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THE MENORAH / GOLDEN LAMPSTAND
QUESTIONS TO PONDER UPON
Why is the Menorah / Golden Lampstand made the way it is?
Why does it have seven branches?
Why does it have to be made out of one piece of hammered work?
Why is it golden?
What is its significance?
Psalm 119:105 Names of God Bible (NOG)
105 Your WORD is a LAMP for my feet
and a LIGHT for my path.
The MENORAH / (GOLDEN) SPECIAL LAMPSTAND OF YAH and designed by YAH is mentioned throughout the BIBLE / HOLY SCRIPTURES, starting in Exodus 25:31.
Exodus 25:31 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
(S: iii) 31 “You are to make a menorah of pure gold. It is to be made of hammered work; its base, shaft, cups, ring of outer leaves and petals are to be of one piece with it.
compare the two versions:
Exodus 25:31 Names of God Bible (NOG)
The Lamp Stand
31 “Make a lamp stand out of pure gold. The lamp stand, its base, and its shaft, as well as the flower cups, buds, and petals must be hammered out of one piece of gold.
The three main symbolisms of the MENORAH are as follows:
- TREE OF LIFE (Genesis 3; John 14:6; Revelation 22)
John 14:6-7 Names of God Bible (NOG)
6 Yeshua answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me. 7 If you have known me, you will also know my Father. From now on you know him through me and have seen him in me.”
- LIGHT (John 1; John 8)
John 8:12 Names of God Bible (NOG)
Jesus Speaks with the Pharisees about His Father
12 Yeshua spoke to the Pharisees again. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have a life filled with light and will never live in the dark.”
- THE VINE (John 15)
John 15:5 Names of God Bible (NOG)
5 “I am the vine. You are the branches. Those who live in me while I live in them will produce a lot of fruit. But you can’t produce anything without me.
Note that YAHUSHUA is The TREE OF LIFE, LIGHT and VINE!
The MENORAH has a great SIGNIFICANCE IN THE KINGDOM OF YAH!!! It is important for every Believer in and Follower of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH to learn about the importance and great significance of YAH’S MENORAH because with a SPIRITUAL MENORAH, we are unable to see where we are going and/or coming from. See the following Holy Scripture.
Revelation 2:1-7 Names of God Bible (NOG)
A Letter to the Church in Ephesus
2 “To the messenger of the church in Ephesus, write:
The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lamp stands, says: 2 I know what you have done—how hard you have worked and how you have endured. I also know that you cannot tolerate wicked people. You have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not apostles. You have discovered that they are liars. 3 You have endured, suffered trouble because of my name, and have not grown weary. 4 However, I have this against you: The love you had at first is gone. 5 Remember how far you have fallen. Return to me and change the way you think and act, and do what you did at first. I will come to you and take your lamp stand from its place if you don’t change. 6 But you have this in your favor—you hate what the Nicolaitans are doing. I also hate what they’re doing.
7 “Let the person who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give the privilege of eating from the tree of life, which stands in the paradise of God, to everyone who wins the victory.
compare the two versions:
Revelation 2:1-7 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
2 “To the angel of the Messianic Community in Ephesus, write: ‘Here is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven gold menorahs: 2 “I know what you have been doing, how hard you have worked, how you have persevered, and how you can’t stand wicked people; so you tested those who call themselves emissaries but aren’t — and you found them to be liars. 3 You are persevering, and you have suffered for my sake without growing weary. 4 But I have this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. 5 Therefore, remember where you were before you fell, turn from this sin, and do what you used to do before. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your menorah from its place — if you don’t turn from your sin! 6 But you have this in your favor: you hate what the Nicolaitans do — I hate it too. 7 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. To him winning the victory I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life which is in God’s Gan-‘Eden.”’
If YAHUSHUA took their MENORAHS / GOLDEN LAMPSTANDS away, they would be left in darkness hence being spiritually blind. They would be exposed to Satan’s evil and will most likely not be able to enter the HEAVENS again.
In Psalm 119:105, we see the word MENORAH appear again as seen below:
Psalm 119:105 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
105 Your word is a (MENORAH) LAMP for my FOOT
and LIGHT on my PATH.
THE LAMP GUIDES THE FEET while the LIGHT EXPOSES THE FOOTPATH (AHEAD OF US).
