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The Great Pyramid, Part 51

The Great Pyramid, Part 51

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

Once again having entered the first apartment of the Tabernacle proper, the “Holy” we noticed three distinctive pieces of furniture in this room, the most notable being the Golden Lampstand, the only source of light for this room. This lampstand we determined represents the Church, both its Head and body as bearers of light (truth). The light which emanated from this Lampstand representing the light (or enlightenment) of the Holy Spirit, accessible only to the Priests, the spirit begotten class, that is those who have experienced a change of nature having entered into covenant relationship with the Father, a “covenant by sacrifice” (Pas 50:5; Rom 12:1).

We should now like to examine the next piece of furniture in the Holy, (Item #3) the Table of Showbread’, or in Hebrew lechem panim meaning “bread of presence.”

“The Golden Table like that of the Golden Lampstand … represented the Church as a whole, including our Lord and the apostles—all the sanctified in Christ who serve in `holding forth the word of life.’ (Phil 2:16) The great work of the true Church during this age has been to feed, strengthen and enlighten all who enter the covenanted spiritual condition. The Bride of Christ is to make herself ready (Rev 19:7), to build one another up in our most holy faith. The witnessing to the world during the present age is quite secondary and incidental. The full blessing of the world will follow in God’s `due time,’ after the Gospel age (after the antitypical Day of Atonement with its sin-offerings) has ended.” (T115)

Upon the Table of Showbread (made of wood and overlaid with gold) were placed twelve cakes of unleavened bread in two piles, with frankincense on top of each pile. (Lev 24:6, 7) This bread was proper for the priests only to eat (typifying those wholly consecrated to the Lord): it was holy, and was renewed every seventh or Sabbath day.” (T16)

Antitypically, the showbread represented the “word of life” the Truth, (specifically “meat in due season”, or present truth, in our case the *Harvest Message) upon which the “royal priesthood” serving in the “Holy” of the Tabernacle must of, needs eat—or feed upon. This food lawful only for the priests to consume represents the “deep things” of the Word of God solid food (the meat of the Word) belonging only to those who are of full age (mature Christians) that is, those who by reason of use (practice and study) have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (able to rightly divide the Word of God, to distinguish between truth and error, to recognize the “times and the seasons”).” Heb 5: 14

* The harvest is the richest season of the year, when the buds of prophecy and promise have developed and are now bringing forth their golden fruit, and the table of the Lord fairly groans under its bounty (not only this, but it is the Lord of the harvest himself who comes forth to serve his people). R1899:2, 1890:1

The truth is all of the Lord’s words are considered spiritual (that is heavenly mana or food), they all emanate from heaven, from the Father of lights (James 1:17), this regardless of whether it be found in the courtyard as pictured in the Copper Laver or in the Holy as pictured in the Table of Showbread, the difference however is in substance of the food, one is suitable for the natural man, the believer in the “courtyard condition” (as represented by copper), and the other designed specifically for those in the “spirit begotten condition”, new creatures in Christ Jesus, (as represented by gold).

It should likewise be noted that without the aid of the light shining forth from the Golden Lampstand (representing the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit) we would not be able to fully discern (comprehend) the food placed upon the Golden Table.

These two sources, the Laver and the Table of Showbread however are not the only two sources of information from which believers feed; outside the courtyard in the camp are the tables of devils tables filled with every detestable thing. (Rev 18:2) That is to say that while the Lord spreads his table, the devil spreads his also. R1898:3

The following extract taken from The Herald of Christ’s Kingdom, Oct 1921, Page 29 well illustrates the differences between the table of the Lord and those of the Adversary.

INTOXICATION OF CHRISTENDOM (Isa 28:1-13)

Golden Text.–“Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink.”–Hab. 2:15.

“We note that, in harmony with the Apostle’s words, nearly all the Old Testament prophecies were written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the ages have come, and in many instances those who uttered the prophecies and those who heard them comprehended them not. (1 Pet. 1:12.) The prophecy at present under consideration we understand to be of this kind-specially applicable to spiritual Israel, though not without a meaning to natural Israel at the time of this writing.

