scribe unto the prisoners of hope:
Recently a very good question was asked about the tradition of lighting candles for the Sabbath, whether it is scriptural or comes from paganism. To answer this question there are few things we must first learn. The first thing is not to follow any Jewish traditions since modern Judaism does not follow the scriptures. What they rely on for the “law” comes from three sources the Mishnah, Talmud, and Midrash; which consist of oral traditions. Titus 1:14 “Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.” They might claim that Torah (meaning law in Modern Hebrew) from the five books of Moses is their source but this is untrue since a comparison of the laws and their tradition show a vast difference.
Moreover “Jewish” people could not teach how to keep the laws since the promise of the Holy Spirit that provides the ability of prophesying (teaching) are to the true descendants of Israel that believe in the Messiah. Joel 2:27 “And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.” Verse 28: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:” Verse 29: “And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.”
1st Corinthians 12:3 “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” This means that they do not have the Holy Spirit of God since they do not believe in the Messiah. Note this also applies to non-messianic or so called Torah only Israelites. John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Many verses in the Bible explain that the Holy Spirit is a gift from the Heavenly Father given to Israel, after they repent and show they believe in his Son through obedience. See, Acts 5:30-32 and Ephesians 4:7-13.
Now that we have established this fact, the tradition of lighting Sabbath candles does not come from the scriptures. It is a rabbinical mandated law, in other words “commandments of men”. The Jewish tradition consists of lighting 2 candles by a woman no later than 18 minutes before sundown. A prayer is said specifically for the lighting of the candles that is not found in the scriptures.
In studying the scriptures we learn about the seven branched candlestick which is called in Modern Hebrew “Menorah”. This candlestick comes from the pattern that the Heavenly Father gave Moses therefore it is lawful. Revelations 1:13 “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man,…” It was made to light the Tabernacle and it did not use candles hence the Jewish tradition did not comes from the laws. Exodus 35:14 “The candlestick also for the light, and his furniture, and his lamps, with the oil for the light,”
When it comes to the commandments of the most High they are plain and easy to find. Leviticus 24:2 “Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.” The commandment to the children of Israel was not to light candlesticks but that they should provide olive oil to keep the lamps always on. Leviticus 24:3 “Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations.” The person to light the lamps (seven branched Menorah) was the High Priest in the tabernacle of the congregation. This commandment was forever that EVERY DAY in the morning and evening the lamps were continually lit in the tabernacle. Leviticus 24:4 “He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the LORD continually.” By reading this law we could clearly see that the tradition of lighting the candlestick on the Sabbath is a Jewish fable. Even our forefathers that had to light the holy candlestick were not told such things.
As the scriptures already established we should not be following this tradition. Keeping in mind that candles have been in the past and present used for idolatry. Baruch 6:19 “They light them [false gods] candles, yea, more than for themselves, whereof they cannot see one.” At this point there is no need to seek some documented record that it comes from the worship of other gods. All we need is to be reminded that these who blaspheme in saying they are Jews are indeed the Synagogue of Satan. See, Revelations 2:9. Before I leave you with this message we must be exact with the understanding of the most High and expound that candles are not wicked to use for lighting. Psalms 18:28 “For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” See also, Matthew 5:15-16. The use of candles becomes wicked when it used to pray to an idol, for making wishes on a birthday cake, etc.. Check out http://12tribes.net/SOS.pdf Shalam!