All the mysteries had the same temple setup, of a tripartite division, with increasing levels of initiation. Very few could enter into the Holy of
Holies and receive the full scoop. Look at this passage speaking of the tabernacle
[Heb 9:5 NASB] 5 and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
Pretty much all of Hebrews explains the symbolism of the temple and its meaning for us
The Tabernacle is a pattern. It is a roadmap, that shows you the way home.
Pattern is Tupos or Type G5179 I'd like you to consider these 4 passages that use Type. A
[Heb 8:5 NASB] 5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for,
"SEE," He says, "THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN
WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN."
[Act 7:43-44 NASB] 43 'YOU ALSO TOOK ALONG THE TABERNACLE OF MOLOCH AND THE STAR OF THE GOD ROMPHA, THE IMAGES
WHICH YOU MADE TO
WORSHIP. I ALSO WILL REMOVE YOU BEYOND BABYLON.' 44 "Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses
directed him to make it according to the pattern
which he had seen.
Adam was made in the Image of God. Tselem the Hebrew word image there is an Idol
[Rom 5:14 NASB] 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who
is a type
of Him who was to come.
[1Co 10:1-4 NASB] 1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; 2 and all
were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 and all ate the same spiritual food; 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were
drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.
11 Now these things happened to them as an
, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
This is an overview of the 3 Main Feasts of Israel (which are really 7), which correspond to the 3 courts of the Tabernacle. I'll discuss
this in more detail later. These correspond to the Ages.
What do these all have in common? They are all prefigurements of Christ.
Adam, the Tabernacle, the image, the pattern, the Rock
The Tabernacle of Moloch and Rompha is the Ark of the Covenant and its small tent, written as Siqquth (Tabernacle). The Israelites were worshipping
the ark (which even building the ark was against the Mosaic legislation). That is worshipping the outer form. Just as the disciples marveled at the
beauty of the outer form of the temple standing there just after Jesus gets Done ripping the pharisees about their outer form of worship. They did
not get it. In Matthew 23 its the 7 woes, and Matt 24 is when the disciples show Jesus the Temple. In mark the same scene speaks of the tremendous
stones, and Luke talks of the beautiful stones and adornments.
(Think chief corner stone, and temple of living stones instead)
In John 2 Jesus cleanses the temple (clarifies the truth),
18The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple,
and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three
days?” 21But He was speaking of the temple of His body.
22So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and
they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
I believe these are all examples (pun intended) of the Image
Images H6754 Tselem
[Gen 1:26 NASB] 26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image
, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over
the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
[2Ch 23:17 NASB] 17 And all the people went to the house of Baal and tore it down, and they broke in pieces his altars and his images,
killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
[Psa 39:6 NASB] 6 "Surely every man walks about as a phantom
; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who
will gather them.
[Amo 5:26 NASB] 26 "You also carried along Sikkuth your king and Kiyyun, your images
, the star of your gods which you made for yourselves.
Notice the correlation between the 2 sets of verses with Pattern and Image.
The Pattern of the Tabernacle had very specific instructions that we see the same phrase repeated over and over, make sure its according to the
pattern shown to you on the mountain. The movement through the Tabernacle had a very specific instruction. All these things were given as examples
on whom the end of the ages have come, The ages again corresponding to the temple, which is the body, which is the veil. These things are symbols or
Icons, way markers, signs that lead to the Kingdom (which is IN YOU)
[2Co 3:14, 18 NASB] 14 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted,
because it is removed in Christ. ... 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the
same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
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