Month 7:20, Week 3:5 (Chamashee/Teruah), Year 5935:191 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Monday 17 October 2011
Sukkot 2011 VI
Hidden Secrets of the Mishkan II
Continued from Part 5
One of the important things about the Mishkan (Tabernacle) proper that must be clearly understood was that it was always blood-free - with one exception. All the animal sacrifices were conducted in the courtyard where the brazen altar was located. Except at Yom Kippur when the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) made atonement for himself, his household, and for the whole nation of Israel by taking blood into the Holy of Holies and sprinkling it on the Mercy Seat, did blood ever enter that set-apart Tent. And since our last and Eternal Cohen Gadol (High Priest), Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), entered the Heavenly Mishkan and made permanent atonement for all the sins of mankind past, present and future, blood has never entered the Mishkan and never will again. All religions, including Judaism, many Messianic groups, and Mormonism that claim that animal sacrifices will once again be made when Yah'shua (Jesus) returns are declaring that they are religions belonging outside the Mishkan, in the place where the children of hell will spend eternity.
No doubt some will wonder about the area outside the priestly courtyard, where the Camp of Israel - and the rest of the world - were located. In the Resurrection Cosmos, there is nothing outside that sacred compound. At the resurrection, the whole of Creation is brought under the dominion of Yahweh, and that dominion is within the 'Temple Compound'. There is nothing outside it save, one supposes, outer darkness where the demons are incarcerated. What happens to them after the Millennium I do not know.
The temple area is a picture of the entire universe after all has been saved. The purpose of Yahweh is to bring every soul within it, to the respective places of glory depending on the choices each man and woman makes, and the deeds he does, in mortality. His lev (heart) is that everyone should accept His Son, who dwells in the Holy Place, be adopted into one of the 12 Tribes of Israel (if not a literal descendant), become priests in the making, and partake of the bread therein:
Each the 12 loaves or "cakes" represents the 12 tribes and we are to individually eat of the loaf corresponding to our particular tribe. Yah'shua (Jesus) is the "Bread of Life" come down from Heaven (Jn.6:28-40) - he is the 'Face Bread' since He comes from the Face of Elohim (God) in the Holy of Holies, being always in His Presence. This same bread, which is revelation and chayim (life) from Elohim (God) - His Davar (Word) to us individually and as households - has been granted us to eat as sons of El Elyon (the Most High), to be done with great reverence and awe, and in a set-apart (holy) place: our levim (hearts), which are thus if He truly sits on the throne thereof. We still do the same physically when we partake of the Master's Supper as a reminder as to how we are to handle His atonement made for our sins, His Davar (Word) or Revelation to us, and indeed all that He gives us as stewards. The shewbread, arranged neatly and in order in rows and upon gold, is to remind us that we too - and especially heads of households - are to strictly follow the divine order and tavnith in weekly cycles according to the pattern of the Creation Calendar, making sure that the principles hidden in the Seven Annual Festivals are manifested and applied each week, renewing this cycle each Sabbath. You see, this one Table of Shewbread is a mine of revelation in and of itself, each loaf cotrresponding not only to the 12 tribes but to many other things on different levels too, such as the 12 regular lunar months of the year. This one temple item could be the object of a whole series of devotionals in and of itself! My purpose today is to whet your appetites for more, so that you will search, as all true children of the Father must and do.
"You shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it. Two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each cake. You shall set them in two rows, six in a row, on the pure gold table before Yahweh. And you shall put pure frankincense on each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, an offering made by fire to Yahweh. Every Sabbath he shall set it in order before Yahweh continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant. And it shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a set-apart (holy) place; for it is most set-apart (holy) to him from the offerings of Yahweh made by fire, by a perpetual statute" (Lev.24:5-9, NKJV).
