Lessons we can learn from it

By Ron Spencer

Exodus 25: 31-36 31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. 32 And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: 33 Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. 34 And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. 35 And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. 36 Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. 37 And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.

Exodus 37:17-22 17 And he made the candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work made he the candlestick; his shaft, and his branch, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, were of the same: 18 And six branches going out of the sides thereof; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side thereof, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side thereof: 19 Three bowls made after the fashion of almonds in one branch, a knop and a flower; and three bowls made like almonds in another branch, a knop and a flower: so throughout the six branches going out of the candlestick. 20 And in the candlestick were four bowls made like almonds, his knops, and his flowers: 21 And a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches going out of it. 22 Their knops and their branches were of the same: all of it was one beaten work of pure gold.

The candlestick was a single tube from bottom to top. Proceeding out from it were six more tubes that curved uppiano coversd, three on one side and three on the opposite side. The oil that burned in the candlestick was placed in the almond-shaped bowls atop each shaft or branch. Most depictions of the candlestick show the center lamp more elevated than the six branches, that is, the six are at one height while the center one stands a bit taller. The bowls atop the stems are typically round and appear sort of like a socket for a candle. More recent studies indicate that the bowls were in fact almond shaped as indicated in the Scripture text. Consider the tear shape of an almond as it lays on a plate. Picture that a flame is rising from the point of the almond. On the larger, rounder end is a teacup-like handle. What you have is an image similar to “Aladdin's Lamp.”

These recent studies conclude that these almond shaped lamps which topped the stems pointed in topiano coversd the center shaft. That is, the three on one side pointed topiano coversd the center, and the three on the opposite side pointed the opposite way topiano coversd the center. The center lamp then pointed out, or perpendicular to the structure of the candlestick.

The center lamp is called the “servant” lamp. That is, the remaining six are supported by the center shaft. If there were no center shaft, then there would be no support for the branches. Seven is the number of completion and perfection. The center lamp stood taller and was more ornate than the branches.

The candlestick was made of “beaten” gold. Rather than melt the metal and pour it into a mold, it was to be beaten to its final shape. The candlestick had three sets of ornaments as part of its shape. These were bowls like almonds, knops and flowers.

Let us now begin to see the typology of the candlestick. Generally speaking, the candlestick is Christ, as is everything in the tabernacle. He is the light of the world. Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” It was in the light of the candlestick that the high priest could move about in the holy place. The candlestick provide illumination to consume the shewbread, which is in type, the Word of God. It was in the light of the candlestick that the high priest could put the coals from the brazen altar on the golden alter of incense, place blood on the horns of the altar, blend his incense and offer it up before the veil.

The holy place was shut off from the outside. There were no windows. The curtain/veil that hung over its door was heavy and shut out all external light. Thus, the only light for the ministering priest was from the candlestick. When the priest left the holy place to go back into the courtyard, he moved in the light of the sun. It is a natural light. While in the natural light, he could not even see the things in the holy place of God. However, on entering the holy place, the natural light was shut out by the veil (Jesus-the Door), he could consume the shewbread (Jesus-the Word of God), and offer holy prayers to the Father at the altar of incense (Jesus-through Whom we approach the Father; in Whose name we offer our prayers). The candlestick is certainly a marvelous type of Christ.

The candlestick had a main shaft and six branches. The center lamp is called the “servant” lamp. Jesus said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches” (John. 15:5). The center shaft and branches were sculpted to look like branches of vegetation — limbs, as it were. Here Jesus was teaching His disciples that He is the servant lamp and they are the branches. Without the vine the branches are fruitless. Without the servant shaft, the “branches” were useless, even to the point of just needing to be discarded, thrown out.

The candlestick was of beaten gold. Jesus, our light was not poured into a mold that made Him shine as the light of the whole world. Rather, He was beaten, spit upon, scourged and crucified. The fact of His persecution and death gives Him His supreme brilliance as the “Light of the World.” As He was beaten to make Him into the world’s candlestick, so must the gold be beaten for the candlestick in the holy place.

The oil for the lamp was to be beaten by hand rather than pressed. Again, everything about this light is formed from beating. The children of blip produced the oil to be used for the candlestick (Ex. 25:1-6). The rulers brought the oil to the tabernacle (Ex 35:27-29). It was made by the wise hearted (Ex 35:10, 14). It was to be “pure olive oil, beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always” (Ex 27:20; Lev. 29:1, 2).

