The golden candlestick or menorah speaks of light and illumination, so it symbolizes divine understanding of the Word. As we mature in Grace and Truth we become able to see and apply God’s Word whenever and wherever it is needed.
Rev 4:5 “…In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. NIV
The basis of Cho’s prayer for the characteristics of the Spirit of God is found in Isa 11: wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear of the Lord, holiness.
See the full prayer below but this is the specific segment I’m referencing by Yonggi Cho, “I open the curtain and walk into the Holy Place. There I see the candlesticks, symbolic of the Holy Spirit, the sevenfold Spirit of God: wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear of the Lord, holiness.
Holy Spirit, I welcome a deeper more intimate relationship with you today. Through your anointing give me your wisdom. Help me to solve all the problems I face through your wisdom.
Give me your understanding so that I may understand the deep truths of God, and I may live those truths and pass them on to my children.”
There is a 9 branch menorah, called in Hebrew 'Chanukiyyah', is used only during the holiday of Chanukah. It was created to commemorate the victory of the Jewish Maccabees over the Greco/Syrians in 165 B.C.E. and the miraculous burning of a one-day supply of oil (in the 7 branch menorah!) for eight days. On the Chanukah menorah, eight of the arms are for the candles which represent the 8 miracle days, and the ninth arm is for the candle used to light the others. That special ninth arm is called the "shamash," and it is usually placed above the other arms, although sometimes it can be found to the side or below the others.
The menorah we see in the Tabernacle is a stem (representing God) w six branches representing the number of man. This speaks of the church, which is born out for Christ.
John 15:5 I am the Vine; you are the branches… NIV
As the "light of the world”, Jesus brought the TRUTH of God into the world -- He spoke as the direct messenger of the Father. His words were the Father's words. He himself said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent me" (John 7:16). He also declared, "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me" (John 6:38). Further, He declared: "I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things" (John 8:28).
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life" (John 8:12).
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. NIV
Jesus came to release the light of God within the darkness of Fallen humanity on a level that had never been experienced before! Not only are we enlightened to the revelation of God and the wisdom of God but we become His light to our world!
Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. NIV
The Church is God's "menorah" in the earth: God's Spirit-filled children who burn with His divine fire declaring his truth with power and anointing!
Confidence is born first from the altar where the fear of God brings confidence to stand boldly before his throne. We then take his word in our hand with boldness at the laver. Now in the holy place we find this fascinating revelation of being spirit empowered people who are part of God’s plan to bring his kingdom to the earth!
Rev 1:20 “…the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” NIV
The Church, as a whole, now IS the 'body of Christ' on this earth.
John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. NIV
What kind of light are you? How much are you shining forth quietly in good works?
We Bring GP2RL Action Point:
Pray through the tabernacle this week asking God to activate the anointing in your life.
DISCUSSION GUIDE FOR COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERS
1. What was something that stood out to you from Sunday’s message?
2. Share a time when you had wrong or bad information that led you to a bad decision.
The candlestick in the Holy Place speaks of so many truths. The primary truth we understand is illumination, which speaks of revelation. God’s Word is revealed as a light.
Ps 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. NIV
We can probably all relate to trying to find our way through the dark at night, perhaps making our way to the bathroom. Many times a semi state of slumber coupled with the darkness can lead to a painful conclusion with a toe.
Along these same lines it is easy to wonder around in darkness, spiritually speaking, suffering bumps and bruises God never desired for us to experience.
3. What are some common problems people could avoid in our day if they would only stay true to God’s Word?
God’s desire for us is that we not live in a state of slumber and darkness but we be awakened to his desire for our lives to flourish as we understand and obey his Word.
The origin of the word, “light” is the same origin as the word, “knowledge”. This is why the idea of knowing something is expressed by the concept of being “enlightened.” God desires for us to live enlightened lives! Interestingly the origin of the word “darkness” is the same origin as the word “ignorance.” The enemy effectively works in our lives when we are ignorant of God’s Word.
Eph 5:14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” NIV
4. In the Tabernacle the candles wouldn’t burn if they didn’t continually have oil. Oil speaks of the Holy Spirit. Share some of the ways you stay full of the Spirit so you can be the light God’s called you to be to your world?
1 Pet 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. NIV
Read through the Tabernacle Prayer this week inviting God to fill you with His Spirit and make you the light He’s called you to be to others.
