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I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in the darkness.  John 12:46

  • Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

    The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.  John 1:9

    He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.  John 5:35

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it.  There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light.  The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’t recognize him.  He came to his own, and those who were his own didn’t receive him.  But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name:  who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.  John testified about him. He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.’”  From his fullness we all received grace upon grace.  For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.  No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.  John 1:1-18

    Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we don’t faint.  But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  Even if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled in those who are dying;  in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the Good News of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn on them.  For we don’t preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake; seeing it is God who said, “Light will shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  2 Corinthians 4:1-6

  • I John, your brother and partner with you in the oppression, Kingdom, and perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because of God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ.   I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet saying, “What you see, write in a book and send to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”   I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. Having turned, I saw seven golden lamp stands.  And among the lamp stands was one like a son of man, clothed with a robe reaching down to his feet, and with a golden sash around his chest.   His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire.   His feet were like burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace. His voice was like the voice of many waters.  He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest.  When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me, saying, “Don’t be afraid. I am the first and the last,  and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forever and ever. Amen. I have the keys of Death and of Hades.   Write therefore the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will happen hereafter;  the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven assemblies. The seven lamp stands are seven assemblies. Revelation 1:9-20

Out of the throne proceed lightnings, sounds, and thunders. There were seven lamps of fire burning before his throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Revelation 4:5

But concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that anything be written to you.  For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.  For when they are saying, “Peace and safety,” then sudden destruction will come on them, like birth pains on a pregnant woman; and they will in no way escape.  But you, brothers, aren’t in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief.  You are all children of light, and children of the day. We don’t belong to the night, nor to darkness, so then let’s not sleep, as the rest do, but let’s watch and be sober.  For those who sleep, sleep in the night; and those who are drunk are drunk in the night.  But let’s, since we belong to the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and, for a helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God didn’t appoint us to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do.  I Thessalonians 5:1-11

“You shall make a lamp stand of pure gold. Of hammered work shall the lamp stand be made, even its base, its shaft, its cups, its buds, and its flowers, shall be of one piece with it.  There shall be six branches going out of its sides: three branches of the lamp stand out of its one side, and three branches of the lamp stand out of its other side; three cups made like almond blossoms in one branch, a bud and a flower; and three cups made like almond blossoms in the other branch, a bud and a flower, so for the six branches going out of the lamp stand; and in the lamp stand four cups made like almond blossoms, its buds and its flowers; and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, for the six branches going out of the lamp stand.  Their buds and their branches shall be of one piece with it, all of it one beaten work of pure gold.  You shall make its lamps seven, and they shall light its lamps to give light to the space in front of it.  Its snuffers and its snuff dishes shall be of pure gold.  It shall be made of a talent of pure gold, with all these accessories.  See that you make them after their pattern, which has been shown to you on the mountain.  Exodus 25:31-40

He made the lamp stand of pure gold. He made the lamp stand of beaten work. Its base, its shaft, its cups, its buds, and its flowers were of one piece with it.  There were six branches going out of its sides: three branches of the lamp stand out of its one side, and three branches of the lamp stand out of its other side: three cups made like almond blossoms in one branch, a bud and a flower, and three cups made like almond blossoms in the other branch, a bud and a flower: so for the six branches going out of the lamp stand.  In the lamp stand were four cups made like almond blossoms, its buds and its flowers; and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, for the six branches going out of it.  Their buds and their branches were of one piece with it. The whole thing was one beaten work of pure gold.  He made its seven lamps, and its snuffers, and its snuff dishes, of pure gold.  He made it of a talent of pure gold, with all its vessels.  Exodus 37:17-24

  • Almond is the first to bloom in the Spring

    Bud, Flower, Fruit = Growth is perfect, anything less is failure to thrive.

