TABERNACLE OF MOSES
BY: PETER DEMETRIS
INTRODUCTION AND GENERAL INFORMATION
THE OUTER COURT
THE HOLY OF HOLIES
THE WORK OF THE TABERNACLE
CLOUD OF GLORY
THE OUTER COURT
MEANING OF THE COURT
INTRODUCTION AND GENERAL INFORMATION
A powerful symbol given to us from scripture is the Tabernacle of Moses. The revelation knowledge gained from a study on the tabernacle will awaken astounding spiritual phenomena. The tabernacle reveals the perfect type and shadow of heavenly reality to come. In fact, the tabernacle is an unlimited spiritual symbol holding many secrets of God’s kingdom within you. It was made the likeness of something and it was revealed to Moses, that he should construct the tabernacle according to the PATTERN he had seen in the mount. It is important for us to understand this pattern.
Exodus 25:9 According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.
It was through this heavenly pattern God, Jehovah, would be able to dwell among the people of Israel.
Exodus 25:8 … let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
The pattern, materials, ceremonies, priesthood, offerings and every other aspect of tabernacle work symbolize the manifestation of Christ being birthed in us, formed and matured by the Holy Spirit. Even Jesus taught that what Moses received from God spoke of Christ himself.
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
The Tabernacle was made to provide a sanctuary (dwelling place)
a)Tabernacle # 4908 mishkan a residence; shepherd’s hut, tent
b) Sanctuary #4720 miqqedash – consecrated thing; a palace # 6944- a sacred place
c) Dwell # 7931 shakkan – idea of lodging; to reside permanently
d) Pattern #8403 tabniyth – a model; resemblance; figure, form; likeness
God’ s tabernacle dwelling in the midst of Israel symbolized the day Christ would be revealed in us.
Jehovah revealed the pattern to Moses and designed it in three sections. The tent was divided into two parts: The Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. It stood within a fenced area called the outer court. Thus there were three unique and distinct parts. Three is a divine number. It reveals completeness and fullness. Understanding of the tabernacle will bring us a complete and perfect knowledge of Christ. It is significant that St. Paul declared, God would save our whole Spirit, Soul, and Body. A complete salvation is threefold. We were saved, we are being saved and we shall be saved. The three compartments of the tabernacle outline for us a journey into spiritual transformation.
Each area contained divine furniture where the service of God was performed by a chosen priesthood. The furniture pieces were as follows: In the Outer Court, the Brazen altar, where the sacrifices were offered. The brazen laver, which held water for baptisms. The priests washed their hands and feet as they walked between the outer court and holy place, to accomplish the service of God.
In the Holy place there were three different furniture pieces:
1] The golden seven branch candlestand for light.
2] The table of shewbread. Twelve loaves of bread were made and placed on this table every week…each loaf symbolizing one of the tribes of Israel, as they lived in the presence of the Living God.
3] The golden altar of incense. Here the priests burned incense unto the Lord as a type of prayer and ministry that is born of the sacrifice and blood of the altar.
A beautiful curtain or veil separated the next compartment called the…Holy of Holies.
The Holy of Holies was the dwelling place of the ark of the covenant. In this hidden place of the tabernacle, Moses, fellowshipped with Jehovah in a high realm of communion beyond the veil as a type of Christ. But no other priest was allowed into the holy of holies but the High Priest and then, only once a year. On the Day of Atonement. Just as the High Priest passed from the holy place into the Holy of holies so Jesus our High priest has passed into the heaven itself to appear in the presence of God for us.
The entire structure of the tabernacle reveals Christ Jesus the Lord. He is the WORD made flesh. St. John said, the Word, became flesh (human being) and TABERNACLED among us. Each furniture piece represents some aspect of Christ’s own work of redemption for us. Jesus is the sacrifice of the altar and it is His blood, which is sprinkled upon the mercy seat. He is the laver or water of the word. He is the 7-fold light of the candlestick and the holy oil that fuels the flame of revelation knowledge. He is the bread of presence or shewbread eaten by us each day for our daily substance. Jesus is the golden altar of incense. His life was lived as a constant expression offered (incense must be burned) up to the Father. Ultimately he is to be known as King of kings and Lord of Lords. He is the Ark of the Covenant… the connection of heaven with earth. The Ark of the Covenant and all the parts associated with it symbolize the awesome manifestation of Christ in Man. The ark is His throne… the movement of His authority and power through His people so that as you grow in the spiritual knowledge of the Tabernacle; in reality you are becoming acquainted with the person of Christ Jesus. In the outer court is the beginning experience of His love towards you. In the Holy Place, anointed with oil (baptism of Holy Spirit), experience Christ as never before in the perfect light of the candlestick and in the nourishing bread of His presence…and in the offering of prayer, praise and intercession.