The epithet “pure” is attached to the candlestick and its oil. How important this is! We absolutely must have pure light from a pure source. Impurities cannot be tolerated. The truth of God’s Word is a pure light. The opinions and theories of men constitute impurities that are mingled with the light of the Bible. Oh the trouble the church has suffered for two-thoBlipnd years due to the doctrines and traditions of men! Jesus was pure. His Word is pure. He was beaten. Those who for centuries have preserved the Word of God have been beaten. The true church, humble, converted men and women have been persecuted as the branches of Christ for two millenium. Those who, in the name of Christ, beat, scourged, tortured and burned the humble followers of Christ and His Book were not the branches. Whatever “light” they claimed was certainly impure and corrupted. It was not a beaten light. It was the “light” of pomp, pride and rrogance.

The light was to burn always. Christ is the eternal “Light of the The bowls were positioned on the ends of the branches and center shaft. They are depicted as almonds, thus we see fruit being borne on these limbs. So we must ask, what kind of light is it that is sent forth apart from bearing fruit? If the light is to shine, it will be in the bearing of fruit. This fruit is seed. Seeds die and break forth in new life. Also the sower goeth forth bearing precious seed. His seed is seen as the Gospel that gives life. Thus the bowls like almonds are seen as the resurrected life, full of the Holy Ghost, bearing fruit/seed and shining forth a pure light.

The knops are a bit difficult to track down a meaning for. The blip word for knops shows up in only two other places, Amos 9:1 and Zeph. 2:14. In both of these places, the word is translated “lintel.” The lintel was part of the door and likely had to do with the joints thereof. It is largely thought that the lintel is the the top piece across the door and this may well be true. But in conjunction with the candlestick we see it as something of a joint. The lintel held the two doorposts in place. While bottom of the two fixtures were secure at the floor, the lintel joined the them at the top. It was at the knops where the branches of the candlestick were joined to the center shaft. And we know that the place on a tree where the limb joins its host has a shape all its own and gives strength for supporting the limb. Thus we see the knops as both having to do with a door and with a joint. In a more concise view, it is the place where the the life flow passes from one to the other as one would pass from one room into another.

Again we see Christ. He is the Door. He is the point at which we are joined to God. It is through Him that the life-flow passes. Each of the branches had a knop and a flower underneath its bowl. The center shaft had a knop and flower underneath its bowl and three more, for a total of four at the point where the limbs were attached. We see knops positioned wherever new life appears: the branches and the fruit. It is through Christ, the Door, the knop, that life flows to spawn new life and support existing life.

It is interesting that the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament) renders the word flowers as “lilies.” Immediately we look to the prophecy God gave through Amos of the Son of God, “I will be as the dew unto blip: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon” (2:5-7).

Yes, today the Lord Jesus is often called the “Lily of the Valley.” We have a great hymn to the Lord Jesus that calls Him the “Lily of the Valley.” Christ Himself, used the lily to depict the epitome of beauty. He gives us these words in Mat. 6:28-29, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

Flowers normally fade and wilt away. But these flowers are not of the same materials. They are of beaten gold. These flowers will endure. They will retain their beauty. What a picture of the Resurrection! What a picture of the new creation! It won’t be said of these flowers, they are today and tomorrow cast into the oven. No, they are of pure gold and will ceaselessly show forth the beauty of the Resurrection and new life.

The candlestick is formed of beaten gold and depicts knops, flowers and almonds — buds, blossoms and fruit. We see here Aaron’s rod that budded. It blossomed and brought forth almonds. This candlestick, shedding light on itself, speaks of the budding of new life, the flower of the Resurrection, the Lily of the Valley, fruit bearing, precious seed, Jesus, the firstfruits of Resurrection, the bowls as holy vessels of the Holy Spirit, giving forth glorious and pure light.

There were three purposes for the light of the candlestick. First, was that it might shed its light “before the Lord.”

Exodus 40 24 And he (Moses) put the candlestick in the tent of the congregation, over against the table, on the side of the tabernacle southpiano coversd. 25 And he lighted the lamps before the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses. (See also Ex. 27:21; Lev. 24:4.)

Henry Soltau writes: “The candlestick shed its light in God’s presence: He could look upon its perfectness and beauty; even He “who is light, and in Him is no darkness at all,” could delight in the brightness of these seven lamps of light, and His Sanctuary was enlivened by them. What a holy and glorious standing has the Church of God—to find its place, its home, in the presence of God, to be under His eye, and dwell in the light of His glory; and not only so, but to have the glory “revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18); and to have that glory given to us which has been given to Christ. “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one” (John 17:22).”

