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Tuesday, November 26 2013

Numbers 8: The Seven Lamps Of The Lampstand

The English rendering "Menorah" is from the Hebrew word pronounced men-oh-raw. The Menorah was the seven-branched lampstand that was originally made for use in the Tabernacle (see Exodus 26: The First Christian Tabernacle), according to command of the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) as given to Moses.

The King James Version translates the word as "candlestick," even though it had olive-oil lamps, not candles. The Revised Standard Version more-accurately translates it as "lampstand," while the Complete Jewish Bible uses the English rendering of the Hebrew word, "menorah."

"25:31 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." (Exodus 25:31 King James Version)

"25:31 "And you shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The base and the shaft of the lampstand shall be made of hammered work; its cups, its capitals, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it" (Exodus 25:21 Revised Standard Version)

"25:31 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." (Exodus 25:31 Complete Jewish Bible)

The Menorah was made for the purpose and the responsibility of the High Priest (see Leviticus 8: The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One) and the Levites (see Numbers 3: When Were The Levites Set Apart? and Numbers 4: The Levite Clans) who served in the Tabernacle.

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"8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8:2 Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick.

8:3 And Aaron did so; he lighted the lamps thereof over against the candlestick, as the LORD commanded Moses. 8:4 And this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold, unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, was beaten work: according unto the pattern which the LORD had shewed Moses, so he made the candlestick." (Numbers 8:1-4 KJV)

The ceremonial observances that were given to the Levites were all Christian in purpose and prophecy (see Leviticus 23: The True Christian Holy Days and the Fact Finder question below).

"8:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8:6 Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them. 8:7 And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of purifying upon them, and let them shave all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean. 8:8 Then let them take a young bullock with his meat offering, even fine flour mingled with oil, and another young bullock shalt thou take for a sin offering. 8:9 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt gather the whole assembly of the children of Israel together: 8:10 And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites: 8:11 And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for an offering of the children of Israel, that they may execute the service of the LORD.

8:12 And the Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks: and thou shalt offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, unto the LORD, to make an atonement for the Levites. 8:13 And thou shalt set the Levites before Aaron, and before his sons, and offer them for an offering unto the LORD. 8:14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.

8:15 And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt cleanse them, and offer them for an offering. 8:16 For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me. 8:17 For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself. 8:18 And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel. 8:19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.

8:20 And Moses, and Aaron, and all the congregation of the children of Israel, did to the Levites according unto all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did the children of Israel unto them. 8:21 And the Levites were purified, and they washed their clothes; and Aaron offered them as an offering before the LORD; and Aaron made an atonement for them to cleanse them. 8:22 And after that went the Levites in to do their service in the tabernacle of the congregation before Aaron, and before his sons: as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so did they unto them.

8:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8:24 This is it that belongeth unto the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: 8:25 And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more: 8:26 But shall minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of the congregation, to keep the charge, and shall do no service. Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charge." (Numbers 8:5-26 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does the Menorah have to do with Christianity? What happened to the original Lampstand of the Tabernacle?
See The Menorah: Lighting The Way and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today


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This Day In History, November 26

43 BC: The "Second Triumvirate" was formed by Octavian (who later became Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who proclaimed the census that caused the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem; see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Mark Antony (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

Dracula 1476: The real Count Dracula: Vlad the Impaler (a member of the House of Draculesti, a branch of the House of Basarab, also known by his patronymic name Dracula) defeated Basarab Laiota.

1688: Louis XIV of France declared war on the Netherlands.

1703: The Great Channel Storm devastated Britain, flooding the Thames and Severn rivers. Up to 8,000 people were killed. The Royal Navy lost 15 warships.

1778: Captain Cook "discovered" (the people who lived there already knew of the existence of the islands) the Sandwich Islands (known today as Hawaii).

1863: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed November 26 as the U.S. Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the last Thursday of November. The celebration of Thanksgiving itself was known and observed long before (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1914: The British battleship Bulwark, carrying 750 men, blew up as it was loading ammunition. Only 12 survived.

1922: Archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor, the Earl of Carnarvon, became the first 2 people in 3,000 years to see inside the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Uncovered near Luxor, Egypt, it had been spared the fate of many tombs which had been pillaged by grave robbers.

1938: Poland signed a non-aggression pact with Russia to protect against a German invasion. Within a year, Poland was invaded by both Germany and Russia.

1939: James Naismith, the Canadian inventor of basketball, died.

1940: Occupying Nazi troops began sealing off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland, imprisoning its 400,000 inhabitants.

1949: The Indian Constituent Assembly adopted India's new constitution as presented by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

1970: At Manila airport, Pope Paul VI was attacked with a dagger by a Bolivian artist dressed as a priest. He was unhurt.

1979: Oil deposits estimated to be as great as that found in the Middle East were discovered in Venezuela.

1988: The U.S. government, claiming the possibility of terrorist attacks on U.S. citizens, denied Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's request for a diplomatic visa so that he could address a session of the United Nations in New York.

1998: Tony Blair became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's Parliament.

2000: After a lengthy delay for vote recounting, George W. Bush was proclaimed the winner of Florida's electoral votes, enabling him to become the U.S. President.

2003: The supersonic Concorde made its final flight, over Bristol, England.





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