How the Oil of the Holy Spirit is Flowing (Zech 4:6)

I believe God is encouraging those who have felt pressure coming at you—and in particular, against a vision or project.

You may have stepped out in obedience to God and put in a lot of groundwork, but your efforts have not had the return you expected.

The Lord says,

“Beloved, your work has not been wasted—it is being rewarded. I count your offering to Me as more valuable than gold and silver.”

The Move of the Holy Spirit

It was a project that would become a legacy.
God destined the second temple to stand for generations, and one day, the Messiah, Jesus Christ would step foot into it. [1]

But like many tasks appointed by God, that building project went through a season of frustration.
Enemies opposed it, authorities canceled it—and the work was shut down for a long time. In fact, that building stood unfinished for 17 years!

When God wanted to stir His people back into action, He sent an angel to the prophet Zechariah.

And so came the move of the Holy Spirit, which changed everything.

Pay Attention to the Oil!

Olive tree, Game-Changer: You have a continuous flow of the Holy Spirit“The angel…wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep” (Zech 4:1b, NKJV)

God sent an angel to stir Zechariah awake. And the angel said to Zechariah, “What do you see?”
Once he was paying attention, the prophet had a vision.

  • He saw two olive trees, standing on either side of a golden lampstand
  • Oil flowed from a branch of each tree into a bowl attached to the top of the lampstand
  • And in turn, that bowl supplied oil to each lamp

What the prophet Zechariah saw, was a representation of a heavenly reality—the people of God and the Spirit of God working together as one.

And I believe that just as the angel had to rouse Zechariah, this is the time Jesus is calling to each of us: [2]

“Beloved, awake! Now is the time to attend to your supply of oil.”

Your Power is in the Flow of Oil

“It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zech 4:6)

Right now, God is highlighting the context of this Scripture verse we know so well.
For He wants us to see the vision of the continuous flow of oil!

The Amplified Bible highlights this:

“Then he said to me, “This [continuous supply of oil] is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel [prince of Judah], saying,
‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of Whom the oil is a symbol],’ says the LORD of hosts.”
(Zech 4:6 AMP)

Perhaps it seems as though even your best efforts cannot reach the mark. But remember, you serve the God of miracles.

And as you rely on the Holy Spirit, nothing is impossible for you!

The Mountain is Coming Down

“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!” (Zech4:7, NKJV)

What is the source of the power that moves mountains?

  • The oil is the source!

It is God’s power and anointing.
And the oil is the Person of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the difference-maker, the game-changer.

“It’s not by might, nor by power.”
No amount of human energy or willpower can bring about Kingdom results.
They can only come about by His Spirit.

So, step into the flow of continuous, fresh oil.

You are a “Son of Fresh Oil”

Zechariah wonders about the meaning of the two olive trees, that feed continuously fresh oil into the lamps.

The angel responds, “These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.” (Zech 4:14, NKJV)

  • The phrase “anointed ones” is translated from the Hebrew, “sons of fresh oil”. [3]

Like many mysteries of the Bible, the vision has layers of meaning. [4] But there is also encouragement for us!

“…I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.”(Psalms 52:8, NKJV)

Today, see yourself as a daughter of fresh oil; a son of fresh oil.

  • God has planted you in His house, and your roots are deep in His love
  • His Word is nourishing you, and fresh oil is pouring forth from you

God Celebrates Your Small Step

“For who has despised the day of small things?” (Zech 4:10a)

If you are persevering in an incomplete project—be assured that God sees your work.
And He celebrates it.

The angel reports, “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.” (Zech 4:10, NKJV)

  • “These seven” is a reference to the seven lamps, which represent the Holy Spirit

Don’t miss the power of this: In Revelation, seven lamps of fire burn before the throne of God, amidst flashes of lightning, and voices and thunder! (Rev 4:5)

It is speaking of God Almighty, in all His glory and power—and He is rejoicing in a small act of obedience!

The Oil of the Anointing

The name Zechariah means, “Jehovah remembers.” (Strong’s H2148)
Your Father has not forgotten you!

God’s anointing in you has not been used up. You are only beginning to tap into the fullness of what He has for you.
Now, His anointing is being released!

It’s like when olives are pressed, and the oil flows forth.
That pressure you have experienced is not emptying you. Instead, God is using that pressure, to bring forth an abundance of fresh oil.

You do not need to run on empty, for God says, “I AM your supply.”

“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands shall also finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent me to you.” (Zech 4:9, NKJV)


[1] e.g., Matt 21. In the time of the Gospels, the second temple had been significantly upgraded and extended by Herod.
Related posts:

[2] See the parable of the ten bridesmaids, Matt 25:1-13

[3] Strong’s H1121, H6671

[4] In context, it may refer to the two leaders of the day. This speaks into the power of anointed leadership! It also foreshadows events to come (Rev 11:3)
“The two anointed ones (“two olive trees” v.3) are Joshua, representing the religious authority, and Zerubbabel, representing the civil authority. They are archetypes of the two witnesses mentioned in Rev 11:3,4.” HAYFORD, J W, Ed. The Spirit-Filled Life Bible.  1991.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Tips for Replenishing Your Oil + Comments
If you need to reconnect with the flow of oil personally –  I jotted down some ways to do this and you’ll find them in the comments below.
Scroll down to see this list and I’d love to hear your own thoughts, too.

