The 7 branched Menorrah that was in the temple was mandated by GOD. There are different views on what it symbolises (which are all great views) but Revelation tells us they represent the 7 churches which leads us to Zecharia which tells us it represents the two witnesses of Revelation. The Church or Ekklesia are the two witness. But why has the 7 branched lampstand turned into a 9 branched Menorrah?
The 9 branches comes from Judaism representing the oil burning for 9 days which they celebrate with Hanukkah. This is more of a Kabbalistic Mystical Rabbi thing…not a scriptural thing.
I am one to believe that Jesus was crucified on a literal live tree which represented the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This is the tree that brought sin into the world through Adam. In all my research, I have come to the conclusion that this tree that Adam and Eve partook from was literally on the Mount of Olives, while the tree of life was acrid the Kidron Valley near the city of David on Mount Moriah. Jesus had to be crucified on Olivet based on the original sin coming into creation from that spot. This is why the red heifer was burnt in the same spot, to purify the people.
I don’t hold to the standard image of Jesus and the 2 thieves on three Roman crosses. I even think it is possible that all three of them were on the same exact tree. That’s a possibility. But I do believe Jesus was on a live tree symbolically representing the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Whose to say that it may have been the actual tree? We can speculate because no one will ever know either way but Jesus did have to redeem creation and this would make sense. There are no coincidences with GOD.
Now look at the 7 branched Menorrah. Have you ever wondered why it looks the way it does? To me it looks like 6 hands being raised on a tree. Jesus and the 2 thieves.
Here is something else for you to chew on. Tell me what do you see here? “the bodies should not remain upon the cross”? Look at the Greek text and tell me what you see with that same phrase. Either there are NOT 3 crosses as we are led to believe or the writer of the Gospel (who was not John) was not inspired by the Holy Spirit on that particular word.
John 19: 31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies (σώματα, bodies, N-Nominative Neuter PLURAL) should not remain upon the cross (σταυροῦ, cross, N-Genative Masculine SINGULAR) on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
Either we have gotten it wrong or the Holy Spirit did. So who’s right and who’s wrong? Don’t take my word for it.
And do you remember the Trappist-1 system that was find a few years ago? What do you notice here?