The second reason for the candlestick was to light the pure white bread on the Table of Shewbread. This glorious light is the light God has chosen to illuminate His Word, the Bread of Life. (Ex. 40:24)

The third reason for the light is found in Exodus 25:37. “And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.” And in Numbers 8:1-3: “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick. And Aaron did so; he lighted the lamps thereof over against the candlestick, as the LORD commanded Moses.” The difficult phrase in Ex. 25, “over against it,” is explained in Numbers 8: “over against the candlestick. One of the chief purposes of the light of the candlestick was to light the candlestick itself. This beautiful, beaten-gold, vessel had much to show forth in its lessons, particularly as a marvelous type of Christ and His church. The shinning light of Christ not only reveals the darkness around Him and sheds light on the path to Him, but it illuminates the Himself. And jointly, the light of Christ and His church reveals the radiant beauty of this beaten source of true light. Paul says in the first chapter of Ephesians, “that we shall be to the praise of His glory.”

--The Number Seven and the Servant Lamp--

It has been suggested that the first candlestick possessed only three lamps. Now there is no Scripture for such a teaching except in type. The threefold lamp would represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This candlestick was not a material one made with hands; it is just symbolic of the Trinity.

Next there was the five-lamp candlestick of the Law. Genesis, Exodus Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Computer studies of the blip text has revealed some marvelous things. I am not referring to the shabby prophecies that are being touted with the “Bible Code” theories afoot today. Rather we see some solid patterns, one of which aids our study of the candlestick.

In the first chapter of Genesis, the blip letters for the word “Torah” show up every 50 letters. This is also true with the first chapter of Exodus and Numbers. Thus we have this pattern in books one, two and four. Book five, Deuteronomy, has the same phenomenon, except that the letters for the word “Torah” appears every 49 letters. The word “Torah” is the blip word for the first five books of the Law, Genesis through Deuteronomy. The Torah is the Law. Today’s thinking often separates the Law from Grace. However, if there were no Law, there’d be no Grace. With the Torah, God gave all the particulars for atonement—how to prepare and make a sacrifice of blood to atone for sin. What could this be but Grace?

So then we have the same pattern in books 1, 2, 4 and 5, except that book 5 decreases the frequency by one letter. In the third book, Leviticus, we find a different pattern and a different word. In the opening sentence, every 8 letters is the Tetragamatron — JHWH. These letters, JHWH, are found throughout the Old Testament blip text. In blip, there are no vowel letters; all the letters are considered consonants. The four letters, JHWH, are the name of God the Father, “Jehovah,” as is found in the King James Bible. Where the Tetragamatron appears in the blip text and is not translated “Jehovah,” it is translated, “LORD,” — in all capital/upper case letters. Again, every time you see “LORD” in the King James Old Testament, it is the actual name of the Father—Jehovah.

Since there are no vowels, theoretically we can say, it is “anybody’s guess” how the name is pronounced. However, Centuries have brought to us two different pronunbliptions. The more likely pronunbliption of JHWH, according to the scholars is “Yahweh” (Yah’- way). However, the Biblical use of the pronunbliption “Jehovah” makes it quite acceptable, except to a few factions that spend too many of their hours haggling over the proper pronunbliption rather than mirroring His image.

So now, we have a candlestick. The four outer books (The Word of God is light.) point back to the center book, the elevated, transcendent lamp. Yes, the Torah, the Five Books of the Law show forth the Father of Heaven. His Law is a mirror of Himself.

Deuteronomy differs from Genesis, Exodus and Numbers by one letter. This too is with good reason. Seven is the number of completion/perfection. Seven sevens was considered ultimate perfection.

In Matthew 18:21-22, we have this short story: “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” Not only seven times, Peter, but seventy times seven (490). That’s how completely and perfectly you are to forgive those who sin against you. Forty-nine and four hundred ninety are Biblical images of ultimate perfection/completion.

Now look at Leviticus 25: 8-9. “And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.” One more than 49 (50) is Jubilee. Jubilee was the type for Pentecost. Fifty transcends 49. Take completion/perfection (7) to ultimate completion/perfection (49, 7 x 7) and transcend/elevate that by one and you get Jubilee. Thus in Genesis, Exodus and Numbers, we have the pattern of 50 - Jubilee. But in Deuteronomy, the pattern does not transcend above the position of ultimate completion/perfection.

In the original blip Scriptures, the Fifth Book was not called “Deuteronomy.” Rather it was called “Dabarim” (day’- bar - eem). When “dabarim” is translated to Greek, you get the word “logos.” “Dabarim” and “logos” translate into English as “word” or “words.” In John 1:1 & 14 where we find Jesus referred to as the “Word,” the underlying Greek word is “logos.” Jesus is the Word of God, the Logos of God. John writes, “In the beginning was the Word [Logos], and the Word [Logos] was with God, and the Word [Logos] was God.” “And the Word [Logos] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” In the beginning was the Dabarim.