In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, and for a spirit of judgment to him that sits in judgment and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate”. Isa 28: 5, 6

Today we see the Christian world intoxicated, bewildered and confused with the wine of false doctrine mentioned so explicitly in our Lord’s last Message to His people. There it is clearly set forth that the great Mother of Harlots would make all the nations of Christendom drunk with the wine of her fornication. The crown of pride and the fat valleys of her possessions are easily seen from this standpoint. But at the same time that the glory passes away from the nominal system a proportionately special blessing will come to the residue of the Lord’s people who are not of this -class, drunken with the wine of false doctrine, but, as the Apostle declares, “Sober, girding up the loins of their minds, and pressing along the Narrow Way for the prize.”

This will mean to this class a spirit of judgment, or what the Apostle calls the spirit of a sound mind, enabling them to comprehend the Divine Plan, and enabling them to be strong in the defense of the Truth and to “turn the battle to the gate;” that is to say, the citadel of Truth will be preserved notwithstanding the fall of the masses of Churchianity. This is in accord with the prophetic statement, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked, because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.”–Psa. 91:7-10.

Where do we find ourselves, dear brethren and sisters, as we investigate this picture, so applicable to our day? Are we amongst those intoxicated with the spirit of the world, the spirit of Babylon, the spirit of anti-Christ, the spirit of false doctrine, the spirit of sectarianism, that has “a form of godliness but denies its power?“, the table of devils.

Or are we classed with the Lord and more and more being filled with the spirit of a sound mind? And are we standing faithful as good soldiers in the defense of the Truth and turning the battle at the gateway; not suffering that any false doctrine shall intrude upon us (or upon the brethren), but insisting that every doctrine shall be decided by the Word of the Lord, and be squared by the Golden Rule and by the Scriptural presentations on the subject of the Ransom? We trust that the more we examine ourselves, the more we can assure ourselves that we are with the latter class.

Verses 7 and 8 “But they also have erred through wine, And through intoxicating drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, They are swallowed up by wine, They are out of the way through intoxicating drink; They err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.”

 Verse 7 seemingly pictures these drunkards of Ephraim as the leaders of the people, their priests (Ministers) and prophets, their religious instructors, who have all been misled through the strong drink, the false doctrine of the Dark Ages, and who are all erring in vision and stumbling in their judgment respecting the Truth, the Divine Plan.”

TABLES FULL OF UNCLEANNESS

 The statement in Verse 8 that all their tables are full of vomit and filthiness so that there is no place clean could hardly be understood to apply literally to the millions of Israelite’s of Isaiah’s day, but it does apply spiritually to the millions of nominal Israel of our day. We need scarcely say that the table of the Lord’s people signifies their spiritual supply of food, nourishment; and as we look about us we find in Churchianity many such tables, one to each denomination–its creed. The creed of each denomination represents what it claims God has set before it as the truth for its spiritual nourishment and refreshment; and for centuries each denomination has been busily inviting each other and the world to come to its table. Now, however, these tables are measurably deserted. Very few want to talk about the doctrine or creed of their sect; they generally prefer to ignore creeds.

For the most part most are completely ignorant of their church’s creed or statement of beliefs. As for those who do wish to know, the sect generally provides a modest outline of the church’s creed, one which provides just enough information to satisfy the inquisitor while at the same time avoiding those things which it deems would offend the senses of any righteously inclined individual, such as the belief in eternal torment as the wages of sin.

Many, while thinking that they worship God, really worship “doctrines of devils,” of which they are for the most part, if they are honest individuals ashamed and by which they are hindered. R4006:5

On the contrary, how is it with the remnant mentioned in Verses 5 and 6?

Have they any table? Yes, indeed! They have a table spread with Divine bounties, and it is referred to, prophetically in the 23rd Psalm, “My table thou hast furnished in the presence of mine enemies.” Having gotten free from the wine of the false doctrine of Babylon, these have sought the Truth of the Divine Word unadulterated, and have drawn nigh unto the Lord with their hearts and not with their lips merely; they have gotten mercy and found grace to help in time of great need. The Lord has bountifully supplied their wants with truths both new and old, and thus He fulfilled the promise He made when leaving us, saying to those servants who would be ready to hear the knock, indicating Hispresenceat His second coming, that He would open the door, enter in and sup with them. Furthermore, be promised, that He would gird Himself and become our servant, and bring forth to His faithful ones things new and old from the larder, from the treasure house of Truth and grace. We found it so! We have a table spread with the most wonderful bounties, riches of grace, mercy and truth.”

