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Sunday, September 30 2012
Where Is Your Tabernacle?
"Thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation"
"Tabernacle" is an English word that originated from a Latin word, tabernaculum, that meant a shelter. In English language translations of the Holy Scriptures, "tabernacle" is often used to translate two Hebrew words that meant a temporary covering, or a temporary habitation. The word "tent" is sometimes used instead of tabernacle because the original form of tent meant the same thing i.e. tent is actually an abbreviation of tentative - temporary.
"Tabernacle" was used to refer to the portable and temporary structure that was used to house the Ark of the Covenant (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle). The same word was also used for portable and temporary structures that people lived in - both tents, and as we will read, their bodies during their physical lifetimes.
Throughout his physical tribulation, Job spoke of his "tabernacle," referring to his physical body, not to a tent. Job, before and after his troubles, was a wealthy man who lived in a large house.
"5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 5:18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole. 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. 5:20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword. 5:21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. 5:22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth. 5:23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee. 5:24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin. 5:25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth. 5:26 Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season. 5:27 Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good." (Job 5:17-27 KJV)
Notice that Job referred to the "tabernacle" as having a heart, hands and a face.
"11:13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; 11:14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. 11:15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear" (Job 11:13-15 KJV)
The LORD is going to burn the evil people, not their tents, in the lake of fire.
"15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery." (Job 15:34 KJV)
Job described the physical "tabernacle" in terms of salvation for the righteous and condemnation for the wicked.
"18:5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. 18:6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him. 18:7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down. 18:8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare. 18:9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him. 18:10 The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way. 18:11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet. 18:12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side. 18:13 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength. 18:14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors. 18:15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation." (Job 18:5-15 KJV)
"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"
Abraham was the key ancestor of the Messiah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Roots and Branches). Abraham lived as a testimony of the Gospel, "dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."
"11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went [see A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan].
The apostle Paul spoke of the same, referring even more specifically to the tabernacle of the body: "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" and "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."
"5:1 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.
The apostle Peter also stated it plainly and specifically: "Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me."
"1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
At the time of the Sacrifice of the Messiah, the Tabernacle had been replaced by the Temple (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple). The LORD (see Who Is The LORD?) nevertheless used the same terminology: "He spake of the temple of his body" (see also God's Tent).
"2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body."
Fact Finder: When will humans put aside temporary "tabernacles" for an eternal home?
This Day In History, September 30
425: Church of Rome (which was created by the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) theologian Jerome died at about age 65. He produced the Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate version of the Bible (ironically, most Roman Catholics do not own, let alone read, the Holy Bible).
489: The Battle of Verona. The Ostrogoths under King Theodoric defeated the forces of Odoacer.
1399: Henry Bolingbroke succeeded to the English throne as Henry IV after Richard II abdicated the day before.
1452: The Gutenberg Bible was published.
1630: John Billington, one of the pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, became the first criminal to be hung in the "New World" after he was found guilty of murder.
1846: Ether was first used as an anesthetic. Dr. William Morton, a dentist in Massachusetts, was the first to use anesthesia to extract a tooth.
1871: British garrison troops throughout Canada returned to Britain and were replaced with Canadian militia, who then formed the Canadian Army (small in peace time, big in war, or if invaded e.g. during the Second World War, Canada had an army, navy and air force of 1 million military personnel, plus another million civilians as homeland defense militia). Canada has not been invaded in 2 centuries (the last to do so was the U.S. during the War of 1812).
1895: Madagascar became a French protectorate.
1907: Scottish-born Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone in Brantford, Ontario, established the Aerial Experimental Association at Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Bell carried on developmental work on aircraft, experimenting with rockets, kites and gliders (Bell is buried in Nova Scotia).
1938 The League of Nations unanimously outlawed the "intentional bombing of civilian populations." The law was ignored by every war-making nation on Earth, then and ever since.
1938: The Munich Agreement was signed by Adolf Hitler of Germany, Benito Mussolini of Italy, Neville Chamberlain of Britain and Edward Daladier of France. It permitted Germany to occupy the Sudetenland, a border region of Czechoslovakia that contained 3,000,000 ethnic Germans.
1946: An international military tribunal at Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
1949: The Berlin Airlift ended. Allied aircraft made 277,214 flights to deliver 2,323,738 tons of supplies to Berlin whose land access routes had been cut off by a Soviet blockade.
1952: The Revised Standard Version of the Bible was published in its entirety. The New Testament of the RSV had been available since 1946.
1954: West Germany became a member of NATO.
1962: Mexican-American labor leader Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association (later known as the United Farm Workers).
1980: Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) introduced the shekel as the nation's monetary unit, replacing the Israeli pound. The shekel was the name of the ancient Israelite monetary unit as recorded in the Bible.
1993: A series of earthquakes struck southwest India. 10,000 bodies were recovered, but an estimated 22,000 people were killed.
1999: Japan's second-worst nuclear accident occurred at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
2009: A major earthquake struck Sumatra; over 1,100 people were killed.