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Tabernacles

The Tabernacle is portable, fixed and living

A physical place..

Before I begin, I wish to give credit where credit is due. Thanks to Dr Mary Craig (marycraig.org) for her time and effort in her study on The Tabernacle which God used to spur me into this further study on Tabernacles itself. Here in this page you will find me quoting or referring to her works, which are all copyrighted with all rights reserved.

In the wilderness there was Tent where the Living God dwelt with man.

In Jerusalem today we see the foundation blocks to Solomon's Temple where the Living God dwelt with man.

But after Christ everything changes. A numerous vast array of little Temples run about; living, breathing, working, among mankind; indwelt by the Spirit of the same Living God who once dwelt in a Tent and a Stone Edifice.

Each of these is physical. One of these is Living.

It is Portable


The Tabernacle of Moses was a portable tent with curtains and coverings over a wooden structure. It had 3 places: the Outer Court, the Holy Place, and the Holiest of All or Most Holy Place.
The Outer Court contained the brazen altar and the brazen laver. The Holy Place contained the golden altar of incense, the table of showbread, and the golden candlestick. The Holiest of All contained the Ark of the Covenant. ...
''Exodus 25.8 and Exodus 29.46, 47. “Let them make Me a Sanctuary that I may dwell among them.” God wants to dwell in the midst of a redeemed people on His own terms and on His own grounds. Therefore, He gives a pattern that He expects to be followed exactly in the construction of His dwelling place. ..."
In the New Testament...
"Mark 9.1 7 – Jesus Christ is the true tabernacle and true temple. On the Mount of Transfiguration we hear, “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.”
and "Colossians 1.19, 2.9; John 1.14 18; John 2.19 21; 2 Cor. 5.18, 19 – Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Godhead Bodily, God in human form, the Word made flesh who dwelt among us such that we behold His Glory, and The Tabernacle and The Temple. ''
and today...
"2 Cor. 5.1; Ephesians 3.17; 2 Peter 1.13, 14; 1 timothy 3.15; John 14.23; 1 Peter 2.5; 2 Cor. 6.15 18; 1 Cor. 3.16, 17; Ephesians 2.20 24 God now dwells in the Ecclesia, the Called out Ones (Church). He dwells individually in each believer’s heart and corporately in the Church as His Body.
God dwelt with people, among people, and now in people. Therefore, we are to be holy, for He is holy. (Leviticus 11.44; 1 Peter 1.15, 16)"
In the Millennium...
"The ultimate dwelling of God with His redeemed people will be in the consummation of the covenant. Revelation 21.3; Hebrews 8.2, 5; Hebrews 9.11, 24; Revelation 11.19; Revelation 21.1 3. In the end we will find the truth of 1 Chronicles 17.5 of going from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. "
-Mary Craig Tabernacles Study p30-97


Tabernacle is a place to live.  Where one dwells. Your home apartment or flat might be your Tabernacle. In God's case His very special home was specific in detail and patterned after the Heavenly model.  Remember all Moses had built on Earth was patterned after what God had in heaven!  (talk about your basic home away from home...)

When one walked into the Hebrew camp one found four sets of three tribal groups arrayed around a central structure. It is said they radiate out to form a cross shape around this central  structure. One sees a white curtained ''fence" that has an intricately woven colored cloth pattern "gate"  above the white one sees the top of a tent whose covering is a ugly blue grey or whatever badger skin is... Even when the edifice is struck and the whole camp moving these ugly skins cover misshapen or boxy lumps on poles carried by the same group of guys time and again. In fact the only astounding thing at all is this cloud moving before the "nation" in daylight  that became fire at night.  Most interesting of all was that it seemed content to rest over the back half of the "tent'', and as fire did not consume it!

1st thing we see  is that this white cloth fence is not so much to hold in but to keep out.  It is white the color of clean pure holy testify to the pure unalloyed unmixed pristine character nature and being of the One who, upon inquiry is the smoke and fire seen above the "tent".  If you can get near enough to see the gate you would see all this beauty in an oblong panel which opened and closed to admit only the "sons of the law or covenant inside".  From within you heard a cacophony of animals and chanting and smelled the noxitious scent of butchery and burning meat.  These people would tell you they lived in the very presence of their God ... Whom you might begin to wonder about... One thing is for certain... You'd love to get a peek at this three ringed circus you imagine is going on inside those very clean very white curtains...


Ex 25-27 tells us about its manufacture but it starts with the Ark in it's partitioned off part and works its way outward ... But  to enter in you come from the outside inward.

Why?

Because like man, God begins with Himself first. God starts with a place from which to relate with man above the mercy seat between the cherubim...

So we start where God starts... Gen 25 and the mother of all offerings of contribution to a cause...

Gold, silver, bronze, blue, purple, scarlet, cloth of fine quality linen; skins of goat, red dyed ram, porpoise or rather badger and acacia wood, spices of flowing myrrh, cinnamon, cassia, fragrant cane or sweet flag, for the anointing oil; and stacte onycha, galbanum, and frankincense, for the incense; with salt and lots of olive oil. Finally lapidary of onyx, ruby, topaz, emerald, turquoise, sapphire, diamond, jacinth, agate, amethyst, beryl, jasper .

Now all these things have a commonality. They come from the stuff the people had WITH them!  It is how they are combined and crafted that makes them... Holy.

So  the first thing we see here is that God not only accepts what we offer but that He determines what is given, when, how much, to whom, and for what purpose He receives it.  Not all we can offer is acceptable, desirable or useful to Him and it must be taken and twisted or beaten heated perhaps melted woven carved or otherwise worked into something He likes, something He will "inhabit".

So we start with God's "throne of grace" a very utilitarian item.  Both box and seat all in one.  Constructed of a wood known for being incorruptible.  It would appear that Acasia wood is resistant to termites and worms as well as molds and fungus. Being as Canaan today does have seasonal rainfall and snowfall we also need to realize it resisted DRY ROT.
Consider this that it was possibly a mortise and tenon or tongue in groove construct plated inside and out with beaten gold.  It held a pottery jar containing a measure of substance an almond rod more branch than stick and 2 stone tables chiseled upon.  This means bearing weight and then a solid gold lid with 2 cherubim on it.  The gold plating was thin ... It took the wood sandwiched within to both carry the load and bear the lid's weight...  This piece of furniture endured from 1400s bc to a mention in 1st Maccabees of its being hidden by the prophet Jeremiah 300 years or so before Jesus showed up... If we were to find it today would it be structurally sound still?
What this brings out is the immutably incorruptible nature of Jesus ' divinity as seen in the Gold,  and the enduring incorruptibility of His humanity as seen in the wood.  And a visible reversal Christ in the flesh, let me explain.  The wood interior structure is under the Gold while the flesh of Jesus is (was) readily seen.  The Gold overlay of His Divine nature is hidden in the Incarnation.  But just as we have a treasure in earthen vessels so to did Jesus... The Ark is the reverse picture of the manifest reality. Hence we have the enduring ''marriage" if you will of incorruptible perfected humanity and immutable divinity.
Rightly then is it said  that "Jesus is the ark".

Now the height of the Ark being a rectangle 21/2x11/2 x11/2 cubits in dimension the final dimension being height,is actually not very tall at all.  A cubit is roughly from finger tip to elbow and add half again. You have to bend or kneel to access it.  In fact three such items have that distinction. The Ark, the Shew Bread Table,and the Grating  of The Brazen Altar. Scripture tells us this grating had 4 rings cast to it into which the bronze overlaid poles slid.  Other wise the box it was attached to was hollow with "planks"  They might have been the fire wood.... i am not certain what the exact Hebrew word here at this time....
The grating would have been affixed OUTSIDE the "hollow box"... It would appear this was a SAFETY devise for carrying A HOT BOX!
Ex21.24 the Altar itself is A MOUND 0F EARTH.  The HOLLOW BOX contains the Earthen Mound! On the mound is wood ''coals" or faggots around this to contain it's enclosure is A BRONZE BOX with "planks"  Now i say all this to make a point: In order to deal with Ar k and eat the Shew Bread also called Bread of Presence or Faces you had to be humbled.  The grating net ''skirt" hung down from under the  top ledge of  the "altar box" and fanned out about 31/2 cubits AWAY from the hot bronze box AS PROTECTI0N!   unless i have misread the text, that is.  Now if this grating was within and hug to hold to coals or the meat off the mound ( which is very unlikely as the sacrifice in connection with the earth itself to deal with the Ground as our Kinsman redeemer.  That is another lesson though...)
The lesson is clear that one humbles oneself IN HIS PRESENCE. In Communion of Him,  BEFORE HIS PRESENCE
And protection from "the heat of judgment" is also only found IN HUMILITY!

The Ground as Kinsman Redeemer

As we did our study Dr. Mary Craig  pointed out that when Adam fell the fall was such that Adam could be destroyed as in "unmade''  Adam then needed redemption from his Maker's wrath.  So it follows in Gen. 2 Adam blames Eve and her reproduction is sentenced to "misery'' (what was meant to be celebrated is now a sorrow) but now Eve blames the "Serpent''  and sentence is passed on it's flesh in a drastic lifestyle change crawling on it's belly and licking dust!  (snakes everywhere thank your progenitor for your misery!) so we turn back to Adam who also has a sentence imposed... Eviction from Eden, an ever shortening life span, mortality, and then God does something strange... He curses the ground!  Now you have to wonder what did the ground do?  Follow the pattern Adam and Eve break the rule... They eat the forbidden fruit they are summarily judged.  The ''snake in the tree'' deceived DELIBERATELY so it was judged ...but all the ground did was grow the tree... What did God not want the tree?  But wait, back in Gen. 1 where did Adam come from?  The ground! But when Adam was judged creation which Adam had named, was judged too.  Hence a corrupt creation became that by which Adam was redeemed from death.  But being made corrupt and cursed the ground's ability to produce good things and be manageable was negated.  So Adam would now have to  become enslaved to the earth.  (Satan by the way being "ruler of this world" by having acquired the soul of Adam now had rights over both Adam and the Earth.)  But when He came Christ the righteous shed His life upon the ground (the life is in the blood) atoning it cleansing it both literally and spiritually.
So if you ever wondered why the weeds are so hard to pull....  maybe telling the ground its been redeemed will make them come up easier and grow back less!

The Ark a closer look

Made of durable wood overlaid or plated with gold the mere chest itself was a marvel of craftsmanship. According to her study on the Tabernacle Dr. Mary Craig points out"The Hebrew word used for this ark is “arown.” It means “chest or ark,” but also carries other connotations. In Genesis 50:26 this word is used in regard to the coffin of Joseph." Tabernacles Study p. 79. The concept of a coffin makes a certain sense.. For as Jesus is the Ark of Salvation He had to die first... Thus macabre though this may sound.... In His death we are "carried'' from death to life by His power of Eternal life...
Kinda makes you think no?

The lid.

One Piece... This is a solid gold lid with 2 cherubs OF ONE PIECE...  It is called by God a ''Mercy Seat"  Heb 4.16 invites us to come to the "Throne of Grace'' to receive mercy and grace TO HELP in time of need.  Remember all the furniture of the Tabernacle was MADE AFTER A HEAVENLY  PATTERN which gives us a clue as to the Mercy Seat.  It is a plate of Solid Gold with 2 Cherubs.  Cherubs were guards. They first appear at the Tree of Life to prevent access...  Cherubs would be the right choice at the Throne...  They kneel they gaze they worship.  Consider the visions of Ezekiel and John.  They see the throne atop a crystalline expanse with wheels and a brazier of coals beneath... Here sits Daniel's Ancient of Days.  The Judge of all on a Lapis throne... As King above the flood.  The lid to the box is a microcosmic picture of the heavenly throne room.  As it is ONE PIECE or ONE PLACE so also is the lid.  In fact one can see the Heavens above the cross waiting for that precious unction Christ's blood...