Returning to the Table of Showbread we note the following,

And thou shall take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake. And thou shall set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD. And thou shall put pure frankincense upon each row that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD. Every Sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant. And it shall be Aaron’s and his sons’; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire by a perpetual statute.”(Lev 24:5–9)

It is not fully ascertain as to whether or not the twelve loves or cakes were placed in “rows” or in “piles”, Rotherham’s one of the most reliable translations states that it was rows, but in the margin suggest likewise that it may just as well have been piles.

The frankincense placed upon each row (or pile) represented praise to Jehovah (R3703:4). This frankincense, was, of course, not eaten, but offered by the priest as a “memorial” upon God’s altar “for an offering made by fire unto the LORD.” (Lev 24:7) For a time, the frankincense was identified with the showbread, though in no way a part of it. So the element of praise is not itself a part of the Word of Life—the TRUTH: but it is called forth by it!

Thus he (the antitypical priest) who has been “refreshed and strengthened . . . with the truth, as represented in the `showbread…should daily offer up sacrifices at the `Golden Altar (Item #4),’ acceptable to God through Jesus Christ —a sweet perfume to our Father.” (T22) Such sacrifice upon the “Golden Altar” are of praise and thanksgiving (Heb 13:11; Psa 50:5, 14) unto Jehovah God. “Praise ye the LORD Praise God in his Sanctuary.” (Psa 150:1) “Notes on the Tabernacle”, Pages 174-179

Close to the `vail,’ stood a small altar, of wood covered with gold, called the `Golden Altar’ or `Incense Altar.’ It had no fire upon it except what the priests brought in the censers which they set in the top of this `Golden Altar,’ and then crumbled the incense upon it, causing it to give forth a fragrant smoke or perfume, which, filling the `Holy,’ penetrated also beyond the `second vail’ into the `Most Holy’ or `Holy of Holies.‘ ” (T17)

The Golden Altar in the `Holy’ would seem to represent the `little flock,’ the consecrated Church in the present sacrificing condition. From this altar ascends the sweet incense, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ—the willing services of the priests: their praises, their willing obedience—all things whatsoever they do to the glory of God. Those who thus offer incense acceptable to God (1 Pet 2:5) come very close to their Father—close up to the `Vail’ which separates them from the `Most Holy’; and if they have requests (prayers) to make they may be presented with the incense—`much incense with the prayers of saints.’ (Rev 8:3) The prayers of such priests of God are effectual.

Our Lord Jesus kept the incense continually burning, and could say, `I know that thou hear me always.’ (John 11:42) So the under-priests, `members of his Body,’ will be heard always if they continually offer the incense of faith, love and obedience to God: and none should expect to have requests recognized who do not thus keep their covenant—`If ye abide in me and my words (teachings) abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.’ (John 15:7) The necessity of a clear apprehension of Christ’s teachings as a guide to our requests and expectations, that we may not `ask amiss’ and out of harmony with God’s plan, is clearly shown by this scripture—but seldom noticed.” (T120)

As was stated earlier all three of these items, the Golden Lampstand, the Table of Showbread and the Gold Incense Altar are indispensable to the new creature, available only to those who have taken the “second step” and have fully consecrated (sanctified) themselves to God and to His service. Such having been begotten of His spirit have entered the school of Christ that they might be fully developed, sanctified by God and made copies of their dear Lord and Master.

In our next post we will take a look at the “Most Holy” and how we may enter.

The Great Pyramid, Part 50

The Great Pyramid, Part 50

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

In the Tabernacle picture the dividing line or “Spiritual Divide” which separates the natural man from the spiritual man is found centered over the Door of the Tabernacle, the “Kalumma”, or “First Vail”. Only those who have passed beyond this vail, having made a full consecration of themselves, having entered into Covenant relationship with the Father; a covenant by sacrifice (Psa 50:5) are permitted beyond this point. Henceforth all such are considered prospective members of the body of Christ, and of the Royal Priesthood, and as you recalled only priests were permitted in the Tabernacle.

In the Great Pyramid this “Spiritual Divide” is likewise evident.

