HISTORIC SYMBOLISM OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS (my intent)
WITH A SLIGHT DIVERSION (the Lord’s intent)
(Rev 1:12-20) (Rev 1:12) And I turned to
see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden
candlesticks; (Rev 1:13) And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like
unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about
the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like
wool, as white as snow [white is the color of the hottest purest flame of
fire]; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine
brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many
waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went
a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his
strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his
right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I
am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;
and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast
seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
(Rev 1:20) The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my
right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the
angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest
are the seven churches.
GOLDEN CANDLESTICK (first biblical mention) IN THE TABERNACLE OF MOSES
(Exo 40:22-25) And he [Moses] put
the table [of showbread] in the tent of the
congregation, upon the side of the tabernacle northward, without
[Heb: outside] the veil. And he set the bread
[“I am the bread of life” John 6:35] in order [Heb: to
set in a row, i.e. arrange: put (set) (the battle, self) in array]
[throughout the Bible, and thus throughout man, God calls forth order
out of chaos: Gen 1:1-5] upon it [“the pure
table”] before the LORD; as the LORD had commanded Moses. And
he put the candlestick [Heb: menorah] [“the pure
candlestick” Exo 31:8; 39:37; Lev 24:4] in the tent of the
congregation, over against [Heb: in front of] the table
[of showbread], on the side of the tabernacle southward.
And he lighted [set on fire “our God is a consuming fire” Heb
12:29] the [olive oil in the bowls of the seven] lamps
before the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses [“For thou wilt light
(Heb: set on fire) my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten (Heb:
illuminate) my darkness” Psa 18:28].
“the bread” = “twelve cakes… And thou shalt set them in two rows,
six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD” (Lev 24:5,6).
[interesting thought, why are two rows of six on a row specified??]
PARENTHETICALLY, THE DESCRIPTION OF A GODLY DIVERSION i.e., BEING LED
BY THE SPIRIT: (Exo 3:1-4) Now Moses [Heb: drawn out of water,
rescued] [(and becoming fire)] kept the flock of Jethro his
father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the
backside of the desert [Heb: wilderness], and came to the
mountain of God, even to Horeb [Heb: desolate; the name for
the Sinaitic mountains] [“the wilderness of mount Sinai” Exo 19:1; “the
desert of Sinai” Exo 19:2]. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him
in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked,
and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not
consumed [an archetype of God and a typification of man]. And
Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see [Heb:
consider] this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And
when the LORD saw [Heb: considered] that
he turned aside to see [Heb: consider], God called unto
him out of the midst [the mystery] of the bush,
and said, Moses, Moses [an emphatic hebrew writing convention].
And he said, Here am I.
THE SCOPE OF CHOICE, REQUIRING DISCERNMENT, WITHIN THE WORD
BOXCAR “see” = Heb: 7200. ra'ah, raw-aw'; a prim. root; to
see, lit. or fig. (in numerous applications, direct and implied, trans.,
intrans. and causat.):--advise self, appear, approve, behold, X certainly,
consider, discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze,
take heed, X indeed, X joyfully, lo, look (on, one another, one on another,
one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, X be near, perceive, present,
provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see (-r, -m, one
another), shew (self), X sight of others, (e-) spy, stare, X surely, X
think, view, visions.
COLLABORATING EVIDENCE (1 Ki 19:11,12) And he said [God said to
Elijah], Go forth, and stand upon the mount [“Horeb” 1 Ki
19:8] before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by,
and a great and strong wind rent [Heb: tore] the mountains,
and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in
the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was
not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but
the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still
[Heb: quiet: calm] small [Heb: crushed, small or
thin: very little thing] voice.
THE SPECIFIC DIVERSION COMMENTARY: “two rows, six on a row” =
interestingly, the literal and symbolic numerical combination of 6 repeated
twice, i.e. 66, appears fairly frequently in the Old Testament, but the
combination of 666 appears only twice (that I am aware of).
The first mention (sign) is found in Goliath and his armor: “six cubits” (1
Sam 17:4), “six hundred shekels” (1 Sam 17:7); and then the (somewhat
hidden) number six encompassing the total articles of his armor (1 Sam
17:5-7). We may note that the second mention (sign) of 666 occurs
plainly in the Old Testament when the queen of Sheba gave to Solomon “six
hundred threescore and six talents of gold” (1 Kings 10:14). Taken together,
Goliath and the queen of Sheba (man and woman) present respectively a quite
vivid worldly composite picture of the zenith of evil power and
(Rev 13:18) Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count
the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his
number is Six hundred threescore and six .
THE OLIVE OIL (YOU) IN THE CANDLESTICKS RELEASES YOUR SPIRIT
(Exo 27:20,21) And thou shalt command the
children of Israel [Heb: he will rule as God], that
they bring thee [their self-sacrifice of] pure oil
olive beaten [Heb: crushed] [i.e., which is the transformation
(conversion) process] for the light [illumination (glory)],
to cause the lamp to burn [to separate the secular waste that
weighs us down, and cause (allow) the spirit within us to ascend]
always. In the tabernacle of the congregation without the veil,
which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order
it from evening to morning [i.e., throughout the Night
(Satan’s rule) versus the Day (Christ Jesus’ rule) of the Lord]
before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their
generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.
olive = Heb: an olive (as yielding illuminating oil), the tree, the
branch, or the berry.
(Eccl 12:7) Then shall the dust return to the earth as
it was: and the spirit [“the breath of life” Gen 2:7]
shall return unto God who gave it.
Commentary: heaven, earth, and hell are physically pictured
by the brazen altar situate in the Courtyard of the Tabernacle of Moses, and
much less clearly but spiritually pictured by the golden candlestick
situate in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle.
(Jer 11:16,17) The LORD called thy name, A green
[Heb: verdant, flourishing] [moist flourishing with water]
olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great
tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken. For
the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against
thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah,
which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in
offering incense unto Baal.
Commentary: “A green olive tree” = An olive tree is
symbolic of Israel’s religious aspect destined to be ascended
unto God as fruit for the Lord, which may be contrasted to a
“withered” (Gk: desiccated, died up) fig tree symbolic of Israel’s
secular aspect destined to be cursed and dried up. The
“green” description of the olive tree connotes an abundance of water
(the Holy Spirit), life, growth, and elasticity (Grace - forgiveness),
whereas the dried up fig tree speaks of no water (Holy Spirit),
death, no growth, and stiffness (Law - legalism).
(Mat 21:18,19) Now in the morning as he [Jesus] returned into
the city [of Jerusalem], he hungered [He desired fruit].
And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found
nothing thereon, but leaves only [i.e., the appearance of life],
and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for
ever [no fruit for me, no fruit for you; an eye for an eye
judgment: John 12:48]. And presently the fig tree withered
away [that is the eternal judgment for bearing no fruit
for the Lord].
(John 15:6-8) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a
branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them
into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my
words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto
you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit;
so shall ye be my disciples.