The way the Tabernacle was build was symbolic of the nature of mankind. The outer court represents our body. Our body is used for outer worship. The human body’s actions are clearly seen by all. His doings. Our body conceals our soul and spirit which are the next part of the Tabernacle. The Holy Place represents our soul. The Holy of Holies represents our spirit. As with the human body, the outer court could be seen by all. All external worship was offered there. As we go further in we enter the Holy Place representative of man’s soul which constitutes the inner life of man and which embraces man’s emotions, volition and mind. Such is the Holy Place of a regenerated person, for his love, will and thought are fully enlightened that he may serve Yah as the priest of old did. The soul resembles the Holy Place for it is amply enlightened with many rational thoughts and precepts, much knowledge and understanding concerning the things, ideas, and concepts, and the material world. Then behind the veil, the innermost Holy of Holies into which no human light has ever penetrated and no naked eye has ever pierced. The dwelling place of Yah cannot be reached unless Yah is willing to rent the veil. This is man’s spirit. This spirit lies beyond man’s self-consciousness and above his sensibility. Here is the place man communes and unites with the Almighty. Those who are truly baptized in the holy spirit and walk with Yahveh know that He reveals things to them from their innermost part, their gut. When this happens they may do or say things without even thinking or knowing exactly what they are doing. This is being led by the Ruach Ha Kodesh in a way that only those spirit filled are gifted enough to comprehend. Yah’s spirit and man’s spirit meet and the resulting manifestation is carried on by faith. All activities in the Holy Place and the outer court are regulated by the presence of Yah in the Holy of Holies. In this way man is likened to the Temple of old. We are now the Temple and within us is our Holy Place, our soul, and the innermost place where our spirit communes with Yahveh in His Holy of Holies.
Our spirit is supposed to have domination over our soul, which includes basically all five senses of our flesh. The latent power of our soul must always be subject to our spirit. The Temple veil represents the division of our flesh (soul) and spirit so that our flesh will be led by our spirit, which is in turn led by the Spirit of the Most High, direct from His Holy Place. As the ark of the covenant was the most precious item in the Temple, so to our spirit is the most precious part of our being. The ark contained the stone tablets which represent the laws of the spirit. Aaron’s rod represents our conscience (communication with Yah..direction), and the manna represents our intuition the bread of life (Yeshua, born in Bet lehem..the bread basket). Our spirit is made up of the law, our conscience, and our intuition. The Holy of Holies represents our spirit, the Holy Place represents our soul, and the Temple itself represents our body.
Put another way, first, within the ark lies the law of Yah which gives us our instructions for a good spiritual life. Second, upon the ark and sprinkled with the blood is the mercy seat whereon Yah manifests His glory and receives man’s worship. Third, the ark is called the ark of testimony because therein are kept the Ten Commandments as Yah’s testimony to all those who claim to be His bride. Rom. 9:1 I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,”
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE TABERNACLE
Along with giving the Ten Commandments, Yah gave some additional instructions for the building of a Tabernacle. He gave idetailed instructions for establishing an elaborate system of sacrifices, and for ordaining a priesthood. The Tabernacle was symbolic of the way a Hebrew person was supposed to live in respect to the Almighty.
The Hebrew person was not to approach Yah but through the sacrifices the priests administered at the Tabernacle. Ps. 50:5 was later written as a reminder that Yah entered into covenant with His people through sacrifice. “Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
Hebr. 10:1 and Col. 2:17 established the way we are to approach Yah as shadows of the real Tabernacle in the New Jerusalem, the real sacrifice, and the real High Priest who would come later. Hebr. 10:1 For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.” Col. 2:17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Messiah” After Yeshua gave His life as the final lamb sacrifice there was be no more need for animal sacrifices offered up by priests in a building. Yeshua came as our final sacrifice and allowed each and every Believer to entire into his own holy place in the presence of Yah. Instead of the Temple being a building somewhere, the new Temple would be us, with the laws (instructions) of the Torah written on our hearts. Acts 17:24 “Yah who made the world and all things in it, since He is Yah of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;” The old system of sacrifices was only a temporary system pointing the Hebrews to the coming of the Messiah and His final sacrifice to take away the sins of all the world in the form of the Passover lamb.