The Natural and Spiritual Natures Shown

“By reference to the illustration above it will be noticed that an imaginary line drawn through the vertical axis of the Great Pyramid would leave the “Queen’s Chamber” and its “Horizontal Passage,” the “Entrance Passage,” the “First Ascending Passage” and the “Grand Gallery,” all on the north side of that line or axis, and only the “Ante-Chamber” and the “King’s Chamber” on the south side of it. By this arrangement the designer of the Great Pyramid (Jehovah) points out to us the distinction of natures, as noted in Vol. I, Chap. X.

The “Queen’s Chamber,” representing the perfection of humanity after the Millennial age shall have restored all the obedient and worthy ones to the moral likeness of the Creator, teaches, by the fact that its back or farthest wall is on a line with the Pyramid’s axis, that, thus restored to God’s image and likeness, though still human, mankind will be close to the divine nature–as close as one nature could be to another nature of which it is a likeness. And all the upward passages leading in the direction of that axis teach that the desires and efforts of God’s people are all to be toward human perfection, while those of the called-out Church of the Gospel age are to go beyond human perfection. They, as joint-heirs with Christ, are to enter into the fullness of the divine nature.

The fact that the “Subterranean Chamber” or “Pit,” representing trouble and death, does not lie wholly on the same side of the vertical axis as the “Queen’s Chamber” and its passage does not militate against this interpretation; for, strictly speaking, it is no part of the Pyramid structure at all. It lies under the Pyramid, far below its basal line. But it may have another lesson to impart. A *vertical line from its farthest wall would pass exactly along the farthest wall of the “Ante-Chamber“; and the lesson drawn might be, in harmony with the Scriptural warning, that it is possible for some who have entered the “Holy” or sanctified condition (who have been begotten by the word of truth, and who have even been quickened by it) to commit the sin that is unto death–the second death.

*We have not depicted this vertical line from the back of the “Pit” to the back of the “Ante-Chamber” for the same reason that we have not depicted the vertical axis line residing exactly along the back or farthest wall of the “Queens Chamber” as it is near impossible to get such a small illustration perfectly to scale.

So, then, the relation of the location of the “Pit” to the axis, if it have any significance in connection with the arrangement of the Pyramid above it, would seem to indicate that the second death–endless, hopeless destruction–will be the penalty, not only of the willful sinfulness of men who, during the Millennial age of blessed opportunity, will refuse to go on to human perfection, but also of any of those sanctified during the Gospel age, who willfully reject Christ’s proffered and previously accepted robe of imputed righteousness.

Another item worthy of note in connection with the vertical axis of the Great Pyramid’s structure above its basal line is this: our Lord’s first advent and his death, marked by the “Well’s” mouth, are on that side of the Pyramid’s axis which represents the human nature; and its location on the same level as the passage leading to the “Queen’s Chamber,” which symbolizes human perfection, is also noteworthy.

The Great Pyramid thus seems to say: “He was made flesh“–the man Christ Jesus gave himself “a ransom for all“; yet he knew no sin, was holy, harmless, separate from sinners, and had no part whatever in the downward, sinful course of Adam’s race (symbolized in the passage to the “Pit”). Moreover, the location of the “Grotto” and the fact that it was natural and not hewn are significant. It evidently symbolizes the death of our Lord Jesus. The fact that it was natural teaches that the Lord’s sacrifice of himself was not expediency, but a foreordained, prearranged matter in Jehovah’s plan, before the outworking of the plan symbolized by the Pyramid began. The fact that it is located above and not below the basal line of the Pyramid seems to teach another lesson in harmony with the Scriptures—that though our Lord died as a ransom for sinners, he did not descend into sin and degradation, but even in his death was within the limits and bounds of the divine plan, as symbolized in the Pyramid structure above the basal line.” Volume 3 Pages 358-362

Despite what most professing Christians have been taught to believe only the fully consecrated, those who have passed beyond the First Vail have been begotten to a “new nature”, a spirit nature, but of course this new nature is only in its embryotic state at the present time, the new creature possesses only the “new mind”, spirit or will at present, not the new body. Like the gestation period in which a fetus is natured and developed within the womb so too the new creature needs to be natured and developed first before it is to receive its new body and be born a spirit being.

