PICTURES IN THE MENORAH – SHEDDING LIGHT UPON THE FEASTS OF YAHWEH!

17th of the 4th month 2017/2018

Shalom all,

Mattithyahu/Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. It is impossible for a city to be hidden on a mountain. 15 “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it shines to all those in the house. 16 “Let your light so shine before men, so that they see your good works and praise your Father who is in the heavens. 

These words of our Master and Elohim, יהושע Messiah, are words we need to carefully consider as we earnestly seek to serve Him in Spirit and Truth, making sure that we are shining the light of His Truth continually and consistently, as we do our utmost to properly reflect His Truth in our daily lives before all!

We, as taught ones (disciples) of Messiah, are the light of the world! This is certainly a wonderful thing indeed, yet comes with a very clear responsibility – and that is to shine continually! The Greek word that is translated as ‘light’ in Mattithyahu/Matthew 5:14 is φῶς phōs – Strong’s G5457 which means, light, fire which comes from the word φάος phaos which means, to shine or make manifest, especially by rays. This Greek word is used in the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of the Tanak – O.T.) in the following verse:

Shemoth/Exodus 27:20 “And you, you are to command the children of Yisra’ěl to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually. 

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘light’ in this verse is מָאוֹר ma’or – Strong’s H3974 which means, a luminary, light, shining, and comes from the root word אוֹר or (oor) – Strong’s H215 meaning, to be or become light, give light, shine’.

The Hebrew word that is used here for ‘lamp’ is נֵר ner – Strong’s H5216 meaning, lamp, candle, light. Now a lamp in ancient times would primarily be a vessel with a wick for burning a liquid such as oil, in order to produce light; and as one would walk the lamp would typically be carried in one’s hand!

The Greek word used in Mattithyahu/Matthew 5:15 for ‘lamp’ is λύχνος luchnos – Strong’s G3088 and is the Greek word used in the LXX (Septuagint) for the Hebrew word נֵר ner and this call to keep our lamps burning reminds us of the clear instruction for the priesthood that were to make sure that the lamp would burn continually!

There is a responsibility for all of Yisra’ĕl (that includes you and me) to be bringing clear oil and allowing the lamp of His word to continually burn in us. We must not be found to be without oil like the 5 foolish maidens who were shut out for not having oil in their lamps. We keep the lamp burning, so to speak, through obedience to His Word as we walk in His Word that leads us.

The command given in Shemoth/Exodus 27:20 is seen again in:

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 24:2 “Command the children of Yisra’ěl that they bring to you clear oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually.

In the ancient pictographic script, the word for נֵר nerlamp, would look as follows:

reshnun 

nun    - This is the letter ‘nun’ (נֵ), which in the ancient text is pictured as a ‘spouting seed’, and gives the idea of ‘continuation or an offspring or an heir’, speaking of that which sprouts forth will be the heir of the promise of continuation, and represents one’s life expectancy.

resh   - This is the letter ‘resh’ (ר), which in the ancient text is pictured as ‘the head of a man’, and has the meaning of the head of a man as well as ‘chief, top, begging or first. Top as in the top or head of a body and chief an is head of a tribe or people as well as the one who rules the people.

In terms of us seeing these letters being expressed as ‘lamp’, we are able to clearly identify who gives us our light and who is our lamp – יהושע Messiah, who is our Head and is The Seed!

Timotiyos Bět/2 Timothy 2:8Remember that יהושע Messiah, of the seed of Dawiḏ, was raised from the dead according to my Good News

Galatiyim/Galatians 3:16 “But the promises were spoken to Aḇraham, and to his Seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Messiah.

We who are grafted in to Messiah by His blood become the seed of Aḇraham:

Galatiyim/Galatians 3:29 “And if you are of Messiah, then you are seed of Aḇraham, and heirs according to promise.

יהושע Messiah, The Light of the world, has caused us to be equipped to shine His truth and be a light to the nations, as we walk according to His commands.