Inside the Ark

Originally the "testimony" was all the Ark was to have contained.  That was two slabs of slate stone with Moses chiseled out commands of the Covenant Lord,or so it would seem.  However two more items were added.  Firstly the pot of mana. This is acquired back in  Ex.16 God's response to the grumbling in the camp.  This is Christ the heavenly bread.
An omer (unit of measure) is kept that people would know what God did. This shows us Salvation's "bread" is rationed by measure.  There is another commodity which is rationed by measure... Faith! Next is the tables of the Law.  It has been said the Decalogue or ten commandments shows us what love looks like. With these tables comes about 100 or so "ordinances" of case law.  These define the second five commands, which might be seen today as Civil Law. Now how is it we see this bread provision first and a ''covenant contract'' afterwards...  Because Christ is first provided that you may live in God's sight  then comes the law to obey.  Loyalty reverence obedience unstinted unswerving whole heartedly given... This is what its all about. How is our loyalty right now???
The rod is the last thing to be added. It comes as a result of a challenge to what might today be called "apostolic authority'' but be warned not all are God appointed...  Numbers 16 Korah's rebellion.
Korah of the house of Kohath of Levy and Dathan and Abiram houses of Eliab and Peleth of Judah. The issue was a bid for a republic or democracy in a Theocratic Society.  The charge was exalting self above the congregation of the Lord.  The response was to display who was God's and who (God considered ) was holy... Additionally with respect to Dathan and Abiram when summoned they refused stating that they had been brought from a land (flowing with milk and honey) to a certain death in the wilderness and then lord it over the people... This was the same questioning spirit in Eden... Laden with lies...  Now these had a following from the leadership two hundred fifty leaders chosen in the assembly.  These with Korah, Dathan, Abiram show up to burn insence but not with God's stuff... God immolated them alive... As for the families and homes of those principal instigators?  Swallowed in a crevasse that opened up right beneath their tents!  Now if this wasn't enough... The entire congregation now rises up because of God's "little display" and... Aron has to do this "make atonement" as plaque sweeps over the people...fourteen thousand seven hundred perish...  Now come the rods one from each tribe gathered in the tent whether before the ark or not is unclear.  Over night Aron's rod for Levy blossoms in bud, flower and fruit.  A dead stick unattached to any other source buds, blossoms and with out any form of pollination....bears fruit!? God touched a dead stick and life flowed into it...  So now we see the source of all life and benevolence...
The measure of the bread, the standard of law, the source of all animation even the power to live in God's sight.  Until the temple of Solomon these were housed in the ark ... Thereafter only the law... Noone knows what became of the other items.  In her study on the Tabernacle Dr. Mary Craig proposes that one reason why only the law remains is that only the law is left to be revealed...
If you think about it she has a point.

The Crown moulding

In her study on The Tabernacle, Dr. Mary Craig points out that of the items in the Tabernacle a "crown molding" is found on three items:    The Ark, Shewbread table, and Golden altar. While there is also a very spiritual side to all this I look at the practicality of this crown molding. On the Ark it centers the "seat'' or lid in place. This is important because the ark is portable and one would be in dire straits with God if the lid were to come off in transit! On  the shewbread table it works like a raised rim to keep bread in place lest it fall on the ground, something neither sanitary (the priests ate that bread!) nor sacred for the ground was considered "cursed" (as such it was see Gen 2) and on the Golden Alter it acted to position the censor which contained live "coals"  so it wont tip over and start a fire.
Beyond this is the idea that the Kingship and Divinityof Jesus holds in place or in check all things.
Furthermore in her study on The  Tabernacle, Dr.Mary Craig points out that Jesus was crowned by men with thorns but by God with glory and honor. Both the Shewbread Table and the Golden Altar deal with roles Jesus has played in our initial salvation and still plays at this time as ever living to intercede for us.
Finally we see the duality of Kingly Divinity framing humanity much like the wood in the gold overlay. There is the idea of Jesus in His humanity understanding the manifold weaknesses inherit to the "human condition'' and what it is to be tempted even though He  not being of Adamic seed overcomes to be victorious in Perpetually Perfect Personal Obedience to Torah Law as defined by God. Hence He can acknowledge the tension of Law vs Sin in Adamic born man and know compassion. Jesus as sacrifice and High priest can thus effectively intercede for a fallen humanity as our Advocate.  This is never to lessen the efficaciousness of the Blood He spilled (His own) and offered up (after resurrection) and the sacrifice and ransom made and paid which sacrifice and ransom He was and having made this once for all time He is seated.  Moreover as king one is required to rule with mercy, to pass judgment with compassion.  Lest we forget Jesus is naturally born as of the Royal House of David and the natural heir to the Throne of David and as to His priestly service though not being born of Levi He is nevertheless called after the rota or order of Melchizadek.

So then we see the Divine Crown upon the Vessel of the Bread of heaven (presence) and on the priestly intercession, both of which share in that they are facets of the Melchizadek King/Priest. Thus the blood is sprinkled within the crown molding. For in Christ; Justice of Law dispensed is "kissed" by mercy's blood shed and sprinkled...!
We having been made sons of God also partake in that we have a dual calling to rule with Him and to minister to Him, as kings and priests.

It is often interesting to note the order in which things are done in scripture.  For instance you might think the next item to be covered would be the Golden Altar, but it isnt. Instead God begins outlining the dimensions for the shewbread table.  Why?  Wouldnt talking about the separating veil be the better plan? Or if God wished to concentrate on furnishings before building then the next closest thing is the Golden Altar... Right?  Well thats not the way God does this in fact the Golden Altar is the LAST thing mentioned!

A half cubit shorter length and width wise but as tall as the Ark is the Shewbread Table.  So like the Ark the table is an Rectangle.  The box portion of the Ark we know was for storage, three items of which had length to them hence its shape.  We also understand that Jesus IS the Ark.  However we also understand from the gospels that Jesus considers Himself to be the Bread from heaven or the Children's Bread (Israel being the Children) as defined by Jesus own explanation to the Cyrophonecian Woman. Thus it is safe to assume this table will have something to do with Christ.
Made a half cubit LESS than the Ark which would be God Pre-incarnate this table would be considered a "little less" or LOWER than its "hidden" counterpart... Hebrews tells us that Jesus as man was made a little lower than the angels...
We see the relationship between shewbread table and Ark and note that in listing it right after the Ark ..God considers Communion to be of Vital Importance.  This shows us something Judaism has missed... Relationship! But only the priest ever had a chance to understand that as only the priest was permitted to partake of this sacred rite every Shabbat (sabbath). The ordinary man never had  a clue!  Now my guess till i find scripture here is that  the bread was unleavened with frankinscense.  Now this combination reminds me of  two instances i know of in scripture where "word" was eaten...Jeremiah (15:16) says he found Gods words ate them and rejoiced because of his calling... But in Revelation John on Patmos is given a book to eat.. He comments it tasted sweet like honey but was bitter within.   Both are aspects of Jesus as Word of God... In fact the Psalmist tells us to"taste and see that the Lord is good''  Finally in John's Gospel sixth chapter Jesus tells us all that refusal to "eat" His "flesh'' and "drink'' His "blood" will result in no Eternal Life.

The Menorah

Made of one Talent of Pure Gold with six branches off a center "post" each top portion either held a gold lamp or was a lamp.  Fashioned as an Almond "blossom" or Flower.  It would seem that the blossom flower and bulb items are a pattern either carved into the tubes or branches of the lamp or encorporated as part of each tube or branch.  This at present is still unclear.
However the connection of the Almond IS clear.  Aron's Rod might well have been from an almond tree for during Korah's Rebellion (Num 16) when all  the elders put in their rods to determine who was God's chosen Headship (this is actually a result of Korah Dathan and Abiram's seed of Luciferic questioning unto rebellion or grumbling against God... Each elder took a rod wrote the house and tribe name on it along with Aron's (Num 17) for Levi and left them overnight in Tabernacle.  Aron's sported bud blossom or flower and RIPE fruit...  Moreover tradition refers to the Almond as the fruit of wisdom. Here now are two images.
1) Spiritual Headship giving LIFE.
2) Wisdom.
Of the first Jesus tells us in John's Gospel "...the words I speak to you are Spirit and they are Life. (Jn 6:63b)  He also tells us in the same verse that ''only the Spirit gives Life..." In Psalms 119:130 David tells us "the entrance of Your words gives Light giving understanding to the simple."  and in the Psalms we hear "Your Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path" which is very interesting considering the lamps are to be so situated so as to only light the space directly in front of it! Both concepts show us aspects of Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit.  Of the second, the almond or Zagen was also associated with the aged who are to be honored for their wisdom of *life experience,* moreover the almond floral pattern speaks of the progressive nature of Salvation and The Word at work in a believer.  First the shoot or blade, then the ear (grain head) the the corn in the ear (grain in the head).

A closer look

It is this pattern I wish to look at closer...
The actual lamps are separate from the "stand" so it is very likely an ornate stand and not hollow. In the NAS it uses the words bulb blossom flower whereas KJV uses knop for bulb.  I see the opened "blossom'' shape to hold the lamp on each tip.   Three "cups'' with a bulb and flower per branch and each branch starts with a bulb from the "pole" of the stand. So I guess a bulb or maybe bud then a full flower then the "blossom cups" each turned slightly off side each other... Unless an almond starts from a bulb in the ground... In that case we would literally be looking at the "vine and branches'' concept!
What we then see here is Communion and the work of the Holy Spirit "washing with water by the Word" preparing the inner man for the innermost chamber... The Holy of Holies.  Attached in a jpg format picture of the menorah as reconstructed by the Temple Institute in Israel.  You can clearly see the nestled concept in play here.

 

The Tent of Meeting itself.

When we first started this it was to look at the  Tabernacle from God's perspective. From with out you saw a rectangular white fabric enclosure its supports gleaming in the desert sun. You saw a tent within the white enclosure a sort of greyish blue or what ever badger skin looked like in those days, totally unremarkable. You couldn't see in any further but you did see a steady stream of humanity flowing in and out one side...  You heard the sound of animals being forcibly led about with the white... You heard chanting... You smelled the mixture of bull, lamb, goat, turtledove blood like a horrendous slaughter house and the distinct smells of both muscle meat and organ meat being incinerated not cooked.  In some cases the stench of a whole animal being incinerated could be smelled and it was NOT pleasant!  You would have to wonder what sick sadistic rituals went on and what kind of deity demanded such things!

