Last evening I was e-mailing back and forth with a friend about the understandings of Hebrew words. One of the most beautiful Hebraic "pictographs" is found in the word menorah (the seven "candlestick" lampstand that stood in the Temple). The Hebrew word menorah is made up of three root words: the "men" is a prefix or root of the word melech which means kingdom. The Hebrew word or literally means light. The suffix ah is the shortened form of Yah, or Yahweh (God). Therefore the power-packed little word menorah means: THE LIGHT OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
Having pondered this anew last evening, I woke up this morning with a verse from Revelation Chapter 1 on my heart, and I got up early to read it and meditate on it. In this verse the apostle John, banished to the island of Patmos, is visited by Yahshua, the Messiah Himself, and this is what he sees:
"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,' dressed in a robe reaching down to His feet and with a golden sash around His chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of rushing waters." (Rev. 1:14-15).
Notice the descriptive words John uses to try, as best he can, to paint for us a picture of our Risen Messiah in all His glory! I highlighted the words that brought to life the picture of the Living King who IS the Light of the Kingdom of Yahweh, who IS the seven golden lampstands (the seven spirits of God - or the fullness of God's Spirit), blazing like fire, glowing like bronze in a furnace!
When John first told us about Yahshua in his account of the Gospel, He told us: "Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:3-5).
This is where our focus must be: on the Living Menorah, the Light of the Kingdom of God, who is in men [in us by the power of the Holy Spirit] and who will not be overcome by the darkness. No matter how fast we may be hurtling toward a New World Order, a global financial system, and a government that completely abandons God, let us be lights that shine in the darkness - knowing and believing that the darkness will not overcome us. May the Light in you bring LIFE today!