The Tabernacle in the wilderness was the place where all the Hebrew people had to bring their sacrifices for sin and for praise. It was their only place to approach the Almighty. The Tabernacle was portable so that they could carry it with them in the wilderness. Later, when the Hebrew people went into their promised land, a more permanent structure was made by King Solomon. Yah used Solomon to build a massive Temple (1Kgs. 5-8) for the people. This Temple was later destroyed in 587 B.C. when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians because of their failure to obey the Holy One Of Israel (2Kgs. 25:8-9). After their Babylonian captivity ended, they reconstructed the Temple, but it failed in comparison to the original because of their available resources. In fact the bible says (Haggai 2:3) that the old men wept for sorrow when they saw the rebuilt Temple because it was so insignificant compared to the original. The bible tells us that the Jews will attempt to rebuild the Temple in the end times before the return of Yeshua (Rev. 11:1, Dan. 9:27). I don’t believe they will ever rebuild Yah’s Temple on earth, but they may be able to set the cornerstone of the Temple in place, making it possible for them to again make sacrifices.
Yah gave Moses detailed instructions as to the Tabernacle in the wilderness in Exod. 25-27, & 35-38. The instructions were in detail because it was a scale model of the Temple of Yah in the New Jerusalem (Hebr. 8:5).
THE CAMP ITSELF
As per the accompanying picture on page one, the Tabernacle in the wilderness was surrounded by the tents of the Levites first and foremost (Num. 2:2-3). These Levites were the spiritual warriors that did everything required in the Tabernacle area. The twelve tribes camped around the Levites tents in an exact order. Each tribe had its own banner..standard (flagpole) and the central focal point of the area was the Tabernacle itself. Although there were twelve tribes, Yah had all twelve under just four main banners (flags) when they were in the wilderness with Moshe. On the eastern side of the Tabernacle was the tribe of Judah with its banner of a lion of gold on a field of scarlet (Gen. 49:9). The western tribe of Ephraim had a flag with a black ox (heifer) on a field of gold (Hosea 10:11, Jer. 31:18, Deut. 33:17). The southern tribe was that of Rueben, with its banner showing a man on a field of gold (Gen. 30:14). [Reuben’s tribe was in later years also depicted as mandrakes on a red background.] Then the north side tribe of Dan had on its flag a golden eagle on a field of blue (Gen. 49:16-17, Exod. 19:4). [The tribe of Dan was also depicted years later as a serpent on a sapphire colored background.] You can see the four main standards (banners) referenced in Ezek. 1:10 as for the appearance of their faces, they had human faces [in front], each of the four had a lion’s face on the right, each of the four had a bull’s face on the left, and each of the four had an eagle’s face [toward the rear] On the right and on the left are referring to Ezekiel’s right and left. Rev. 4:7. The first living being was like a lion, the second living being was like an ox, the third living being had a face that looked human, and the fourth living being was like a flying eagle.”” The lion of course represents the King with supreme power and authority. The ox represents the lowly servant. The man represents the highest earthly being, and the eagle represents the greatest heavenly being. The flag of Ephraim represented Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin on the west side of the Tabernacle. The flag of Judah represented Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun on the east side of the Tabernacle which was the entrance. The flag of Dan represented Dan, Naphtali and Asher on the north side of the Tabernacle. The flag of Rueben represented Rueben, Gad, and Simeon on the south side of the Tabernacle. The other tribal banners were as follows:
1) Simeon’s flag was green with a picture of the city of Sechem between the mountains on it (Gen. 29:33).
2) Benjamin’s was a wolf preying on its spoil with a background of a combination of all twelve colors (Gen. 49:27).
3) Gad’s was a a formation of soldiers and an army camp with a blended black and white background (Gen. 49:19).
4) Levi’s was red, white, and black showing the garments of the priests and Levites, (Deut. 33:8). It was sometimes depicted with the Urim and the Thummim.
5) Issachar’s was a donkey, symbolizing the tribes ability to carry the Torah (Gen. 49:14). It was sometimes depicted with a sun and a moon.
6) Zebulun’s was a pearly ocean wave (Gen. 49:13). It was sometimes depicted as a ship on a white background.
