The Pattern of The Tabernacle
I have already used the terms "foreshadowing" and "pattern", so I should probably bring some clarity to those terms.
A shadow is created by an object standing in light. When God created the earth, the first thing that He did on the first day was bring forth light. The light that God brought forth the first day was not the light from the sun. The sun was not created until the fourth day.
Genesis 1:16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.
The light that was produced the first day was the illumination of the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was the Word who spoke things into existence in the creation story.
John 1:3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 1:5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
All things were created through Jesus, and He is the spiritual light of the world that produces a shadow when an object is illuminated. The shadow produced by the object (pattern or type) in the light of revelation becomes the spiritual reality of that which is in the natural.
Colossians 2:17 A shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
The natural is first and then the spiritual. This is why Peter's shadow had healing power in it. Peter was the object in the natural, his body, but the illumination of Christ (the substance of life) within Peter produced spiritual power. In like manner, illumination of the natural events of the Old Testament by way of revelation produced the spiritual realities of the New Testament. These Old Testament foreshadowings point forward to the spiritual realities of the New Testament.
In 1 Corinthians 10:11 the apostle, Paul, validates this truth when he says, "Now all of these things (Old Testament events) happened to them as examples, and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come."
Moses' tabernacle is a foreshadowing that establishes a spiritual pattern that reveals New Testament truth, which is presently coming forth. The Tabernacle of Moses was a copy of the heavenly tabernacle and was made according to the pattern of the heavenly one.
Hebrews 8:5 Who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
This pattern of the tabernacle revealed in the Old Testament has cast its shadow into the New Testament, which is symbolic of this present time.
Hebrews 9:9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience.
The tabernacle pattern shows three distinct sections that identify the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. The three sections are the Outer Court where the brazen altar and laver are located, the Holy Place where the table of showbread, the golden candlestick and the altar of incense are located, and the Holy of Holies in which the Ark of the Covenant is situated.
There are many types and shadows revealed in the tabernacle pattern, which I will not go into at this time. My purpose is to use the pattern of the tabernacle to establish the Third Day concept. The pattern of the tabernacle reveals a prophetic progression, which leads to the third section, the Holy of Holies, representing the destiny of the Third Day Church.
Let us examine this prophetic progression. In the Outer Court we find two symbols of Christ's redemptive work. The brazen altar is the place of sacrifice where the blood is shed. It represents the cross on which our Lord was sacrificed. It represents the place where we are born again or justified.
The next object that is found in the Outer Court is the laver. The laver holds the water where the priests wash their hands and feet. The laver is where re-generation begins. Being washed by the water of the Word and the Spirit. This is where we are prepared to enter into the Holy Place as priests to serve our God.
As we enter the Holy Place, we see three objects--the table of showbread, the golden candlestick, and the altar of incense. The Holy Place is the second section of the tabernacle, which represents service to the Lord and the place of sanctification.
The golden candlestick with its seven lamps symbolizes the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The candlestick is the place of illumination or revelation. The illumination or light of the Spirit shines on the table of showbread, which is symbolic of the written word of God. The written word becomes revelation knowledge because the Spirit of Truth, the candlestick, illuminates the word.
The altar of incense represents the priest's position as an intercessor before God who resides in the Holy of Holies.
Revelation 8:3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar, which was before the throne.
The Holy Place is the place of service to the Lord as we are busy putting new bread on the table of showbread daily. We also keep fresh oil in the candlestick so the light doesn't go out. And, we keep incense on the golden altar.
The Holy Place is a place of the activity of men and women serving God and being about the Father's business. The service produces busyness. The table of showbread represents the written word and our reading of it, witnessing to it and the preaching of it.
The altar of incense is the place we spend time in prayer and prophetic proclamation. The golden candlestick is where we keep our lights shining as we learn to live and walk in the Spirit. It is where we learn to exercise spiritual gifts.
This is what the ministry of the Second Day Church has looked like. The Holy Place is representative of the Second Day, but the three objects of service are point-ing us to the third section and preparing us for it.
