Box, Table and Light
With Questions and Proposed Answers
Background and printed text: Exodus 25
Exodus 25:1 And Yehovah spoke unto Moshe to say, 2 “Speak unto the children of Israel. And they took an uplifting to me. Ye shall take my uplifting from with every man whose heart will prod him. 3And this is the uplifting that ye shall take from with them: gold and silver and copper 4and shell-fish-cerulean-purple and purple and two earthworms and byssus and goats 5and skins of red rams and skins of seals/badgers and the trees of acacia, 6oil for the light-emanator, spices for the oil of the anointing and for the incense of the sweet-things, 7stones of the onyx and stones of the fillings for the Girding and for the Adornment.
8 “And make-ye a sanctuary to me. And I will abide in your midst. 9According to all that I am showing thee, the building of the abiding-place and the building of all of his utensils, and established, ye shall do.
10 “And ye shall make a trees-of-acacia collection-box. Two forearms and a half is his length and a forearm and a half is his breadth and a forearm and a half is his standing. 11And thou shalt observe him. Ye shall observe pure gold from within and from without.
“And thou shalt make upon him a gold wreathed-work around.
12 “And thou shalt pour out to him four sunk-impressions of gold. And thou shalt give upon four of his impellings, and two sunk-impressions upon his one side and two sunk-impressions upon his second side.
13 “And thou shalt make members of trees of acacia. And thou shalt observe them: gold. 14And thou shalt bring the members via/into the sunk-impressions upon the sides of the collection-box to carry the collection-box via them. 15The members shall be via/into the sunk-impressions of the collection-box! They shall not depart from him!
16 “And thou shalt give the testimonies that I will give unto thee unto the collection-box.
17 “And thou shalt make a pure gold cover: two forearms and a half her length and a forearm and a half her breadth. 18And thou shalt make two Crooveem. Thou shalt make them gold, hard-turned-work from the two edges of the cover. 19And make one Croov from the edge from this and one Croov from the edge from this. Ye shall make the Crooveem from the cover upon two of his edges. 20And the Crooveem shall be spreaders of wings to an ascension interweaving via their wings upon the cover. And their faces are a man unto his brother. Faces of the crooveem shall be unto the cover.
21 “And thou shalt give the cover upon the collection-box from above. And thou shalt give the testimonies that I will give unto thee unto the collection-box. 22And I will make known to thee there. And I will speak with thee all that I will command thee unto the children of Israel from upon the cover from between two of the Crooveem that are upon the collection-box of the testimonies!
23 “And thou shalt make a table the trees of acacia: two forearms his length and a forearm his breadth and a forearm and a half his standing. 24And thou shalt observe him: pure gold. And thou shalt make to him a wreathed-work of gold around. 25And thou shalt make to him a handbreadth enclosure around. And thou shalt make a wreathed-work of gold to his enclosure around.
26 “And thou shalt make to him four sunk-impressions of gold. And thou shalt give the sunk-impressions upon four of the corners that are to four of his feet. 27The sunk-impressions shall be to the communion [union] of the enclosure to houses to the members to carry the table.
28 “And thou shalt make the members trees of acacia. And thou shalt observe them: gold. And he shall carry the table via them.
29 “And thou shalt make his deep-bowls and his palm-of-the-hand-spatulas and his stripped-cups and his innocence-bowls that he will pour via them. Thou shalt make them pure gold.
30 “And thou shalt continually give bread of faces upon the table to my faces!
31 “And thou shalt make a pure gold light-emanator. The light-emanator shall be made hard-turned-work. Her thigh and her acquisition-reed, her pitchers, her hand-guides and her buddings-forth shall be from her!
32 “And six acquisition-reeds are exiting from her sides: three acquisition-reeds of the light-emanator from her one side and three acquisition-reeds of the light-emanator from her second side.
33 “Three watching pitchers are in her one acquisition-reed, a hand-guide and a budding-forth, and three watching pitchers are in her one acquisition-reed, a hand-guide and a budding-forth established to six of the acquisition-reeds exiting from the light emanator.
34 “And four watching pitchers, her hand-guides and her buddings-forth are in the light emanator. 35And a hand-guide is under two of the acquisition-reeds from her, and a hand-guide is under two of the acquisition-reeds from her, and a hand-guide is under two of the acquisition-reeds from her to six of the acquisition reeds exiting from the light emanator. 36Their hand-guides and their acquisition-reeds shall be from her. All of her is one pure gold hard-turned-work.
37 “And thou shalt make her lamps: seven. And he shall make-ascend her lamps. And they shall lighten upon-across her faces.
38 “And her takers and her seizers are of pure gold. 39He shall make her a pure gold orb with all these utensils.
40 “And see and make via their building that thou art seeing in the mountain!”
I. Items for the Uplifting (verses 1-7)
Yehovah spoke unto Moshe so that Moshe would tell these things to the children of Israel. His first directive was, “Speak unto the children of Israel.” He then gave the result of that communication: “And they took an uplifting to me.” (This is like an adult receiving from the hands of a child.)
Yehovah didn’t desire that just everyone would give: “Ye shall take my uplifting from with every man whose heart will prod him.”
He then gave the contents of that uplifting: “And this is the uplifting that ye shall take from with them: gold and silver and copper and shell-fish-cerulean-purple and purple and two earthworms and byssus and goats and skins of red rams and skins of seals/badgers and the trees of acacia, oil for the light-emanator, spices for the oil of the anointing and for the incense of the sweet-things, stones of the onyx and stones of the fillings for the Girding and for the Adornment.”
1. Why did Yehovah speak unto Moshe so that he would speak unto the children of Israel (instead of speaking straight to them)? The Israelis already indicated that they desired Moshe to speak to them instead of Yehovah! They became terrified at His voice!
2. What is an uplifting? This is a ‘childism’ in the Bible: something to which a child can relate. When a young child desires to give something to an adult (or anyone older than the child), the child will lift the item up to the person. This shows total willingness to give the item.
3. What does “whose heart will prod him” mean? This means that the person’s mind (called the heart in most texts of the Bible) will push the person to do something (to give, in this case). The person has a real desire to give.
4. Every item typifies something, and every material typifies something. What does gold typify? Its most obvious property is that is doesn’t rust; in scientific terms, it doesn’t naturally oxidize. When metals oxidize, they can easily wear away, and become corrupted—that is, ruined, of no use, rotted. Thus, gold typifies incorruption: the inability to rot and deteriorate. This will be very important as we continue with the rest of the items.
5. What does silver typify? I figured this out by reading that silver was used when something was being redeemed for a price. Something has been redeemed if a price has been paid for its release from some type of captivity.
(There is another word for redeem that indicates taking something or someone from captivity by force. That isn’t used here.
6. What does copper typify? It typifies justice; it also typifies the result of justice if a person is condemned! Thus, it will also connect with wrath (extremely strong anger)!
7. What does shell-fish-cerulean-purple typify? It typifies completion (since the word itself is rooted in a word meaning to finish).
8. What does purple typify? From the word argemon, ‘arag’ means to weave, braid. The Greek word arachnid comes from this, weaving its web. Ragam means to heap, pile up, accumulate. It also indicates to throw, and is used to mean to translate (as in, to interpret other languages on the fly). Yet, it again has one other significance: to throw colours; to paint.
