Updated: Oct 20, 2022
YHVH (God) doesn't share His Glory with anyone!🙌
“Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.” So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my Lord?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my Lord.” So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.”
The Menorah represents the Word of God!
Ps 119:105 says "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
The menorah (מנורה) consists of 7 branches / 7 flames. And when we understand the significance of the menorah, our understanding of the entire Bible changes!
The 7 pipes / branches of the menorah exists from the time of Exodus. When God gave Moses the instruction to create the menorah for the tabernacle. The menorah had to burn 24 hours a day.
I'm pretty sure that the menorah made quite the impact on those who entered the tabernacle. The light which the massive menorah gave in the dark tent would have been a pretty significant display of Abba's light and holiness in our dark world, filled with sin. In today's time - many people have menorah's in their homes as a reminder that we are called to be His light in the world.
Isa 42:6 - "I am the LORD, I have called You (the Messiah) in righteousness [for a righteous purpose], I will also take You by the hand and keep watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people [Israel], As a light to the nations (Gentiles)."
Our lives should impact others. Light is spread without force. "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit" we read in Zech 4:6 above. The menorah is a symbol of light. A symbol of us, who need to make Abba's light, truth and glory visible to the world. Matt 5:16-16 says "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
In other words, our purpose on earth as believers are to be witnesses to and of Abba!
John 8:12 says "Then Yeshua spoke to them again, saying "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
The menorah in the tabernacle (in the wilderness) was a shadow of the coming of the Messiah, and His witnesses to the world - who is us, the born-again believers.
The branches of the menorah was filled with the first oil from the olive oil that were pressed in the oil presses. It links to the First Fruit and the Feast of First Fruits. (Which we will get to in future blogs.) But in short - it's the shadow of our Messiah, Who rose as the First Fruit with His resurrection in Gethsemane. Gethsemane comes from the Hebrew word גת שמן (transliterated as: gat shemanim). Which literally means "oil press."
The menorah represents the 7 spirits of the Lord we read about in Isaiah 11:2. It also represents the 7 items in the tabernacle. And each of the items in the tabernacle references back to Yeshua. The 7 branches also represents the 7 days of creation. It also represents the 7 churches in Revelation, which are based in modern Turkey. The 7 branches also represent the 7 feasts. It's so spiritually rich, it continues to blow my mind! In future blog posts, we'll dive into each of the above.
7 means = perfection / completion. In other words, the menorah
represents the Bible from Genesis to Revelations.
In Ex 12:2 we read “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year." That was shortly before the Israelites left Egypt. The Israelites were in bondage in Egypt. God sent the plagues to Egypt. On the 10th day of the first month - the Israelites had to bring a lamb into their home. And on the 14th, they had to slaughter the lamb and put the blood on their door posts - so that the angel of the Lord would pass them over (where pass over comes from) and not kill their firstborns. The blood on the doorposts was their sign that they belonged to God. Just like we have the Blood of Yeshua today which shows that we belong to God! The Israelites received these instructions before the 10th plague came. The 10th plague was the death of the firstborns. The number 10 symbolises "fulfillment." After the 10th plague Pharaoh let the Israelites go and God's plan to free Israel was fulfilled. You can read more about the Feast of Pass Over (Pesach) here.
There are 7 appointed times according to the Bible that's important to God!
NOT to the Jews, but to GOD!
Go read Leviticus chapter 23.
God spoke to Moses and said to them (Lev 23:2) "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts, these are the feasts of YHVH (God)."
In today's day and age churches celebrate all kinds of worldly festivals instead of the feasts instructed by God. But God existed before the world and He will exist after the world. He is omnipotent. He is outside of time. He is The God Who lives forever!
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The feasts resembles the redemption plan!
"Listen very carefully, I tell you a mystery [a secret truth decreed by God and previously hidden, but now revealed]; we will not all sleep [in death], but we will all be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed]."
1 Cor 15:51
The menorah is a symbol of our eternal life with God as His bride. Which is made available to us through the Blood of Yeshua. Yeshua is the True Vine and we are the branches. Through His complete work at the cross, we are grafted in! He is the Living Tree and we can spiritually produce fruit as we are grafted into Him!
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.
For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:13-22
The menorah in the tabernacle in the dessert was a shadow of what's to come with the New Covenant through Yeshua our Messiah. He came for one Bride - to reconcile the Jews, His Covenant Nation and the Gentiles who turned back to Yeshua and follows His instructions. Jew and Gentile called together, brought purified and clean before God to dwell with him. How profound! How blessed are we to have been brought into the New Covenant, and that we can see the fulfillment in Yeshua, the One to whom the menorah points.
We are the light of the world. The lamp unto the nations. May we take up our responsibility and stand strong in Him to endure till the end!
Hebrew 4 Christians: A Closer Look at the Menorah - https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Parashah/Summaries/Tetzaveh/Menorah/menorah.html
Land of Honey Blog: Menorahs in Scripture - https://landofhoneyblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/menorahs-in-scripture.html
Kol Kallah: The Mishkan Series: Menorah - https://kolkallah.com/video-series/tms/
Menorah Tabernakel: God se Vasgestelde Tye en die Eindtyd - https://youtu.be/Ruvc87otDB8
One For Israel: The Meaning Behind the Menorah - https://www.oneforisrael.org/bible-based-teaching-from-israel/the-meaning-behind-the-menorah/
Pursuing Emet: I'm not Jewish - https://www.instagram.com/p/CibzW1SOIL8/