God instructed the House of Israel to build a seven-branched lampstand of pure gold (Ex 25:31-40).
The shape reminds of a flowering tree of life. On each of the six side arms were 3 golden almond blossoms and together with the 4 on the center shaft, there were exactly 22 almond blossoms. Between the 22 flowers, there are 21 connections. From the lowest flower to the top flower on the shaft to the 6 lamps, there are 27 (3x8+3=27) connections, and together with the highest connection from the top flower on the shaft to the middle lamp, there are a total of 28 (4x7) connections. Together they are 50 parts + 7 lamps.
The almond tree is the first tree in Israel, which awakes from its winter sleep to life and blooms. Therefore, the white almond blossom is a symbol of life and purity. God paid attention to the details from the very beginning; for he commanded that every single almond blossom on the Menorah should consist of three parts, namely, the cups, buds and blossoms (petals). Together they are 3x22=66 single flower parts.
The Menorah stood in the Tabernacle and in Solomon's Temple. The Menorah stood also in the Temple of Herod in Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified.
In the year 66 AD began the Jewish-Roman War. In 70 AD was the temple in Jerusalem destroyed by the Romans. After more than 10 years the Arch of Titus in Rome was created, showing the removal of the Menorah, whose shape was outlined, however inaccurate.
The Menorah has a symbolism for eternity, for there is a clear correlation between the construction of the Menorah and the structure of the Bible. This is especially evident at 3 points:
1. THE 49 SCROLLS OF THE BIBLE: The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters and the Greek has 27 letters (in total there are 22+27=49 letters). The Menorah has 22 almond blossoms and the OT has been written on 22 scrolls. The 22 almond flowers on the Menorah are a symbol of the 22 scrolls of the OT (the basis of the Bible). The Menorah has 3x8+3=27 connections from the lowest to the top flower of the shaft toward the 6 lamps (the 6 is the number of man) and the NT was written on 27 scrolls. The 27 connections stands for the 27 books of the NT. Together, there are 22+27=49 scrolls of the Bible.
"Your WORD is a LAMP to my feet and a LIGHT to my path" (Psalm 119,105)
The Menorah has 22 almond blossoms and 27 connecting parts; together they are 22+27=49 items. On the shaft there are 7 parts and on all 6 side arms as well. They are therefore exactly 7x7=49 parts of the Menorah.
The Bible was written on 22 (OT) plus 27 (NT) scrolls; together they are 22+27=49 scrolls. The 49 symbolizes the complete conclusion and final completeness of the Word of God: 7x7=49.
However, the Menorah still has a connection from the uppermost almond blossom at the shaft to the middle lamp. This symbolizes the most important part, or the most important book of the Bible, namely the Book of Life. 49 + 1 = 50
2. THE 7 PARTS OF THE BIBLE: The Menorah has 7 lamps and the Bible consists of 7 parts. Each of these parts symbolizes a lamp, for the Word of God is the light for our dark world. The 7 parts are: 1. Law, 2. Prophets, 3. Writings, 4. Gospels, 5. Acts of the Apostles, 6. Epistles, and 7. Revelation.
3. THE 66 AND 70 BOOKS OF BIBLE: Each almond flower consists of 3 parts (cups, buds and blossoms/petals). Together they are 3x22=66 almond blossom items. On the center shaft are 4 almond blossoms with a total of 12 flower items. On the left side of the Menorah, there are 3x3x3=27 flower parts on the 3 arms. The 12 flower parts on the stem plus the 27 flower parts on the left side are a reference to the basis of the Bible, namely the 12+27=39 books of the OT. The other 3x3x3=27 flower parts on the right side of the shaft indicate the 27 books of the NT. In addition, there are exactly 3x7=21 connections between the 22 almond blossoms. The Old Testament was written on 22 scrolls, but it contains a total of 39 individual books.
The New Testament was written on 27 scrolls, and here each scroll corresponds to a single book. The entire Bible was written on 49 scrolls and contains 66 individual books.
A lamp also has the wick and the olive oil. There are therefore 3x7=21 lamp items. The 22 almond blossoms with the 27 connecting parts together produce 49 items and with the 21 lamp items the total number is 70 (10x7=70). Since the Psalms originally consisted of 5 books, the total number of the Bible is 70 books. Interestingly, Josephus himself described that the Menorah consisted of 70 parts. However, we do not know exactly how they counted. And we do not know whether the construction of the Temple Menorah was exactly according to the Bible's instructions (Ex 25:31-40) or changed by the priests.
Oil is also important because it is a reference to the Holy Spirit, which enables us to be a light in this world. The parable of the 10 virgins (Mt 25:1-13) emphasizes the importance of this oil, for the darkness will not enter into the kingdom of God. The Bridegroom will certainly not pick up the sinful darkness, but only the spiritual virgins who have enough oil (Holy Spirit). Christians who do not follow Jesus, who radiate little love and are therefore no light for the world, are not genuine Christians, but part of this dark world (Mt 25:1-13).
