The Ark of the Covenant, the Menorah, and so on, find their reality in the Heavenly Throne Room. The golden fixtures of the Tabernacle and later the Temple, which were built by the artist, Bezaleel, are models, resembling the actual. During the forty days and forty nights up in Mt. Sinai, Moses received instructions as to the details of their appearance and how they would be constructed. As Yahweh ended His conference with Moses, He explained the importance of the Sabbath, saying that it is sign, between Himself and Israel, a bond. Yahweh married Israel at Mt. Sinai, or by another name, Mt. Luz or Laws. Then the Stone Tablets, and His Commandments written with His own finger into these stones, were given to Moses.
The original “candlestick” or Menorah, was fashioned in the form of a tree. It is, and I say “is” because it exists in hiding. A tree is known by it’s fruit, therefore we could conclude that it is the semblance of an almond tree. Almond blossoms and buds are among it’s prominent features. It is called a menorah because it’s branches were shaped like a yoke. A yoke in ancient times was a tree branch or iron bar formed into a “U” shape, which went up under the neck of a beast of burden, then through a crossbeam over the back of the neck.
The Menorah’s buds and blossoms are highly significant. Blossoms are the promise of fruit, something enormously satisfying, they are a feast for the eyes, perfume to the nose and the hope of a harvest. They are a splash of brilliance among the grayness and the tender, awakening greenery. They are the early sign of Spring, a beginning, cheerful gladness, the slumber of winter has ended. Shoshan!
There is a central trunk with three branches growing out of each side, comprising of seven lights. The lamp cups which hold the oil containers and the wicks are at the end of the branches, lined up in a row. The central light on the main trunk has four cups. This can be found in Exodus 25.
The primary purpose of the Menorah, of course, is to give light. Lamps were lit to light the room. There is always more, if we obey Y’shua’s directive to seek, that we may find. The message in the almond, speaking to us through the ages, is to be alert. A warning never more important than right now. Y’shua very often admonished us to watch. Watch and pray always, watch for ye know not, I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch. Watch, that you enter not into temptation. Y’shua watched and prayed in Gethsemane before His arrest. His disciples fell asleep. An important lesson to us now. The fears, assaults and cares we face, can break our will, steal our gladness, stomp, trample our joy. Or, some of us simply give up, or move on to worldly pursuits. We stop watching.
Take the golden almond flower cradling the little cup of oil to heart. Y’shua gave the parable of the Ten Virgins, it’s the same message. Oil, lamps, watching for our Bride Groom, to us, out of the Heavenly Throne Room!
Special Note: Some may suspect the flower metaphor is “feminized.” This conclusion is not based on knowledge. The open flower motif was carved into the cedar wall panels along with palm trees and charoobs in the First Temple. Open flowers and flower buds were a major theme of the original Menorah.