(Rev 21:23) And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
According to the passage above, the lamp represents the Lamb. When Christ proclaimed the following, he was expounding the parable of the golden lampstand (menorah) and how it testified of him and those who faithfully abide in him:
- I am the vine [branch]; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (Joh 15:5-8)
- I am the light of the world. (joh 8:12)
- Ye are the light of the world. (Mat 5:14)
How do these proclamations relate to the golden lampstand (menorah)?
(1) a center branch:
"You shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand shall be made of hammered work: its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it."
(2) branches abiding in the center branch:
"And there shall be six branches going out of its sides, three branches of the lampstand out of one side of it and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side of it"
(3) all the branches are hammered together as ONE:
"Their calyxes and their branches shall be of one piece with it, the whole of it a single piece of hammered work of pure gold."
(4) since it is made of gold, all the branches have been refined by fire so that the impurities have been removed.
(5) light is the fruit that comes forth from the branches of the golden lampstand (menorah)
So the golden lampstand (menorah) conveys the imagery of a main branch to which other branches abide, and all the branches produce the fruit of light.
This is exactly what Christ was expounding to his disciples (who he referred to as his branches) in proclaiming that he is the vine [branch] and his disciples are the branches!
Remember that throughout the Scriptures, men are compared to trees. Christ said we will know them by their fruit.
(Matthew 7:15-20) Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
Since the golden lampstand (menorah) serves as a parable of Christ - the Righteous Branch, it is extremely important to note the type of tree the golden lampstand (menorah) was patterned after:
(Exo 25:33-34) three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on one branch, and three cups made like almond blossoms, each with calyx and flower, on the other branch—so for the six branches going out of the lampstand. And on the lampstand itself there shall be four cups made like almond blossoms, with their calyxes and flowers.
The description specifically states there shall be almond blossoms on each of the branches. In the kingdom of יהוה, like kind produces like kind. So if each of the branches of the golden lampstand (menorah) has almond blossoms, then the golden lampstand (menorah) conveys the image of a golden budding and blossoming almond tree!
Through the explicit instructions given to Moses, we should understand that the golden lampstand (menorah) - which serves as a parable of Christ and those who abide in him - is patterned after a blossoming almond tree! And instead of the golden blossoming almond tree producing the fruit of almonds with the almond seed inside, the golden lampstand produces the fruit of light!
For "the commandment is a lamp and the teaching (torah) a light" (Pro 6:23).
Since men are as trees who are known by their fruit, the center blossoming almond branch which produces the fruit of light represents Christ - the Righteous Branch who produced the fruit of his Father's teachings (Torah).
(Luke 8:11) Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.
Additionally, there are several significant references to almonds in the Scriptures which are often overlooked:
- Bethel means "house of God" and was formerly known as Luz. (Luz means almonds in Arabic). Thus, the house of יהוה is associated with almonds. (Gen 28:19, Gen 35:6)
- almonds were among the list of choice foods that Jacob sent to Joseph (Gen 43:11)
- Jacob dipped almond branches (translated as "hazel") in the troughs and when the flock came to drink and beheld the almond branches, they conceived (Gen 30:37-43)
- Aaron's rod (a branch) budded, blossomed and yielded ripening almonds; this budding and blossoming almond branch also serves as a parable of Christ - the Righteous Branch (Num 17)
- Jeremiah was shown an almond branch then יהוה said "I am watching over My word to perform it.” (Jer 1:10-11)
Thus, the Creator in His awesomeness, purposely created a specific tree - the almond tree - to serve as a faithful witness of the Righteous Branch. No other tree bears such a faithful and accurate witness of him. It is extremely important for those who abide in the Righteous Branch to understand the identity of the branch in which they abide!
May we abide in the branch and walk in the light!
Verses about the Righteous Branch:
(Jer 23:5-6) “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
(Jer 33:14-16) “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
(Isa 11:1-5) There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
(Zec 3:8-9) Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men who are a sign: behold, I will bring My servant the Branch. For behold, on the stone that I have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven eyes, I will engrave its inscription, declares the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day.
(Zec 6:12-13) And say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD. It is he who shall build the temple of the LORD and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne. And there shall be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”’