“The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 23
“For the entrance to the tent (the tabernacle) make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and
finely twisted (embroidered) linen, the work of an embroiderer. Make gold hooks for this curtain
and five posts (pillars) of acacia (shittim) wood overlaid with gold, and cast five copper bases
(sockets) for them." (Exod 26:36, 37)
Before preceding any further with our examination of the interior of the tabernacle, I believe we need
to review once again exactly what takes place following our consecration as we pass beneath the “door”
or “First Vail” and enter into the “Holy” of the Tabernacle my reasoning for this will become clear
The following events took place immediately following our consecration when we fully
surrendered ourselves to the Lord.
(1) The merit of Christ righteousness was imputed to us.
(2) Our justification became vitalized or actual, that is we were reckoned as fully justified human
beings, which then resulted in,
(3) Our consecration or sacrifice was made “holy and acceptable” (Rom 12:1)
(4) Not only did the human will die when we knelt beneath the first vail, but likewise as human beings
we were hence forth considered dead, this was accomplished in our being,
(5) We were baptized (immersed) into Christ death, “Being made conformable to his death (a
sacrificial death)” Rom 6:3; Phil 3:10 to which we willingly laid down all of our earthly prospects,
ambitions, desires, time, money, and talents, everything we possess as human beings, that we might
serve the LORD, accomplishing his will that the life which we presently have should be totally consumed
upon his Altar (a “living sacrifice” Rom 12:1) even as was the life of our Lord’s. However the foremost
sacrifice we make here is the forfeiture of our earthly life rights, our restitution rights reckoned ours
from the very moment when we were fully justified. Having been buried with Christ through baptism
into (his) death we are raised in newness of life, new creatures in Christ Jesus. Rom 6:4
(6) We were begotten by the Father by his Holy Spirit to a “new nature” a spirit nature, one
possessing “the mind (or disposition) of Christ”, although presently this new creature is only in its
embryo condition inhabiting the old earthen vessel which has been fully justified and “quickened”
(made alive, holy) to be used up (consumed in the service of the Lord and the brethren). Thus the
LORD accomplishes his share in our sanctification in setting us a part in his service.
(7) We received the “spirit of adoption”, as members of the house of sons; sons of God
brethren of Christ (Rom 8:15) and as members of the body of Christ we came under the “Holy
Anointing”, and were made partakers of the “Holy Spirit”.
(8) Thus we are privileged to enter the first of the King’s chambers the “Holy”
So we see that the dividing line between the earthly (or natural man), the unconsecrated
believer, and that of the spiritual (the Anointed), the fully consecrated is the “Vail of
Consecration” the “door” to the Tabernacle. This distinction between the natural and the spiritual
was pictured in the tabernacle by the use of “copper” in the courtyard (representing human
justification and or perfection, whether reckoned or actual) and “gold” in the tabernacle itself
(representing the spirit begotten condition and or the spirit born condition).
Not fully comprehending this fact has led to many displays and illustrations of the tabernacle
erroneously depicting the five gold covered pillars upon which the First Vail hung as being
placed in front of the First Vail rather than behind it as is illustrated below.
You can see how prevalent this mistake is for yourself, do a “Google” search, type in “Tabernacle”, and
then click on “Images” at the top of the page. I went through the first 30 pages and found only a few
who actually depicted it correctly. This error is not only found prevalent among the majority of the
various nominal sites I have visited, but is likewise found among some Bible Student literature which
gives a clear evidence of a lack of study in regards to the tabernacle on the part of many students of
In fact in one of the most recent “Bible Student” tracts published, entitled “Israel’s Tabernacle” this
self same error is found upon its cover illustration, and not only here but within its pages a simple but
misleading graphic is found on page 8 of the layout of the tabernacle depicting not only the First Vail in
the wrong position but likewise the Second Vail also.
Now most likely this was merely an oversight nevertheless one would expect the Lord’s children charged
with being ministers of his truth to be a little more careful about what they publish, not only in regards
to what is written, but likewise in regards to what is expressed through graphics or illustrations (i.e. The
Great Pyramid, the Chart of the Ages, the Tabernacle and etc.), as the old saying goes, ‘a picture is
worth a thousand written words’ thus in publishing something that depicts error one merely
contributes to the general confusion which prevails throughout Christendom, and right now there’s
plenty enough confusion in Babylon without our added to it.
“The door posts (pillars) at the entrance to the Tabernacle, at the "door" of the "Holy", were
covered (concealed) by the first "Veil." They were totally different from the posts in the "Court,"
and represented "new creatures in Christ"--the consecrated saints. The difference between these and
the posts in the "Court" represents the difference between the condition of the (tentatively) justified
believers and the sanctified believers. The consecration to death of a justified man we have seen is the
way into the "Holy"--passing through the death of the human will, the fleshly mind, the first veil. Hence
these posts should illustrate this change, and so they do; for they were covered with gold, symbolic of
the divine nature. Their being set in sockets of copper represented how "we have this treasure [the
divine nature] in earthen vessels" (2 Cor 4:7); i.e., our new nature is still based upon, and rests in,
our justified humanity (the copper sockets). This, it will be remembered, corresponds exactly with what
we found the "Holy" to symbolize, viz., our place or standing as new creatures, not yet perfected.”
Our new nature (spirit nature, presently merely the new mind) depicted in the gold covered pillars is
hidden from the outside world, “hidden in Christ”, behind the “Vail of Consecration” it is not
something that can be seen nor appreciated by the “natural man”, regardless of whether he be a
believer (in the courtyard condition) or not, it is a mystery which has been hidden in God from the
beginning of the ages (Eph 3:9)
We died (figuratively) when through consecration we passed beneath the first vail, not only as
individuals, being joined to the “one body”, the one Head, apart from which we have no life, but
likewise we died as human beings, as natural men, from hence forth our life has been “hidden with
Christ in God” (Col 3:3, 4), we are risen beyond the first vail new creatures in Christ Jesus, spirit
beings, although still but in our embryo condition, still residing in these earthen vessels.
The following illustration as previously shown is a cutaway side view of the entrance, what you are
looking at is the far right front pillar from its side, as though you were standing between two pillars.
You will notice that although the copper socket may extend beyond the front of the tabernacle (into
the courtyard condition, the plain of the tentatively justified believer or the natural man) the pillars and
their chapters’ however (which represent the “spirit begotten”) must remain within the entrance of the
tabernacle thereby enabling the entrance curtain (the “First Vail”) to hang flush with the front of the
tabernacle maintaining the proper measurements of the tabernacle as given by the LORD to Moses.
The Chapters’ (Exod 36:38) at the tops of the pillars could extend side to side and to the rear but not
to the front, to do so would extend the length of the tabernacle beyond its specified measurements.
From the inside of the “Holy” looking toward the east, toward the entrance or door of the tabernacle,
the first vail, the pillars with their chapters’ might look thusly.
Here is an illustration of the placement of the “Golden Hooks” used to uphold the entrance curtain
(Exod 26:32, 37) the rings through which the hooks supported the vail may have been of the same
design as those used in the courtyard curtains, although the possibility exist that there were no rings at
all merely some sort of doubled over stitching sufficiently strong enough not to tear, such as is
commonly found in tent canvases.
This last illustration is of the front right corner of the tabernacle showing a possible way in which the
pillars, copper sockets and silver bases may have come together. The Scriptures do not specify however
with a copper base attached at the bottom of each pillar (as suggested in the Lundquist model) which
would set directly on top of the copper socket the pillars would have better support; of course this is
only a suggestion.
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