7) Naftili’s was an antlered deer running free as per Jacob’s blessing (Gen. 49:21). It was periodically depicted as a hind (thigh) on a medium red (wine colored) background.
8) Asher’s was an olive tree (Deut. 33:24).
9) Joseph’s was either a myriad of small faces emerging from the shadows (Deut. 33:22), or a unicorn looking animal with a horn coming out of its head (Deut. 33:16).
THE COURTYARD OF THE TABERNACLE
Exod. 27:18 The length of the courtyard is to be 150 feet and the width seventy-five feet everywhere; with the height seven-and-a-half feet.” The Tabernacle was enclosed by a courtyard. This outer courtyard was about 150 feet long and 75 feet wide. It was possible for anyone to go into this outer courtyard, but only the priest could go inside the Tabernacle itself. Only the High Priest in fact, could enter into the Holy Of Holies room further inside the Tabernacle and this could only take place once a year during the Feast Of Atonement.
THE COVERINGS OF THE TABERNACLE
Exod. 26:14 “You are to make a covering for the tent of tanned ram skins and an outer covering of fine leather”(CJB). The Tabernacle itself had two coverings, the outer covering visible to all those around and the inner covering only visible to the priests. The outside cover was a dull grey colored shield of leather. Directly underneath this was a covering made of rams skins dyed red, signifying blood. There were also curtains made of goats hair and linen.
As the dull grey color of sun bleached leather veiled Yah’s glory in the earthly Tabernacle to the passer-by, Yeshua also was just a carpenter from Nazareth who looked like everyone else. A casual observer standing on the outside of the Tabernacle wouldn’t know Yah’s glory is within unless he took a closer look. The dyed red rams skins beneath the outer shell of the Tabernacle are as the red blood flowing through the veins of Yeshua and all His followers. It seems that sometimes there is nothing to be excited about when one is a true Believer. Sometimes we may seem unattractive and dull, but beneath the outer shell of all real Believers you will find the red blood (life of Yeshua) flowing. The only way anyone can ever experience the blessed life of a Believer is by looking closely at the inside where life abounds. In order to find this life, one must first come through the East gate into the presence of Yah.
THE ENTRANCE GATE (EAST SIDE ONLY.. EXOD. 27:16)
Exod. 27:16 “For the gateway of the courtyard there is to be a screen thirty feet made of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely woven linen. It should be in colors, the work of a weaver. It is to be on four posts in four sockets.
There was only one way to meet with the Almighty. This way was through the Eastern gate, simply called “The Gate”. The only real requirement was that you had a sacrifice of some kind. No one was ever permitted in without first sacrificing something.
THE BRAZEN ALTAR ( Exod. 38:1-7)
Exod. 38:1-7 He made the altar for burnt offerings of acacia-wood, seven-and-a-half feet long and seven-and-a-half feet wide — it was square — and four-and-a-half feet high. He made horns for it on its four corners, the horns were of one piece with it, and he overlaid it with bronze. (3) He made all the utensils for the altar — its pots, shovels, basins, meat-hooks and fire pans; all its utensils he made of bronze. He made for the altar a grate of bronze netting, under its rim, reaching halfway up the altar. He cast four rings for the four ends of the bronze grate to hold the poles. (6) He made the poles of acacia-wood and overlaid them with bronze. He put the carrying-poles into the rings on the sides of the altar; he made it of planks and hollow inside.
The moment one entered through the east gate you noticed the brazen (brass) altar. This brass altar was about 4 1/2 feet high and 7 1/2 feet square. This was the place to make ones offering (Exod. 30:28). It was said that the burnt offering made here was a pleasant aroma to Yah. In order to be pardoned from sin and blessed by the priest you had to present yourself and your sacrifice before the altar. Apart from offering Yah an acceptable sacrifice, there was no way to get any closer to Elohim. Lev. 17:11 ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’ In order for the animal sacrifice to qualify as an offering it had to be clean. The person laid their hands on the head of the animal claiming its death as a sacrifice on your behalf, and killed it. The priest standing there beside you would then take the blood of the animal and pour it at the foot of the altar. The only sacrifice that we can make is our sacrifice as a living soul. Rom. 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of Yah, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to Yah, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
We as Believers accept by faith that Yeshua was our substitutionary sacrifice for our sin. His righteousness is imputed for our sin. Whereas the blood of bulls and goats in the old Tabernacle only covered sins, the blood of Yeshua has taken it away to be remembered no more.