The first thing we hear about is a scarlet blue and  purple twisted linen thread curtain with Cherubim on it. 10 panels were to be made.  First off twisted (a three fold chord not easily broken) Second off scarlet the color of redemptive blood blue supposedly the color of the sky or of the heavens purple the color of sacred royalty. By sacred I refer to the color itself. Scarlet, a form of deep red and blue are the primary colors for purple and in its day "purple" was also what the ruling classes wore, from king to noble to lowly land holding lord.  It was considered a sign of ''abundance"  and is even mentioned in Prov. 31 in that a virtuous wife's household would not only be warm in winter but also be clothed in ''purple"and her husband known in the gates (of the city).  Hence we have the blood  the priestly heavenward intercession and the King! For it took the heaven Born BREAD to be offered up and to offer up His own blood to make a PERFECT GOD MAN -KING.  Wrought with angels this magnificent artwork covers  the boards framing the walls like a portrait of heaven but to see it one must be a priest and inside the tent! On top of it is goat skin then red dyed ram skin and finally seal or badger skin. It is this weather proof covering that best hides the beauty within.  Very much like we have this TREASURE in these EARTHEN vessels ....  Jesus Himself being unremarkable to see in His humanity hides the spectacular beauty of His divinity in flesh and blood. Interestingly enough, red is a primary color and blue is a composit of yellow and green (yellow being the color of the sun and gold or the immutability of the Father, whilst green is the color of life. Green is the clorophil of plants who takes the sun the water and outbreathed air to grow. Moreover blue may be seen at first face to be the color of heaven or the sky but in Ezekiel chapter 1 we find the priest/prophet seeing God on a throne of BLUE LAPIS. Hence blue the deep lapis blue of the curtains is all about the divine dominion of God over all things.
Within the tent of meeting the "tools" used to maintain the lights showbread  table  and prayer altar were solid gold but outside in the courtyard they were bronze. The tent curtain clasps were all of bronze as they like as not clasped to the OUTSIDE of each curtain layer.  There were NO silver "tools of service" directly related to either outer court or interior tent function.  Why? Silver will not handle the heat outside and it tarnishes!  It is not a fit metal for heavy use but it can be maintained as hooks rods or sockets.  Another point, Gold occurs naturally as does silver but Bronze is copper and tin and nickel combined and thus ... Man-made!  Now we would consider Bronze as representing"dead works"
Thus the things in the outer court while important indeed our lives, are constantly being redone ....  Jesus comes and finishes the work once for all time.  Now the constant traffic of a people whose lips bring words but whose heart is afar off become the dead work judged by the Living Sacrifice who is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.

The cloth Panels.

Ten panels ... ten, the number of completion. Long narrow panels some might say twenty eight cubits long by four wide these may be prime numbers...   The dividend would be the number of perfection which equals seven, but that might be stretching it. Five per side however is grace encompassing might not  the two foremost curtain will only have twenty five loops in blue or half the number of grace perfected the rest have fifty, twenty five per side!  A total of four hundred loops of blue and four hundred gold clasps. Making it all one piece! Ten times the number of completion times four, the number of the door, who is Jesus!  Now I know this sounds Kabbalistic  and it could be in a way but hear me out.
Blue we have established, is the color of the throne connected by completed completion of Christ the door (now the two edges missing twentyfive loops do so to form the "door opening" which is also Christ-in Song of Solomon Jesus invites "lovers'' to enter the garden from which He harvested  and sampled (Songs 5:1) this interior curtain is just like that. Hence four hundred connections with clasps of Gold or the in working of the Holy Spirit... For as Dr. Mary Craig tells us in her Tabernacles Study the outer court was about Jesus but in here it is the Holy Spirit.
Now this inner most is about Perfection for each of the layers above are less and less so to the badgers skins without. Additionally the rest of the curtains are in sets of 6 the number of FLESH. Yet it would appear 400 loops continue. In a way it speaks to the Fullness of Christ in the Spirit.
Moreover the outer coverings are thirty high by four wide (Thirty is the concept of Trinity and the silver price of a slave...) and the connecting clasps are bronze which we will see has to do with sin.  What then we see is the place where flesh and spirit meet... The soul.

The Boards

Now like any other structure of a semipermanent nature this tent had a means to hold up the heavy cloths.  However owing to the unique nature of this covering mere support poles were not enough, planking was used to make an actual room rather than a normal tent.  Even a very wealthy Bedouin type tent dweller has poles to hold up the roof (which is usually not 5 or more layers thick) and to partition rooms (such as to separate the Ark...) mere curtains. The Tabernacle had 10 cubits  high x 1 1/2 cubits wide. tweny to a side mortise and tenon jointures.  Recall the curtains were twenty eight cubits long? This means each strip covered the boards flat along the top to make a box like structure so totally unlike any other structure so as to STAND APART from the rest!

twenty boards (double completion, a spilling of blood on earth and an offering of blood in heaven) with double tenons into silver sockets (mortises) held every four boards by a single bar giving us five bars per side (supported in grace). We are supported on the sides by His grace and sacrifice) Then six plus two on the back six across and two under-lapping (possibly on the inner diagonal to connect back to side to "form the corner'') for a total of eight.( the work of God IN FLESH the NEW BEGINNING) Overlaid with gold and once again we see the incorruptible acacia with the incorruptible gold Christ's humanity hidden in His Divinity.   But set into the humbler silver once again rooted a "little lower" than the angels. (The God -Man who is our kinsman redeemer, our Goel (advocate) who keeps us by His intercession having redeemed us by His blood) Now here is a principle: what you see here in physicality is both the type of Christ who was filled without measure and of us who are INDWELT by measure.

Now the veil

Like the interior hanging so is the "veil" which partitions off the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place where priests serve.  Once again we see the combined themes of Salvation in the scarlet blood mingled before and into the lapis blue of the Throne to form the royal purple of abundant and blessed life all of which come through Christ. We also see the Cherubs guarding the way warding and warning off the priests from unlawful even consequentially deadly entry to where the Ark stood. Why?  The answer surrounds as an unfathomable mystery.  Jesus had yet to arrive and spill His fabulous precious blood in atonement.  For when life Blood mingled with Law of judgment and penalty it would produce a royal abundant eternal Life.  When spotless pure Divinity touched dirt in One a little inferior in Humanity  that redeems that veil would  shut out no longer.  The believer could now as priest - king could confidently enter and touch the Ark.  But until then... The barrier remained as a promise.

As we saw the veil itself speaks to a "better covenant" but lets see what can be further learned here. Four pillars support the veil, four is associated most often with the pictorial rendering of the fourth letter in the Hebrew alphabet which is dallet and is seen as a door.  Jesus is our "door" to the very presence of God.  These poles are the incorruptible acacia wood overlaid in immutable gold.  God touches Earth.  Sockets of Silver as I said earlier, show us the more excellent way.

Now there are actually technically two screens, two "doors" involved in the tent. We spoke of one now lets look at  the other.   First off understand that as hallowed as this structure is ... It's still a tent.  So there needs to be a front flap screen.  Why? For the same reason there is a gate to the white enclosure surrounding the area outside the tent, to discourage unlawful entry.  But lets look closer.  Everywhere one looked within the tent was a roof of the twisted or checkered scarlet blue purple work with the visual representation of Cherubs. A priest would look about and see the gold overlaid boards and peculiar cherubs against this unique background then looking behind the insence table by seven lamp "candlepower" there would be yet another "tapestry" with Cherubs against the same background as the first.  Until he turned to see the screen to the doorway.  Here it changes, for though there is this same scarlet blue purple background there are no Cherubs.  Cherubs meant "No Entry but Authorized Persons". But on the tent door they do not discourage.  This is the only way in and out of the tent. Additionally whilst the interior screen sports four poles the exterior boasts five. Five is the number of grace... It will take grace to enter in.  Somehow the impression comes across that entry may even be invited. (Yet only Levites were eligible) Here the is another change as well, for while the posts were the same acacia with gold overlay the sockets are not silver.  Hitherto God touched Earth in Christ and Grace, speaking to the covenant as in Hebrews in the New Testament; but now... The sockets are bronze or brass.  Why?
This screen or doorway transitions from without to within.  Without the tent everything is cast bronze or brass for it is dealing with JUDGMENT.  Then quite literally passing through this screen or around it as the case may be involves being weighed and judged EVERY TIME.  Not for naught are there rules governing preparation to enter in. For instance we are told in what amounts to a courtyard area outside the tent, inside the enclosure there is a bronze or brass (possibly bronze as the bronze age had taken place even in Egypt by this time) laver that held water to be used to wash off the dirt and animal blood of a bronze or brass "brazen" altar.  This rule was strictly adhered to as it determined life or death of any priest.

So far we have a tent structure with Ark, Menorah, showbread table, a veil and a front door ''blind".  But what of the incense altar? Where is that?  One might figure this to be the next item described or that I missed something, but no.  So far we have seen that God calls the priest to daily trim wicks and maintain the little gold oil lamps of the Menorah and weekly to rotate the old bread with new and eat the old.  Communion and Study of the scriptures.  But what of worship or praise or prayer?
The priest was surrounded by the representation of the GLORY. And beyond the partition was the One Worshiped. So how is it that we now move out the Tent to the courtyard of the surrounding enclosure?
How is it we now speak of the Brazen Altar?
It would appear that we have two completely separate realities here.  On the one hand  this fabulous environ of the interior replete with its spectacle of beauty within all gold reflecting the "light" covered with goats hair. Now the goat stood as THE sin offering for the people yet on the night of the Passover Moses told the people that their LAMB could be either from Sheep or Goat!  On Yom Kippur two goats covered both sin and guilt, hence the skin. Over that went our dyed red skinned ram. (A ram is the adult form of a male lamb) The ram was exclusively used for consecration of Priests!  Finally the common Cony or badger's skin.  The Cony or Rock Badger was said to be "sheltered of God" tenacious small needy.  Israel was and is today a still a needy people.  Hence all the coverings have purpose from the flesh to Passover's initial saving grace to Yom Kippur's fullness of atonement, to Tabernacle's Splendor.  But to see the splendor you have to be a priest. So how to get there?  Outside the tent is a whole other  ''life''.

The Outer Court


It begins in bronze or brass. By now in human history the bronze age has been on for quite a while. Doubtless the men God anointed had some training with gold silver precious stones and BRONZE.  The first article up was a hollow alter...  It had a netting with poles for carrying and was a hollow square designed to "cover" a dirt mound with wood laid out.  It's function was to receive the steady stream of animals required to keep both the nation and its people IN COVENANT with God.  But a dirt mound with wood properly maintained should suffice right?
Ex 20:23-26. Broken down it tells us there are to be NO gods before HIM.  Neither of silver or gold because those metals spoke of aspects of God and if not for common (nonreligious or ritual) use they were to be allowed to represent the Living God... ALONE. That is understandable.  The next verses give specific instruction as to the method for sacrificial offerings. 1)an earthen altar 2) a stone altar.  There is no specified height or dimension for either altar save that one of stone had to be made without tools. This meant careful seeking of native stones that would fit together so as not to collapse when fire laden wood and a continual flow of animals was brought to bear on it.  Or a dirt mound which should not erode over time...  But why? In breaking Covenant with God Adam needed a redeemer, a reason for God to not destroy him out right. God had invested Himself in creating the Earth or LAND or ground from which He formed Adam. Adam's sin required his LIFE be taken or LIFEBLOOD be spilled and if God cursed Adam in the required manner Adam would be better off dead. So God's solution was to hold the ground liable for Adam's sin.  Thus now not only does Adam need saving but so too does the Earth.  Hence to spill the lifeblood was to also "cleanse" or atone the Earth.  Also immortality is denied Adam and the Earth now has the right  to both receive humanity and decompose humanity. (ashes to ashes dust to dust)  The innocent blood brought a measure of cleansing or atonement to Earth.
Even using stone it was natural and represented the Earth.  But first this was a mobile altar second a lot of "traffic" would pass on it.  And in the closing verses it was prohibited to use "steps' or raise the mound to high so as to be able to look under the robes.  Now we see that the hollow altar not only set dimensional limits on the mound but also STABILIZED    it to handle the "traffic" and mobility.  The dimensions on a level surface are five by five by three. Now a cubit is elbow to finger tip and as such somewhat arbitrary... But three cubits on a 5'7 woman is roughly to the just above the sternum or breastbone.  At this height hefting butchery over fire is to risky.  So a graded ramp (steps involve the lifting of garments whereas a proper graded incline does not) coming to around a cubit and a half high would place the offering area at waist high. This is more optimal when dealing with open flames and animals, even animal parts.  A final clue comes with the fact that we are told it was a hollow bronze altar with boards... The boards were laid on the dirt incline to provide a stable platform for foot traffic under various loads.  Ingenious! One last thing here.  What was the deal with a little ankle and calf?  Priests went barefoot as it is so whats the deal here?  I will admit previously I figured maybe someone could look up the skirt but there is actually more to it and it has to do with the garments themselves... No flesh GLORIES in God's presence hence it isnt priests "going commando" and that being seen that God is talking about (point in fact... They had on linen breaches against the skin and could have NO incontinence issues of any kind) but rather "hiddeness" in salvation's "GARMENT"!

