The Tabernacle, its Spiritual Significance, Part 15

The “Door” to the Tabernacle, the “First Vail”

You shall make a screen (Hebrew masak a “hanging”, singular) for the door of the tabernacle,
woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, made by a weaver.
” (Exod 26:

This door (the first vail) represents our Lord even as the “
Entrance Curtain” to the courtyard
represented our Lord, our Lord once again being shown as the only means of access to the Father. “
I am
the door; by me if any man enter in he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture
John 10:9)

Question: The Scriptures refer to the “Gate”, into the courtyard, the “Door”, into the Tabernacle, and
the “
Vail”, into the “Most Holy” (Exod 27:16; 26:36; 26:31, 32), but no mention is made of any “First
” so why do we refer to the “door” to the Tabernacle as the “first vail”?

It’s true the scriptures nowhere specifically speak of any “
first vail”; however the Apostle Paul’s
statement in
Heb 9:3 referring to the “Second Vail,” indirectly implies that the “door” to the “first part
Holy is the “first vail.”

The importance of the “
First Vail” cannot be underestimated, in fact next to the Ark of the Covenant it
is probably the second most important item associated with the Tabernacle. Although generally over
shadowed by the Second Vail this vail is nevertheless of
supreme importance, for this is the “gateway
(the map) to
the heavenly phase of the kingdom, there is no other way of entrance into the heavenly
phase of the kingdom but by means of this one “
door” or entrance.

This is THE “gate” of which our Lord spoke that few there be that find (the majority having been
deceived and misled by the blind guides
), the Straight gate which leads to life (life inherent,
), by means of the narrow way of death by sacrifice (Matt 7:14) “So narrow (is this
gate") that it admits only the Lord’s plan, the Lord’s way and only to those willing to conform to it.”

The word “
narrow” in referring to this gate refers not so much to its physical size, its width, but rather
to its
exclusiveness, its limited or restrictive access. It is very discriminative and only allows for a
special or particular class to enter.

This “
gate” or “door” is not to be confused with the “Entrance Curtain” or “gate” to the courtyard, the
first gate was broad (5 cubits in height by 20 cubits in width) allowing for
anyone willing to exercise the
necessary faith to enter, likewise it required,
no sacrifice, no cost, however this second entry way is
much higher (3 times the height of the first entry way), and much more narrower (only 10 cubits in width)
thus implying that entry into this next level, a much higher or lofty attainment
would require a
sacrifice, a cost
, not only the shedding of many if not all of ones most cherished possessions (dreams,
plans and ambitions for this life), implying the sacrifice of one’s personal will or desire, but most precious
of all the sacrifice of one’s earthly life rights or restitution rights secured through the ransom sacrifice. It
is even as our Lord stated, “…
much easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for
a rich man to enter into
(the Heavenly phase of) the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25

The parable of the camel going through the eye of the needle illustrates well the difficulty with
which many encounter in order to obtain a heavenly inheritance, this because they have many
possessions which they are very reluctant to sacrifice. These possessions include anything which ties the
believer to this world, not only material possessions, but likewise these may include close ties with
families, friends, and associates. The “
needle’s eye” was a small gate in the walls of ancient cities. After
sun down the main gates were closed. A camel could enter the small gate on its knees as long as the load
on its back was first removed. We, too, must remove all that is unnecessary in our lives if we would follow
the Lord.”

Therefore brethren having privilege to enter into the Holiest (our ultimate goal, the Most Holy) by
the blood of Jesus, by
a new and living way (the narrow way to life) which he consecrated
sanctified or set apart) for us (the Royal Priesthood), through the vail, that is, his flesh (his sacrifice)
…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith (
undoubting faith)… let us hold fast the
confession of our hope
(in the “heavenly calling”, in the promises of God) without wavering, for he
who promised is faithful
.” (Heb 10:19-23)

The vail at the door of the Tabernacle represented the same thought as baptism—namely,
. When the priest passed the first vail, it represented him as passing out of sight, buried from the
outward things; and his shut-in condition was enlightened only by the lamp and supplied by the
showbread—representing the spiritual nourishment and enlightenment granted all who are immersed into
Christ.” (

AFTER our Lord had fully consecrated himself, surrendering his will for that of the Father’s, or as the
Apostle quotes it from the Old Testament, “
Lo, I come; in the volume of the Book it is written of
me; I delight to do thy will, O my God
” (Psa 40:7,8; Heb 10:7) he immediately went down to the
river Jordan and was baptized by John, however reluctantly, nevertheless our Lord insisted, “
Permit it to
be so now, for thus it is fitting for
us (plural, i.e. including the Church, for which he is the head) to
fulfill all righteousness
(to fulfill all which is necessary, all that is written)” Matt 3:15  