Related Posts

I have written prophetic studies from the story of Ezra, Zerubbabel, and the rebuilding of the temple. The other studies are:

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51 thoughts on “How the Oil of the Holy Spirit is Flowing (Zech 4:6)”

  1. Here are some thoughts I had for replenishing the oil when I started writing this post:

    Identify where the oil flows to you personally.
    Saturate in God’s Word.
    By faith, step into a place of encounter.

    Be aware of His Presence with you. Turn your heart towards Him in a moment.
    Pray in the Spirit.
    Take time to simply listen, with no distractions or interruptions.
    Be aware of the open heaven over your life.
    Lift your heart, open your mouth, praise and worship.
    Seek replenishing spaces.

    But more than that.
    Identify where the oil flows forth from you, for you are His vessel!
    Where the gift is released through you.
    And those to whom God is ministering through you.
    A word here, a prayer there. Being present.
    Staying in the fruit of the Holy Spirit, at the point of every contradiction!
    Receiving and flowing in power from God, to move in the opposite Spirit of that which is coming against you.
    See it as available. He is not restricted!

    1. Thank u so much Helen. This is the timely word for me to what am passing through at the moment. God bless u

    2. Prisca Mudondo

      Thank you Helen,

      I am blessed and encouraged with the spiritual food you have served me. Yesterday, a young friend of mine sent me same scripture and she was praying for me regards the ministry God gave me to do, though I am not a minister of any particular church / congregation, but as a Christian I found that God gave me some assignment towards His people and I have been putting effort to do as God called me to. At times due to set backs I had felt or asked myself if I really needed to do this, now I am happy that you have an a way responded to me and it was like a confirmation of God’s word to me as yesterday I was told them same. That Zarubabbel started the work and He will finish it, hence I now know that what God has started, He will finish even in me. I will get the means and ways to do it now by mighty or power, but by His Spirit. Amen and God bless you.

    3. Dear Helen Calder
      Last month during the pentecostal, i hv vision of telling the remnants to hv priestly anointing. Oil the right ear thunb n toe. Last week i manage to buy hyssop oil. Our bible do teach us how to handle pendemic such as covid. Beside mask social distncing quaratine. Hyssop needed to apply at home. We need to hv authory to pray n God presence will restore n heal people. No one listen.

      1. Hi Hbeng, often if we have a word and it’s not witnessed by our leaders, it is something for us personally. Feel released from it being a group word, and be blessed by it as a personal encouragement from God

    4. Cristina Baptista

      Thank you, our sister Helen!

      Your God inspired words, love and flowing ministry have been transforming, confirming, reassuring, comforting and edifying.
      Glory to Our Father in heaven, Our Lord Christ and Our beloved Holy Spirit, for They are one….
      Father in heaven is uniting us all together, He’s children!

      your sister
      Cristina from Portugal

      1. amen to that Cristina, your words remind me of Jesus’ prayer of unity in John 17.
        May we see it ever increasingly in our day

    5. Tracey L. Williams

      My Dearest Sister Helen,

      Thank you for a prophetic word in due season. Lord knows that I needed a word from Him and I’m so grateful that you obeyed the leadership of Holy Spirit and released this timely prophetic word for me and countless others.

      God continue to bless you, your family and your ministry. Your legacy shall live on for ages breathing life, edifying, enlightening, encouraging and empowering prophets and prophetic people. Thank you for your “YES TO YAHWEH.”

      Agape & Shalom,
      Tracey Lynn

    6. Thank you for this powerful word and it is has come at the right time in my life. May God richly bless you.

    7. As God spoke to me out of Zach 4 I felt so touched. The anointing oil speaks to me during these days. I was looking for more on Zach 4 and found this teaching. It blessed me. Thank you.

  2. Thank you Hellen,this word has spoken to me.I have over the last few years gone through challenges in the ministry God gave me.I almost gave up on it but have only recently been feeling revived again to work on it,only this time I am not determined to strive but allow the Spirit to lead and have his way.I see restoration also in my marriage and business idea,praise be to the Lord.

    God bless you dear sister for He has used you to speak to me today.

    1. Hi Fungayi, I pray you receive gifts of wisdom and the power God has for you to step in and stay in the flow of His Spirit. May every area of your life experience His revival and restoration

    2. Hi Helen Calder,I’ve read so many great! Testimony because of your outpouring words, I ‘m Evangelist Boston I Love desire is stir deep into the gifts that been deposited in me .I need you to pray for me ministry to bloom..also need weekend I’m doing a women conference..I need you to touch in agreement with me that lives will be charged..and that God gets the Glory!

  3. Hello Prophet Helen and Wow, I salute the Spirit of God in you, for He spoke to me through you. Indeed, “that pressure I’ve experienced is not emptying me. Instead, God is using that pressure, to bring forth an abundance of fresh oil.” Verily Verily I agree that My Power Is In The Flow Of Oil. Wow!..
    The Lord bless you Woman of God, may His Word continually nourish you, and fresh oil keep pouring forth from you.


  5. Mukelisiwe Nyathikazi

    Hallelujah! This word is for me. I take it. Thanks Helen for this confirmation and affirmation!

    1. Hi Mukelisiwe, He has renewed strength for you!

      “But those who wait on the Lord
      Shall renew their strength;
      They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
      They shall run and not be weary,
      They shall walk and not faint.” (Is 40:31)

  6. Samantha Deseth

    This was very awesome. Thank you. God has been speaking lately in 7’s to me as a theme and this rings why! His presence. May you be blessed Helen with His ever present assurance, comfort and abilities.

    1. I love the “themes” of the Holy Spirit, Samantha! The ways He speaks and works are wonderful
      and thank you <3

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