Determining typology is a matter of considering what words and their pictures mean. Here is a word that means, “I will translate,” that also gives the idea of weaving together, forming a web to catch, accumulating, translating, collecting colours. I propose, then, that this describes those groups that will be formed during the Tribulation, and that will be made of folks from various cultures and colours with various languages who are accumulated and whose speech Yehovah will translate.
9. What do two earthworms typify? This is one of the lowliest creatures that produces a red blood substance. It is an almost powerless (feeble) creature, and despised; yet, it goes through soil with great power.
Two earthworms typify to beings who fit the above description.
10. What is byssus, and what does it typify? Byssus is a fine linen cloth. Linen is made from flax, a plant that produces fibers that can be used for thread.
Byssus typifies the righteousness of Saints.
11. What does a goat typify? It typifies strength. Now, goats don’t have much strength, but they use what they have! Thus, they typify a little strength!
12. What do skins of red rams typify? Ram typifies might (which is greater than the strength shown by a goat; rams are much larger and more powerful). Skin typifies being awakened, aroused, be brought to excitement and action. Red is the same spelling as Adam. Put together, and looking at the Hebrew expression, it means the awakening of their might from Adams—thatis, from men of various races and peoples.
13. What do seals/badgers typify? It seems that identification of this animal has been temporarily lost. (It can be found if writing and a drawing are found together.) That doesn’t mean that one cannot find its type. The word takhash is the right form to mean, thou wilt hasten, thou wilt flee, along with the idea of great passion (intensity of desire). If skin typifies being awakened, aroused, be brought to excitement and action, the two together indicate being awakened and excited to action to hasten and to flee.
14. What do trees typify? They are the opposite of gold: they typify the ability to rot, decay; therefore trees picture mortality and corruptibility.
Also, a tree is a picture of a stable, well-rooted person (distinct from a briar that can be ‘whacked’ down with ease) who is able to give shade and bear fruit.
15. What do trees of acacia typify? The word for acacia in Hebrew, shōt, means to fly at high speeds. It describes the end of a whip or of a flagellum (a microscopic whip of a one-celled creature that uses its whip to swim). (I propose that the branches of the acacia are very good for making a scourge/a whip!)
If this is correct, trees of acacia typify stable, potentially fruit-bearing mortals (humans who could be killed) who will be able to travel at very high speeds (and, if the whip enters in, will be quick and strong to chastise those who don’t cooperate!). That travel, if this is correct, will occur during the Tribulation as groups of these folks go toward Mount Zion during a time when travel will be the most dangerous it has ever been, and when there are more obstacles to travel than there has ever been. These folks will be able to continue traveling as if there are no obstacles and few dangers.
16. What does oil typify? It is typical of fatness (not the Holy Spirit)—what gives individuals or groups the wherewithal to continue to do what is right and beneficial when no external resources are available. That extra provides all that is necessary and more than what is necessary to do what is right for others.
17. What is a light emanator? It is an object that emanates light (that is, it gives off light; it is a source of light). The word in Hebrew means ‘light giver-offer;’ I would rather use a better word: emanator.
18. What do spices typify? They give a sweet fragrance. Yehovah appreciates when behaviours are very good; He can smell works that are excellent and in the fear of Yehovah, and works that are evil!
These spices will be used for the oil of the anointing and for the incense of the sweet things so that their fragrances will be so good!
19. What does anointing typify, and how is it Biblically done? To anoint is to identify (usually by pouring oil over the head) one as determined and fully equipped for a particular work/function (whether that work or function will be for good or for harm). The oil pouring is a picture. Some shepherds put oil over the heads and in the ears of Sheep and goats to minimize bug problems so that the sheep and goats can graze with fewer distractions and irritations, so that they can produce more wool and milk. A person who is anointed will also be less distracted by external forces in the assigned field of service (or the doing of destruction) than would normally be the case.
20. What is incense? It used to be made from tree or bush resins (the liquid that flows from a cut tree or bush), and it was placed on hot coals to give a good-smelling smoke. Incense can now be made of many different things. Incense in the Bible can typify the prayers of Saints (and folks who aren’t yet Saints, but who desire to have the power to do what is right, especially on the behalf of others).
21. What is an onyx stone? Hebrew is a curious language. The very same spelling can sometimes be rendered with a very different meaning. This is how types can be found. The words avney-shoham in Hebrew that mean stones of an onyx can also be read as, “My stone is their lamb.” This speaks of the Lamb of God, the Passover Lamb, who is also the stone that the builders rejected:
Psalm 118:22 “The stone the builders rejected is become the head stone of the corner! 23This is Yehovah’s doing! It is marvellous in our eyes!”
Thus, this statement tells careful and observant readers that Yehovah’s stone is the Lamb of the Israelis, the Lamb Who takes away the sin of the world.
22. What is a filling? It is a setting in these texts: a place where precious stones are set and secured (like what one normally sees in a necklace and earrings).
23. What is a Girding? It is a wrap-around piece of cloth that we will consider when we come to it.
24. What is an Adornment? It is something that helps something else look fancy, dressed up, special, nice, etc. We will consider this when we come to it.
II. The Sanctuary (verses 8-9)
Yehovah next told the Israelis, “And make-ye a sanctuary to me.” He told them why: “And I will abide in your midst.”
His directions were very specific: “According to all that I am showing thee, the building of the abiding-place and the building of all of his utensils, and established, ye shall do.”
1. What is a sanctuary in the Bible? It is a place that is owned. In this case, Yehovah will be the owner.
The word sanctuary in English normally refers to a place of safety; a place of refuge (from danger or trouble). This is not how it is used in the Bible. Instead, it is a place that is owned.
2. What will Yehovah do with this sanctuary? He will abide there in the midst of the Israelis.
3. What does abide mean, and how does it differ from dwelling in a place or living in a place? While abide, dwell and living in are similar, the Bible makes distinctions.
To abide is to spend time at a particular place. It can be for a short period of time, or it can be for a long period of time. It includes both day and night periods of time, and therefore can be one’s residence, but normally it will be more like the city or village in which a person will stay for an entire period of time.
To dwell in a place normally indicates a longer period of time, and it usually indicates the place where a person spends the night. It is more like a residence. To dwell on something in English is to remain there until one is either satisfied or has given up.
To live in a place again shows one’s residence: where one normally spends nights and does morning preparations.
In Yehovah’s case, He will abide in this sanctuary no matter where the Israelis travel and move the sanctuary. He will be there night and day.
4. If Yehovah is everywhere, why does He need or want to abide in the midst of the Israelis? From the beginning, Yehovah desired to abide in the midst of a group—not just any group, but a group that feared Him and consistently did what was right. He chose Israel to be that group. (Because He is everywhere, He can abide in the midst of another group at the same time!) He knew that Israel will eventually become all righteous, and will stay that way as long as the Earth lasts.
At this time in the Bible, however, Israel is a group of idolatrous pagans with many different faiths and gods. Yet, Yehovah is setting the stage for the time when Israel fears Him in righteousness with full faith in Him and in Him alone. That way, He can do excellent things for Israel and for all others who come to fear the Gods of Israel no matter from what race they come; that way, the Israelis can go out and serve the other races as faithful slaves to teach them about Yehovah, about righteousness, justice, grace, and every good thing: to teach them the Speeches of Yehovah and His ways.