The “new mind” is unique to the spirit begotten “new creature”, alone; it is not something which is given to every professed believer, only to those who have fully consecrated themselves and have experienced a change of natures. Thus such are the only ones in possession of the Holy Spirit, for the “new mind” IS the spirit or will of God in us, the Holy Spirit, and so only such are able to receive the things of the spirit of God which they without (whether believer or not) can neither receive nor understand,

For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit (the mind or will) of the man which is in him? Even so no man knows the mind of God save he who has the spirit (or mind) of God. Now we have received, not the spirit (the mind) of the world, but the Spirit (the mind or will) which is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God… For “Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind (the spirit) of Christ.” (1 Cor 2:11, 12, 16)

The natural man, (which includes not only non-believers, but believers alike those located in the “courtyard condition”, those not fully consecrated), receive not the things of the Spirit of God (the mind of God), for they are foolishness (incomprehensible) to him; nor can he know (accept) them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor 2:14)

Why? Because such are carnally (fleshly) minded, that is to say they still retain their own minds, their own wills.

One of the most common mistakes made by believers is the idea that all believers are automatically begotten of the spirit and receives the Holy Spirit immediately upon a confession of faith in the Lord; however a through comparison of all related scripture on the subject contradicts this thought. According to the teachings of the Scriptures, until one takes the “Second Step” of a full consecration and enters into covenant arrangement with the Father they remain a “natural man” human, earthly, and as such are limited to what the natural man is capable of accepting and comprehending.

The only way in which one could comprehend spiritual things is if one were spiritually minded, in possession of the mind or spirit of God, and the only way in which one can receive this mind or spirit of God is if they have experienced a change of nature from that of the earthly or human nature to that of the spirit nature. NOTE: it is not the natural or earthly man whom the Lord imparts his Spirit, the Holy Spirit, it is the “new creature”, the spirit begotten. And the only way in which the Scriptures teach that one can become a new creature, begotten of the spirit is by surrendering themselves entirely to God through Christ, which consists in following in the Master’s footsteps, fully consecrating one’s self and entering into covenant relationship with the Father.

As was stated above no amount of faith or justification changes ones nature. The human nature and the spirit nature are separate and distinct natures. The spiritual divide which separates the natural man from the spiritual man is unbreakable regardless of how much faith one may possess.

Continued with next post.

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Pyramid, Part 49

The Great Pyramid, Part 49

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

As stated in our last post, the Golden Lampstand represents the complete Church from its Head, Jesus to and including the last members of the “Little Flock” whom he is taking out from among men to be partakers of the divine (Gold) nature. As our Lord so stated: the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven churches’ (Rev 1:20) The Church whose seven stages or developments were symbolized by the seven congregations of Asia Minor (Rev 1:11). Yes; that lampstand represented the entire church of the First Born, not the nominal, but the true Church. The form of its workmanship was beautiful—a fruit and a flower, following successively—representing the true Church as both beautiful and fruitful from first to last.

Located at the top of each branch was a lamp in the shape of an almond. A peculiarity about the almond tree is that the fruit-buds appear before the leaves. So with the `Royal Priesthood:’ they sacrifice or begin to bring forth fruit before the leaves of professions are seen. (The leaves of profession cannot come first.)

“The light from this lamp was of olive oil was, `beaten,’ or refined; and the lamps were always kept lit.

THE FOLLOWING POINT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND: This oil was symbolic of the Holy Spirit, and its light represented holy enlightenment—the spirit of the truth.

Its light was for the benefit of the priests alone, for NO others were permitted to see it, or to proffer from its light.

Thus was represented the spirit or mind of God given to enlighten the Church, in the deep things of God, which are entirely hidden from the natural man (1 Cor 2:14), even though he be a believer—a justified individual (residing in the “courtyard condition”). None but the truly consecrated, the `Royal Priesthood,’ are permitted to see into this deeper light, hidden within the Tabernacle in the `Holy.’

The priests (the fully consecrated believer, the Lord’s anointed) always have access to the Holy; it is their right and privilege; it was intended for them and them alone (Heb 9:6), whereas in contrast the Levites (representative of the un-consecrated believer those residing in the “courtyard condition”) were forbidden to even attempt to look upon the holy things contained within the Tabernacle, upon penalty of death.

So you see through the strict enforcement of the type, (in this case the death sentence appointed for violators), the Lord assured the antitype, (the substance or reality, which he intended to emphasize), that it is forbidden (nay impossible) for one abiding in the courtyard condition even though he be a believer to see, to look upon (to comprehend) the things hidden in theHoly or spirit begotten condition”.