THE LAMP = YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH = THE TORAH / YAH’S WORD
THE LIGHT = YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH = THE TORAH / YAH’S WORD
The Menorah =
(symbolic of ) YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH
The LAMP & LIGHT OF THE WORLD
The LAMP THAT GUIDES OUR FEET ONTO THE RIGHT PATH
(Psalm 119:105; Matthew 25:1-13; John 1:7-9; John 8:12)
YAHUSHUA IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!!!
John 8:12 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
12 Yeshua (YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH) spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.”
WE ARE LITTLE AMBASSADORS OF YAH IN THIS WORLD!
YAH HAS GIVEN US SOMETHING SPECIAL TO DWELL INSIDE OF US THAT REPRESENTS HIM AS BELIEVERS IN AND FOLLOWERS OF YAHUSHUA TO SPEAK OF HIM TO NON-BELIEVERS:
Matthew 5:14-16 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
14 “You are light for the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.
YAHUSHUA = THE WORD OF YAH = THE TRUE LIGHT WHICH GIVES LIGHT TO EVERYONE ENTERING THE WORLD
John 1:1-17 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing made had being.
4 In him was life,
and the life was the light of mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not suppressed it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan. 7 He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him. 8 He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.
9 This was the true light,
which gives light to everyone entering the world.
10 He was in the world — the world came to be through him —
yet the world did not know him.
11 He came to his own homeland,
yet his own people did not receive him.
12 But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God.
14 The Word became a human being and lived with us,
and we saw his Sh’khinah,
the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
15 Yochanan witnessed concerning him when he cried out, “This is the man I was talking about when I said, ‘The one coming after me has come to rank ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”
16 We have all received from his fullness,
yes, grace upon grace.
17 For the Torah was given through Moshe;
grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah.
Note that LAMPS, LIGHT AND OIL GOT TOGETHER!
We therefore can’t talk about one without talking about the other.
WITHOUT OIL, WE CAN’T HAVE LIGHT!!!
EVERY LAMP NEEDS OIL.
WHAT IS OIL A SYMBOL OF?
Exodus 27:20-21 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
Oil for the Lamps
20 You shall command the Israelites to bring you clear OIL of crushed olives, to be used for the LIGHT, so that you may keep LAMPS burning always. 21 From evening to morning Aaron and his sons shall maintain them before the Lord in the tent of meeting, outside the veil which hangs in front of the covenant. This shall be a perpetual statute for the Israelites throughout their generations.
This scripture can be compared to:
Matthew 25:1-13 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
THE PARABLE OF THE TEN BRIDES / VIRGINS
25 “The KINGDOM OF HEAVEN at that time will be like ten bridesmaids who took their LAMPS (MENORAHS which represent YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH) and went out to meet the GROOM (YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH). 2 Five of them were foolish and five were sensible. 3 The foolish ones took LAMPS (MENORAHS in Hebrew. They represent YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH) with them but no OIL, 4 whereas the others took flasks of OIL (OIL FROM THE RUACH HA KODESH / HOLY SPIRIT) with their LAMPS (MENORAHS which represent YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH). 5 Now the BRIDEGROOM (YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH) was late, so they all went to sleep. 6 It was the middle of the night when the cry rang out, ‘The BRIDEGROOM (YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH) is here! Go out to meet him!’ 7 The girls all woke up and prepared their LAMPS (MENORAHS) for lighting. 8 The FOOLISH ONES (Some Bride of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH) said to the SENSIBLE ONES (Some BRIDE OF YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH), ‘Give us some of your OIL (OIL OF THE RUACH HA KODESH / HOLY SPIRIT), because our LAMPS (MENORAHS which represent YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH) are going out.’ 9 ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both you and us. Go to the OIL dealers (RUACH HA KODESH / HOLY SPIRIT) and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 But as they were going off to buy, the BRIDGEGROOM (YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACHY) came. Those who were ready went with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. 11 Later, the other BRIDESMAIDS (BRIDE OF YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH) came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they cried, ‘Let us in!’ 12 But he answered, ‘Indeed! I tell you, I don’t know you!’ 13 So stay alert, because you know neither the day nor the hour.
The TWO WITNESSES are symbolised as The TWO GOLDEN LAMPSTANDS (a.k.a MENORAH) before the The THRONE OF YAH in the Heavens!
Revelation 11:3-4 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
The Two Witnesses
3 “Also I will give power to my two witnesses; and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two menorahs standing before the Lord of the earth.