5. What is Yehovah stating when He says, “According to all that I am showing thee, the building of the abiding-place and the building of all of his utensils, and established, ye shall do”? He is telling Moshe to make sure to do/make the construction of the abiding place and the construction of every utensil (every item that serves a useful purpose: every tool) exactly according to the way that Yehovah is showing Moshe. Not one item is to vary in any way from what Moshe is seeing. Everything must be exactly perfect.
III. The Collection Box (verses 10-11)
Yehovah told them what next to make: “And ye shall make a trees-of-acacia collection-box.” He gave the dimensions: “Two forearms and a half is his length and a forearm and a half is his breadth and a forearm and a half is his standing.”
He then told him [who?] what to do with it: “And thou shalt observe him.” Then switching to the Israelis, He said, “Ye shall observe pure gold from within and from without.”
1. What is a collection box? It is a box in which items are collected and stored.
2. What is the purpose of this collection box? It will house special items that typify very important things.
3. Why does it have to be made of trees of acacia? I proposed that trees of acacia typify stable, potentially fruit-bearing mortals (humans who could be killed) who will be able to travel at very high speeds (and, if the whip enters in, will be quick and strong to chastise those who don’t cooperate!). If this is correct, a collection box made of what this typifies will have within it certain items to guard: items that will save lives.
4. How long is a forearm? It is approximately 18 inches (1 ½ feet).
5. How long is two forearms and a half? This would be 18 inches + 18 inches + 9 inches, or 45 inches: a little under 4 feet.
6. How long is a forearm and a half? It is 27 inches, or a little over two feet.
7. Why did Yehovah choose these particular dimensions? Some of the types will be difficult to figure; they will take much thought.
The same word used for forearm also means mother, and refers to a mother with fondness: Ima (pronounced eemah).
The same word used for half means my arrow.
The Hebrew text appears to be saying, “Two mothers: and my arrow is his length! And a mother: and my arrow is his breadth! And a mother: and my arrow is his standing!” It is as if all for which the box stands will stand for one mother, since Yehovah’s arrow will be there to maintain his standing. (I will later propose that the box typifies Israel during the Tribulation.) It is as if saving the life of each mother in Israel will be what will keep all Israel alive. The same will be true of two mothers of Israel traveling together. This is all a proposal; I have much more certainty in the other types.
8. Why is the word standing used instead of height? Yehovah designed the language and these statements for types. The word height would only indicate how high it was; the word standing speaks of an event that will occur in which a group will stand even the faces of terrible opponents, and this weak and small group will not fall!
9. The word observe isn’t in any translation anywhere. Why is it in this translation instead of the word overlay, or something like that? Again, Yehovah designed the language and the statements to indicate types. The word normally rendered overlay is rooted in the verb to observe, to look very closely. Thus, I put what the text actually says, and not what translators and scholars have thought that it meant.
10. Who is thou in, “And thou shalt observe him,” who is him, and what is the benefit of observing him? Thou is either Moshe or Israel; the practical answer is Israel, since the observation will lead to the Salvation of many in Israel. Him refers to the collection-box. The timing is much later than our time; it is during the Tribulation. Israel will observe what this box typifies, though the Israelis will likely not think of this until much later. They will then observe pure gold from within and without what the box typifies.
11. What does this collection box typify? I will give this answer away now, though it would be much better if the reader were to figure this out. However, figuring it out will require reading about the pure gold cover with the cherubs, and figuring out the purpose of that lid! Since that would require much thought, and not many are willing to give the thought necessary, I will talk about this collection box.
The collection-box is made of wood (which typifies corruption) and pure gold (the gold typifying incorruptibility and therefore, immortality; the pure part of the gold shows that it is absolutely crystal-glass-clear). Thus, the box shows corruption having put on incorruption. This describes Saints.
Now, this box will hold items given to Israel. The cover will be over the box; the box will be carried. This box typifies Israel! (There. I have given the type away.) I will discuss this much more as more of the types of the items described are discussed.
12. Does pure gold exist today anywhere on earth? I expect that it does, though one who finds it wouldn’t know that it is gold (the metal) at all. Gold is normally yellow, and it isn’t see-through unless it is extremely thin foil. Even then, it isn’t clear. The yellow seems to be from polluting sulfur that cannot be removed by normal means today. (Folks could do things with metals in the past that they cannot seem to be able to presently do. Perhaps they will discover how to do these things in the not-too-distant future.) Were one in possession of a piece of pure, clear gold today, it wouldn’t be worth merely $1,500 an ounce; it would be worth millions per ounce.
IV. Gold Wreathed Work (verse 11)
Yehovah next told him, “And thou shalt make upon him a gold wreathed-work around.”
1. What is wreathed work? It is like the construction of a wreath, which is made by entertwining a vine or something like a vine (flexible branches, say,) with another vine or branch, or with other vines, branches, etc. The idea is to make a structure that shows interweaving (weaving things together).
The word for wreathed work is also the Hebrew word for a stranger, a foreigner to faith (and thus, a foreign follower of false gods, being a foreigner because of being from other races), a non-Israeli sinner.
Look at this text:
Ephesians 2:11 Remember that ye, once the races in the flesh—who are called uncircumcision by that called circumcision in the flesh made by hand—12that ye were at that time apart from Messiah, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the Covenants of promise, not having hope and without God in the world, 13but now in Messiah Yeshua, ye who once were afar off are become near by the blood of the Messiah! 14For He is our peace Who made both one! And He broke down the middle wall of the fence—15having annulled the enmity via His flesh, the teaching of commandments in decrees, in order that He will create the two into one new man via Himself, making peace! 16And He will reconcile both to God in one Body through the cross, having slain the enmity by it! 17And having come, He announced the beneficial-proclamation: peace to you who are afar off and to those near! 18For we both have access to the Father via one Spirit through Him! 19So, then, ye are no longer strangers and sojourners, but-rather fellow citizens of the Saints and of the household of God, 20being built up on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Messiah Yeshua Himself being the cornerstone 21in whom all the building fitted together increases to a holy Temple in Yehovah 22in whom ye are also being built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit!
I underlined certain words that I saw connected this text with the text we are considering in Exodus!
2. What does this wreathed work typify? I propose that it typifies non-Israeli strangers who are followers of false gods and who have pagan practices who become completely connected to Israel by saving lives of Israelis (and others) during the Tribulation. Some will take Israeli children and babies, some will take very old Israelis, some will take Israelis who cannot walk or who are sick—but all will include at least one Israeli in their works of heroism during the Tribulation to bring them to Mount Zion. They will become totally intertwined with Israel by this means, and will be part of those who are incorruptible (what gold typifies), being like a border of gold around the cover of Israel!
V. Sunk Impressions for the Box (verse 12)
Yehovah taught them to form shapes that will teach them about things to come: “And thou shalt pour out to him four sunk-impressions of gold. And thou shalt give upon four of his impellings, and two sunk-impressions upon his one side and two sunk-impressions upon his second side.”
1. What is a sunk impression? When I considered the Hebrew word behind this, I realized that the word indicated two things at the same time: something sunk into something else (that is, it is as if it has been pressed into place deep into something else), and something impressed or pushed down until its shape is inside something else. Thus, I translated the word as sunk-impression.
