TABERNACLE TEACHING

THE VARIOUS FURNISHINGS AND THEIR FUNCTION

BY:  PETER DEMETRIS

TITLE and SUBTITLES

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THE ALTAR

The Meaning Of The Altar

Brass

The Meaning Of Sacrifice

Abraham And Isaac

The Meaning Of The Blood

Four Horns

The Offering

The Burnt Offering – Owlah

The Meat Offering – Minchah

The Peace Offering – Shelem

The Sin Offering – Chatta’h

The Trepass Offering – Asham

Partakers Of Divine Glory

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THE LAVER

11

THE BOARD AND BARS OF THE TABERNACLE AND TENT COVERINGS

12

TABLE OF SHEWBREAD

The Meaning Of Table And Bread

14

THE CANDLESTAND

The Meaning Of Candlestick

Almond Fruit

Light And Life

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THE ARK OF THE COVENANT

Mercy Seat

The Cherubim

Two

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THE ALTAR OF INCENSE

Day Of Atonement

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THE VEIL

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THE COVERING OF THE TENT

The Curtain Of Goat’s Hair

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THE ALTAR

Exodus 27:1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits. 2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass.

The unique pieces of furniture that Jehovah revealed to Moses, will now expand the meaning of the court, the tent and all its contents. Entrance beyond the door of the tabernacle brings us into the outer court containing the brazen altar. The altar marks the beginning of spiritual life. Given by revelation, the purpose for the altar was to offer a sacrifice made by fire unto the Lord. There were five specific offerings related to this altar and every one of them is a picture of Christ’s nature, power, excellence, character, and perfect obedience.

The altar was made from shittim wood (human nature). It was overlaid with Brass (copper) and was foursquare measuring 5 x 5 x 3 cubits. It was actually the largest piece of furniture in the tabernacle, about 7 and half feet high and four and a half feet wide. The altar was hollow with a brass grated network situated about half way down. This is where the wood and sacrifice was placed. In addition there were four brass horns on each corner and other utensils for use in performing the duties of the altar. Pans, shovels, basins, fleshooks and fire pans.

THE MEANING OF THE ALTAR

The Brazen altar is a revelation about our human condition. The moment you step beyond the gate, into the courtyard you discover what most in the world today do not understand. Ever since that tragic day in Eden, mankind has been a prisoner to the nature of flesh and corruption. Death was the consequence of Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God’s command not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

The spiritual communion Adam had enjoyed with God was broken and the earth was cursed for his sake. The state of paradise was gone and the way of life was closed. Adam (Individual and corporate) was sent forth from the garden to till the ground from whence he was taken. Sin and death reigned over the creation even on those who did not sin after the similitude of Adam’s transgression.

Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Without sin being washed from your life there is no fellowship with God. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sin. That is why there is a sacrifice upon the altar. That is why Jesus died on the cross.

Each time an Israelite brought an animal to sacrifice he was showing the perfect, obedient, and royal nature of the Lord  Jesus, as well as his divine, holy and unblemished character offered up to God as a sweet savior instead of the stench of our sins.

With the blood of the sacrifice, applied throughout the tabernacle according to the word of the Lord, fellowship and communion with God can be restored. The entire worship of Israel moves from this brazen altar and revolves around the blood that’s shed there. The blood is applied at various times to the mercy seat, horns of the altar of incense, the tent and its furniture, the priests and the people.

BRASS

The altar was overlaid with brass (copper). Brass was not a pure metal and its references are usually associated with judgment. The first mention of brass is in association with Cain and his family…Cain was judged of God and sent out from the presence of the Lord.

Genesis 4: 22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

Leviticus 26:18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you;… and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

Deuteronomy 28:23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass,

In these verses brass is used to show the human condition being hard and closed to God’s plan. Hindering the entrance and experience of heavenly places.

Before Samson was able to rise up in the power of the Holy Spirit his fleshly lifestyle brought him into spiritual captivity described in this verse as fetters of brass.

Judges 16:21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

In each case brass indicates the mixed and inferior nature of Adamic man with God’s judgment upon him.

The Phillistine giant Goliath was clothed in an armor of brass. This is a type of the world, the carnal mind and the five senses of the flesh. This would be opposite to putting on the armor of God described as light in Romans 13.

1 Samuel 17:5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.  6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.

When David went out to meet Goliath in battle, King Saul placed his armor of brass upon him.

1 Samuel 17:38 And Saul armed David with his armor, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. The weight of this was too much and hindered him from being free in battle. So he chose not go out with the armor of brass.  39 And David girded his sword upon his armor, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.

By revelation of the Holy Spirit, St. Paul wrote that we should put on the whole armor of God.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Having the protection of faith and the sword of the Spirit is necessary to overcoming the works of the flesh. However our warfare cannot be accomplished in the same armor of the carnal man. If our spirituality is nothing more than the tarnished judgment of natural man, then we will also be carrying something to heavy to bear and unproven in defeating the enemy.

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (through the natural mind or five senses) but mighty through God. David only needed a stone to throw at the giant to defeat him because he went out to meet Goliath in the strength of his faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.

During the wilderness journey the people of Israel had sinned and spake against God and against Moses, and were being afflicted of fiery serpents and many died. It is significant that a serpent is revealed in Genesis as being directly involved in the destruction of Adam and Eve. Now Israel was being bitten of fiery serpents and many were perishing. God in answer to Moses’ prayer, told him to hang a serpent made of brass upon a pole. All that looked upon this serpent of brass would be healed of their affliction unto death.

Numbers 21:9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

In the same way the brazen altar with its sacrifice provides the healing from all affliction to those who put their trust in its power. Jesus said that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness so shall the son of man be lifted up from the earth. And if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me.

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life

THE MEANING OF THE SACRIFICE

God revealed the need to sacrifice an unblemished animal to atone for our sin with its blood. Yet it was not because Jehovah desired the blood of bulls and goats. It is written in Psalm 40: 6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; What was the real meaning behind the slaughter of an animal ? There are many religions in the world today that still practice a ritualistic form of animal sacrifice. Is this the same thing as Israel, was taught to do? The scriptures declare that the blood of animal sacrifices were ineffective to take away our sins.

Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Hebrews 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

So if God did not desire sacrifice and offering why did he reveal this to Moses? The animals chosen for sacrifice were a type of Christ who was ordained from before the foundations of the world to be a lamb of sacrifice.

Revelation 13:8 …written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Each offering was carefully revealed so that it foreshadowed the perfect sacrifice of Christ Jesus, an unblemished human being who offered himself up to God for us.

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Let us explore a few points of history recorded in the book of Genesis, to expand upon the meaning of the altar and the sacrifice.

ABRAHAM AND ISAAC

After waiting twenty-five years for God’s promise of a son, Abraham was instructed to sacrifice Isaac his only son upon an altar. Abraham obeyed God, taking Isaac and binding him to the altar and placing the wood of the burnt offering upon him all the while trusting and knowing inwardly that God had a plan to be revealed. Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

When asked by his son Isaac (Hebrews 11:18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:) where the sacrifice of the offering was, Abraham, answered by revelation, God will provide himself a lamb for sacrifice.

Genesis 22:7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 9 And Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

With fire in his hand a knife in the other Abraham was ready to offer up his only begotten son because the Lord had asked him to do so.

Hebrews 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

But at no time was God ever intending to let Abraham harm his own child. God having provided a substitute offering in the ram caught in the thicket of the bush. 

Genesis 22:11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. Jehovah Jireh, The Lord is our provision. Abraham’s obedience to Jehovah prophesied of God’s provision of the Lord Jesus Christ (our substitute ram) who gave himself for us.

1 Corinthians 5:7…For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Life comes forth out of death.

Genesis 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

As Noah and his family came forth from the ark after the flood he builded an altar and offered burnt offerings to the Lord.

It is significant that after the flood God revealed to Noah that it would be all right to eat the flesh of clean animals because prior to this time God had commanded man to use herbs and vegetables as food.

Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

In the epistle to the Romans, St. Paul, said that he that is weak in the faith eateth vegetables only. Romans 14: 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

But strong meat belongs to them who are of full age. Why? At the time when God gave command to eat, there had been no sin or death in the creation. The nourishment and life provided for Adam and creation was in the provision of the ground of the earth.

Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

The farming industry certainly testifies to the rich resource of food that comes forth from the earth in abundance. But after the transgression and the judgment of death, man’s life is sustained and nourished by the sacrifice of another. So God gave us the power to eat meat in order to show that our life comes forth out of a death. Just as an animal is killed to provide meat and nourishment to our bodies and life so Christ, was slain and His life offered to sustain and nourish our life. The sacrifice upon the altar is the gift of God’s love toward us so that we will not perish in our sinful life.

THE MEANING OF THE BLOOD

The Blood was given by Jehovah, to atone or cover our sins.

Leviticus 7:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Hebrews 9:22…And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

The blood covering the altar is a picture of God covering over the brass nature of Adam man with the Blood of the sacrifice.

In Egypt, the people of Israel, suffered four hundred years as slaves to Pharoah, until Moses, came and proclaimed the word of the Lord. Moses delivered the people of Israel out of Egyptian slavery and bondage without shedding any man’s blood. Instead he obeyed the revelation of God to shed the blood of a lamb and place its mark upon the door of every Israelite home. Death passed over the people of Israel that night and God brought them out of bondage with a high hand of power.

But the blood that was used to redeem our soul out from death was not the blood of a bull, goat or even of a lamb. All these sacrifices were but a symbol of reality and could never in themselves actually take away our sin. They showed the pattern of heavenly things to come.

Hebrews 9: 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

It was the human and divine blood of Christ that was shed and sacrificed on the altar of the cross.

Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

1 Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Just as every Israelite received deliverance from Egypt, forgiveness of their sins and reconciliation with God, so through the Blood of Christ we have redemption and the forgiveness of all our sins. Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

The brazen altar teaches us that because of Jesus Christ we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. His sacrifice was an act of God himself to remove the sense of guilt and shame from the conscience. It was for covering sins and mending our relationship and fellowship with God. Now being reconciled to God, we have peace with God, and the peace of God. We are granted access by faith into the grace wherein we stand and also glory in Christ through whom we have received atonement. The provisions of God’s covenant with Israel are now fulfilled in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.

FOUR HORNS

There were four horns on the four corners of the altar pointing outward. Four is the number of the world and creation meaning the message applies to all the created realm. Horns are a symbol of authority and power. It is also significant that at times the horns of the altar were a place to find refuge and escape from death (1 Kings 1:51).

The horns pointing upward, show the strength and power of this altar. Sprinkled with the blood they declare that this altar restores communion and will bring the love and forgiveness of Jehovah to the entire world.

Psalm 92:10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

THE OFFERINGS

There are additional principles of spiritual life revealed in the instruments used at this altar such as the fire pans for carrying away the burnt ashes. The three prong flesh hook which was used to handle the offering. The fire that consumed the sacrifice. The following is a brief description of the various offerings and their symbolism.

The first five chapters of Leviticus deal with each one. There were five offerings. (# of grace) No one offering could adequately express the accomplishment of Christ’s atonement on the cross. The offering was taken from the herds and flocks a male without blemish.

1Peter3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

The five were divided into two categories.

1-Sweet savor-was a free -will offering voluntarily brought to worship

2-Non-Sweet Savor- Involuntary dealt with sin and trespass

3-Other offerings described are, the thank offering, vow, wave, heave and drink offering.

THE BURNT OFFERING – OWLAH-

Leviticus1:1-17, 1) whole burnt offering 2) ascent, stairway, steps -alah {aw-law’} -1) to go up, ascend, climb to go up, ascend The name of this offering means to ascend up. The sacrifice of Christ will cause our lives to ascend.

Leviticus 6:8 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying… This is the law of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it.

Leviticus6:13 The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.

Leviticus 1:17……… and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD.

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 15 For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

THE MEAT OFFERING – MINCHAH –

Leviticus 2: 1-16, 04503 minchah {min-khaw’}from an unused root meaning to apportion, i.e.1) gift, tribute, offering, present, oblation, sacrifice, meat offering 1a) gift, present 1b) tribute 1c) offering (to God) 1d) grain offering

Leviticus 6:14-15 14 And this is the law of the meat offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the LORD, before the altar. 15…and shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savior, even the memorial of it, unto the LORD.

