|This is the Gate, made out of woven scarlet, purple, blue and white material. The Gate Each of these colours has a symbolic meaning: Scarlet - blood, purple - royalty, blue - heaven and white - purity. This was the only way in to the Outer Court and in a similar way Jesus says in John 10:7 that he is the Gate and no-one could come to the Father but by Him. Psalm 100:4 says we are to "enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise".|
|This is the view having gone through the gate and now looking back out of the gate. This gives a better view of the colours and woven patterns used.|
Remember that we now have a new and living way to come through (Hebrews 10:20).
|This is the Altar of Sacrifice, which would have been the first thing you would see as you entered the Gate. The original was made of bronze. Bronze signifies judgement. This is where the animal sacrifices were killed and then burned as an offering to God. Remember that offering an animal was not a trivial thing in the time of the tabernacle and anyone bringing an offering would appreciate that going against God's ways brought with it a significant cost. In this Prophetic Tabernacle the Altar of Sacrifice is depicted as broken with a cross through it signifying that when Jesus died on the Cross, He became the sacrifice for sin for all people and for all time (See Hebrews 7:27).|
|This is a closer view of the cross. You may be able to make out the words "It is finished" carved into the horizontal cross member, the very words Jesus cried out before He died thus signifying the debt for sin has been paid and so ending the need for a continual animal sacrifice for sin.|
Having appreciated the sacrifice Jesus made, we should now offer our bodies as living sacrifices (see Romans 12:1) and count ourselves as been crucified with Christ (see Galatians 2:20).
|This is the Laver used for ceremonial washing by the priests. No priest could enter without first washing. We too need to be baptised and have our sins washed away (see Acts 22:16 and Colossians 2:12). Jesus demonstrated the way by being baptised in water and then with the Holy Spirit. There are no dimensions given for the Laver in the Bible but for practical reasons would have probably been larger than shown here.|
|This is the Door to the Tabernacle and the way in to the Holy Place. It was made using the same colours as the Gate. Jesus himself said he was the door (see John 10:9).|
|This is the Holy Place. There were three items of furniture in the Holy Place: the Manorah, the Table of Shewbread and the Incense Table, each made with gold. On the inside were curtains depicting Cherubim. You may notice this on the picture of the Manorah.|
|This is the Manorah or Lampstand. The Manorah had seven branches which each burnt oil to produce the only light in the Holy Place. It had a design of almond blossom cups, knobs and flowers on it. God commanded the lamp to be continually burning. Jesus said He was the Light of the World in John 8:12 and Jesus is also called the light of men in John 1:4. In Matthew 5:14 Jesus also calls believers the light of the world and tells them not to hide that light away.|
|This is the Table of Shewbread. It had 12 loaves of bread on it which represented the twelve tribes of Israel and bowls of wine for a drink offering. This reminds us of Communion, where believers eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of Jesus Christ.|
|This is the altar of incense or Incense Table. In the Tabernacle this had to be continually burning. In Revelation 5:8 there are bowls of incense which represent the prayers of the saints.|
|This is the veil which separates the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. Decorated with Cherubim, this veil would not have been passed through except for once a year by the High Priest. The Cherubim depicted here were probably not that of the original Tabernacle, instead, the Cherubim used are the living creatures described in the book of Ezekiel, with four heads: a man, a lion, and ox and an eagle.|
|This is the a closer view of one of the Cherubim depicted on the veil. Notice the veil is depicted as torn as Jesus has made a new and living way to God. The veil was torn in two (see Matthew 27:51) in the Temple when Jesus died on the cross.|
|This is the Ark of the Covenant. In the original Ark were three things: the two tablets of stone with the Ten Commandments written on them, the Rod of Aaron and the Pot of Manna. The Ten Commandments represent the righteous requirement of a Holy God for us to be holy (Leviticus 11:44), the Rod of Aaron is the rod which budded and represents ressurection life (John 11:25), and the Pot of Manna represents the living bread which came down from heaven (John 6:51).|
|This is the lid of the Ark of the Covenant or the mercy seat. This represented the throne of God (Hebrews 4:16). It is good that we can find mercy and grace at His throne.|