The Case for the Seven Branch Menorah

The difference between the seven branch menorah and the nine branch Hanukkiah | Land of Honey

The first time a menorah appears in Scripture is in Shemot 25.

Shemot 25:31: You are to make a menorah of pure gold.

Verse 32: It is to have six branches extending from its sides, three branches of the menorah on one side of it and three on the other.

Verse 37: Make seven lamps for the menorah, and mount them as to give light to the space in front of it.

As you can see, YHWH's instructs that the menorah is to have seven branches. As seen below:

Case for the Seven Branch Menorah | Land of Honey

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Revelation 4:5 tells us that the seven lights of the menorah represent the seven spirits of YHWH. When Yahusha describes himself as the light of the world, it's hard to imagine that he didn't have the menorah in mind.

The menorah is very significant to YHWH. Is it okay if we alter it for Hanukkah?

During Hanukkah we see menorahs that have two additional branches added making it a nine-branch menorah or Hanukkiah. This is a tradition that stems from the legendary story of the oil miraculously lasting for eight days after the Temple was reclaimed. Hanukkiahs are so much more popular that when most people think of a menorah they think of the nine-branch Hanukkiah.

In Revelation 2:5, Yahusha issued a stern warning: "Repent from sin. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove the menorah--if you don't turn from sin!" This tells us that, 1) Yahusha wants us to be represented by the menorah and 2) Not being represented by the menorah shows that we have not repented.

YHWH did not make the menorah with nine lights. 

I believe we owe the world an accurate symbol of of YHWH. 

And that is the seven-branch menorah. The symbol of the cross is questionably used as Scripture strongly implies that Yahusha was put to death on a tree and and a tool of murder is inappropriate to use to represent YHWH. The Star of David does not appear anywhere in Scripture so I think it's reasonable to not use that as a symbol of the faith.

YHWH himself designed the seven-branch menorah. That's the symbol.


  1. I agree with you. I did a study on the scriptures concerning the Menorah. There was still the seven-branch menorah at the time of the Maccabees. They rededicated the temple with the same menorah. They kept the Feast of Tabernacles as soon as they defeated the Greeks and rededicated the temple. Solomon also dedicated the temple during Sukkot. They were doing what the knew to do. It is written that YAHUAH Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. (Psalm 119:105) The menorah means so much more than people realize.The menorah is His symbol of light not a star. It wasn't called a Star of David it was called the star of Remphan in Amos and Acts.

    Thank you for your article. I hope more people see it and realize the truth and accept it and stop following the traditions of men.

  2. where can I find the same menorah you have in the pictures?

    1. Hmm...I took the picture but I am not sure who the menorah actually belongs to. Mine is from Etsy. I will ask around and see if anyone at my congregation knows and get back to you!