This was the only offering of the five that made no use of flesh. Here the flour, oil, frankincense and other ingredients describe the nature of Christ’s humanity. His service, speech, works, life and character are wholly pure and perfect. Only the finest wheat, beaten and sifted into flour could be used to describe the smooth balanced nature of Christ. The oil describes the mingling of the human with the divine. Salt was used as a preservative in foods. Christ is our preserver of life. So does the power of grace work to defeat the corruption of sin. There was no leaven used in this cake because leaven is a type of sin. Honey is not used because there is nothing sweet about the cross. Frankincense was used because when placed upon fire it emits a beautiful fragrance.

THE PEACE OFFERING -SHELEM-

Leviticus 3:1-17- 08002 shelem {sheh’-lem} 1) peace offering, requital, sacrifice for alliance or friendship 1a) voluntary sacrifice of thanks

Leviticus 7:11 And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD.

Leviticus 7:15 And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning.

This was the most joyous of all the offerings because it reflects the happiness that comes to us when we have peace with God. Christ was our offering of peace. It is significant that this was the one offering that the offerer was given a portion to share in as well as the priest. It represents the end of conflict and the fellowship believers enjoy with God through Christ. 

Colossians 1:20-22 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Leviticus 7:17 But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.

Hebrews 9:26…but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 28   So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The sacrifice of Christ and the story of his life contained in the gospels are to be eaten today and tomorrow. The third day he will be revealed from heaven in flaming fire and there will be no flesh in his sight.

2 Corinthians 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

The last two offerings are related to each other. They are offerings for sin and have similarities as well as some differences. The sin offering is a picture of how Christ has dealt with the nature or power of sin. The trespass offering is for cleansing the acts of sin we commit in ignorance or by omission. The most important and wonderful thing to know is that whether in ignorance or by willingness, Christ, has forgiven and cleansed us from all sin.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall

THE SIN OFFERING -CHATTA’H-

Leviticus 4:1-35, 02403 chatta’ah {khat-taw-aw’} or chatta’th {khat-tawth’} 1) sin, sinful 2) sin, sin offering 2a) sin 2b) condition of sin, guilt of sin 2c) punishment for sin 2d) sin-offering 2e) purification from sins of ceremonial uncleanness

Leviticus 6:25 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the LORD: it is most holy. 26 The priest that offereth it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place shall it be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation.

THE TRESPASS OFFERING – -ASHAM-

Leviticus 5:1-19- 0817 ‘asham {aw-shawm’} trespass offering 34, trespass 8, offering for sin 1, sin

Leviticus 7:1 Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy. 2 In the place where they kill the burnt offering shall they kill the trespass offering: and the blood thereof shall he sprinkle round about upon the altar.

Leviticus 7:6 Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy. 7 As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

PARTAKERS OF DIVINE GLORY

Israel brought their offerings to be sacrificed unto Jehovah, and the priesthood was given a portion of the flesh of the sacrifice. For the priest, the most important aspect of the sacrifice was to eat part of it.

1Corinthians 9:13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple: and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

In this way the priest and the people shared in the divine nature of the altar.

1 Corinthians 10:18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they, which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? It’s therefore significant how this fact stumbled the Pharisees and people the day Jesus said that unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you. This statement even offended many of his disciples.

John 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?  66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

In the same way the priests of the tabernacle ate the sacrifice and offering of the Lord so we also are being made partakers of Christ’s Holy nature. Having entered Jerusalem, and knowing his time had come and that he was the lamb of sacrifice, Jesus gathered with his disciples for the last time to commemorate the Passover in a solemn supper. With the knowledge of the offerings given to the priests of the temple, Jesus, broke bread and passed it among the disciples with these words.

Mathew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

Hebrews 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

St. Paul himself knew by revelation the meaning of this as he wrote to the church at Corinth, concerning the eating of the Lord’s Body.

1 Corinthians 11:2324 23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:  24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you:  this do in remembrance of me.

To eat the sacrifice of Christ in Holy Communion is to partake of His divine nature and power. Note verse four in second Peter, chapter one.

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Hebrews 12:10 that we might be partakers of his holiness.

1 Corinthinas 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread...

1 Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

1 Corinthians 11:29 For he that eateth… unworthily, eateth… damnation (corrective judgment) to himself, not   discerning the Lord’s body.

1 Corinthins 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 

As we partake of His sacrifice through faith we are made strong spirit, soul and body. Healed of infirmities and weakness and escaping the corruption of death at every possible opportunity keeping our eyes wide open to the truth about life and immortality.

Because Jesus was crucified on a tree Israel was stumbled by the offering of Messiah. They believed in the law of Moses, which made the offering of the Lord a most holy thing. An example of this is Leviticus 6:25.

But Jesus, was crucified on a wooden cross, and considered cursed by God.

Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: John the Baptizer was considered a prophet by many in Israel. He attracted a large following of disciples that prompted the priests at Jerusalem to question him as to his identity.

John 1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?

John 1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John said of himself that he was not the Christ but that he came to bear witness of his coming and prepare a people for the Lord.

John 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

This may have subtly offended the priestly class since they saw themselves as the ones anointed to prepare Israel for God’s purpose. The idea that somehow Jehovah would now be bypassing that old corrupt system never dawned in their thinking. Later on we know that even John was not beyond the grasp of selfish and evil intentions being imprisoned unjustly and decapitated by Herod’s command.

John 1:29, 34-36 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. 35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

He suffered humiliation and death for us. The Son of God was punished and executed as a criminal. He was made sin for us on the cross. He was rejected and considered unclean.

Isaiah 53:3-4 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

As I write this I am thinking of an old chorus that sums up the gratitude and love I have towards the Lord Jesus Christ who loved me and gave himself for me!!!!

He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay I needed someone to wash my sins away. And now I sing a brand new song amazing grace, Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay.

You ask me why He paid the price, why He would make the sacrifice Why He would walk up that hill called Calvary, HE LOVED ME MORE THAN HIS OWN LIFE Oh glorious day! That’s why He paid the debt that I could never pay.

Hebrews 13:11-12 11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

It was for this very reason Messiah Jehoshua, was hidden from the minds of Israel, as Moses, put a veil upon his face, hiding the glory that was fading away.

2 Corinthians 3:13-14 13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look at the end of that which is abolished: 14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

The key to resurrection power and life is baptism into his death.

Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Philippians 3:10-11 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

THE LAVER

Exodus 30:18 Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.

The Laver, placed between the altar and the tent is the second piece of furniture in the outer court. Only the priests had access to it and it was for washing their hands and feet as they moved between the altar and the  tabernacle tent.

Exodus 30:19 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat:

The laver contained water for cleansing and it was made from the looking glasses of the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle.

Exodus 38:8 And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the looking glasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

There are several important points to consider.

The laver was made from the mirrors of the women of Israel. The feminine realm or soul is represented in this and sacrificing the vanity of looking at one’s self so that all may be made aware of God’s judgment. The mirror being brass reveals the need of God’s cleansing and the water in the laver provides the element of cleansing. As we look into the mirror, God’s judgment comes upon our own image and is replaced by his image.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The priests that ministered between the altar and the tabernacle had to wash their hands and feet or there was the penalty of death.

Exodus 30:20-21 20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations. It is so important to have our daily walk in Christ renewed, cleansed and refreshed by the word, spirit and remembrance of His blood. The consequences of neglecting to wash in the laver must be understood by all who seek to move more deeply into the plan of God. The priesthood was warned that if they did not wash their hands and feet from the dirt of the natural realm they would perish.

It is significant that St. Paul declared by revelation. Romans 8: 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: It is impossible to remain pure in our walk without the daily study of God’s word washing our minds and renewing us.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Today more than ever, the culture has been assaulted with the power of technology expressing every vile thing possible. If we hope to keep our hearts free from worldly pollution, the power of sin and all other distractions of the carnal mind we must wash in the laver.

Jehovah commanded Moses to set apart Aaron and his family with washings, garments, anointing of oil and the blood. All these being symbols of the nature of Christ that washes us in His blood and anoints us with the Spirit. Our habitation is the tabernacle of God and we are given new bodies to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

THE BOARDS AND BARS OF THE TABERNACLE AND TENT COVERING

Exodus 35:11 The tabernacle, his tent, and his covering, his taches, and his boards, his bars, his pillars, and his sockets,

Every aspect of the tabernacle was made according to the pattern showed to Moses in the mount. The entire structure reveals the Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel of St. John declares that the Word was made flesh and tabernacled amongst us. Christ’s human nature is revealed in the structure of the tent.

Exodus 26:30 And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount.

A tent was constructed with linen curtains on the inside and several different animal skins for symbolism and protection. It was supported by 48 boards made of shittim wood and overlaid with gold, placed in silver sockets. Each board measured ten cubits in length. The boards were held together by five bars made of shittim wood also covered with gold. These were fastened to the boards at the corners on top with rings of gold.

Exodus 26:15 And thou shalt make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up.

Exodus 26:26-29 26 And thou shalt make bars of shittim wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle, 27 And five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle, for the two sides westward. 28 And the middle bar in the midst of the boards shall reach from end to end. 29 And thou shalt overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings of gold for places for the bars: and thou shalt overlay the bars with gold.

The boards and bars of the tabernacle provide a beautiful picture of the united priesthood and ministry of the believers.

Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

How important it is to know how much our lives are needed to support the work of God and each other.

Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

The manufacture of these boards and bars also tell the story of our calling and salvation. The trees had to be cut down and brought from their original dwelling place to be shaped and formed by Bezaleel. The rough bark and exterior would have to be stripped, and ultimately overlaid with gold, which speaks of divine nature. Each board resting in sockets of silver. Silver is the metal of redemption. Our human life has been redeemed and overlaid with gold to become the tabernacle of God. We are being joined together to become one building of God inhabited by the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 22:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

There are special numbers also revealed in the tent structure that point to the power of Christ dwelling in us. The entire tent was ten cubits by thirty cubits in a rectangular form. This is three hundred cubits. Three hundred is a number that points to the power of life over death. Previously I mentioned Noah’s ark was 300 cubits long. Noah escaped the flood. Abraham rescued his nephew Lot from being kidnapped by the kings of Babylon using three hundred trained servants from his own house. When Joseph revealed himself to his brothers he gave each of them a change of garment but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of raiment. Joseph is a type of Christ and savior. He was sold into Egyptian bondage by his brothers evil doing. But he redeems them and all the world through his wisdom. Benjamin means Son of the right hand. To the sons of the right hand God is giving the victory over death. Jehovah Christ is giving five changes of garments. Five fold ministry to bring perfection fullness and maturity to the believers. This tent is the secret place of the most High God. He that dwells in the secret place shall abide under the shadow of the almighty!!

Forty eight (number of boards) is six times eight. Six is the number of man and eight is the number of the new man. The first man Adam and the second man Christ. In fact the most significant number revealed in the tent is two. The priests were veiled from viewing the Ark of the Covenant by a beautiful curtain separating the holy place and the holy of holies. This actually made the tent two tabernacles.

1 Corinthians 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

Hebrews 9:7,8 …the priests went always into the first tabernacle, …the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

The tabernacle called the holiest of all revealing God’s plan to manifest a second, spiritual, heavenly ministry, through Christ.

Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

The two tabernacles also reveal two creations. Genesis records that God brought forth the universe in two realms. Heaven and earth. Upper and Lower. The first order of creation was natural, soulish and earthy. “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul…”

1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy...First the natural then the spiritual. The second manthe last Adam was made a quickening spirit and is the Lord from heaven. (1Cor. 15:45)

1 Corinthians 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. The new and second covenant in the blood of Christ is the order of the heavenly and spiritual realm and points to the new creation and day of the Lord.

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

These simple numbers express the intent of God’s plan and purpose, written in Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

As in Adam all die, so in Christ, all shall be made alive. Every man in his own order. (1 Cor.15:22,23)

TABLE OF SHEWBREAD

The dynamics of spiritual life intensify as we enter the tabernacle tent. The precious metal covering all the furniture indicates a different manifestation of Christ than previously experienced in the outer court. Gold is now covering over the wood of the furniture and the light of the golden candlestand shines upon the table of shewbread and the golden altar of incense. Gold (divine nature) and not brass. Sockets of shining silver and linen curtains of beauty and glory above. The perfume of sacred incense created by the apothecary permeates the room. The Holy place of the tabernacle.

Exodus 25:23-25 23 Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.  24 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. 25 And thou shalt make unto it a border of a hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about.

