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LET  THEM  MAKE  ME  A  SANCTUARY,  part  4  quotes

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1)     The Second Apartment

     After passing by the Altar of Incense, you would come to the four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold

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     These 4 pillars supported the inner linen door or curtain or veil “of blue, and purple, and scarlet” that had “cherubims” or angels embroidered into it.  After passing through this veil you would then enter into the Second Apartment or the Most Holy Place of the Sanctuary, and would see directly in front of you the Ark of the Covenant (see Exodus 25:10-22, 40:20-21; 1 Kings 8:9).

2)     The Ark of the Covenant

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     The Ark was “two cubits and a half” or about 3 3/4 feet long, and “a cubit and a half” or about 2 1/4 feet wide, and “a cubit and a half” or about 2 1/4 feet high.  It was made of “shittim wood” overlaid with pure gold, was hollow inside like a box or chest, and it had a crown of pure solid gold as a border all around the top edge.  It was also made with “four rings of gold” placed “in the four corners” that would have two “staves of shittim wood” overlaid with pure gold with one inserted into two rings on either side so it could be carried, and these staves “were not to be” removed from these rings.
     Into this sacred box were placed the two tables of stone upon which were inscribed with God’s own finger His law of ten commandments.  Above this sacred chest, and forming its cover or lid, was called the mercy seat.  This mercy seat was made of pure solid gold, and was the exact same length and width as the chest, and so it fit precisely on top of this sacred chest and within that crown of gold all around the outside of the top edge which thus kept it from sliding.  Now on both ends of this mercy seat itself, and not on either end of the mercy seat like I mentioned last Sabbath, were placed two cherubim angels made of solid gold.  Their wings were to “stretch forth...on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat”.
     This design and arrangement – with the mercy seat below and the two angels on either of its sides with their wings stretched forth over the mercy seat – formed an open space in between.  It was in this open space that the divine presence of the Lord God Michael was manifested in a cloud of glory.  And it was only in this Second Apartment and from that open space on the Ark that the Lord God Michael Himself dwelt.

3)    What represents this inner curtain or veil into the Most Holy Place?  

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     This curtain of blue, purple and scarlet represents Christ’s entire life of obedience combined with self sacrifice every moment of every day that kept His human character absolutely perfect and spotless and righteous, and then He voluntarily offered up His innocent royal life and spilt His blood as a Substitute Victim to save mankind from death and destruction.  But this particular curtain had the added aspect of angels embroidered into it.  This further symbolized all the angels of God who reside in His presence and wait to do His bidding, especially in being sent to aid and minister to each of God’s followers on the earth (Hebrews 1:7, 14).  And all who entered into this Most Holy Place had to first pass through this third colored inner veil or curtain, and without doing so, they could not enter in.

4)    What represents this Ark of the Covenant?
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     What represents this Ark of the Covenant?  The Lord God Michael dwelt above this mercy seat that was situated directly above His 10 commandment law.  This was purposely arranged this way to teach that when any became guilty of breaking God's law and committing sin, then all they had to do was to look up and they could really obtain mercy and forgiveness from God Himself without being destroyed.  Also, this was the only place where one could directly communicate and commune with God Himself, and He with them.  So without going through each of the various symbolic steps in this Sanctuary process in order to reach this place, then no one could be able to directly come into the presence of God and communicate and commune with Him, and thus they would be lost.

5)     What represents all of the gold used in this Sanctuary?  

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    The gold to be used was only to be pure gold, which meant that it had to be refined to the highest possible degree of purity.  This refining process involved great heat, time and watchful care in order to remove away all of the dross and worthless material once connected with it, and then leave behind just pure gold.
     This symbolizes that through the plan of salvation God will continue to carefully refine and purge from us through fiery trials all the dross and worthless material, such as sin and selfishness, in order to leave behind just the pure gold of a righteous character (Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:3-4).  And this process will indeed take place if we will just allow God to work in us to will and to do His good pleasure, and thus make both men and women “more valuable than the golden wedge of Ophir” (Isaiah 13:12).

6)    What represents all of the silver used in this Sanctuary?  

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     The silver used was only to be pure silver, which also had to be refined to the highest possible degree.  This refining process also involved great heat, time and watchful care in order to remove away all of the dross and worthless material once connected with it, and then leave behind just pure silver.
     This also symbolizes that through the plan of salvation God will continue to carefully refine and purify from our characters all worthless material if we allow just Him too, until all that will remain is pure righteousness (Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:3-4).  And this fiery process will continue if we just allow our Saviour to refine us, thus enabling both men and women to be able to “offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness” (Malachi 3:3; Psalms 4:1-5).

7)    What represents all the brass used in the Sanctuary?  