Yeshua gave up all of His blood for us. We in a sense, became His purchased possession, paid for by His own blood. His life was in His blood. Let’s have a close look at what Yeshua said to a couple of His disciples after His resurrection. Luke 24:38-39 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? “See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” Yeshua’s entire body was without blood. It was drained totally for us. That’s why He states: ”flesh and bones” in this verse. Most of us would have said: “flesh and blood”. I find this very fascinating.
THE BRAZEN LAVER (Exod. 38:8; 30:17-21)
Exod. 38:8 He made the basin of bronze with its base of bronze from the mirrors of the women serving at the entrance to the tent of meeting.”
Exod. 30:17-21 ADONAI said to Moshe, “You are to make a basin of bronze, with a base of bronze, for washing. Place it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. Aharon and his sons will wash their hands and feet there when they enter the tent of meeting — they are to wash with water, so that they won’t die. Also when they approach the altar to minister by burning an offering for ADONAI, they are to wash their hands and feet, so that they won’t die. This is to be a perpetual law for them through all their generations.”
After making a sacrifice the next object encountered in the Temple area was the brazen laver. This is the wash basin about four or five feet high and round, made of the polished brass that the women used as looking glasses or mirrors. When Aaron and his sons were consecrated they washed their entire body in the laver (Exod. 29:4, Lev. 8:6). This was their ceremonial cleansing. After this ceremony occurred they were only required to wash their hands and feet when serving in the Tabernacle (Exod. 30:20). During the priestly duties the priests would regularly come back to the brazen laver to cleanse themselves, each time upon seeing their reflection in the brass, they were reminded of how dirty they were without Yah to cleanse them and make them holy. The water therefore made it possible for them to cleanse themselves as servants of Yah.
The reality is: “you cannot enter into the presence of Yah unless you have first offered up a sacrifice and be cleansed in His laver”. We must all approach El Gibor by way of the water and the blood. Whereas the brazen altar points to the stake of Yeshua, the brazen laver points to His life coming into us through the holy spirit.
When we go to the laver we don’t need to be washed all over again and again. We need only now wash our hands and feet which represents not our position in the covenant, but our SERVICE to Yah and our walk in fellowship with Yah. As the water in the brazen laver points us to the holy spirit, so to the polished brass mirror points to the Word of El Shaddai as revealed to us in our Good Book. The same Word of El Gibor that reveals our sins also washes them away by the power of the holy spirit. The washing of our hands and feet by the Holy Spirit restores our fellowship with Yah so that we, like the Old Covenant Priest, can go into His presence and minister on His behalf.
John 10:9-10 “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
After leaving the brazen laver the person would approach the door of the Tabernacle. This is a veil of blue, purple, and scarlet. Once you go past this veil (symbolic of the truths of Yah), you see another veil that divide the Tabernacle in two: The Holy Place and the Holy Of Holies. The first room is the Holy Place. When entered you will see three distinct furnishings; the Golden Lamp stand, the Table of Shewbread, and the Incense Altar.
1) GOLDEN MENORAH..LAMPSTAND (Exod. 25:31-39; 27:20-21; 37:17-24)
Exod. 37:17-24 He made the menorah of pure gold. He made it of hammered work; its base, shaft, cups, rings of outer leaves and flowers were a single unit. 18 There were six branches extending from its sides, three branches of the menorah on one side of it and three on the other. On one branch were three cups shaped like almond blossoms, a ring of outer leaves and petals; likewise on the opposite branch three cups shaped like almond blossoms, a ring of outer leaves and petals; and similarly for all six branches extending from the menorah. 20 On the central shaft of the menorah were four cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with its ring of outer leaves and petals. Where each pair of branches joined the central shaft was a ring of outer leaves of one piece with the pair of branches — thus for all six branches. Their rings of outer leaves and their branches were of one piece with the shaft. Thus the whole menorah was one piece of hammered work made of pure gold. He made its seven lamps, its tongs and its trays of pure gold. 24 The menorah and its utensils were made of sixty-six pounds of pure gold.”