TABERNACLE PRAYER - CHO
Father I desire to pray today, so I come to your mountain right NOW -- seeking You. I cry out for your anointing today! Anoint me, Lord! Only through more anointing can I carry out my work according to your will for me and only by your anointing can I fulfill your plan for my life. It was you who commanded Moses to build the tabernacle in the wilderness. Lord, you dwelt there and met your people there. The Tabernacle is the only place the Israelites worshipped. It illustrates your pattern of worship. The Tabernacle holds the sequence of entering God’s presence and more effectively activating our anointing! I desire more today. I thank you for the tabernacle model through Moses, in Jesus, and in Heaven. I thank you for the Courtyard – where the Brazen Altar and the Laver are. I thank you for the Holy Place – where the Candlesticks are, as well as the Table of Showbread and the Altar of Incense. I thank you for the Holy of Holies – where the Arc of the Covenant and your Mercy Seat reside. Today – according to your Word – I am a priest in your temple, my body. My spirit is as the Holy of Holies. My mind is as the Holy Place. My physical body is as the Courtyard. Come, Lord Jesus! Work through my spirit, through my mind, through my body. I directly worship you, Lord, through the temple of my body, my mind and my spirit. I am a priest unto the Lord.
Jesus, you are the High Priest of Heaven. Teach me my priestly duties today. Teach me according to your ordained pattern of approaching God.
THE BRAZEN ALTAR
In my imagination I come to temple of the Holy Spirit. I see the Tabernacle Courtyard in my mind. I see the Brazen Altar. I remember the different offerings presented at the Brazen Altar: sin, trespass, burnt, thanks, reconciliation. These foretold the sacrifice of Jesus Christ at Calvary. I recognize the tremendous cost of sin.
CONFIDENCE - I believe the Cross of Jesus Christ replaces the Brazen Altar for me today. The blood of Jesus Christ replaces the blood of animals for me – one sacrifice for all time through Jesus Christ. My sin is forgiven – I am declared righteous through the cross. No guilt and shame for me today; I have a clean slate.
I will enjoy the Glory of God today. The Shekinah Glory is in me.
Lord, through your shed blood you conquered the world and the devil. Give me sanctification and fullness of the Holy Spirit through the blood of Jesus. Any hold that the world or the devil has on me is canceled and broken right now in Jesus’s name! Because of the blood, I am free!
You hung on the cross and took my infirmities – I am healed. Sickness is illegal in me. I am healed today! By the stripes Jesus endured in the courtyard of Pilate I am healed!
Through the Cross – through your blood – I am redeemed from the curse.
You hung on a cross so the Abrahamic blessing would be mine. I am a blessed person! I am no longer under the curse. I am under the blessing of Christ today – in my home, work, ministry and family. There is no poverty – no curse for me. You became poor for me so that I can be rich in Jesus Christ. In Christ I am redeemed completely from any negative thinking. No cloudy thinking for me today – only clarity on my freedom from the curse and freedom from poverty. This is a major blessing of the blood of Christ.
I am redeemed from death and hell. Through His death on the cross, resurrection and ascension, I am spiritually with Jesus according to Scripture. I see His redeeming grace flowing to me now.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, that my mind is renewed in you as I pray this way, claiming these truths, worshipping you. Thank you for renewing me from a mind that was clouded with lies and negative thoughts. I have nothing to do with the filthy things of the world. I reject the lie. I cut off every tie with the dark side in Jesus’ Name.
Lord, Clarify my vision of myself as an adopted child of God, a member of your family of priests. Make me aware of my new identity – a new person in you, a new creation through the blood of Jesus Christ. I have no more identity crisis. I have a clear identity in Jesus Christ!
I will not accept the devil’s messages sent to me today. My mind is no longer victimized by the devil’s lies. I am a NEW CREATURE, a NEW CREATION. I AM HOLY, I am SANCTIFIED, I am BLESSED; the GLORY OF GOD IS MINE! Everyday that I renew my mind, I confirm and affirm my new identity. I worship Jesus and His sacrifice for me.
Through the Blood of Jesus I am:
• Adopted into your family as a child of God.
• Ordained as a priest in your royal priesthood.
The Blood has delivered me:
• From sin to RIGHTEOUSNESS.
• From the world and the devil to the HOLY SPIRIT & the THRONE OF GOD.
• From sickness to HEALTH & HEALING.
• From a cursed mindset of poverty to GOD’S BLESSINGS THE ABRAHAMIC BLESSING.
I get to experience GOD’S GLORY every day. I discard my cloudy identity of the past and receive a CLEAR IDENTITY in Jesus Christ today! All this happens through the cross and the blood of Jesus Christ. I worship Jesus at the Brazen Altar in the Courtyard of the Tabernacle.