2. How does a sunk impression look? I propose that these sunk impressions of gold are made like sockets to fit into holes in the box so that bars (described later) can be pushed into the box. Here is a proposed picture:
These are sunk into the box and made of gold to act as shaft holders for the rods (described later) that go into them.
3. What does a sunk impression typify? There are four of them. Four normally indicates universality—that is, that something is true from all four directions: north, south, east and west.
These four are sunk into the box that is a type of Israel, and therefore are part of the box, while still being separate from the box in make-up. They are impressions in the box, and they are beautiful, always showing their connections to the box and going through the two sides of the box. They leave four holes in the box by which other structures (that will typify other groups) will be able to connect into the box. Since they are gold, they typify incorruptibility. I propose that they typify groups of persons who gave their lives so that others can be connected into the box of Israel—others who will help carry the box!
If these things are right, whatever is made of gold like this will typify either persons who heroically died in faith (and thus, the picture of wood covered with gold, which would be a picture of a living mortal person who has put on incorruption, isn’t used, but just gold since the person is incorruptible, but physically died), or God. These heroic persons left lasting and vital impressions in Israel that remind the Israelis and others of the Messiah.
4. What is an impelling, and what does this typify? The Hebrew word paam normally refers to the beating of a clock (even though they never had clocks that beat when this was written!). It shows the rhythm of time. This word means to thrust, impel, push, beat persistently.
During the Tribulation, there will be a universal impelling of the Israelis and their friends to move from wherever they are to Mount Zion. No matter where they start out, they will all be impelled to go, and many will be internally impelled to aid the Jews, including saving their lives at the risk or loss of their own lives, just like Yeshua did.
5. Why are there two sunk-impressions on one side, and two on the other? One reason is for rods that will be installed, two per side, to carry the box. (I can’t think of another; perhaps you can!)
VI. The Members (verses 13-15)
Yehovah told Moshe, “And thou shalt make members of trees of acacia.” He then told him what to do with those members: “And thou shalt observe them: gold.” (Translations use overlay, referring to the gold; I am giving an alternate rendering.)
Moshe was to now connect these members to the box: “And thou shalt bring the members via/into the sunk-impressions upon the sides of the collection-box to carry the collection-box via them.”
Yehovah explained their vital location: “The members shall be via/into the sunk-impressions of the collection-box! They shall not depart from him!”
1. What are these members? They are parts that are separate, and yet they are joined to the box. They will be extendable/retractable into the box.
2. What do these members typify? They typify others who will be joined into the box, yet will be separate from the box. (The box typifies Israel; the cover typifies Yehovah.) Thus, these members will typify non-Jewish folks who will be used to carry the box!
3. If Israel observes them, and sees gold, what does this tell? It tells that they will be/become incorruptible; therefore, they will be/become Saints, those who are born of God.
4. The wording, “And thou shalt bring the members via/into the sunk-impressions,” permits two different wordings. Why are two different wordings permissible, and what does each wording indicate? When the Hebrew letter bayt is attached to a noun at the beginning, it can mean via, which means by means of, or it can mean into, which shows a location or a location change. Readers can usually easily tell which meaning needs to be used in texts; one will make sense, and the other won’t make as much sense. There are texts, however, where the reader won’t be able to tell which meaning is the best or right. This is because there are quite a few texts in which both meanings are exactly right! I propose that this is such a text.
One reading, then, is, “And thou shalt bring the members via the sunk-impressions,” showing that those who typify those sunk-impressions will be the very persons whose heroism will directly ‘lead’ to non-members among the races becoming attached to the box that typifies Israel.
The other reading is, “And thou shalt bring the members into the sunk-impressions,” showing that non-members among the races will come into the very place where those who typify the sunk-impressions are already located so that the members and the ‘sunk-impression’ persons will help carry the box that is Israel during the Tribulation.
5. What does, “shalt bring the members … upon the sides of the collection-box” mean and indicate? The Hebrew word that means upon also means next to. (It also means a few other things that wouldn’t make as much sense in this text. For example, it can mean concerning, as in this sentence: “I wrote to you concerning the events we are planning.” Thus, concerning in English can mean about: “I wrote to you about the events we are planning.”) I propose that this text shows that these members must be attached to the box by being placed into the sunk-impressions, and these members are attached inside the box, being attached to the sides of the box.
If this is correct, it indicates that these members are separate from Israel, but are connected totally within Israel. (Their connection will be permanent.) They are thus under the cover of the box and are visible from the cover.
6. What is the purpose of these members? The text explains: they are “to carry the collection-box via them.” That tells two separate things: the members are designed to be handles to carry the collection box, and others use the members to carry the collection box!
7. The text states, “The members shall be via/into the sunk-impressions of the collection-box.” What does this mean? The first wording is, “The members shall be via the sunk-impressions of the collection-box.” That shows how the members will become … members! Those who represent the sunk-impressions in Israel will be the ones by whom these persons represented by the members will become members! Heroism on the part of the ‘sunk-impression’ folks will lead to non-Jewish folks becoming members.
The second wording is, “The members shall be into the sunk-impressions of the collection-box.” Thus, those members will become connected into Israel by their locations being where the sunk-impression folks were in Israel. This will become obvious to all Israel (if I am right).
8. What does “They shall not depart from him” mean? Once those members become connected to Israel by means of the sunk-impression heroes and heroines, they will never depart from Israel for the rest of their lives. That connection will be permanent for the entire Millennium (thousand years during which the Messiah of Israel reigns).
VII. Placement of the Testimonies (verse 16)
Yehovah told Moshe, “And thou shalt give the testimonies that I will give unto thee unto the collection-box.”
1. What are these testimonies? They are items that will be placed into the box. Each one testifies (that is, gives a statement as if it is a sworn statement of fact) to something that Yehovah considers very important. These items will be listed later, but I will give them now:
- Aharon’s dead-stick-rod that buds, producing almond buds, almond flowers, and almond fruit
- A gold jar
- Manna that is inside the gold jar
- Two slates that have the Ten Statements (‘Ten Commandments’) written on them with the finger of Yehovah
- Later on, a copy of the first five, and then, the first six scrolls of the Bible: Genesis through Joshua
2. Yehovah stated, “And thou shalt give the testimonies that I will give unto thee unto the collection-box.” Why did Yehovah employ the wording, “give unto,” as if the testimonies became the property of the collection box? That is exactly what will occur! That collection box typifies Israel! The testimonies will be given to Israel! Moshe will be the one entrusted to give those testimonies to Israel.
VIII. Cover and ‘Crooveem’ (verses 17-20)
“And thou shalt make a pure gold cover.” This was the cover for the box. He gave the dimensions: “two forearms and a half her length and a forearm and a half her breadth.”
Yehovah told Moshe, “And thou shalt make two Crooveem.” Crooveem are cherubs; cherubs are angels with a high rank among angels and with great power.
Of what were they to be made? “Thou shalt make them gold, hard-turned-work from the two edges of the cover.” (See questions for what this describes.)
Yehovah then specified from where to make the crooveem: “And make one Croov [one cherub] from the edge from this and one Croov from the edge from this. Ye shall make the Crooveem from the cover upon two of his edges.”
