The Candlestick - A Golden Seven-Branched Almond Tree
“And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold... And six branches shall come out of the sides of it...Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick” - (Ex.25:31-33).
God instructed Moses to build a golden candlestick for their tabernacle in the wilderness. It had the appearance of a golden six-branched almond tree with fruit in three stages, almonds, knops and flowers. The knop is an ornamental knob and shaped like a bud. And so the candlestick had buds (knops) blossoms (flowers) and almonds. Nuts are mentioned only twice in the Bible and only one ‘kind’ of nut is mentioned and that’s the almond, mentioned ten times. And our Lord has chosen the almond, with fruit in three stages, to adorn the only light-giver in His church in the wilderness. And our God who is omniscient, having total, complete, and universal knowledge, has chosen the almond for His candlestick. Let us pray that God will give us light and understanding of the almond tree candlestick. “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened...” - (Eph.1:17,18). May God give us almond-eyes in these end times.
Almond is the edible nut of the almond tree. It has been in cultivation in the Mideast from very early times. California grows all of the U.S. almonds and 80% of the world’s almonds. It’s California’s number one export, worth 1 1/2 billion. Over a hundred varieties are grown in California and ‘non-pareil’ is the best - (non-pareil means ‘having no equal’). Its points to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God and has no equal.
There are sweet and bitter almonds. Sweet almonds are eaten and used for desserts. Bitter almonds are used for oil in medicine such as sedatives and cough syrups. But bitter almonds also yield hydrocyanic acids which produce ‘cyanide.’ So the almond tree is both a tree of life and a tree of death. It is both light and life and darkness and death and sweet and bitter.
The candlestick is probably the most perfect picture of Christ found in the tabernacle furniture. It sets Him forth as gold and speaks of His deity and His words of light and life. Christ is the Word of God and light and life to a world in darkness and sin. He came as light into this world. “As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world” - (Jn.9:5). But most of the people rejected the Light and crucified Him, but the light of His Word remained, both in the Bible and in the saints of God who were saved by Him. “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness” - (Jn.12:46). “Ye are the light of the world..” - (Mt.5:14). Again - “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...” - (Jn.1:1,4,14). In (Rev.13) we see Christ in the midst of seven golden candlesticks, which are seven churches - “And in the midst of the seven candlestick one like unto the Son of man...” Both Christ and His born again Church are God’s spiritual lights in this world - “...in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” - (Phil.2:15).
We are God’s sweet almonds, as it were, preaching the sweet Savior and the light of Christ and eternal life to a dark world of sinners heading for the second death in the lake of fire, Every person on earth is experiencing the bitterness and cyanide of death and darkness, but if they receive Christ, the light of this world, they receive Holy Spirit light and truth to live by and have eternal life. We then walk in the light of God’s Word - (I Jn.1:7).
God’s Son died on the tree of death as God’s sinless, supreme sacrifice, so that we who are saved by Him may partake of the tree of life and live forever. “...To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” - (Rev.2:7). The tree of life was in the midst of the garden of Eden, but Adam and Eve sinned, and the cherubims of God with flaming swords “turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” - (Gen.3:24). They are watching on God’s mercy seat in the most holy place in heaven for whosoever will repent of their sins and believe on Christ in their hearts by faith and get saved by the grace and mercy of God. And then the Cherubim's raise their flaming swords of God’s judgment upon sin and allow you to have eternal life. You chose the way of life, you believed God’s Son when He said - “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” - (Jn.14:6). You have conquered your bitter cyanide of death through Jesus Christ. Was the tree of life an almond tree? God certainly exalted the almond tree when He designed the candlestick like a golden seven-branched almond tree.
When we’re saved our bodies are now the tabernacle and temple of God and the light of God dwells within us. God’s candlestick gives us inward light, not outward. It gives us spiritual insight and illumination. When we’re saved and born again of the Holy Spirit, we have God’s candlestick within us - we are enlightened. We have inward light and the Spirit continues to teach us knowledge, and Godly wisdom from God’s Word. We are also told to eat some honey each day which also helps to enlighten us. “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul...” - (Prov.24:13,14). Again - “...Wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened” - (I Sam.14:27). We are to suck in Bible knowledge like a bee sucks up nectar for honey.
The pollination of California’s almonds is the largest annual managed pollination event in the world, with one million hives being trucked in February to the almond groves. Pollination brokers contract with beekeepers from 38 states and even Australia for the February almond bloom. Bees are the great pollinators of flowers and give us bountiful harvests. The best candles are beeswax candles as God continues to show us almonds and bees and God’s spiritual candlestick. “Ye are the light of the world... Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men...” - (Mt.5:14-16). Beeswax is made from the honey comb and that’s why it’s mentioned in (Prov. 24 and I Sam.14).
Our whole wicked nation is typified by wicked California. It is Hollywood that has made this nation idol worshippers. And through the big screen and the TV in the living room, has gradually brought in and taught U.S. much wickedness, especially the abominable sin of sodomy, making it acceptable. And now comes soon nationwide sodomite marriage, inviting the fiery wrath of God upon us. Yea, God has already started to burn up California. And California's flourishing almond trees that produce 80% of the world’s almonds, will burn up like the rest of Sodom-USA. “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish... And desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners line the streets” - (Ecl.12:5). We have a Hollywood idol as governor of California and now we have a hollywood idol as president; the worship of the image of the Beast cannot be far off. Are you getting some spiritual light from Gods’ almond tree candlestick? A candlestick gives light, but it also burns.
Soon will come God’s two witnesses, His last two prophets, who are also called - “the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks” - (Rev.11:4). They will be filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit and Gods’ enlightenment and preach God’s truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, with their hands on God’s King James Bible, to the whole world for 1260 days before they are murdered by the Beast. They will witness of the Lord Jesus and magnify His name and do miracles. They will resurrect from death after 3 1/2 days. Two bright shining lights for Christ.
Those that will receive the sweet almonds of God’s grace and mercy in Christ will be saved and those that reject Christ and worship the Antichrist will receive the bitter almonds of cyanide and death during the Great tribulation and the second death in the lake of fire - (Rev.20:15). They believed the deadly, poisonous words of Antichrist and drank His cyanide kool-aid of deceit and death - they rejected the light of the Lord Jesus, God’s great candlestick, and so they will be thrown - “Into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” - (Mt.22:13). “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” - (Jn.3:19).
Are you saved and born again? If not, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will be saved from hell and become a new born again creature in Christ - (2 Cor.5:17). You’ll be one of Christ’s candlesticks letting your light shine in a dark and wicked world. You’ll conquer the first death and the second death in the lake of fire and have eternal life. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him” - (Jn.3:36). Christ will take your dark soul and flood it with light. “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanest us from all sin” - (I Jn.1:5-7).
Be saved and receive God’s almond light in you.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76
Tucson, AZ 85705
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