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Tabernacle

The purpose of this Tabernacle is to enable people to encounter God in a deeper way by using it as a visual aid. We are told in scripture to come boldly before His Throne and to meet with God - He has always desired relationship with us.
This particular Tabernacle is not meant to be an actual reproduction of the one given to Moses, but rather a prophetic Tabernacle revealing the fulfilment of Jesus our Lord. It began with a vision of John Watts, worship leader Fountain of Life Church, after the Living Water event in 2005. This vision was taken up by Jill Gower who had previously used the pattern of the Tabernacle in prayer and in teaching.
The Tabernacle consists of three zones of holiness: the Outer Court, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies (aka the Most Holy Place). Any member of Israel could enter into the Outer Court, but only the Priests could enter into the Holy Place and the High Priest, and that only once a year on the Day of Atonement, could enter the Holy of Holies. Each of these zones are connected through entrances. The main entrance is called the Gate, the one into the Holy Place is called the Door and the entrance to the Holy of Holies is the Veil. The Gate was known as "The Way", the Door was known as "The Truth" and the Veil known as "The Life". So you can understand why when Jesus said "I am The Way, The Truth and The Life" it would have upset those religious leaders of the time. The fact that the Tabernacle is symbolic of things to come is indicated in Hebrews 9.
tabernacleplan (46K)
The Prophetic Tabernacle, like the original, has an Outer Court area, the boundary of which is poles with white material, approximately 6 feet high, between them. White is symbolic of purity and holiness which is fitting for a place where God would dwell.
01gate (21K)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".
02gate (25K)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).
03altar (11K)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).
04cross (9K)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).
05laver (22K)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.
06door (17K)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).
07holy (17K)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.
08Manorah (17K)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.
09shewbread (19K)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.
10incence (14K)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.
11veil (558K)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.
12veil (12K)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.
13ark (17K)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).
14mercyseat (12K)This is the lid of the Ark of the Covenant or the mercy seat. This represented the throne of God (Hebrews 4:16). Is it not good that we can find mercy and grace at His throne.


References (taken from New King James version)
Leviticus 11:44 'For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Matthew 27:51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 6:51 "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
John 10:7 Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:9 "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
Acts 22:16 'And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.'
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Colossians 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 7:27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
Hebrews 9:1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. 6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 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: 9 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; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Hebrews 10:20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
Revelation 5:8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

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