Triumphal Arch built in Rome by Titus, depicting
Jewish captives forced to carry The Menorah to Rome.
During his recent visit to Italy, the President of
Israel, Moshe Katzav, asked the Prime Minister of the Vatican, Cardinal
Angelo Sudano, to prepare a list of all the Temple treasurers, vessels and
Judaica that are being held by the Vatican. The president asked for the
Vaticanís cooperation on this issue which is sensitive to Israel.
The major importance of this request is that the Vatican holds the Temple
Menorah of pure gold which, together with other holy vessels from the
Temple, was stolen by the Romans and taken to Rome in 70 A.D. The Roman
emperor built a triumphal arch in Rome portraying the Menorah and other
vessels from the Temple in Jerusalem.
The Menorah and vessels were put in the basement of
the Vatican and some priests have confirmed they are there.
President Katzavís request was in the name of all the Jewish people as well
as the State of Israel and has given the request official status. Previously
Israeli Minister of Religion, Shimon Shitreet requested the Vatican to
return the holy golden Menorah and the other vessels it holds. He presented
the Vatican with the results of historical research which showed that after
the destruction of the Second Temple the Menorah and vessels were taken to
Rome together with the Israeli captives and then to the Vatican. The
research was also based on the ornamentation on the Titus triumphal arch in
Rome which confirms it in a very clear manner. This request was ignored and
even raised opposition and disapproval in the Vatican.
Two Olive Trees and a Candlestick
The heavenly messenger told the Prophet Zechariah to
open his eyes and look. Zechariah replied that he saw a candlestick of gold
with seven lamps and two olive trees by the candlestick. But Zechariah
didnít understand what it meant. He was told the candlestick represented
Godís Spirit (Zech. 4:6), but he was still stumped as to what the two olive
trees were. He was told, ďThese are the two anointed ones that stand by the
LORD of the whole earthĒ (V. 14).
Are these representative of Judah and Ephraim? More
and more understanding is coming to us concerning the TWO houses of Israel.
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