). And it is written that they are the symbol of the imperishable oil, the divine Spirit and that the One who is anointed is "Messiah (Christ)."

Ikuro Teshima

The Light of the Lamb

Now, the anointed Christ is described in the Book of Revelation as "the Lamb who was slain"(5:12).

But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
(Revelation 21:22-23 NKJV)

Jesus Christ came down to earth in order to pour the oil of the Holy Spirit upon us. And now, Christ, the slain Lamb of God, is still pouring out His blood. Christ, the Eternal Life, pours His blood into the souls of all people. Not the olive oil, but the oil of the Holy Spirit burns to shine.

When the oil of the Holy Spirit begins to burn in the heart of the redeemed, the city does not need light. The slaughtered "Lamb is its light" (Revelation 21:22). What an amazing truth it is! This is the most profound mystery of the New Testament.

Since the olden times of Abraham, a sacrificial lamb had been slaughtered and the blood offering had been performed with its blood. After the Exodus, a Passover sacrifice had to be offered on the Passover eve.

It was the day before the Passover feast at three o’clock in the afternoon that Jesus Christ on the cross cried out, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani? (My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?)" (Matthew 27:46) At that time the High Priest was about to slaughter a lamb, the Passover sacrifice, to shed its blood in the courtyard of the temple far from the cross. Then Jesus Christ, crying out again with a loud voice, offered Himself as an eternal sacrifice. (See Hebrew 9:12)

When we receive Christ’s blood in our soul, we will become His possession. As if awakening from darkness, we will cry out with burning fire of joy, "Ah! God is before me!"

The Revelation says:

In the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man…His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace.
(1:13, 15)

The One standing in the midst of the menorah, the fervent personality, is Jesus Christ. Truly the biblical faith does not lead us to seek the Holy of Holies somewhere on earth. The Holy of Holies opens within your hearts, in which God’s Holy Spirit is kindled aflame. We value the menorah as the symbol of the living Christ.

Neither the sun nor the moon is needed in the city of God because the blood of the slaughtered Lamb illuminates it. The Lamb is its light.

(An excerpt from the lecture given in 1969)

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