Tehillim/Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Seeing that the lamp is for our feet, we recognise once again that our ‘feet’ speak of our ‘walk’, which is pretty obvious as it is what we do with our feet, yet what we take note of is that when walking in the light of the truth our feet will continue in steadfast obedience of the proper guarding His Feasts, by doing them as we should!!!

We are told in:

Shemoth/Exodus 23:14 “Three times in the year you are to observe a festival to Me

The Hebrew word used for ‘times’ in verse 14 is רֶגֶל regelStrong’s H7272 and means ‘a foot/feet or to walk, and speaks of one’s obedience to walking according to His commands and obeying His call to keep His feasts as commanded. The Feasts of יהוה are not limited to just 3 but rather the 3 times a year collectively refers to all of His Feasts that are grouped in to three separate periods within a year. In speaking of the ‘3 times in the year’, we take note that the Feasts of Pěsaḥ (Passover), Matzot (Unleavened Bread) and Omer Rěshiyth (Sheaf of the First-Fruits) are collectively observed the ‘first time’ you observe His Feasts, and these are all in the 1st month of the year. Then Shaḇuoth (The Feast of Weeks/Pentecost) is the ‘second time’ and is done in the 3rd month. Then the 7th month you celebrate the Feasts of Yom Teruah (Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkoth (Tabernacles), collectively making up the ‘third time’, thus ensuring that all 7 Feasts would be kept in the ‘three times a year’ being commanded here. The term ‘observe’ comes from the root verb חָגַג ḥagag – Strong’s H2287 which means, to make a pilgrimage, keep a pilgrimage, celebrate a feast, observe a feast, danceand in the Hebrew, carries the implication of dancing and more literally, ‘to dance in a circle or cycle’ – highlighting for us the importance of making sure that we keep this cycle every year with great rejoicing. ‘Three’ is also symbolic of stability as a 3-legged stool is the most stable.

In the ancient script, the Hebrew word רֶגֶל regelStrong’s H7272 is written as follows:

lamedgimelresh

Resh - רֶ

The ancient script has this letter as resh and is pictured as ‘the head of a man’ and has the meaning of the head of a man as well as chief, top, begging or first. Top as in the top or head of a body and chief an is head of a tribe or people as well as the one who rules the people.

 

Gimel - גֶ:

This is the letter ‘gimel’, which in the ancient script in pictured as – gimel –which is ‘a foot’ and carries the meaning to ‘walk, gather, carry’, as clearly referring to the functions of a foot; and it can also give the meaning of a gathering of people, and we know that ‘feet’ in Hebrew speaks of one’s walk and ability to keep the feasts of יהוה, and represents one’s ‘walk!

 

Lamed – ל:

In the ancient script, this is pictured as lamed, which is pictured as a ‘shepherd’s staff’, representing authority’ and can give the meaning of ‘to or toward’ and can represent that which pushes or pulls a flock in a direction, and can speak of authority or a yoke that is used to lead and guide, as well as the ability to bring back by Authority, as well as be submitted under the Authority of the Good Shepherd!

When looking at these pictographic letters, in terms of understanding our needed obedience to keeping the Feasts of יהוה, we are able to clearly understand the message in these, as: ‘In our walk of obedience, we gather as commanded, as we are led under the authority of our Head’. The beginning of our walk of obedience is to submit under the authority of our Good Shepherd and guard His Appointed Times of gathering!

In Shemoth/Exodus 23:17 the same phrase is seen: Three times in the year…”, and the Hebrew word used here for ‘times’ is Strong’s H6471 - פַּעַםpa‘am’ – means ‘a beat, foot, step’ and can also be expressed as how one ‘conduct one’s life, formally – one’s walk, step or footstep, i.e., the patterns of behavior as a figurative extension of a stepping of a foot forward.

We keep these cycles with joy as we press on forward and do not turn back but are always moving forward in His cycle.

His Feasts are our rehearsals and we are to be diligent in rehearsing according to His set forth instructions, for in it lies His complete plan of redemption for which we continue to walk in faithfully.