Notice that this Table of Shewbread never leaves the Holy Place, just as certain things that we partake of - whether in our relationship with Yah'shua (Jesus) or (on a parallel level) with our spouse - should remain within holy confines. Those in the courtyard can - and must - never know of these things, which is why Yahweh keeps them hidden from the world, speaking of them in parables and in symbols only, for these things are only to be discerned by the Ruach (Spirit). Those who take holy things outside the Mishkan and display or relate them to the children of rebellion are defiling all that is of Yahweh and are committing blasphemy and adultery. And once they do, they are immediately identifying themselves with the fellowship of hell. Having left the Mishkan and polluted themselves through rebellion and sin, the only way back in is through genuine repentance and an appeal to the Brazen Altar of Sacrifice, on which the Son of Man was lain before the world, and humiliated. Whether in our allegorical Celestial Marriage to Yah'shua (Jesus) or in our literal human marriage to our spouse, adultery requires great repentance. And if we go so far as to blaspheme the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) then, as the Scipture testifies, there is no further redemption, and no re-admission to the Mishkan (Heaven). Those who go so far must remain in the court and serve their sentence in hell before inheriting that twilight resurrection.
I was meditating on the resurrection glories last night, trying to picture then. You might think to yourself: "Oh, but I could never get used to a twilight world - it would drive me insane!" Not really - you see, if you are a child of hell and after you have served the sentence for your dreadful sins, you will emerge into this twilight resurrection - which will be greater than any comparable light you ever knew on earth - never having known anything greater. And like fish who live in caves and whose eyes, no longer being needed, become reduced or even (after many generations) vestigal, and who lose their colouration also (also not being needed), so you will adapt to the place of glory you inherit and never know anything brighter. Though if you look up into the night sky you may see a couple of distant, bright objects, one considerably brighter than the other, and wonder about them, just as a virtually blind fish in a dark cave may occasionally see of alight outside through a razor crack in the cave wall. You could never go to those brighter places, for the light of them would blind you and you would flee them instantly, just as we turn away when we attempt to look directly at the sun. Such is how it will be for the children of damnation after the Cosmic Jubilee. They will be at rest and they will have a lesser order of light, and they will have a life of their own according to Yahweh's undeserved loving kindness (grace).
The same will be true of the children of the second resurrection, the children of the Holy Place who refused to obey all the mitzvot (commandments) but stubbornly persisted in following their own will and lifestyle whilst having been born again originally and still naming Christ. They too will look up and see a brighter light, the Kingdom of the Firstborn, but be unable to enter it because of its brightness. And were either of these children of lesser resurrections to attempt to enter the highest, even assuming access were were granted (which it wouldn't be), they would shrink back in shame and guilt, which is why they are not allowed to enter it. And this is why the three kingdoms are sealed off from one another. It is fore the inhabitants' own good.
All of this should remind us of the virtue of circumspection - of only sharing the holy with the holy. No self-respecting husband or wife shares the intimacies of his or her bedroom with someone not entitled to be in that set-apart chamber, and likewise the children of the Kingdom are not to share the deeper, more intimate things with the children of the world. There are many, unfortunately, who mistakenly think that such indiscriminate sharing is a virtue, which they call 'openness' or 'honesty', and so doing their either forget or deliberately ignore the sacred tavnith of the Mishkan (Taberbacle). Yahweh views them as whores even if the world applauds them, for those of the world lives to strip naked in front of one another. There are "dainties" for kings and princes that are not for those who are not royalty.
Has anyone here heard of "royal dainties"...or even know what they are? In his patriarchal blessing from Jacob, ASHER was told:
This is one of the 12 shewbread loaves. It is an important characteristic of those who belong to this tribe. Asher is a producer of bread and therefore of chayim (life) - and what a blessing that is! Everything that bread symbolises in scripture that is good, Asher-in-Messiah produces. And when an Asherite is not walking in the Ruach (Spirit), then he produces bad bread, of course. But in addition to bread, he produced "royal dainties".
"Bread from Asher shall be rich, and he shall yield royal dainties" (Gen.49:20, NKJV).
I have never really taled about this tribe but today I feel strongly led to do so. Many messianics are of the mistaken belief that the only 'good' tribes are Ephraim or Judah. They could not be more wrong. Each of those 12 shewbread loaves or cakes is equal in glory before Messiah (the fact they are in two parallel rows can be discussed another time). Remember that! And that table would be incomplete without any one of the tribal loaves. A "royal dainty" is that extra capping that makes a good meal superb. A dainty is the sweet dessert! Following a good, solid meaty meal, the dainty seals the whole experience and makes it memorable. It's the icing on top of the proverbial cake.
