And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me; And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks ... Revelation 1:12Biblical symbolic meaning
The seven candlesticks make up the seven-branched candelabrum in the Holy Place. However the image you see John is not earthly, that is, not look at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, but the heavenly temple, which, like the Law teaches us, it was used as a model by Moses to build the Tabernacle and subsequently by Solomon to build the Temple.
And they make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell in their midst. According to all that I show you, the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all its vessels, even so shall ye. Exodus 25: 8-9
The candlestick stood before the ark, representing the same throne of God in heaven (for the ark of the covenant is a throne).
... And before the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven Spirits of God. Revelation 4: 5
The Holy Spirit of God is the flame that burns on the chandelier. It is called a single divided into seven bodies joined by the oil passing through them.
The central body is the Lord Jesus Christ and the six arms represent his congregation.
The seven bodies that make up the candelabrum symbolizing the following: six of them represent the human, because 6 is number representing the man, since man was made the sixth day of creation (Genesis 1: 26- 31 / Revelation 13 : 18) and the seventh, center, represents Jesus Christ as immortal Master (Matthew 23: 8). United to Christ are seven (eternity) without him we are just six finite number of mortal man.
The church at Pentecost and on the lampstand
And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit ... Acts 2: 3-4
This passage -hapened during the festival of Pentecost speaks of flames over the heads of believers, referring also to the candlestick that is lit for the first time, that is, the church is filled with the Holy Spirit (the oil the chandelier) and whose flame is lit to illuminate the world (Matthew 5: 14-16).
Also, doing the same allusion, Paul instructed not extinguish the flame of the Spirit that burns in the believer.
Quench not the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19
The lights of the candelabrum symbolizing the Way, the Truth and the Life
Jesus said unto him, I am the way and the truth and the life; No one comes to the Father but by me. John 14: 6
The candle lit in the dark of both the Tabernacle and the Temple (1 Kings 8:12). To go to the ark, the high priest had to pass through the candle, which lit their way to the Holy Throne.
Nobody puts it in the light, neither under a bushel, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Luke 11:33
Therefore, the candelabrum symbolizing the path (Psalm 119: 105) that in the midst of darkness (2 Peter 1:19) -the life of this church tinieblas- shines so that the world can go to Jesus Christ, who being the WORD OF GOD is not only the Way to the heavenly Father and therefore eternal bliss, but is also the Truth and therefore the Life (John 14: 6).
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16