As you enter into the Holy Place you see the golden lamp stand to your left. This 107 lb. pure gold menorah has seven branches. The menorah itself, made of pure gold, represents the Holy One Of Israel. The servant lamp in the middle of the menorah represents Yeshua, the Son of the Holy One Of Israel. The seven branches, among many other things, represent the seven days of Alpha and Omega, from beginning to end. The middle (servant lamp) of the menorah feeds olive oil (the Holy Spirit) to the other six branches. These other six branches are the body of Believers. As the servant lamp fed oil to the six branches the branches not only gave off light but also illuminated the central shaft, the servant lamp, the light of the world. This is symbolic of the walk of a true Believer, walking in the power of the holy spirit (being fed by the oil), rather than trying to serve Messiah in the energy of the flesh.
In the days of the Tabernacle these lamps were trimmed twice daily so as to always burn brightly. This menorah provides the only light in the Holy Place. No other light can get in.
2) TABLE OF SHEWBREAD (Exod. 37:10-16)
Exod. 25:23-30 “You are to make a table of acacia-wood three feet long, eighteen inches wide and eighteen inches high. Overlay it with pure gold, and put a molding of gold around the top of it. Make around it a rim a handbreadth wide, and put a molding of gold around the rim. 26 Make four gold rings for it, and attach the rings to the four corners, near its four legs. The rings to hold the poles used to carry the table are to be placed close to the rim. Make the poles of acacia-wood, overlay them with gold, and use them to carry the table. (29) “Make its dishes, pans, bowls and pitchers of pure gold. On the table you are to place the bread of the presence in my presence always.”
Now, to your right, directly opposite the menorah you will see the Table Of Shewbread which is about 3 feet long, 1 1/2 feet wide and 2 1/2 feet high. The edge (rim) of the table of shewbread was made as a symbol of a king, a royal table if you will. It appears to represent Yeshua. On the Table you will see 12 loaves of challah (bread), in two heaps of 6, one for each of the 12 tribes of Israel. Challah represents “faces” of the people. These challah are covered with frankincense. Every sabbath the old loaves are replaced and the removed ones are eaten by the priests. The shewbread was edible even after seven days. It was divinely preserved. Next to the challah you will find vessels of wine and trays. This shewbread and wine represent the blood covenant meal. The covenant was cut at the brazen alter. The animal sacrificed represents the persons entering into covenant, but instead of eating the animal and drinking its blood: bread and wine are substituted. You might say that for six days the bread and wine representing the body and blood of the person being offered to Yah sits on the table. In this case of twelve loaves you might say it represents the entire nation of Israel in covenant with El Shaddai. On the sabbath the priest eats the bread and pours out the wine symbolically feeding on and receiving into himself (and the people he represents).
3) ALTAR OF INCENSE (Exod. 37:25-28)
Exod. 37:25-28 He made the altar on which to burn incense of acacia-wood, eighteen inches square and three feet; its horns were a single unit. He overlaid it with pure gold — its top, all around its sides and its horns; and he put around it a molding of gold. He made two gold rings for it under its molding at the two corners on both sides, to hold the carrying-poles. He made the poles of acacia-wood and overlaid them with gold.
As you enter you will see right in front of you, in front of the second veil, the altar of incense. It stands about 3 feet high and 1 1/2 feet square. Every morning and every evening the priest puts burning coals on this altar. Then he sprinkles incense over the coals. The white cloud of smoke and the smell of the incense fills the room. Once a year, at Yom Kippur, the High Priest also sprinkles blood from the sin offering on the horns of this altar just before he enters the Holy of Holies room. The incense also represents the prayers of Yah’s children. The prayers of His saints are very powerful words and are a beautiful smell to Him, just like the smell of incense.
