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IV. The Brazen (Brass) Altar
The Brazen Altar is the next piece of furniture in our approach to God. This Altar was placed "before the door" (or the gate to the Tabernacle) where sacrifice was made to atone for sin. There is no excuse not the see this piece of furniture. The ONLY way to not see the Brazen Altar, is to deliberately ignore it.This was the only place of sacrifice, and was the only true source of "fire" that lit the Candlestick, and it provided the burning coals for the Golden Altar of Incense on the Day of Atonement (Lev.16:1-34, v.12-13).
A. The Brazen Altar
The writer of Hebrews says, "we have an altar...Jesus..." (Exod.27:1-6, Heb.13:10-13, Lev.17:8-9, John.3:16-18, 36; 14:1,6, 1Tim.2:5) No one was permitted to make their own Altar other than the Brazen Altar, or else they were cut off. The pattern has not changed! It has been fulfilled in Christ (Matt.5:17-19, Gal.3:24). 1. It is possible to preach "another Jesus," i.e. build another Altar(2Cor.11:4).
a. Certain men in the Church
There were "certain men" crept into the 1st century Church turning the grace of God into lawlessness, denying the only Lord God (Jude.1:4). They had built their own Altar, that
looked " like" the real (Note: Isa.14:1-3, 2Thes.2:4, v.7).
b. Brazen serpent that became an idol(Num.21:4-9, 2Kings.18:4)
Jesus drew a parallel between Himself and this "fiery serpent" (John.3:14-15, Num.21:8-9). He was "lifted up" (crucified) on the Cross (i.e. "set...upon a pole" Num.21:8) and "made him to be sin (Num.21:8) for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (2Cor 5:21). Later this brazen serpent (that was pointing to the crucified Christ) became an idol ("another Jesus") to pull Israel away from God (2Kings.18:4). These things are written for our learning (Rom.15:4).
2. Church tradition
Church tradition has made "The Altar" a place at the front of the Church. The Altar is Jesus,
not a place in a building (John.2:18-20, Acts.7:48, 1Tim.3:15, Matt.18:20). Jesus will meet you
where you are at. The "so-called" Altar in the front of the building has become holy ground.
It can become like an idol. In fact there is no record of the Church at Jerusalem having a
actual building anyway. They meet at the upper room (Acts.1:13; 2:2), Solomon's porch
(Acts.5:12), the Temple, from house to house (Acts.2:45), and in an upper chamber (Acts.20:8).
There was no building program or property, in fact Steven said, "the most High dwelleth not
in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet" (Acts 7:48-49). We are the ones that
emphasis buildings made with hands as the Church or God's House. People are God's house.
We are the church! A meeting place is only for our convenience. Jesus is not returning
to a temple made with hands. In Jesus is the fulfilment of Moses Tabernacle.
a. The thief that repented.
He did not have time to "go to Church" (i.e. the building made with hands) and come down to the "so-called" altar (Luke.23:42).
b. The House of Cornelius
Those at the house (Act 10:.22) of Cornelius were not at Church when they were saved.
In fact they were saved (born again) while Peter was preaching (Acts.10:44-48; 15:15:8).
It was a gathering of "kinsmen and near friends" (Acts.10:24) in "his house" (Acts.10:22).
c. The Day of Pentecost
The 3,000 people that were saved on the day of Pentecost when they had gathered by the upper room (Acts.2:2). Neither of these groups were at the "so-called" altar at Church.
B. God lit the fire in the Brazen Altar
The Altar was the place of sacrifice and the fire completely consumed the sacrifice. God lit the fire upon the Brazen Altar, and it was the priesthood's responsibility to keep it lit. (Lev.9:22-24; 6:12) This was the only place of sacrifice. (atonement) (Lev.17:9, Exod.30:9, Exod.30:9)
1. Remember: Aaron's two sons offered "strange fire"
They offered "strange fire" before the Lord (fire that was not lit by God / fire from "another" source. Review: IV. A. They were judged and rejected by God. (Lev.10:1-2)
The pattern has not changed!
2. Our atonement (redemption, salvation)
It is "not of yourselves: (God lights the fire) it is the gift of God" (Eph.2:8). Everything else is rejected, as Cain's offering was (Gen.4:1-4).
3. God is a consuming fire(Heb.12:29)
He wants to "consume" you with His Word (Jer.23:29, 1Cor.3:13-15). He wants to do away with our fleshly abilities completely (Rom.8:4-8). That is why we are crucified with Christ (Gal.2:20), and buried with Him (Rom.6:1-6) in Water Baptism.
4. The Priesthood was responsible to keep this fire going.
The fire in the Brazen Altar was never to go out. It is our responsibility to proclaim the atonement in Christ's blood, thus keeping the fire "ever...burning" (Lev.6:12).
C. Brass (Brazen) is a type of sin and judgment
1. Under the curse of the law
The heavens would become as brass in judgment against Israel for their disobedience (Duet.28:15, 23). Without God's love "I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal" (1Cor 13:1-2).