The Outer Court Curtains

You would think God would next talk about the bronze laver or maybe the incense altar right?
No now He begins to talk about the curtains to the outer court.  In fact He wont mention either till the very end.  The curtains are fine twisted linen without color specification so they would be an unbleached off white color.

The dimensions of the court are 100 cubits to the North and South. To the East and West it was 50 cubits. These are 100 or 50 x 5 wide or a "fence" of 5 cubits.  Now the Tent stands 10 cubits tall so the observer saw a fence of white with a squared badger skin structure and a steady of people with animals and the scent of butchery and thought "what the heck?!"  But even here the Grace of the Gospel is seen. East and West are two directions that are special to God.  If one goes North far enough apparently one starts heading South  again (I would have thought this worked for East and West too but no) but if one goes East they actually have to turn 180 degrees to go West or Turn Back (Teshuvah) God tells us He will separate our sins as far as East from West.  So it is also that heading West is heading toward God.  So now the East face is split into 2 15 cubit sections leaving a 20 cubit gap for which a screen or blind was made.  Herein is the Gospel message told for just off set to the gap is the same checkered design of scarlet blue and purple, the same as the one offset to the front flap of the Tent! In Jewish liturgy there is a common format for blessings especially the opening of Sabbath and it reflects the Hebrew's understanding of salvation and sanctification. "Blessed are You O LORD our God King of the (olam  = world or universe) world who sanctifies us by Your Commandments and..."  Thus the Hebrew understood Torah Law saves and sanctifies for it defines The Covenant.  So the blue of the Throne and Law of Covenant met the scarlet of innocent animal sacrifice and formed the royal purple of "Choseness" To the sinful but circumcised encovenanted male it meant hope of redemption through the Priests.  To the priests themselves it validated their position in life and gave them assurances that if they did according to the prescribed protocol they were heard redeemed and God was "pleasable" appeasable and all would be well.  It also hints at a great mystery, one of another more permanent sacrifice.  The life blood of the Perfect man of God. But the prophet tells in Isaiah that God looked for a man to "stand in the gap" and "make up the hedge" or fill in for us to satisfy the wrath of God and "there was none" none but a seemingly endless stream of innocent animals, so God would effect Salvation Himself by His right arm.  Jesus becomes God's solution in being the Perpetually Perfectly Personally Obedient Servant/Son and now through Him whosoever will can be empowered to be a son of God and a "royal priest" (l Pet 2:9-10)   This is the real message of the linen colors.  More importantly it tells us that Jesus the Lawful/Holy (blue) King of kings /Prince of peace (purple) is the way or gate , by way of His blood (scarlet) into BOTH the outer court of Passover and Salvation and the truth of the inner court of Pentecost. As to dimensions two, one hundred cubit sections speak to double ten by ten or FULLNESS. One, fifty cubit section five by ten speaks of Complete GRACE and two fifteen cubit sections fifteen times two or three times ten the Complete Trinity framing one, twenty cubit section of two by ten or Complete UNION!  With the union seen as IN CHRIST. Moreover, the color pattern speaks to how this union is accomplished. .. In salvation.
Now the one hundred cubit lengths are held up by twenty posts. The fifty by ten, fifteen by three per side for a total of six and the twenty cubit length screen by four for a total of ten.  I could look again at numbers or point out that these numbers of poles indicate a support spread of every five cubits.  Five equals the number of GRACE, hence in grace is this barrier established.  Because it is the grace of God to exclude entry by any other way than He prescribes unto Himself, lest He be forced to destroy His human creation.  The barrier, as Dr. Mary Craig pointed out in her Tabernacle Study, says "keep out" and the gate says "this way ONLY" for as long as one followed the rules God set it was well.  In the New Testament Jesus explains that He is both the Good Shepherd to whom the "sheep gate" is opened and the gate way truth and life or outer court entry way, inner court "tent" "passage of truth", and "rent'' veil to the Ark. As to the poles themselves, scripture tells us (Ex 25-31)  that the hooks and bands or hang bars were to be silver (Christ) with bronze sockets (judgement of sin or separation from God) I am reminded of when the heavens are as brass above and the Earth as bronze below indicating unheard prayers, in that ones sin separated the petitioner from God.  Into this comes Jesus to reconcile us having taken the wrath and curse of God on Himself for us.
Of the post poles themselves no metal is mentioned.  This brings rise to another interesting point.  In the Tent we had these long narrow boards and they were gold plated over laid.  This is Christ the Glorified.  But outside the posts themselves were just plain acacia wood.  Here is the God-man crowned in His Humanity a little lower than angels CRUCIFIED as it were or touching Earth in judgment. These poles and rails were likely best seen by the entrant who brought sin offerings and stood in the pattern of grace all around as a mute testimony to  a better way.

The Garments

Once again we look at the pattern and think well surely by now He will be discussing either the laver or the incense altar, right?  Nope, instead He zeros in on the garments of the priesthood. ???
Here we have this beautiful tapestry with angels interiorly lining the inside of the Tent with gold plated vertical "slats" (so one really only sees the "tapestry" on the ceiling or the veil curtain) bouncing the carefully trimmed seven "candle" (pottery lamp oil wick) powered light off  the gold plated furniture causing the angels on the veil to "stand out" and the sounds of  outside are muffled and less distinct and then outside the duller drabber bloody noisy reality of the sacrificial slaughter house shutting the world out behind five cubit high linen "fencing" but of the furniture two very important pieces are left till last.  So then what of this "uniform"? Why go there ? Why not finish the temple first then talk about the uniform?  What's the overall message so far?
To get you had to face east and come around to the Way in.  You had to head west into God and offer the body on the altar, even bound to the horns.   Then if you were of the right tribe and qualifications well... You went into the Tent.  But only one ever saw the box or the visible glory... But the transition to service is "missing" as of yet.  Once in there the highest function is yet to be seen.  These are left to last for a reason. Because they factor into becoming what one is called to be.  And what is that?! That is a Son of God.  It is about the liberality of a real and Living God as King over the known Universe being worshiped and serviced by Sons called after the rota or order of Melchizadek who was King of Salem and served as Priest before El-Elyon God The Most High. This rota or order is that of Priest Kings.  Unlike the mere Old Testament priest this People is also referred to in 1 Peter as a Royal Priesthood as well as a Holy Nation and Chosen Generation or possibly race.  In Christ we are a New Race of beings formed as mankind yet awakened and redeemed from separation to the Living God. In Christ our mettle is proven and in the Holy Spirit we are empowered to walk above circumstance.  To rule is progressively enlarged Dominion till we are in all things just like Him.  We will see this most born out in the priestly garments.

