THE GATE, DOOR, AND VEIL OF THE TABERNACLE OF MOSES
There are many ways of looking at the entrances to the tabernacle; I would like to look at a combination of two of them. The gate was actually a beautiful, finely twisted linen sheet, embroidered with blue, purple, and scarlet. This represents Jesus Christ; however, we can also see the gate as our entrance into life in the tabernacle.
When we compare this idea to our coming to the place of salvation, the two ideas become one! Here is our beautiful Savior, represented by the blue of His heavenliness, the purple of His kingly royalty, and the scarlet of His sacrifice. The Bible says in John 14: 6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Hence, we enter into salvation through the One that paid the price for us all. We also enter the tabernacle through the very gate that represents the Lord Jesus Christ.
This idea reveals the tabernacle, as a whole, to be a type of our life in Christ Jesus. We must come through the gate, as it is the only true entrance into the courtyard of the tabernacle. Jesus, Himself bears this out in John 10: 7-9, “7Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8“All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (The word ‘door’ here also means ‘gate’ in the Greek!)
When we look at what lies inside the entrance of Jesus Christ, our gate, this thought continues to be carried along. First we come to the brazen altar, which typifies Jesus’ substitutionary sacrifice on the cross. There is no other sacrifice for sins, other than the one Jesus made! Then comes the bronze laver, which typifies our baptism in water. It is our first obedience to the Lord when we publicly proclaim Him as our Savior.
The whole of the outer court proclaims our coming to salvation in Christ Jesus. We enter this salvation through the Only Gate, who is Jesus Christ. We then come into the fellowship of the open spaces of the outer court, where we are one with all who have entered through our Lord. We are all a part of the same family, just as the Israelites when they entered through the gate were part of the same family of believers. No matter which tribe we are from, we are still a part of that spiritual family whose membership demands entering in through the gate of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our sins have been dealt with on the altar and we have been washed by the water of the blood of Jesus Christ. So we have entered into a life through Christ Jesus, our Gate!
The next place we come to is the door to the Holy Place. It is little different from the gate, yet it is more glorious, it now has cherubim on it, and only the priests may enter into the Holy Place. This door is still our Lord Jesus Christ, yet it is a different aspect of Him than we have ever seen. It is far more glorious, beautiful, and mysterious! To enter the door requires much more than entering through the gate. Yet, it is the same Lord Jesus Christ, but different. How do we reconcile the two? I thought that salvation was a free gift and I could only accept it. How is it now, I am required to give something of myself?
Prior to their entrance through the door, the priests had to go through a ritual of cleansing and consecration. They had to be sure that their hands and feet were clean and that they had consecrated their hearts and minds to the service of the Lord. There was to be no more ordinary lifestyle inside the Holy Place. They could not bring in their families or their possessions. They had to leave the world outside in the outer court and enter into a dedicated time with the Lord God. They had to change their clothes before they entered, as they could not be clothed in the same things as those in the outer court.
When they did enter, it was for the purpose of ministering for the people and to the Lord. It was not to be a selfish time, but rather a time of service. There would be prayers said and psalms and hymns sung. It was not something just anyone would or even could do!
So, too, is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Speaking of Jesus, John the Baptist said, “John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16) This verse speaks to us of something that Jesus Christ would do to those He chooses. Like all baptisms, there are three parts to the Baptism with (or in) the Holy Spirit. 1) There is an element, in this case, the Holy Spirit. 2) There is a candidate, whoever asks for it. 3) There is a baptizer; this is Jesus Christ, Himself.
The door to the tabernacle proper is our Lord Jesus Christ and we are enabled to enter when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. This is a time of a new consecration and cleansing beyond salvation. We see this portrayed in the book of Acts 1: 4-8, “4And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5“for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The baptism with the Holy Spirit allows us access to a part of the Lord we had yet to experience. There is now a deeper knowing and perception of His very presence. We have given Him greater control in our lives and He now gives us greater access to Himself. There is a deeper fellowship, but also a greater responsibility required as we are called to more intimacy in prayer and ministry for others and to the Lord. These thoughts are borne out by the furniture of the Holy Place, but we do not have access to them until we are truly made to be priests that minister to the Lord. They are the Altar of Incense, denoting prayers and the Table of Showbread which relates to feeding off the Word of God which is Christ Jesus Himself. There is also the Golden Lampstand which represents the Light of the Holy Spirit brought into our hearts and minds. Here it is where we truly begin to have our minds renewed so that they will begin to change our whole being!
Many Christians remain in the Holy Place for years, or even their whole lives. Yet there is another place that we have never had the opportunity to enter before. This is The Holy of Holies, which we enter through the veil. We are told in Hebrews 10: 19-20, “9Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,” This shows us that the only way into the Holy of Holies is, again, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. He has made the way open for us by reason of the sacrifice that He made with His flesh. This way is not a requirement, yet it is a desirable place to be.