2. Jesus, the brazen serpent and sin
Jesus said, He was to be lifted up as Moses lifted up the brazen (brass) serpent in the wilderness (John.3:14-16, Num.21:4-9). He was speaking of how God the Father made 'Him to be sin for us',
(i.e. the brazen serpent) who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God
in Him" (2Cor.5:21).
D. To Summarize, the Brazen Altar has it's fulfillment in Christ
We are to draw nigh unto God (Jam.4:8) as His Bride, in the "true Tabernacle" (Heb.8:1-5). The righteousness of God (i.e. the outer court fence) directs us to the "gate" (John.10:1-10 door / gate). After entering the gate everyone is faced with the Brazen Altar. (i.e. The Blood atonement of Christ). In order for God to dwell amongst us, there must be the Blood Atonement. No atonement, no dwelling! The apostle Paul wrote that we are "builded together for an habitation (dwelling) of God.
Note: Think on this! The apostle Paul wrote that we (the Church / Body / Bride) are "builded together for an habitation of God. The Tabernacle pattern has NOT been destroyed, the reality of it is now found in the Body of Christ / Church / Bride.
E. Tabernacle floor plan and Church History(1517- 20019 AD)
It begins with the Outer Court fence (the righteousness of God) Review: III, A-B, bringing us through the gate to the Brazen Altar (The blood atonement in Christ Jesus).
This parallel's the "Reformation," (1517 AD) and the truth of Justification by Faith (Repentance from dead works and faith towards God (Heb.6:1-3, Rom.1:17). Review History of Church: Phase 2, Page.6. The Lutheran, Presbyterian and Episcopal Churches developed (and others) from this visitation of God. History reveals that they had an excellent beginning, but "built a box" (so-to-speak) around this truth and rejected the next step in the blueprint . Drive through your City, town and Community and see these Church buildings today. They are a monument to the wisdom (1Cor.1:19-29; 2:1-14) of man rejecting the next move of God which we know today as Water Baptism.That is being
buried with Christ, completely submerged in water.
Because of Phase 2 we know that this is ONLY the beginning.
F. Tabernacle floor plan and The Redemptive Week (Phase 3)
Since the time that "sin entered into the world" (Rom.5:12) through the fall of Adam, God has been working according to a Redemptive plan to "dwell" amongst us (Rev.21:3) again as He did the garden. This plan is following the same pattern as the Tabernacle of Moses because this is His "divine nature" (2Peter.1:4). It is who He is. (Note: When God "had no respect" for Cain's offering (Gen.4:1-4), it was because Cain did not follow God's "divine nature" / pattern of blood atonement
ALWAYS being established first. Cain offered a 'meal offering', an offering of his good works unto
God. (Review: IV. B. 2 / Phase.2, Page.1, IV.A) God cannot deny His nature (2Tim.2:13)!
The blood atonement is ALWAYS first.(Review: IV. B. 2 / Phase.2, Page.1, IV.A) He cannot deny Himself! (2Tim.2:13) (Review: Phase.3 for explanation of this chart)
1. The pattern begins with "brazen Altar"
The outer court had the "brazen" (brass) Altar (Atonement). This parallel's the 1500 year period of time of the Law of Moses. (The 3rd. day to the 4th.day of God's Redemptive Week)
a. Here are the reasons why the pattern begins here
(1) It was the "brass" Altar
Brass foreshadows the judgment (Duet.28:15, 23, 1Cor 13:1-2) of the Law of Moses. "But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died" (Rom.7:8-9).
(2) The Altar began the path to "dwelling" in His presence
God told Moses to "set the altar (Brazen / Brass) of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation. There was a specific place for each piece of Furniture. NOTE: It was the shedding of the blood of the Passover Lamb that began (Exod.12: 1-2)there journey to Solomon's Temple. (REVIEW: PHASE 2) The "truth" that is being established (Gen.41:32, Deut.17:6;19:15, Matt.18:16, 2Cor.13:1) here is that God ALWAYS begins with the blood atonement.
(3) The only place of animal sacrifices (None in the 5th, 6th, and 7th days)
When Jesus came, He caused the "animal sacrifice and oblation to cease" (Dan.9:27), exactly as thebuilding code(Blueprint, Pattern, Shadow, Type / "ensample") says. Note: The sacrifice and oblation (Exod.30:9) belonged in the outer court, (Before the Cross). Once again showing the consistency, reliability, the steadfastness, dependability of God's person. This is how God works. He "dwells" among these principles. (Remember this Blueprint when you study the end times.
(4) The jotand tittle of the Outer Court fence
The length of the court shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass" (Exod.27:18-19). This is a total area of 1500 Cubits, (100 for the south side, + 50 for the West side +100 for the North side +50 for the East side x 5 for the height of the fence) the time of the Law of Moses and the Prophets.