In Ephesians 6 we are told about the armor of God.  It is described in terms of Roman armorment to Roman believers who could relate to it.  Elsewhere in the New Testament we are told to "put on Christ" and most theologians will relate being "clothed in Christ" to being in the "armor of God" or "armor of light".  Here in the Tabernacle we have clothes that were important to God.  So much so that Zech 3:1-5 records a ''changing out of priestly garb" for Joshua the high priest.  He further equates it to removal of "iniquity".  What follows is a re-declaration of Covenant Promises to these leaders (Joshua the spiritual leader as high priest and Zerrubabel the political leader) and the exiled immigrants returning to their homeland.  So at least this writer is willing to conclude that there is a direct correlation between the high priest and regular priests garb and the more spiritual clothing of today's believer. So what do we have?
Lets start like the Tabernacle inside out Ex 28: 2 tells us these priestly garments are for GLORY and BEAUTY. The next verse says they are made to CONSECRATE the wearer in his duties. So one might be enabled to MINISTER to GOD.  Listed as breastpiece, ephod, tunic of checkered work, turban and sash. The "lesser" priests wore  "caps'' possibly like today's kippah or yarmulkah only larger. (a turban among the Arabs is usually a length of narrow cloth wrapped around a "kippah'')  Against the skin which was clean and bare (like Adam once was before the fall... Pure) were linen breaches to the thigh or possibly a Bermuda style boxer with draw strings.  Then as scripture describes the garment outside in ... Is a tunic of checkered work .... Possibly a sleeveless item reaching the hips or even thighs.  Checkered could possibly be a patchwork design of small or large squares but there is no color scheme mentioned so it would be presumed  to be plain linen item. Also the sash and turban cloth.  The other caps have no specified color either. Over this goes more fine TWISTED linen (It might not be a checkered pattern at all in fact it would be strands of colored linen threads twisted together. Then these threads were woven to form a unique color background.  My first understanding is off as then this is the same weave pattern used in the interior Tabernacle  with angels, the Exterior gate screen and Interior tent entry screen. My appologies to my readers)
Now the hangings were of three thread colors twisted and loomed but this the Robe of the Ephod is one color.  The blue of Law or the Throne stands out beneath the Ephod itself.  It would appear to be a seamless woven linen  item.  It reminds me of Jesus robe a seamless woven garment.  Moreover this era was an era that knew mail armor as in most likely, chain mail. (The actual Hebrew word here may be different) In either case 28:32 says the opening for the neck and head was to have a binding as if it were an opening in a "coat of mail" so it cannot be TORN.  Two things stand out right away. 1) a opening in the top in the middle suggests a seamless weave.  The Throne of Rule and the Law of Government are PERPETUAL unbroken seamless! 2) an untearable "collar".  Typically
Jewish tradition was to ''tear the collar" when grieving but grief is an emotional response to loss.  The Law is not and will not be permitted to be subject to EMOTION.  Another understanding of Law would be the whole of Scripture which put forth in Spirit before the Incarnation is now Preserved in the Spirit beyond the Redemptive of the Incarnate Son serving to satisfy the Law and its Giver in human flesh and perfectly spilled blood. (The perpetually perfect personally obedient as under the Law as defined by His Father; Son both being Priest and Offering, fully atoning Earth and Humanity on Earth and in Heaven is the Just Satisfaction to restore Covenant and release into redeemed man the Holy Spirit.) Jesus being called Word of God becomes Scriptures fulfillment and expression among us as the Holy Spirit gives it voice.  These things are UNBROKEN.
Upon the hem is a curious thing.  Scarlet Blue and Purple "pomegranates" inter spaced with tiny gold bells that make noise as  the robe's wearer moves ... In the Holy Place... that he may not die. (kinda like belling the cat here)  The pomegranate is mentioned in Song of Solomon.  The bride's temples of her forehead are like pomegranate halves beneath her veil. The pomegranate or Chinese apple is a antioxidant bonanza which was highly prized for its health benefits.  The juice surrounds the seeds though the "apple" itself is also a fibrous thing not spectacularly edible but useful in other ways.  In many ways one might associate the pomegranate with life -abundant vibrant life.  Moreover the pomegranate is a relative to the myrtle family of trees the fragrant branch of the Tabernacles Festival. Herein usually we only fond the fragrance with no fruit but in the lovely Pomegranate we find the fruit. The gold bells however might be seen as God's immutable preservation.  Lest we forget, this fringe decoration was to be on the hem that the High Priest would live.
Over all this is the twisted gold strand blue scarlet and purple thread which matched the decor of the Holy place.  This item was very much like a vest.  It is a square of cloth and has two shoulder straps with a large onyx epilat on each side set in a gold filigree setting with a twisted braid of fine gold around it. (reference temple institute for replicas)
the breast front has mounted or rather tied to it a Judgment Plate.  This is four fold (length and width) item that sort of forms a pouch.  This pouch will hold two stones. Mounted on the pouch face is a series of four rows of three stones one to represent each tribe.  The onyx epilats have the names of the tribes engraved on them. six on each side. The Judgment plate has a gold braid work around the fabric for stability and closure.  Loops on the two  top corners are attached to the onyx epilats via fine gold cordage. in an inset at bottom are two more loops of gold the ephod bottom has matching loops to the plate and it is attached to the ephod  along it's woven band with a blue cord.  The imagery is clear God is connecting the gemstones of the "judgment" plate to the names of the tribes attaching importance that the little colored stones are the individual representations of the name sets ... In this manner is  the high priest also a king. For the GOVERNMENT sits on the shoulders.  The lower blue cord attachment means the "plate" and "vest" are ONE for judgment.  They are bound by LAW!
The folding of the "plate" is such that it forms a pouch behind the stones into which go two stones Urim and Thumim. Or a Yes and No stone.  Josephus in Antiquities tells that the two stones were found to be for lots and one would light up even the ''plate stones'' and in  this manner God indicated His will over all.
The  turban sports a gold plate.  It is a crown and says Holy Unto  the LORD showing us the Mekhizadek priest/king as the sole property of God alone. Finally the simple linen sash.  Like Paul's belt it is the binding force of the ensemble.
So we compare:
The turban/kippah with it's gold "plate of ownership'' vs the militant Roman helm both told everyone whose the wearer was which at the end of day for God is what Salvation is all about. Securing that peculiar people and precious "Son" a treasure for the Father.
The Ephod and breastplate of judgment vs the battle plate protecting the chest.  In the priest's garment we see Justice /Righteousness from God played out over the heart and yet the Roman armor reminds us of the daily fight for the faith.
The sash and belt both are the binding factor of each ensemble.  For God upholds all things by the Word of His Power and He is Truth.  Yet He is also Holy.  Ergo the Holy God of purity is in truth upholding or binding all things together.
The Foot ware is the single most interesting contrast.  The priest is barefoot in the Presence yet the warrior of Rome wore a cleated thonged sandal whose upper lacings bound securely over the calf and in some cases may even have incorporated shin guards!  These were feet shod in a preparation of the Gospel of peace. Yet it was the feet traversing the mountain that brought the Gospel and peace with God that were considered "beautiful".  In the end when Paul looked at the lowly Roman soldier he also saw the simple priest.  The robe tunic and breaches.  The Roman tunic not only kept the wearer "modest" but protected the leather armor padding from the oils of the skin and reduced some of the sweat that rots leather. The leather padding protected the wearer from hot or cold  armor and protected the armor from bodily fluid which might tend to ruin it.  The linen underclothing tended to wick away sweat allowing the wearer evaporative cooling and the unbleached linen under the unguent blue robe actually caused a convection of air further cooling the wearer and further keeping sweat away from the Robe which kept it away from Ephod and breastplate. So Jesus crowns in Salvation making Holy to God.  He judges in the heart in righteousness.  In purity of Truth He binds us to Him. But in the Presence there is No Military Armor but rather the Robe of Righteousness.  No shoes No shield No sword (Word or not) for in His Presence they are not needed.

At this point God takes Moses through the ordination ceremony. One young bull 2 blemish-less rams one unleavened bread without oil cakes of unleavened bread  mixed with oil and unleavened wafers spread with oil all made of fine ground wheat. (all the breads come in a basket to be presented with the animals.
The priests are washed behind the screen then dressed in these garments. Now a specific oil made only for anointing is poured over the high priest. Now the sons are (having been washed ) dressed.  The bull has the priests hands laid on it and is offered up for atonement. The blood will be placed on the brazen altar horns the fat pads of the liver and the kidneys with their fat are offered in smoke the rest of the animal will be offered up OUTSIDE the camp as a SIN OFFERING. Why a bull you may ask?  Recall please the "little incident" in the wilderness that almost got the entire race of Jewry killed off in one fell swoop. They worshiped the bull as God a deity of Egypt who was a fertility goddess... so now the bull had to be slaughtered to atone or cover up that costly mistake and it was a priest who sculpted the thing in the first place.  Jesus = the bull of priestly atonement but He is the LAMB.  Now one of two rams has hands laid on it  and is offered up it's entrails and hind legs are washed it is cut up and offered whole a SOOTHING aroma a BURNT OFFERING.
The second ram is slaughtered  of its blood the right earlobe thumb and big toe are smeared.  Jewry calls this S'mecha or anointing of Ordination. Their clothing is sprinkled (without the shedding of blood thier is no remission of sin or Ordination.) Now of this one the fat back entrail fat pad fat with kidneys and the RIGHT THIGH are offered up. (Jacob had his thigh dislocated in Gen. And his name was changed. .That was an Ordination!)  The priest waves this thigh before the Lord. To this is added the loaf of unleavened wheat bread a unleavened cake (muffin more likely) mixed with oil and a wafer smeared with oil.  All these get waved before being offered up.  The unleavened bread reminds us of Passover where we come with an unleavened heart before God. Jesus told us to beware of  the leaven of the pharisees which is Hypocrisy and of Herod which is the  Fear of man.  Ordination or rather consecration unto God and apart from the world is also the very essence of Sanctification.  All this is offered to God in fire.  This blood is also mixed with the same anointing oil that was previously poured over the high priest and this combination was sprinkled on the priest's clothing.  Isaian tells us that Christ's blood would be sprinkled (so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they understand. ) for salvation's sake. Here too is an important lesson for ministry.  You must come IN the BLOOD to His presence to truly minister to God.  Thus God's Holiness is honored. At the same time oil represents anointing and it is the Holy Spirit who anoints. Therefore to come at all before God one needed ANOINTING in THE  LAMB'S BLOOD.  This represents CALLING. Aron does on this inaugural opening service of his priesthood only what Moses has him do.  It is Moses who does (or will on that day do as the these are instructions) the Tabernacle set up and Commencement Service. It is Moses who offers up the dedicatory offerings as the job is transferred to his brother.  After this Moses does no more.
Now the right thigh of the 2nd ram the unleavened loaf a unleavened cake mixed with oil and unleavened wafer smeared with oil are first waved before God then offered in fire to God. Other portions like the breast are given to the priest.  The whole rest of  the ram is boiled and eaten by the priests in a holy place.  For seven days  a bull atones the Altar of Sacrifice to consecrate it. More over a ritual for daily service is set up here. 2 lambs per day were to be offered up. 1 in the morning and 1 at night. These with a (tenth epah) of fine flour and (fourth hin) of wine form a full meal to God. It sounds like God was starving or something but actually there is another meaning here. Jesus the LAMB was WHOLLY offered up. Jesus is also seen in the grain and His blood in the wine. It is consumed of God in fire.  This is Christ evening and morning ever OFFERED UP and INTERCEDING for us to keep consecrated and atoned the Altar of our HEART or SOUL ALTAR.  We need to remember that the Hebrew day started at twilight went into the night some and then they slept through the "night watches'' until the day break.  In the early sunrise the same Lamb grain and libation offering was offered in fire again.  Christ frames the "night'' here.
Yet still we do not here of the last two items of furniture.

A little side lesson here on the Earthen altar Sacrifice...
When Moses set up the "altar box'' he would have either heaped Earth inside or lowered the box over a existing mound. Then stacked wood and laid the offerings on the wood.   Now God kindles wood Earth and Sacrifice...
After THAT HOUR all one ever need do is ... KEEP IT FUELED!
Heaven and Creator come down in Holy Fire and consume the sacrifice wood and TOUCH the Earth!  Christ on the cross, like flesh on wood is the same thing! (without the box  to hide in!)-this is also why no outside fire EVER entered the picture... For God is in the Consuming and is the only one to kindle fire for sacrifice. Our God IS a consuming fire.

How to carry the Altar...
All other items had rings on  the outside and one simply lifted and carried... But the netting let the Altar "hang"... So tension was required to carry it... Making it a true BURDEN!However in their artostic coneption of the altar at the temple Institute it would appear that the grate or netting is rigidly affixed to be gracefully extended out on both sides for ease of carriage which would make it an easier burden to bear. Jesus tells us His burden is light! But Christ is the Ark.
The Ark is this box that is low to the ground.  Humble like a newborn wrapped in linen strips in a feed trough or manger. An incorruptible wood covered with an incorruptible metal representing humanity in divinity, lest we forget Jesus is divine taking on human form for a purpose.  It also represents the Son in the bosom of the Father.  So now what He is revealed as ... Bread from heaven (Jn 6:48-56) He is revealed as the Life of men (Jn 1:4)  Now on the cross He becomes The broken bread and the sacrificed life.   Thus the mana jar and the budded rod are evident...  But He is also the Lawgiver from Zion...which is yet to come.  For He is also King of kings and Lord of lords and the increase of the  government of His peace shall not cease. (Isa 9:7a)  This is the Tables of the law.

The Golden Altar

Finally we see the fullness of priestly duty!  The altar is made of acacia wood one by one cubit square with crown molding  it is gold overlaid two cubits high with only two rings for carriage instead of four  like everything else.  Something to be noted here is that this is a  table like the shewbread table.  No coals get laid on it but the priests have a censor a enclosed container with a slotted top into which "live coal" and resin gum powders are placed. The powder resins flash off igniting the powder producing smoke. The powders used are fragrant and hence the odors pleasing to God.  This is usually suspended on three chains like an inverted  tripod connected to a ring or handle of sorts and is swung sending smoke billowing.  The "altar" then becomes a place to rest the censor on so as to free the hands to be lifted up in surrender of prayer. The "coal" would ALWAYS be taken from the Brazen Altar.  In Revelation we see a censor containing the prayers of the saints.  So it is prescribed that when the Lamps of the Lampstand or Menorah are trimmed which is the same time of the twilight and sunrise OFFERINGS.  But to go do this the priest HAD T0 BE CLEAN.  Hence the twilight or two stars or Twinlights is seen verified and Shofarim (Ram's horns) are sounded.  The ram's horn could be best understood as the "voice of the Lord" calling to come aside... So then Christ the Lamb is offered up Christ the bread is offered up and the "blood" is poured out. When the morning came again He is offered up. Then coal is taken from the brazen altar and placed in the censor with incense fragrance fills the Tent and one by one wicks  are trimmed.  This is the Holy Spirit causing us to give thanks and praise and the "voice" speaking illumining bringing the Word entrance into "darkness" of a lack of understanding from "hearing".   This Altar is "crowned" representing the kingship of the Melchizadek High priest in Jesus and that anointing in the believer and ACCESS to  God.  Because it only has two rings, Dr. Mary Craig points out in her study on The Tabernacle, it would tend to sway when carried like a giant censor.  This tells us prayer is a constant in our lives. The gold over acacia wood speaks to the dual nature of Jesus and it is here, Dr. Mary Craig points out, that we acquire the heart of the Holy Spirit.