The Holy of Holies is where the Ark of the Covenant is located and is where the glory of God is made manifest. The Holy of Holies is the third section of the tabernacle, and it represents the destination of the Third Day Church. As we enter into the Third Day, the church will begin to abide in the glory of God and in His continual presence.
The ministry works of the Second Day will cease, and the church will learn to rest in the glory of God. Ministry will then be God saturated and God directed. Man's ministry will stop, and God's ministry will go forth in His power and at His direction. Ministry will no longer be born out of man's good ideas. Instead they will be God ideas.
This concept of resting in God's presence in the Holy of Holies relates to God's Seventh Day, the Sabbath Rest. Remember that the Third Day of Christ and the Seventh Day of God are the same day.
Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
Genesis 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
The Seventh Day or the Sabbath rest, has been blessed by God. Sanctification becomes complete, for it is the day of glorification. The church will become a glorious church without spot or wrinkle!
The writer to the Hebrews identifies this day of rest.
Hebrews 4:1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
Hebrews 4:2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
Hebrews 4:3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: "So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest,' " although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Hebrews 4:4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works";
Hebrews 4:5 and again in this place: "They shall not enter My rest."
Hebrews 4:6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,
Hebrews 4:7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, "Today," after such a long time, as it has been said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts."
This certain day has been designated in David.
Acts 15:16 'After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up;
Acts 15:17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the LORD who does all these things.'
One might ask what the Tabernacle of David has to do with the Seventh Day? The Tabernacle of David con-tained only one of the objects found in the Tabernacle of Moses, and that was the Ark of the Covenant. David's tabernacle represents the Holy of Holies, which is the day designated in David where the glory of God rests upon those who choose to enter into the rest of God.
This certain day is the seventh millennium from creation, and it is also the Third Day of Christ, the third thousand years from His birth. When Jesus was born, He rested in a manger. In the same way the Third Day Church will rest in the Ark of the Covenant, in the glory of God and in the fullness of Christ.
The book of Revelation declares that the temple in heaven is about to be opened. This is the temple that Moses patterned the tabernacle after.
Revelation 11:19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
The temple revealed only one object, the Ark of the Covenant. The following is a prophetic word that the Lord gave me:
"Shout it from the mountain tops; tell it in the streets; proclaim it to the nations, THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAS COME. The temple of your God in the heavenlies has been opened, and the ark of My covenant shall now be seen. It shall be seen resting upon a covenant people, a people who have sought Me, a people who have loved Me with all of their hearts. Behold, a people come, the likes of which have never been seen before, a covenant people who will not break their ranks. They will run like the mighty men. Yes, like David's men, men mighty in war. The enemy shall fall before them, the giants shall fall as My mighty ones go forth, for I have called them, and with the horn of oil Samuel has anointed them. These are the sons of fresh oil, those called to rebuild the Tabernacle of David. These are My two witnesses, My sons and daughters of glory, those who have been anointed with the golden oil. Is it not written that I saved the best for last? In Cana of Galilee the water was turned to wine, and was served last. Again, it shall be so, the best oil, the sweetest oil, the purest oil, the golden oil comes at the last...yes, in the last days."
"It is the Third Day, you saints of the Most High. The Holy of Holies is now open. Is not the Ark of the Covenant My throne? For, I sit upon the seat of My mercy, and I say come boldly before the throne. Come, My people, for the veil has been rent, a new man child has been birthed. The first man child was birthed in Bethlehem even as David was. Is it not written that My Son would rule from the throne of David? Yes, the One who holds the key of David shall rule over the new man child. He will open the Holy of Holies to them and He shall lead them into His rest, and He shall lead them out to war. Wherever the Lamb goes, they shall follow."
"Come, My people, for it is the Third Day, and I will raise you up that you now live within My sight, and you shall see Me and know Me as never before. I am now coming to you like the rain, like the former and latter rain, and the glory of this latter temple shall exceed the former. It has been written, and the scriptures cannot be broken."
Isaiah 62:2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the LORD will name.
Isaiah 62:3 You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.
Isaiah 62:4 You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the LORD delights in you, And your land shall be married.
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