The table of shewbread stood on the north side of the tent and was made from wood and overlaid with gold, symbolizing the nature of God and man joined together in the table. Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. The Son of God and the Son of Man.

Two crowns of gold bordered the top of the table with a hand breadth distance between them. He was crowned with thorns as he bore our sins and suffered death for us. Now risen from the dead He is crowned with glory and honor and become the captain of our salvation. The two crowns also represent the shared victory we inherit through the body of Christ.

Exodus 25:30 And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me always.

The table was made to hold twelve loaves of bread. One for each of the tribes of Israel. The ingredients and the way it was baked all reflect the perfect character and nature of Christ. The priests fellowshipped around the table in the light of the lampstand and ate the bread of His presence. As we eat the communion of the body of Christ in light of the gospel revelation we also enjoy the presence of Christ in us as the priests enjoyed fellowship before the Lord.

Leviticus 24:9 And it shall be Aaron’s and his sons’; and they shall eat it in the holy place...

THE MEANING OF THE TABLE AND BREAD

The shewbread was for reminding Israel of God’s sacrifice to be present with them. In the outer court, it is the Lamb of sacrifice we eat. In the holy place it His bread of presence. When Jesus was upon the earth He was the bread in the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

John 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:

John 6:51 I am the living bread, which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

The people stumbled over his sayings about eating His flesh. They did not understand His words were spirit and life.

John 6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

John 6:63 …the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The truth of this is that our entire fellowship with God is through Christ who sacrificed his perfect life so we could receive His substance by the Holy Spirit. The Lord had a bitter experience and endured a humiliating cup of suffering so that we now have communion with Him.

It is significant, that the bread of the sanctuary was sprinkled with frankincense so that it had a bitter taste.

Leviticus 24:7 And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial

1 Corinthians 10:16-17 16 The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

St. Paul by revelation, taught the meaning of this bread also. The bread is a memorial of the one sacrificed at the altar and also the presence of that same one by the power of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 11:23-24 23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

As we discern the nourishment of His Body we partake of divine nature. We share in his sufferings but are escaping the corruption that is in the world. The bread of heaven is the spiritual life we renew daily through fellowship, study and prayer.

The table points to His provision, protection and power. King David said, the Lord prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. The daily provision at King Solomon’s table was so abundant and astounding it took the spirit and breath away of the visiting Queen of Sheba. Her name meaning the number of perfection. Jesus said that healing is the children’s bread.

The table had four rings and two staves to carry it through the wilderness as Israel journeyed.

Exodus 25:26, 28 26 And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. 28 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them.

The message of His life is to be carried throughout the creation and in the coming kingdom as well.

Exodus 25:29 And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them.

Other vessels related to the table were placed between the hand breadth of the two crowns of gold. Dishes for serving the bread, spoons for incense and covers, bowls and cups all represent the various ministries of the New Testament church that serves Christ to the world.

Exodus 40:22-23 22 And he put the table in the tent of the congregation, upon the side of the tabernacle northward, without the veil. 23 And he set the bread in order upon it before the LORD; as the LORD had commanded Moses.

THE CANDLESTAND

Exodus 25:31 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 of the same.

The light of the holy place was provided by a special lampstand made of pure gold. Through it’s pipes would flow precious oil to fuel the flame upon the wicks. The light of the fire of the altar is now seen in the seven branch lampstand.

Jesus said I am the Light of the world.”

Exodus 25:32 And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:

Made with a central shaft. Then three branches extended from each side making a total of seven. Each branch was formed with the fruit of the almond plant in three stages. The bud (knop), the fruit of the almond (bowl) and flowers of the almond plant. Three complete sets on each branch and four on the central. Twenty two sets of ornaments 3 X for a total of sixty six. It is significant that the total of books in the Old and New covenants is sixty six.

Exodus 25:33-36 33 Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. 34 And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. 35 And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. 36 Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. The candlestick was the light of the holy place. All the ministry, fellowship enjoyed by the priests, nourishment received at the table were all in the light of the candlestick. The beauty of the interior curtains could only be seen in this light.

Exodus 25:37 And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.

THE MEANING OF THE CANDLESTICK

The central shaft of gold represents Christ our life. He is the vine, we are the branches. He is the anointing oil poured through our vessels producing light.

A beaten work of pure gold points to how Christ was made perfect through suffering. Now we are also trans formed in Him through the same work of wisdom and power.

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one:

There were no measurements given because Christ and all He accomplished is unlimited. The revelation knowledge of Christ is unlimited and the ministry of the Holy Spirit is unlimited and far reaching. There were seven Lamps.

Seven is a number denoting perfection, fullness and completion. Gold is divine nature. The light of the candlestick ministers divine perfection.

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,

Seven is the number that speaks of having the perfect power of the Holy Spirit and the full understanding of truth to anoint others.

Zechariah 4:2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:

Zechariah 4:6 …This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

The Seven Lamps of the Holy Place also reveal the day of Christ and the Church. The compartment measuring two thousand cubits spiritually points to the two thousand year period since Christ came in the flesh, was crucified, resurrected from the dead and ascended into heaven.

Revelation 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Revelation 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man,

Revelation 1:20 …and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

The three stages of the almond plant show that the fruit of spiritual life occurs in progressive stages. Salvation is a threefold experience. Israel celebrated three feasts. The three compartments of the tabernacle and many others that signify putting on Christ. There were three offices of authority anointed with oil. Prophets, Priests and Kings. The name Christ is also a term denoting His divine nature. Christos or anointing. Christ is the anointing power of the Spirit working in us. Transforming us spirit soul and body. Producing the nature of prophet, priest and king. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

1 John 2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven

1 John 2:13 I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one.

1 John 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning.

ALMOND FRUIT

Salvation is threefold and salvation ready to be revealed is symbolized in the fruit of the almond plant.

During the wilderness journey a rebellion occurred among the families of priests questioning the authority of Moses and Aaron. It was agreed to lay up a wooden staff or rod representing each tribe in the tabernacle before the Lord overnight. 

Numbers 17:2-5 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man’s name upon his rod. 3 And thou shalt write Aaron’s name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers. 4 And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation 5 And it shall come to pass, that the man’s rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom:

In the morning Aaron’s rod had budded the fruit of an almond plant revealing the choice of God and the hidden power of Christ.

