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taken by Galyn at Shiloh which was the location of the tabernacle after it was
set up in the
“Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s temple.”
Eli would have been sitting just to the left of the “7” in “75 feet” on the right side of this picture above.
See more photos of Shiloh at Generation Words Website at: http://www.generationword.com/Israel/shiloh.html
This is the back of the tabernacle. This is the west wall.
The ark would have sat just inside this wall to the left inside the holy of holies
The south wall
can be seen going to the left of the picture at the end of this west wall.
The pile of rocks in the middle to the left would have been the location of the ark.
Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary.
The inadequacy of the old physical tabernacle is brought into contrast with the real sanctuary in heaven.
Why is the tabernacle used as an illustration instead of the temple?
A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand, the table and the consecrated bread; this was called the
Arch of Titus in
The inscription in
square at the top of the Arch of Titus reads:
and People of Rome (dedicate this)
to the divine Titus Vespasianus Augustus, son of the divine Vespasian."
More Photos of the Arch of Titus here:
Mattathias Antigonus, 40-37 BCE.
Obverse Side (front or heads): Seven branched menorah with inscription "King Antiogonus" in Greek
Reverse Side (back or tails): Showbread table, Inscription "Mattatayah the High Priest" in Hebrew. Probably a propaganda coin minted as the Hasmonean Dynasty was being destroyed Herod and
The above and below pictures were taken by Galyn of the Menorah prepared for the new temple.
It is kept in the Cardo and brought to the Western Wall during the Feast of Lights.
The Table of Shewbread
Behind the second curtain was a room called the
first covering or curtain was the finely twisted lined with blue, purple and
The priest would pass through this curtain as they moved from the outer court into the holy place.
Hebrews 9:3 says, “Behind the second curtain. . .”
The second curtain refers to the second curtain the high priest would pass through. This curtain separated the holy place from the most holy place.
which had the golden altar of incense (Gr. “thymiaterion”) and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron's staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.
The Most Holy Place is said to have two pieces of furniture:
By saying the incense altar was behind the curtain with the ark in the
“Put the altar in front of the curtain that is before the ark of the Testimony – before the atonement cover
that is over the Testimony – where I will meet with you.”
says Aaron must burn incense on the altar every morning and evening when he
tends the lamps. This indicates this
altar was in the
Exodus 30:10 says that once a year Aaron will make atonement by putting blood on the horns of this altar with the blood of the atonement offering.
The Greek word for “incense altar” is “thymiaterion” is used in the LXX (Septuagint) for the word “censer” (2 Chron. 26:19; Ezekiel 8:11).
ark of the covenant was the focal
point of the
What happened to the ark of the covenant?
Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.
The atonement cover or the mercy seat is comparatively called by the author of Hebrews the “throne of grace” in Hebrews 4:16.
The mercy seat is called “the chariot” by David in 1 Chronicles 28:18:
“He also gave him the plan for the chariot, that is, the cherubim of gold that spread their wings and shelter the ark of the covenant of the Lord.”
The blood of the bullock which was offered for atonement of the sin of the high priest and his family and the blood of the goat that was killed as a sin offering for the whole nation was sprinkled on the mercy seat and in front of it. The Lord would appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat according to Leviticus 16:2 and 14
The cherubim of Glory refer to the cherubim in the presence of the Lord as in Psalm 18:10:
“He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.”
See also Deuteronomy 33:26 and Ezekiel 1:5-13; 10:10-14
All of this could have been elaborated on in detail by the author of Hebrews but he is focusing on what took place in the tabernacle on the Day of Atonement.
When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry.
But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.
The blood of a bullock for the high priest.
The blood of a goat for the sin of the people.
Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the
This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.
They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.
When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!