Chapter 52

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(Jer 11:16,17)  The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair [Heb: beautiful: comely, fair, goodly], and of goodly [Heb: beautiful: comely, fair, goodly] fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it [i.e., the Great Tribulation], and the branches of it are broken [Heb: spoiled (literally by breaking to pieces); fig. to make or be good for nothing, i.e. bad: evil, do wickedly]. For the LORD of hosts, that planted [sowed] thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel [the sheep] and of the house of Judah [the shepherds], which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense [the sacrifice of prayer, praise, and worship righteously offered up at the golden altar unto God, but herein unrighteously offered up] unto Baal [a type of Satan].

1.      tumult = Dict: 1. the commotion or disturbance of a multitude, usually with noise; an uproar. 2. a popular outbreak or uprising; commotion, disturbance or violent disorder. 3. agitation of mind.

2.      green = Heb: to be green; verdant; by anal. new; fig. prosperous:--green, flourishing. [i.e., moist, flourishing with water; water is a symbol of the Holy Spirit].

a.      verdant = Dict: 1. green with vegetation; covered with growing plants or grass. 2. a green color.

3.      olive = Heb: an olive (as yielding illuminating oil), the tree, the branch or the berry:--olive (tree, -yard), Olivet [i.e., example: the Olivet Discourse: Mat 24:3 – 25:46].

a.      (Mat 24:3)  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world [Gk: aion]?

4.      Commentary: “A green olive tree” = An olive tree is symbolic of Israel’s (all born-again peoples) saved religious aspect destined to be ascended unto God as fruit for the Lord, which may be contrasted to a “withered” (Gk: desiccated, died up) fig tree symbolic of Israel’s unsaved secular aspect destined to be cursed and dried up. Both the olive tree and the fig tree represent Israel, and thus the present church (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil). The “green” description of the olive tree connotes an abundance of water (the Holy Spirit), life, growth, and elasticity (Grace - forgiveness), whereas the dried up fig tree speaks of no water (Holy Spirit), death, no growth, and stiffness (Law - legalism).

a.      (Mat 21:18,19)  Now in the morning as he [Jesus] returned into the city [of Jerusalem], he hungered [He desired fruit]. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only [i.e., the appearance of life], and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever [i.e., no fruit for me, no fruit for you; an eye for an eye judgment: John 12:48]. And presently the fig tree withered away [that destiny is the eternal judgment for bearing no fruit for the Lord].

b.      (John 15:6-8)  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.


(Exo 27:20)  And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten [Heb: to bruise or violently strike:--beat (down, to pieces), break in pieces, crushed, stamped] for the light [illumination], to cause the lamp [the golden candlestick - menorah] to burn [Heb: to ascend: rise up, spring up] always.



(Exo 25:17-22)  And thou shalt make a mercy seat [Heb: a lid (used only of the cover of the sacred Ark)] of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof [to cover the Ark within the Tabernacle of Moses: Exo 25:10]. And thou shalt make two cherubims [angelic beings] of gold [“And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat” Exo 37:7], of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the [two tables of] testimony [the Law] that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

(1 Ki 6:23-28)  And within the oracle [Heb: the innermost part of the sanctuary] [of Solomon’s Temple] he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits high. And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits. And the other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubims were of one measure and one size. The height of the one cherub was ten cubits, and so was it of the other cherub. And he set the cherubims within the inner house [the Most Holy Place]: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall [symbolizing the covering (rule, reign) of the expanse of the universe]; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house [symbolizing unity]. And he overlaid the cherubims with gold [symbolizing the O.T. purity of God; symbolizing the N.T. blood (purity) of Jesus Christ].


(Zec 4:1-3)  And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, 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: And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. //// (Zec 4:11-14)  Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden [olive] oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones [i.e., the two olive trees overlaid with gold, cherubims now personified as Zerubbabel and Joshua (Zec 3,4)], that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.


(Luke 9:28-32)  And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elijah: Who appeared in glory [i.e., they were glorified], and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him [i.e., the two olive trees overlaid with gold (the glory of God – the anointing),“the two anointed ones, that stand by the lord of the whiole earth” Zec 4:14, now personified as Moses (“the dead in Christ” 1 Thes 4:16) and Elijah (“those which are alive and remain” 1 Thes 4:17)].




“bring them down unto the water [the Holy Spirit],

and I [Father God] will try them [Heb: refine them, purge them] for thee there:” (Judg 7:4)


(Rev 11:1-6)  And there was given me a reed like unto a rod [“a rod of iron” Psa 2:9; Rev 2:27; 12:5; 19:15]: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure [Gk: to measure (i.e. to ascertain in size by a fixed standard)] the temple of God, and the [golden] altar [of prayer, praise, and worship], and them that worship therein [the born-again saved peoples]. But the court [yard] which is without [Gk: outside] the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles [the unsaved peoples]: and the holy city [Jerusalem] shall they tread under foot forty and two months [3 ½ years]. And I will give power unto my two witnesses [the two olive trees, the two candlesticks, the two anointed ones, the two glorified ones, my two witnesses – the final progression], and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days [3 ½ years], clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth [“Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD;” Jer 23:29], and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy [“Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months (3 ½ years).” James 5:17]: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will [referring to Moses and the plagues of Egypt: Exo 4:9; 7-12].




Ps. “Fear not.”