His feasts are, in a way, a sure roadmap that ensures the Bride’s complete preparation and are eternal appointments for every generation that are prophetic in nature helping the Bride be led in Truth to her wedding with the Master!

Coming into these celebrations, with Mosheh’s’ writings and the Sabbath as our guides, leads the Bride to her wedding, preparing her every step of the way to that special day.

These Feasts are also called paths of right ways or righteousness. When the Feasts are not celebrated or honoured, the Bride can be unprepared and may even miss her own wedding day!

Having therefore presented the clear need for us to be the light of the world and make sure that we continually shine the light of His Truth and be completely obedient in observing the Feasts of יהוה, I would like us to consider the concept or picture of The Light and Feasts of יהוה. To do that I would like to share with you some wonderful pictures in the Menorah (Lampstand) and shed some light on the Feasts of יהוה in order to get a collective understanding of how all of the Feasts of יהוה combine to shine the perfect and complete work of our Master and Elohim, יהושע Messiah.

In the Tabernacle Aharon was to arrange the ‘lamps’ on the ‘lampstand’ before יהוה continually:

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 24:4 “He is to arrange the lamps on the clean gold lampstand before יהוה continually. 

The Hebrew word translated as ‘arrange’ comes from the root word עָרַךְ araḵ – Strong’s H6186 which means, to arrange or set in order, draw up in formation, prepared, set, present, and clearly speaks to us of something that has been properly prepared and set in order, according to a proper plan and design. With this instruction being given to Aharon, who was the High Priest, we are able to see a valuable shadow picture of the work of יהושע Messiah, our High Priest who sets in order His perfect work of redemption as clearly portrayed through His Feasts.

The Hebrew word that is used for ‘lampstand’ is מְנוֹרָה menorah – Strong’s H4501 which means, lampstand or candlestick. We are able to glean many great insights and pictures of Truth when looking a little more closely at the Menorah and it is with that in mind that I want to dig a little deeper into shedding some light on the Feasts of יהוה by highlighting each of the 7 lamps on the Lampstand to represent each of the 7 Feasts of יהוה and how they collectively combine to express the wonderful work of our Mighty Elohim and Saviour!

The Menorah has a base and a shaft with 6 branches attached to the middle shaft – 3 on one side and 3 on the other and is a picture of how we are joined to Messiah and that we are the ‘branches’. The ornamental knobs and blossoms and almond like flowers remind us that we are to bear fruit that will last:

Yoḥanan/John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who stays in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit. Because without Me you are able to do naught!

At the top of the shaft and on each of the six branches was a bowl which held oil and a wick. The oil came from olives, and was extracted from the fruit by crushing, which reminds us of יהושע’s suffering or us, so that we can be grafted in to His Covenants of Promise and shine His Light, with Oil being symbolic of the presence and anointing of His Spirit.

The Lampstand was the only source of light in the Set-Apart Place. יהוה had commanded Mosheh to make it so that the lamps would point toward the Table of Showbread. 

Yoḥanan/John 8:12 “Therefore יהושע spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall by no means walk in darkness, but possess the light of life.

The Menorah also pictures for us the Word of Elohim that lights our path and what is worth taking note of is that there are 22 almond blossoms on the Lampstand, which confirms for us the picture of His complete Word as there are 22 letters in the Hebrew Alphabet!

The 7 lamps of the Menorah also picture for us the 7 Feasts of יהוה which is vital for us as His Body to be keeping as it reveals His wonderful plan of redemption, helping and equipping us to walk in the light as children of light! We also know that lampstand in Ḥazon/Revelation speaks of the 7 assemblies – that is the fullness of His Body – among whom He walks in the midst of.

The priests had to tend to the lampstand twice a day and keep in burning and so is a picture for us to be meditating on His Word day and night and also a reminder for us to be likened to the wise virgins who had their lamps filled with oil!

