THE CANDLESTICK

By L. Campbell Evans

Exodus 25 vs. 31 "And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall it be made: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops and his flowers shall be of the same." vs. 32 - "And six branches shall come out of the sides of it: three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:" vs. 36 - "their knops and their branches shall be the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold" vs. 37 - "And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it." vs. 39 - Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels"

In The Holy Place, we find the Golden Candlestick, the Altar of Incense, and the Table of Shewbread. The Holy Place was fully enclosed and the candlestick was the only source of light within that room. Amazingly it was made from a solid piece (one talent) of gold and was beaten into the ONE piece which it was to become. The branches were not made and then attached to the candlestick, they were one with the Candlestick. Gold was not melted down and poured into a mold. From the beating of the gold, the formation of the central shaft took place which progressively began to bring for the branches as once with the shaft bearing witness to the scriptures:

"From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus" Ephesians 6:17

The Candlestick was one piece of gold (Divine Nature) and one beaten work which had six (the number for man) branches and one (Jesus) central shaft. So we have God and man together as one which give a total of seven (perfection) appetures which represents the reality that we are not attached to Christ, rather we come forth from Him thereby making us one with Him. Christ as the central shaft is the mediator (1Tim. 2:5), the one through whom flows oil (anointing) to give light. As branches, our connection (divine union) with Christ brings light and life. The Candlestick was both the light and the light bearer. Truly it was one solid piece of cunning workmanship. It is said that the oil was in the bottom of the central shaft and that it flowed up and through the branches to give light.

"....I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12

"...As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." John 9:5

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light......" John 3:19

"...that God is light and in him is no darkness at all." 1John 1:5

"Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17

"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness" 1Thessalonians 5:5

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matt. 5:14-16

And so we see that Jesus is the light of the world and He called us lights, and John called our Father, the Father of lights. Hallelujah. Jesus came and he was spotless and without wrinkle. He was one piece of pure gold. He was "God manifest in the flesh" 1Tim. 3:16, and was beaten, and when they crucified and pierced His side, blood and water (His life of which was both divine & human) burst forth upon the earth. The womb of God had opened and brought forth a new creation which was to be the full of expression of both God and man as one. Man (6 branches) was short of perfection, but as a part coming forth from the central shaft (1), both together made (7) which expressed completion and perfection.

"For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power." Colossians 2:9-10

"Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:" Eph. 2:15-16

"According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." Eph. 1:4

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Eph. 2:10

"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first born among many brethren." Rom. 8:29

"That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse ation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world." Phil. 2:15

Long before the foundation of the world, God saw us without spot or wrinkle. He saw that through His workmanship, man would come forth through Christ Jesus making one new man. Through His eternal person we emerge a new creation coming unto manifestation as sons, created unto good works. In the study of the Vine and the branches, we see once again the pattern. (See Cupbearer Journal II, article "The Vine and the Branches")

So in the house of God, the oil (Holy Spirit, anointing) flows through the Candlestick and brings forth glorious light to the room, illuminating the Table of Shewbread (bringing revelation to the Word of God) and the Altar of Incense (prayers & intercession before God).

"For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God; for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him" John 3:34 (note: unto him is in italics in the scriptures, signifying that those words were added to the original text)

According to Romans 12:3, God give to every man the measure of faith. That means the appropriate amount. But the Holy Spirit is not fragmented nor does God give Him by measure. Jesus received the fulness of the Holy Spirit and that fulness flows out of Him into and through us and bears light. And the Candlestick burns continuously speaking of an eternal light and illumination (revelation). And so, we do not have to look for a man to teach us, for we have the anointing in us and the unction of the Holy One who will lead and guide us into all truth (1John 2:27). Also as the oil (Holy Spirit) flows through the 7 appetures of the vessel, it speaks to us of the seven Spirits of God which are in their oneness the perfection and fulness of the Holy Spirit. They are the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Might, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Knowledge, and the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord. (Isa. 11:1-2)

On each of the branches were 3 knops, 3 bowls, and 3 flowers for a total of nine which represents the fruits of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. On the central shaft were 4 knops, 4 bowls, and 4 flowers for a total of twelve which represent the divine government of God. So we see here that the fruits and the giftings flow out of the divine government of God and that also all is but an extension of the center, which is Christ Jesus. Together they are one. They are the church. Now we can understand the significance of one talent!, and why Jesus was so upset over it being buried. It only took one talent of gold to build the church.

God in His skillfulness by the impartation of wisdom brought forth a vessel through man which was only made once and would never be duplicated again. Can we hear the Spirit of God? Yet it was only a shadow of that which was to come:

"And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all." Eph. 1:22-23 (KJV)

"Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all (for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and who fills everything everywhere with Himself)". Eph. 1:23

Yes, God in His wisdom brought forth a man (Jesus) who created a vessel (Himself and the Church) and did a work never again to be duplicated