The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 26

And thou shall make curtains of goats’ hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle [mishkan];
eleven curtains shall thou make. The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the
breadth of one
four cubits; and the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure. And thou shall
couple five curtains by themselves and six curtains by themselves and shall double the sixth
curtain in the forefront of the tabernacle [
ohel: tent].”(Exod 26:7–9)

Notice, it was a goats’ hair curtain, not a goats’ skin curtain. The hair was woven together like a
rough kind of cashmere. Goats’ hair represents human flesh. Human flesh, which has a certain beauty, is
designed for practical purposes, but from God’s standpoint, the flesh is not important—He looks
through the flesh to the heart. (
The Book of Exodus, Page 241) We do not here consider the issue of
whether or not the tent over the Tabernacle to have consisted of goats hair or goats skin to be a
sticking point, as its true symbolism is not effected by either, in fact generally when someone refers to
the skins of an animal the hair or fur is included in the thought

“Two goats were brought for
a sin-offering (Lev 16:5), even though but one of these was sacrificed as
such (
Lev 17:7–10). But the goat whose lot it fell to be the Lord’s goat was slain in the same manner
as the bullock; by the same high priest, who in turn did with its blood even as he had with that of the
bullock (
Lev 16:15); he sprinkled of it on and before the mercy seat. Its hide, body, hoofs, etc., were
likewise burned without the camp.” (
Lev 16:27)

The Goats Hair (or skin) curtain, we believe, suggests the sin offering! But there are here two
pictures which must not be confused nor confounded:

In which Jesus and his church are both represented in the two units of unequal size (of six and five
strips respectively), and

2) In which the church only, as the secondary part of Jesus’ sin-offering is set forth.

In the first picture one unit (curtains #'s 6-11) represents Jesus’ share and the other (curtains
#'s 1-5
) the Church’s share in the sin-offering, the Lord’s share being naturally larger due to his
greater share in the sin-offering.
It should likewise be recalled that what was offered as the “sin-
offering” was the perfect humanity of both our Lord and the Church
; here once again the Lord’s
share would naturally be larger due to the fact that his was actual human perfection, whereas that of
the Church was merely reckoned human perfection, theirs by means of the imputation of Christ’ merit
in their behalf

In the second picture the Church as the secondary part of Jesus’ sin-offering, filling up that which
remains of the sufferings of Christ
” (Col 1:24) is represented alone here, as though there were no
divisions in the curtain, as though it were just one complete curtain
. The purpose of this picture is to
show forth that the merit of the sin-offering really lies in
the ransom sacrifice of Christ Jesus. Thus the
rams’ skins curtain dyed red
covering this curtain not only represented the ransom sacrifice of Christ
Jesus, but also his share in the sin-offering, as possessing the full atonement merit.”

The outside perimeter of the Goats Skin Curtain with the 6th piece folded double over (curtain # 11)
gives us a perimeter of 42+30+42+30 equaling 144 cubits, this times the outside volume of the south,
north, top and rear of the tabernacle which equals 1000 gives us
144,000, the exact number of those
elect who shall share in the sin-offering, suffering with Christ that in due time they might likewise share
with him the glory of the heavenly kingdom (
Rev 14:1-4)

And thou shall make fifty loops on the edge of the one curtain that is outmost in the coupling,
and fifty loops in the edge of the curtain which couplet the second. And thou shall make fifty
taches of brass [copper], and put the taches into the loops, and couple the tent [
together, that it may be one. And the remnant that remained of the curtains of the tent [ohel],
the half curtain that remained, shall hang over the backside of the tabernacle [
mishkan]. And a
cubit on the one side, and a cubit on the other side of that which remained in the length of the
curtains of the tent [
ohel], it shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle [mishkan] on this side
and on that side, to cover it
.” (Exod 26:10-13)


“The two units were united by means of
clasps, making of the two, one curtain, as if to say that there
are two separate and individual parts, yet these constitute but the one
sin-offering. The clasps being
made of
copper, suggests that the bond of this union, is a common, but perfect humanity. It is
the humanity of Jesus and his church that is represented in the Leviticus type (chapter 16) by the
bullock and the goat respectively—the bullock representing the actually perfect humanity of Jesus; and
the goat, that which though not actually perfect is by the grace of God, through the imputation of Jesus’
merit, accounted so.” (
Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 74)

It will be noticed that the two sections of the Goats Skin Curtain were joined together at the same
point, over the threshold of the Most Holy as were the two sections of the Linen Curtains beneath thus
as illustrated in the foregoing picture you can see the golden clasps of the Linen Curtain beneath the
copper clasps of the Goats Skin Curtain.

