Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation
P.O. Box 335761
N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033
Shalom. Our teaching this morning will continue from GOD’S eternal Torah, GOD’S Laws, Teachings, and Instructions that are written in The Law of Moses.
And the title of our teaching is THE MENORAH, A SYMBOL OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE OFFICIAL EMBLEM OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
And with that said, let’s read Numbers 8.1-4.
NUMBERS 8.1-4 The LORD spoke to Moses saying, speak to Aaron and say to him, when you light The Lamps, The Seven Lamps will give light in front of the Menorah. The Menorah is the seven branch candelabrum. And Aaron did so. He lit the Menorah as The LORD commanded Moses.
And the work of the Menorah was of beaten gold according to the pattern which The LORD had shown Moses in Mt. Sinai. And Moses had the Menorah made according to the pattern that GOD showed him. EXODUS 24.12-18, EXODUS 25.8-9
EXODUS 27.20-21 GOD commanded that the Menorah was to be placed in the Tabernacle Sanctuary outside the veil where inside the veil was the Holy Of Holies that contained The Ark Of The Covenant with the Two Cherubim on The Lid which is The Mercy Seat.
And the Menorah lamps burned continually. Aaron and his sons, and the Priests after them lit the Menorah, having pure beaten olive oil in the lamps, every evening and morning for the Menorah to burn continuously. It is a Statute forever when there is a Temple in Jerusalem.
The Disciple John experienced a marvelous event while he was in Patmos, an island between Greece and Turkey. GOD, Ha Shem Yeshua the Messiah, GOD Almighty, The Father spoke to John from right in the center of A Golden Menorah having Seven Golden Candlesticks. REVELATION 1.9-20
The Seven Candlesticks in this setting, Messiah said, represent the seven Congregations that had faith in The Messiah Yeshua.
These Congregations could not have been Churches because Constantine created the first Church in the early 300’s C.E. (A.D.). This event with the Disciple John took place around 90 C.E. (A.D.).
Thus, the seven Churches were in fact seven Congregations of people who believed in The Messiah Yeshua. Some of those people were Holy and GODLY, while others were not.
And The Messiah Yeshua commanded a number of those Congregation Leaders and others to repent.
Repentance then, and repentance today is the same.
Repentance means turning from your sins of breaking The Law of Moses, and turning to GOD and obeying His eternal Law of Moses along with your faith in The Messiah Yeshua for Atonement. EZEKIEL 18.21, 1 JOHN 3.4, NUMBERS 5.6
Many have their beliefs for what The Seven Candlesticks of the Menorah represent. I have my belief also.
I believe The Seven Candlesticks of the Menorah represent the Seven Spirits Of GOD which are the Perfection and Fullness of GOD. That is His Love, His Unlimited Power. His Goodness and Mercy. His Unlimited Knowledge and Understanding. His Creative Omnipotence. His Presence and Physical appearances in various places all at the same time. And so much more that is beyond human knowledge. REVELATION 3.1
GOD’S Perfect Fullness. His Supernatural Love. His Unlimited Power. A list that goes on and on that is so far beyond human knowledge includes THE LORD SPEAKING THE CREATION INTO EXISTENCE.
AND THE ONE GOD SPEAKS TO GOD WHEN THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD.
AND GOD BEING IN DIFFERENT PLACES PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY ALL AT THE SAME TIME. FOR EXAMPLE, GOD IS IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH AT THE SAME TIME. YET THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD.
AND GOD THE FATHER, AND GOD THE SON, AND GOD THE MESSIAH, AND GOD THE SPIRIT, AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT ARE ALL ONE AND THE SAME, THE ONE GOD OF CREATION.
THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD.
THE TRINITY IS BOGUS.
A virgin giving birth to a man child Who is in fact GOD, GOD The Father, Ha Shem, The Messiah Yeshua is for GOD every day life. For us it is miraculous.
GOD IS A MIRACULOUS GOD. CONSIDER THAT GOD HAS NO BEGINING OR END. GENESIS 1.3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24-27
GENESIS 1.26 GOD IS AN US.
And there is Only One GOD. The One GOD is an Us because GOD is The Father. GOD is The Son of GOD. GOD is The Messiah Yeshua. GOD is The Spirit, and GOD is The Holy Spirit. All are One and The Same. And GOD is so much more.
THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD.
Can we understand that, and believe it? Yes, because GOD says there is Only One GOD and no others. DEUTERONOMY 6.4, MARK 12.29, GENESIS 19.24, PSALM 110.1, JOHN 17.1, 13, ISAIAH 7.14, MATTHEW 1.18-25, PROVERBS 30.4
Thus The Seven Candlesticks of the Menorah that GOD Himself designed might represent His perfect fullness of His perfect greatness that is beyond human knowledge. Beyond human understanding.
But GOD tells us all we need to know about Him when He commands all Mankind to do the Words of His Law, The Law of Moses. And that includes believing in Messiah Yeshua Who is Elohim, Who is The Torah, Ha Shem ,The Holy One Of Israel, Who is our Atonement, The Holy Spirit and The Spirit DEUTERONOMY 29.29, GENESIS 1.1, ECT.
Let’s return to The Menorah The Seven Branch Candelabrum.
The Menorah is a symbol of The Jewish People, and the official emblem of The Land Of Israel. The Menorah was adopted as a symbol of The Land Of Israel when Israel was reborn in May 1948, and it became one of the most familiar Jewish symbols.
The official flag of Israel represents the Land of Israel, its sovereignty, self rule, self government, self determination, and freedom under GOD, under His Torah.
The flag of Israel not only represents the citizens of Israel but all the Jewish People worldwide.
