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Wednesday, October 12 2011
Written In The Heart Of Our Tabernacles
The English word "tabernacle" originated from a Latin word, tabernaculum, which meant a shelter. In English language translations of the actual Holy Scriptures, "tabernacle" is used to translate two Hebrew words that, although different, referred to the same portable structure that "the LORD God" (who was Jesus Christ; see The First Christian Church) commanded Moses to construct for the housing of the Ark of the Covenant - which was to be positioned at the "heart" of the Israelite encampment (see the diagram for The Camp), with the Ark of the Covenant, containing the Law of God, at the "heart" of the Tabernacle. The Law of God was located literally at the center of the nation, physically and in practice (see also The King's Dedication).
The first Hebrew word that is translated as "tabernacle" is pronounced mish-kawn; it means a residence. The other Hebrew word is pronounced oh-hale; it means a tent, or a covering. Often, as in this example, both actual Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures are used in a set of instructions, although English translators render them both with the single word "tabernacle."
"26:7 And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle [mish-kawn, meaning residence]: eleven curtains shalt thou make. 26:8 The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure. 26:9 And thou shalt couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shalt double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tabernacle [oh-hale, meaning tent, or covering]." (Exodus 26:7-9 KJV)
Consider how understanding of the actual original words would be increased if those verses were translated literally, as they were actually intended and written (i.e. the people at the time knew exactly what they meant, and that two words were used to describe the tent that served as the residence).
"26:7 And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering upon the residence: eleven curtains shalt thou make. 26:8 The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure. 26:9 And thou shalt couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shalt double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tent."
"Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day"
The Tabernacle was the place where observance of the Christ-commanded Christian Holy Days (see Calendar of Christ's Holy Days) was focused, not as an end in themselves, but as living prophecies of the Christian meaning and purpose of them (keeping in mind that they were commanded to be established and observed by Christ Himself i.e. "10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ" 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV). Everything was written on stone or scrolls while, even way back in the "Old" Testament, people were expected to "write it on their hearts" by making the written Word a very part of themselves, their character (the reason that the Satanic fantasy that "God's Law is done away" strikes at the very "heart" of righteousness).
"30:10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul." (Deuteronomy 30:10 KJV)
Notice what happens when people either ignore or reject God's Law, or fail to "write it on their hearts" by not truly doing what is written.
"7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men [see Is Your Religion Your Religion?, Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah? and The By-The-Book Messiah]." (Mark 7:6-7 KJV)
The Holy Scriptures, like any "textbook," is provided in order to learn how to actual do something.
"3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart." (2 Corinthians 3:3 KJV)
The Tabernacle itself, which was covered with skins (just as God's people are, with God's Law in their "hearts") was a living prophecy of the temporary physical life that is intended to prepare for eternal life.
"5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 5:3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 5:4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 5:1-5 KJV)
But humans (with one exception - the Messiah) cannot obey God's Law perfectly. The Saviour fulfills the gap, for those who seek salvation by obeying Him as best that they can (see Friends Of Jesus). The High Priest's sacrifice at Passover, and his entering the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle on the Day of Atonement (see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?) were, like everything else, living prophecies of Jesus Christ.
"9:2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the sanctuary. 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat [see Christ's Mercy Seat]; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
Fact Finder: How does God's Law of true Freedom get written on our hearts?
This Day In History, October 12
539 BC: The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia captured Babylon - an event that later permitted the return of the people of Judah to Jerusalem (see Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist and The Tabernacles Celebration After The Fall Of Babylon).
1285: 180 Jews were burned to death in Munich, Germany, after refusing to convert to the Church of Rome.
1492: Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World, in the Bahamas, after a 33-day voyage from the Canary Islands. He claimed the islands for Spain.
1518: After proceedings began against him for heresy, 35 year old Martin Luther was summoned to the Diet at Augsburg. In the theological discussions that followed, Luther refused to recant his 95 Theses that he had posted on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg.
1576: Rudolf II, the king of Hungary and Bohemia, succeeded his father Maximillian II as Holy Roman emperor.
1692: Massachusetts Governor William Phips ordered an end to the Salem witch trials that caused numerous innocent people to be executed.
1702: In the War of The Spanish Succession, Admiral Rooke with 30 British ships defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Vigo Bay and seized 11 ships full of treasure.
1810: Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildurghausen. The festivities became an annual event and evolved into the present Oktoberfest festival of beer and bratwurst.
1928: The Graf Zeppelin became the first commercial dirigible to cross the Atlantic. The Zeppelin, named after its inventor, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, made more than 500 trans-Atlantic flights until it was retired in favor of the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg.
1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pounded his desk at the United Nations with his shoe after becoming angry during a debate.
1963: Archaeological research digs began at Masada in Israel.
1964: The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into orbit. It was the first spacecraft to carry a multiple crew.
1984: 5 people were killed when an Irish Republican Army terrorist bomb exploded at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, during the annual Conservative Party Conference. It was an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.
1992: An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale struck Cairo; 552 killed, nearly 10,000 injured. The epicenter was not far from the great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.