The Tabernacle

The Tabernacle was Jesus.

The Tabernacle and the Cross

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If you notice the altar where the blood of animals was poured out is before the laver. They do represent specific things: such as the baptism of repentance and the baptism of water. But in this study I want to focus on the Tabernacle being the heart of Jesus where he was pierced by the spear. The Bible says out came blood and water (Jn.19:34). The blood of Jesus was shed for our sins, and the water was shed for the righteousness he would give to us after his resurrection. 1Jn.5:6-8, says "This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one." The phrase "This is he that came by..." is speaking of a way that Jesus had to come through. First he had to come through the blood and water . Lambs and goats were sacrificed and burned with fire of the altar. After Jesus finished the process of "coming through the blood and water", he had to enter into hades or hell to preach to the spirits in prison. 1Pet.3:19,4:6, says "By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;...For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God  in the spirit." The Old Testament saints were worried about their dead relatives, and they not only worried about them, but prayed for them. 2Macc.12:43-46, says "He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death. But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin." Weither this is canonical or not, is not relevent here, it answers the question. This is why Paul referenced the  "Baptism for the dead" in 1Cor.15, (Not advocating it, but acknowledging it) because certain sects in Judaism practiced this ritual of cleansing for their dead relatives who died in sin as proxy intercession for them to be resurrected with the just. But now since Jesus preached to the spirits in prison, men don't have to pray for the dead any longer (Matt.27:52,53). But if anyone dies in their sins after the cross, they are lost, there will be no need to pray for them anyway. After three days and three nights Jesus came out of the grave with all power. He stayed with his disciples for forty days, then he ascended to appear in the presence of God for us (Heb.9:24). The blood of bulls and goats could not take away sins. By Jesus shedding his blood he entered into the eternal Spirit. Water not only represents the washing of the word, but it represents the Spirit of God. Rev.5:6, says "And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth." Jesus had entered into the heavenly abode of the third heaven. Out of Christ came forth water and blood for us. It is a symbol of the Tabernacle. The soldier pierced Christ at his heart, the Tabernacle. It was because of the law that Christ had to die for sin.
God did not destroy the children of Israel because their encampment around the Tabernacle looked like the cross. The Tabernacle was at its center, showing that Jesus had the Law in his heart to fulfill it. The Israelite encampment is a symbol of Grace. Water came out of the rock, Manna came down from heaven, their clothes didn't wear out, because God did the work for them. 

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The children of Israel were to be encamped by their standard around the Tabernacle: Num.2:2, says "Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard with the ensign of their father's house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch." A standard is flag or a banner. Each tribe had a host tribe and the other tribes would line behind their host tribal leader. Each tribe were outstreched toward four directions: North, South, East, and West. Judah was the host leader for the direction of the east. His standard is the Lion (Gen.49:9,10). Reuben is the leader of the South and his banner is the face of a man, because he is the first born. Ephraim is the leader of the West, and his flag is the Ox (Duet.33:17). Dan is the leader of the North, and his standard is the Eagle, because his name means judge. The Lion, the Man, the Ox, and the Eagle are also found in Ezekiel chapter one, and Zechariah 6:1-8; but it's also found in Rev.4:7,  which says "And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle." These standards have great significance in Rev.6:1-8. The first four seals that are opened by Christ are shown to John by these four beast. The Lion beast shows John the white horse of deception. Remember the Lion is Judah, and he is the eastern standard. Deception would go forth in the east, but the standard of the Lion wards off deception for those who have been Born Again. The Tabernacle furniture on the eastern side was the Brazen Altar, which represents repentance; and the Laver, which is water Baptism. It is the beginning of salvation. Getting rooted and built up in knowing the word of God helps from being deceived. The Ox is the second beast that shows John the red horse of War. The Ox is the standard of Ephraim who is in the west. It wards off wars and even Nuclear holocaust through the Tabernacle furniture of the Incense Altar, and the Mercy Seat. It is through prayer that we ask God for his mercy on fallen humanity to keep them from destroying themselves totally. The red horse was sent to take peace from the earth, but Jesus Christ died on the cross to give us true peace which the world can not give (Jn.14:27). The Face of a Man is the standard of Reuben who was in the South. The black horse was sent to bring famine in the Southern part of the land, but the Candlestick that was on the south side of the Tabernacle guards against famine touching the people of God. The light of God always gives illumination so you won't be famished in drought. The Eagle is the standard of Dan who was stationed on the North side of the camp. The pale horse was sent to bring death, the sword, hunger, and plague. It is the Shewbread, or the bread of God's presence on the North side of the Tabernacle that gives proper sustenance against a powerful blow from Hell. Is.49:22, says "Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders." God was saying in this verse that after the tribulation he would set up his standard of the Eagle to the Gentiles to carry the Jews to their land. The eagle is also symbolic of the Air Plane. God would use the Gentiles to bring his people back to Israel on Planes. Is.59:19, says "So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun (east). When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him." Jeremiah gives illumination concerning this enemy: Jer.46:7,8, says "Who is this that cometh up as flood, whose waters are moved as the rivers? Egypt riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof." Egypt represents the world, sin, and bondage. But in it's ultimate symbolism it would represent Europe and Germany. Dan.9:26, says "...and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined." The people of the prince that shall come were the Romans who destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the sanctuary under Titus in 70 A.D. This destruction caused a flood that swept the nation of Israel across the world, then finally to be destroyed in Germany by Adolf Hitler, but many escaped before he was to come to power and left the country on Air Planes to be preserved away from the tribulation (Rev.12:6,13-16). The Lord is still using these standards in many ways.
If you look at the cross below, you will see the levites at the center where the heart would be because the law was in his heart and Jesus fulfilled it to the letter. Now he had to nail the letter to the cross with him, so we could now live free from the bondage that the law brings. We are now under a new law, the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. Ephraim's Ox is in the west, or the Lamb that was to take away the sin of the world. And the feet of Judah's lawgiver was in the east. Now you can see Jesus on the cross in the Tabernacle.

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Come out of Babylon

and be the Tabernacle.