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Nathan:
There have been many gracious comments requesting a thread to be started on this topic so that all can glean and add to the study of the tabernacle.  I have not yet responded because I've been "waiting" on it to take form "in" me as well.  There are no dimensional studies to my knowledge on this topic.  There are studies on it . . .just not revelational in the sense of seeing the connection between their symbolizations of Christ and also "me".  What's been shared on this subject this far is just sharing what I "see" rather than relaying what has been taught . .so much of what's been shared has come in fragments.

A comment was made that one found it curious that all do not automatically go to the tabernacle and learn of this spiritual pattern referred to in Hebrews 10 . . .and I couldn't agree more . .it's actually not the first time this statement has been made.  I had it birth in me as well about 5 years ago . .but back then, I was just beginning my dimensional walk and much of what I learned about the tabernacle is what I could pull up off the net.  And to be honest, there is still nothing wrong with that.  This is one area where really understanding the details literally will take on a life of it's own.  But for starters . . .Hebrews 9 . . .

Colossians 2
16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:  17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Hebrews 8
4For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:  5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount

Hebrews 9
8The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:  9Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

24For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us

Hebrews 10
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

It is clear that God uses patterns to reveal other things.  If we miss the pattern, we will only have an incomplete message.  And the thing about patterns is, the pattern is not the core of the message . .it's simply something that's used as a sign that "points" to the core of the message.  So if I'm to say that the pattern isn't the substance . . . then we'd also have to agree that the text that documented the pattern is the same, it's a sign "pointing to" the substance, but it's not the substance itself.  This is in no way intended to take away anything from the Word, it's simply trying to put it into perspective as to the "purpose" of the Word . . .which for me, is to direct us to our salvation in Christ.  These patterns that the Scripture comprises of do that same thing, they lead me to Truth that liberates me from myself.  To him that knows the truth the Truth will "set him free".  Truth is not knowledge, it's a person.

If you want to understand Christ . .the blueprint is in the tabernacle.  It was located in the center of Israel's camp because that's where one's heart is . . .God wanted to be Israel's heart.  In the spirit, there is neither Jew or Greek, bond or free, male or female . ..we are grafted "back" into the tree of life through our relationship with Christ. 

Nathan:
Okay, introduction out of the way . . .keep in mind, just sharing what I see as I see it . . .so this may be just a compilation of fragments that assemble together for the purpose of Christ revealing to you more things than just what I see.

The tabernacle is made up of three major components.  The outer court, the inner court and the holy of holies.  The relevence?  God is made up of three major components, Father, Son and Holy Ghost . . .The Scripture is made up of three major components Spiritual, Moral/corporate and natural/physical  . . our body is made up of three major components, Spirit, soul, and flesh . .. these three overlay the three of the tabernacle.  Our spirit is connected to the holy of holies, our mind/soul is connected to the holy place and our body is connected to the outer court.

To understand why we do and think the way we do, understanding the activities of each of these components of the tabernacle will go a long way in explaining the reasons.  This is all orchestrated by God.  We were made in his image . . .which could be then saying "we" are also shadows of Christ.  He is the substance, we are the outline of that substance.  As he moves, so moves his shadow.  Things that are meant to be temporary, our religious minds will declare them to be permanent . .and that which should be permanent, our minds try to convince us they are only temporary.  If we are in God's image, and we are the shadow casting across the land . .then we should "move" and "change" when Christ moves and changes . . .you can't nail a shadow down, even though many a religious men have tried.

The outer court consists of two major articles . . .the altar of sacrifice, and the laver.  The purpose of this entire structure is to remove the sin from the people for their righteousness . . .they had to physically do what Christ fulfilled in every dimension, spiritual, moral and physical.  The blood of the animal had to be removed and taken from the entire process.  The reason being is because life is in the blood, and this process was not manifesting due to life, but law.  So life was removed from all of it.  The only part of the blood that was used was that which was taken into the holy of holies and sprinkled upon the mercy seat once a year.

I feel like I could really get bogged down in much of this . . .so I'll try to just stay with the highlights . . of what I see and what is pertinent.

There is only one gate . . .always facing east . . .the rising of the sun . . .this whole thing is not about death and burial, but about resurrection.  The experience of light, the removal of darkness . . .facing the east, for me, always depicts the resurrecting of the Son.

In the same manner as we did with the spirit/soul/body overlay of the tabernacle, the same also fits perfectly with spiritual/moral-corporate/natural.  The outer court is illuminated with the natural light of the sun.  The altar of sacrifice depicts the introductory into Chirst . . .salvation experience.  We are circumcized spiritually, we sacrifice our sin-governed lives at the altar of Christ . . .this altar is made of bronze . .bronze is connected to judgment. 

Rather than a judgment of death to men, Christ took on death so that when we accept him, death passes over us and we willingly then sacrifice, bring death to our carnal flesh in accepting his physical death as us.  It's still first dimension . .still natural realm, still infant stage of our walk in him.  The tabernacle layout is the journey of man.  It's a walk of life and each element in this tabernacle is a milestone that each of us experience.  Salvation first, baptism next . . .but again, these are first dimension in the sense that they are introductory experiences . .they are the milk stage of our maturity in Christ.  And they are very necessary . .we can not enter into the Holy of Holies without first experiencing each of these milestones in Christ.  It's a procession of life "in" Christ.  The pursuit and goal is to enter the heart . .the 3rd dimension, the Holy of holies . . . but it's a process.

Nathan:
The altar of sacrifice is where the priests are bloodied up.  This thought occurred to me just the other day . . . my brothers worked in a slaughter house years ago .  . . cattle mostly . . .and one afternoon, they invited me to check out there process.  It's a violent process. . . but it was also pretty efficient.  It was an assembly line of death.  And the odd thing was . . .you could really get the sense that even though the cows waiting there couldn't see it actually happening, there was this "sense" of death in the air.  It was everywhere, not to mention the odors that are connected to it.

I don't know what your idea is of actually what transpired in the tabernacle, but it's basically an assembly line of death.  This didn't just happen a couple times in the day . . .that's what they evolved into during the days of Christ . . .just certain times of the day an animal sacrifice was being done . . .but in Moses' tabernacle . . .it was round the clock.  In the center of this massive group of people, was this assembly line of death.  smoke in the air all the time, billowing of frantic animals . . .I'm sure there was a break out here and there of some disorder and that's just dealing with the first step of this thing.

But that's really what's happening to our carnality when we come to Christ . . .it experiences an assembly line of death.  And a transformation happens at this altar just as it does to the altar of incense . . . matter is transformed into another form.  Just as we are renewed in our minds from flesh to spirit .  . . the animal was transformed by this fire from flesh and bone . .so smoke.  This first step may be the introduction into infancy, but that's not to say it's just as powerful and profoundly life-changing as the Holy of Holies itself. 

Our God is a consuming fire . . . our carnality can not withstand his presence.  And that "presence" comes into us at this altar . . .and the more mature we become in this walk, the more our nature is consumed.

claypot:
This is already good. What I am hoping for is that these revelations concerning the tabernacle will change me. I need changing. I feel so carnal lately. To study the word and get cool insights is one thing and to mentally see new things is good but to actually be changed in my very essence is a different thing altogether.

cp

claypot:
An assemble line of death. That's interesting Nathan. It gives me a good feeling to really think this is going on 'in me' as I write.

cp

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