Sukkot is rightly viewed as a dainty. Through the previous six festivals we have worked through the meat, going through the really 'hard stuff' all the way to Yom Kippur. If Kom Kippur was the beef of the Besorah (Gospel), then Sukkot is the delicious pudding! The meat brings deep satisfaction whereas the dainty brings lightness, simcha (joy) and happiness, the stuff of weddings!
Unfortunately, looking around at the churches and not a few messianic assemblies, what we see is an appetite for the dainties but not for solid meet. I was talking with one of the brethren yesterday who was reminiscing on the days before he met us, on how spiritually starved he was. No one was offering any real meat. In-depth Bible teachers are a rarity these days. Instead you hear the same old superficial, lukewarm message from the pulpits week after week. Worse, those serving such bilgewater have the audacity to call themselves by great and pompous titles, as though trying to make up for something they do not possess. Today's churches consist of dainty testimonies, dainty stories, dainty fellowship meetings, dainty musical performances, dainty this, and dainty that. People are running about getting little dainties, though their appetites for bigger ones (such as miracles) continually grows. Royal dainties come after a Royal Banquet, a royal feast of meat - well-prepared emet (truth) that give you strength for the battle - food that equips you for real living and not just the surface blessings.
The world's obsession with sweets and candy is a perfect illustration of this 'dainty generation'. Life is a pudding, a dessert, and they have learned to be content...and ill, with such a diet. How many hard working labourers do you know who, coming home after a long day's work, would be satisfied with a bowl of icecream for supper? Men need bread, then dainties. But our world has everything back-to-front
That Brazen Laver in the courtyard, which I referred to yesterday and to an earlier sermon series about it, is important. It's there to remind everyone that our works will be tried by fire:
Everything outside the tavnith of Yah'shua (Jesus) will be burned away. Whatever is built on your own will, if it is not Yahweh's, or upon a lie, will be burned away and be worthless in the eternities. A real working man - a real talmid (disciple) - will not accept a dainty until he has eaten a solid meal. Then he will eat the dainties. Royal dainties are for those who have striven hard with and in the meat - the solid bread. Which is why the true Asherite first produces lechem (bread) and then dainties. And for that reason Asher is "blessed with children" (Dt.33:24) - he is fruitful and multiplied. Not only that but the Torah says that Asher's children will rise up and bless him, acknowledging the blessings received from their father. His name will be held in blessed memory!
"For no other foundation can anyone lay (the 12-fold foundation of the New Jerusalem) than that which is laid, which is Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day (Yom Kippur) will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward" (1 Cor.3:11-14, NKJV).
Oil is always a symbol of the Ruach (Spirit) and feet always represent the walk one has in life. Therefore the source of Asher's great blessing and esteem among his brethren is that he walks in the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit)! No wonder he is rich and overflowing with bread, dainties and children! Thus Paul makes the promise:
"Asher is most blessed of sons; let him be favoured by his brothers, and let him dip his foot in oil. Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; as your days, so shall your strength be" (Deut.33:24-25, NKJV).
Occupy yourself with the Ruach (Spirit) and you will not fall into temptation because you will be too busy to listen to the flesh.
"Walk in the Ruach (Spirit), and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Gal.5:16, NKJV).
What of Asher's sandals, made of iron and brass? These are metals forged in fire! The dross is burned away. Where in the Mishkan do we find brass? The Brazen Altar! The Brazen Laver! Brass is tied to judgment andf cleansing, and Asher does not obtain his blessings without the judgment of fire, a life tried and tested by adversity. Only that which is based on Yahweh's Davar (Word) stands the test of fire! What a wonderful thing to have our feet shod with iron and brass, for then we can go unharmed where untried souls would be unable to stand. Can you remember what Asher's stone was? Onyx. Asher means 'happy and blessed' and indeed how happy and blessed a man or woman is who walks in this spirit, being bountiful and productive for the Kingdom.
