The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 25
Before we continue let us review what we have thus far learned in regards to the tabernacle proper,
first and foremost we have determined that it represents the temporary abode or dwelling place of the
Most High God, that it is a type of the greater, mystical Tabernacle, the Church of the Living God, for in
her dwells the Spirit of God.
We have determined that it was constructed of 48 boards or upright frames forming the north, south
and west ends of the structure, and that these 48 boards represent the members of the body of Christ
“joined and knitted together”, (Eph 4:16), by the bonds of love, first and foremost for their Lord and
for his truth, and secondly for each other, all of whom are fully grounded and supported in the ransom,
typified by the silver sockets in which the boards stood. The importance of a proper foundation cannot
be overstressed, (Luke 6:48; 14:29; 1 Cor 3:11; Eph 2:20). “As the Tabernacle stood upon these
silver sockets, so does the atonement rest upon the redemption affected by Christ Jesus”.
(“Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 105)
Thus the “Ransom” is shown to be the first principle or foundation upon which the Church
resides, effecting both our own and the worlds redemption, “For he is the propitiation (the atoning
sacrifice) for our (the Church’) sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.” (1 John
We have also determined that this structure was divided into two compartments one composing the
“Holy” and the other the “Most Holy”, the first of which, represents the spirit begotten condition
afforded only by passing beneath the “door” or First Vail into the tabernacle by means of a full
surrender (or consecration) of oneself, surrendering or bowing ones will, to the will of God, this being
affected by the believer entering into a contract or “covenant of sacrifice” with the Father (Psa 50:5;
Rom 12:1) which upon it’s faithful completion “even unto death” (Rev 2:10) the death of not only the
human will but of the human life as well (forever) leads one to pass beneath the “Second Vail” into the
Most Holy the spirit born condition, there, if found faithful, to receive of “the crown of life” and to
enter into the presence of God as typified in the Shekinah glory shinning out between the two cherubim
on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Testimony.
The spirit begotten condition as represented in the Holy was typified in the five gold covered pillars
upon which the First Vail hung; these pillars were set in copper sockets, representing the fact that
although we are considered new creatures in Christ Jesus, typified by the gold covered pillars,
nevertheless presently we still yet possess this new nature in these earthen vessels (2 Cor 4:7) having
not yet received our new spirit bodies, bodies whose specific nature has not yet been fully determined
nor shall be until we finish our course. In contrast with this we have the four gold covered pillars upon
which the Second Vail hung; these pillars were set in silver sockets, depicting the spirit born condition.
Thus we have a three sided building with a curtain hung upon gold covered pillars for its entrance or
door, which is likewise divided into two compartments by another curtain hung upon gold covered
pillars. The floor of this structure being composed of earth, sand, dirt, for out of the dust of the earth
the Lord has brought forth his Church.
Let us now examine how this structure was covered; what type of ceiling or roof did it possess?
There were four coverings placed over the structure (we will not here go into the specifics as to how
precisely they were applied, but will save that for later) but here wish only to mention each one their
order and their significance. The first covering or curtain (actually composed of ten separate curtains
joined together) was the Linen Curtain elaborately embroidered in a fashion similar to that of Second
Vail, this was followed by the Goats Skin Curtain (composed of eleven separate curtains joined
together), followed by the Rams Skin Curtain (all of one piece) and the Seals Skin Curtain (likewise all
of one piece).
“It has been a matter of surprise to some, that the glories and beauties of the Tabernacle--its
golden walls, its golden and beautifully engraved furniture, and vails of curious work--were so
completely covered and hidden from view of the people; no sunlight from without even to
illuminate its glorious beauty. But this is all in keeping with the lessons we have received from its
services. As God covered the type and hid its beauty under skins and curtains, so the glories and
beauties of the spiritual things are seen only when within by those who enter--the Royal
Priesthood. These, too, enter a hidden glory which the world (represented in the “camp condition”)
and all outside (outside of the fully consecrated condition, those in the courtyard condition, the
tentatively justified) fail to appreciate. Their glory also and their standing as new creatures are
hidden from their fellow men.” (Tabernacle Shadows Page 127)
“Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine woven linen, and blue, purple and scarlet thread;
with artistic designs of cherubim you shall weave them, the length of each curtain shall be
twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits, and every one of the curtains
shall have the same measurements, five curtains shall be coupled to one another, and the other
five curtains shall be coupled to one another.” (Exod 26:1-3)
“The cherubim illustrate Psalm 91:11, “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in
all thy ways”; that is, they represent our guardian angels. The colors have the following symbolism. Blue
pictures faithfulness; scarlet, the blood of the Ransom or death; and purple, royalty. Jesus said, “Be thou
faithful (blue) unto death (red), and I will give thee a crown of life (purple)” (Rev 2:10). As Jesus
gave his life, so we are to give our life on a figurative cross. The linen was white, representing the
righteousness of the saints.” (The Book of Exodus Page 153)
We should here like to emphasize an important point which tends to be generally overlooked and that
is what specifically is designated as THE tabernacle. When we are speaking of the tabernacle itself it
should be understood that this is in reference to the structure itself with only the first linen curtain
draped over it, the other three curtains are merely coverings for THE Tabernacle.
Note Exodus 26:1 closely, “You shall make the habitation (the dwelling place of the Most High, i.e.
the tabernacle) of twined linen, and blue and purple and crimson, with cherubim the work of a
skillful weaver shall thou make them.” (Rotherham Version) Now take another look at Verse 7 “You
shall also make curtains of goats’ hair, to be a tent OVER the tabernacle…” Verse 14 “You shall
also make a covering of ram skins…and seal skins above that.”
The two sections of five curtains are of equal size and dimension this representing the equality of the
Church, head and body once completed and joined together. The two sections are joined together by 50
golden taches representing the divine nature of the Church complete.
“And you shall make loops of blue yarn on the edge of the curtain on the selvedge of one set,
and likewise you shall do on the other edge of the other curtain of the second set. Fifty loops
you shall make in the one curtain and fifty loops you shall make on the edge of the curtain that is
on the end of the second set, that the loops may be clasped to one another. And you shall make
fifty clasps of gold, and couple the curtain together with the clasps, so that it may be one
tabernacle.” (Exod 26:4-6)
The Golden Clasps by which the two units were joined together show that the bond of union is the divine
nature, the blue loops speak of the Churches faithfulness in the matter of sacrifice, the scarlet shows that
the covenant was carried out even unto death as was required in the contract, and the purple indicates
their reward to be exaltation to the divine nature, to a royal and kingly honor.
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must first prove faithful. “ (1 Cor 4:2)
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