Luke 9: 23-24, “23Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” Here is the true requirement of entering into the Holiest, absolute denial of our own life! The veil is again a beautiful thing, identical to the door. It would appear that one could easily enter through the veil, but this is not so. Only the High Priest could enter once a year, after much preparation, cleansing, and consecration of his life. Even then, by tradition, he had a rope tied around his ankle, just in case he were to offend God in some way and the Lord would kill him!
Another traditional idea is that the High Priest had to stand outside of the veil, waiting for the Lord to translate him through the veil, as there was no partition in it, and he had his hands full of the blood and the incense! Even though we can never be good enough to enter the Holiest in our own right, Jesus has made the way open for us through His sacrifice. This does not mean that we can just walk into the Holiest with a cavalier attitude anytime we want. NO! Just as the High Priest had to prepare himself, so to we must prepare ourselves. As he waited for the Lord to bring him in, so we too, wait on the Lord to bring us into His presence.
John 14: 6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” This verse has another meaning besides salvation. It is true intimacy with Father God, the Creator of Everything! Jesus is our way, as the veil, to the very manifest presence of the Father. Look also at John 14: 20-21 (Amplified) “"At that time when that day comes you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you. The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me, and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father. And I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him." This is intimacy with Jesus and Father God. FRIENDS>>> NOTE THIS>>> these verses about intimacy are written ONLY TO CHRISTIANS. There is NOTHING in the New Testament that is written to the world, but exclusively to His own people.
This entrance through the veil of His flesh demands that we really come to the place of denial of our own lives and living only for Him. I would call this a Bondslave commitment, as it requires us to basically do the same thing as a bondslave did in the Old Testament. It is the same as what Jesus said in Luke 9 above. This deep commitment, consecration, and cleansing of our lives can only happen as the Lord shows us it is necessary and available to us. It goes far beyond being baptized in the Holy Spirit and opens us up to a whole new appreciation of our Lord God. This has been traditionally looked upon as TOTAL SANCTIFICATION. There remains no more of the sin nature within us. It has been totally removed by our Lord as we place ourselves upon the Altar in TOTAL CONSECRATION. That is when the cup overflows continuously. It is only HERE when the RIVERS of Living Waters FLOW from our innermost being OUT into the world.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
If that verse does not agree with what I just said, then NO VERSE does. Many will quote this verse yet they will NOT believe it to be true, for they claim that they still retain the sin nature. I ask you, if this verse is true, how can we still have the old moral and spiritual condition? Not only that, but it clearly states that there is a NEW moral and spiritual condition. So the idea that we are just forgiven sinners is not a scriptural idea!
Once we allow this TOTAL SANCTIFICATION to take place in our lives, there remains NOTHING that can be touched by the enemy. This is in total agreement with I John and all of those verses that so many today explain away, saying John is NOT saying we won’t sin! But that is indeed what John says! Therefore, we end our ordinary existence on this earth and cease to be mere men, as Paul told the Corinthians they were also acting as mere men. REMEMBER THIS>>>the Corinthians were DEFINITELY Baptized in the Holy Spirit and yet Paul talks to them in the following manner.
1Co 3:1 HOWEVER, BRETHREN, I could not talk to you as to spiritual [men], but as to nonspiritual [men of the flesh, in whom the carnal nature predominates], as to mere infants [in the new life] in Christ [unable to talk yet!]
1Co 3:2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not yet strong enough [to be ready for it]; but even yet you are not strong enough [to be ready for it],
1Co 3:3 For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?
It ushers us into the manifest presence of the Lord, to a place where His very Shekinah Glory becomes evident to our perception. Then, as Moses, when we spend time with our Father in this most intimate of the Holy of Holies, we too, will shine forth with His glory showing from our faces. People will see that we have spent true intimate time in His presence and it will bless all of those around us. If and when this happens in our lives, we will begin to see the following verse come to pass.
Isa 60:1 ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! [Zech. 8:23.]
Isa 60:2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you. [Isa. 60:19-22; Mal. 4:2; Rev. 21:2, 3.]
Isa 60:3 And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. [Isa. 2:2, 3; Jer. 3:17.]
Isa 60:4 Lift up your eyes round about you and see! They all gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried and nursed in the arms.
Notice>>> The evidence of the Glory of God coming in the lives of His people WILL BE SEEN by all of those around them. It is THIS which causes those to draw near to Him and enter into His Kingdom. It will also only happen during the darkness portion of history on the earth, when the hearts of the people of the Earth will be even worse than what is seen on the Earth. This Glory shall NOT be seen on those who do NOT UTTERLY SUBMIT their lives to the Lord. It is ONLY when we come to Jesus that He will clothe us in this Glory. Jesus is our way into each of these marvelous realms of Glory. Each one of them is far greater than the one before it. Few there be who have found their way into the Holiest of All. May we all seek the Lord in such a way, that He would bring us into this intimacy with Him! He WILL do this on the Earth, but ONLY THOSE who qualify themselves by LIVING in the Holy of Holies will so be clothed.
A bondslave in Christ Jesus, Dirk