In the ancient pictographic script, the Hebrew word מְנוֹרָה menorah – looks like this (remember that Hebrew reads from right to left): 

heyreshwawnunmem

mem  - the letter ‘mem’ – מְ – which in the early script is pictured as ‘water

nun     - the letter ‘nun’ – נ – in the early script is pictures as a ‘sprouting seed’

waw      - the letter ‘waw’ – וֹ – in the early script is pictured as a ‘tent peg

resh    - the letter ‘resh’ – רָ – in the early script is pictured as a ‘head of a man

hey    - the letter ‘hey’ – ה – in the early script is pictures as ‘arms raised

 

When we look at these letters we can see an awesome picture of how the Lampstand clearly speaks of Messiah, our High Priest and Head of the Body. In the Hebraic mind-set, ‘water’ represents not only physical water but also chaos, from the storms of the sea. To the Hebrews the sea was a feared and unknown place, and for this reason this letter ‘mem’ is used as a question word, ‘who, what, when, where, why and how’, in the sense of searching for an unknown.

Nun’ – the sprouting seed gives the idea of ‘continuation or an offspring or an heir’, speaking of that which sprouts forth will be the heir of the promise of continuation. The ‘waw’ in representing a ‘tent peg’ or a nail or hook and has the meaning ‘to secure or add’. The ‘resh’ is a picture of ‘a head of a man’ which speaks of ‘headship or beginning or first’. The ‘hey’ is pictured as ‘a man with his hands raised in the air’ and carries the meaning of ‘behold’ when looking at something very great, and can also mean ‘to breath or sigh’ when looking at a great sight and can also give the meaning of ‘revealing or a revelation’ from the idea of revealing a great sight by pointing it out.

When putting the construct of these pictures together in understanding the work and ministry of יהושע Messiah, our High Priest, we can see the following being declared through the power and presence of the Lampstand in the Set-Apart Place:

OUT OF THE CHAOS, A SEED SHALL SPRING FORTH, THE SON WHO IS THE APPOINTED HEIR OF ALL, WHO BY HIS RESURRECTION HAS SECURED FOR US THE COVENANTS OF PROMISE TO WHICH WE HAVE BEEN ADDED THROUGH HIS BLOOD, AND MESSIAH, OUR HEAD, IS THE BEGINNING AND BEHOLD WE FIX OUR EYES ON HIM AS WE AWAIT THE FOR THE REVELATION OF OUR MASTER יהושע MESSIAH – THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!

Below is a picture that represents the typical pattern of the Menorah, which can help you see the 7 lamps of the lampstand and the 6 branches that come out of the middle shaft, together with the 22 almond blossoms.

lampstand 1

Now that we have taken a brief, yet in-depth, look at the Menorah I would like to expand on the pictures we are able to glean from the Menorah, in terms of seeing how each lamp can represent for us the 7 Feasts of יהוה, and therefore give a brief overview of the Feasts of יהוה and how they are uniquely and wonderfully connected to bring the full revelation of the work of our Redeemer to light.

While I recognise that there are many variations or explanations surrounding the Menorah, I simply would like to highlight another view that connects the Feasts and their significant meanings together, and therefore also make it clear that this explanation or image that I am presenting in no way diminishes any others that have been so wonderfully used to teach and explain our Master’s work.

While most images that are used to teach the significance of the Menorah and the Feasts start from one side and move progressively through to the other, from lamp 1 to 7, I would like to show it in a slightly different way, in order to shed some fresh light on the Feasts, without taking away from others that are being presented!

Most pictures that are used with the Menorah in terms of the Feasts are typically pictured in the following format:

menorah 1

As you will notice from the above pic the lamps start from left to right beginning with Pěsaḥ/Passover and flows through chronologically through to Sukkoth/Feast of Tabernacles. This certainly portrays a wonderful reflection of the Feasts, however I would like to share a slightly different ordering of the lamps, from which I believe we can glean a powerful overview of the Feasts and how they are uniquely joined to each other in order to declare the powerful work of deliverance that our Master and Elohim has brought to us through His Blood and recognise that the work that He has begun He will complete when He returns for His ready Bride that has oil in her lamp and kept the light burning!