Finally, Asher does not just serve up "dainties" but "royal dainties". The Mishkan is the abode of Heaven's Royalty - the kings and queens of the Holy of Holies and the princes and princesses of the Holy Place. Those in the courtyard have no titles, no honours, no rewards no Shem (name). The were burned in fire and found destitute of emunah (faith), ahavah (love) and obedience. That is is why it is such an abomination "for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne (toqef - authority) is established by (Yahweh's) righteousness" (Prov.16:12, NKJV). Those who sin in the Mishkan (the saved royalty) are therefore a greater disgrace than those who sin outside it (the unsaved masses). Of true (spiritual) kings it is said:
The Mishkan, then, teaches us to be circumspect. It teaches us that every sacred sphere operates by a slightly different set of rules. This is self-evident when you think about the children of the three resurrections, what they have access to, and what they have not. Just as Yahweh has access to all His children wherevere they may be and whatever they are, so the children of the first resurrection will have access to the kingdoms beneath them, whereas the children of the third resurrection do not have access to the kingdoms above theirs. This is common sense.
"It is the glory of Elohim (God) to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings (heavenly royalty) is to search out a matter. As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the lev (heart) of kings is unsearchable" (Prov.25:2-3, NKJV).
I would really like to invite you to make a close study of one of our revelations sometime, The Parable of the Ten Virgins. You will find many helpful insights as you study the Mishkan. Pay especial attention to the way the five foolish virgins think and behave.
I think it is important to spend a few minutes considering what it is that separates the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place. So let is pause to consider that thick, heavy veil that separates the two rooms which was rent when Yah'shua (Jesus) died on the cross for us. The veil is the sin that separates the saved from the Father. Once Yah'shua (Jesus) tore it by paying the price for our sins, by putting sin to death in His flesh, a new door was opened for mankind, causing an inferior, preparatory covenant to exit and a far better one to enter in (Heb.8:6). Until then, life in Israel had been a simple matter of choosing between the Holy Place and the Outer Court. And that was reflected in their thinking and in their revelations. It was assumed that they never could get closer. The coming of Yah'shua (Jesus) opened the Mishkan to all provided they approached on Yahweh's terms.
In the Heavenly Mishkan veils are not, of course, made with fabric but with light. We know this so from an experience Moses had:
Veils erected mean understanding blocked and communion blocked with Deity - they can only be crossed by emunah (faith) in Messiah, and communion through proper submission. What lies behind a veil is not some sort of 'holy grail' that can be obtained by worldly Hollywood adventurers like Indiana Jones - it can only be sought and obtained by walking in true tavnith (pattern) and submission as a genuine talmid (disciple) of Yah'shua (Jesus). There are plenty of occult counterfeits to the Mishkan (Tabernacle) to be sure and unbelieving Jews pursue them through kaballah and other occult arts, and end up with false sterile unisexual or hermaphroditic gods and false heavens. No one can cross that Veil to Yahweh except through Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus).
"Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech -- unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their [Israelite] minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Tanakh (Old Testament), because the veil is taken away in Messiah (Christ). But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Master (Yah'shua/Jesus), the veil is taken away" (2 Cor.3:12-16, NKJV).
The Altar of Incence in the Holy Place is to remind us that the path to submission and communion is through prayer and praise. Yah'shua (Jesus) is constantly interceding for us in the Heavenly Mishkan, just as He did while on earth:
The Order of Melchizedek exists beyond the Mishkan and that it is why it is hard to explain. People also have veils over their ears because they insist on listening according to the wavelength of the shadows and not of that of the Ultimate Reality. Being reborn opens a whole new range of spiritual frequencies previously unavailable, and that band expands the deeper you go. Those who try to interpret Scripture using the limited frequences of the Old Covenant will never get out of the black box which is unregeneration.
"So also Messiah (Christ) did not glorify Himself to become Cohen Gadol (High Priest), but it was He who said to Him: 'You are My Son, today I have begotten You.' As He also says in another place: 'You are a cohen (priest) forever according to the Order of Melchizedek'; who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by Elohim (God) as Cohen Gadol (High Priest) 'according to the Order of Melchizedek,' of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing" (Heb.5:5-11, NKJV).
I have hopped about quite a bit today because of the necessity of keeping things simple and not getting sidetracked down only one branch of the multi-layered Mishkan tree. It is, in any case, impossible to get it all down in one go and there is no one way to do it. Everyone must obtain their own revelation, but it is useful to have veils removed here and there so that you can explore further. I will have one more session on the Mishkan to conclude Sukkot tomorrow before our final day of celebration of Shemini Atseret. I hope some doors have opened for you today. Amen.
Continued in Part 7