The Two Witnesses are depicted a little differently in Zechariah 4 but roughly the same thing is seen and that is MENORAH / GOLDEN LAMPSTAND and TWO OLIVE TREES.
Why are they referred to as MENORAHS before YAHUVEH / YAHWEH GOD in the Heavens?
Zechariah 4 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
4 Then the angel that had been speaking with me returned and roused me, as if he were waking someone up from being asleep, 2 and asked me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I’ve been looking at a menorah; it’s all of gold, with a bowl at its top, seven lamps on it, and seven tubes leading to the lamps at its top. 3 Next to it are two olive trees, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left.” 4 I then asked the angel speaking with me, “What are these, my Lord?” The angel speaking with me said, 5 “Don’t you know what these are?” I said, “No, my Lord.” 6 Then he answered me, “This is the word of Adonai to Z’rubavel: ‘Not by force, and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot. 7 ‘What are you, you big mountain? Before Z’rubavel you will become a plain; and he will put the capstone in place, as everyone shouts, “It’s beautiful! Beautiful!”’ 8 This message from Adonai came to me: 9 ‘The hands of Z’rubavel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will also finish it.’ Then you will know that Adonai-Tzva’ot sent me to you. 10 For even someone who doesn’t think much of a day when such minor events take place will rejoice at seeing the plumbline in the hand of Z’rubavel. So these seven are the eyes of Adonai that range about over all the earth.”
11 I replied by asking him, “What are those two olive trees on the right and left sides of the menorah?” 12 Then I asked the question again: “What are those two olive branches discharging gold[-colored oil] through the two gold spouts?” 13 He replied, “Don’t you know what they are?” I answered, “No, my Lord.” 14 He said, “Those are the two who have been anointed with oil; they are standing with the Lord of all the land.”
Furthermore, the MIRACLE OF OIL FOR THE MENORAH PROVISION IN THE TEMPLE OF YAH (GOD) during the Feast of Hannukah/Dedication/Lights. In the story of the Maccabees (1st & 2nd Books of the Maccabees), we see The Maccabees RE-DEDICATE YAH’S (GOD’S) TEMPLE to HIM. One of the things they did was to light the MENORAH however, they lacked enough oil to keep the MENORAH lit. Remember that in the Book of Exodus, YAH commanded them never to allow / let the light of the MENORAH to be put out completely after YAH lit it for them for the very first time! Sadly, the Jewish Israelites only had OIL enough for one day. During the time of the Maccabees, they had been fighting against the invasion of Antiochus, the Assyrian Greek King who had taken over their land and forced them to worship idols plus eat food sacrificed to idols. They were not in a position to produce OIL from ALMOND BUDS as usual. Interestingly enough, YAH kept the MENORAH LIGHT LIT for 8 more days.
This shows how important the MENORAH was to YAH. It was the ONLY LIGHT AVAILABLE IN THE TABERNACLE AND THE TEMPLE OF YAH.
Remember that in the Book of Revelation, YAH says that in HEAVEN, YAH will be OUR LIGHT! There will be no sun or moon or stars and no need for them either because YAH’S LIGHT AND GLORY WILL BE SUFFICIENT!
The LIGHT emitted by the MENORAH is YAHUSHUA who is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD as seen in John 8. Additionally, YAHUSHUA is also the MENORAH! The OIL that was constantly added by the PRIESTS (LEVITES) was representative of RUACH HA KODESH (a.k.a HOLY SPIRIT).
We need both the LAMP, THE OIL AND THE LIGHT in order to see our way in this very spiritually dark world / wilderness.
WE CAN NOT EMIT YAH’S LIGHT OUTSIDE OF YAHUSHUA who is also OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST. He says in John 14 that HE is THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, no-one can come to the FATHER except through HIM. If we ABIDE IN YAHUSHUA, then we can emit the same LIGHT OF YAH and be able to dwell in YAH’S PRESENCE FOR ETERNITY.
YAH cannot stand darkness and darkness cannot stand YAH and HIS LIGHT!!!
Read the scriptures below as they back what I have just said:
John 15:5-8 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
5 “I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from me you can’t do a thing. 6 Unless a person remains united with me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up. Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire, where they are burned up.
7 “If you remain united with me, and my words with you, then ask whatever you want, and it will happen for you. 8 This is how my Father is glorified — in your bearing much fruit; this is how you will prove to be my talmidim.