The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 30

“The Lamp-stand represents the complete Church from its Head, Jesus to and including the last
members of the “
Little Flock” whom he is taking out from among men to be partakers of the divine
(Gold) nature. As our Lord so stated: the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven churches’
(
Rev 1:20) The Church whose seven stages or developments were symbolized by the seven
congregations of Asia Minor (
Rev 1:11). Yes; that candlestick represented the entire church of the First
Born, not the nominal, but the true Church.
The form of its workmanship was beautiful—a fruit and
a flower, following successively—representing the true Church as both beautiful and fruitful
from first to last
. The lamp part on top of each branch was shaped like an almond, the significance of
which we shall see when considering the significance of Aaron’s rod.





























“The light from this lamp was of olive oil, `
beaten,’ or refined; and the lamps were kept always lighted.

A POINT WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND: This oil was symbolic of the Holy
Spirit, and its light represented holy enlightenment—the spirit of the truth
.

Its light was for the benefit of the priests only, for NO others were permitted to see it or profit
by its light.
Thus was represented the spirit or mind of God given to enlighten the Church, in
the deep things of God, which are entirely hidden from the natural man
(1 Cor 2:14), even
though he be a believer—a
(tentatively) justified man (a tentative or prospective Levite in the
“courtyard condition”)
. None but the truly consecrated, the `Royal Priesthood,’ are permitted to
see into this deeper light, hidden within the Tabernacle in the `Holy.’

The priests
(the consecrated body of Christ) always have access to the `holy’; it is their right and
privilege; it was intended for them
(Heb 9:6) whereas in contrast the Levite class (the un-
anointed or un-consecrated class, those not begotten of the Spirit, begotten to a “new nature”
) cannot
see in because of
the Vail of human-mindedness (the natural mind, with its various limits both in
conception and understanding
) coming between them and the sacred things; and the only way of
access
being to set it aside is to consecrate and sacrifice wholly the human will and nature.

Thus the teachings of the Scriptures specifically those which are taught here in the Tabernacle wholly
contradict those of the church nominal, likewise also those of our friends the
Jehovah’s Witnesses
who are mistakenly under the impression that all believers in Christ, whether they be of the “
Anointed
(the consecrated saints of God, new creatures in Christ Jesus)
or not are all granted the Holy Spirits
enlightenment, this however is not true, only those who have passed beyond the First Vail, the Vail of
Consecration and who have subsequently entered the “
Holy” are privileged to receive of the light of the
Golden Lamp-Stand,
the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.

In regards to the lights (or lamps placed upon the Golden Lamp-Stand) they were each to be trimmed
and replenished (
with oil) every morning and evening by the High Priest—Aaron and his sons who
succeeded him in office. (
Exod 27:20, 21; 30:8) So our High Priest is daily filling us more and more with
the mind of Christ, and trimming off the dross of the old nature (
the flesh)—the wick through which the
holy Spirit (
the oil) operates.” (T115, 116)

If the wick is not properly trimmed (purged or pruned, John 15:2) it will char and not draw up
the oil properly,
(i.e. the light of the Holy Spirit in us will be diminished, that is to say its ability to
both enlighten and influence us will be impeded
) thus picturing the thought that without the daily
trimming experiences we could not have a full measure of
theoil ”, the Holy Spirit necessary to
our development as followers of Christ, the results of which could prove most disastrous to our calling
and election as is alluded to in the “
Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins”, (Matt 25) the foolish
virgins lacking the proper “
oilin their vessels (proper character development) found themselves
likewise lacking in the Spirits enlightenment in regards to the enlightenment they received from their
lamps” (their bibles), their lights were going out (Verses 3, 4 and 8).

Nevertheless the Lord has promised that, “A bruised reed he will not break (if there yet be still even
the slightest disposition toward penitence)
, nor quench he (cut-off) a wick that dimly burns
(because a smoldering faith could once again be fanned into a blazing flame of love and devotion).”
Isa
42:3

“This Candlestick’s center-shaft well represents Christ Jesus himself and, as such, he is the support for
the six branches which accordingly represent the Church in her present “
in-perfect” (Psa 139:16), i.e.,
in partcondition, standing, as it were, perfect and complete, in his righteousness; nevertheless,
looking forward to that perfection which shall be hers, when glorified “
beyond the Vail” (1 Cor 13:10)
it will be granted
her to be “arrayed in fine linen, clean and white—her own righteousness—the
righteousness of the saints
.” (Rev 19:8)

The relationship of the Church to Christ Jesus throughout all the ages of Eternity will be that of Bride
and Bridegroom, numerically symbolized by the number two. Both will be possessors of the resurrection
life represented by the number eight. Accordingly we raise the number two to its eighth power.
The
result is 256. Multiplying that by 5.625
, a number representing the cubic measurement (or volume)
of the Ark of the Covenant,
1.5 X 1.5 X 2.5 = 5.625 (T121), gives us 1440. Since the Church is
represented by the arms or branches of the Candlestick and which depend upon the Center-shaft, Christ
Jesus, for support (
John 15:5) and whose number is 100, we multiply 1440 by 100 (Jesus’
number) and arrive at 144,000
, the number of those who will constitute the “very elect”—the Church,
the Bride of Christ, the Lamb’s Wife!” (
Rev 21:9) Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 161