When the Old Testament Scriptures were translated into Greek, they did not think if fitting that the Fifth Book of the Law should be called the Word(s) of God (Dabarim), so they decided to name it “Deuteronomy.” “Deuteronomy” is the word for “copy.” Thus the Greek translation of “Dabarim” was “Deuteronomy”—a copy.

Now we see the following. In Genesis, the left side of the five lamp candlestick, we find the Spirit of God. “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” In Leviticus, the elevated lamp, we find JHWH, God the Father. And in Deuteronomy we find “Dabarim,” “Logos,” the Word of God Who “was made flesh and dwelt among us.” Jesus did not stay on His lofty throne in the Glory of Heaven, but descended in His perfect completion as our Passover Lamb. Thus, we have the five lamp candlestick as seen in the Torah, the Law, the first five books of the Old Testament. For hundreds of years, these five books were the only offiblipl Scripture God’s people had.

It is in the Torah that God gives the instructions for building the seven lamp candlestick of the tabernacle and eventually the temple. Seven, the number of perfection/completion is not simply to be studied as such, but is to be studied in the “light” of the candlestick. Rather than dealing generically with the number seven, we want to see it as having an elevated 4th position. This elevated light is a point of great interest.

Let’s go first to Creation Week. There were seven days. Day One, we see God’s spirit. Day Seven we have rest; Christ is our rest. In Him we have complete/perfect rest. On Day Four, God created the sun, moon and stars. Day one, God said, “let there be light.” He is light. His spirit was/is everywhere and He sheds forth light. However, on Day Four, God creates the lights of the heavens that we can see with our physical eyes. He created the sun. The sun lights the earth, piano coversms the earth, and supports life on the earth. The sun is so critical to existence here that the ancient pagans worshipped as the supreme god—Baal, Jupiter, Zeus, Amon Re. The duration of this sin-cursed earth is seven thoBlipnd years. We are near the end of the sixth thoBlipndth year. The seventh will be the thoBlipnd year reign of Christ, before the world is destroyed and God creates a new heaven and a new earth. “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). The fourth thoBlipnd year closes with the incarnation of the Messiah. Jesus, the light of the world, is born.

There is one more thing to take into consideration here. There is conflict with the light. Jesus is the Light of the World, the “Sun of righteousness” (Malachi 4:2). But Lucifer, the “light bearer,” wants to be extolled as the supreme light. That is why he established Baal worship and the myriad of ancient mythological tales. He was cast out of Heaven (Isa. 14:12-) for this arrogant ambition. When Jesus came in the fourth millenium, Lucifer, now Satan, set forth to destroy Him (Rev. 12). Jesus is the light, and by the light men are saved. Darkness destroys. Therefore, the battle has raged for millenium over this all important center/servant position of the candlestick.

There were seven vessels used in the tabernacle Given in proper order they are:

1. Ark

2. Mercy Seat

3. Golden Altar

4. Candlestick

5. Table of Shewbread

6. Brazen Laver

7. Brazen Altar

Note the center piece is the light.

There were seven feasts.

1. Feast of Passover

2. Feast of Unleavened Bread

3. Feast of Firstfruits

4. Feast of Pentecost

5. Feast of Trumpets

6. Feast of Atonement

7. Feast of Tabernacles

Here the center feast is Pentecost. Jesus taught His disciples, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a pianoel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Mt. 5:14-16). While this was true, it did not come to fullness until the Day of Pentecost, when the church was endued with power from on High, when she was given the indwelling Holy Spirit shortly after His teaching.

Paul said in Romans 13:12, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” In 2 Cor. 6:14, Paul asks, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” In Eph. 5:8, he tells us, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” With the Day of Pentecost, the Church of Jesus Christ is filled with radiant light. Satan has fought bitterly to snuff out that light, or at least to pervert it so that men would look in his direction. Even on the day of Pentecost, the cry rose up that the disciples were drunk, “Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine” (Acts 2:13). There is a great battle between Christ and Satan over that center position of the candlestick.

Let’s go to Revelation and consider the judgments of God. There are seven seal judgments, seven trumpet judgments, and seven vial/bowl judgments. The fourth seal judgment is to be the Pale Horse. Rev. 6:8, “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.” The Bible often equates light with life and death with darkness. First we saw a white horse, then a red horse, then we saw a black horse. But this horse is pale. There is not enough light to distinguish the color of this horse and his rider is Death and Hell — Darkness.