While I will not go in-depth into the various teachings on each Feast, the purpose of this message is to simply give an overview of the Feasts as portrayed in the picture of the Menorah and the 7 lamps. I will therefore only give certain overviews and key elements of each Feast in terms of how I see them being able to be linked in the picture of the Menorah, so that the Menorah can be a continual reminder to us all, the work of our Master and how important it is for us to observe His Feasts with great joy and shine as true children of light!

My version of the picture of the Menorah and its depiction of the Feasts could be presented as follows:

menorah 2

As you will notice, the order in which I have marked the Feasts is not much different to the typical rendering that we find from various teachings, yet the reason for me putting it in this order is to highlight the unique link between certain of the Feasts that are understood by most as having been fulfilled and those which are still to be fulfilled.

Why I say, ‘understood by most as having been fulfilled’ is to highlight that while we know that the one-time sacrifice of our Master and Elohim is for all time and satisfies all the various sacrifices that are depicted through the various Feasts, we take note that the completion of our deliverance will be fulfilled when our Master returns and thus fulfils all the Feasts in its complete measure. While certain of the Feasts have, in type, been fulfilled, we recognise that our Master is still interceding in the Most Set-Apart Place in the Heavenly Tabernacle and therefore when seeing His completed work through the picture of the Feasts we take note that there are Feasts still to be fulfilled at His second coming, in order to fully complete the entire picture and work that His Feasts collectively represent.

At His First coming our Master certainly met all of the requirement for all of the Feasts, in that in His Blood being shed for many, He is the perfect sacrifice that the blood of bulls and goats could never satisfy, yet in partial fulfilment of His plan of redemption, as portrayed through His Feasts He has, in type, fulfilled the Feasts of Pěsaḥ/Passover, Matzot/Unleavened Bread, Omer Rěshiyth/Sheaf of the First and Shabuoth/Feast of Weeks/Pentecost, leaving the Feasts of the 7th month to still be completed when He returns again!

Now, let me briefly explain why I have depicted the Feasts according to the lamps in the above picture.

To begin with, I have placed the Feasts of Pěsaḥ/Passover in the middle, with that being the middle shaft of the Menorah, from which all other 6 branches of the lampstand come out of. The reason for this is simply to highlight that without the Messiah’s sacrifice as the lamb who takes away the sins of the world, we have no ability to be called out of darkness into His Marvellous Light. Messiah is the Root and we are the Branches and in terms of the Feasts we see that it all begins with Pěsaḥ/Passover and the slaughtering of the Lamb. It is the Blood of Messiah that satisfies all the requirements of all the sacrifices that are commanded for each Feast and therefore I see a powerful picture of the middle shaft being the ‘base from which the rest can be derived or flow from and so becomes our critical starting point in the making of the Menorah.

I want to make it clear that the Menorah was to be made of one beaten work, highlighting the complete work of Messiah being that which uniquely blends all of the Feasts together as a depiction of His one and complete sacrifice, giving of His own blood that we may have life in Him. The central shaft therefore represents the start from which all flows and He is the Beginning and the End. Each of the Feasts can and are uniquely joined to each other in a sort of a wheel within a wheel type of picture that highlights that none can be complete without the other!

As you look at the Menorah in the picture above you will notice that I have set the lamps in an order that links the branches on the left with the branches on the right, thus linking three of the Feasts that have already been fulfilled, in type, with the three Feasts that are still to be fulfilled, highlighting how each of the Feasts that have been fulfilled can be a mirror reflection of that which is still to come. With that in mind let me therefore explain the various lamps as marked in my depiction of the Menorah and the Feasts.

I will therefore look at the three Feasts that are still to be fulfilled and show why I have ‘linked them’, in type, to those which have already been fulfilled, so to speak!