In what pose were the crooveem? “And the Crooveem shall be spreaders of wings to an ascension interweaving via their wings upon the cover.”
Where were they to be facing? “And the faces of the Crooveem will be their faces, a man unto his brother unto the cover.”
1. If the cover is pure gold, what does that mean? It means that it is clear, like crystal glass!
Revelation 21:21 The street of the city is pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
Since the cover has no wood, it portrays no mortal person (person capable of dying). It instead only portrays immortality. God alone is strictly immortal by nature.
2. Why must this cover be two forearms and a half by a forearm and a half? It must exactly fit the top of the collection-box.
I proposed above that the forearm is also the Hebrew word for mother, and that two forearms can represent two mothers, with the word half in Hebrew also meaning my arrow. If this is at all right, it would read, “Two mothers and my arrow are her length, and a mother and my arrow are her breadth.” I proposed above that these refer to women during the Tribulation who represent all of Israel, since all of Israel will be saved by these women being saved from death.
3. What are crooveem? The word crooveem is plural. It is normally spelled cherubim. The singular form is caroov, and it is normally spelled cherub.
While there are angels that are crooveem, in this text the crooveem are not regular angels; they are Yehovah Himself. Yet, there are two of them. They are made of gold, showing both immortality (the inability to die) and incorruptibility (never rotting, decaying, never being harmed, hurt, sick, etc.).
These ‘angels’ cannot be formed and then connected to the cover; they must be formed while connected to the cover! They must be formed from the two edges of the cover. Thus, whatever the cover is, these crooveem are exactly the same in substance (that is, in the stuff of which they are formed).
4. What do the cover and the two crooveem typify? They are made of one piece of pure gold. The cover itself is over all Israel, since the box typifies Israel. The crooveem have their wings spread over the cover and ascending; the wings are also interwoven over the cover. Thus, the crooveem are in a protective position above the cover and above the box that typifies Israel. The two crooveem are facing each other and the cover.
When I considered what this cover and crooveem typified, I thought of a text:
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hearken, Israel! Yehovah, our Gods, Yehovah is one!
I then knew what this cover and crooveem typified.
One Caroov is Yehovah the Father.
The cover is Yeshua Who is one with the Father.
The other Caroov is Yehovah the Spirit.
The two Carooveem are pictured as angels because the Angel Yehovah is Yehovah, and yet He appears and acts like an angel (a messenger, since the same word that means angel also means messenger).
Yeshua is the Cover because He covers over Israel in so many ways. His blood was shed in order for Him to be the covering for Israel, as well as to remove the sin of Israel.
All of Yehovah is involved in protecting Israel (even though Yehovah’s wrath against Israel at various times has brought Israel nearly to extinction).
5. What is hard-turned-work? When I considered this Hebrew word, I found that it meant both hard and turned work. Thus, I rendered it hard-turned-work. It describes forming something without any shavings by turning it. It is a process that I don’t understand. It wasn’t done by melting the gold and pouring it into forms; it was done by somehow turning the metal to form the shapes as if the metal were clay. Yehovah gave instruction for doing this; two men were instructed on how to do this, and they did it exactly right. They were also able to teach others how to do this.
6. Since the crooveem were made from opposite edges of the cover, what does this show? This shows that Messiah Yeshua, the cover, is both one with Yehovah the Father and Yehovah the Spirit; He is directly connected to both. Yet, He appears separated by shape, but not separated because of the one piece of undivided gold.
7. What does “their faces are a man unto his brother” mean? This means that the crooveem are facing each other; they aren’t facing in some other direction.
8. What does “Faces of the crooveem shall be unto the cover” mean? This means that they are looking at the cover while they are facing each other.
9. Why is the position of their faces so important? This shows that Yehovah, Yeshua, Yehovah are coordinated in all that they are doing while they watch and guard Israel, and while Yeshua covers for all Israel. The plan of God was not broken when Yeshua gave His life to cover Israel! He humbled Himself to become a mortal while He continued to be one substance with Yehovah the Father and Yehovah the Spirit! He thus also became a hero! As a cover, He faced down to the box and up to the two crooveem!
Also, Yehovah the Father and Yehovah the Spirit never turned at any time from Yeshua the Cover. (Thus, Yehovah the Father never “turned His back” on Yeshua as some wrongly suppose.)
IX. The Cover, Contents, and Yehovah (verses 21-22)
Yehovah stated, “And thou shalt give the cover upon the collection-box from above.”
He said what to do with the testimonies: “And thou shalt give the testimonies that I will give unto thee unto the collection-box.”
Yehovah promised where and what He would communicate to Moshe: “And I will make known to thee there. And I will speak with thee all that I will command thee unto the children of Israel from upon the cover from between two of the Crooveem that are upon the collection-box of the testimonies!”
1. Why is Moshe told to “give the cover upon the collection-box from above”? Moshe is acting in the role of Yehovah the Father. Yehovah the Father gave Yeshua, the cover upon Israel, from above—that is, from the heavens:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…
John 3:13 No man has ascended up to the heavens except He Who came down from the heavens: the Son of Adam Who is in the heavens!
2. Again, why is “And thou shalt give the testimonies that I will give unto thee unto the collection-box” worded that way? Those testimonies mentioned earlier in this chapter will be given unto Israel, the great collection box of Yehovah, to hold them and show them to the world. (We will discuss the items when we come to them.) Please notice how often the word give is used in these texts.
3. Yehovah stated, “And I will make known to thee there.” What will He make known? He will make known the testimonies, and He will make many other things known to Israel from the cover of that collection box. He will also make Himself known to Israel from that Cover (that is Messiah!).
4. Yehovah stated, “And I will speak with thee all that I will command thee unto the children of Israel from upon the cover from between two of the Crooveem that are upon the collection-box of the testimonies!” What does this show? Since the Cover is between two of the Crooveem, Yehovah will speak with Moshe all that He will command Moshe to tell the children of Israel using Yeshua! This is explained in another text:
Revelation 19:10 The testimony of Yeshua is the spirit of prophecy!
X. The Table (verses 23-25)
“And thou shalt make a table the trees of acacia.” He again gave dimensions: “two forearms his length and a forearm his breadth and a forearm and a half his standing.” He also again said what to do with the table: “two forearms his length and a forearm his breadth and a forearm and a half his standing.”
This table had a particular design around it: “And thou shalt make to him a wreathed-work of gold around.” It also had another structure around it: “And thou shalt make to him a handbreadth enclosure around.” There was then a third structure: “And thou shalt make a wreathed-work of gold to his enclosure around.”
1. What does a table typify? A table is a place for food and for communication. It is a gathering spot for meals and for making decisions. I propose that a table typifies these things.
This table has no chairs. Thus, it doesn’t typify sitting, giving me the impression that participants at this table are on the move.
If what we proposed above holds, and trees of acacia typify stable, potentially fruit-bearing mortals (humans who could be killed) who will be able to travel at very high speeds, those who typify this table will be ‘gathering spots’ for meals, for decisions and for communication. This table will be made of folks who fulfill the following text:
Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of lives! And he who acquires beings is wise!
The measure of these folks will again be seen as two forearms as his length and a forearm his breadth and a forearm and a half his standing. If forearms (in Hebrew also meaning mothers) indicates mothers, there will be two mothers who make up the length, one mother who takes care of the breadth, and a mother and “my arrow,” the standing of the table. (I propose that this shows Yehovah’s protection for the table.)