“The Golden Candlestick is a symbolism which speaks in two ways—objectively, and numerically. When it
speaks objectively, its significance is more or less fixed by the very nature of the object itself; as for
example, when we—because of the fact that the Candlestick furnished the light for the priesthood which
served in the Tabernacle—declare that it represents God’s Word which enlightens the antitypical
priesthood now serving God in the antitypical Holy of the antitypical Tabernacle.

That it represents God’s Word, including both the Old Testament and the New Testament, finds
corroboration in the fact that the candlestick had seven branches, the seven here not merely
representing the Bible’s divine perfection and inspiration, but also its sevenfold division as
follows:































“However synecdochically speaking, the Old Testament by itself could very well represent, or stand for,
the entire Bible in itself, for as you recall the “
Scriptures” referred to by our Lord were none other than
the books constituting the Old Testament; for at the time the New Testament had yet to have been
written.

Therefore
it is possible that the three arms which extended on either side of the candlestick’s main or
center-shaft were
merely intended to represent the three major divisions of the Hebrew Bible: the Law,
the Prophets, and the Other Writings
. (See Luke 24:44)

In the description of the candlestick as given in
Exod 25:31–40 (see also Exod 37:17–24), there is
reference to
22knobs and flowers.” Now it may be a mere coincidence that there are 22 letters in
the Hebrew alphabet
, but surely it is no mere coincidence that there are just 22 books in the
Hebrew Bible
:

5 books of the Law, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy,

8 books of the Prophets, Joshua, Judges–Ruth, Samuel (both parts), Kings (both parts), Isaiah,
Jeremiah–Lamentations, Ezekiel, and the “Twelve” or Minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah,
Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi).

9 books of other Writings, Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra–
Nehemiah, Chronicles (both parts)
Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 163

“As to the form of the Old Testament, Jerome notices that the number of the books, according to the
Jewish division, (five books of the Law, eight of the Prophets, and nine
Hagiographa,) answers exactly to
the twenty two letters of the Hebrew alphabet; and that as there are five double letters in the Hebrew,
so there are five double books, namely, two Samuels, two Kings, two Chronicles, two Ezra’s, (which we
call Ezra and Nehemiah), and two Jeremiahs, (that is, Jeremiah and the Lamentations).” (
Jukes, Types
of Genesis
, footnote, p. viii)

“When this symbolism speaks numerically, the object or objects are always subordinate to the number of
times they are used. So, for example, the “
knops and flowers” need not necessarily always represent
specifically the 22 books of the Old Testament; but the number of times they occur in differing
combinations becomes highly significant, inasmuch as other great truths concerning the Bible are thus
clearly set forth.

In this connection let it be noted that there are just six “
knops and flowers” in each of the three arms
of the candlestick. That in this numerical symbolism they do not represent the specific books of the Old
Testament becomes evident from the fact that the three arms (representing the three major divisions of
the Hebrew Bible) contained only 18 “
knops and flowers”—six in each arm. This would mean that each
division of the Hebrew Bible contained six books, a total of eighteen in all, which of course, is not so. It
appears to us that God chose here rather to show forth the Bible’s beauty and harmony! and for this
reason, instead of having five “
knops and flowers” in the arm representing the Law, and eight “knops
and flowers
” in the arm representing the Prophets, and nine “knops and flowers” in the arm
representing the Other Writings, with none in the center-shaft at all, he had them arranged
symmetrically—six in each arm and four in the center-shaft. Surely, there is no better way in which the
beauty and symmetry of the Bible could have been depicted numerically in the golden candlestick.”
(
Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 165)

In regards to the transportation of the Golden Candlestick when the Israelites journeyed from
place to place the LORD commanded that Aaron and his sons were to “take a blue cloth and
cover the Lamp-stand of the light, with its lamps, its wick trimmers, its trays, and all its oil
vessels, with which they service it, then they were to put it with all its utensils in a covering of
seal shins, and put it on
a carrying beam.” (Num 4:9, 10)

























The “
Carrying beam or frame” was not described in the texts; therefore in this regards we are left to
our own imaginings as to its construction.

The blue cloth which symbolizes faithfulness is present in the coverings of all the furnishings save that of
the “
Brazen Altar” in the court, and since this cloth of blue was never visible while in transport, the
seals’ skin covering, wholly concealing it, it would seem to say that the faithfulness of the saints through
recognized by God, is wholly hidden from the world, from all who merely see our flesh. The seal’ skin
covering representing our humanity, our flesh, rough and unappealing to the world.

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