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VI. The Holy Place
The Tabernacle (i.e. the Sanctuary) was divided with a "Vail" into two rooms. The Holy Place which had the Golden Candlestick (Lamp stand), the Table of Shewbread overlaid with Gold, the Golden Altar of Incense and The Most Holy Place which had the Ark of the Covenant.
A. The Tabernacle building(Sanctuary) The first covenant (the Old Covenant / Testament) had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. (Heb.9:1-2)
1. The Sanctuarywas made of shittim boards standing up
Ten "cubits shall be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the breadth of one board." (Exod. 26:15-17) Twenty boards for the South wall, six boards (plus two corner boards Exod.36:28-30) for the West wall and twenty boards for the North wall. This gives us the length, width and height of the Tabernacle. (10 cubits x 10 cubits x 30 cubits.)
2. This sanctuary was then covered by curtains
These curtains confirms the length, width and height of the Tabernacle and the dividing line between the Holy Place and the Most Holy.
a. First covering was the fine linen curtains Make "the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them. The length of one curtain shall be eight and twenty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and everyone of the curtains shall have one measure." (Exod.26:1-14)
b. The second covering was made of goats hair
Make "curtains of goats' hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make. The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain
four cubits: and the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure." (Exod.26:7-9) This time God told Moses, "couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shalt double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tabernacle." (Exod.26:9-10)
Note: What this does it places the "taches" in the same place for the fine linen and goats hair curtains, which happens to be twenty cubits from the door of the Holy Place (The Sanctuary)
This is why we knowthe Holy Place is20 x 10 x 10 = 2,000 Cubits. It is the combination of the Boards of the Tabernacle and the size of these two curtains. B. The significance of the Holy place in the Tabernacle floor plan
Note this verse. "The 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: Which 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."(Heb 9:8-9) This was the Holy Spirit that inspire (2Tim.3:16) the writer of Hebrews to say "The Holy Ghost" (Heb.9:8) Himself was "signifying" with the Tabernacle. Therefore if we want to be lead by the Spirit of God, (John.16:12-15, 1Cor.2:1-14) we will say the same thing. (1Cor.1:10)
1. This pattern is seen in the life of the apostles
After going through the "door" to the Holy Place (i.e. entering into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit) it revealed a greater understanding (or another "glory" 2Cor.3:1-18) into what is required for God to dwell amongst us. (Exod.25:8, 2Cor.6:16) This can be seen in what Jesus told the apostles. He said, "I have yet many things to say (Luke.1:3-4, Acts.1:1, 1Cor.2:1-14) unto you, but (you) cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, (i.e. The day of Pentecost. Acts.2:1-17) He will guide you into all truth: (i.e. take you through the door of the HolyPlace to see (understand Eph.1:18) the truths concerning the Candlestick, Table of Shewbread and Golden Altar of Incense) for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." (John.16:12-13) Note: Apollos needed this update. (Acts.18:24-28) 2. This pattern is seen in the restoration of the Church
The purpose was that the previous moves of God (1517 & 1800 AD) would embrace this new visitation of God, but some stayed behind causing yet another division in the "good seed" (30%) Jesus said this would happen. (Luke.12:51, John.7:43; 9:16; 10:19) Note: 2Cor.2:14-16)
3. The pattern is to be fulfilled in our Christian life
Since the time that "sin entered into the world" through the fall of Adam, (Rom.5:12) God has been working according to a Redemptive plan to "dwell" amongst us (Rev.21:3)once again as He did in the garden of Eden. (Gen.2:8-19; 3:8 Note: Rev.2:7; 22:2, 14)
This plan follows exactly the same floor plan as the Tabernacle of Moses, because this is His "divine nature." (2Peter.1:4) It is who He is. This is how He thinks. (Review: Phase 3, IV. B. 2 / Phase 2, Page.1, IV.A) He cannot deny Himself! (2Tim.2:13) The "apostles doctrine" (Acts.2:42) says that there has been "given unto us (those that obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ) exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature." (2Peter 1:1-4)