4) HOLY OF HOLIES
The second veil separates the Holy Of Holies from the Holy Place. Just so you can get a good idea of how strong the Temple veil was, keep this in mind. When testing the second veil in front of the Holy of Holies in the Temple, two pair of oxen were attached to either end of the veil. If the oxen could split the veil, it was not made strong enough. Behind this veil is the throne room of Yahveh. Only once a year could the High Priest enter into this room. That day was the day of Atonement.
5) ARK OF THE COVENANT (Exod. 37:1-28)
Exod. 37:1-9 B’tzal’el made the ark of acacia-wood three-and-three-quarters feet long, two-and-a-quarter feet wide and two-and-a-quarter feet high. He overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside and put a molding of gold for it around the top. (3) He cast four gold rings for it at its four feet, two rings on each side. He made poles of acacia-wood and overlaid them with gold. He put the carrying-poles for the ark in the rings on the sides of the ark. (6) He made a cover for the ark of pure gold, three-and-three-quarters feet long and two-and-a-quarter feet wide. He made two k’ruvim of gold; he made them of hammered work for the two ends of the ark-cover — one keruv for one end and one keruv for the other end; he made the k’ruvim of one piece with the ark-cover at its two ends. The k’ruvim had their wings spread out above, so that their wings covered the ark; their faces were toward each other and toward the ark-cover.
Exod. 37:10-28 He made the table of acacia-wood, three feet long, eighteen inches wide and eighteen inches high. He overlaid it with pure gold and put a molding of gold around the top of it. He made around it a rim a handbreadth wide and put a molding of gold around the rim. (13) He cast for it four gold rings and attached the rings to the four corners, near its four legs. The rings to hold the carrying-poles for the table were placed close to the rim. He made the carrying-poles for the table of acacia-wood and overlaid them with gold. The only piece of furniture in the Holy Of Holies is the Ark Of The Covenant. The Ark is a small chest about 3.75 feet long, 2.25 feet wide, and 2.25 feet high. There is a lid on the Ark called the Mercy Seat. Symbolically the “Mercy Seat” is the seat Yah abides on when we ask for His mercy. Above the Mercy Seat” is the “Judgement Seat” where Yah abides when He passes judgement on us.
On each end of the Ark is a replica of a cherubim (angel) attached with their symbolic wings providing the back rest for the mercy seat. Their wings were outstretched and touching each other in the middle. In the middle and on top of the Ark was the blinding light, shekinah, Yah’s glory. This shekinah was the manifested presence of the Holy One Of Israel. Ps. 99:1 Yahveh reigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!
Amazingly enough, “mercy seat”, the one word “hilasterion” means the same in Greek as it does in Hebrew. The English word for hilasterion is “propitiation”. Propitiation means to turn away Yah’s wrath by satisfying His violated justice. As you recall, the only way of turning away Yah’s wrath and satisfying His justice is with blood. Blood is the only acceptable evidence that the penalty for sin has been paid. Leviticus 16 gives us more details concerning the events that transpired on Yom Kippur.
The High Priest was required to bathe (mikveh) and wear his holy garments on Yom Kippur (Lev. 16:3-4). He took two goats for the sin offering and cast lots for them (Lev. 16:5). One goat would have been slaughtered and the other goat was to be released in the wilderness. The High Priest presented a bull as a sin offering for himself, and his household (Lev. 16:11). The blood from this sacrifice was taken into the Holy of Holies and he would take his finger and sprinkle it towards the east side of the ark covering, and then he would sprinkle it seven times before the ark covering. He also sprinkled the blood from the goat in the same manner as he did with the bull's blood. The goat's blood was used to make atonement for the Holy Place and the tent of meeting (Lev.16:15-16). The High Priest would take some of the blood from the goat and the bull and would make atonement for the altar (Lev.16:18-19). He confessed over the live goat all the sins of the people and released it to the wilderness (Lev. 16:20-22).
Although Solomon’s Temple was built and destroyed several times throughout history the same ritual of sprinkling the blood on the east side of the Ark was observed as in the Tabernacle in the wilderness. The Priests never understood why they were to always sprinkle the blood on the east side, and it was never revealed until recently when the Ark Of Covenant was found in Jeremiah’s Grotto. When Yeshua was crucified there was an earthquake. Matt. 27:51-53 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” His blood drained down 20 feet threw the split rocks at Golgotha and sprinkled on the west side (left side) of the Ark situated in an underground cave in Jeremiah’s Grotto.