The Laver
Whereas the Golden Altar was the place of intercession the laver is made for washing.
When they were inducted into their position as priest Aaron and his sons were washed head to toe but typically at sunset a full offering involving butchery will take place.  Once done the duties to the inner chamber of the Holy Place were to be carried out, thus the need  to cleanse hands bloodied in butchery and feet sanded soiled and maybe bloodied from spillage.  But Jesus at His last Passover sought to wash His disciples  feet.  His reasoning was inclusion unto Himself. In the same chapter He tells the disciples they are clean because of the word spoken to them.  Only one was now occupied by "someone else". Paul answers to this by telling us that Christ in preparing to present to Himself the spotless bride not only died for her but washes her in water WITH the Word.  Here in this last but most certainly not least of the Tabernacle furniture comes that which is the center point to sanctification, the Word that washes. It is this function of the Word in the Spirit that allows us to enter into the priestly service of worship to better abide in Christ and He in us.

Throughout these lessons we have seen the Word as the various sacrifices, as the washing water, as a barrier both to initial salvation for the un-elect and to sanctification for the elect who are not truly serious about their commitment or are perhaps yet to mature.  These barriers protect curious sinful humanity from the all consuming holiness of Our Creator God. We have seen the Word as Bread to fill and satisfy, as light to illumine the way in which we should go, as the intercession and ear of confession and thanks giving, and as the place of safety from all that would threaten to destroy.  We come to lay body mind and soul down in homage from brazen altar to Golden Ark and we are robed with Christ blood will mind and heart culminating in facing  the Living God.

 

It is a Fixed Place

1kings 3:2 Now before the New Temple was built the people sacrificed in "high places" because there was no temple for God's name. Yet the Tabernacle stood at Shiloh. This is their excuse? What happened to tabernacle in Shiloh? This is much like today, for though the porper ordinances of the Body of Christ remain in place in Jesus to this hour most folks dont take the time to learn in scripture or listen to the Spirit so they make it up as they go and attribute their doings to God's leading. Might I say here that on the day the Original Tabernacle in the wilderness was dedicated Aaron started the day with four sons and ended it with only two. Two sons brought something into play that was considered "strange". They brought from another source fire and wanted innocently enough to bless God with it but because it was nto from God; God both refused to acknowlege and recieve it and punished the boys by emolating them in fire. Moses had to warn his brother, their father not to react AT ALL. Thus us the severity and strictness of aherance of God to His ways. We would be well warned to heed the adbice and follow His protocols which were still in play at this time. There was a Tabernacle where God dwelt with the people and burning the insence and sacrificing in the heights or the groves was strictly prohibited! Yet they did this because they wanted a "brick house" for God to live among them rather than the tent! The tent is the best representation of what we have now which the "tent" of our flesh! What can stone do to compaere to this? Even so in the final analogy we are the New Stone of an even greater "Temple".

1kings 6-7

There were many ways in which the temple differed from tabernacle. But the most immediate thing that stands out is how the text describes the Temple of Solomon versus the Tabernacle of Moses. In Exodus the text begins with the Holy of Holies. In both Kings and Chronicles the text begins with the porch. This is more from a architect or observers standpoint than from God's interior standpoint. Also Moses built after the pattern shown in the mountain. Though it is still according to the pattern in general there are key differences that may have been influenced by the priests themselves. Clearly this is a new administration of the dwelling of God in the midst of the people.

For starters its dimensions of the outer inner and Holy of Holies were twice the dimensions of the "tent" The new "sanctuary footprint" sixty by twenty by thirty in total. This is twice the dimensions of the Tabernacle.
The porch at the nave it self was twenty by ten. 2 Chron3:4 tells us this porch area was twenty wide by one hundred and twenty high. The porch wraps around the front of the Temple building itself hence the length matches the width of the building and its width is the extra ten cubits out front of the buildings front doors. The porch is supported on great cedar beams. it is apparently also overload with pure gold. That the porch soars to one hundred and twenty cubits high tells me that the dimensions of the Temple dont match the actual edifice structure. There is a reason for this discrepency as we will shortly see. Going inside we note that ther windows to let in light interiorly were installed, whereas previously the interior was only lit by the single menorah light. When we enter in we see what is called The Temple or nave area which is twenty by forty by thirty according to Kings. 2 Chron 3:5 mentions the "greater house" and that it is cieled or roofed with cyprus also called fir. In Kings the dimensions of the "Temple area" mention no roof. Moreover it had chambers for the priests to stay in while in rota or rotation of service. Though reading the text originally made me think these chamber stood outside the Temple, other sources imply that these chambers are tiered on columns flanking an area where ten Menorim, five to a side, or Lampstands for the golden oil lamps,flanked the showbread table, and golden altar sitting in the middle of the overall structure like a mall way. All of this appears to be under one roof. Sort of like a very large mall with stores today. The room dimensions, which went from five by five on the first floor, to six by five on the second, to seven by five on the third, seem to speak to the concept of by grace you are saved / putting dead works of the flesh/ becoming perfected? Also the comnbined height is fifteen cubits or thrice the nmber of grace telling us that only by Grace are you saved sanctified (putting off the works of the flesh is the sanctifying process where in the exchange of lies takes place, your dead works lived for His eternal life and completed work) and glorified in perfection.


As I consider this interior versus exterior analogy it fits with Jesus statement about his Father's House. It has many rooms. Now one might suggest that Jesus is merely speaking about something we dont understand but when ever He speaks of His Father's House it is very much the that He is referring to the Temple. An example shows up in His youth when He is found in Temple with the teachers. When confronted by the worry of His parents He asks why His parents had to search for Him didnt they know He would be in "His Father's House"? Here again when He drives out the money changers He accuses them of turning His "Father's House" into a "den of thieves'' Thus then Temple has this ingenious arangement of galleries sourounding the Sacred Area of service. They are not attached to the interior walls but rather free standing on what might amount to scaffolding or bleachers supported by pilons. They encompass botht the Temple and the Holy of Holies on all sides. They are accessed by a "winding stair" Accessable from the front side of both galleries it wends its way from level to level like a ramp but it actually a winding stairway with very long plateaus which form the walkways before the chamber rooms themselves. Each room is covered like apartment with an individual cieling for the upper most chambers. Off the rear of the "Temple area" is a second chamber for the Holy of Holies or Inner sanctuary for the Ark. It was a perfect cube twenty by twenty by twenty. This is Double the Ten by ten cubed of the Tent. This is double Completion. Hence when it says in Chronicles that the roofing is made of cyprus it is the full roof covering the entire Temple and Suites of rooms. Think of this if you will as the first modern style church building. It has its "sanctuary in the center with the room suites all around it. These ranged anywhere from places to store clothes to chambers for certain priests who stayed in the house at all times to store rooms for the music equipment of the musicians to stores for grain, oil, wine etc that it taken in from Tithes Offereings and Votive gifts that were supposed to flow into Temple on a regular basis. This pattern matches the layout of the immediate vicinity of the Old Testament Tabernacle in that the rooms which are narrower on the bottom than the top tier form a perfect cross around the actual sanctuary and Holy of Holies. This is a massive Temple. More like a little city in one huge edifice than was the Tabernacle so the foundation is made of "great costly stones" huge foundary stones were laid to take the weight of this massive marvel. Most interesting of all is that the stones every one of them were quarried offsite and fitted into place without hammer or chisel being seen or heard. Nothing to disturb the peace of the place. In fact all the various pieces of the assembly of this Temple were said to be done offsite and simply fitted into place as far as the stone was concerned. Not only does this preserve the sacrosanctity of the place but there is a law that says that in building there is no tool to be taken to a altar. This preserves the illusion of obedience to this missive even though the quarry was a very stressed filled noisy place!

Though the whole edifice is made of great costly stone quarried, shipped then fitted into place like a great block exteriorly, Its interior is covered over with cedar boards overlaid in pure gold. The flooring is firred out in cedar and laid in cyprus and also overlaid in pure gold. Into this whole golden overlaid wall is Cherubim and what the bible calls gourds with flowers and palms. At first glance I wondered why gourds then I looked up the words. The word is knop, but not the same hebrew as Exodus. This "knop" is Strongs 6497 peqa- from an unused root meaning to burst or a semi-gobe Another word paqquah would be gourd proper. Whereas Exodus uses Strongs 3730 kaphtowr from an unused root meaning to encircle so we have the "bulbs"and "blossoms" of the menorah almond carved in the wood! This difference is simply that on the Menorah or Lampstand it is a full round bulb whereas on the wall it is a half round or round shape in two dimensions. So these are Almond blossoms, Hence the Palms, almond blossoms, cherubs carved inlaid or carved or maybe in bass relief, over laid with gold or carved into the wood. Apparently the panels are verticle with palms almond flowers and (buds perhaps?) and cherubs inlaid as carvings like the tent boards. In this case however the wood itself takes the patterns that the curtains once held and is then plated in gold. Now in the Tabernacle the Menorah was shaped as from almond blossoms denoting its depth of wisdom and the progressive manner in which it unfolds and cherubs warned not to turn from "the path" so their presence is expected and the Menorim are fashioned to resemble the stages of the Almond, so this is also expected but why the Palm trees? Are they trying to be tropical?

The palm is mentioned in Song of Solomon and is the date palm. Her breasts are reffered to as the "clusters of fruit" and her body the "tree". The date as a fruit is both nutritious and satisfying. It is sweet (at least dried) it will dry well making it non-perishable and it is fibronous and filling but a carbohydrate and sugar giving energy for sustained activity. Like the breast which both nourishes infants but is a delight to both spouses in intimacy. The body is seen as is the palm, to be in righteousness. Hence the "bride" is upright, righteous, beautiful symetrical or equitable (faithful) and both a delight and productively able to nurture.
The tree itself is "upright" and erect uprightness of the sturdy date palm equates with equity and righteousness. Also note that the palm itself is depicted not necesarily the date clusters.


Because of all this ornate and elaborate treatment of the walls of the interior the "galleries" could NEVER touch the walls themselves. Thus the entire interior soars to an incredible one hundred twenty cubits high. I note that the hieight of the Temple area being thirty cubits high precisely matches the hieght of Noah's Ark. The text seems then to indicate that there is a roofing not unlike the ones we use today pyramidal shaped sloping to the fifteen cubits hieght of the uppermost gallery on the sides and rising to the center of thirty cubits. Hence the portico or porch was a facade that rose to the one hundred twenty foot hieght to add to the impressiveness of the building itself. Impressiveness is important in such a building. Because it speaks of the Glory of God. The wieghty impressive Kavod which would fill the entire edifice on its inaugural day. The wood used is also important. In the Tabernacle the wood used for everything was a durable incorruptable shittim or Acacia wood. It stood for the immutable nature of even the humanity of Jesus; but here in this fixed Temple David and Solomon use Lebanese Cedar. Lebanon is a word meaning purity. Cedar is an aromatic wood that resists bugs and thus doesnt easily corrupt. But unlike the Acacia it is malliable enough to be carved. The floor and roof are Cyprus. Cyprus is a water shed wood that can handle the winters of the Mediterranean weather and it also does not dry out to easily besides being another of the aromatic woods. Cyprus is well known for its durability and resistance to weather and time. But note that the more resistant Cedar is used against the foundary stone to fir out the rock base for a level flooring of cyprus. The chambers themselves of the gallery are built exclusively of cedar. This is important as cedar resists bugs. Grains stores will not weavil easily in a cedar box. Ever have a cedar chest? Do you find termites or silverfish or other bugs in cedar chests? The cedar wood has in it an oil that is unpleasant to bugs so they dont stay there. Both woods will take to the gold overlay with ease.