But there is a third compartment or dimension of Christ to be revealed in the earth. Beyond the rent veil is another place called the Holy of Holies. As this veil has remained over the minds of many today there is also a time of unveiling. The revelation of Christ in the earth will be the consequence of those who pursue him beyond the veil of flesh into the heavenlies themselves and are changed Spirit Soul and Body. This is the meaning of the third dimension and Holy of Holies. It is significant that Israel also celebrated a third feast each year, the Feast of Tabernacles. The feast of the seventh month now points the way to perfection fullness and completeness to be experienced in the Holy of Holies the third dimension of God’s plan.
THE OUTER COURT
The outer court is the starting point of redemption and regeneration. This realm represents the first spiritual experiences with God in Christ. All of Israel was invited into this court of the Lord. We are also invited to come.
It was fenced with sixty pillars of brass or wood and a linen curtain was hung upon these by silver hooks. Fine linen in scripture always points to the righteous nature of God. You could not see over it nor obtain entry underneath. The only way to enter was at the front through the gate. It is significant that Jesus said, I am the door and the way unto eternal life. Entrance beyond the gate brings us into the outer court which has the brazen altar and brazen laver. Here we experience the meaning of the sacrifice and of Christ’s blood shed for us. The basic materials of linen, brass/copper and silver also tell us precious truth about this realm of new life. The Brass speaks of the judgment of God that has become tarnished in man. Silver points to the price of redemption and the linen curtain symbolizes the righteous nature of Christ freely given to us who believe. This realm is further brought to light through the deeper meaning and application of the altar and the laver. This is the power of rebirth and regeneration. Through the blood and washing of the waters we pass over from death to life and our SPIRIT is made alive. Hallelujah!
In the outer court, the spirit is made alive. The body is dead because of sin and the mind is still unrenewed. This is symbolized by the natural light of the outer court. Still seeing in the natural light of day. That is what makes our approach unto the entrance to the Holy Place so dramatic and exciting. We are moving into another realm of the same tabernacle yet our experience is going to change. Only the priests were allowed beyond this point. Anointed with oil they would pass beyond the curtain into the…
Every priest was required to be anointed with oil at the doorway. This signifies the necessity for spiritual anointing to enter into Holy Place. The baptism of the Holy Spirit ushers you beyond your first initial experiences with the Lord into a new dimension. Here we begin to meet Jesus as Christ. This is the doorway into spiritual life.
The duties of the priesthood involved making the oil for the lamp stand, bread for the table and incense for the altar. The ingredients used were revealed by the Spirit because they had to show the quality of Christ’s inner nature. It is significant that Zechariah the priest was standing by the golden altar of incense when the Angel Gabriel, appeared to him announcing the birth of his son John, the baptizer. I am sure that the traditions and history of Israel as a people hold quite a different view than my own when it comes to the tabernacle, but I am satisfied that all who read these words of life and power will bear witness to their value and meaning.
This new realm of the tabernacle points to the day when the Church was born by spiritual renewal. It is significant that the dimensions of the holy place are 20X10X10=2000 cubits of space. It is nearly two thousand years since the day of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit baptized and birthed Christ out of the seed of Israel.
Now each furniture piece brings insight into this new experience in Christ. The lampstand symbolizes those times when spiritual light breaks through and truth is perfectly revealed in an, in-part realm. It radiated light as the oil flowed into its pipes. This is the oil of spirit poured out into us by baptism of the Holy Spirit. In the holy place we can receive power and deliverance from bondage to death and traditions, which make the word of God of no-effect.
It is significant that during the administration of Eli the High Priest, (during the prophet Samuel’s young life) the light of the candlestick went out in the holy place. This neglect of the priests and terrible event only emphasized the deep spiritual blindness that had come upon Israel. There was no King in Israel. Samuel the prophet was growing up at this time and would soon become a prophetic link to the ordination day of King David. We need knowledge revealed by the Holy Spirit in order to grow and nurture spiritual life. It is not the collection of Bible facts or memory of the verses. It is the knowledge born of intimate spiritual union and love.