I don’t see that the table is identified particularly with Israel. I therefore propose that it refers to non-Jewish Saints who will be saving the lives of Israeli and non-Israeli children (see below).
2. What does observing the table to be pure gold indicate? Since wood indicates corruptibility (the ability to rot and decay, and therefore, to die), and gold indicates incorruptibility (showing that beings that are described by this along with wood have been changed from corruption to incorruption, and thus showing that they have been born of God), these who make up this table will be born of God; that will be observable.
3. What does wreathed work of gold typify, and what is this? Whatever is wreathed is intertwined, meaning that it is wrapped together as in orbs to form a bond. Think of a wreath where flowers or vines are set in a orb.
Each orb being made of gold, I propose that it refers to Yehovah Himself as in this text:
Psalm 34:7 Angel Yehovah camped around to His fearers! And He extricated them! [That is, He pulled them out quickly from a deadly situation!]
The wreathed work of gold, if this is correct, shows the work of the Angel Yehovah in all the individual cases of the persons who make up this table. The Angel camped around them!
4. What is this handbreadth enclosure? The Hebrew word for handbreadth has the following acceptations: to extend, spread, trip, take quick little steps; to spread out; to carry on the palms, dandle; to rear children. The word has everything to do with very young children. Even the word dandle pertains to children, since it means to move a baby or child up and down lightly on one’s knee or in one’s arm (from Dictionary.com).
Thus, this table is surrounded and enclosed by little children (Jewish and non-Jewish).
5. What is the purpose of this wreathed work of gold that surrounds this enclosure? If what I proposed above is true, again, the Angel Yehovah is completely surrounding the entire enclosure of children and adults who are on the move toward Mount Zion. This reminds me of the sheepfold in John 10!
XI. The Table’s Sunk Impressions (verses 26-27)
“And thou shalt make to him four sunk-impressions of gold.”
Yehovah told Moshe where to place these: “And thou shalt give the sunk-impressions upon four of the corners that are to four of his feet.”
He told what their purpose was: “The sunk-impressions shall be to the communion [union] of the enclosure to houses to the members to carry the table.”
1. What are these sunk-impressions, again? There are four of them. Four normally indicates universality—that is, that something is true from all four directions: north, south, east and west.
These four are sunk into the four corners of the Table that is a type of non-Jewish Saints, and therefore are part of those non-Jewish heroic Saints, while still being separate from the Table in make-up. They are impressions that are to four of the Table’s feet, and they are beautiful, always showing their connections to the Table and going through the corners of the Table. They leave four holes in the Table by which other structures (that will typify other groups) will be able to connect into the Table. Since they are gold, they typify incorruptibility. I propose that they typify groups of persons who gave their lives so that others can be connected into the Table of these Saints—others who will help carry the Table!
If these things are right, whatever is made of gold like this will typify either persons who heroically died in faith (and thus, the picture of wood covered with gold, which would be a picture of a living mortal person who has put on incorruption, isn’t used, but just gold since the person is incorruptible, but physically died), or God. These heroic persons left lasting and vital impressions in these Saints that remind these Saints and others of the Messiah.
Now, there is more to these sunk impressions. They “shall be to the communion [union] of the enclosure to houses to the members to carry the table.” (See the next question.)
2. What do these sunk impressions typify?
Since their purpose is “to the union of the enclosure,” they will help keep the enclosure intact—those who are enclosing these children and bringing them safely to Mount Zion.
Since their purpose is to be “to houses to the members to carry the table,” I propose that they will provide shelter (houses) for the groups that make up this table. They will risk (and often give) their lives in the process of this service; yet, Yehovah will make sure that they will always remain connected to this table; therefore, they will be in the resurrection of the dead Saints. (If I am right, they will come to faith before they die.)
3. Who are these members who carry the table? They are akin to the other members that connect into the box: non-Jewish non-saints who will become Saints who are traveling with the Table to carry those who represent the Table.
XII. The Table’s Members (verse 28)
“And thou shalt make the members trees of acacia.” He told what to do with them: “And thou shalt observe them: gold.” He also told their purposes: “And he shall carry the table via them.”
1. Who is he who will carry the table via the trees of acacia members? This is singular, while the table will be carried by priests (plural). Therefore, this isn’t referring to those priests. I propose that this refers to the Messiah of Israel, Yeshua. He will use these acacia-tree-members to carry the table.
2. Where else might this table be mentioned? I cannot dismiss the following text from describing this table, since the timing is the same:
Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.
In this psalm, the enemies will be able to view this table, but then won’t be able to interfere in any way with what they see.
3. Why would the Messiah use these members who are not necessarily yet born of God to carry the table? Yehovah will reward them with life for what they have done, and He will grant them everlasting life by His fervent and burning zeal that prods Him to take action on their behalves because they were willing to take action for His property at the risk of their own lives! Thus, He will use them in order to everlastingly bless them for doing good and what is right!
XIII. Bowls, Spatulas, Cups and Bowls (verse 29)
“And thou shalt make his deep-bowls and his depressed-spatulas and his collections-cups and his innocence-bowls that he will pour via them.” He told of what these items must be made: “Thou shalt make them pure gold.”
1. What is this “deep bowl,” and what does it typify? The Hebrew word for bowl is related to a word meaning to cut in a mark. It also contains another Hebrew word that means to empty a vessel so that its inside bottom is made bare. Put together, it describes a person (or a group) that is marked as emptied. I propose that this describes a person or group that has lost a family/families. This person (or group) is very ready to be filled, including to take on responsibility for others to fill the void.
2. What is this “palm-of-the-hand spatula,” and what does it typify? The Hebrew word describes the palm of the hand. The palm of the hand is used to grasp. I propose that this describes a person whose hand is now empty, and the person desires to grasp to another.
3. What is this “stripped cup,” and what does it typify? The Hebrew word describes stripping bark from a piece of wood, and lathing it until it is a cup-shaped piece (that is therefore hollowed out). This idea of stripping off and hollowing, I propose, describes a person who will be stripped of all cover and possessions, and who will be hollowed out and ready to contain what is necessary for others and their needs.
4. What is this “innocence bowl,” and what does it typify? This is another kind of bowl. Inside the word for bowl is the word for innocence. I propose that it describes innocent ones who are ready to be filled, and from which pouring will take place.
5. What do these four items have in common? They all have been emptied, and they all are ready to be used and to be filled in order to be poured for others.
6. Why must they be made of pure gold? They will reflect only incorruptibility.
I have proposed that pure gold either typifies deity or a person/group that is righteous and that will die.
I am not comfortable with the second consideration at this time: that it represents deceased heroes/heroines.
If I will take these items to be the first consideration, that they represent deity only, and if I look at the attributes of each of these items, I see that Yeshua was marked and cut out from Yehovah to be emptied:
Philippians 2:5 This mind shall be in you that was also in Messiah Yeshua 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, 7but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a slave, and was made in the likeness of men. 8And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death: even the death of the cross.
It is Yeshua’s hand that grasps those that the Table represents.
He gave Himself to be stripped of all things pertaining to His deity that stopped Him from being in the form of a human slave, and He emptied Himself of all His reputation in order to drink of the cup of the wrath of Yehovah for Israel. He was absolutely innocent. He will pour out wrath on those who try to destroy Israel and Israel’s friends.