An interesting note here: The ark of the covenant had pomegranates carved into the acadia wood it was made out of and the High priest’s robe had carved tiny pomegranates hanging from its hem. The ephod also had tiny gold pomegranates attached to it.
The three objects placed in the Ark were:
1) Aaron’s rod which reminded Yah that the Hebrew people had earlier on rejected His leadership through Aaron and Moses (Num. 16-17).
2) The pot of manna which represented the rejection of Yah by His Hebrew people in regards to their earthly provisions (Num. 1).
3) The Ten Commandments which were broken by the Hebrew people, always reminding Elohim that the people fall short of His holiness and glory. These Ten Commandments are a basic summary of all of Yah’s Torah teachings.
Yahveh would look down on His people and see man’s sin. The penalty for that sin is death and Yah’s justice must be administrated. He cannot allow rebellion, His wrath must be vindicated. In order for this to happen, on the Day Of Atonement the High Priest goes in behind the veil and sprinkles the blood of atonement on the Ark’s mercy seat, symbolically asking for Yah’s mercy for all His children. As the room billows with the smell of incense and glows with Yah’s shekinah, Yah looks down from His cloud of glory and doesn’t see the evidence of man’s sin, but instead sees the blood of the innocent sacrifice of His Son, now given to pay the penalty. Instantly Yahveh’s justice has been served and Yah’s wrath has been vindicated.
As the Levites stood between the Tabernacle and the people in the wilderness, so too Yeshua as the Son of Man represents man to His Father. Yeshua stands between Yah and man and Yeshua shields man from the wrath of Yah by His blood.
THIEF IN THE NIGHT
1Ths. 5:2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of Yahveh will come just like a thief in the night.”
Rev. 3:3 “Remember therefore what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.”
Rev. 16:15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk about naked and men see his shame.”)
“Theif in the night” is a Hebrew idiom. To help visualize this day of Yeshua coming like a thief in the night (idiom), I must relate a practice of the High Priest in the days of the Temple. During that time there was always one priest assigned specifically to keep the fire under the altar burning throughout the night, so that when the morning oblation sacrifices were ready, the fire would be stoked up and hot. Sometimes the High Priest would check up on the priest who was supposed to be looking after the fire. If he caught him sleeping, he would take coals from the fire, put them in an ash tray and sprinkle them around the priest sleeping on duty. He would sprinkle hot coals on the outside edge of his garment and then retreat. As the coals burned away the linen garment the priest would get nice and warm, then awake, scared, on fire, and embarrassed. The christians who think they don’t have to follow Torah are like the priest, all warm and cozy before the fire comes. Only the fire they will experience will not go out. This lesson never needed repeating. Yeshua is the High Priest and when He comes back it will be like a thief in the night. We are to be His priests looking after His Temple within us. We must always be sure that the fire in us never dies out. All His priests are to be alert and ready at all times, making sure they are always following His Torah. This verse can also be related to the parable of the ten virgins. (see also Matt. 24:42-51, Jer. 2:26, Luke 12:39, 2Pet. 3:10, Rev. 3:3, 16:15)
All priests were Levites, but not all Levites were priests.
The garments of the Priests in the Temple were always made from linen. These white garments were sanctified and made holy so they could be worn by all priests working in the Temple. When these linen garments became too soiled, worn out, or damaged, they were shredded up, and the cloth was then woven into wicks, used in the Temple menorah. The garments were treated very special in every way from start to finish. The lowliest job in the Temple was removing the ashes from the altar.
From the time of the Tabernacle in the wilderness to the building of the first Temple (410 years), there were only twelve High Priests. From the time of the second Temple coming back from Babylon all the way to the destruction of the second Temple (420 years), there were over 300 High Priests. The first High priests in the Temple were anointed with the special oil that Yah told them to make. None of the High Priests after that were anointed with oil.
