Harry Holland - Manifestation of His Will

Jesus came and fulfilled all the law the covenant pointed to.  The divine love of God is the higher law given.  Divine love moved Jesus to come to earth and give His life.  There is no higher law visible or invisible than divine love.  Romans 8:2, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh."  What the law of Moses could not do was done in the world through Jesus.  That is the law God wants people to manifest in life.  The Old Testament was types and shadows fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament.

 

Exodus 25-27:9, a cubit equals 18 inches.

 

Outer Court:  150 feet long and 75 feet wide was composed of pillars, all the same size, set in sockets of brass which were seven and one half feet above the ground and one foot set in the socket.  The sockets were driven into the earth, not the pillars.  Every pillar was capped with silver and had a silver hook which held up the curtain of white linen.  The pillars were on the inside of the curtains.  The brass sockets spoke of the Judgement of God, not human judgement.  God judges by the standard of Jesus Christ.  By Jesus He gave a perfect manifestation of His will.  We’ll be judged by the life of Jesus.  The babe Jesus was a perfect manifestation of God; never did men or devils put a blemish on Him.  It cost Jesus a lot to come to this sin-cursed world and give this perfect manifestation.  God gave to this world through Jesus, a perfect visible expression of His desire, and a perfect audible expression by word, and He was the only perfect visible expression of the invisible God that human eyes ever looked upon or human ears ever listened to.

 

There was no floor in the tabernacle, the brass sockets were driven into mother earth, and that is how God begins in our lives.  The silver caps and hooks were made from redemption money which was paid in silver by parents to redeem the firstborn son.  There is no other way we can stand, only by redemption.  There were sixty pillars in all twenty on each side and ten on each end. Revelation 3:12, "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name."  Pillars were taken from the forest and much work had to be done to make them all one size, to fit into the sockets before they could hold up the curtains white curtains, the righteousness of saints.  If we want to be a pillar, we must live a life of overcoming.  We can’t make ourselves pillars; that is the work of God.  The pillars were responsible to stay where placed and kept in line to hold up the curtains.  God wants us to keep in line and hold up righteousness.  God's people don't stoop to do certain things, not because they are held by law, but because of love.  God loves to make people what they aren’t by nature, make them pillars.

 

There was only one door into the outer court; the door was on the east end and was a curtain.  This door was where the priests and Levites came in.


Colours in the curtain: 

 

Blue, a type of canopy of Heaven, the same as green is the type of the canopy of earth.

 

Scarlet, speaks of the suffering side of Christ.

 

Purple, speaks of the priestly and kingly side of Jesus.


Exodus 28:

 

Fine linen is righteousness.

 

This door is the type of Christ.  He said, "I am the door." Jesus was the door of the sheepfold.  There is no safe place outside the fold.  The sheepfold is the fellowship with God 1 John 1:3, "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His son Jesus Christ."  The prophets in the Old Testament ministered from God to the people.  They were responsible to obey.  The priests ministered from the people to God and then offered the sacrifice God demanded.  The Old Testament prophets foretold about Christ's coming, His death, His resurrection, and the glory that would follow.  The New Testament tells about the Christ who had come and they didn't know Him.  The priest came through the door into the outer court; there is only one door to the fellowship, through Christ.  Every sacrifice brought in must come through the door, through Christ.  The first thing the priest saw when he came through the door was the altar of sacrifice.

 

The Altar was seven and a half feet square outside, made of shittim wood overlaid with brass.  I am safe in saying the fireplace was six feet square.  There were four horns which speak of the power of sacrifice.  The brass rings were placed halfway down on the sides; the staves were placed through these so it could be easily carried on the shoulders of the Levites.  The grate was set down about halfway and called the brazen altar.  The ashes were put in vessels and carried away.  The fire was never allowed to go out.  The tabernacle stood for five hundred years and God never changed one thing.