The blue star of David in the middle of the flag with a white background has two horizontal blue stripes that represent a tallit, or a prayer shawl. And the white between the two stripes represents the Red Sea that GOD split for The Children Of Israel to cross on dry ground when they left Egypt in the Exodus to journey to the Promised Land.
The flag was first adopted as the flag of Zionism at its inception in 1896, and chosen as the flag of the sovereign State of Israel on October 28, 1948 five months after Israel was declared an independent nation.
The Star Of David, or as many Jewish People call it the Jewish star, represents Jewish identity, as the cross represents Christian identity. The star of David also represents The Jewish People and Jewish culture, and 4,000 years of Jewish history. And the Land of Israel. All born from Abraham and Sarah, and Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob’s twelve sons, the fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel.
The Star Of David spread from Jews in Europe to the Jewish People in Muslim lands. And virtually no Synagogue is without representation of the magen David that means the shield of David.
The Nazis used The Star Of David on the identifying badge the Jewish People had to wear throughout Europe.
The Jewish People are an Eternal People along with non-Jewish People who have faith in Messiah Yeshua and walk in the ways of GOD keeping His Law of Moses.
That is why Messiah Yeshua says, “Salvation is from the Jews.”
Salvation comes from the Jews who wrote the entire Bible from Genesis through Revelation that contains all GOD’S Laws, Teachings, and Instructions for Salvation. That is to say, all Mankind must live by every Word that proceeds out of The Mouth Of GOD for Salvation. That includes GOD’S Law Of Moses. Believing that there is Only One GOD. And Yeshua The Messiah is that ONE GOD. And that Yeshua The Messiah is your Atonement for the forgiveness of your sins. That is Salvation.
Thus, Salvation is from The Jews who received GOD’S Teachings for Salvation, and wrote those Instructions in the Bible.
And that is The Gospel of The Kingdom that must be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations. And then shall the end come. MATTHEW 24.14, JOHN 4.22, DEUTERONOMY 4.35, 39, MATTHEW 4.4, DEUTERONOMY 8.3
That Gospel that is taught in The Bible, for the most part, is not preached today.
WHAT IS ZIONISM?
Zionism means the return of the Jewish People to its own Land, The Land Of Israel, and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel that GOD has given to His Jewish People for an everlasting possession. GENESIS 17.7-8.
The name Zionism was conceived by Nathan Birnbaum in 1890. And Theodor Herzl became the head of the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland in 1897. And there he established The World Zionist Organization.
The Land of Israel is poetically called Zion. The return of the Jewish People to Israel is deeply ingrained in Jewish religious thought. The dreams of the exiles in Babylon to return home. The dreams of the Jewish People are also expressed in the Psalms, and The Book of Ezekiel in prophesy after the destruction of the second Temple.
Our return to our Homeland Israel became imprinted in all forms of religious expression. Jews turned to Jerusalem in prayer. Their prayers continuously appealed to GOD to return His people to their homeland, and rebuild the Temple. Jewish prayers in the Diaspora, Jews living outside of Israel, prayed for The LORD OUR GOD to return us to our homeland, The Land of Israel. Jewish poems often turned to Zion. And at the end of the Passover seder, many say, Next year in Jerusalem.
Zion was originally a Jebusite hill fortress in southern Jerusalem that was conquered by King David and named The City of David. As the City expanded to the north, Zion also marked the site of the Temple that was built by David’s son Solomon.
Mt. Zion in Jerusalem became a Jewish pilgrimage site particularly for Jews from Muslim lands, notably from 1948 to 1967 when the Western Wall, the retaining wall for the Temple, was under Jordanian rule and was closed to Israelis and all Jews. 2 SAMUEL 5.6-9
The Prophets speak of Zion as the entire Jewish Kingdom that is The Land of Israel from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates River. Or the People of Israel. Zion is also spoken of as a forsaken spouse, and the Jewish People in distress. While in prophecies, Zion is mentioned as redeemed by GOD, and the mother of reborn Israel.
The concept of Zion became the subject of a prophetic vision as The Divine Seat from which The Word of GOD was to issue forth for the Salvation of all Mankind. Sounds like Messiah’s Words; “Salvation is of the Jews.” And GOD’S Words out of Zion are the source of justice and righteousness. ISAIAH 1.27, ZECHARIAH 2.14, (CHRISTIAN BIBLE ZECHARIAH 2.10), ISAIAH 49.14-16, ISAIAH 66.8-13, ISAIAH 2.3, ISAIAH 33.5, GENESIS 15.18-21
Modern Zionism emerged at the end of the nineteenth century as a political movement, and only a small minority initially embraced Zionism, the return of the Jewish people to their own homeland, The Land of Israel. But the holocaust virtually silenced the opposition to Zionism. And GOD has answered Jewish prayers with the return of millions of Jewish People to Israel in 1948 after the second World War. And many more Jewish People continue to make aliyah, moving to Israel and becoming a Citizen of Israel.
And yes, all our prayers will be answered at the return of Ha Shem, Yeshua The Messiah to establish universal peace, and restore all the Jewish People to their homeland, The Land of Israel.
There will not be one Jewish Person living outside of Israel. Ezekiel 39.28. And The Zion of GOD will be like the Garden of Eden, and The Messiah Yeshua will reign over all the earth from Jerusalem. And peace and joy shall have no end. And every Jewish Person will recognize their Messiah Yeshua and mourn for Him because we have rejected Him for so long. And we will fall in love with Him. ZECHARIAH 12.10
And The LORD YOUR GOD, The Messiah Yeshua will be in the midst of us. He is mighty. He will Save. His will rejoice over you with joy. He will rest in His love. And He will joy over you with singing. ZEPHANIAH 3.17.
AND KNOW THIS, YESHUA THE MESSIAH IS HA SHEM, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.
Shalom. Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader