“The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 8
As we had mentioned in Part 6 of this study the basic unit of measurement used in the construction and
design of the Tabernacle was the “cubit”, its exact measurement unknown, however we surmise that it
was somewhere between 16 and 25 inches (Pastor Russell being of the opinion that it was 18 inches
which seems reasonable), however as we had also mentioned the scriptures do speak of both a small or
typical cubit (2 Chron 3:3) as well as a large cubit (Ezekiel 40:5) of measure.
If you recall we also mentioned that it was our belief that the decision as to which cubit (whether small
or large) to be used would probably be based upon what specifically was being measured. The typical
cubit (the smaller one) would seem to be the one generally used in actual (literal) construction, whereas
the larger cubit might have been used more in a symbolic sense. Remember Ezekiel’s Temple was
never actually built it was merely a picture of the Church, God’s workmanship (Eph 2:10) It
foreshadowed the establishment of Messiah’s Kingdom on earth, when restitution blessings will
flow to all the willing and obedient of mankind.
The following illustration is one of those instances in which a larger cubit (in this instance used to
measure time and distance) seems to fit the picture quite nicely.
The thoughts presented here come from R6436, the scale used in this model is 1 Cubit = 25 inches
It will be noted that the entire length of the linen curtains surrounding the courtyard (shown in green)
beginning from the south side of the gate (B.C. 4126) traveling all the way around until we come back to
the north side of the gate (A.D. 2874) is exactly 280 cubits or 7000 inches, representing the 7000 years
from “Paradise Lost” to “Paradise Regained”, 1000 years beyond the date A.D. 1874.
Please note also that the date of 1874 A.D. is marked by the post on the north wall which stands directly
opposite the center of the “Brazen Altar” (which primarily represents the sacrifice of our Savior at his first
advent), thus closely associating both advents (the first advent and the second).
The date (at the southwest corner) B.C 1251, comes within the judgeship of Jair (Judges 10:3)
whose name means, “Jehovah Enlightens”. Jair had 30 sons, all prominent men and rulers of cities, thus
seeming to typify Christ and the Church, who shall enlighten and judge the world in due time, when
Jehovah shall restore likewise the earthly “Judges as at first” (Isa 1:26) this is right in line with the date
B.C. 626 (at the middle post of the western side), which date marks the year of the last typical Jubilee
and the centre of Jehovah’s rest day.
Likewise the date of the second advent (A.D. 1874) is further corroborated by the distance from the
court gate (the “entrance curtain”) to the center of the Most Holy (Illustrated in our diagram by the
blue line), which is 75 cubits or 1875 inches, this represents the exact number of years from the
advent of Jesus in the flesh in B.C. 2 to the second advent of “the Lord from heaven” as a spirit being,
invisible to mortal eyes, in A.D. 1874 (the violet line).
Thus the Tabernacle similar to that of the Great Pyramid speaks to us in more ways than one.
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