The priests fellowshipped around the table of bread together in light of the candlestick and ate the bread of presence. Jesus said I am the Bread of Life. This bread was also referred to as the bread of presence. It symbolized God’s own presence with us in earth. This is communion. Jesus said take eat this is my body which is broken for you. St. Paul said we being many, are one bread. The table of shewbread also reveals the greater plan of God to equip His sons in the likeness of Christ and let their lives be bread for the nations to receive health and life from the dead.
The Golden altar is the place where prayer, intercession and ministry is offered up as an expression of what the light and bread have given us…an awakened sense of Christ’s presence causing words of prayer, praise and thanksgiving to abound. The golden altar is the only aspect of this realm that will accompany us further in our journey of change. On the Day of Atonement (the most holiest of all days to Israel) the High priest would take the censers with burning incense into the Most Holy Place beyond the veil of separation into the resting place of the ark-of-the-covenant. This signifies that only that spiritual light and life of Christ in us can reach further into the mystery of Sonship and bring us into the Most Holy Place. It also reveals the need to go beyond this curtain of separation. The Holy place is not the end of our journey. We must put on immortality. Every aspect of the holy place is temporary and artificial. The oil needs replenishing and the bread needs to be baked. The incense must be crushed and smoothed by the hands of men. But every aspect of the Holy of Holies is eternal and everlasting. The light forgiveness, and love of God is without end. As we enter the Holy of Holies our Spirit is alive and our minds are being renewed by the Holy Spirit.
THE HOLY OF HOLIES
Now in the presence of eternal light (Shekinah) and love we are being made perfect. A promise to those who come by a new and living way, we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. This mortal must put on immortality. The ark-of- the-covenant rests in this dimension revealing the wisdom of God in man. The wooden box overlaid with gold within and without signifies the intention of Father God to have sons born of heaven and the earth, redeemed, regenerated, returned, renewed, and revealed as the sons of God. It is written He is the firstborn among many brethren. This third compartment represents the throne realm of God operating in earth through His people. St. John was caught up beyond the veil of flesh into heavenly places and saw the throne and one who sat upon it like a jasper and sardine stone. The Holy of Holies is also the ministry of the new day. A priesthood after the order of Melchisedec, filled with the glory of Christ and expressing the power of resurrection declaring and revealing the endless age of the kingdom of God.
There are other unique aspects of the tabernacle we should discuss before we enter the outer court and begin to look at the furniture pieces of each realm individually and with deeper application.
The order, which God revealed the tabernacle to Moses, was from the inside out. Jehovah, veiled himself in the different compartments of the tent. The first piece of furniture Moses was instructed to make was the ark-of-the-covenant. God veiled the most intimate part of himself behind a beautiful curtain made of fine linen, blue, scarlet and gold with cherubim sown within. Then he continued to reveal the different furniture pieces in each part of the tent and court which are the points of contact through which the priesthood will fellowship and experience God in the tabernacle. The tabernacle tent and coverings were placed over boards, his bars and pillars, placed in sockets. The furniture was all fitted with rings for staves used to carry them when Israel journeyed. All of these materials hold special significance to Christ’s revelation for us and in us, as well as showing God’s nature and plan for the future. As we proceed through the compartments of the tabernacle, the spiritual and hidden meaning of all the materials and each part will be seen. The following is a list of the materials used in the creation of the Tabernacle.
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In addition to the revelation of the tabernacle God ordained a High priest and priesthood to officiate at the altar and other places within the tabernacle. Jehovah commanded Moses to make garments for beauty and glory to put on Aaron and his sons. The garments symbolize the progressive nature of salvation and point to the new body and nature we are receiving through Christ. All this was shown to him in the mount and is recorded in Exodus chapters 25 through 31.
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
In Exodus, chapter 35 Moses, speaks to the children of Israel and asks whoever has a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the Lord. The entire tabernacle, which Jehovah would dwell, was created from the materials gathered from the people of Israel.
