The beauty of the entire complex was the majestic TEMPLE SANCTUARY itself,
which stood at the rear of the Court of Priests. It was built of perfectly tooled
and fitted white marble stones, covered with plates of heavy gold. Golden
spikes rose from the roof, which soared to a height of about 165 feet. At the back
of a large porch were immense gilded doors covered by a Babylonian tapestry of
blue, purple, crimson and gold, depicting the heavens. Above was a golden vine,
symbol of the nation of Israel. It was said that there was so much gold
covering the building that no one could look directly at it in bright sunlight.
THE FIRST ROOM OF THE TEMPLE SANCTUARY
Inside the Temple Sanctuary were two rooms. The first, the HOLY PLACE, was a
large hall paneled in cedar. It contained a GOLDEN ALTAR FOR INCENSE, a GOLDEN
TABLE FOR THE BREAD OFFERING and a GOLDEN MENORAH, a seven-branched candelabrum
lit by seven lamps burning purest olive oil.
THE SECOND ROOM OF THE TEMPLE SANCTUARY
The second room, the HOLY OF HOLIES, was separated from the first by a heavy
linen curtain embroidered with spun gold, the veil that was rent in twain at the
Crucifixion (Matt. 27:51).
Only the high priest was allowed to enter this sacred spot, and he only on the
annual Day of Atonement. Within this mysterious chamber, believed to be the
earthly dwelling place of Israel's Lord, there was nothing at all. The very
absence of objects symbolized the intangible and invisible presence of God.