The reason being is that the Vail of human-mindedness (the natural mind, with its various limits both in conception and understanding) comes between them and the sacred things; the only way of access being to fully consecrate and sacrifice wholly the human will (mind) and nature.”

No ordinary Israelite (typical of the non-believer in the worldly or “camp condition”), nor any ordinary Levite (tentatively speaking, the believer in the “courtyard condition”), ever saw the lighted Lampstand. Even when the Camp traveled, it was covered (Num 4:9, 10) so as not to be visible to the people.

Thus the teachings of the Scriptures as exemplified in the Tabernacle picture wholly contradict those of the church nominal (the professing church), who erroneously teach that all believers in Christ, whether they be fully consecrated or not are granted the Holy Spirits enlightenment, this however is not true, only those who have passed beyond the First Vail, who have entered into covenant relationship with the Father, a “covenant by sacrificePsa 50:5, and who have subsequently entered the “Holy” are privileged to receive of the light of the Golden Lamp-Stand, THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

It is worthy of note that the Word of God, the Truth (the Bible), is represented in both the Laver in the Courtyard, and in the Golden Lampstand in the Holy, The difference? The Laver was made of polished copper (Exod 30:18; 38:8) and contained water for the cleansing of the priesthood (the Levites) that served the Tabernacle (R2671:5), whereas the Lampstand was made of beaten gold (Exod 25:31; 37:17) and its lamps contained oil for the enlightenment of those (the Priests) who served within the Tabernacle.

There is however a corresponding difference with regard to the particular aspects of the Truth, reflected in these two pieces of furniture, respectively. The one in the Court—the Laver, made of copper—bespeaks the basic elements of the Truth, never hidden from those of humankind who would “see” (comprehend) the perfections of the man Christ Jesus; and in so doing see their own need of cleansing, ere they would be able to follow in His footsteps into the Sanctuaries of God.

The elementary or basic aspects of the Truth are such as the Apostle Paul designates the first principles of the oracles of God—the milk of the Word. (Heb 5:12, 13) These involve repentance from dead works, faith toward God, baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, eternal judgment (Heb 6:1,2), all of which center in the ransom sacrifice of the man Christ Jesus; and where there is faith there is a consequent justification. The Laver stood in the Court. It is by or through means of these elementary truths, these first principle doctrines, the “milk of the word” that we as prospective members of the bride of Christ have come to be sanctified, begotten of the Spirit.

“The Laver which stood in the Court full of water, at which the priests washed their hands and feet…, is a symbol of the cleansing effect of the truth upon the outward conduct of believers in general. It symbolizes the putting aside of filthy practices—lying, stealing, etc., and the putting away of filthy communications out of our mouths—slanders, envy, strife, backbiting, etc., a cleansing as proper for the natural man as for the consecrated saints.” (R1543:6)

On the other hand, the Lampstand, made of beaten gold, bespeaks of the deeper, diviner elements of the Truth, to those only who by consecration of their justified all’s unto the Lord have “died” to their human hopes, interests and ambitions, and, as sanctified and anointedpriests,” are now in the light of the Golden Lampstand…”

The deeper aspects of the Truth are such as the Apostle Paul designated Strong meat” (Heb 5:14), and involve membership in the (royal) priesthood with a recognition of Christ Jesus as the High Priest (Heb 3:1), membership in the “Seed of Abraham” (Heb 6:12–17; Gal 3:29), membership in the “body of Christ” (1 Cor 12:13), the sharing of Jesus’ cup in a communion of saints (1 Cor 10:16), and the hope of glorification with Jesus (Heb 6:12,19) which belongs only to the predestined, foreordained respondents to the high calling (Rom 8:24,29; Phil 3:14; Heb 3:1). Thus does this deeper aspect of the Truth involve sanctification (a setting apart) by God’s Holy Spirit.

Continued with next post.

The Great Pyramid, Part 48

The Great Pyramid, Part 48

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

Having entered through the first vail of the Tabernacle into the “Holy” or spirit begotten condition the first thing we note is that there are three distinctive pieces of furniture located in this chamber, the Golden Lampstand, the Table of Showbread, and the Golden Altar. These three items are indispensable to the child of God in the school of Christ.

