have against you that you left your first love.
Then remember from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works. And if not, I am coming to you quickly, and will remove your lamp stand from its place, unless you repent. Revelation 2:4-5
What did Yahshua mean by this? Several things come to light here. Yahshua is against or in opposition to this assembly. Why? Because they left their first love. They left off doing the first works. He warns them of their lack of love and zeal. He tells them to repent, or else he will remove their source of light, the lamp stand! The lamp stand is an instrument that gives light. If the lamp stand is removed from any room, when the night comes... total darkness.
But no one having lit
a lamp places it in secret, nor under the grain-measure,
the lamp stand, that the ones entering may see the light.
The lamp of the body is the eye. Then when your eye is sound, also all your body is light. But when it is evil, also your body is dark.
Watch, then, that the light in you is not darkness.
If, then, your whole body is light, not having any part dark, all will be light, as when the lamp enlightens you with its shining. Luke 11:33-36
If the light of the lamp stand is removed? If the oil is removed from the lamp? If the lamp stand itself is removed? Darkness! Darkness is the absence of light.
The Menorah represented light. From one source came the light for all seven branches or stems. The oil used in the temple was olive oil. It was the Priest's job to keep the menorah supplied with oil. What was the menorah? Was it just a Tabernacle or Temple symbol?
One of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith is the menorah, a seven-branched candelabrum used in the Temple. The kohanim lit the menorah in the Sanctuary every evening and cleaned it out every morning, replacing the wicks and putting fresh olive oil into the cups. The illustration at left is based on instructions for construction of the menorah found in Exodus 25:31-40.
It has been said that the menorah is a symbol of the nation of Israel and our mission to be "a light unto the nations." (Isaiah 42:6). The sages emphasize that light is not a violent force; Israel is to accomplish its mission by setting an example, not by using force. This idea is highlighted in the vision in Zechariah 4:1-6. Zechariah sees a menorah, and Yahweh explains: "Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit."
The lamp stand in today's synagogues, called the ner tamid (lit. the continual lamp; usually translated as the eternal flame), symbolizes the menorah.
The nine-branched menorah used on Chanukah is commonly patterned after this menorah, because Chanukah commemorates the miracle that a day's worth of oil for this menorah lasted eight days.
The menorah in the First and Second Temples had seven branches. After the Temples were destroyed, a tradition developed not to duplicate anything from the Temple and therefore menorah's no longer had seven branches. The use of six-branched menorahs became popular, but, in modern times, some rabbis have gone back to the seven-branched menorahs, arguing that they are not the same as those used in the Temple because today's are electrified.
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Command the sons of Israel, and they shall bring to you pure olive oil, beaten, for the light, to cause a light to burn continually.
Outside the veil of the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation Aaron shall arrange it from evening until morning before Yahweh continually, a perpetual statute throughout your generations.
He shall arrange the lamps on the pure lamp stand before Yahweh continually. Leviticus 24:1-4
Smiths Bible Dictionary
Of the numerous substances, animal and vegetable, which were known to the ancients as yielding oil, the olive berry is the one of which most frequent mention is made in the Scriptures.
1. Gathering, --The olive berry was either gathered by hand or shaken off carefully with a light reed or stick.
2. Pressing. --In order to make oil the fruit, was either bruised in a mortar crushed in a press loaded with wood or stones, ground in a mill, or trodden with the feet. The "beaten" oil of Ex 27:20; 29:40 Le 24:2; Num. 28:6 was probably made by bruising in a mortar, It was used-- (1) As food. Dried wheat, boiled with either butter or oil, but generally the former, is a common dish for all classes in Syria. Ex 29:2 (2) Cosmetic. Oil was used by the Jews for anointing the body, e.g. after the bath, and giving to the skin and hair a smooth and comely appearance, e.g. before an entertainment. (3) Funereal. The bodies of the dead were anointed with oil. 2Sa 14:2 (4) Medicinal. Isaiah alludes to the use of oil in medical treatment. Isa 1:6 see also Mark 6:13; James 5:14
(5) For light. The oil for "the light" was expressly ordered to be olive oil, beaten. Mt 25:3 (6) Ritual. Oil was poured on or mixed with the flour or meal used in offerings. Le 8:12 Kings, priests and prophets were anointed with oil or ointment. (7) In offerings. As so important a necessary of life, the Jew was required to include oil among his firstfruit offerings. Ex 22:29; 23:16; Num. 18:12 Tithes of oil were also required. De 12:17 [OLIVE]
The pure oil from the olive provided the resources needed for the lamp stand, (also called menorah) to burn and illuminate the Holy place. This can also be applied figuratively as well. Light is necessary in the physical sense, but more importantly, light in the spiritual sense is of more value.
And the light shines into the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not. John 1:5
And the earth was waste
and darkness was upon the face of the
deep: and the Spirit of Elohim
moved upon the face of the waters
And Elohim said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And Elohim saw the light, that it was good: and Elohim divided the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:2-4
The first thing Elohim did in the re-creation was to bring light. You need light to work, especially if its dark in your surroundings. Today we have the comfort and ease of walking into a room, turning on the lights via a wall mounted switch, and viola' light! The light comes on, the darkness disappears.