The Bible was written on 49 scrolls
(22 + 27), but it contains 39 +
27 = 66 books.
Since the Psalms originally consisted of 5 books, there are altogether 70 books.
Both views are correct. The numbers 49 (7x7), 66 (3x22) and 70 (10x7) symbolize the complete conclusion and completeness of the Word of God. There are Christians who believe that the 66 is related to the number 666 (number of the Beast, Satan). However, this is a great error, for the 66 has nothing to do with it, but it means 3 times 22 (22 Hebrew letters), which is a very positive number of the Old Testament closeness of the books. The OT also contains 36 (3x12) and the NT 21 (3x7) book names. No scroll and no book may be removed or added.
The number 22:
The number 27:
The Biblical Menorah has:
When the tree of life blossoms, it has exactly 49 parts from the lowest to the highest flower
on the shaft to the 6 lamps (6 = number of man). This symbolizes the Bible (22+27=49 scrolls with the 39+27=66 or 70 books). However, the most
important detail is still missing, namely the piece from the top flower to the middle lamp. It symbolizes the "Book of Life" (49+1=50) and the perfect communion with God. As in the counting of the days until Pentecost (49+1) and in the counting of the years up to the year of Jubilee (49+1), so
also indicates the uppermost part of the Menorah (49+1) the complete conclusion
and the new beginning. (More information about the Book of
The Menorah is a reference to the Word of God. God speaks to us through the scrolls of the Bible; His word is the light in this world. But the 50th (49+1) section to the Central Lamp is a symbol of the "Book of Life" and the eternal direct contact with Yahweh / Jesus.
Jesus is the living menorah. He was the light that the whole world had been waiting for. He not only paid the debt for our sins, but also showed us the way to the eternal light.
JESUS is the Light. The Menorah symbolizes [1.] JESUS (Light,
Love, Word and Savior), [2.] His Word, the BIBLE (49 scrolls with 66/70 books, they are the light in this dark world) and [3.] The "BOOK OF LIFE," that is eternal life (Rev 3:5; 20:12-15) and our way of life, the light in the dark world (Mt 5:13-16). When
we shine our light and are an example to the world, our name will stand forever in the Book of Life. This is our hope and
The Menorah is not a normal lampstand; it is a miracle, just as the Bible itself is also a miracle.
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1. JESUS: he is the light of the world, because he is the love in person, the word and the savior of the world
2. The HOLY SPIRIT: without the oil there is no light and no illumination
3. The BIBLE: The 7 parts, 49 scrolls with 66/70 books = the word of God = the light in this dark world
4. The BOOK OF LIFE: eternal life (Rev 3:5, 20:12-15), and our way of life, as a light in this world (Mt 5:13-16)
Is God not able to protect His people (Israel)? God can protect His people; this is not a problem for Him. However, the sins of Israel were the reason why God had not prevented the destruction of Jerusalem and the robbery of the Menorah by [1.] the Babylonians (586 BC), [2.] the Greeks (Seleucid Empire, 169 BC), and [3.] the Romans (AD 70). Israel did not obey the commandments of God and even rejected Jesus: the Word, the Light, the Savior, the Messiah (Mt 27:20-66; John 1:9-11). The prophets of the Old Testament predicted the coming and the life of Jesus in every detail. Nevertheless, Israel has ignored and twisted these many passages from the Bible (OT). Even the followers of Jesus were also persecuted, expelled and cruelly killed by the Jews as so-called "apostates and seduces" (John 20:19, Acts 2:1-4:31; 5:17-42; Acts 7; 8:1-3; 12:1-5; 14:4-7,19). Paul, a former Pharisee, was a devoted persecutor of Christians, who destroyed whole families (Acts 8:1; 9:1-29; 22:3-8; 26:10-11). It was not the Christians who killed the Jews, but the Jews who killed Christians first and before that, they led Jesus (their own relative and the Light of the World) to execution by the Romans.
However, we cannot make it so easy for ourselves and put all the blame on the Romans alone. This is what God wanted to make clear to us in His Word. The historical background: The Israelites were not allowed to kill anyone (John 18:31), as this was strictly forbidden by the brutal Roman occupying power. Only the Romans were allowed to take the lives of other people. In doing so they invented or changed various methods of torture, such as crucifixion, one of the most torturous punishments of all. Sometimes it took days of suffering before death finally occurred. The high priests did not want to punish Jesus according to their own law (John 18:31), but they wanted more; they wanted His death. Therefore they were forced to take Jesus to the Romans. Pilate "found no guilt in Him" and wanted Jesus to live and be set free (John 18:38; Mt 27:24; John 19:12); but the people wanted Him to die, and to die IMMEDIATELY, the same day, the 14th of Nisan (before the feast day, the high Sabbath, on the 15th of Nisan). The priests forced the Romans to kill Jesus, and even threatened Pilate with his boss (the brutal Roman emperor), who could not stand any opposition:
John 19:12: "From then on Pilate [the Roman] sought to release Him [Jesus], but the Jews [not the Romans] cried out, “If you release this man [Jesus], you are not Caesar's friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar."
