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Golden Lampstands
(Revelation 1.12)
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" I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man" (Revelation 1.12-13a)


LampstandsThe Apostle John turned to "see the voice" and saw instead "seven golden lampstands." He must have been somewhat surprised to see not a person but lampstands instead. The lampstands in the Tabernacle or the Temple were called "Menorah" and were of solid gold and had seven branches, three on one side, three on the other, and one in the center. These lampstands were also described in Exodus 25.31-37 as giving light to the Holy Tent or Tabernacle.

Golden Lampstands

The instructions for building the Temple and its furnishings read, "Make a lampstand of pure gold. Hammer out its base and shaft, and make its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them. Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand - three on one side and three on the other. Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds, and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand. And on the lampstand, there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms. One bud shall be under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair - six branches in all. The buds and branches shall all be of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold."

Solomon's Great Temple

Golden Lampstands"The golden lampstands," were also pictured in Solomon's Great Temple. According to Zechariah 4.2, there was "a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps." The golden lampstands in Revelation were sometimes interpreted as the seven churches on the road to Ephesus addressed in Revelation 1.11. The seven churches were Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. Each church was charged with bringing the light of the Gospel to their area and to the world.

"Golden Lampstands"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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