“The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 9

There were but two items of furniture located in the courtyard, the “Brazen Altar” and the “Laver”, the
altar the more conspicuous of the two was located precisely midway between the “
Entrance Curtain
and the “
First Vail” of the Tabernacle proper (directly in the center half of the first part of the tabernacle
enclosure, See our previous post for reference) it was constructed of acacia wood overlaid in copper.

TheBrazen Altar”… represents the perfect humanity of the Man Christ Jesus, who as the Lamb
of God
(John 1:29, 36) gave himself as a ransom (Greek anti-lurton, a price to correspond or a
corresponding price)
for ALL (See Matt 20:28; Mark 10:45; 1 Tim 2:5, 6); and thus this altar in a
particular sense represents also the ransom sacrifice itself
.” (Tabernacle Shadows, Page 22,
Para. 1

“The brazen altar represented primarily the perfection of the Man Christ Jesus, upon which his offering was
accepted of God, as our sin atonement (
our propitiation or atoning sacrifice, 1 John 2:2), sanctifying in
turn any offering of others that might be presented upon it.” (
R 3053)

“This ‘
Altar’ stood just inside the gate within the court of the tabernacle of the congregation, making it
necessary for anyone who would approach the dwelling place of Jehovah first to pass it, thus
figuratively setting forth the fact that none can have communion with God except he first
recognize and appreciate the ransom sacrifice of Christ Jesus
.” (Notes on the Tabernacle” page

As illustrated in the following diagram,

It will be noted that
faith in Christ precedes faith in theransom” that is because not until one has
passed the “
Wall of Unbelief” (represented in the lien curtains which surrounded the courtyard) are they
yet prepared to understand and truly appreciate the true significance of the “
ransom” and what it

Unfortunately waiting just inside the gate’s entrance amongst the various professing Christians who have
previously entered the courtyard condition are the “
Blind guides”, “False Shepherds”, "who climb up
another way
" (Matt 23:16; Ezekiel 34; John 10:1-3), those who would speedily misdirect and detour
these “
sheep” desiring true communion with God, this these blind guides accomplish by means of
various man-made rules and teachings (creeds and etc.), and thus the majority of the sheep are quickly
corralled into one of the various enclosures or “
pens” (various denominations and or man-made
organizations) set up just
outside the "gate", thus many who at first were on the right path (as pictured
by the green dotted line above) have been diverted from this course, which if they had been left to
followed would have led them to the “
Second step” , the “Straight gate”, the “narrow way” of sacrifice
Matt 7:14), of full consecration and covenant relationship with the LORD.

Speaking of these blind guides and false shepherds (the “
rams and the goats”) the Lord states,

Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture, that you must (likewise) tread down
with your feet the residue of your pasture and to have drunk of the clear waters
(of truth), that
you must foul
(pollute) the residue (the remainder) with your feet?  And as for my flock (those
who are approaching me)
, they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and drink what you
have fouled with your feet… You have pushed with side and shoulder, butted
(from the true path)
all the weak ones (those new to the Christian faith) with your horns (you’re supposed positions of
power, authority)
, and (thus) scattered them abroad (some into the wilderness condition others
trapped within the various confines of Babylon, that is in one of the various enclosures or pens, i.e. the
nominal church)."
Ezek 34:18-21

And so it is in the end that the majority of those professing faith in Christ who have entered into the
courtyard condition
(the condition of tentative justification) being diverted in one way or another are
left with just a mere glance at the “
Altar” a superficial understanding of its significance, the majority
seeing it as merely a picture of our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross, however had they been properly
acquainted with its true significance, that in and through it was expressed
the very foundation of all
true Christian doctrine, the “
ransom”, the first principle, “the test” by which all other doctrines
either stand or fall
, how much confusion could have been avoided.

Three of the longest held and widely taught doctrines by
the professing church (the nominal church,
stand in direct contradiction to the doctrine of theRansom”; likewise one of the most
prominent truths supported by the ransom is generally disbelieved by the same.

As we had said, the altar as well as the sacrifice offered upon it represented Christ. But the typical
priests failed to fully appreciate their altar’s true significance as pointing to Jesus, else when the time
came, they might have accepted him as their true “
altar.” Their failure so to do has excluded them from
being partakers of this superior altar. Accordingly the Apostle Paul declares that “
We (the antitypical
have an altar, whereof they (the typical priest under the order of the Aaronic Priesthood)
have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.” (Heb 13:10)

we (the consecrated, perspective members of the Melchizedek Priesthood) have an altar of which
they may not eat. What is our altar? Why, dear friends,
our altar is Christ, and his consecrated
. The priest of the typical system ate the meat that was offered to God on the altar. Let me
remind you that when a sacrifice was brought to the priest, not on the atonement day, but others, he
took the fat and put it on the altar and burned it, but he took the flesh and the priests all ate it.
then, they were all partakers
OF the altar. The altar consumed the fat, etc., but the priests all ate the
flesh. Now, says the Apostle, they can eat of that flesh, and can offer upon that altar, but we have a
superior offering, and we have a superior altar.” (

But, let it be carefully noted that on their Atonement Day those typical priests could not be
WITH their altar, for as the apostle so clearly sets forth “the bodies of those beasts,
whose blood is brought into the Sanctuary by the priest for sin, are burned without the camp
Heb 13:11) Thus the fires completely consumed the flesh of the sacrifices leaving none for
participation by the priests
. However, it is different with us, the antitypical priesthood, for while those
typical priests could not partake of their typical altar on the Atonement Day,
it is absolutely necessary
that we do partake of our superior altar on this great antitypical Atonement Day

“We eat of this flesh of our altar. `
Except a man eat of my flesh and drink my blood he shall have
no life in him
.’ (John 6:53) He was speaking to the Church . . . What does he mean by talking about
eating his flesh? When we come to understand the real meaning, as we may now during this Gospel age, it
is that his flesh represented his sacrifice which he gave for us, and which he finished at Calvary, and you
partake of it, you eat it, you feed upon that which Christ sacrificed, you feed upon the merit of Christ’s
sacrifice, and you appropriate it to yourself (
at the moment your consecration is accepted); you have
justification through faith in him, you have eaten of that flesh; you have partaken of that which he
sacrificed for us. So have I. And in this way we have (
actual, vitalized) justification to life. This is the
picture and the meaning of it as you and I come to see it through God’s Word.” (
Q703)  Likewise see
Brother Frey’s
Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 116

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