Zechariah’s Vision Of The Menorah as a Symbol of Israel:
In Catholic Bibles and in collections of apocryphal writings, the story of the rededication of the Second Temple is found in 1 Maccabees. Chanukah, which is also known as the Festival of Light partly celebrates the fact that the seven-branched temple Menorah miraculously stayed lit for eight days on one day’s worth of oil at the time of the Temple’s rededication. This feast also represents the temporary triumph of the Israelites over Hellenistic influences, which allowed them to live their uniquely scriptural and holy way of life. Celebrating this miracle led to the use of the prophetically significant nine-branched Menorah known as a Chanukiah.
As a bringer of light, the Menorah has become associated with the Torah, which brings the truth of God’s Law to light. Interestingly, the Menorah gives light via the mechanism of olive oil, which represents the presence of the Holy Spirit, as it does allegorically in the lamps of the five wise virgins in the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-12). In addition, the lamps held by the five wise virgins also represent the truth given to mankind through Yahshua, who is the Light of the World, and who gives all of His born-again followers the same ability to be lights in the world through His Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:14-16; John 8:12, John 9:5).
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