“I the Lord have called You [Messiah} for a righteous purpose and in righteousness; I will take You by the hand and will keep You; I will give You for a covenant to the people [Israel], for a light to the nations [Gentiles]. To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison” (Isaiah 42:6, 7–Amplified Bible).
“Then I turned to see [whose was] the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven GOLDEN LAMPSTANDS, And in the midst of the LAMPSTANDS [One] like a Son of Man, clothed with a robe which reached to His feet and with a girdle of gold about His breast. As to the hidden meaning (the mystery) of the seven stars which you saw on My right hand and seven LAMPSTANDS OF GOLD: the seven stars are the seven angels (messengers) of the seven assemblies (churches) and the seven LAMPSTANDS are the seven churches” (Revelation 1:12, 13, 20).
The floor lamp is not a modern invention. It is as old as the Tabernacle and the Tabernacle contained a floor lamp; the golden lampstand or “candlestick” in the Holy Place. It represents more than a “candlestick” as the King James Version of the Bible calls it. The blueprint for it is given in Exodus 25:31-40.
The substance of the material for the furniture in the Holy Place was different from the outer court. The sacrificial altar and the laver were made with brass material that represented judgement of sin. In the Holy Place, gold predominated as the material that was used. That wasn’t an accident here; gold was the only object that set forth a visible way of the deity of Christ Jesus. Two objects of furniture were made entirely of gold; the LAMPSTAND and the MERCY SEAT.
THE LAMPSTAND’S SIGNIFICANCE
The lampstand is the perfect symbol of Jesus as the Son of the living God.
“There it was–the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person” (John 1:9).
Jesus was a “Light of the nations” (Isaiah 42:6). Had Jesus been just a humanitarian and not come out of God, He would have been merely another teacher (Job 38:2). He would have only added another ethical system to an unending and assemblage of systems; a precursor of darkness (Colossians 2:8). But, Jesus is the living Son of God.
“And this is the message [the message of the promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any]” (1 John 1:5).
One technical point about the lampstand I found of interest in my investigation, that it was a light holder. The olive oil lamps were placed on the lampstand; the lampstand supported the flame but the flame revealed the beauties of the golden lampstand. The olive oil lamp is a scriptural symbol of the Holy Spirit. Here is where I found the analogy; Jesus sent the Holy spirit into the world; and Jesus supports the Holy Spirit in His work but the Holy spirit takes the things of Christ and then reveals them to the believer. As the olive oil lamps were supported by the lampstand, Jesus is the foundation and support for the work of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit in turn, reveals the things of Jesus.
[Jesus is speaking to His disciples] “But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you” (John 16:13, 14—Amplified Bible).
The Lampstand gave light in the Holy Place. Natural light could not penetrate the darkness there. The priest inside the Holy Place walked by divine Light present and had to go outside for natural light.
True worship today is in Spirit and Truth; it is where the Holy spirit takes the things of Jesus and reveals Him to believers in His Word; your Bible.
Walking by the light of reason, intellect, science, or the ‘golden rule’ might be fine and proper for natural man but it will never lead the soul into a place of fellowship with God. Natural light is the extent of these things; virtue of the appeal to the natural man and ‘dazzling’ at times to their senses. I’ve been there, done that and bought the tee-shirt.
Moths are attracted to light, yet draws them to their destruction. The true worshipers see Jesus only; never discerned by the natural man without the aid of Holy spirit.
The beauties of Jesus, never beheld by natural man in the world’s kingdom, is only revealed by the Spirit.
DIVINE LIGHT FOUND IN THE HOLY PLACE
Jesus is the Lamp to my feet: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world” (John 8:12). The true believers alone know that’s true.
Believers today have been sent into the world as lights; “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14). Now the church you are attending right now might not be at the top of a hill, but since we are told to be but reflectors, to reflect His light, regardless of where we are positioned in life.
“O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:5). Jesus is our guidance, our refuge, a stronghold in the issues that we face every day as believers.
“THE LORD is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).
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