The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 24

You shall make a vail woven of blue, purple and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be
woven with an artistic design of cherubim
.” (Exod 26:31)


As the passing of the First Vail, the “Door”, represented the death of the human will so the
passing of the Second Vail represents
the death of the human body; both are requisite to complete
our sacrifice, both fleshly mind and fleshly body must be left behind before we can enter into the “
of All
”, perfected as partakers of the Divine Nature and its spirit conditions; for “flesh and blood cannot
inherit the
(Spiritual phase of) the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 15:50 Compare John 3:5, 8,13)

Here again just as the First Vail represented Christ, the Scripture
Hebrews 10:19, 20, is applicable here
also “
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a
new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, his flesh

You shall hang it (the Second Vail) upon four pillars of acacia (shittim) wood overlaid with gold.
Their hooks shall be gold, upon four sockets of silver
.” (Exod 26:32)


The door posts of the `Most Holy’ were just inside (beyond) the second `Vail’ and represented
those who pass beyond the flesh (vail) entirely into the perfection of the spiritual condition
Those posts were so constructed as fully to illustrate this. Covered with gold, representing divine nature,
but no longer set in sockets of copper—no longer dependent on any human condition—they were
set in
sockets of silver
(reality, truth, verity) seeming to say to us, When you come inside this vail you will be
perfect—really and truly new creatures.—
Exod 26:32.” (T115)

“There were five pillars (
posts) that supported the first Vail (the “door) into the “Holy” (Exod 26:37;  
). There were four pillars (posts) that supported the second Vail (the “Vail”) into the “Most Holy”
Exod 26:32; 36:36). It may be that this ratio of 5:4, as suggested by Brother Russell in connection
with the five wise and five foolish virgins, is not of particular significance. “
The numbers are not
significant; neither are the proportions
.” (C91) On the other hand, it is possible that in the case of
the pillars (posts) supporting these respective vails—five for the “
door” to the Holy and four for the “vail
into the Most Holy—
may be intended to reflect the fact that there will be more who consecrate
unto death than will actually make their “calling and election” sure, to become inheritors of the
divine nature
.” (Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 102)


The foregoing is a comparison of my original illustration, which was based upon the common or typical
view as presented in most illustrations of the tabernacle with my newest version, my present thoughts in
regards to the design and placement of these four pillars having changed somewhat over the years.

Starting with the simplest change first, let me attempt to explain my reasoning’s for the changes made.
The first thing you will note is the removal of the
chapters’ from the tops of these four pillars, the
reason for this is that there is no scriptural support for these four pillars as having chapiters, compare
closely the construction of these four pillars, verses the construction of the other five pillars in
Exod 36:
36 and 38
and you will note no mention is made of any chapters’ involved in the construction of the
four at the entrance to the Most Holy.

Likewise upon still further investigation you will note that in the description of both of these sets of
pillars in
Exod 26 verses 32 and 37 no mention is made of either of them as having chapters’, however
Exod 36:38 seems to confirm that the first five did indeed have chapters’. I believe that it has been
merely an assumption based upon hasty conclusions which has led many to envision that the four pillars
which supported the “
Second Vail” were constructed in exactly the same way as that of those which
supported the “
Door” or “First Vail”.

What might be the significance of this?

Well as you recall the post in the courtyard likewise all had “chapters” silver chapters, and that it
was determined that these were placed over the tops of the posts in order to keep the exposed wood
from swelling, antitypically showing how the truth is used to keep our heads from “
swelling”, inspiring
us with that meekness and humility which God is so pleased to honor with his truth. Yet even as
begotten new creatures in Christ Jesus (pictured in the five pillars at the entrance to the tabernacle)
we still have need of this head covering, this chapiter, no! Not until we have reached the plain of
perfection, having made our calling and election sure and have been
born new creatures in Christ
(pictured in the four pillars at the entrance to the Most Holy) will we no longer have need of this
special head covering.

The second and most obvious change in the two renderings is in the placement of the four pillars. From
a thorough examination of the Scriptures you will find that there is nothing which states exactly how far
apart the pillars were to be spaced one from another, merely that there were four pillars, however seeing
as the Lord did instill in us the capacity to reason things out for ourselves and common sense and good
reason dictates that one is not going to get an object which is 2 ½ cubits wide through a span of only 2
¼ cubits. Even were we to move the two outer pillars completely against the walls (as some suggest) we
would still only have 2 ½ cubits to work with, which although the exact measurement of the Ark of the
Covenant would still not permit it from traversing between the pillars as we must also consider the
additional rings and poles used to carry the Ark which were never permitted to be removed while in the
tabernaling condition.