     

  • For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10

    Beloved, don’t be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you.  But because you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory you also may rejoice with exceeding joy.  If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed; because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. On their part he is blasphemed, but on your part he is glorified.  For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil doer, or a meddler in other men’s matters.  But if one of you suffers for being a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this matter.  For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God. If it begins first with us, what will happen to those who don’t obey the Good News of God?  “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will happen to the ungodly and the sinner?”  Therefore let them also who suffer according to the will of God in doing good entrust their souls to him, as to a faithful Creator.  I Peter 4:12-19

    We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You have honor, but we have dishonor.  Even to this present hour we hunger, thirst, are naked, are beaten, and have no certain dwelling place.  We toil, working with our own hands. When people curse us, we bless. Being persecuted, we endure.  Being defamed, we entreat. We are made as the filth of the world, the dirt wiped off by all, even until now.  1 Corinthians 4:10-13

    But we have this treasure in clay vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves.  We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not to despair;  pursued, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed; always carrying in the body the putting to death of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.  For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be revealed in our mortal flesh.  So then death works in us, but life in you.  But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, “I believed, and therefore I spoke.” We also believe, and therefore also we speak;  knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will present us with you.  For all things are for your sakes, that the grace, being multiplied through the many, may cause the thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.  Therefore we don’t faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; while we don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:7-18

  • He said to Moses, “Come up to Yahweh, you, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship from a distance.  Exodus 24:1  Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up.  Exodus 24:9

    Yahweh said to Moses, “Gather to me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them to the Tent of Meeting, that they may stand there with you.  I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit which is on you, and will put it on them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you don’t bear it yourself alone.  Numbers 11:16,17  

    Moses went out, and told the people Yahweh’s words; and he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them around the Tent.  Yahweh came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was on him, and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did so no more.  But two men remained in the camp. The name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the Spirit rested on them; and they were of those who were written, but had not gone out to the Tent; and they prophesied in the camp.   A young man ran, and told Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!”  Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his chosen men, answered, “My lord Moses, forbid them!”  Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all Yahweh’s people were prophets, that Yahweh would put his Spirit on them!”   Moses went into the camp, he and the elders of Israel. Numbers 11:24-30

    Seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel stood before them. In the middle of them Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan stood, every man with his censer in his hand; and the smell of the cloud of incense went up.  Then he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in his rooms of imagery? For they say, ‘Yahweh doesn’t see us. Yahweh has forsaken the land.’”  Ezekiel 8:11,12

    Now after these things, the Lord also appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of him into every city and place, where he was about to come.  Luke 10:1

    The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”  He said to them, “I saw Satan having fallen like lightning from heaven.  Behold, I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will in any way hurt you.  Nevertheless, don’t rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”  Luke 10:17-20

Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the children of Israel, that they bring to you pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause a lamp to burn continually. Outside of the veil of the Testimony, in the Tent of Meeting, shall Aaron keep it in order from evening to morning before Yahweh continually: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.  He shall keep in order the lamps on the pure gold lamp stand before Yahweh continually. Leviticus 24:1-4

Aaron shall burn incense of sweet spices on it every morning. When he tends the lamps, he shall burn it.  When Aaron lights the lamps at evening, he shall burn it, a perpetual incense before Yahweh throughout your generations.  Exodus 30:7,8  The whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. Luke 1:10

  • The angel who talked with me came again, and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep.  He said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I have seen, and behold, a lamp stand all of gold, with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it; there are seven pipes to each of the lamps, which are on the top of it;  and two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl, and the other on the left side of it.”  I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?”  Then the angel who talked with me answered me, “Don’t you know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.”  Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, “This is Yahweh’s word to Zerubbabel, saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says Yahweh of Armies.   Who are you, great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you are a plain; and he will bring out the capstone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace, to it!’”  Moreover Yahweh’s word came to me, saying,  “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house. His hands shall also finish it; and you will know that Yahweh of Armies has sent me to you.  Indeed, who despises the day of small things? For these seven shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. These are Yahweh’s eyes, which run back and forth through the whole earth.”  Then I asked him, “What are these two olive trees on the right side of the lamp stand and on the left side of it?”  I asked him the second time, “What are these two olive branches, which are beside the two golden spouts, that pour the golden oil out of themselves?”  He answered me, “Don’t you know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.”  Then he said, “These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”  Zechariah 4