Tabernacle literally means: tent to live in.
Moses received (about 1250 years before Christ) the divine task to build the Israelitish tabernacle, in order that God could live in the midst of His people in this symbolic building, which symbolized the Kingdom of God on earth; because at the time of the Old Covenant personal indwelling (of Gods Holy Spirit) in man was not yet possible.
Exodus 25:8-9, “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle (tent or dwelling-place), and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.”
Now, God no longer lives in a tent of material or in a building made with mortar and stone, like a temple or churchbuilding, but in man who converted and surrendered himself unto God: first in his body, and when he has grown spiritually, also in his soul and spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
However, this tabernacle, this sanctuary God ordered Moses to build, in the New Covenant forms a model for us of the spiritual developments of a true Christian here on earth, whereby we obtain a true insight of God’s will and way, which we are to obey and walk in, in order to be able to grow in His mercy unto all the fullness of God’s will and His blessings. Therefore it is good to take to heart the spiritual lessons this tabernacle holds for us, in order to have a true insight in the full will of our almighty God.
Thus, we now form a spiritual building, wherein God’s Spirit wants to live and through which He wants to work in all His fullness.
Ephesians 2:19-22, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builder together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
God will never again return to a sanctuary of mortar and stone, which the religious Jews do long for.
Jer. 3:16-17, “And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.”
Outline of the tabernacle symbols
- The Gate
stands for our conversion and our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior.
- The Altar of Burnt Offerings
stands for our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary and our repentant confession of sin.
- The Laver
stands for our water baptism and our willingness to share the death and resurrection of the Lamb of God.
- The Door
stands for our experience (contact) with the Spirit of Jesus Christ in:
- the rebirth of God;
- the baptism in the Spirit of God and in His fire.
- The Table with the Shewbread
stands for our participation in the new life in Christ, the Son of God:
- the intake of the Word of God in us;
- the development of the fruit of the Spirit within us.
- The Altar of Incense
stands for the loosing of our prayer anointing, for our prayers to and our worship of our Father God.
- The Candlestick
stands for our putting on of power of the Spirit of God:
- for our anointing to the labor in Christ;
- for the gifts of the Spirit.
- The Veil
stands for the end of all our carnal and sinful life, for blamelessness and for holiness without spot or wrinkle.
- The Ark of the Covenant
stands for relationship with almighty God, for our participation in the Marriage of the Lamb of God.
The tabernacle from a “bird’s eye view”
1. The Gate
This gate is a type of Jesus Christ, Who invites the world to come unto Him in order to be saved.
Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
After His death for the sinners, and His resurrection, He draws them unto Him.
John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth (after My death on the cross), will draw all men unto me.”
When the worldly man has converted unto Him, Jesus will give them saving faith.
2 Chron. 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
2. The Altar of Burnt Offerings
This altar typifies the offering on the cross of Jesus, the Lamb of God, where He overcame the power of sin to deliver all who have repented unto God.
John 1:29, “The next day John (the Baptist) seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he (God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
The altar of burnt offerings typifies the place where the sinner comes to God and confesses his sins, finding reconciliation with God by faith in the shed blood of the Lamb.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world(ly men), that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
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By E. van den Worm
Translated from Dutch into English
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Table of contents
I. Outline of the tabernacle symbols.
II. The tabernacle from a “bird’s eye view”.
- The Gate.
- The Altar of Burnt Offerings.
- The Laver.
- The Door.
- The Table with the Shewbread.
- The Altar of Incense or Fragrance.
- The Candlestick.
- The torn Veil.
- The Ark of the Covenant.
III. The area outside the tabernacle.
IV. The forecourt.
V. The Gate.
VI. The altar of burnt offerings.
- The construction of the altar of burnt offerings.
- What our faith is to imply:
- Some further teachings on this believe:
- What we have to do:
- We must admit and confess our sins.
- We must flee sin.
- We must obey Jesus, His Spirit.
- We must open our heart and being unto Jesus.
- In the power of the Spirit of Christ we must.
- We must daily wash ourselves in the blood of the Lamb.
VII. The brass laver.
- What does our yielding/submission to the Lord Jesus at our water baptism entail?
VIII. The Israelitic Holy place or “Tent”.
- The boards.
- The four coverings of the tabernacle.
IX. The door to the Israelitic Holy place.
- An introductory look.
- The description of the objects.
- The further spiritual meaning of this door.
- The work of the Holy Spirit within us.
X. The table of showbread.
- The seven spiritual aspects of the table of showbread.
- The Body of Christ in the end-times.
- The Body of Christ in eternity.
XI. The altar of incense.
- The prayer anointing.
- His anointing for our personal glorification and sanctification.
- III. His anointing unto all labor in Christ.
- There are diverse kinds of ministries, whereunto we could be called.
XII. The golden candelabrum (candlestick, Menorah).
- The anointing to the labor.
- What does the anointing to the labor imply?
- The purpose of the anointing is:
- His anointing knows three phases:
- The perfect end-time anointing to the labor in Christ.
- A few more qualities of Him, Who anoints us to every (divine) labor:
- The restoration of the Church in the end-times, and the great worldwide revival following thereafter.
XIII. The torn veil.
XIV. The ark of the covenant.