 

The brazen laver was called the foot.  We would call it the wash basin.  The priests had to wash their hands and feet before touching anything on the altar.  God intends we have clean hands and feet.  We must take clean steps in the world, in our business. Hands speak of our work and feet of our walk.  The first sacrifice every morning, 365 days of the year, was a lamb without blemish and without spot, a type of Christ.  The last thing offered every night was a lamb which pointed to the One they could get salvation through.

 

The Covered Part of the Building was 45 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 15 feet high.  This was the only part that was covered.  The last curtain on it was skins (seal skins).  There were no badgers common in Palestine.  Seals were common by the Red Sea.  This curtain was 60 feet by 45 feet made of seal skin.  How did they keep the rain out?  (No man putteth new wine in old bottles) not glass bottles but bottles made from goatskin.  When the goats were killed, all the meat and bones were taken out through the neck.  The skin was turned inside out and cleaned.  New bottles would have lots of stretch, but new wine in old bottles would not do because new wine works and would burst old bottles that have lost their elasticity.  Wine inside speaks of the inside of our lives.  Jesus never went around trying to patch up old lives.  He showed if we become a child of God, we become a new creature, pliable enough to retain what God wants.  Christianity is not a patch-up work on the outside.

 

 

The next covering was ram skin dyed red.  This was a type of the suffering and sacrifice of Christ. 

 

The next covering was made of goats hair the perfect humanity of Christ.  Exodus 12, they could use a goat or a lamb for the Passover feast.  This represents the two sides of Christ - God's side and man's side.  The lamb was the type of the perfect Divinity of Christ; the goat was the type of the perfect human side of the Lamb of God.  The first covering didn't come to the floor; it was about 18 inches short, and the same colours as in the door. 

 

The door hung on five pillars, covered with gold, stood in brass sockets, and was called the Holy Place. It was 30 feet long and 15 feet wide.  The curtain divided the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.  The Most Holy Place was 15 cubits equal in length, breadth, and height.  Every morning, incense was burned, typical of prayer.  You can’t live a Christian life without prayer.  The priest took fire off the altar and put it on the altar of incense in the Holy Place.  While the incense was burning, the priests had to fill the bowls of the candlesticks - which were made of solid gold with fresh oil of olives.  This was the only light in the Holy Place and it burned all night.  In the morning, the High Priest put out the lights, cleaned the bowls and put in fresh oil.  Only the High Priest could do this.  Jesus is our High Priest.  He said, "I am the light of the world."  There was a large supply of oil kept in brass vessels on the south side.  Others were responsible to put the oil there.

 

Altar of Incense Only once a year blood was put on the altar on the horns.

 

Table of Shewbread - Every Sabbath the High Priest put twelve loaves of bread (fresh) on the table - one loaf for each tribe of Israel. The old bread was taken away and became food for the High Priest and his family.  When we gather together the first day of the week, the day Jesus rose from the dead, the day of Pentecost, the great and notable day of the Lord, we are keeping the first day of the week because the Christians kept it first, in Acts 20. Where do we get bread?  Jesus said, "I am the bread of life.John 6:63 is the key verse of the chapter. "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."

 

When the tabernacle was pitched, the door always faced the east; it couldn/t face any other way.  Three million people camped around the tabernacle.  God led them out of Egypt, a tremendous miracle, led them through the wilderness, fed, and clothed them.  It couldn’t have been done apart from God doing it.  He has to have first place in our lives.

 

The veil that divided the Holy Place from the Holiest of Holies hung on four pillars overlaid with gold, caps of gold, hooks of gold, and stood in sockets of silver.  This veil was rent in twain when Jesus shed His blood.  Hebrews 9, earthly tabernacle but Divine service.  The service you and I give God is carried out in human tabernacles but it’s a Divine service.

 

The High Priest was the only person that went into the Most Holy Place.  Leviticus 16, in the Most Holy Place was the Ark of the Covenant.  In the ark were the ten commandments.  The ark was carried on the shoulders of the Levites.  The Mercy Seat of gold covered the ark.  It’s only through mercy that we can do the commandments of God.  The Cherubim of Glory, one on each end looking down on the Mercy Seat. God spoke to Moses from between these Cherubim.