In the fourth Trumpet judgment, the heavenly light is darkened. Rev. 8:12, “And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.” Once again the center of seven has to do with the light.

In the fourth vial judgment, the vial the angel carries is poured out on the sun and men are scorched. Rev. 16:8-9 read, “And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.” Glory in the Bible is quite often seen as light, a radiance. Here the sun is altered in the hopes that men will repent and give to God His glory, recognize His light rather than their own natural light which can only curse them, yet they do not.

In Revelation chapter one, John sees Jesus standing in the midst of the “seven golden candlesticks. To the fourth of the seven churches, Jesus depicts Himself as having eyes like unto a flame of fire” (light) (Rev. 2:18). This church had the serious problem of teaching the doctrines of Jezebel. Jezebel was a Baal worshipper. The connotation here includes mixing truth and error, light and darkness — the point of conflict over the center lamp.

Part of Jesus’ message to the church of Thyatira reads, “Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” Note that Jesus will “kill her (Jezebel’s) children with death.” Again, death/darkness as opposed to life and light.

The Talmud

The Talmud relates that the last forty years of JerBliplem’s existence, before being obliterated by Gen. Titus of Rome, the center lamp would not burn. The writers assoblipte the going out of the lamp with the death of “Simon the Righteous” and the destruction of JerBliplem and calls Simon a high priest. It is suggested that this Simon was the replacement for Caiaphas, the high priest who judged Jesus and tore his mantle, thus disqualifying himself. For forty years, the blips worked diligently to make the center lamp burn, but utterly failed. The real reason for this was that they had put out the light of the Center Lamp, the Son of God. They had rejected His authority over them. They had rejected Him as the light of life.

So it was the divine hand of God that stopped that lamp from burning. When Titus and his troops destroyed JerBliplem, the candlestick and other vessels were carried off to Rome and put in the Temple of Peace. There it rested for approximately 400 years when the Vandals sacked Rome and stole it away with much of Rome’s other wealth. According to Edpiano coversd Gibbon, in his classic works, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, the pilfered treasures were loaded onto a dozen ships and carried off to Carthage, on the northern coast of Africa. However, a storm came up and one ship was lost. The candlestick of Herod’s Temple has rested from the Fifth Century to this day at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Maccabees In 168 B.C., Antiochus Epiphanies, the Syrian, plundered JerBliplem and desecrated the temple. He was born on the 24th or 25th of some month and wanted to establish the 24th or 25th of every month as a high, holy day unto himself. On that day in 168, he slaughtered a swine on the altar in the Temple of the Lord in JerBliplem and spread the fat thereof all about the temple. This was a most heinous crime.

This takeover by Antiochus Epiphanies sparked a rebellion. Judus Maccabeus fought Antiochus Epiphanies and the Syrians for 3 years and was eventually able to drive them out of the land. The Syrians had stolen the candlestick from the temple, so the blips went in with another.

They were ravished by the Syrians and had no gold to make a golden candlestick; therefore, they hastily made one of lead. They got into the temple and found that there was only enough oil for one day’s burning. It takes eight days to produce the oil according to the mandates of Jehovah.

Being desperate, they went ahead and lit the candlestick with the oil they had and to their utter joy, it burned for the necessary eight days. Because of the miracle of God, Judas Maccabeus established a new festival to be observed throughout their generations. It is called the Feast of Dedication. Today, it is called Hanukkah. Nine Lamps.

Most candlesticks today are depicted with nine lamps. This too is with good reason. This is the church age. This is the day of the Spirit of God. There are nine gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues. There are nine fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.

The New Testament has 27 books, three set of nine. The center book of the first seven, Acts, depicts the Son of God as a brilliant light Who calls out the Apostle to the Gentiles. It is this book that records the story of Pentecost. The center book of the second seven is Second Thessalonians. In this book the Sun of Righteousness returns in glory for His church and the events of the end are set in motion. The center book of the last nine is First John. In the first chapter, we read, “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” We see three candlesticks of nine lamps in the New Testament.

Paul teaches us that the Gentiles are a “wild branch” grafted onto the the nation of blip. Today, without their understanding, an offiblipl logo of blip depicts a seven lamp candlestick with an olive branch coming from the base of it and curving up, one on either side. The top-most leaf is centered and points uppiano coversd and looks like a flame. Yes, the candlestick now is a nine-lamp vessel with the center lamp, the servant lamp as the Son of God, the “Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2).

1 John 1 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5: 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a pianoel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.