     Brass is a combination of copper and zinc which is fused together under heat and pressure until it becomes one metal, which makes it much stronger and harder and more durable than copper alone.  Brass is easy to mold into shape; will expand without breaking under pressure and then immediately reduces back to normal size once the pressure is removed; and is also resistant to corrosion.  Brass also polishes up to a mirror- like reflective surface, and is more common than either silver or gold.
     This teaches that like brass, we are not to try to serve and obey God in our own strength alone, but we are to be yoked and fused together with Christ until we become one in Christ and so much more stronger and harder and durable than we were alone.  We are also to allow our characters to be molded into the proper shape by our God, and are not to give up our faith under any pressure no matter how severe – even though it feels like we are expanding to the point of bursting; nor are we to allow the various trials to warp or mar our characters, but we are to maintain our faith at all times and under all circumstances, knowing that once we victoriously pass this test things will come back to normal.  We are also to resist all enticements to sin, and not allow our characters to become corroded, but irregardless of how common we may be in the walks of life or in the eyes of the world, we are still to allow ourselves to be polished by our God until we can perfectly reflect the beautiful image of our Saviour.

8)    What represents all the shittim wood used in the Sanctuary?

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     The Hebrew word for “shittim” is “shittah” which translates and means “wood of the acacia that has scourging thorns” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, word #7848).

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     The only wood which God specifically chose to use all throughout this Sanctuary was from a tree which defends itself with sharp thorns.  These thorns easily pierce and puncture the skin of any who happens to brush up against it or disturbed it, and these cause intense pain to the unfortunate victim.  But before this wood could be used, all these thorns had to be cut away, and then this wood was completely covered over with pure gold until none of the wood itself remained to be seen.
     This thorny acacia wood symbolizes you and me while we are dead in trespasses and sins, are unconverted, and are ready to pierce, puncture and cause intense pain to anyone who happens to brush up against us and disturb self.  But through this marvelous plan of salvation, God will cut away all these sharp thorns of self and thus remove all selfishness, and then He will completely cover us over with pure smooth gold if we just allow Him too, until none of self or selfishness remains to be seen in us, but instead only the precious gold of a sanctified righteous character!

9)    What represented the rams’ skins dyed red which the entire Sanctuary was covered over with as a roof?

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     The ram was a symbol of Christ becoming the Substitute sacrifice to save mankind from death – as was revealed to Abraham when he was about to sacrifice Isaac (see Genesis 22:10-13).  So with these rams’ skins died red, this clearly symbolized that without the shedding of the blood of Christ, the plan of salvation could not take place; no one could have their sins forgiven or cleansed from unrighteousness; and thus no one could ever think of coming directly into God’s divine presence and being able to then communicate and commune with God, and thus no one would be able to escape being destroyed in their sins!

10)    Why were there three curtains all colored the same blue, purple and scarlet, which were placed at the entrances into the three different important places of this Sanctuary?  

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     As each colored curtain represented Christ’s entire life of obedience combined with self sacrifice every moment of every day which kept His human character absolutely perfect and spotless and righteous, and then He voluntarily offered up His innocent royal life and spilled His blood as a Substitute Victim in order to save mankind from death and destruction, then this reveals that each process within this Sanctuary was only made possible because of Christ’s life of righteousness and His willing sacrifice.  And for us having to enter into one of these colored curtains 3 different times shows that it is not enough to confess Christ and accept His precious gift of righteousness just one time at conversion, but we must continue to confess Him and continue to have His righteousness every step of the way.

     Salvation is not once saved always saved, but is a continual process of growing in grace until we become that perfect man or woman in Christ!

11)    Only Jesus Christ can truly save anyone from destruction, and give them eternal life!  No other human being, including pope or priest, shaman or guru, minister or elder, can save anyone in truth!  And no other so-called god; be they Bel-Marduk, or Baal, or Amun-Ra, or Kephra, or Indra, or Vishnu, or Ishtar, or Shiva, or Allah, or Buddah, or Krishna, or Zeus or Apollo, or Quetzalcoatl - which all represent Lucifer himself - can do this for anyone either!  Only the Lord God Michael/Jesus Christ can truly cleanse and save you from your sins, and give you eternal life, and no one else can!

     Anyone who stubbornly refuses to embrace Jesus Christ as their God and only Saviour will perish in their sins, and will be everlastingly destroyed.
     “When I thought to know this [about why the wicked prosper without any thought of God or of consequence for their evil doings], it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.”Psalms 73:16-17.

     Without following the process of being justified by faith and then sanctified through the sacrifice, blood, merits and righteousness of Jesus Christ, you will not be saved.
     “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1 John 5:12.