- The fruit of false-torah
- Messiah’s teaching possesses no hidden taint of evil
- The true beautiful tree is the Olive Tree
- The Etrog is crowned with thorns and possesses no ‘inner’ beauty
The fruit of false-torah:
Observation #1. The anointed cherub Satan, although outwardly covered in HaShem’s light (appearing to be good), is the corrupter of all that is good because he hides his deadly teaching (lies) under the cover of Abba Avinu’s righteous Truth. It is the devil’s lies that have led to the fall of one-third of the angels.
Observation #2. The anointed cherub Satan’s deceptive practices have led to the fall of all humanity. The Etrog of each worshiper, therefore, is carried in the left hand as a prophetic symbol of the Holy One’s “bitter” governance that must and does rule over all that is evil (kingdom of darkness). In stark contrast the Lulavs in the right hand are a symbol of the Holy One’s “happy” governance that gladly rules over all that is good (kingdom of light). Therefore, armed with Lulavs in their right hands and Etrogs in their left hands, the people of Israel are symbolically organized as surrogate rulers over both realms, good and evil, into three bands (three groups).
Messiah’s teaching possesses no hidden taint of evil:
Group #1. First, some (in Temple times) would remain in the Temple to attend the preparation of the Morning Sacrifice.
Group #2. Second, another band would go in procession below Jerusalem to a place called Moza that has been identified with the Road to Emmaus (referred to in the resurrection account of the Messiah).
Group #3. Third, at Moza the people would cut down willow-branches (the leafy branches are the goodly trees, not the citron tree fruit; i.e. the symbols of righteous existing without the inner taint of evil) amid the priests’ blasts of the trumpets. They used these special species of cut branches to adorn the Temple altar. Therefore, the Temple altar was symbolically adorned in a leafy canopy of pure righteousness that unlike the Etrog fruit possessed no inner hidden taint of evil.
The true beautiful tree is the Olive Tree:
And there was very great rejoicing!
וַֽיִּמְצְאוּ כָּתוּב בַּתֹּורָה אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה ה’ בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁה אֲשֶׁר יֵשְׁבוּ בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּסֻּכֹּות בֶּחָג בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִֽי׃ וַאֲשֶׁר יַשְׁמִיעוּ וְיַעֲבִירוּ קֹול בְּכָל־עָרֵיהֶם וּבִירוּשָׁלִַם לֵאמֹר צְאוּ הָהָר וְהָבִיאוּ עֲלֵי־זַיִת וַעֲלֵי־עֵץ שֶׁמֶן וַעֲלֵי הֲדַס וַעֲלֵי תְמָרִים וַעֲלֵי עֵץ עָבֹת לַעֲשֹׂת סֻכֹּת כַּכָּתֽוּב׃ וַיֵּצְאוּ הָעָם וַיָּבִיאוּ וַיַּעֲשׂוּ לָהֶם סֻכֹּות אִישׁ עַל־גַּגֹּו וּבְחַצְרֹתֵיהֶם וּבְחַצְרֹות בֵּית הָאֱלֹהִים וּבִרְחֹוב שַׁעַר הַמַּיִם וּבִרְחֹוב שַׁעַר אֶפְרָֽיִם׃ וַיַּֽעֲשׂוּ כָֽל־הַקָּהָל הַשָּׁבִים מִן־הַשְּׁבִי סֻכֹּות וַיֵּשְׁבוּ בַסֻּכֹּות כִּי לֹֽא־עָשׂוּ מִימֵי יֵשׁוּעַ בִּן־נוּן כֵּן בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עַד הַיֹּום הַהוּא וַתְּהִי שִׂמְחָה גְּדֹולָה מְאֹֽד׃
And they found written in the Law, which HaShem (the NAME) had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month, and that they should announce and proclaim in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, “Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.” Then the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one on the roof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the House of Elohim, and in the open square of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim. So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua (Yeshua-יֵשׁוּעַ) the son of Nun (בִּן־נוּן) until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great rejoicing!
The Etrog is crowned with thorns and possesses no ‘inner’ beauty:
“Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches!”
Nehemiah 8:15 reveals that the Torah (“it is written”) actually identifies the goodly or beautiful tree to be the Olive Tree. The goodly tree is absolutely not the tree of the Etrog. This false beautiful tree actually represents the Tree of Death (the accursed tree):
צְאוּ הָהָר וְהָבִיאוּ עֲלֵי־זַיִת וַעֲלֵי־עֵץ שֶׁמֶן וַעֲלֵי הֲדַס וַעֲלֵי תְמָרִים וַעֲלֵי עֵץ עָבֹת לַעֲשֹׂת סֻכֹּת כַּכָּתֽוּב׃
“Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches (עֲלֵי־זַיִת), branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written…”
The Tanakh reveals that the fruit of the olive tree is the true beautiful tree. Its fruit is processed to make olive oil (cf. our article, “Messiah in Chanukkah“). Olive oil is what is used to produce the fruit of light in the Golden Lampstand located “inside” the Temple.