Our Church Emblem Explained
The official emblem of The Church of God and of its concept of New Testament Judaism is made up of a golden Menorah candlestick inside the blue Star of David superimposed over the red cross.
This emblem indicates that life and renewal through the death of the Messiah transformed Judaism from an ancient and lifeless form into a new and living dimension.
The cross represents the sacrifice of Jesus to purchase New Testament Judaism and the church (Acts 20:28). The fact that it does not stand upright reveals that the Savior was offered once for all and that no other sacrifice for sin will ever be required (Romans 6:9,10; Hebrews 9:28).
Jesus was the Day Star of salvation, the Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16). He was also the light of the world. The church is to be like Him, becoming living sacrifices (Romans 12:1), having the Day Star arising within it (II Peter 1:19), conforming it to the candlestick pattern (Hebrews 8:5) to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:12-15). As the Father sent the Son into the world, even so has He sent the church in His stead.
The Emblem of The Church of God, then, represents both Jesus and the revelation of the church.
“The Star of David Revealed”
The Star of David (Mogen David Star) dates from history and tradition to the days of King David. The Koran speaks of the Mogen David as the “Seal of Solomon,” which was used on the official communications of Solomon.
Oral tradition claims that the star was used on the shields of David’s mighty men and was, therefore, named the “Shield of David.” Some suggest that there is a connection between the Mogen David Star and God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 15:1 where He said, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield.”
Archaeologists have discovered that the six-pointed star was used as a decorative motif as far back as 3500 B.C. There is extensive historical evidence of the use of the Star of David along with the Menorah candlestick as symbols of Judaism.
The Star of David is made up of two intersecting equilateral triangles. The one represents the Trinity of God—Father, Son Holy Spirit—reaching down to redeem fallen man. The other represents the trinity of man—body, soul, and spirit—reaching up to God to receive His grace. The prophetic significance of the symbol of the Star of David was fulfilled when Jesus came into the world: “There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17). At the birth of Jesus a star appeared in the east to guide the wise men to the place where the child was to be found. Subsequently New Testament writers referred to Jesus as the Day Star (II Peter 1:19) and the Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16).
The Star of David is not an object of worship, nor does it have any magical qualities, as many superstitious people have thought through the centuries. It is, however, an emblem that is full of meaning to those who are able to understand the invisible things of God through the use of things that are made (Romans 1:20)
“The Menorah Candlestick”
As a part of the law of God which was given at Sinai, Moses was commanded of God to construct a Menorah (candlestick) after the pattern of that which he had seen in a vision of the heavenly things (Hebrews 8:5): “And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be the same” (Exodus 25:3 1). This candlestick was constructed of beaten gold and was duly placed in the Tabernacle of Witness to be the only light therein. According to Hebrews 9:23 the candlestick and its accompanying furnishings in the Tabernacle of Witness were only figures of the true candlestick and the furnishings of the true tabernacle, the church, which the Lord pitched (Hebrews 8:2). The church was built up as the temple of God of lively stones, a spiritual house (I Peter 2:5). The candlestick of the Old Testament was symbolic of the order and spirit of the church in the New Testament that made it the light of the world.
The pattern of the candlestick reveals the government of the church. The shaft is symbolic of the anointed servant of God. The foundation was of twelve sides and represents the twelve apostles who are the foundational pillars of the church (Ephesians 2:20). The seventy-two knops, bowls, and flowers of the candlestick represent the seventy-two elders or prophets (Luke 10:1). The seven lamps reveal the seven men of wisdom (Acts 6:3).
The Menorah candlestick is the most comprehensive revelation in things that are made (Romans 1:20) of the pattern of the government of the church.