Pilate feared for his position and for his own existence. For the Roman emperor tolerated no others, they called themselves king and then spoke of another God of love (John 18:33-40). These are historical facts that God gave us.
Israel has incurred a very great guilt by rejecting (John 1:11) the Messiah Jesus (Yeshua ha-Mashiach) and persecuting his disciples. More and more people from Israel realize this and have become Christians. The responsibility of Israel for Jesus' death was clearly addressed by Paul when he said:
Acts 4:10: "Let it be known to all of YOU and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom YOU [= the Jews, by the hand of the Romans] crucified, whom God raised from the dead - by him this [healed] man is standing before YOU well."
Israel did not recognize that the Messiah was to come twice, once to die for sin and the second time to save Israel and the whole world from destruction. It is a double salvation, spiritual and physical. The prophets of the Old Testament spoke at length about these two coming of the Lord, and foretold even the smallest details about the life of Jesus. The whole first Christian church also knew this, the Bible is so extremely clear on this point:
Heb 9:28: "so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him."
However, Christians must never judge the Jews. We love the people of Israel, because from their forefathers came the Saviour of the whole world, who made eternal life possible for us, Jesus Christ. He himself said: for salvation is from the Jews" (John 4:22) and from no other people. And the first Christians (the founders of the Christian Church) all came from Judaism. From their hands we have the entire Bible, 100%, that is, the Old Testament and the entire New Testament (see Structure of the Bible: Link). Without the Hebrews we would not have a single book of the Bible. Anyone who hates the people of Israel cannot love Jesus, because He is love, and they (the Jews) are therefore His own relatives. Whoever hates the people of Israel cannot love Jesus, because He is love, and the Jews are His own relatives, His own family, the apple of His [Gods] eye" (Zech 2:8). Which Christian has not done harm to other people before his conversion? Therefore, all Christians should not judge, but love. Otherwise they will not participate in the Rapture. A converted Christian, on the other hand, must not do violence to anyone and certainly not to the people to whom our Lord Jesus (the Saviour of the world) came.
However, the rejection of Jesus (the Messiah) was Israel's greatest sin ever. Israel has eliminated the "light of the world" through the Romans (John 8:12; 14:6). Therefore, God allowed the light of the Menorah to be removed from its people for 2,000 years and hidden by the Romans. It was 40 years after Jesus' death, in 70 AD, that almost all Jews were expelled from their homeland and dispersed throughout the world. The ancient prophets knew it and predicted it in detail in their books. Israel again did not want to listen to the commandments and warnings of God. It rejected the light (Jesus) instead of being proud of him, so it had to bear the consequences in exile among all the peoples of the world and suffer in the deepest darkness of the world. In the Diaspora, the Israelites longed for God's protection, which was guaranteed to their fathers by God, before they fell away from God and His commandments. However, since the end of the Second World War, the Jews have been able to return to their land and no nation can destroy Israel, because the protective hand of God is again above Israel. The prophets of the Old Testament also predicted this exactly. This generation (born after 1948 or 1967) will not pass away until Jesus (the Messiah) returns (see Mt 24:32-35; the fig tree is a symbol of Israel). Only then will Jesus' light and love shine on the world and there will be no more wars and no more suffering. But first several prophecies from the book of Revelation have to be fulfilled. And the nations of the world will gather against Israel until Yeshua ha-Mashiach (Jesus, the Messiah) will visibly return to earth and save Israel.
Many people seek the ancient Menorah from the Temple of Herod. However, it would be better if they were to seek Jesus Christ, for he is the true meaning behind the Menorah. What is the use of a perishable physical chandelier when denying the true spiritual eternal light? Whoever wants to see the Light of the Menorah for all eternity must follow Jesus and go the path of love and willingness to help others. Otherwise, his name will not be written in the BOOK OF LIFE (more information about the Book of Life).
The shape of the Menorah on the Arch of Titus in Rome does not match that mentioned in the Book of Exodus. That's 100% clear. What is the reason?
Innumerable forms have been created over the centuries, but no one knows how the Menorahs looked exactly at the time of Moses and at the time of the first and second temples in Jerusalem (examples from all centuries: Historical Menoras). And nobody knows exactly how the 22 almond blossoms were positioned on the 7 arms.
This reminds us of the biblical saying of 1Cor 13:12: „For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.“ Today we see only in parts, but with our Father we will see the Menorah in its full beauty.
The picture on the right shows some suspected variants from the 18th century (Source of the original image: see 1754 "Davidis Millii Miscellanea sacra Jesaiæ").