Read Ex 25:31-40; Ex 27:20-21; Ex 30:7,8; Ex 37:17-24; Lev 24:1-4 Num 8:1-4
The Menorah was made from a single block of gold. First the main center branch, which represents Yeshua, was formed. Then the other six branches were beaten out from the center one. This symbolizes the fact that we are members of His body.
The height of the menorah is about 5 feet tall. We saw the mock up of the menorah at the Temple institute in Jerusalem. It was thrilling! And it was only the mock up!
The center lamp represents Yeshua.
There are a total of 7 lamps. Seven is the number of completion. The 7 branches of the lamp stand represent the sevenfold Spirit of G-d.
Only pure olive oil was used in the menorah. Olive oil is a type of Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).
The cups to hold oil look like Almond blossoms. The almonds in the golden menorah in the tabernacle is a type of the fruitfulness which will characterize that one who sheds abroad the light of life in his life. Each one who dwells in the holy place holds forth the Word of Life, and brings light to those who sit in darkness. They symbolize the fruit-bearing believer. It is possible that the cups were holders for little oil lamps. The cups represent the great provision of the Spirit. The flowers on the menorah represent the beauty of the Spirit.
The utensils for the menorah were are also to be made of gold.
So we see the Holy Spirit illuminating all the things of G-d. The gold represents divinity. The purity of the gold represents the purity of the Spirit and His Word.
The sages refer to Jerusalem as "the light of the world" (B'reishith Rabbah 59). But Yeshua tells us that He is the light of the world.
John 8:12 Then spake Yeshua (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.
1 John 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that G-d 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 Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 1:21 Now he which established us with you in (Messiah) Christ, and hath anointed us, is G-d;
The lamps of the menorah were to be kept burning continually. First the center lamp was lit representing Yeshua. Then the other lamps were lit from this one. This symbolizes our light coming from Yeshua. We would still be in darkness without Him.
Matthew 5:15-16 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, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven.