The Tabernacle

A Heavenly Perspective

by Lucinda Campbell Evans (c) 1995

Please note that when you get to 'The True Spiritual Progression' that it is written in study note form. This will be revised at a later date with more explanation. However, I hope that it will be helpful to you in its' current format. (Lucinda Evans)

THE TABERNACLE

A Heavenly Perspective

(From the perspective of the Finished Work)

Life flows from the Holy of Holies (Spirit) into the Holy Place (Soul) and out to the Outer Court (Body). Complete redemption. Types and shadows of the now!

Introduction: The Awakening

Many books have been written concerning the Tabernacle of Moses (The Tabernacle of the Congregation), and numerous teaching tapes are also available. There are many different ways to address this important subject and all of them are most informative and help us to better understand God's plan. This book, however, is being written to bring forth an understanding that is so desperately needed in the hearts of the people of God. I believe that you are going to find this book to be unique, exciting, but most of all ENLIGHTENING.

As we address the Tabernacle from a heavenly viewpoint and the perspective of the finished work, it will truly unveil to us the fullness of the person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ. But, it is also a revelation concerning the church, which is Jesus the head and us as the body of Christ. It reveals to us the totality of who and what we are and the full expression of the Finished Work in the earth today.

According to the pattern of the Old Testament Tabernacle, everything proceeded from the outside in. But now there is a new and living way.

"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkledfrom an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)" Heb. 10:16-23

We immediately move into the Holy of Holies. Jesus followed the pattern of the Old so that we would not have to. Ritualistically, He didn't go through the pattern as set for man under the old covenant. Following the cross, He didn't go to the brazen laver, the candlestick, nor the table of shewbread, nor past the altar of incense. Rather He went right straight to the Holiest of All in the heavens to consecrate for us a new and living way. And as we will see as we progress, He has taken us in the same way and now wants to bring us out. An understanding of all that He has done will cause us to view our progression of the Tabernacle from the inside out, rather than the outside in. God is working on us from the inside out!

Jesus declared 'it is finished'! And it is! What more can be said? We are a new creation, the old man is dead, and we are seated with Him in heavenly places! We overcome by the blood of the Lamb (the Cross), the word of our Testimony (it is finished), and we love not our lives (self-life) unto the death.

The just shall live by faith, and it takes FAITH to really believe all that He has done. If we are viewing the Tabernacle strictly from Old Testament mentality, then our walk with Him will be that of works and Law. To view it from New Testament realities, our walk with Him will be that of grace, love, and relationship.

Just remember the Old Testament is the new concealed, and the New Testament is the old revealed. Our prayer is for the Holy Spirit to enlighten your understanding concerning the fullness of all that He accomplished.

As we begin to behold His work and our works we can see right away if we are viewing the Holiest of All through the aspect of the law, or through the understanding of grace.

God is building a city, a holy habitation according to the pattern that is His Son. And He brought us in to bring us out. We now see that the Ark is not just the place of the sprinkling of blood for us where the judgment of God was appeased, but now it has become a place where he has lifted us and seated us. We are on the throne of God seated at the right hand of the Father in Christ Jesus. As we progress from the Holy of Holies, the Altar takes on a whole new meaning to us. No longer are we worshipping and praying to go in, but now worship and prayer flows out of our relationship with Him. The Table of Shewbread is no longer just a place to try to get enough word to feel good before God and the devil, rather we realize that we are born of the Word and we are ONE BREAD with Him! The candlestick now not only brings revelation to the word, but out of our relationship, we realize that we are one with the candlestick and the light is not only in us, but we too have become the light. The brazen laver is not a place of continual washing, but out of relationship we understand that the blood offer continual cleansing and therefore we are clean. The cross is no longer a place of sacrifice of just where He died for us, rather now out of our relationship with Him we realize that He died AS us!

THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID

There has been much curiosity concerning the Tabernacle of David and how it is relevant today. When we understand God's eternal desire, then we begin to see why this was the Tabernacle that He chose to restore. This Tabernacle was not praise and worship, rather it was a relationship out of which came the praise and the worship. Much has been taught in relationship to praise and worship, but that is only the beginning of what He had in mind when He wanted to have a relationship with man once again.

"David pitched a tent " and placed the ark within.

In the Tabernacle of David, the only piece of furniture inside was the Ark of the Covenant. The brazen altar (the cross) wasn't even there. Why was that? It was a type and shadow of the finished work. A place where the cross would no longer be necessary once a man partook of the cross. The blood was on the Mercy Seat and now "Man could go boldly before the throne of grace in a time of need". Isn't that wonderful! Once we have partaken of the sacrifice, there remains no more a sacrifice and now we go to the mercy seat instead of the cross.

Consider the following scriptures:

1Chronicles 15:1 And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent.

1Chronicles 16:1 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God.

2Chronicles 1:4 But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.

The Tabernacle of David was a TENT within which rested the Ark of the Covenant. On the surface that sounds very unimportant, but it goes much deeper than that. In the Tabernacle of Moses (Tabernacle of the Congregation in the Wilderness) the Ark of the Covenant dwelt in The Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies) behind a veil that only the High Priest could enter. But in David's Tabernacle, there WASN'T A VEIL. It was a place where David as the king of Israel would go to be alone with and worship His God. There was nothing to come between him and His God. He bypassed all the rituals that said "You can't" because there was a yearning within him that said "I must be with Him". It was a place where he and the Father were not separated, they were ONE! Today, this Tabernacle is a place where God and man are ONE! He is in us and we are in Him. NO SEPARATION! God our Father love this tabernacle and declared that He would restore it!

In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God. Amos 9:11-15

After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Acts 15:16-17

It is a place of abiding mercy and grace!

Isaiah 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

A SPECIAL FOOTNOTE: Let us keep in mind, that it is a finished work, however it is the carnality of our minds that causes us to go through process. However, once our minds are renewed to the finished work, our progress begins to have its movement from the inside out, rather than from the outside in. So this book is written from the aspect of two progressions. One which proceeds in and one which proceeds out.

The Eternal Plan for the Ages

Before the world was, the Lamb was SLAIN. It was before the fall of man that the eternal plan of God was put into motion. "Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" The Tabernacle was made according to the pattern that was Jesus and expresses His person, His ministry, and His life.

A cross WITHIN a Cross!

In order to have a true perspective concerning the Tabernacle, we must view it from a heavenly perspective. Not just words, but how it would have looked to the eye from an arial viewpoint. As we do so, we see something that we have not been able to see from any other angle. Around the Tabernacle was encamped the twelve tribes of Israel. Three on the north, three on the south, three on the east, and three on the west which altogether forms a cross. Within the structure of the enclosure of the Tabernacle and the Outer Court, we can behold the layout of the rooms and their furnishings also reveal a cross to us. And so we see the redemptive plan truly did involve us and that we were there in the heart of God when all was planned. As Jesus was nailed to a natural cross to die for the sins of the world, so we were nailed to the cross in the heart of God at the same time. Even before the foundation of the world.

In the beginning, God brought forth His creation in which everything would produce after its own kind. When God created man, He made him in His own image and likeness. Shortly after creating him, God brought forth a woman. Initially in the beginning they were ONE and God called their name Adam (Gen. 5:1-2). Not only would God have fellowship with man, but also Adam (man) would be the expression of God in the earth and were to be fruitful and multiply after his own kind. When man fell, the two that were in the earth were no longer one and became divided and Adam named his helpmeet Eve. Following their departure from the Garden, they began to produce after their own image and likeness. Instead of man being born in the image and likeness of God, was now being brought forth in the image and likeness of Adam who now fell short of the glory of God.

Before the foundation of the world, the lamb was slain, and we were too. Provision was made for all that would come.

THE TRUE (Spiritual) PROGRESSION

In the Tabernacle of Moses, under the old covenant, one had to enter by the gate, offer the sacrifice at the altar, proceed to the laver for washing and then enter the Holy Place. (Anyone could enter the Outer Court but only the priests could enter The Holy Place.) Once in the Holy Place one could partake of the Shewbread as the light of the Candlestick illuminated the room and then they would move to the Altar of Incense to offer up their prayers and worship. From the Holy Place, only the High Priest could go into the Holy of Holies and he would enter therein to sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice upon the mercy seat to minister unto the Lord on behalf of the people. He then would proceed back out to minster to the people.

Capsulation of the finished work in relationship to the Tabernacle:

We became new creations in Christ Jesus when we enter through the Gate (Jesus) and receive the sacrifice of the Lamb (Jesus) on the Brazen Altar (the Cross). Once we were born again, we became kings and priest unto our God and were IMMEDIATELY transported to the Most Holy Place and seated with Him in heavenly places (Eph.) It is from this point that our progression begins. Now as we proceed from this Most Holy Place we have become one with Him and have found that we are now the throne of His presence and that His river of life is proceeding out of us to release mercy and grace to a fallen creation. There is not a veil that withholds us from proceeding out because it has become removed and our flesh has been dealt with. As we proceed through the Holy Place, we understand that we no longer praise and worship to come into His presences, but it is out of His presence that we praise and worship. We see clearly that not only is He the Bread, but we are the bread and we are ONE BREAD with Him. No longer do we need the light to show the way, but we have become one with the light and He is the Light of lights. As we proceed out into the outer court and come to the Brazen Laver, we look into the mirrors and instead of seeing ourselves, we see Him!, and we understand that we have already been washed. And as we come to the cross, we understand that He didn't just die for us, but He died AS us and we really did die there.

NOW, LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE SAYING.

THE OUTER COURT

White (righteousness, purity, & holiness) curtains formed a fenced enclosure which surrounded the Tabernacle. Outside of this fenced area live the nation of Israel, all of mankind, and the rest of the earth and all that existed therein. Within the fenced area, was that which was called The Outer Court and the entrance was called The Gate. The floor of the Outer Court was earthen just like the outer area where man lived. But IN this area was the Brazen Altar (Cross) and the Brazen Laver. It was only in THIS area that all of mankind had the freedom to enter, but he could only enter one way, through The Gate! As we approach the house of the Lord for the first time, we are coming as a fallen man, in our Adamic nature. Sin consciousness prevails within the windows of our soul and our separation from His image and likeness leaves us destitute of hope and direction. Our entrance is from the perspective of a sin laden mentality and as we gaze about, we behold the earthen floor that is the same from when we have come, yet in the midst is an Altar that holds our promise of a new beginning.

Burnt Offering: (Outer court or outside the gate)

The Burnt Offering was also known as the ascending offering. It's Hebrew name was OLAH which meant ascending, and was the counterpart to the Greek word HOLOCAUSTA which means "to be wholly burnt". This was a daily (continual) burnt offering which speaks to us of our eternal, perpetual acceptance as we stand before God. Heb. 10:14 Fire never went out. It was a continual offering

The Gate:

The entrance into the outer court of the Tabernacle.

Proceeding in:

This gate is the person of Jesus, the Word of God. It is the message, the revealing of a new, living, and perfect way into the kingdom of God. Jesus said "I am the door", and He also stated "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.". John 14:6

Jn:10:1: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Jn:10:7: Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

Proceeding out:

Now the entrance becomes an exit. Now that we know the way, we can show the way and begin to be ambassadors for Christ. And no matter where we are we have rest, we have pasture.

"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature"

Jn:10:9: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

The Brazen Altar:

Standing in the midst of the Outer Court is the Brazen Altar. The Outer Court was the place where ALL could come and bring their sacrifice for the remission of their sins so as to appease the judgments of God. It bespeaks to us today of the Cross of Jesus Christ and the eternal redemptive work which was wrought through it.

Proceeding in:

It is to the Cross that we come for the remission of our sins and the redemption. Not only is the sacrificial price paid for us at this place, but it is also the place of OUR killing. It is the place where our old man passes away and behold all things are become new. It is the place of our new beginning, our cleansing and our redemption. The place of our killing. The place of our new beginning, our cleansing, our redemption. It is from this place that we are immediately raised with Him and seated with Him in heavenly places. We immediately enter the Holy of Holies and are enthroned there with Him. Our Spirit is sealed and now we will progress into the Holy Place for the renewing and sealing of the mind. Paul called it the putting on of the mind of Christ.

If we receive by faith the finished work we bypass the inward progression and begin to proceed out from where we really are. In the Most Holy Place! Spiritually this is already done. But many times because of our lack of understanding and faith to believe, we have to go in one step at a time and most of the time never get there in our experience. We spend our lives trying to go in which develops a works mentality and the veil of our minds withholds us. But we have already overcome and we are ruling and reigning in and with Him and only deception keeps us out of that reality.

Proceeding out:

We look at the Brazen Altar and behold the finished work of the cross of Jesus Christ. That He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending of our faith. We are the children of the Most High God, born of His Spirit and are the sons of God. We are born of the Spirit of God and a new work has been started in us. We understand that the old man is dead and the WHOLE man is being changed. We are a new creation man and understand that there remains no more a sacrifice for us because it only took ONE sacrifice (Heb. 9:26) to finish all things.

The Brazen Laver:

Proceeding in:

The Priest's, in order to continue their journey into the Holy Place, had to go to the brazen laver and wash themselves. They had to be sure that they were clean before they could go on beyond the out court. As they washed themselves, they were able to see their reflection because the basin of the laver was made of mirrors. By looking in the mirrors, they could determine if they were clean enough to proceed any further, and if not, they would wash themselves until clean. We see ourselves from an earthy perspective, unfinished. Sin consciousness

Proceeding out:

Coming out of the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place, we are now able to see ourselves from a heavenly perspective, Finished. As we look into the laver, all that we see is Him and we can begin to understand the scripture, "As He is so are we in this world. " AND "When we see Him, we shall be like Him". We are now able to minister out of Sabbath Rest. (Most Holy Place) Bringing the life of the Sabbath to mankind. No more consciousness of sins. One sacrifice did it all.

THE HOLY PLACE

The Holy Place represents Pentecost (baptism of the Holy Spirit). It is in this place that we come into the things of the Spirit. It is a place of continued revelation and learning concerning the Word and the person of Jesus Christ. It is the place of hearing and seeing by the Spirit and not the flesh. Knowledge alone will cause one to remain there and continue their journey back and forth between outer court and Holy Place until we come to the realization that 'we are finished'. It is here in this place that it is revealed to us who we are and who He is and we begin to realize that we are ALREADY IN and all our striving to get there hasn't accomplished anything. All we have done is spin our wheels. We discover that we left our first love (faith) and entered into our own works and it delayed the timing of our understanding.

Coming out: We know all things for it has been given unto us to know the mysteries of God.

The Veil

Representative of vain imaginations and the carnality of our minds. The flesh.

Proceeding in:

There is still something that we haven't heard. Two Cheribum are woven into the veil (old & new) to bring witness to the truth, but because we lack understanding we try to build ourselves up through our own works in order to feel good enough to proceed on in. We see through a glass darkly. This veil that stands before us is nothing more than our own flesh, our carnal thoughts and inabilities to accept the fullness of what has been done for us. It is a works mentality that keeps us out of His presence.

Proceeding out:

Coming from the Most Holy Place, the veil does not exist. We have seen Him face to face and understand that we are like Him through nothing that we have done, but through the perfectness of what He has done. Our flesh man has been put under foot and we now have the mind of Christ and we are no longer the victims of vanity or vain imaginations.

Mt:27:51: And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Mk:15:38: And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

Lk:23:45: And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

Heb. 10:16-23: This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

The Altar of Incense

Representative of prayer, praise, worship

Proceeding in:

We try to pray, worship and praise our way in. We develop our formulas to prayer. We even have seminars on how to worship and praise the Lord. We have the mindset that when we get it all just right, we will get to enter and experience His presence.

Proceeding out:

Now we no longer worship to go in, rather we worship out of relationship with Him. Because we are in the midst of Him and He is in our midst, it is out of this state of being that praise, prayer, and worship proceed. It is no longer just something we do, rather it is something that we ARE, something that is a part of us, that we cannot be separated from. We ARE worship unto Him, we ARE a praise unto Him, we have become the house of prayer that He so desires. Our lifestyles reveal the essence of Him and brings glory unto Him.

The Candlestick

In scripture, the Candlestick is representative of two things. The Holy Spirit and the Church

Proceeding in: (an earthly perspective):

As we come into the Holy Place, we find the Candlestick which is there to light our way. We come into contact with the Holy Spirit and the sevenfold aspect of His person which enables us to come into a fullness of understanding. It is here that we find the activity of the 7 Spirits of God of Isa. 11 and Rev. 1. Spirit of the fear of the Lord, the Spirit of Wisdom, The Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Might, etc. who is the only one who can give us understanding and revelation concerning the scriptures. It is He who brings light and leads and guides us into all truth. We need the light to see the way, illumination of the scriptures, etc.

Proceeding out:

Coming out of the Most Holy Place, we proceed forth from the Father of lights and the light proceeds with us. We have come to the understanding that the Candlestick is the Church and He (Jesus) is in the midst of us. Just as He is the Light, so we are lights and have come to know all things and have become ONE with Him in our walk and our understanding. Although we may not know them in our natural understanding, we know them in the spirit. We are the lights that are set upon a hill and we are not to be hidden behind a bushel. We are the city which emanates from God showing forth the glory of God.

The Table of Shewbread

Represents the Word of God and also God and man in the totality of Divine Government.

Proceeding in: (earthly perspective):

He is the Bread come down from heaven. We eat the bread to have life. It is in this realm of understanding that we look for the promises of God and try to apply them in our life. But approaching the word from an earthly mentality draws us to legalism and the dictates of the law and we continually find ourselves falling short of deserving all that He has for us and so we begin to try to CONFESS our way into His promises.

Proceeding out:

We are one bread with Him and now we are bread and have the bread of life for the feeding of the nations. We understand that the promises of God are 'Yea' and 'Amen'. Instead of confessing, we have entered into possessing our inheritance through the understanding that all things have been freely given unto us.

HOLY OF HOLIES

The Holy of Holies was the dwelling place of God. It was the place that housed the Ark of the Covenant upon which rested The Mercy Seat. It was from this realm that flowed forth the River of Life, the life of God from the throne of God. It is in this place that we see that we house the Christ, that we have become the Holy of Holies and we are not unclean vessels. For He has perfected that which He has made and all that is to flow is mercy, grace, and love. One does not understand mercy nor is able to minister in mercy until one understands they are seated with Him (the totality of the finished work). As we come out of the Holy of Holies, we now are the ministers of the Lord bringing God to man. It is from this realm that our ministry flows out of the Sabbath Rest (His Life), for we have gained the understanding that we ARE the temple of God and that it is not ourselves that do the work, but rather it is the Christ within us, He doeth the work.

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words and we find that to be more than true when it comes to The Tabernacle that God instructed Moses to build.

The Ark of the Covenant:

Representative of the throne

Proceeding in:

We see the throne as a throne of judgment! A place of potential condemnation and destruction. Because of its holiness, we know that the seat of Mercy must be covered with blood. It is a place that only certain people can enter, special people. Not just anyone can go there. Only those who carry the blood. Only the High priest can enter. Somehow it just seems to be a place to which we cannot attain unless we go by way of the grave. We see it as a place that can only be attained in heaven when we go there.

Proceeding out:

We understand that our Great High Priest has entered for us and now that we are washed in the blood and we have become kings and priests unto our God, the blood goes wherever we go and is with us at all times. Now the throne of judgment has become a place of mercy, grace, and love. We realize that the Ark is the heart of the Father and the river that flows from it is not the Jordan (death), but rather it is Him (life). We understand that we are truly seated with Him in heavenly places. Sin was rolled back all the way to the city of Adam! The old man is dead and truly has gone by way of the "grave". The law has been sealed (fulfilled, adjudicated) within this ark (Jesus). It is important to note that in Solomon's Temple, Aaron's rod that budded and the Golden Pot of Hidden Manna were NOT in the Ark of the Covenant. Only the tables of the law were inside. The authority and life of God had been released!!!! Jesus! We now truly understand that indeed all power and authority which has been given Him, He has given us. We further begin to see, that we are ONE BREAD with Him, we are, as He was, the Hidden Manna.