The fact that the Goats Skin curtain like that of the Linen curtain beneath it were both joined
together by their “
loops” and “clasps” directly over the second Vail between the Holy and the
Most Holy
may very well be suggestive of the bonds of love which exist between the Church on this side
of the Vail with that of those on the other side.

Asides from the symbolic significance of the “Goats Skin Curtain”, in providing a “tent” over the
Tabernacle completely concealing and hiding it from all outside observation (
Exod 26:7, 13), thus
representing how the true nature of the Church (their spirit nature) is hidden from the eyes of the world
beneath the “
cloak” or “tent” of their fleshly bodies (See 2 Cor 4:7; 5:1) it also served in
performing two other practical but very necessary functions,
the first and foremost of which was
that it prevented any outside light from entering the tabernacle.

Light as you know represents knowledge, enlightenment, understanding whatever its source may be,
that light which resides
outside of the tabernacle, we refer to as natural light, such as that which
comes by way of the sun, light which is accessible to all, i.e.
worldly light.  The tabernacle however
had its own unique light source, in the Holy this light radiated from the “
Golden Lamp stand”, in the
Most Holy from the “
Shekinah Glory” shinning forth between the two cherubim residing upon the Ark
of the Covenant. There were no other light sources within the tabernacle, thus was shown that in the
tabernacle picture there is no room for the mixture of worldly light, worldly wisdom with that of the
light which comes from above.

Not only was this special light or enlightenment confined to the tabernacle, confined to the priestly
class alone, to those alone who were permitted entry into the tabernacle, but it was likewise punishable
by death for those who served without,
the Levites, typifying believers in general, the tentatively
, to even look upon the glories contained in the tabernacle (Num 4:19, 20).

No human being, be he ever so full of faith, be he washed from every sin, and in God's sight
justified freely from all things and reckoned perfect, can have any place or privilege in the
spiritual things represented in the interiors of the Tabernacle and Temple. He cannot even look
into spiritual things, in the sense of appreciating them. But, during the Gospel age, such are
"called" to consecrate and sacrifice their human nature in God's service, and to inherit instead
the spiritual nature--as members of the Body of Christ. "The natural man receives not the
things of the Spirit...neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned
." (1 Cor

“All things in the Tabernacle are of
gold representing the Divine nature. Only those of the Levites who
were consecrated to the work of sacrifice (the Priests) had access to the Tabernacle. So only those of
the household of faith, who are
consecrated to sacrifice, enter the Divine condition represented by the

Understand however that this does not imply that one could not be made aware of what was contained
in the tabernacle, made aware of what was signified by those items by one in possession of spiritual
discernment, only that they themselves
first-hand are not privy to this knowledge without this aid.
The Levite class (typifying the unconsecrated residing within the Household of Faith) cannot see in
for themselves because of the veil of human mindedness (worldly thoughts and inclinations),
which come between them and the sacred things
(spiritual truths); the only way to set this veil
aside is to consecrate and to sacrifice wholly the human will and nature,
thus making the
transformation from the natural man to the spiritual man
.”  T116

The natural "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard--neither have entered into the heart of man the
things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto
[who through consecration have become "new creatures," called to become "partakers of the
divine nature,"] by his spirit [light of the lamp], for the Spirit searches [reveals] all things--yea,
deep [hidden] things of God." (1 Cor 2:9, 10) T117

The second practical purpose for the design of the Goats Skin Curtain we had mentioned earlier in one
of our presentations, note the following,


“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 “
” 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)

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