Numbers 17:8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.

The almond plant is a sign of the resurrection power breaking forth. The candlestick is the church or called out believers today who enjoy fellowship with Christ. He is the firstfruits (almond fruit) from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

The word is plural because all who are joined to Him receive of His nature and power. We are being made partakers of his resurrection life now ahead of the others who are rebelling or complaining etc.

When the prophet Jeremiah was awakened to the Lord and His calling to the ministry he was shown a vision of an almond plant.

Jeremiah 1:11-12 11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. 12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.

God’s word is power and life. St Paul said that if the spirit that raised up Christ from the dead dwell in you, then it shall also quicken (hasten) (bring forth living fruit) your mortal bodies. The power breaking through the limited dimension of the natural realm and expressing unlimited power of life over death.

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

LIGHT AND LIFE

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Life reveals the power of God and Light expresses the nature of God. He is Light and Life. In the beginning Jehovah, said, Let there be Light. And there was Light. And God saw the Light, that it was good. He divided Light from darkness. The same was in the beginning with God. In him was life; and the life was the light of men, … the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

I am the light of the world.

The candlestick was adorned with ornaments of beauty. God has adorned the church with gifts and fruit of the Spirit. Just as Eliezar, Abraham,’s servant adorned the future wife of Isaac with ornaments of gold, jewels and precious stones. When the Holy Spirit is present in the life of a believer, both the power and beauty of the Lord is evidenced. Christ is the image and nature of God. His fruit is the substance and source of perpetual life and power.

The listing of spiritual fruit is found in Galatians 5:22,23. Fruit is a subject Jesus taught about in scripture. Fruit must be planted, nurtured and brought to maturity and harvest. Once fruit is ripe it drops from the branch to bring refreshment and life to those who partake of it.

John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Spiritual fruit yields the juice or life of God. Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance.

Christ is the life of God and perfect expression of His power. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

In his first epistle to Corinth St. Paul wrote about the various gifts of spiritual manifestation.

1 Corinthians 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

The gifts represent the action and life of God through the believer. There were three gifts of inspiration so we can talk like the Lord. Three gifts of revelation knowledge so we can think like the Lord. Three gifts of Power to act like the Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:10 …to another prophecy to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

1 Corinthians 12:8, 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit…vs. 10...to another discerning of spirits;

1 Corinthians 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; ...10 To another the working of miracles;

Exodus 25:38 And the tongs thereof, and the snuff dishes thereof, shall be of pure gold.

It was the responsibility of the priest’s to see to it that the Light of the candlestick never went out. The lamps needed to be trimmed and kept in order by Aaron each morning. The light was to burn evenly so that often the wicks were either trimmed or pulled upward to keep the light even. Snuff dishes for the ashes symbolize the past works of God accomplished through Christ and us.

The oil used for the light of the candlestick was made by the art of the apothecary. Oil is a type of the Holy Spirit. For a deeper look into the meaning of the oil and the power of the anointing see the author’s book: “Mystery of the Divine Apothecary.

THE ARK OF THE COVENANT

Exodus 25:10-11 10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 11 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about.

The only piece of furniture in the holy of holies was named the Ark of the Covenant. It was constructed from shittim wood and overlayed with gold within and without. Once again we see the blending of two natures as one. The human and the divine. The gold, a symbol of Christ’s holy, pure and divine nature is also covering the interior of the box as well as the external part.

Psalm 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Ark – “brown” box, chest or coffin. The ark was actually a type of coffin containing the testimony of the Living God. Inside were placed three unique memorials of Israel’s history.

Exodus 25:16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

The tables of commandments was given to Moses on the mount. Signifying the mind and heart of Christ whose word is lively and quick. Just as Moses received God’s living oracles written in stone, now in the holy of holies God’s word is hidden within our hearts and mind. It is written, this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel, not like the one I made with them when I took them out of Egypt. I will write my laws upon the heart and mind. They shall be my people and I will be their God. (Hebrews 8:10) 2 Corinthians 3:3 …as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

The second item was a golden pot of manna. The bread, which fell from heaven, nourished and sustained Israel during the wilderness experience.

Jehovah told Moses to lay up a portion in the holy of holies so that future generations could see what God fed Israel with in the wilderness.

Exodus 16:32 And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commandeth, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt.

The manna was like coriander seed and tasted as honey. (I like to think of manna as a divine sugar wafer) The people of Israel had no idea what it was, they called it manna, meaning what is it?

Exodus 16:15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was.  And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

Again the real meaning of the bread was lost to the thinking of natural Israel. They were not able to see it. It was placed within the box of the covenant and hidden from view. The manna is the nourishment of God in our lives by the Holy Spirit.  Jesus said I am the bread of life. He that eats this bread shall never die.

John 6:49-50 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, Hidden Manna. Inside the ark. Seated in a heavenly dimension. The food or diet of those in the third dimension of God’s plan.

Aaron’s rod that budded almond fruit was also placed inside the ark of the covenant. This third item reveals the power of Christ’s resurrection. The ministry of this realm is endless life. It is written that the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. As in Adam all die, so in Christ all shall be made alive. Every one in their own order. Christ the firstfruits, then them that are Christ’s at His coming.

The rod is a symbol of authority. The power and authority of this dimension shall rule and reign throughout the earth

Psalm 110:2 The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

MERCY SEAT

Exodus 25:17 And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

The place of mercy serves as a cover, sealing the contents of the ark within. It was made of pure gold because the mercy of God is pure and everlasting, coming to us from a heavenly dimension. The lid also represents the seat or throne from where Jehovah, executes judgment. The blood of the altar sprinkled upon the mercy seat made atonement for the sins of Israel. On the Day of Atonement the High priest sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice in behalf of himself and for all Israel as well. The judgment seat becomes a throne of mercy granting grace and help in every time of need. Jesus Christ is the mercy seat of God.

Romans 3:24 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

THE CHERUBIM

Exodus 25:18-19 18 And thou shalt make two Cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

Two heavenly creatures now emerge overshadowing the mercy seat. These angelic like beings are the symbols of the message, ministry and power of the most holy place. At the time of the epistle to the Hebrews it is written… (Hebrews 9:5) And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the Mercy Seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. A deep and glorious mystery is hidden in the cherub creatures that now stand in view above the mercy seat with wings of gold touching each other.