Now someone might suggest perhaps you have the poles on the wrong side of the Ark, if they were
running the other way would not the Ark only be 1 ½ cubits wide? Yes that is true, but upon further
investigation we have come to believe the correct position of the poles is that which is shown in the
following illustration. Generally when someone is given the measurements of an object, its height, length
and width, the first measurements given are usually the face measurements,(height and length) followed
by its dept or width. And so we believe it was in the case of the Ark when the Lord gave the instructions
for its construction to Moses.

And they shall make an ark of acacia wood, two cubits and a half, the length thereof (its face, or
forepart, the part which faces you)
and a cubit and a half, the breath (its dept or width) thereof and
a cubit and a half the height thereof…

And now facing the front or forepart of the Ark, the Lord states,

And thou shall cast for it four rings of gold, and shall put them on the four (corners) thereof
even two rings on the one side thereof
(the left side or end) and two rings on the other side
(the right side or end)…and thou shall make staves (poles) of acacia wood, and shall
overlay them with gold. And thou shall bring the staves into the rings, on the sides of the Ark,

(the left and right sides)
to bear the Ark therewith, in the rings of the Ark shall remain the staves,
they shall not be removed there from
.” (Exod 25:10, 12-15 Rotherham’s Translation)

We will consider this a little further when we begin our study of the Ark of the Covenant a little later.


Here we have a bird’s eye view looking straight down at the placement of the pillars before the Most
on the left is what is generally considered as the normal or typical view on the right a
more practical view
which not only allows for the true function of the pillars (to support the Second
Vail), but likewise allows adequate clearance for the Ark of the Covenant to traverse between the pillars
into the Most Holy. (Now I realize that some are questioning, ‘Well if this is so then how did they get the
Ark past the first five pillars which are even closer together then these?’ We intend to address that
question a little latter when we discuss the erection or construction process of the tabernacle.)


“The hangings (
curtains), constituting the Door into the Holy and the Vail into the Most Holy, may also
represent death: the Door (
i.e. the First Vail), the death of the human will; the Second Vail, the death of
the human body. (
T22) These hangings were not suspended from a pole or rod across the top of the
pillars, but from golden hooks at the top of each of the pillars. (
Exod 26:37; 36:38; 26:32; 36:36) The
Door hung on five pillars (
Exod 26:37; 36:37,38) and, assuming that the two end pillars rested near
against the walls of the Tabernacle,
this hanging formed four “vents” over as many draped
. The Second Vail hung on four pillars (Exod 26:31,32; 36:25,36); and, assuming that the two
end pillars rested
near against the walls of the Tabernacle, this hanging formed three “vents” over as
many draped sections
. Thus there were in these two curtains just seven draped sections, symbolizing
that which is divinely perfect and complete.

Since these two vails (the Door and the Vail) represent death, does not the fact of these seven draped
sections bespeak this death to be that which is so precious in the sight of the Lord? (
Psa 116:15) This
was beautifully evidenced when Jehovah broke the silence of heaven to show forth his pleasure in the
death which Jesus underwent on the occasion of
his consecration— baptism (the passing of the first
vail, the door
) Matt 3:17; and again at the end of that ministry, in anticipation of Jesus’ death soon to
be accomplished on Calvary’s cross (
the passing of the second vail)This is my beloved Son in
whom I am well pleased
.”—Matt 17:5 (Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 101,102)

It is assumed and rightfully so that the curtains measured 10 x 10 cubits (equaling 100 the Lord’s
number), however when hung upon their golden hooks on the pillars which resided
within the interior
of the tabernacle, which only measured 9 x 9 cubits
they would tend to droop from pillar to pillar
producing vents at the ceiling of the tabernacle, which in regards to the Second Vail serve and important

“The draping of the Second Vail from the four pillars formed three vents as it were, through which the
incense (perfume) from the Golden Altar might in turn
rise and subsequently flow through into the Most
Holy to cover the Mercy Seat, making the High Priest’s access into the Holiest of All, safe (
Lev 16:3),
however by the same token the incense after filling the Holy might also seep through the four vents
at the
front of the tabernacle
over the First Vail into the court were it not that as you recall that the “Goats
” curtain was doubled over in the forefront of the tabernacle (Exod 26:9) thus serving not only as a
tent over the tabernacle” (Exod 26:7), but also as a seal to the “Door” preventing the incense from
escaping from the tabernacle.” (
Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 195)


One can’t help but to be amazed at how well the various items involved in the construction of the
tabernacle, boards, sockets, pillars and furniture all seem to line up one with another. It is when we can
see this very aspect in our presentation that we are assured that we are on the right track, for who but a
master architect could have designed and arranged such a structure where every part has both its place
and its purpose. “
But now has God set the members every one of them in the body, as it has
pleased him
.” (1 Cor 12:18)

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