The significance here is that
our Lord was baptized into death BEFORE he went into the water… he
was already dead to his own will; otherwise he could not have gone to John at Jordan.
Upon rising from
the water the Father manifested his acceptance of our Lord’s sacrifice by anointing him with the
Holy Spirit
(typified by passing beneath the First Vail and entering into the Holy of the Tabernacle), from
this moment forth the Man Christ Jesus was no longer, he was now a new creature, the first born of the
new creation. (
See Q36)

Even so it is with us,
first we must consecrate ourselves to the LORD, surrender up our wills, (this takes
place immediately outside the door to the tabernacle, pictured by the two goats which were presented
Lev 16:7) and upon acceptance of our consecrations we too are baptized, but not so much as
individuals, but as prospective members of the body of Christ, thus we are “
baptized into his death
made participators with him) Rom 6:3

“Jesus death (blood) constituted the blood which seals or makes effective the New Covenant, our taking
of this cup
(of joint sacrifice) and drinking of it (Matt 26:27) shows our participation. The
consecrated lives (blood) accepted by our Lord are counted in as a part of his own sacrifice (the “
") which seals the New Covenant.”

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord,
one faith,
one baptism” (Eph 4:4, 5)

Our baptism like that of our Lord’s was pictured by our passing beneath the first vail, from this moment
on we were no longer recognized according to the flesh, the flesh, or “
old man” was considered dead in
the eyes of the LORD, henceforth
we being begotten by the Holy Spirit are new creatures in Christ
(Gal 6:15), even though the flesh is not actually dead but merely counted as such by the Father.
We have entered into a “
covenant” a contract with the Father, a covenant of death by or through
sacrifice (
Psa 50:5), from this point on there is no turning back.

“As the passing of the first vail represented the death of the
human will, so the passing of the second
vail represented the death of the human body; and both are requisite to complete our `sacrifice.’ ” (

And like as it was with our Lord following the acceptance of his consecration he rose and was anointed
with the Holy Spirit so too do we receive this anointing as we rise from beneath the first vail into the
“holy” of the tabernacle,
BUT NOT as individuals, only as we be in Christ, only as we become
members of the body by a joint participation in his sacrifice, “
planted in the likeness of his death
Rom 6:5). This anointing which we receive was pictured in the type by the “Holy Anointing Oil” which
was poured upon the head of the High Priest and ran down to the skirts of his garments (
Lev 8:12) it
was never poured upon anyone else, the under-priest receiving their share only as they were joined to
the body.

A careful examination of the type reveals that only Aaron received an outpouring of the “holy
anointing oil
” upon his head. By this, however, not only was Aaron anointed into the priesthood, but
his whole family as well. He was made a high priest over his family of under-priests. Since the under
priesthood was thus anointed in its head-chief, or high priest, there was no need for the individual
anointing of each member. Yet it would seem needful to show that each of the sons was a partaker of the
high priest’s anointing, and so we find that they each received of this “
Holy Anointing oil” but only in a
sprinkling, and then, not until the oil had been commingled with the blood of a sacrifice—the ram of
consecration (
Lev 8:30). How beautifully this shows forth the fact that we, the antitypical
priesthood of God, are anointed
in our Lord and Head; that we are partakers of his anointing,
through the merit of his precious blood.
” (“Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 499)

“Under the law, the anointing was the ceremony by which the priests were installed in their service. They
were anointed to their office with a peculiar ointment, called the `
Holy Anointing Oil,’ used upon none
but the priests, and unlawful for anyone else to have or to make (
Exod 30:25–33,38) This oil typified
the Holy Spirit of adoption whereby we, the real `
royal priesthood,’ are sealed as sons of God. Only
the consecrated ones, the priests, are ever to be thus anointed
.” (T28)

The anointing which you (the fully consecrated) have received (Christ in you, the hope of glory)
from him (the Lord Jesus) abides in you (but only so long as you abide in him)…” (1 John 2:27)

Thus this first vail represents clearly our death to the world. The flesh is left outside, voluntarily
given over to death and destruction, while we as new creatures in Christ, go beyond this vail, and enjoy a
newness of life. Thus we fill two pictures: our
earthly nature has been given up, deprived of life, and is
being taken without the camp to be destroyed, while our
new nature is at the same instant within the
first vail, not as men, but as members of the High Priest's body.
We are not only dead with Him, but
also alive with Him
. "We are buried with Him by baptism into death" (Rom 6:4), "wherein also ye
are risen with Him
." (Col 2:12). The natural body is no longer we, for "we are not in the flesh, but in
the spirit
." (Rom 8:9)

We claim then that
our going through this first vail represents the death of the natural fleshly will
or mind
, and that our entering the inside of the Tabernacle represents our entrance to the
condition of the spiritual or new nature

For ye are dead, (as men)” "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above;
set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth, for ye are dead
." (Col 3:1-3) For
God "
hath raised us up, (in the spirit of our minds,) and made us sit together in heavenly places
spiritual conditions as represented in the Holy and Most Holy) in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:6).” R156

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