In the illustration above we have intentionally placed the Golden Lampstand out of its proper place simply for better clarity; its true position however is directly across from the Table of Showbread as illustrated in the picture below.

Place the table (of Showbread) outside the inner curtain (that is the second vail) on the north side of the Tabernacle, and place the lampstand across the room on the south side.” (New Living Translation Exod 26:35; see also Exod 40:24)

The first item which we would like to examine is the Golden Lampstand.

The Golden Lampstand, as a whole represents Christ and the Church giving forth their light. The central candlestick typified Christ Jesus; it had its own foundation, and its course was straight upward from the very start. On the other hand, the branches, representing the true, consecrated church, had no base of their own, their support being the main candlestick; also their course was not straight upward, but at the start they were almost horizontal, parallel to the earth, but gradually their course changed upward until at last they ran parallel to the main candlestick. So with the consecrated: We have no standing in ourselves, our support; our foundation is in Him.”

This Lamp Stand was made of one piece of beaten pure gold, that is to say the Candlestick had to be brought into shape by the process of beating, not by pouring the molten metal into a mold. As the Lamp stand symbolizes our Lord and the Church giving forth their light, so then in the process of its development it must of needs be “beaten” into shape.

Surely he hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isa 53:4, 5)

And as surely as the servant is no greater than his Lord so likewise are we bruised, as was the shaft so are the branches, all of one beaten work. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…” (Eph 2:10)

“Human nature rebels against suffering, hardship, and the beating process…The candlestick had to be beaten, beaten until formed into a beautiful and serviceable piece of furniture to give light in the holy place (the Holy). We often hear Christians pray, “That I may know him and the power of his resurrection,” but they seemingly neglect to pray the rest of Paul’s prayer, “that I may know him and the fellowship of his suffering.”

Beloved, think it not  strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye shall be glad also with exceeding joy.” (1 Pet 4:12, 13) Rejoice then, for the candlestick is being made and His glory shall ultimately be revealed. “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” (1 Pet 4:14)

Our only excuse for existence is that we might be to the praise of His glory. So when called on to suffer and endure the beating process, let us be jubilant and say with Peter, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.’ (1 Pet 1:3–7)

No warrant gives Christians authority to say, `Why?’ to God’s beating process in their lives. The suffering of the Christian is no mystery, for we have the plain Word of God which says, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom 8:18) . . . So beloved, count it not strange concerning the fiery trial. God’s beating process is at work in your life. The candlestick can be made no other way.

The form of the Lamp Stands workmanship was beautiful; picture it if you would, a fruit (a pomegranate) and then a flower, following successively one after another up the main shaft, and likewise out and up the various branches, this represented the True Church as being both beautiful and fruitful from first to last, These branches three on one side and three on the other represent the consecrated, they had no base of their own but rather relied upon the support of the main central shaft for support, just as we have no standing, no foundation of our own but are reliant upon the merit of Christ which supports us or gives us a standing before God.

Herein we have a lesson of encouragement for all the Lord’s children especially for those who are struggling with the frailties and weaknesses of the flesh, who truly love the Lord but feel that they are not making much progress.

As these branches represented the consecrated it would be noted that their course upward was not straight from the start, but rather was parallel to the world, but gradually their course would change upward until they ran parallel to the main central shaft.  What this pictures is that at the beginning of our consecration our course was not so very different from what it had been before; we still followed many earthly things, but as we grew in the grace and in the knowledge of the truth our course bent more and more upward until at last if we are faithful, at the end of the course, we will be going in the same direction as our blessed Master.

Now it will be noticed that some of the branches were longer than that of the others (remember there were three levels of branches extending out from the central shaft), yet even so they all held the same amount of oil in their lamps and all gave out the same light.

So you see pictured first (the top branches) are those who have fewer character flaws and weaknesses to overcome and thus are making quicker progress than others, that is turning from the course of the world upward, likewise those pictured in the second level of branches, would have greater weaknesses to overcome and so their upward journey would take even longer to reach, and lastly those on the bottom, these are they who are heavy laden with sins and weaknesses, these spend a lot more time running parallel with the course of the world before making the turn upward, but the point is, through perseverance, they eventually make that turn, and just as those who’s journey upward is a little more easier and comes sooner, these too can hold just as much of the Lords spirit as the they and can shine just as brightly.