Exodus 25:20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.

A traditional and simple concept suggests that the cherub creatures are angels of a high order. Using the various passages of scripture to show their appearance as spiritual beings. But the entire tabernacle is about Christ and the redemption of mankind to God. Every aspect of the form was made to model the image of the pattern son. The tabernacle was not made to reveal the role of angels.

Hebrews 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17 Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren,

In fact the epistle of St. Peter reveals that angels have no revelation of the plan of God.

1 Peter 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, … unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?

The dispensation of angels was given in relation to the first covenant, first tabernacle and the first order of creation.

Galatians 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; … and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Acts 7:53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

But the word declares that he has not subjected the world to come to angels.

Hebrews 2:5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

The cherubim were a beaten work of gold made out of the one piece of the mercy seat. They are uniquely joined to the realm of the throne and rulership principle of Christ and symbolize the divine creatures of the new covenant, the second tabernacle pointing to the GLORIOUS manifestation of Christ’s kingdom.

TWO

To grasp more fully the meaning and message of the cherubim let us go back to the Beginning. Two is a significant number. It is the number that begins creation. In the Hebrew text the first word of God is Bereshith. The second letter of the alphabet begins creation. There are two creatures to image the creator male and female. There are two realms upper and lower. There are two trees at the center of the garden. It is significant that Cherubim are first mentioned in the paradise of God assigned to guard the tree of life. A flaming sword to turn every way. This is the living fire of God’s word anointed from on high with wings of spiritual power. The term cherub means to fly. They are the essence of spiritual power and life.

In the book of Ezekiel the cherub symbolism is given to the prophet, while in captivity in Babylon. As he ponders the opened heaven of his mind and heart he describes the vision of Cherubim as a fire infolding itself, a whirlwind, a cloud of amber and brightness and the sight of four living creatures in the form of a man. Four is the number of creation and the number of the gospels, which proclaim a new creation.

5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

The cherub beings are always associated with the throne, the power of life and the image of man.

The cherubim are seen in the revelation of Jesus Christ. St. John, like Ezekiel, was in exile on the isle of  Patmos, Greece. Seeking the meaning and purpose for his day was given a vision of how God would reveal Christ in the world again.  Among the many aspects of this powerful vision was the throne realm of God and the cherub creatures similar to Ezekiel’s vision.

Revelation 4:6-7 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

The cherubim are describing the characteristics of Christ. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah who has prevailed to open the word of life for us. He is the beast of burden who carried our infirmities and weaknesses and sacrificed his life upon an altar of wood. He is the perfect man of love whose face we now look into that we might see the light of the glory of the knowledge of God. He is the flying bird in an open heaven that we might rise above the natural world of flesh and be joined in a divine union of love with Christ.

When God created the heavens and the earth it was with the intent to share His glorious nature with creation as a bride adorned for her husband. So he created mankind in his image. Male and female created he them in his image and likeness and called their name Adam.

Genesis 5:1-2 1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

Jehovah declared the two shall be one. Adam and Eve were the parents of all living. Their union was sacred, reflecting the mystery of God and mankind. When the tragic circumstances that forced their rejection and expulsion from the paradise of God took place, the Lord appointed cherubim to guard and protect the precious union of Heaven and earth. Now in the Holy of Holies they represent the reconciliation of heaven and earth through the mercy and blood sprinkled upon the throne of grace. They symbolize the new parents of life that will cause life to spring forth again on the earth a second time.

The mystery being revealed through St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians.

Ephesians 5:31-32 31…and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

The message of this throne is a love story. It is the Song of Songs, from the King of kings, out of the Holy of Holies. The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels… and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

The day of glorious manifestation is upon us. And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Revelation 21:3, 4 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

 

THE ALTAR OF INCENSE

Exodus 30:1 And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it.

The sacrifice of the brazen altar takes on a new expression in the holy place. The priests offered up the smoke of burning incense upon an altar made of wood and overlayed with gold.

Exodus 30:3 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about.

The blending of two natures is once again revealed in the golden altar. The natural wood representing the first order of creation overlayed with gold or divine nature also symbolizing incorruptible life.

In the outer court a whole burnt offering continuously sends up the smoke of a sweet smelling savor. In the holy place the altar is anointed with the blood and becomes the sweet incense of our conversation, prayer, good works and worship that is born from the fellowship we experience at the table of shewbread. In the light of the candlestick, we burn up the offering to the Lord on the golden altar of incense.

Leviticus 4:7 And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the LORD, which is in the tabernacle of the congregation...

There is a crown of gold that borders the altar at the top. Four horns made of wood overlayed with gold on each of the corners. This signifies the glorious nature of the King of kings who is crowned with honor and glory through the praises and worship that ascend to him. The four horns reveal the universal power of the altar and the worldwide effect the perfect finished work of Christ will have. During the wilderness journey there were times when plagues or sickness raged through the camp of Israel bringing destruction, Aaron was commanded to make atonement with incense from off the altar. This shows the power of prayer good works worship and intercession.

Numbers 16:46-47 46 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun. 47 And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. 

The incense used for this altar was created in secret by the art of the apothecary. It was an unusual mysterious compound that could not be duplicated for any other purpose. A study of the priests responsibility will show that incense was burned upon the altar at two specific times.

Exodus 30:7-8 7 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. 8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.

DAY OF ATONEMENT

The holiest day of Israel’s year occurred on the tenth day of the seventh month. The Day of Atonement. This was the only day the High priest was allowed beyond the veil of the tabernacle into the holy of holies but not without blood. The golden altar is the only piece of furniture that has a part in the atoning process. On that day the priest took both hands full of incense to burn in the Holy of Holies. A cloud of smoke filled the inner tent and the Lord communed with the High priest between the cherubim, over the mercy seat from within the cloud.

Leviticus 16:12 And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the veil: 13 And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not:

Leviticus 16:2 …for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.

The power and revelation of the golden altar is also seen in the New Covenant. It is significant that Zechariah, the father of John the Baptiser, was burning the incense upon the altar when an angel of the Lord appeared unto him announcing the birth of John.

Luke 1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

Luke 1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, 9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

As he was placing the incense upon the golden altar and the people were praying outside the temple a most astounding experience of his life took place that linked the entire process of salvation with his life and family.