In the Holy of Holies I have to confess to a bit of confusion between the 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles texts. Near as I can deduce the "Oracle" area is very much like the Old Tabernacle Tent. Paneled wood overlaid with gold and carved boxes in the ark as it were to form a rigid box twenty by twenty by twenty cubits cubed. Over this is a veil of blue scarlet and purple with cherubs wrought into it. This is like the Tabernacle and it shuts out the daylight of the windows. However there is one very big difference. In the Tabernacle there was a veil before the openinjg so when accessed noone could see in. Now there is still the over covering veil but two folding doors set in an olive wood door frame five cubits high admit the high priest for Yom Kippur. Both doors are gold overlaid and carved. Inside are two angels of olive wood over laid with gold standing ten cubits high with a wingspan of twenty cubits such that the wings of each angel are positioned to touch the oposite wall. They face inward like the ones on the lid but these appear to form the new Ark lid. (This is how they discover that only the Law remains.) There is a legend that says that this whole inerior structure rested on a cantalever assembly controlled by two massive pillars of bronze outside the building itself. The pillar could rise or drop on sand beds or control a sand bed that raised or lowered the Holy of Holies whose walls and veil could be folded inward to protect the massive standing angels and their precious cargo beneath. It is conceivable that a part of the foundation was inset within the foundation and became a sand pit to raise and lower a large stone platform on which would rest the "room" There are biblical oddities in certain narratives that may tend to support such a theory and Solomon did have an arrangement by marriage with Pharoah of Egypt. in fact in some ways this Temple does have the earmarks of Egyptian architecture. For example the roofing. Around all this veiled golden room 1 Kings intimates that Solomon drew chains of gold or set gold chains for a barrier around the tent room of the Holy of Holies. Now either the room is open on top but the galleries are to low to see in or it it enclosed completely which is my guess for Jehovah is said to dwell in THICK or complete darkness.

Moreover Solomon used Gold from Paravim which may have been a very exclusive and expensive gold source and fitted it all out with precious stones. Interestingly enough when Ezra's Temple was built and the menfolk wept because it was so diminished the prophecy comes that the glory of the "latter" would be greater than the "former". Seeing as this is the former then this latter temple will be even grander. Solomon gives us the clue in stone wood and gold. The very costly foundation of the prophets and apostles upon which are built the living stones each fitted into its place within lain with the cedar and cyprus of our own less than incorruptable humanity but overlaid upon with gold. carved with the warning of the cherub not to drift doubt disobey and die and wisdom of the almond in its stages and the uprightness of the fruitful date palm byt he Holy Spirit this Temple is the example of the Body of Christ.

From the "tent" all the furnishings may or may not have been used. For there is the concept of change here. The concept that the Ark which remains the only fixed constant has been moved into an entirely different dwelling place. There are now ten Menorim assumably after the pattern of the original in the tent, they are arranged five to a side of the "nave" or Temple area proper. There is a new golden altar and shewbread table. The Golden Altar is now made of cedar and overlaid as previous with gold. There are now ten tables to go with the ten menorim. This is ten times what wa sin the Tabernacle and the priestly "crew" has grown as well as has the nation. Ten times anything signifies a completion of that thing. Thus the inside of the Temple is now lit by seventy candle power and has perhaps tend times the shewbread now so that all the priests tending on any particular rota could partake in "communion" That the table is made of cedar speaks to the less incorruptable priesthood of the believer who unlike Christ is not incorruptable but rather must remains always resistant to the world, sin, the flesh and Satan.

Outside there is a courtyard with a three cubit high stone wall erected. into which and upon which are poles or beams of cedar. There in is now a new set of things. The laver was now called a sea. it's a polished bronze bowl with intricate carved work of the bulbs of lily blossoms in two rows encircling five by thirty cubits round with a cup like brim as a shushan or trumpet style lily. The "half bulbs are ten to a cubit measure by thirty cubits round for a total of three hundred. The "sea" shaped like a lily blossom is mounted on a cruciform shape of oxen three to a direction fronts facing out rears facing in. The basin was a handbreadth or three to four inches thick. This holds two thousand "baths" (approx nine gal. Per bath or approx eighteen thousand gallons) This water is for the priests. Add to this ten stands with one and ahalf cubit high chariot type wheels corner posts with panels depicting lions, oxen, cherubs with "bestowments" or wreaths of hanging work adorning them. (could the wreaths be like handles?) They had circular tops a half cubit high or five to six inches thick. The "stays and supports to hold the basin were moulded onto each platform which had on the blank space of the disk and the basin supports had cherubs, lions, and palm trees carved on them with the same wreaths or "bestowments" round about. so basically it was a quad wheeled stand with a solid item between corner poles and panels with carvings and the wreaths like handle on four sides. These basins held forty baths (approx three hundred sixty gallons) apiece. They were for the washing of offerings to go on the altar. 2 Chron2-4 The bronze altar was now twenty by twenty by ten and possibly like the previous only larger.

All of this points to a lesser durability with a greater impressiveness. Yet this only points to the greatest of all Temples which is even now in you and I being formed. The Temple in all the Earth a city square. Solomon's Temple is a blue print for something even more wonderful. Think about it.

 

It is a Spiritual Place

know you not that you are the (a) temple of the Holy Spirit?

''The Outer Court speaks of the Passover anointing, of Jesus, of the body, of justification, of thanksgiving, of rest from our labors and burdens. The Holy Place will speak to us of the Pentecost anointing, of the Holy Spirit, of the soul, of deeper sanctification and deeper death, of learning obedience and our attitude toward the Law of God, of praise, of learning of Jesus and finding rest for our souls. Here in the Holy Place we will find violence leaving our lives as we receive a deeper revelation of the holiness of God. Here the Holy Spirit will deal with the soul realm of mind, will, and emotions. Here we will begin to experience the atmosphere change as God draws us to Himself. We must be clean to bear the vessels of the Lord. We must be clean before we can say we truly worship, enter God’s presence, and serve Him. The priests wore no sandals or shoes touching holy ground. In the Outer Court the flesh is dismantled. In the Holy Place, the soul surrenders. In the Holy Place there is no natural light as in the Outer Court; the candlestick will be the light.
Most Christians stay in the Outer Court their entire lives. Few move forward. {Mary Craig "We are going forward. " p50}

But then you move into the Holy place of the tent of meeting and here you discover Pentecost. ''The purpose of Pentecost is to learn to obey the Holy Spirit and to appreciate God’s laws and ways so as to repent of rebellion against Him and to go and do as He says go and do. God grants grace to obey through faith working by love.''...''the last day of the Feast. Early in the morning priests and Levites, singers and players on instruments and silver trumpets would gather with the Temple Guard for a great ceremony. The High Priest would carry the Sacred Golden Vessel. He would pass through the Temple and walk slowly down the Temple Mount. Joyful singing could be heard. The priest was headed for the Pool of Siloam, the Sacred Stream which flowed out of the earth under the Temple Mount around Moriah and Zion and into the gardens of Ophil. The High Priest would dip the Golden Vessel into the clear, pure Water and reverse the procession back to the Temple. As he reached the Water Gate with the Water in his hand, the priests declared:
Behold God is my Salvation; I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and song; He is become my Salvation. Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12.2, 3
Then in front of everyone, the High Priest would take the Water from the Stream of Siloam and pour it out upon the Altar while the Levites sang the Hallel joined by the people waving palm branches.
Suddenly, Jesus showed up. As the Water was poured out on the Altar the priest continued to quote from Isaiah 12. "Cry out and shout, you inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee."

There stood Jesus, the Holy One of Israel, the very Fountain of Life and the Substance of all the ceremonies and feast days. He was right there in the crowd standing beside the Sacred Altar. He lifted up His hands to the multitudes on Mount Moriah, Mount Zion, and Mount Olivet, and cried with a Voice that echoed down the Valley of Hinnom:
"If anyone thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. The one that believes on Me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow Rivers of Living Water". John 7.37,38 ''
{Mary Craig -"respond to the call of God."}

''He taught the people that if you want to know God it must be on the basis of a personal commitment to truth as a result of obedience. In other words, obey Jesus, who is Truth, personally and experientially, and you will know Him truly. John 7.17 ''
{Mary Craig -"life love and living waters"}


"In the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit would come upon a man or woman at various times, and God chose prophets, judges, kings, and priests to serve as vessels to mediate His presence. In the New Covenant, believers receive the very life of God and become "a temple of the Holy Spirit." (1 Corinthians 6.19) The church is not a building or programs, but people, living stones built upon the foundation of Christ, the Chief Cornerstone. Believers are called out ones, called to be a holy nation, the family of the Father, the household and house of God, a holy sanctuary and dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit. (Ephesians 2.19 22) Today, you carry the presence of God. You are a king and a priest unto God Most High. The light and love that flow out of you demonstrate to those around you that you are God’s holy domain, His dwelling place, a place where people can come and find sanctuary.

You are a holy sanctuary in the Lord, a habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2.21, 22) A sanctuary is "a holy place set apart from profane use for the purpose of worship of or communion with a deity." In Ephesus, a stone statue of Diana (Queen of Heaven) inhabited a temple. People came there to worship and commune with it. But "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands; neither is worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He gives to all life, and breath, and all things." (Acts 17.24, 25) God dwells in relationship incarnate, in you.

As you worship, honoring the Blood of the Son, welcoming the glory of His Presence, the Spirit will come to move in your midst, to intercede, to bring you where Jesus is, to cause you to dwell/abide/enter the relationship of sanctuary. He will be your sanctuary as you are His sanctuary. He is your holy place and refuge as you are His holy place and tabernacle. He comes to dwell in you as you come to dwell in Him.
As you come to live in the relationship of sanctuary, you no longer need a tabernacle made with hands, for you are His tabernacle made with His hands. The refuge is in you and you in it, '' {Mary Craig -SEEK SANCTUARY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT }

Scripture identifies the blood with the soul, the breath with the spirit, and the body with the flesh. Spirit, soul, and body correlate with breath, blood, and flesh. The breath gives life to the blood, which diffuses oxygen throughout the flesh to keep us alive. In the same way, the Holy Spirit gives life to the soul which keeps the body alive. ...
The Church in the wilderness was built upon a five fold foundation which finds its fulfillment in Christ. This foundation is:
1. The Tabernacle of Moses – Exodus 25 40
2.The Law of the Covenant – Exodus 20
3. The Priesthood, Aaronic & Levitical – Exodus 28, 29, 39
4. The Five Offerings and sundry Sacrifices – Leviticus 1 7
5. The Three Feasts of the Lord – Passover, Pentecost, & Tabernacles – Leviticus 23
{From The Tabernacles Study by Dr Mary Craig}

It is Living

When you first beheld it you saw nothing of any value to you. You encountered a ''barrier" making it undesirable to come even to approach this "place". No indeed for you must be drawn to the "gate" and "led in". It is the Holy Spirit who causes you to desire to "enter in". But you dont see a physical tabernacle but rather a life that testifies of the Person and Presence of the Living God. It is God who then makes the life either a sweet scent unto life or an offensive odor unto death.
2Cor 2:15-16
15 For we are a sweet savor of Christ unto God, in them that are saved, and in them that perish;
16 to the one a savor from death unto death; to the other a savor from life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
They either attract or repel you. From life unto life like deep unto deep calling at the sound of His waterfalls. He regenerates the spirit by washing with water and the Word. He sends the ''preacher" with the "goodnews" and His Spirit causes you to meekly recieved the engrafted word that will save your soul. He applies Jn 3.16-17 to you grants you the gift of faith to believe and confess and repent and now the finished work of the cross is applied. Now you have entered through Christ the GATE.

