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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 The Menorah was the seven-branched lampstand that was originally made for use in the Tabernacle (see Exodus 26: The First Christian Tabernacle), according to command of the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In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)
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.
"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.
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.
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).
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.