The people of Israel willingly gave of their own to this effort. They had been slaves in Egypt but they willingly gave of those things the Egyptians bestowed upon them as they left Egypt. Everyone whose heart was stirred and spirit was made willing brought the Lord’s offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all his service, and for the holy garments. Both men and women who were willing gave bracelets, earrings, rings and tablets, and all jewels of gold. Every man offered an offering of gold unto the Lord. This points to when the Lord’s people shall in the day of Christ’s power become the offering of the Lord, (Psalm 110:3). At one point Moses had to command the people to stop giving because they had MORE THAN ENOUGH. Moses, received of the people the gold, silver, brass, blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen and goats hair for the tent coverings. In addition to ram’s skins dyed red, badgers skins, and shittim wood.
THE WORK OF THE TABERNACLE
The tabernacle of Moses was a creative work anointed by the Spirit of God. It was to be constructed by wise-hearted men under the scrutiny and instruction of Bezaleel and His assistant Aholiab.
God revealed to Moses that Bezaleel, the son of Uri the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah was called and filled with the spirit of God in wisdom and understanding and in knowledge and in all manner of cunning work. A name in scripture denotes nature. The nature of God was at work in those who prepared the tabernacle. Bezaleel and Aholiab reveal the special nature of the Holy Spirit at work in this day to raise up the tabernacle of the Lord upon the earth.
Bezaleel = “in the shadow (i.e. protection) of God” 1) son of Uri and grandson of Hur; a skilled Judahite artisan in all works of metal, wood, and stone and one of the architects of the tabernacle
Uri “fiery” 1) a prince of Judah, a son of Hur
Aholiab = “Father’s tent” 1) chief assistant of Bezaleel in construction of the tabernacle
Ahisamach = “my brother is support (has supported)”
These were characteristics required of all the workers of the tabernacle.
1-submitted to Bezaleel
3-worked willingly (not for wage)
4-built according to pattern revealed (no plans of their own)
5-Received from Moses all the necessary materials (as we receive from Christ)
6-Brought the work to Moses for his approval
7-Blessed by Moses for obedience
St. Paul, experienced the special grace and power of the Holy Spirit necessary to build upon the foundation of Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master-builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him,
1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are laborers together with God:
Now we are also being builded together and joined as one habitation for the Holy Spirit to dwell in.
Ephesians 2:20-21 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 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.
It was in this mystery of God and man together, the Logos or Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. Mary was anointed by revelation knowledge through the angel Gabriel. Having received this power and message from heaven, conceived in her womb to bring forth Christ into the world.
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
It is significant that the entire tabernacle was completed in nine months. The same amount of time necessary for Mary to bring forth Christ Jesus into the world.
CLOUD OF GLORY
Exodus 40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. After the tabernacle had been completed and set up by Moses, the Lord appeared as a cloud upon the tent. This cloud was present in the sight of all Israel and enabled them to journey together as one.
Exodus 40:36-38 36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: 37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
The symbolism of clouds in scripture is very important. There is a deep and historical connection between clouds and spiritual things. God told Noah, that the rainbow in the cloud would remind Him of his covenant with all flesh. Here the cloud is leading the nation through the wilderness.
On a natural level, clouds symbolize the cool and refreshing rains that nourish the fields of the earth bringing life to all. Therefore a cloud symbol in the Bible often refers to the nature of God and life giving ministry. They were being led by the cloud, as we are today led by the Holy Spirit in us.
Another significant picture is found in Leviticus 16. God told Moses how Aaron should come into the Most Holy Place. On the day of atonement once a year He would commune with him in the cloud over the Mercy Seat in between the cherubim in the Holy of Holies.
The study and symbolism of clouds is continued and opened further in the New Testament when Jesus is transfigured on the mount with Peter, James and John. A cloud overshadows them and reveals the resurrection nature of Christ to them.
Mathew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
From these few verses we can see that clouds in scripture symbolize God’s nature and Spirit nourishing us and leading us. It is significant that St. Paul states we shall be caught up to meet him in the clouds. Many have misunderstood this to mean a geographical journey upward into the sky. I believe Paul’s symbolism came from the tabernacle. The cloud or Shekinah that resides in the Holy of Holies. As we pass beyond the veil by a new and living way we are brought into communion with Him on a level never experienced before. The Feast day of Tabernacles. The realm of perfection, glory and power to be seen in us and through us in Christ.
