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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."

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 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.

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 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.

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)

Temple

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)

"1:5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem. 1:6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered. 1:7 Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods; 1:8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah."(Ezra 1:1-11 KJV)

The Writing On The Wall

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.

The Looting Of The Temple In 70 AD

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.

The Looting Of Rome

Fact Finder: What does the Menorah have to do with Christianity?
See The Menorah: Lighting The Way

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This Day In History

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).

China

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.
See also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy for the maps of the voyages of Christopher Columbus who actually only "discovered" the islands of the Caribbean Sea.

America

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?).

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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.

Alaska

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).

Parliament of Canada

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.


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