Yom Teruah – Shaḇu’oth:

The lamp that is right of the centre one for Pěsaḥ/Passover I have attributed to Yom Teruah/Day of Trumpets and I have therefore linked this with the Feast of Shaḇu’oth/Feast of Weeks. The reason for this is that we see a clear connection between the two, especially as we understand the command given for the Yom Teruah, where we are commanded to have remembrance of Teruah; that is a remembrance of shouting or sounding or trumpets. This is certainly the wakeup call that will begin to separate the true worshippers from the false as the awakening sound of our Master’s coming will be very clear and those found without oil will be in some serious trouble, while those who have oil in their lamps can ready themselves for the Master’s return. The remembrance of Teruah is there to remind us that we are betrothed and how we are to be a Bride that has made herself ready. It is on Shaḇu’oth that we celebrate our Betrothal as the Covenant of Marriage was entered into on Shaḇu’oth on Mount Sinai when the shofar sounded long and the mountain burned with fire. On Shaḇu’oth in Yerushalayim the renewal of the Covenant was poured out by the Spirit of Elohim and written upon the hearts of believers. It is therefore a powerful illustration of marriage remembrance that we are able to see in both Yom Teruah and Shaḇu’oth. We also take note of the period of 10 days taking place before Shaḇu’oth, after the Master’s ascension into the heavens and the mirrored period of the 10 days from Yom Teruah to Yom Kippur, signifying a time of the true set-apart ones guarding the commands of Elohim and staying a pure Bride that sets herself apart amidst a wicked world!

 

Yom Kippur – Matzot:

Yom Kippur, which is also known as ‘the day of coverings’, shadow pictures the work of Messiah interceding for us, having removed sin from us and covered us in His righteousness. It was on Yom Kippur that the High Priest would enter into the Most Set-Apart Place once a year with the blood of the offerings to atone for the people. Two goats were to be taken and lots cast, with one for יהוה as a sin offering and the other for Azazel, upon which the crookednesses and transgressions of Yisra’ĕl would be confessed and laid upon before being sent into the wilderness by the hand of a fit man. Yom Kippur shadow pictures the completion of the work of messiah in removing sin from His covered and cleansed Bride and it is upon this day that He will come out of the Most Set-Apart Place in order to trample the winepress in His wrath and then take up His Bride. It is on this day that we are commanded to afflict our beings and set aside the things of the flesh and be busy with our beings as we fast and recognise the clear work of redemption our Master has brought to us by His Blood, with which He entered into the Most Set-Apart Place for us in order to obtain everlasting redemption. Why I have linked this in type with Matzot/Unleavened Bread is simply due to the connection we see in sin being removed, as we take note that the Feast of Matzot is the Feast of Unleavened Bread as no leaven is to be found in our borders for the 7 days, with leaven that was to be removed before the Feast, being a picture of the removal of sin, signifying the perfect redemption that was brought to us through the Blood of Messiah who purchased us with His own Blood to redeem us from sin and lawlessness and be set-apart for Him.

With Matzot celebrating the removal of leaven we see how Yom Kippur shadow pictures the completion of the removal of crookedness when Messiah comes to bind Satan and destroy the lawless.

Sukkoth – Omer Rěshiyth:

Sukkoth/Feast of Tabernacles is the feast where we are to dwell in booths for 7 days and are commanded to rejoice. It is a Feast that celebrates the fruit harvest and shadow pictures the celebration of the harvest at the end of the age. The reason for me linking this in type to Omer Rěshiyth/Sheaf of the First is that the Omer Rěshiyth celebrates the waving of the sheaf of the first, which took place on the morrow after the weekly Sabbath during Matzot when the High Priest would wave a sheaf of the first fruits and the count to Shaḇu’oth would begin, and it was at Shaḇu’oth that the First Fruits of the harvest of wheat and barley would be brought. It was on the Omer Rěshiyth that Messiah took ‘the sheaf of the first’ when we ascended into the Heavenly Tabernacle with those who were raised after His resurrection, as a waving of the sheaf of the first which secures the promise of the harvest to come!

So, while the ‘bikkurim’ (First Fruits) is waved on Shaḇu’ot, it is on the morrow after the weekly Sabbath during Matzot that we in fact wave the sheaf of the first, or better understood as the first of the first, and could even be understood as the first of the bikkurim; and this waving of the first of the first gives us the full assurance of the fullness of the harvest to come.