Lord, I invite you, Expose Sin In Me
This is the place I clean my conscience daily like taking a bath or shower. The priests wash their hands, feet and face at the Laver. It is a mirror. Before going into the Holy Place, I look at myself in the Laver. I evaluate my heart as I reflect on the 10 commandments pursuing a clear conscience. I can’t drag my guilty conscience into your presence. You won’t allow it.
Commandment 1 – Do I worship any other Gods? Do I put myself (self worship) ahead of (worship of Jesus)?
There is only one God, in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Forgive me, Lord, for dishonoring you by entertaining other gods.
Commandment 2 – Do I bow to any idols? Have I placed my role as husband, father, career person ahead of my role as a priest unto the Lord? Am I giving the first fruits of my day to something else? Am I worshiping graven images of money or power?
Forgive me for dishonoring you by worshipping idols.
Commandment 3 – Do I call God’s name in vain – any of God’s names?
Forgive me for dishonoring you by taking any of your names in vain.
Commandment 4 – Do I honor God by keeping the Sabbath Holy? Am I paying tithes and keeping the Sabbath before expecting blessing from Lord?
Forgive me for dishonoring your Sabbath commandment. Teach me your ways!
Commandment 5 - Do I honor my parents or blame my parents for my problems? Do I dishonor those you put in authority over me – pastors, government leaders, school board, etc.? Do I gossip about them?
Forgive us, Father, for our negative cultural influence that disrespects our parents and dishonors you. May I be free from that influence! Forgive me for dishonoring my parents and any in authority over me. I bring honor to you today. Forgive me for dishonoring you, my Father in heaven.
Commandment 6 - Do I kill by hating? In what ways am I programming my mind or the minds of my children to hate or be angry or hold prejudice against anyone?
I forgive others right now. I release all offenses. I repent of any angry words spoken. Forgive me for dishonoring you through angry words and hatred. O Lord, deliver me from an angry, bitter heart. Only you can do this. I have failed in controlling anger that rises up in me. Only you can give me the grace to have victory over this.
Commandment 7 - Do I commit adultery or entertain lustful thoughts?
Forgive me for dishonoring you by being sexually impure. Cleanse me and make me holy! Give me the fear of the Lord. Help me to walk softly before you. Deliver me from the idolatry of the female form. Deliver me from unhealthy appetites.
Commandment 8 - Am I stealing -- from You, Lord, or anyone? Am I squandering or misusing your gifts to me? Am I dishonest in my work, taking anything without paying for it or without permission?
Forgive me for poor stewardship, for stealing or squandering time, talents, treasures from you, Lord. Forgive me for my dishonest gains and give me grace to return or restore what I have taken wrongly. Make me a good steward of your temple, my body, and all these things you’ve given me to manage as a priest in your temple.
Commandment 9 - Am I witnessing falsely?
Forgive me for lying. Forgive me for being a false witness of Jesus. Forgive me for believing false ideas and vain philosophies. I want to be a true witness of Jesus Christ. Forgive me for dishonoring you by trusting false things. Give me the way, the truth, and the life in Jesus Christ!
Commandment 10 – Am I coveting? Am I coveting things you don’t want me to have –my neighbor’s house, car, reputation, wife, children, lifestyle? Covetousness is the first sin – the downfall of Eve and Adam that caused their disobedience. Am I coveting anything? Am I coveting my lifestyle?
All blessings are from the Lord. I am grateful for my (spouse), my children, my home, my career.
All abundance is from you, Lord. You are the source of all blessings and abundance. Forgive me for dishonoring you by wanting anything outside of your will for me. God, you are a good God – an abundant God. You have a desire to bless me more than I do! I release my time; I release my money so you can make open space in my life. I want to receive your abundance and blessing! Your will be done. Make open spaces in my life.
All this happens through the cross and the blood of Jesus Christ.
I worship Jesus at the Laver in the Courtyard of the Tabernacle.
THE HOLY PLACE
I open the curtain and walk into the Holy Place. There I see the candlesticks, symbolic of the Holy Spirit, the sevenfold Spirit of God: wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear of the Lord, holiness.
Holy Spirit, I welcome a deeper more intimate relationship with you today. Through your anointing give me your wisdom. Help me to solve all the problems I face through your wisdom.
Give me your understanding so that I may understand the deep truths of God, and I may live those truths and pass them on to my children.