Luke 1:10-11 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

It is significant that in the revelation of Jesus Christ, the altar and incense is revealed again as a part of the message, power and process of the manifestation of Christ. The works and prayers of the saints are joined together in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring a working of God upon the earth.

Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

This altar is not an altar of blood but its sacrifice symbolizes the work of Christ, and the power of having a devout life of prayer and worship to the Lord. His life in us is a baptism of fire. Burning up fleshly works of vanity and causing our offering to be a sweet smelling savor unto God.

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place. 15 For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ

THE VEIL

Exodus 26:31-32 31 And thou shalt make a veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made: 32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver.

The veil, covering the entrance into the Holy of Holies, was made according to pattern. It teaches about the perfect blend of Christ’s human and heavenly nature. It was a work of wisdom combining fine twined linen of blue, purple, and scarlet. The colors also represent the various characteristics of Christ. Blue is the color of heaven or above. It signifies those things about Christ that are heavenly spiritual, high and lifted up. Scarlet is the color of blood. Purple is a blend of both these colors and mingled in the midst were angelic figures called cherubim.

The cherubim sewn into the fabric also speak of the divine nature we share as heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ. These angelic beings symbolize the power of spiritual knowledge and carry the message of life and immortality. Cherubim were placed at the entrance to the Garden of Eden to guard and keep the way of life after Adam was sent forth out of the garden paradise. As we experience the processing of Christ, the glory of God is sewn into our own nature giving us the spiritual power to become the sons of God.

It is significant that just as the door of the tent veiled the holy place from the view of the people of Israel, this beautiful curtain keeps the priests from viewing the Ark of the Covenant within. Only on the Day of Atonement could the High priest offer the blood of the sacrifice upon the mercy seat in the midst of the cloud of incense. This symbolizes that the entrance into the second tabernacle and the holiest of all was not yet made.

The veil or curtain hung upon four pillars. There are four gospels that reveal Jesus Christ. Without the preaching of the gospel the reality of Christ is unknown and hidden from the view of the world. The pillars of wood were overlayed with gold and stood in sockets of silver. Christ was completely filled with divine nature expressed in the metal of gold and his walk was our redemption, but the wood of his humanity covered over this glory.

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

Exodus 30:6 And thou shalt put it before the veil that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee.

Just as the Ark of the Covenant remained hidden behind the veil of the tabernacle, so Christ’s human nature veiled the glory of His inner divine reality.

In a similar picture of this, Moses, whose face shined as light after spending forty days and forty nights with Jehovah put a veil over his face so that Israel could not see the fading glory which was to be done away.

2 Corinthians 3:13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament;

But on the day Christ was crucified this veil was rent. At the time of his death the veil of the temple was ripped open from top to bottom signifying that the way into this new day and realm was now being opened. Jesus as a forerunner entered into that which is beyond the veil.

Matthew 27:50-51 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Now with the precious blood of Christ cleansing us from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, according to the pattern of the tabernacle we are being brought into this divine and heavenly state of being.

Hebrews 10:19-20 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

THE COVERINGS OF THE TENT

Exodus 26:1 Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.

The Linen curtains actually served as the interior ceiling for the tabernacle sanctuary. The ten curtains were made in two sets of five and sewn together. Linen relates to the righteous nature of God and His word. When we enter the tabernacle we are receiving His righteousness as a gift. These beautiful curtains raised up on high represent the glorious, risen and exalted nature of Jesus Christ in all His splendor and majesty. The beauty of the curtains, their colors and design could only be appreciated by the priests that ministered within the tent. This spiritual vision of His glory and perfection comes to those who go beyond the outer court experience and enter this hidden place with God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The curtains never touch the earthen floor. We are heirs of God and Joint heirs with Christ. Through our union with Him we are raised up together into this heavenly state in Christ.

Romans 3:21-22 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Romans 8:3-4 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, The colors also show the different aspects of Christ’s righteous nature. White, for purity, free of corruption and sin. It was fine-twined linen which denotes the power of His nature working in and through our daily lives.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Blue is the color of heavenly things. Christ came from heaven and now has ascended again into heaven as a man so that he might bring us to God himself.

John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

1 Corinthians 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Purple is a color that blends blue (heaven) and scarlet (blood/flesh). There is a divine mingling of human and divine throughout the tabernacle tent. Scarlet is the color of the blood of the sacrifice and Cherubim figures point to the kind of heavenly creatures we are becoming in Christ.

The tent had three coverings. Each of these points to some aspect of the human nature of Christ and man. The inside covering was made of white goat’s hair. (eleven curtains) Each one four cubits wide and thirty cubits long. Then two outer coverings made of rams’ skins dyed red and badger’s skin or seal skin for protection.

The covering of badger skins: a preservative and a protective covering. This outermost covering had no specific measurements but large enough to cover. It was a dark blue-gray color basically unattractive to natural senses.

Isaiah prophesied of Christ saying “he hath form nor comeliness, and when we should see him there is no beauty that we should desire him”

The seal-skin covering placed over all was noted for its strength and resistance. It points to the nature of Christ to withstand the principalities and powers of darkness and prevail.

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith…a body hast thou prepared me: (Hebrews 10:5)

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, (1 Timothy 3:16)

Only by revelation of the Spirit can we understand the beauty of His life within. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, we beheld (discerned) his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Ram skins were dyed red. This covering points to the sacrifice of His life for our salvation. The Ram was an animal used in many of the sacrifices of Israel and is signified by the ram caught in the thicket of the bush, which was a substitute for Isaac (Abraham’s only son) on the altar.

THE CURTAIN OF GOAT’S HAIR

This was a covering over the inner linen curtains. A mystery hidden in the flesh of man. There were eleven curtains in two sets of five. Five sewn together and six sewn together. This number appears out of order in the sequence of all the other curtains. That is because there is something out of order with Christ the son of God being crucified.

Here Christ is symbolizing the nature of the scapegoat. On the Day of Atonement there were two goats chosen for the Lord’s sacrifice.

Leviticus 16:8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat.  The one goat was slain whose blood was brought into the sanctuary.

Leviticus 16:9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil,

The other was led out into the wilderness after the High Priest laid hands and commuted the sins of the people to the scapegoat.

 

 

 

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