The Most Holy Place is a type of Heaven.  The veil into the Most Holy Place was rent in two when Jesus died.  Jesus opened the way to Heaven for people when He died.  God typified it all in types and shadows but Jesus fulfilled it.


Boards were fifteen feet long above the ground with two tenants in silver sockets.  Two tenants standing in sockets of silver - standing on redemption ground.  These boards were twenty-seven inches wide and sixteen feet long.  It would be hard to get a board this size in the forest. There were five golden rings in each board.  Staves were put through the rings to hold the boards in line. 

 

The silver sockets were in mother earth; that's on redemption ground.  If you and I start, we must begin at the redemption of Christ.  Brass stands for judgement.  The boards were covered with gold.  Gold speaks of the Divinity of God.  The stave along the bottom stands for faith.  We begin by faith we are saved by faith.  The second stave stands for hope.  If were saved by faith, it brings a living hope.  The third ring had to be in the dead centre of the board.  That stave couldnt be spliced and was forty-five feet long.  It stands for charity, Divine Love, and it never fails. It never failed in the upper room, in the garden, or on the cross.  All have failed but Jesus never failed.  Love covereth all sins. 

 

The fourth ring stands for truth and the fifth ring for righteousness.  If God hadn't made all this provision, do you think we could stand?  All on the outside of the outer court had to be in full fellowship with the inside, or they couldn't be in harmony with God.

 

On the tenth day of the seventh month, he brought the blood of the bullock for the sins of the priesthood. He put the blood of the bullock seven times on the horns, on the altar of incense, once every year.  The blood of Christ makes it possible for our prayers to be accepted.

 

The Scapegoat (Azel) One that beareth away.  Jesus the sin bearer.  The High Priest put his hands on the head of the goat and confessed all the sins.  A fit man took the goat and led him out into the wilderness.  All his sins were behind him.  Only Jesus can take our sins into the wilderness of God's forgetfulness, behind His back, never to be remembered against us anymore.  That goat never committed any sin but he had to die for sin.  That is what Jesus did.  The High Priest is a type of Jesus.  Old Testament sacrifices were a type of Jesus - freewill offering and whole burnt offering.  I am thankful for the same Bible they had 1900 years ago.  They lived those truths then and we can live them today.

 

The Golden Pot filled with manna was in the Most Holy Place.  Deuteronomy 31:24-26, five books of the Bible were there and also the Rod of Aaron and the golden censer.  Today He teaches us through Christ who fulfilled these.  Hebrews 1, angels, ministering spirits.  They always did that work and we hardly give them credit.


The tabernacle was all Jewish work; the Temple to replace the tabernacle was Gentile but Jews were the overseers.  The Bible was all Jewish writers.  God did a lot with the Jewish people even though they displeased Him many times.

 

He also added:


There were two altars, the altar of burnt offerings in the outer court and the altar of incense in the Holy Place.


Horns on each altar speak of power of sacrifice and of prayer. Zechariah 1:18 gives us an idea of the horns power that scattered and destroyed.  "…I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns.  19 And I said unto the angel that talked with me, 'What be these?' And he answered me, 'These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.'" Carpenters were builders.  One man was working on the wrecking crew, the others on the construction crew.  Horns are the powers that grow on an animal power to protect itself and push enemies out of their way.

 

The large altar was seven and a half feet wide and long, outside measure.  There must have been quite a thickness of wood and brass to protect the wood from burning up so that this leaves us to understand there is a difference between the inside and outside measurements.  Six and a half feet measurement inside would give us six inches for thickness of the altar walls.


The reason God never gave the world a perfect expression of His eternal plan and purpose for 4000 years was because He never had a perfect channel to give it through until Jesus came.  God did give many very clear and explicit expressions of His will through human channels, such as Moses and David, but they were not perfect.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.