Also note the following scriptures in connection with clouds and the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mathew 17:1-5, 24:30, 26:64; Mark 13:26, 14:62; 1Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 1:7) Unlock the mystery that has been hid from ages and from generations. “And I will give unto thee the keys to the kingdom of heaven:”
Total number in the twelve tribes was 603,550 males from age 20 years and upward, plus 22,000 Levite males from a month old and upward (Numbers 2:32; 3:39)
The unique encampment around the tabernacle was a revelation of Jehovah. When the camp was at rest the tabernacle was always in the midst. The position of the tabernacle determined the position and location of each tribe. The door of the tabernacle always faced east. On the East side Moses and Aaron pitched their tents. Behind them was the standard of Judah along with Issachar and Zebulun.
On the West side was the Gershonites and behind them pitched Ephraim (standard bearer), along with Mannaseh and Benjamin.
On the North side of the Tabernacle encamped the Merarrites and behind them the standard of the tribe of Dan, then Asher and Naphtali.
On the South side was the Kohathites and behind them the Standard of Rueben along with Simeon and Gad.
Unlock the mystery that has been hid from ages and from generations. “And I will give unto thee the keys to the kingdom of heaven:”
The total number in the twelve tribes was 603,550 from age twenty years old and upward, along with 22,000 Levite males from a month old and upward.
The order in which these tribes encamped around the tabernacle, points to the order of the resurrection. It is written every man in his own order. Christ the first fruits, then, them that are Christ’s at his coming and then cometh the end.
The amazing encampment of Israel was so spectacular that it sent fear into the kings of the lands where they were passing through. The King of Moab so afraid of Israel that he hired Balaam to curse Israel with an enchantment. Balaam, discovers that not only can he not curse Israel but is forced to prophesy of their beauty and perfection. In one of the most profound prophecies of Christ and His sons, Balaam beholds Israel and declares…
Numbers 23:8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? 9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. 10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!
Numbers 23:20-24 20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. 21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. 22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. 23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! 24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.
Numbers 24:3–9 3 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 4 He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: 5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! 6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters. 7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. 8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows. 9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
The encampment of Israel was like no other nation upon the earth. The tabernacle and cloud of glory, the feast and sacrifices all pointing to the day of Christ being revealed in us and also to show us how to put on Christ, spirit, soul and body. To journey with Him through this wilderness of natural life while crossing over into a new age of life and immortality. Behold I show you a mystery, WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP (DIE) BUT WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED. This mortal must put on immortality.
Numbers 33:1 These are the journeys of the children of Israel, which went forth out of the land of Egypt with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron.
The journey to cross the wilderness of Sinai and come to the promised land of Canaan is a type of spiritual growth. Each encampment represents another realm of Christ’s spirit delivering us from the natural Adamic state, bringing us into Christ, our promised land. Israel encamped forty one times on the east of Jordan and their forty-second encampment brought them across Jordan into the Promised Land. A profound but hidden dimension of the genealogy in Mathew’s gospel is that while 42 generations are mentioned only forty-one are listed. The last one being Christ himself is TWO. A head and Body. We, the Body of Christ, are His forty-second encampment. Christ Jesus is at home and at rest in those who believe and will make their lives His home to dwell in forever.
Numbers 9:16-23 16 So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. 17 And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents. 18 At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents. 19 And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD, and journeyed not. 20 And so it was, when the cloud was a few days upon the tabernacle; according to the commandment of the LORD they abode in their tents, and according to the commandment of the LORD they journeyed. 21 And so it was, when the cloud abode from even unto the morning, and that the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they journeyed: whether it was by day or by night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed. 22 Or whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, remaining thereon, the children of Israel abode in their tents, and journeyed not: but when it was taken up, they journeyed. 23 At the commandment of the LORD they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the LORD they journeyed: they kept the charge of the LORD, at the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
Numbers 10:2 Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.
Two Silver trumpets were made to call the assembly and for the journeyings of the camp. Silver is the metal symbolizing redemption. Silver coin being the means of exchange typifies the price that was paid to redeem us from the bondage of sin and death.
The trumpet itself symbolizes the nature of the divine message. Trumpets were used to blow an alarm or to gather the saints for moving forward. This points to anointed preaching and the message of God that brings awareness of Christ.
1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? St. Paul uses the trumpet as a symbol for a message from God.
Now the scripture begins to open up the meaning of the following verses showing the importance of anointed teaching and preaching to bring about the full manifestation of Christ in us.
