Who Disgraced the Lampstand?
Jerusalem was one of the wealthiest cities in the Roman Empire. Its Temple was stocked with gold. Yet, its wealth did not saved the city from ruin. Roman legions furiously attacked in the year 70. They seized the Menorah, Table of the Showbread, silver trumpets, and all personal wealth deposited in the holy house. The sacred furnishings sparkled in the grand triumphal procession held later in Rome, to the din of cheering crowds. The inglorious event, with lampstand raised high, is now memorialized on the Arch of Titus.
Any visitor today to Rome’s Arch of Titus can see images from the Jerusalem Temple. Artisans memorialized Roman supremacy with haunting depictions of triumphant soldiers and defeated Jewish prisoners. The figures toted the Temple’s most treasured furnishings. The sculptors who labored over the arch accurately reproduced the scene in chiseled marble. The carving is skillful. But, something is wrong. A secret is hidden there.
The candlestick was commissioned by the Most High to serve as a metaphor. Its golden light expressed biblical wisdom, knowledge, righteousness, and the Divine Presence. It encapsulated the radiance of the Messiah. It described His followers. It mirrored the Tree of Life. It promised resurrection. Yet, the Second Menorah, depicted on the Arch of Titus, was embellished with graven images and unclean creatures.
Although the images have eroded over time, a dragon emerges from the center panel. In two side panels are carved eagles with garlands in their beaks. The new edition of Secrets of the Menorah divulges the significance of the battle of light and darkness.
Yeshua rightly declared, “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light” (Luke 8:17). Let us flee hidden darkness and elevate Menorah light.
Published July 19, 2018