The Encampment of the Children of Israel
Children of Israel on the March
'The Entrance Gate'
we saw in the last section when a common Israelite approached
the tabernacle he found that a wall of white linen around the entire
tabernacle area formed a barrier against him all the way around for 300 cubits
(450 feet) except one stretch of 20 cubits (30 feet) that was different. It was
The Entrance Gate. It was not formed of white linen but was multi-colored in
purple and red and the curtains hung on
four strong pillars. The entrance gate clearly marked out the one way by
which a sinner could gain access to the court of God's house.
This 30 foot gate was the entrance. Once an Israelite entered the gate into
the outer court with his sacrifice he was standing on "holy ground". As we
examine the gate it is important to note that we will be discussing two more
gates or curtains later. The entrance gate was 20 cubits (30 feet). It was a
curtain or screen made of richly woven material:
Ex 27:16 "For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty
cubits long, woven of blue, purple, and
scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, made by a weaver. It shall have
four pillars and four
There were no
cherubim represented on this outdoor screen. Cherubim were only seen within
the Holy Place.
This screen with its blend of white, blue, purple and scarlet was identical
to that hanging at the entrance to the tabernacle building. But it was very
different from the white linen fence, which went around the entire courtyard.
Think of the beauty that would meet the eye of the Israelite as he approached
the gate of the Tabernacle. The bright rays of the sun would be shining upon the
four colors of the gate.
This was the one and only way by which men and women could draw near to God.
It was the single entrance to the entire tabernacle. There was no other way in.
Whether he is a priest going to carry out his duties or a repentant sinner
seeking forgiveness, a man had to enter by that one way.
No one could enter by any other way except this gate. Any Israelite approaching
the Tabernacle leading his sacrifice and desiring atonement knew that there was
no way to reach
the bronze altar
but through the gate that faced east.
Num 2:3 "On the east side, toward the rising of the sun, those of the
standard of the forces with
Judah shall camp according to their armies;
The Gate was always open, never barred, with no one to forbid a person who
wanted to worship God. But one must make a personal decision to enter if he is
A Type of Christ
Jesus revealed Himself as the only entrance to God. The eastern gate
pointed to Him. Every other possible way has been barred by the righteousness of
God but because of the blood of Christ we have a way of approach. The tribe of
Judah camped outside the eastern gate, the kingly tribe, and the tribe that
means praise. Jesus sits as king with everything under Him. He is Malach Yahweh
(The Lord our King). The worship of countless hosts will be unto Him for
eternity. The beautiful gate reveals how beautiful Jesus is to behold. He is the
altogether lovely One. In Him there are no flaws. He is perfect in character. If
we could see His face we would see a look of love that would give us strength
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.
Rev 5:5 But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of
the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to
loose its seven seals."
Ps 22:28-29 For the kingdom is the LORD'S, and He rules over the nations. All
the prosperous of the earth shall eat and worship; all those who go down to the
dust shall bow before Him, even he who cannot keep himself alive.
Isa 44:6 "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD
of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God."
Rev 5:11-14 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the
throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten
thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud
voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom,
and strength and honor and glory and blessing!" And every creature which is in
heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all
that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to
Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!" Then the four
living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and
worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
THE TABERNACLE OF ANCIENT ISRAEL
"And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among (in) them"
- Exodus 25:8
The Purpose and Heart
of the Law - A Devotional Message
Atonement - A Bible Study
The Tabernacle of Ancient Israel was a sanctuary which was given in a vision
to Moses as a pattern and constructed by the children of Israel. God's promise
was that He would dwell within the Holy of Holies above the Mercy Seat of the
Ark of the Covenant.
Why Study the Tabernacle?
A) 50 Chapters Mention The Tabernacle
Because at least 50 chapters (13-Ex, 18-Lev, 13-Num, 2-Deut, 4-Heb) in the
Bible tell of the construction, the ritual, the priesthood, the carrying of the
tabernacle, and the meaning of it all. Also many other places in Scripture speak
in figurative language concerning the tabernacle. In many Bible studies this
subject is overlooked and considered insignificant.
B) The Tearing of the Veil
thought so much of the importance of the type, as shown by the tearing of the
Matt 27:50-51 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up
His spirit. Then, behold,
the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth
quaked, and the rocks were split,
If we don't understand the meaning in Scripture of
the holy of holies and the veil we miss out on extremely significant
information concerning exactly what Christ's death meant to sinful mankind.
C) The Tabernacle is a Type of Christ:
Remember what the Word says, "all Scripture is given by inspiration
(God-breathed) of God..." When we look at the Bible we must remember
that it is completely God-breathed. When we look at each Word we must remember
that every Word is specifically God-breathed. That was the view of Christ when
it came to the Scriptures, that was the view of the apostles, and that must be
our view. This is the very Word of God. It doesn't just contain the Word of God,
or just point to religious experience, this is the Word of God.
Is it any wonder then that each and every detail and Word about the
tabernacle has spiritual significance? As we look to the tabernacle structure
itself and its unique pieces of redemptive furniture there is great symbolism
and typology found in them. Remember, everything was a finger pointing to the
Messiah. The tabernacle, as a type, designed specifically and in detail by God,
would point to the character and aspects of the ministry of Christ. The more we
become familiar with the tabernacle the more we become familiar with Christ and
all that He means to us. What a great reason to become familiar with the
Scriptures concerning the tabernacle.
Heb 10:20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through
the veil, that is, His flesh,
Col 2:17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of
Jn 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His
glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
D) It is a Representation of the True Tabernacle in
The Lord wants us to be aware of His nature and character. Even the angels
don't fully understand the nature and character of God but they learn from
watching His dealings with His church (Eph 3). Things are really happening in
the heavenly dimension and the Lord wants to reveal to us what took place in
heaven after the resurrection of Christ. There is a real tabernacle in the
heavenlies and Christ really appeared before the throne of heaven as the Lamb of
God (Rev 5). There is no doubt that some of these things are a mystery but the
more we draw close to God and His Word the more He draws close to us.
Heb 9:11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come,
with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not
of this creation.
E) The Presence Within the Holy of Holies Dwells
Within the Believer in Jesus:
Jesus said I am the temple (Mishkan) of God. When the glory (Heb. Sh'chinah)
would come down like a tornado or funnel right through the roof of the holy of
holies and the Presence would manifest on the
mercy seat between the
cherubim after the blood was sprinkled, that was the mishkan. That Presence
was what Jesus said dwelt within Him. And in fact Paul said about the church,
"Know ye not that you are the temple (Mishkan) of God?" We, as the body of
Christ, have the same Presence dwelling within us. God doesn't dwell in
buildings now but within His people.
1 Cor 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit
who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
F) Its teaching covers in type almost all of
New Testament truth.
The study of the tabernacle is so rich in meaning to the Christian and so
pregnant with Messianic significance that we can spend a lifetime in the study
of it and only begin to understand the riches and the depth of truth that lies
within the study of the tabernacle.
Rom 15:4 "Whatever things that were written before were written for our
G) Studying the Tabernacle will absolutely strengthen
our faith in the Bible.
Be assured that anyone who has delved into the wonderful details of the
tabernacle will confess that the Bible is more than just a book. No man could
have thought of this. The Bible is the Word of God.
"all Scripture is given by inspiration of God..."
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