1 Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Exodus 19:16-19 16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
Revelation 8:2 And I saw the seven angels, which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
Trumpets and Angels represent divine messengers with a divine message. In the revelation of Christ there is a message of perfection ready to revealed in us.
Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
A message of perfection, completeness and fullness is being revealed. An unveiling of Christ upon the earth as never before. The tabernacle in the wilderness will become a token symbol of the day Christ rules in His saints.
Revelation 21: 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.
In the revelation of Jesus Christ the final phase of transition from natural to spiritual will culminate with the continuous and eternal presence of Christ on earth manifesting through the sons and daughters of the Living God.
Revelation 21:4 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 reality of God and mankind working together, enjoying the power of life as one, will never again be broken or disrupted. The restoration of all things will begin to occur and continue until all things become new. No longer will death, sadness or tears, ever darken the doors of life again.
Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
THE OUTER COURT
The court of the tabernacle was constructed rectangular in shape. The wall of the court was 100 cubits long. The width of court was fifty cubits. A cubit is an ancient term or unit of measurement based on the length of the forearm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger and usually equal to about 18 inches. The term is filled with spiritual meaning as well as ordinary values for measuring and building. Its association with the length of a man’s forearm as well as the elbow can open many doors of spiritual insight. Isaiah the prophet declared “to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed.”
The court was made with hangings of fine twined linen curtains (5 cubits high) Placed upon sixty pillars of wood set in sockets of brass. The curtain was fixed with silver hooks and caps and silver connecting rods from pillar to pillar. Two cords also ran out from the silver cap to the brass pins driven into the ground for stability inside and out.
The gate or entrance to the court was twenty cubits wide. This was the ONLY entrance into the tabernacle. There was a hanging curtain made of one whole piece of cloth, blue, purple scarlet and fine-twined linen. It was hung upon four pillars set in brass sockets connected by silver rods and capped with silver caps.
MEANING OF THE COURT
The fence of linen symbolizes God’s righteous nature on earth. His perfect gift is veiled from the view of ordinary life. To high to see over the top and fully draped to touch the earth so that no one may look in. The only entrance into the tabernacle of His life is through the door of the court. Jesus said “I am the door, the way, the truth, and the life.” Righteousness is received, through a state of grace given in Christ Jesus, producing the right action of the Holy Spirit within us.
Romans 3:22 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:
The THREE basic materials used here are fine linen, brass, silver. Fine linen is a symbol always associated with righteousness.
Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Outside the tabernacle court is the encampment of Israel. The holy shekinah hovered over Israel, as a nourishing mother. Beyond the camp is outer darkness and the dark world. There were FOUR pillars at the entrance. Four is the number of the world. The worldwide entrance points to the four gospels reaching into the four corners of the earth inviting all mankind to enter into the tabernacle of God.
Silver is the symbol of redemption. Silver is the message of the great price paid in the sacrifice of Christ to purchase our lives from bondage to sin and death. The special hooks and caps used on the wood pillars (human nature) were made from the atonement money. A required offering of silver to make an atonement for their souls.
Exodus 30:16 And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.
Brass is a symbol of judgment. It shows that divine nature (gold) has become a material of less quality, importance and value. It is significant that the first mention of brass is in Genesis 4:22 in relation to Cain’s family. Brass is not a pure metal and denotes the great mixture within man’s nature. Thus brass is a symbol of God’s judgment to us. As we view the Brazen altar the meaning of this symbol in relation to salvation will be fully discussed.
Entrance beyond this starting point brings us into the outer court experience of Christ in you. This is the realm of the new birth…a thirty-fold realm of salvation…the first sealing of priestly nature, the first anointing and baptism of water…the Passover Feast of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost…Jesus Christ is the outer court.
His perfect life is our righteousness and hope of eternal existence. The curtain door was made by needlework of fine twined linen with beautiful colors of blue, purple, and scarlet. Just as the door of the court was hung upon four wooden pillars, Jesus also HUNG upon a post of wood. The glorious and beautiful nature of Christ was the price paid for our entrance into the experience of God. The needlework is a term for an embroiderer. This is the curious skill of mixing together the fabric and color and weaving it as one piece. The word was made flesh and tabernacled among us!
TABERNACLE OF MOSES [Peter Demetris] 1