THE CONSECRATION OF THE TABERNACLE
As per Num. 7:1-89 All the 12 tribes came to make offerings and sacrifices when Moses consecrated the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. Each tribe, without knowing what the other braught, came with exactly the same offering. The twelve tribes came in the following order. Nahshon from the tribe of Judah, Nethanel from the tribe of Issachar, Eliab from the tribe of Zebulin, Elizur from the tribe of Reuben, Shelumiel from the tribe of Simeon, Eliasaph from the tribe of Gad, Elishama from the tribe of Ephraim, Gamaliel from the tribe of Manasseh, Abidan from the tribe of Benjamin, Ahiezer from the tribe of Dan, Pagiel from the tribe of Asher, and Enan from the tribe of Naphtali. if you string together the twelve names of the tribes as they braught forward their offerings you come up with a very significant message about Messiah, in Hebrew.
It says: “From praise and thanksgiving (Judah), He will bring a reward to dwell with Him (Issachar/Zebulin). Behold a Son to hear so that we overcome (Reuben/Simeon/Gad), a double portion (Ephraim), which will cause us to forget. The son of my right hand. A judge who will relieve my strugles (Manesseh/Benjamin/Dan/Asher/Naphtali).
“From praise and thanksgiving He will bring a reward to dwell with Him. Behold a Son to hear so that we overcome. A double portion which will cause us to forget. The Son of my right hand. A judge who will relieve my struggles”.
Those who are camped around His presence will receive the promise of the Son. The Son who was promised in this prophetic message, through the dedication of the alter. When you consider all the offerings given at the dedication of the Tabernacle, which consisted of hundreds of bulls, lambs, goats, grain and incense offering, over 60 pounds of silver and three pounds of gold, it was a very substantial amount. All of those offerings at Calvary were replaced by the sacrifice of one lamb, Yeshuah. It is incredable to comprehend. The camp of the meeting pace was the tent that Moses had established before the Tabernacle was made. It is where they met for discussions, council and fellowship prior to the Tabernacle being built.
The Tabernacle and everything in it is representative of the life of a human being wanting to get into the presence of Yah. In order to get close to the Almighty we must symbolically do the following:
1) We must first come through the East gate and enter into the outer courtyard.
2) In order to be pardoned from sin and blessed by the priest High Priest Yeshua, you have to present yourself and your acceptable sacrifice before the brazen altar. Yeshua’s blood became our acceptable sacrifice.
3) Then you must wash yourself clean in the brazen laver. You cannot enter into the presence of Yah unless you have first offered up a sacrifice and get cleansed in His laver”.
4) Then we must enter into the Holy Place, accept the fact that Yeshua is our servant lamp of the seven lamp menorah and He alone provides us with the oil of the spirit required to keep us lit.
5) We must partake of the bread and wine on the shewbread table representing the blood covenant we make with the Almighty. We offer up our prayers to Yah as we stand before the altar of incense. Our prayers are as incense to Him.
6) Then the only thing that separates us from the presence of Yah is the veil in front of the Holy Of Holies. We now have the right to enter into His presence.
7) As we stand symbolically before the “Mercy Seat” we ask for His mercy. Above the Mercy Seat” is the “Judgement Seat” where He passes judgement on us for our deeds. We are then either blessed by our deeds or cursed for our lack of good deeds. Asking for His mercy and judgement is what we must all do to continue to stay in the presence of El Shaddai. Grace is Yah giving us what we do not deserve. Mercy, is Yah not giving us what we deserve. Grace is what Yah can do when we come to the end of our abilities.
Yah’s tabernacle is in us. It is built from the inside out. His Holy of Holies within us is where our heart and our spirit unite with Him. Only Yah and us are in that inner tabernacle. Just the two of us. Hebr 10:19-25 “Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Yeshua, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.”
Those of us who accept Yah’s Torah as our prenuptial agreement, are His true brides. When we accept Yeshua’s wedding contract (ketubah) given out to all those who accept Him as their groom at Mt. Sinai, we all become brides, Priests and Kings. We are no longer Jewish or Gentile, but brides preparing for the wedding supper of the lamb. The only ones who will be invited to that glorious celebration in the Heavens will be His brides, there will be no guests. Are you one of His brides or just a guest? It is our responsibility to keep oil in our lamps and always prepared for the return of our groom Yeshua. He will come as a thief in the night and we must be prepared and make sure our fire is still burning.