The Tabernacle, its Spiritual Significance, Part 23
The Golden Pillars
In our previous posts we discussed some of the various requirements necessary for one to pass the
second entrance or barrier (the “First Vail”) into the “Holy” of the Tabernacle, the spirit begotten
condition, chief amongst which was the sacrifice of our human life rights or restitutional life rights.
These same earthly or human life rights secured through the ransom sacrifice of our Lord will eventually
be restored to all mankind in the next age during the “times of restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21),
however presently during the Gospel Age these rights are only given to the select few, those especially
called, and only for the special purpose that they might as joint sacrifices with their Lord willingly sacrifice
these life rights that they might obtain a heavenly inheritance instead.
NOTE: “There is a difference between offering our sacrifice and presenting ourselves. It is not we, but
rather the High Priest who does the sacrificing. Before the High Priest accepts one as a member of
his body, he imputes to that one a sufficiency of his merit to give him life-rights. By virtue of being
reckoned perfect, one has life-rights, a condition which permits him to be a sacrifice.”
“The Father invites us to come in and be living sacrifices (joint sacrifices) with Christ, partakers of
his sufferings (the “Sin-Offering”, “filling up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ" 1 Pet
4:13; Col 1:24) so that when proven faithful we might be glorified with him, nevertheless with the full
understanding that Christ’s one sacrifice once for all was sufficient in itself as the ransom-price (the
propitiation or atoning sacrifice) for the sins of the whole world, (1 John 2:2).” R4855:5
This joint sacrifice is made “holy and acceptable” through the imputation of the merit of Christ’s
righteousness (the “wedding robe”) which we received upon the acceptance of our consecration at the
door of the tabernacle. At such a time having been baptized into Christ death (i.e. made participators in
his death, Rom 6:3) we figuratively died and were joined to the “one body” (1 Cor 12:12, 13; Eph 4:
4), the body of Christ, henceforth we as human beings are no longer recognized in the flesh, but resin
anew, new creatures in Christ Jesus. “In view of the sacrifice of the human nature, the gift of God in
exchange is, a spiritual nature, and hence the term "new creatures." R2980:4, 4784:3
And so we see that the dividing line between the earthly (or natural man), the unconsecrated
believer, and that of the spiritual (the Anointed or New Creature), the fully consecrated is the
“Vail of Consecration” the “door” to the Tabernacle. This distinction between the natural and the
spiritual was pictured in the tabernacle by the use of “copper” as used in the courtyard (representing
human justification and/or perfection, whether reckoned or actual) and “gold” in the tabernacle itself
(representing the spirit begotten condition and/or the spirit born condition).
All of the various golden items used to depict the spirit nature, more specifically the divine nature were
kept hidden from the sight to those without both by means of the tabernacle’s coverings and by means
of the door to the tabernacle, this included not only the various furnishings, but likewise the very walls
themselves as well as the gold covered pillars upon which the two vails were hung.
As was in regards to the posts of the courtyard so too with regards to the pillars of the tabernacle, both
represent a distinction between one condition of being and that of another condition of being, those on
one side of the curtain wall and those on the other side.
Our new nature (spirit nature, presently merely the new mind) depicted in the gold covered pillars is
hidden from the outside world, “hidden in Christ”, behind the “Vail of Consecration” it is not
something that can be seen nor appreciated by the “natural man”, regardless of whether he be a believer
(in the courtyard condition) or not, it is a mystery which has been hidden in God from the beginning of
the ages (Eph 3:9)
We died (figuratively) when through consecration we passed beneath the first vail, not only as individuals,
being joined to the “one body”, the one Head, apart from which we have no life, but likewise we died as
human beings, as natural men, from hence forth our life has been “hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3,
4), we are risen beyond the first vail new creatures in Christ Jesus, spirit beings, although still but in
our embryo condition, still residing in these earthen vessels.
The above illustration is an interior view of the Tabernacle taken from the view point of the “Holy”
looking back or east toward the “door of the Tabernacle”. (This particular illustration excludes the
“Tent” i.e. the “Goats Hair Curtain” which would be visible through the vents at the top of the First Vail
as it hung from its golden hooks.) Contrary to what some tabernacle sites depict there were no “curtain
rods” associated with these “hangings” as there were with regards to the courtyard curtains.
“These particular curtains were suspended by way of golden hooks from the pillars which supported them.
(Exod. 26:32, 37) There were neither curtain rods nor any other device by way of which the
“hangings” could be raised up or pulled to one side. Accordingly, anyone seeking entrance to the
areas beyond them had to stoop, as it were, in order to pass “beneath” the respective “hanging.” This,
we believe, is significant, inasmuch as it reflects the humbling of one’s self, or the recognition of that
which is higher and nobler than the self.”
“The door posts (pillars) at the entrance to the Tabernacle, at the "door" of the "Holy", were covered
by the first "Vail." They were totally different from the posts in the "Court," and represented "new
creatures in Christ"--the consecrated saints. The difference between these and the posts in the "Court"
represents the difference between the condition of the (tentatively) justified believers and the sanctified
believers. The consecration to death of a justified man we have seen is the way into the "Holy",
passing through the death of the human will, the fleshly mind, the first vail. Hence these posts should
illustrate this change, and so they do; for they were covered with gold, symbolic of the divine nature.
Their being set in sockets of copper represented how "we have this treasure [the divine nature] in
earthen vessels" (2 Cor 4:7); i.e., our new nature is still based upon, and rests in, our justified
humanity (the copper sockets). This, it will be remembered, corresponds exactly with what we found the
"Holy" to symbolize, viz., our place or standing as new creatures, not yet perfected.” (T114)
“From the very start God permits us to count the `treasure’ as ours. True, we do possess it, even
though it be merely in an earthen vessel. Yet this possession is really only an `in part’ condition, which
will in due time give way to that which is `perfect’—full ownership of the `treasure.’”
“The `Holy’, represented the present condition of those begotten of God through the word of truth (Jas
1:18) these as heavenly minded `new creatures,’ though still `in the flesh,’ have their real (inner) life
and walk with God within the first vail of consecration, and beyond the intellectual sight of the
world (i.e. the natural man).” This applies to both the non-believer in the camp condition as well as
the believer residing in the courtyard condition.”
Not fully comprehending these facts has led many students of the Tabernacle to erroneously
depict or illustrate the five gold covered pillars upon which the First Vail hung as being placed in
front of the First Vail (or in some cases integrated into the very curtain wall itself) rather than
behind it as it should be.
You can readily see how prevalent this error is for yourselves by simply doing a quick internet search
typing in “Tabernacle” and then clicking on “Images” at the top of the page. Our investigation found
very few if any who actually depicted it correctly. This error is not only found prevalent among the
majority of both nominal Christian as well as Jewish sites we visited, but likewise was found amongst a
few Bible Student materials as well, for example the “Tabernacle Illustrated” (a lesson on the Tabernacle
utilizing a small model of the Tabernacle) depicts this common error, as does one of the more recent
“Bible Student” tracts published, entitled “Israel’s Tabernacle”.
Now most likely these were merely oversights committed by the authors of such materials, not intended
to stumble anyone, nevertheless one would expect the Lord’s children charged with being able ministers
of the truth to be a little more careful about what they present, not only in regards to written word, but
likewise in regards to any pictures, displays or visual presentations (i.e. charts, graphs, models or
displays), which are used in the work of presenting the truth for as the old saying goes, ‘one picture is
worth a thousand words’ thus in presenting something that depicts error one merely contributes to
the general confusion which already prevails throughout Christendom, and right now there’s plenty
enough of that in Babylon without our unnecessarily adding to it.
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