In the tabernacle constructed after the pattern shown to Moses, we find several items of interest.
For there was a
tabernacle prepared, the first, wherein were
candlestick, and the table, and the
showbread; which is called the Holy place.
And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of holies;
having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was a golden pot holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
and above it cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy-seat; of which things we cannot now speak severally. Hebrews 9:2-5
Every item in the tabernacle had a specific requirement and meaning. The candlestick provided the light in the Holy place.
Then Yahshua again spoke to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. The one following Me will in no way walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12
Yahshua the Messiah was truly the light of the world, and still is! He still provides light in the darkness of Satan's sinful world.
And this is the judgment,
the Light has come into the world,
and men loved the darkness more than the Light, for their works were evil.
For everyone practicing wickedness hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, that his works may not be exposed.
But the one doing the truth comes to the Light, that his works may be revealed, that they exist, having been worked in Yahweh. John 3:19-21
As the lamp stand was in the tabernacle providing light for the required tabernacle service, Yahshua is providing light for anyone who rejects the darkness of Satan and comes to Him. Those who want the truth, and those who love the truth, come to the light. These sincere individuals will perform the truth when illuminated by Yahweh's Holy Spirit which comes in Yahshua's name.
Can we compare some of the tabernacle items to ourselves? Where do we find Yahweh's temple today? When the third temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem, will this be Yahweh's temple today? Where would the temple actually be located on earth today? Do you know?
Know you not that you are
a temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you?
If any man destroys the temple of Yahweh, him shall Yahweh destroy; for the temple of Yahweh is holy, and such are you. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Are we the living temples of Father Yahweh today? Does the human body comprise the physical temple today? How could this be? We always should allow the scriptures to answer these questions!
Flee fornication. Every
sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins
against his own body.
Or know you not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from Yahweh? and you are not your own;
for you were bought with a price: glorify Yahweh therefore in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Didn't they build physical temples for Yahweh?
But Solomon built Him a
But the Most High does not dwell in temples made by hand, as the prophet says,
"Heaven is My throne, and the earth a footstool of My feet; what house will you build Me," "says Yahweh," "or what the place of My rest?"
"Did not My hands make all these things?" [ Isaiah 66:1, 2 ] Acts 7:48-50
And what agreement does a temple of Yahweh have with idols? For you are a temple of the living Elohim, even as Yahweh said, "I will" dwell in them and "walk among them, and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people." [ Lev. 26:12; Ezek. 37:27 ] 2 Corinthians 6:16
The temple of Almighty Yahweh today is the individual that has made a covenant with Him through the shed blood of Yahshua the Messiah.
Yahshua answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word, and My Father shall love him. And We will come to him and will make a dwelling place with him. John 14:23
Now we have established the location of the earthly temple of the Father Yahweh and the Son Yahshua the Messiah. This is however contingent upon certain qualifications.
Chr--tians would have you believe they have Yahweh's Holy Spirit. Lawless individuals would have you believe that confessing the LJC is all you need. You can continue doing what you want to do, because he will forgive anything you do. All you have to do is confess and believe in the Lo-d J-s-s Ch--st and everything is taken care of. Why even your death is not a problem, because you will be taken away to heaven immediately after you die. All you have to do is confess and believe! Is this true? Who actually has Yahweh's Holy Spirit? Let's turn to scripture for the answer.
Baptism in Yahshua's Name
And hearing, they were
stabbed in the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men,
brothers, What shall we do?
And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, each of you on the name of Yahshua the Messiah to remission of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:37-38
Act 5:32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom Yahweh has given to them that obey him. Acts 5:32
And it came to pass,
that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country
came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples:
and he said unto them, Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? And they said unto him, No, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Spirit was given.
And he said, Into what then were you baptized? And they said, Into John's baptism.
And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Yahshua.
And when they heard this, they were baptized into the name of the Savior Yahshua.
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.
And they were in all about twelve men Acts 19:1-6
Repentance was followed by baptism, and the Holy Spirit was given to these twelve men who were baptized into the name of Yahshua the Messiah!
Confession and Belief
But without faith it is impossible to please Yahweh. For it is right that the one drawing near to Yahweh should believe that He is, and that He becomes a rewarder to the ones seeking Him out. Hebrews 11:6
And answering the eunuch
said to Philip, I ask you, about whom does the prophet say this? About himself,
or about some other one?
And opening his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, Philip announced the Evangel to him, Yahshua.
And as they were going along the highway they came on some water. And the eunuch said, Behold, water! What prevents me to be baptized?
And Philip said, If you believe from all the heart, it is lawful. And answering he said, I believe Yahshua the Messiah to be the Son of Yahweh.
And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. Acts 8:34-38
Yahshua the Messiah the light of the world, not only at the re-creation, but even now still remains the true light to salvation!
The menorah represented light. The oil that was placed into the menorah has another meaning, Do you know what that would be? We will continue this series!
Yours in Yahshua, Hawke
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