Give me counsel so that I will follow your narrow path. If it pleases you, allow me to advise others how to solve their problems.
Give me tremendous might so that I might be used by you to heal the hearts and lives of others and defeat the devil. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Holy Spirit, increase my knowledge of the Bible. Give me a keen fear of the Lord so that I walk very softly before you and not commit any sin. Give me holiness though your presence, O Lord!
Holy Spirit you are a person, not a genie. The Father worked in the forefront during the Old Testament and Jesus worked in the New; I live in the Age of the Holy Spirit.
I don’t want to catch quail with my bare hands. I want your wind to blow the quail into my camp. I want to depend on you, Holy Spirit, not my own strength.
You are a Holy Person with a will and emotions. Forgive me for treating you impersonally. You should be welcomed, loved, caressed, adored, worshipped. You are my senior partner. You are my Lord. I depend upon you. Let’s go Holy Spirit. Thank you for your anointing. Let’s work together. I will follow you.
THE TABLE OF SHOWBREAD
The Showbread is the symbol of the Word of God.
Thank you for your Logos word and your Rhema word. Thank you for the written word and the inspired Word of God. All the 7,000+ promises of God are written in the scriptures. The Logos written word is potentially mine. Rhema is inspired word made alive in my heart today for a specific application.
Give me Lord, your specific word – your Rhema Word – for my life today. Give me this day my daily bread. I must wait on you, Lord, today – if I want to get your inspired Word.
Knowledge can become a kind of false faith. I want true faith from you today, Lord! Operating on knowledge alone can be disobeying you. I want to obey you in all things today.
Naming and claiming promises my finger lands on in scripture is a dangerous business. Waiting on you, Lord, for Rhema is the way of the mature disciple.
Jesus, you spoke of this truth when you said: Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the MOUTH of God. (Matt. 4:4)
THE ALTAR OF INCENSE
Father, you are omnipotent. You can do anything and I will believe you. Give me perfect faith in Jesus Christ.
I CHOOSE by exercising my free will today. I choose to believe YOU! I reject fear and doubt. I will never choose either of them.
I trust you. I trust your Word. I trust you, Holy Spirit. You are always with me. You will never leave me or forsake me. John 14:20 says, you are in me! That’s where you live. Make yourself very real to me today! (When you come to this place pause for a few moments to simply praise God, singing in the Spirit or praying as the Lord leads you.)
John 14:20 At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you.
John 14:21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]
THE HOLY OF HOLIES – ARK OF THE COVENANT
I enter with faith and confidence into the Holy of Holies. I see the blood of Jesus Christ sprinkled on the Mercy seat. It is finished! All my debts have been paid off – paid in full. I am free, free from bondage to sin of any kind.
Through the Blood I have the impartation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ! I am God’s righteousness in Christ. I come into the presence of God without feeling any condemnation because of what Christ has already accomplished for me.
The blood is the answer – it is the final solution for me.
I praise you, Father, for the wonderful, incredible blessing of righteousness imparted to me, your servant, through your Son, Jesus Christ.
Thank you, Lord, that the devil is my defeated enemy through the Blood of Christ. I will not bow to the fear of the roaring lion. He is bluffing and he is defeated.
The Commandments in the Ark
Christ’s blood annuls the power of the law that would make me work for righteousness. The law is my mirror now, not my master. It helps me to clean my face, my conscience. The law does not condemn me.
Christ is my Lord. His blood is the final, finished work that redeems me. The law shows me how to please God and helps me understand when I have grieved and disobeyed God – but it is not my condemner. The blood has changed that forever for me as a New Testament Christian.
No works, no achievements are required for my salvation: only to believe – only faith in the finished work of the Cross.
Thank you, Father, that the blood of Jesus is my deliverance from sin. The blood is my impartation of Christ’s righteousness. The blood brings freedom from fear of Satan. The blood is my freedom from the law of the Old Testament. The blood is my freedom from human works to achieve right standing with you, O Lord!
Eph 2:8-10 For it is by free grace [God’s unmerited favor] that you are saved through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of your own doing, it is the gift of God; it is not because of works [the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. For we are God’s own workmanship, recreated in Christ Jesus that we may do those good works which God planned beforehand for us, that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Prayer In The Holy of Holies:
As you are standing in God’s presence begin to pray personal requests. Pray for those closest to you and work out from there.
It is in God’s presence that our hearts have been prepared to have our prayers answered and our petitions heart. Bring them humbly before the Lord with faith and confidence that he hears you and will answer your prayers.