7. These items are made for use with what structure? They are made for use with the table. Thus, they will serve the table (and what the table typifies). If I am right, and they all represent different kinds of works that Yeshua will do, they show the different forms of action that Yeshua will take on behalf of the Table, what the Table represents.
XIV. Bread of Faces (verse 30)
“And thou shalt continually give bread of faces upon the table to my faces!”
1. What is “bread of faces”? The following text gave me the needed clue:
Exodus 18:12 And Jethro father-in-law of Moshe took an ascension and sacrifices to Elohim. And Aharon came, and all elders of Israel, to eat bread with the father-in-law of Moshe to the faces of the Elohim.
There are times when eating is just normal and regular, and there are times when eating is being done as part of an event done to Yehovah and in front of Yehovah. When eating is done in this second manner, the ‘bread’ (food) is being eaten before the faces of Yehovah, and is termed the bread of faces. I propose that this connects with the following texts:
Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Luke 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
If Moshe is a type of Yehovah, the text, “And thou shalt continually give bread of faces upon the table to my faces,” shows what Yehovah will do (or perhaps Moshe is a type of Yeshua!—after all, it is Yeshua’s Kingdom that will come!).
Thus, the bread of faces is the food that is eaten directly before Yehovah/Yeshua as part of one of Yehovah’s events.
2. Why is to my faces so important in the statement, “And thou shalt continually give bread of faces upon the table to my faces”? These are events in the Tribulation—events that will give the impression that God has turned away from them, except for the miracles that He will regularly do for them. They won’t necessarily know at first that the faces of Yeshua are toward them and for them; they will learn this as time goes on and as they are rescued over and over again from enemies.
XV. The Menorah (verse 31)
Yehovah commanded Moshe to build the Menorah: “And thou shalt make a pure gold light-emanator.” He told the process that must be used to make her: “The light-emanator shall be made hard-turned-work.”
She has parts; Yehovah told from where they must originate: “Her thigh and her acquisition-beam, her pitchers, her hand-guides and her buddings-forth shall be from her!”
1. What is a light emanator? It is a structure that emanates (radiates, gives off) light. A flashlight (torch) is a light emanator. A lit candle is a light emanator. The sun is a light emanator.
2. How will this light emanator appear if it is pure gold? It will appear like crystal glass!
3. If it will “be made hard-turned-work,” what does this indicate? It won’t be melted and poured, and it won’t be cut into pieces to make the various parts; it will be fashioned while being one piece, turning the shapes from the one piece of gold. (Again, I do not know the process that a human could do to do this; the Spirit of Yehovah taught men how to do this.)
4. What is the thigh of this light emanator? It is like the hip. Consider a proposed picture of this light emanator (also called the Menorah in Hebrew):
The thigh, then, is the central shaft. The other shafts come from this one central shaft.
5. What is her acquisition reed? A reed is a plant part that is hollow and liquid-filled (until the liquids dry). Once it is dry, it can be again filled with liquid. Plant reeds of some plants are natural ‘straws’ (like for drinks).
I translated the Hebrew word used here as acquisition-reed because the same word that means reed also is the Hebrew word meaning to acquire, to get, to obtain, to purchase.
This Menorah has seven acquisition reeds; oil for the Menorah can be added to any of these seven reeds, and they meet together in such a way that when one is filled, all will be filled.
6. What is her pitcher? This pitcher is a container for the oil that will supply the flame with fuel. The Hebrew word describes a hill or a city built on a hill. It also is used to describe a cap on one’s head: high up and exposed for all to see.
7. What is her hand guide? When I saw this Hebrew word, I wondered why it had four Hebrew letters as its root (instead of the normal three). I then divided the word into two words. When I did, I saw that the first word means the palm of the hand, and the second word means to go on a tour; to guide.
The reader needs to know one detail: The entire Menorah is based on the almond tree. (Another text shows this.) Everything described, if this is true, is describing parts of an almond tree. Yet, everything described is a type of things to come.
While translators figured that this “hand guide” referred to ‘knops’ (that is, to buds of a plant), the type of this hand guide shows the work that what this Menorah represents will do!
8. What is her budding forth? These are blooms (flowers!)
9. What does the Menorah typify, and why is the Menorah described as feminine? While this is too early in this text to be able to show what it typifies, I thought that it would be wise to explain this now. The Menorah typifies the seven Spirits of Yehovah, which together are one Spirit! There are seven branches to this pure gold structure, and it gives light. The seven Spirits are described in the following text:
Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of Yehovah shall rest upon Him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Yehovah.
Here is the list:
- The Spirit of Yehovah
- The Spirit of Wisdom
- The Spirit of Understanding
- The Spirit of Counsel
- The Spirit of Might
- The Spirit of Knowledge
- The Spirit of the fear of Yehovah
The central shaft is the Spirit of Yehovah. The other six are connected to the Spirit of Yehovah, and are therefore parts of the Spirit of Yehovah.
The seven Spirits are also mentioned in this text:
Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices and seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
The Menorah is described as feminine because she will be so much like a woman and a mother in what she does.
- Women have thighs upon which they can carry children
- Women can acquire both children and what is necessary for children
- Women so often carry pitchers and provide what is necessary to drink
- The palms of the hands of women are great guides for children
- Women can bud forth and produce newly birthed children
I am not saying that men can’t do most of these things, but truly a woman can do all of them if she is wise, resourceful (able to obtain and do what she needs to obtain and do), and in good enough health.
Another woman, Wisdom, will be featured in other parts of the Bible. She shows the seven Spirits of Yehovah; she is the Messiah!
10. Why must all these things specifically “be from her”? She is the central shaft: She is the Spirit of Yehovah! All of her attributes come from the Spirit of Yehovah!
XVI. Acquisition Beams (verse 32)
“And six acquisition-beams are exiting from her sides: three acquisition-beams of the light-emanator from her one side and three acquisition-beams of the light-emanator from her second side.”
1. What is the practical benefit of an acquisition reed? Replace the word reed with straw, referring to a drinking straw. What would be the purpose of an acquisition straw? Isn’t it to obtain juice or some drink from another source (like a cup)? I propose that these reeds typify how different persons or groups will obtain various parts of the Spirit of Yehovah during the Tribulation!
1 Corinthians 12:13 For we are all baptized into one body by one Spirit, whether we are Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free, and all have been made to drink into one Spirit!
2. Why are there just two sides instead of the reeds being arranged in a complete orb? I don’t know. It is as if she, the Menorah, is designed like a human, but instead having six arms (like some of the angels who have six wings).
XVII. Watching Pitchers, Hand Guides, Budding (verse 33)
The Menorah has six acquisition beams. In each are three watching pitchers, a hand guide and a budding forth. The acquisition beams all exit from the light emanator.
1. What is a watching pitcher? The Hebrew word for almond also means to watch, be alert and wakeful (for something or someone). Now, this Menorah will use these containers (pitchers) that are shaped exactly like almond fruit (not the seed, but the entire fruit, which means that they look like peaches) to store the olive oil that fuels the wick flames. Those pitchers of oil will be watching as if on a hill. Another text refers to this:
Matthew 5:14 “Ye are the light of the world! A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15And men don’t light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a lampstand. And it gives light unto all that are in the house! 16Let your light so shine before men so-that they will see your good works and will glorify your Father Who is in the heavens!”
