Throughout the scriptures darkness is used as an allegory of ignorance and spiritual blindness; while light is a reference to the light of spiritual understanding. We see that at the creation of this present world, the earth was in darkness and God brought light to the earth.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
As light casts out darkness, the spiritual light of God the Father and Jesus Christ and an understanding of the Word of God given by Christ through his reconciling sacrifice and the gift of the Holy Spirit, casts out the darkness of spiritual ignorance.
This analogy of light is found in the Menorah or lampstand in the Temple, which pictures the pure olive oil as an allegory of the Holy Spirit burning in the lamps to provide light in the darkness of the temple; as the Ekklesia are to be a Holy Spirit led light of godly example to humanity, through their godly zeal to live by every Word of God, powered by the Holy Spirit.
In reference to the ceremony of light in the Temple as inspired by God’s Spirit, on the beginning of the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus said that the Ekklesia were to be like the brilliant light of the physical temple on the holy hill.
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, [lamp] and put it under a bushel [basket], but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
In the second temple era Ezra and Nehemiah established the temple service, and from that time at sunset on the beginning of the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles the worshipers descended to the Court of the Temple where great preparations had been made before the Feast.
Before the Feast four golden Menorah lamp-stands of seven branches each, were set up and against them rested four ladders, four youths of the priesthood, each with a pitcher of oil capable of holding one hundred twenty log. (one log is about 1/2 liter; about 4 liters to a gallon; so that is 120 divided by 8 =15 gallons approx)
At sunset as the Feast of Tabernacles began, the Menorahs were lighted and there was a great light shining all through the temple courtyard, the temple area; and shining so brightly on the temple hill, that you could see it from far outside the city!
That blazing light from the temple was what Christ referred to in his instructions to his disciples; that they should be a brilliant light on a hill [the temple mount], in their example of zeal for the whole Word of God!
This was all prepared before the holy day and as the flaming torches were lighting these olive oil burning lamps, the Levites sang songs of praise, playing harps and lutes and cymbals and trumpets and instruments of music of all types and they stood upon the fifteen steps [15 psalms of degrees (Psalms 120-134) were written by David for the Feast of Tabernacles to be sung on these steps.] which led down from the Court of Israel to the Court of Women.
They sang the fifteen Songs of Degrees [Ascents] in the Book of Psalms, standing on these fifteen steps, standing with their instruments of music and singing these hymns while two priests with trumpets or shofars in their hands at the Upper Gate which led from the Court of Israel to the Court of Women.
As the sun set they blew three blasts of the trumpet, and as they reached the tenth step they blew another three-fold blast. And as they entered the court itself they drew another three-fold blast on the shofar, and they trumpeted as they advanced each step of the fifteen steps until they reached the gate which opens to the east, which is the Beautiful Gate, it is the eastern gate.
And as they came to the eastern gate they turned around towards the west to face the Holy Place, so they would no longer face the east. They turned to face the west which is the Most Holy Place and they prayed, “Our fathers who are in this place, they turned their backs upon the sanctuary of God and their faces were turned toward the east which is the rising of the sun [the ancients engaged in sun worship. They worshiped toward the rising sun, they were pagan sun worshipers.] But as for us, we have turned our eyes towards the Eternal” to the West. Let the reader understand.
The Illumination of the Temple was regarded as a part of, and having a symbolic meaning in the Feast of Tabernacles, as was the pouring out of water ceremony. And the light shining out of the temple into the surrounding darkness and in Jerusalem and the temple the light was so bright that it lit up the whole city from on top of that hill, so that it was seen from a great distance.
Isaiah 9:2, The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
That prophecy was about Christ and we read in the Book of John, beginning at chapter one, that Christ came and He was the light of the world, but the people rejected Him.
This fulfillment of Isaiah through that ceremony in the temple symbolized that great light which was to shine upon Israel, the light of Messiah and godliness. The priests and scribes, Ezra, these people knew Isaiah, and they knew that this great light was going to shine out of darkness. So they set up this ceremony, looking forward to that light.
Isaiah 60:1 Arise and shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:
People who are in spiritual darkness due to a blindness and ignorance of spiritual things, ignorance of God, and enslavement and bondage to Satan; will have their eyes opened to the light of God in due time.
. . . but the Lord shall arise upon thee and His glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light and the kings to the brightness of thy rising.
This is talking about the soon coming of Messiah to be the light of the world, and His light is to be shed on the whole world including the Gentiles. Israel will turn back to God and the Gentiles will be drawn to that great light and they shall seek God and be turned to Him.
John 8:12. Jesus said, I am the light of the world. He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Jesus Christ is the whole Word of God which was inspired by Him in the scriptures, Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and the whole Word of God is God’s light in print; while spiritual blindness and darkness.is rebellion against, or anything contrary to the whole Word of God.
This physical light and physical darkness, is an analogy of spiritual light and spiritual darkness. And the spiritual light is Jesus Christ and every Word of God which is Christ in print.
This light came when Jesus began his ministry on the earth, and it is coming again in a much greater way and in a greater fullness when He comes again and establishes the kingdom of God over all the earth.
This ceremony was to represent the light of God being made available to ALL nations and all people during the millennium and in the latter harvest of humanity!
Then after the millennium, at the time of the main harvest of humanity; all those who have lived and died not knowing God, and not living by every Word of God, will be resurrected in their order, during their courses for the full seven days or seven thousand years of the Feast of Tabernacles and brought into the family of God.
During the millennium and after in the main harvest, men will see the light of Christ and the ways of God and the commandments of God shining forth from Jerusalem. As it is written, the law shall go forth from Jerusalem and the Word of God from the temple—paraphrasing here.
And after that, when the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven; the LIGHT of God shall fill the whole earth FOREVER!!!
John 9:1 [On the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles] And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from birth 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Through the healing of this man, the works of God were made known to everyone.
9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, [that is, the works of God the Father] while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 9:5 As long as I am in the world, [said Jesus] I am the light of the world.
The Father and the Son are the Light of the World, casting out the darkness of ignorance, wickedness and evil. Those who reject the truth are also rejecting the light of godliness.
9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 9:7 And said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
Siloam is the pool which was the source of the water for the water pouring ceremony.
This is about the light of TRUTH saving humanity from the darkness of ignorance, slavery to sin and death!
The Ceremony of Light is about the Light of the whole Word of God; which is opened to men by repentance and the application of the reconciling sacrifice of Christ; it is about those who repent and go on to sin no more, being zealous for the Word of God and shining in an example of passionate godliness for all to see!
The Light Ceremony is about those who persevere and overcome, who will be changed to spirit; becoming teachers and leaders, helping to provide the Light of God and the Light of the Word of God to all humanity during the millennium and then in the main harvest of humanity, bringing humanity into a relationship with God the Father, and reconciling all people to the Father through the teaching of the truth, sincere repentance and the reconciling sacrifice of Christ.
The holy days of the seventh month represent the reaping of the main harvest of humanity and the bringing in of the main harvest into the temple and family of God.
Isaiah speaks of Messiah in this way:
Isaiah 42:6, I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and will give thee for a covenant of the people for a light of the Gentiles;
Now who did the Father give to establish the covenant with the people? His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins so that we could be reconciled with God the Father. This is a prophecy of Christ.
And what else is Christ to do?
42:7 To open the blind eyes, which was illustrated at the Feast by Christ healing the blind; eyes, that healing was a symbolic act. This man was blind from birth, not because of any sin, but so that Christ could heal him and demonstrate to the world that He would at the appropriate time when He returns, open the blind eyes of humanity to the light of God. To call people to God, to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, to bring them to repentance, to teach them the ways of God, to apply himself as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity and to reconcile a repentant humanity to God the Father.
The Lamb of God came to open the blind eyes as an allegory that he would open the eyes of those blinded by spiritual darkness and ignorance; spiritually blinded and enslaved by Satan and
. . . To bring out the prisoners from the prison [deliver people from bondage to sin] , and them that sit in darkness [spiritual ignorance] out of the prison house [of death and the grave],
That is, the light liberates humanity from the darkness of spiritual ignorance and from the bondage of spiritual Egypt, from the bondage of Satan.
Christ was to deliver all people who were imprisoned and in bondage to Satan in this world. He is going to bring them out, put away Satan, deliver all people and from the spiritual darkness of blindness and ignorance, from bondage to sin; into light of righteousness, a light of truth, a light of deliverance that the people can come to, for their deliverance.
The light of Christ is also the whole Word of God, because the whole Word of God is Jesus Christ in print. It was all, every word of it, inspired by Jesus Christ. I am talking about as originally written. Obviously there are a few details in translation that we have to figure out, but if we put all scriptures on the same subject together, with the Holy Spirit we can understand, given enough time and God’s Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the light of the world! and if we do not accept that light and instead choose our own false traditions, we have rejected the Light of the knowledge of God and the Light of Truth; for spiritual darkness, spiritual ignorance and spiritual blindness!
Let us all be zealous for the whole Word of God and be quick to repent of any departure from the Truth and Light of the Word of God; that we may be a shining light of example to others, that they might do the same thing and exalt the Eternal above all else!
The early harvest of first fruits have been called into the marvelous light of godliness, and in due time all nations will also be called into that light!