You enter in thankful to be saved and clueless. Now comes the Law. You dispair for you fail to live up to this law and become a pleasing child to God. Yet by grace were you saved so by grace you will in faith live.
Here in the Outer Court you discover Passover and Rom 12:1-2 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your spiritual service.
2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Ultimately you must become transformed in the renewal of your mind, but first you are confronted with an issue to repent and be baptised for the remission of sin. (Act 2:38-39)
38 And Peter [said] unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call unto him. Now having first obeyed and now discovering the Holy Spirit to cause you to will to comply you find the Romans chapter seven war begins as one by one the Living Sacrifice of all you are begins to be required of you... And you are bound with cords to the horns of the altar till you are fully offered up in His all consuming fire.
And there on the altar the commands come one after another.
Love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself (Matt22:35-39)
35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, trying him:
36 Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment.
39 And a second like [unto it] is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Furthermore you are told (Matt 5:43-45)
43 Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor , and hate thine enemy:
44 but I say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you;
45 that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. And (Jn 13:34-35)
you. 34 A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another ; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another . 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another .
You learn very quickly that you have no capacity to love like this until you are made to understand that God the Father's love is shed already in your heart. (Rom 5:5) 5 and hope putteth not to shame; because the love of God hath been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit which was given unto us.
Now comes the requests and demands of the Holy Spirit as we come to discover that God in Jesus loves us. Therefore we find we must be reconciled to those whom we have offended and to our parents if we can. (Matt 5:23-24)
23 If therefore thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee,
24 leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift and Matt 15:4)
4 For God said, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, He that speaketh evil of father or mother, let him die the death. (Mk 7:10)
For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother; and, He that speaketh evil of father or mother, let him die the death:
( Eph 4:28) 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have whereof to give to him that hath need.
(Eph 4 :29) need. Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.
(Jas 4:8) you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.
(Rom 8: 13) for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Rom 13:14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]. (Eph 4:21- 24)
if so be that ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus:
22 that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit;
23 and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth. And so on till the flesh begins to operate more in tune with the Law than in rebellion.
But then one day just as you felt you had arrived in the Christian life you heard a knocking at the door. All this time in the Outer Court of Passover you had the leavens of Herod and the Pharisees removed and the fear of God replaced the fear of man and your hypocrasy was replaced by The Truth. Now as you have watched those who went into the homely looking tent come testifying of the wonders within you hear a knocking a calling filling you with a longing to know God more. Suddenly one day your little water baptism takes on a whole new significance as you press through the Door which is Jesus also into Pentecost.
The interior of the tent has boundaries as on three sides angels warn "neither to the right nor to the left" (Isa 30:21) thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it; when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Before you also stands the angel woven in cloth saying dont enter here... Or there should be... But instead we see a rent veil and a great Ark beckoning to come but we fear we tremble and for good reason. Out in the Outer Court of Passover Jesus was the Way to the Life but in here Jesus is the Truth we must confront. Various truths are now understood. The truth about self and God. The truth about God's nature and expectations for you. The truth about your purpose in the Kingdom. You begin in the Sacraments you eat Jesus the Bread of Presence (Lk 19:19) And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave to them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
(Jn6:48) I am the bread of life. (Jn 6:51) I am the living bread which came down out of heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: yea and the bread which I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world. and instead of pouring out the wine you drink it as the Blood of the Covenant. (Lk 19:20) And the cup in like manner after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood, [even] that which is poured out for you. (Jn :54-57) He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he that eateth me, he also shall live because of me.
Then in the Light of the seven lamps you discover (Jn 17:3 ) And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, [even] Jesus Christ. (Jn 8: 12) Again therefore Jesus spake unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Here putting on Christ takes new dimensions. Roman 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Suddenly the habit and atitude changes in the Outer Court of Passover are not enough. ( Phil 2:5-8)
Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men;
8 and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient [even] unto death, yea, the death of the cross. Of whom it is said (Heb 10:7) Then said I, Lo , I am come (In the roll of the book it is written of me) To do thy will, O God. and eventually we realize that as Jesus died to His will for us we now must die to ourselves for His glory's sake... (Rom 14:7-8)
For none of us liveth to himself, and none dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; or whether we die , we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die , we are the Lord's.
In Galatians Paul records three levels of crucifixion and at some point we go through them all as we prepare to enter into Tabernacles.
(Gal 2: 20) I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that [life] which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, [the faith] which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me. (Gal 5: 24) And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passions and the lusts thereof. (Gal 6: 14) But far be it from me to glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world hath been crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
We are crucified dead to live unto Christ with the same attitude Jesus had of "I have come to do your will Oh God." wherein we also take on the mind of Christ being crucified to our passions and lusts of the flesh and finally in our Gethsemane of the altar we are crucified to the world and the world to us. In the end the attitude becomes "thy will Oh God not mine be done". Meanwhile all this happeus before God's Presence as represented by the Ark.
Finally at some indefinable point we step through the veil into the very Presence of the Living God.

... It is an estate or state of being.
Salvation
Sanctification
Glorification
Being taken out
Being redeemed
Being taken as God's own
I will be your God and you will be My people to I will be your God and you will be My son.
Little child
Young man
Mature man
(1 Cor 13:11) When I was a child , I spake as a child , I felt as a child , I thought as a child : now that I am become a man, I have put away

''In the outer court we experience the Passover anointing, coming out of Egypt. We are born again and our spirit becomes one spirit with Christ. We have been “saved,” but we are babes (teknon; napios). We are baptized in water and feed on the milk of the word. We know Jesus as the Way, and we learn thanksgiving. Our focus is on Jesus loves ME. Our focus is all on man, especially ourselves.
In the Holy Place we experience the Pentecost anointing or what we call the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We wander through the wilderness, spirit filled. Our soul (psyche) is being saved as we surrender mind, will, and emotions. We are youths, minor children, servant sons (pais). We know Jesus as the Truth and feed off the Word as Bread. We receive revelation and learn to praise. Our focus is on God and man, Jesus LOVES me.
We will find that in the Holy of Holies, we enter the Tabernacles anointing. We come into the promised land, mature, full sons (huios). Our bodies will be saved fully in resurrection; but even in this life we experience death/resurrection(s) as God gives life to our mortal bodies. We are baptized in fire, in the fire of His holiness, in the fire of His judgment, in the fire of His ravishing love. We know Jesus as the Life and eat meat, remembering that Jesus’ meat was to do the will of His Father and to finish His work. It is only here that we truly worship and only here is our focus all God. JESUS loves me. " p73
"Jesus is the Gate into the Outer Court. Jesus is the Door into the holy place. Jesus is the Veil rent by which we enter into the very presence of a holy God, our Creator, our Father in Heaven. "p75
"God did not dwell inside the Ark. God dwelt in brightness upon the Mercy Seat between the Cherubim of the Ark of the Covenant. God dwelt in unapproachable light (1 Tim 6.16, Psalm 104). The High Priest had to shield his eyes “because no man can see Me and live.” (Exodus 33.20) The two cherubim represented God’s glory. '' p91 The more practicle function of the insence the high priest used was to dim the brightness that filled the "room" and provide a "smoke screen protecting "priest" from "diety"

Today the priest is one with the Deity by means of the Living Holy Spirit of the Living God who is to be worshipped dwelling in a lowly Tabernacle of flesh but one day soon this lively stone and every other lively stones will unite to become the Last and Most Glorious of Tabernacles an Kingdom of Priests after the Rota or Order of Melchizadek Eternally. To dwell in the great City Squared, The Temple of God in the Earth.

 

A few things of note

regarding 4: it is the number of earth, 4 directions (corners) 4 seasons and the 4th letter of the hebrew alphabet... Dalet whose pictogram is "door" both the alters are "doors'' one is Salvation's door by blood sacrifice the other is "connection/communion's '' door. One is in Jesus tbe son the other is in the Holy Spirit.
''The outer court was the place of sacrifice. There was no blood sacrifice in the Holy Place. Jesus lives in the power of an endless life to make intercession for us. (cf Romans 6.9, 10) '' p64.
"Only once a year on the Great Day of Atonement was the blood of the sin offerings shed at the Brazen Altar to be brought in and placed on the Golden Altar. (Ex 30.10) The Blood was applied particularly to the horns and sprinkled seven times. (Lev 4:7, 18; 16.17 19) Only the Blood gives power to the incense of prayer. "p65
bigmweb...andp104
“At one time in the unimaginable past, God had allowed Satan, who was then called by the name of Heylel, "the SHINING ONE," to sow seeds of rebellion among all the bright ones of the ORDER OF LIGHT. These bright ones were those who occupied the second realm of heaven next to God, and above whom was this bright and shining angel called, in the King James Version of the Bible, "Lucifer." This was a translator's error, since the name was Heylel. This shining one in Ezekiel 28:16 was described as the "Memshak," or the cherub which overshadowed heaven. This means that he held a unique position in heaven, and that his power was so great that he would cover all heaven (those below him) with the expression of the Father and the will of the Almighty, and he would invoke heaven to high crescendos of PRAISE. Angels feed on the energy of God, when they open themselves to praise. There was only one position higher for him, and that is the position of JESUS THE SON. He, Heylel, wanted to be the HUSBAND OF THE CHURCH.
Isaiah 14:13d, "I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north."
God had not made Heylel for this position. Therefore, he could lead the host of heaven in praise; he could overshadow heaven with great power, but he could not bleed and die on Calvary for our sins. This position was not for any angel. HE DID NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY.
Determined to be king, there was only one position open, one vacancy, that of KING OF EVIL. Evil had no king. It had no personality. It was only a theory. The opposite of God had not yet been put to the test. None need to put God's word to the test to know it is true, but Satan invented the LIE. He began to preach the opposite of truth the lie. This changed his nature.
"When lie speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
John 8:44c.
He showed the angels of heaven the kingdom he would give them. He pointed out to them the weakness of the man which God had planned to make. He told them how he would occupy the BRIDE OF CHRIST, and how he would bring forth sons to fill their kingdom, and offered them principalities. They had freewill choice, and this was the only means by which God could make HEAVEN AN INCORRUPTIBLE REALM. God had to allow His angels to make their own choice, without any help from Himself. They were free to choose against Him, not from a standpoint of weakness, BUT FROM A VANTAGE POINT OF STRENGTH, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, AND UNDERSTANDING.” (''The Pattern,”www.bigmweb.com)
Tabernacles Study p 104

It is my hope that this has enriched you in some measure. For more on her work about Salvation Sanctification or Tabernacles go to marycraig.org. You can also write me daughterofzioneternally.

 

 

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