The word for pitcher can also refer to a city on a hill! If that city on a hill is watching and alert, it will be able to make beneficial decisions if a friend or an enemy approaches. The Spirit of Yehovah will give groups just such an ability.
2. Why did Yehovah design this with three watching pitchers? (Unless He tells me, I don’t know.) The number does tend to correspond to Yehovah the Father, Elohim the Son, and Yehovah the Spirit Who are One, and Who are watching those who have His Spirit in their midst.
3. What picture is obtained when the acquisition-reed, the hand-guide and the budding-forth are put together? The work of the Spirit of Yehovah is to acquire (and give), to hand-guide, and to cause to produce fruit (the result of budding-forth when it is completed). These things will be life-saving during the Tribulation when the dangers all around are greater than they have ever been at any time in the history of the planet.
4. What is the total number of watching pitchers so far? Three times six is eighteen. I don’t know of that number being significant. I only know that there are three for each reed (for each branch of the Menorah).
XVIII. The Main Beam of the Menorah (verses 34-36)
Yehovah explained, “And four watching pitchers, her hand-guides and her buddings-forth are in the light emanator.”
He then explained where the hand guides must be located: “And a hand-guide is under two of the acquisition-beams from her, and a hand-guide is under two of the acquisition-beams from her, and a hand-guide is under two of the acquisition-beams from her to six of the acquisition beams exiting from the light emanator.”
A vital part of the construction of the Menorah is explained: “Their hand-guides and their acquisition-beams from her will be all of her: one pure gold hard-turned-work.”
1. What are these four watching pitchers (that are shaped like almond fruit), and how are they different from the ones above? They aren’t different except in number. They are located on the central branch.
2. What do they typify? What might give me a clue is their number: four. That number usually indicates north, south, east and west. If that is the case, and if they represent Yehovah as I proposed above, their number might represent all the directions that Yehovah is watching as He hand-guides and gives the ability to produce good fruit (from the ‘buddings forth’) to groups who have His Spirit.
3. Why is there one hand-guide under two acquisition reeds from her? The same palm-of-the-hand guide is for two acquisition reeds. I propose that this will connect with the following text in which Peter is discussing non-Jewish folks obtaining the Spirit of Yehovah:
Acts 11:17 “Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us who believed on the Lord Messiah Yeshua, what was I that I could withstand God?” 18When they heard these things, they held their peace and glorified God, saying, “Then God also granted repentance unto life to the Gentiles!”
God had granted repentance unto life to the Gentiles; He had also given those non-Jewish Saints ministerial gifts (miraculous abilities to do what was both impossible and necessary, and do it with ease) by giving them from His Spirit!
The one hand guide joins two, and the text tells how they join:
The Spirit of Wisdom is joined with the Spirit of Understanding, with one hand guide.
The Spirit of counsel is joined with the Spirit of might, with one hand guide.
The Spirit of knowledge is joined with the Spirit of the fear of Yehovah, with one hand guide.
In each of these cases, the Spirit of Yehovah will give light to groups of the ‘good guys’ going toward Mount Zion, and His Spirit will personally guide them.
4. What does “Their hand-guides and their acquisition-reeds shall be from her” mean? This means that no other pieces of pure gold can be used; all the structures must be made from just one piece of pure gold that makes up the base and central shaft.
5. What does “All of her is one pure gold hard-turned-work” mean? The entire Menorah must be made from this one piece of pure gold using the form of workmanship that is done by turning. (This sounds like they would be working the gold as if it were clay. This would be miraculous.)
6. Why is making the whole thing out of one piece of pure gold so important? This, too, is a type! It shows that the seven Spirits of Yehovah cannot be divided, and the work that they do cannot be divided!
XIX. The Menorah’s Lamps (verse 37)
“And thou shalt make her lamps: seven.” Those lamps must ascend (they must go up): “And he shall make-ascend her lamps.” Yehovah explained why: “And they shall lighten upon-across her faces.”
1. What are these seven lamps? I use the following text to give me a clue:
Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars that thou saw in my right hand, and the seven gold lamps: The seven stars are the messengers of the seven congregations, and the seven lamps that thou saw are the seven congregations.
If this is correct, there will be seven congregations that each show especially one of the seven Spirits of Yehovah.
2. Why must her lamps ascend? Consider this text:
Judges 13:20 And he was in the ascension of the flame from upon the altar the heavensward! And Messenger Yehovah ascended in the flame of the altar! And Manoah and his wife are seeing! And they fell upon their faces landward!
I propose that this shows that Yehovah will make appearances to the seven congregations in order to tell them very important things, and then He will ascend. He will then cause the light from the seven congregations to ascend in order to give light that will lighten both upon and across the faces of the Spirits of Yehovah.
If these things are true, and the Menorah (I know) is the Spirit of Yehovah, the congregations will give light, and this will cause the entire Menorah to radiate light, thus causing others to see the light from the Spirits of Yehovah that are working through these congregations.
XX. The Pure Gold Orb (verses 38-39)
This Menorah must have takers and seizers: “And her takers and her seizers are of pure gold.” They will be suspended on a pure gold orb: “He shall make her a pure gold orb with all these utensils.”
1. What are her takers? These are the Menorah’s instruments for taking. Since the Menorah typifies the Spirit of Yehovah, the takers will typify the work of the Spirit of Yehovah to take folks and groups from one place to another in order for them to benefit others.
2. What are her seizers? They are instruments of the Spirit of Yehovah used to take hold of persons and permanently remove them from earth and life:
Psalm 52:7 Indeed, Mighty-[One] will- everlastingly -break-thee-down! He will seize thee! And He has-torn-thee-away from the Tent and thy root from the land of living-[ones].
This Psalm is about bad guys, and it describes how Yeshua will take hold on them, He will remove them, and He will destroy them.
3. What are all these utensils? It refers to the entire Menorah and all things related to the Menorah.
4. What is an orb? It is a ball-shaped item.
5. What does “He shall make her a pure gold orb with all these utensils” mean? He must start out with one ball of pure gold; he must fashion all the parts of the Menorah from that single orb (ball)!
XXI. Exactly Copy the Pattern! (verse 40)
Yehovah warned, “And see and make via their building that thou art seeing in the mountain!”
1. What must Moshe see? He must see the patterns of everything—of every item that the Israelis will be making. He must remember every item, every item’s size, shape, color, material, etc. in order to perfectly match these things.
2. What does “make via their building” mean? This means to make each item exactly the way that Yehovah has built them in the heavens. Every item that the Israelis will make on earth is already made in the heavens!
3. Did Moshe see these items in the heavens, or did he see them in the mountain? Moshe was shown the heavenly items while he was in the mountain. Yehovah made sure that Moshe could see them all in the greatest detail so that he could confirm that they are being made exactly correctly!
4. Was Moshe able to touch the items that he saw in the mountain? The text doesn’t give this information. I cannot tell how Moshe was able to view the items from all sides (including below them); it sounds as if he would have been able to handle them in order to study them in detail, but Yehovah could have caused the items to be seen, to be turned, and to be viewable from all angles without touching them.