What is vitally important for us to realise is that without this day there is no assurance that there will be a first fruit harvest and offering and if no first fruit harvest and offering then there is no assurance for the end-time harvest, making the remembrance and celebration of this day extremely important.

The reason for me linking Sukkoth, in type, with the Omer Rěshiyth is simply due to the connecting pictures of harvest, which is a shadow picture of the harvest of souls wherein the wave offering of the first confirms and secures the complete harvest to come, after which we shall celebrate the joy of our Master and Elohim dwelling in our midst forever!

While I have not gone in-depth into the significance of each Feast, the purpose of this message is to simply shed light upon the Feasts of יהוה as seen through the pictures in the Menorah that can cause us to remember to observe His Feasts and be the true light of the world that our Master has called us to be!

The Menorah, in its design and function, is able to present to us many wonderful pictures of our Master’s work of redemption and deliverance along with our responsibility to shine the light of His Truth on a continual basis and this presentation of metaphors within its design is in no way limited or complete but is simply a continuance of many valuable lessons that we are able to glean from our Master’s Word and His Appointed Times. Once again, I make mention that the Menorah was to be made of one beaten work which signifies the necessity of all of His Feasts working together to shine the brilliance of His perfect work of redeeming us, who had been sold into slavery due to sin, unto to Himself. As bearers of the Good News we are to make sure we shine His light through being confidently obedient in guarding His commands and observing His Feasts. As we are reminded of these clear pictures in the Menorah that sheds light upon His Feasts may we diligent in being the true set-apart Bride that is making herself ready.

In the light of our understanding of His Feasts, which grows in our doing of them, we are further able to spiritually discern the clear messages given in Ḥazon/Revelation 2-3 to the 7 assemblies! In Hebrew, the word used for ‘7 (seven)’ is the primitive root word -  שֶׁבַע sheḇa – Strong’s H7651 and from this word we get the denominative verb -  שָׁבַע shaḇa – Strong’s H7650 which means, to swear, exchange oaths, take an oath, vow.

The number 7 can also represent for us ‘fullness’ or ‘completeness’. Understanding this, helps us further understand our need to heed the complete message given to the complete assembly as pictured through the 7 lampstands, which are the 7 assemblies that represent the complete body of Messiah. To do this we gain further discernment in understanding this complete message as we understand the complete work of Messiah as pictured through the 7 Appointed Times/Feasts of יהוה, and recognise our need to be faithful in keeping these Feasts!

There are many who claim to have fellowship with יהוה our Elohim, who is our Light and our deliverance yet, by their lawless works of darkness, hidden under the veil of traditions, they are not doing the truth but rather they are doing works that are based on inherited lies, and we must guard ourselves from falling into the trap of darkness that we have been called out of. As children of light we must walk as such and KEEP WALKING… IN THE LIGHT!

Luqas/Luke 12:35-37 “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, 36 and be like men waiting for their master, when he shall return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they open to him immediately. 37 “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, shall find watching. Truly, I say to you that he shall gird himself and make them sit down to eat, and shall come and serve them.

How are you dressed? Are your loins girded about with truth or has your ability to stand and fight the good fight of faith been shaken by compromise? Is your readiness evident, or do you stumble at your required bold confession as you waver in the worries of this age and the deceitfulness of wealth? Are you burning bright or have you been lacking the true ability to walk according to the Spirit as you find that you react foolishly, according to the flesh, when confronted with trying circumstances, instead of having the Word light your path by meditating on the Torah day and night?

The Master is coming soon, and as He asked the question of whether He will find belief on the earth when He comes, may our lives be able to give a resounding YES as we take heed to remain faithful, trustworthy and steadfast in continually being DRESSED – READY – AND BURNING BRIGHT!

As you consider the picture in the Menorah that sheds light upon the work of our Master may you be steadfast in letting your light shine before all so that they see your good works of obedience and praise our Father who is in the heavens!

יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show you favour; יהוה lift up His face to you and give you Shalom!