The Golden Candlestick or Lampstand

The golden candlestick or lampstand was on the southside of the Holy place.

Exodus 40:24 (King James Version)

24. And he put the candlestick in the tent of the congregation, over against the table, on the side of the tabernacle southward.

It was part of the daily services of the sanctuary.


The golden candlestick was made of pure gold based on the pattern God showed Moses on the mountain for the tabernacle -

Exodus 25:31-40 (King James Version)

31. And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.

32. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:

33. 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.

34. And in the candlesticks shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers.

35. And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick.

36. Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.

37. And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.

38. And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold.

39. Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels.

40. And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.



The golden candlestick represents Jesus the light of the world -

John 8:12

(King James Version)

12. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 9:5 (King James Version)

5. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 12:46 (King James Version)

46. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.



The golden candlestick also represents our need to let our lights shine -

Matthew 5:14-16
(King James Version)

14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15. 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.

16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.



When John was in vision on the Isle of Patmos he saw Jesus walking amongst the golden candlestick.

Revelation 1:12-13
(King James Version)

12. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

13. And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.



In John's vision of the golden candlestick it represented the seven churches depicted in Revelation chapters 2 & 3. These churches were suppose to represent the light of God.

Revelation 1:20, 11 (King James Version)

20. The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

11. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.


The last church before Christ returns is Laodicea Revelation 3:14-22, which is lukewarm, having works that are neither hot nor cold. So let's let our light shine like the golden candlestick -

Matthew 5:16 (King James Version)

16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.




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Revelation 1:13, 17-18 (KJV)

13. And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

17. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

18. I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.


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