Tabernacle symbols and symbolism

Why should all Christians study the Tabernacle in the Wilderness? I think that a fitting scripture for this answer is Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. NASU. As we study not only the Tabernacle, but also the Temple of Solomon, the Feasts of Israel, and God’s detailed plan from Genesis to Revelation, we quickly find out that God grants wisdom and knowledge to those who seek Him.

Seeking Him takes great effort, and rarely are His truths set out in front of you in entirety, or in 100% accuracy. In contrast, God keeps many types, shadows, and symbols obscured, especially to the carnal and immature. What I find astounding is that God has sent many teachers that have unveiled a lot of these mysteries–mysteries that one can easily find in good Internet articles and books, yet the majority of Christians still know little of Bible symbols.

As you understand the intricate meaning in the Tabernacle, you build a foundation to understand other parts of the Bible such as the Book of Revelation. This is a principle of God whereby we use scripture to understand scripture. To embark on a journey of interpreting Revelation without building this foundation, is futile. You can certainly read Revelation and acknowledge that these verses say certain things, but to start forming doctrine and interpretation with an improper foundation will create a faulty house.

It sort of reminds me of an HGTV show called “Holmes Inspection”. Holmes is a building contractor who typically arrives at a home that has major issues, right after someone buys it, or sometimes after another contractor has completed an improvement. At least every time I have watched his show, the previous home builder has either built the home or improved it in a faulty manner…and usually to the point that Holmes will have to do some demolition to make it right. To make matters worse, a buyer will engage an inspector to review the condition of the house, and the inspector fails to find most of the faults. The buyer ends up devastated and cannot improve anything without first destroying.

I see most Christians approaching their spiritual house the same way. Many of our teachers do not know the real meaning of these types, shadows, symbols, and even parables. So, they are liken to the original home builders. Later, other teachers and prophets come along and inspect, and because their skills are lacking, or they simply are not trained correctly, they create a false sense of security, a false sense of the house’s true condition. In Holmes’ show, you get the impression that the previous inspector  simply did not care, or even worse was corrupt.

I will use this section of Temple Builders Ministry to go through a lot of these types and shadows. In my own experience, these teaching set a good foundation for me to understand a lot of God’s mysteries. I hope it does for you likewise.

John Robert Lucas

Temple Builders: The High Calling

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