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Friday, February 22 2019
A Bible Journey, 125: What Happened To The Light Of The Seven Lamps?
"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"
The English-language rendering of "Menorah" originated from the Hebrew word pronounced men-oh-raw. It was the name given to the seven-branched lampstand that was crafted for use in the Tabernacle (see A Bible Journey, 90: The Founding Of The Tabernacle), according to the instructions and command of the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) as given to Moses (see A Bible Journey, 52: Moses - From The River To The Desert).
The King James Version translates the Hebrew 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 A Bible Journey, 120: Why Was The House Of Aaron Made Holy?) and the other Levites (see A Bible Journey, 121: The Three Branches Of Levi) who were assigned by the LORD to serve in His 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 prophetic observances that were given to the Levites were all Christian in purpose (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.
What happened to the original lampstand of the Tabernacle?
Centuries later, in the time when King David was making preparations to build the Temple, the original vessels, including the lampstand, were brought to Jerusalem along with the Ark.
"22:17 David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, 22:18 Is not the LORD your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the LORD, and before his people. 22:19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD." (1 Chronicles 22:17-19 KJV)
When the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem in 586 BC, they looted the Temple and took everything away to Babylon. The lampstand was however returned 70 years later, by the Persians (Persia is today known as Iran) in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah after the famous "hand writing on the wall" incident.
"5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. 5:2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone." (Daniel 5:1-4 KJV)
The Temple was again looted, by the Romans, in 70 AD. Roman art itself testified that they removed the lampstand from the Temple and took it to Rome.
When Rome itself fell to the Vandals, a Germanic tribe ("vandalism" is named after them) in 410 AD, the lampstand was again taken, apparently to what is today Germany. Notice the same lampstand in the painting.
Fact Finder: What does the Menorah have to do with Christianity?
This Day In History, February 22
705: Empress Wu Zetian abdicated the throne of China, thereby restoring the Tang Dynasty (see also The First Chinese American War).
896: Germanic King Arnulf was crowned Emperor by Pope Formosus, who later declared Lambert deposed (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1349: Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) were expelled from Zurich, Switzerland.
1370: Robert II succeeded his uncle, David II, as King of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty.
1512: Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci died at age 61. "America" (i.e. the continents of North America and South America where numerous American nations exist, from Canada in the north to Argentina in the south) was derived from his first name. In reality, no single nation is America - imagine if, for example, the people of Germany called themselves the Europeans, or if they claimed that Germany alone was Europe. It robs many other people of their genuine and rightful identity.
1630: Native Americans (who were called "Indians" by early European explorers who thought that they had arrived in India) introduced popcorn to British colonists in North America (see also The First Chinese American War).
1632: Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was published. Galileo correctly believed that the Earth orbits the sun - which nearly got him executed by the Church of Rome that incorrectly taught that the sun orbits the Earth (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1797: The last invasion of Britain occurred when 1,500 French troops landed at Fishguard, in Wales.
1825: Britain and Russia established the Canada-Alaska boundary. The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867.
1862: In Richmond, Virginia, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as President of the breakaway "Confederate States of America."
1911: The Parliament of Canada voted to keep Canada as a member state within the union of the British Empire (later known as the British Commonwealth).
1913: Francisco Madero, revolutionary President of Mexico, was assassinated by the military, along with Vice-President Pino Suarez.
1958: Egypt and Syria joined to form the short-lived United Arab Republic (Bible prophecy does plainly describes a united Arab confederation, in the past, and in the yet future - see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1979: The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia gained full independence from Britain after 165 years. It became the 40th member state of the British Commonwealth.
1980: Israel introduced its new currency, the shekel. It replaced the Israeli pound (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1984: The U.S. and Britain sent warships to the Persian Gulf in support of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein following an Iranian offensive against Iraq. At the time, Saddam Hussein was viewed as an ally of the western democracies, despite the atrocities and war crimes that he was committing then, no different than he was later when he had gone from being a pro-western "good dictator" to an anti-western "bad dictator."
1997: Scientists in Scotland announced that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned.