the seven lamps
8:2 the seven lamps. See Exodus 25:37. The “candlestick,” or lampstand, was of beautiful construction, providing support for seven lamps, to be lit only by the high priest (Aaron in this case). Some fifteen centuries later, this same system was shown to the Apostle John in symbolic representation of Christ (as high priest) in their midst like the lampstand yielding up oil to its seven lamps–which in turn depicted seven typical churches. (Revelation 1:12,13,20).