The oil lamp has a few different meanings depending on religion.
However in Judaism the oil lamp symbolizes light that lights the way for wise and righteous.
Christianity sees the oil lamp as a symbol of life eternal and of Gods wisdom.
The oil lamp is lit when a bishop consecrates the church and it is meant to burn until the Judgment day.
In the Bible, it says to keep your lamps full of oil.
What does this mean? Matthew 25:3 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.
The lamp however needs oil to continue to shine: it is the oil used to keep watch for and welcome the Bridegroom, the oil of welcoming.
Ancient Egyptians lit thousands of oil lamps in temples, their homes and public places during the ceremony called Liknokaia in honor of goddess Naiff.
They used oil lamps to illuminate statues of the gods as were the Greeks too.
Romans lit the oil lamps before the prayer to symbol Vesta, goddess of home.