So then Dear Brethren do not allow your failings and weaknesses to dishearten you, stay the course, your turning point upward is just ahead if you will only continue to trust the Lord for assistance.

We will continue in our next post.

The Great Pyramid, Part 47

The Great Pyramid, Part 47

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

Having passed beneath the first vail we pass beyond the spiritual divide and enter into the “holy or spirit begotten condition, hence forth we are no longer recognized according to the flesh, but as new creatures in Christ Jesus. Such, as the apostle explains, are forthwith in THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST, to be taught of him, the lessons and experiences necessary to their attainment of the glory, honor and immortality promised to the faithful.

However it is important to understand, “It is not the flesh that has entered the school of Christ. Our acceptance of the divine call to spirit nature meant the renouncement of the earthly nature in every sense of the word.” R2439:5

It is the new creature, the new mind, the new will, that is in the school of Christ that is to be brought into full accord with the divine will, to become a copy or likeness of the Lord. R2439:5

“Those who have become the Lord’s “peculiar people” by making a “covenant of sacrifice’ —surrendering earthly interests and prospects for the heavenly—are admonished by the Apostle that they are specially in the school of Christ for the development of character, so as to constitute them “copies of God’s dear Son” in their hearts, though they cannot come up to his likeness in the flesh because of their imperfections.” 2H898

“This schooling may be longer or shorter according to our zeal or faithfulness, but in any event the lessons to be learned are meekness, gentleness, kindness, patience, long-suffering, brotherly kindness, love. Only those who learn these lessons will ever be what the Lord calls, “Fit for the Kingdom.” (2H1157) “Moreover those who learn their lessons in the school of Christ must subsequently pass examination—be tested, be proven, because the joint-heirs of Christ are all to be copies of God’s dear Son.”

“It is not sufficient that we consecrate, that we be sure that we have made a consecration—it is required of us that we demonstrate character, loyalty and faithfulness to that vow. The Lord’s peculiar people are for this reason subjected to peculiar tests, “fiery trials”—not for their destruction, not for their injury, but for their development. We are to remember, too, that it is not the flesh that is being tried but the spirit, the intention, the will, the heart. True, the flesh is very intimately associated with every thought and word and deed, but the Lord knows that in our flesh dwells no perfection, and hence he is not searching for perfection of the flesh. He has accepted us as New Creatures from the time that the flesh was reckoned dead. There the New Creature begotten of the Spirit was recognized as God’s child, and it is this New Creature that is under discipline, testing, trial. To the New Creation the Apostle appeals, urging that we make our calling and election sure by obedience, by conformity to the divine will.”

Although the obedience required is that of the heart and not that of the imperfect flesh, nevertheless the Lord expects of his children that they will keep their bodies in subjection, under restraint, in harmony with the new will, to the extent of their ability. Anything less than this would seem to imply disloyalty to that extent—unfaithfulness.

The test then is this; to what extent will the New Creature strive for the mastery against the inclinations of the fallen flesh? Only the faithful, only the loyal, will ultimately constitute the “very elect.” To make our calling and election sure, therefore, means that we will to the extent of our ability live up to the covenant of self-sacrifice in the Lord’s service, which we covenanted when we accepted his call. “Called, chosen, faithful,” describes the attitude of these pupils in the school of Christ who graduate with highest honors.” 2H746

“The apostle assures us that we may advance more rapidly in the school of Christ by giving attention to the lessons set before us, by not waiting to have these lessons impressed upon us by divine corrections and chastisements, by not waiting for the pain of affliction, but instead by coming so fully into accord with the divine will that we will be watching our own characters, conduct, etc., scrutinizing and correctively, seeking that the words of our mouths and meditations of our hearts and so far as possible, all the conduct of our life may be such as would have the divine approval.” 2H328

The meek will he guide in judgment, the meek he will teach his ways.” (Psa. 25:9)

We are in the school of Christ; disciples, pupils, he is our teacher, instructor and discipliner. When we require corrections, the Lord Jesus attends to that matter. Q383: T

NECESSARY CHARACTER TRAITS IN SAINTS

It is very important that we heed the Apostle’s words in our text, “Seeing, then, that all these things are to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?” We hope to be copies of God’s dear Son. He had the Father’s spirit in all things. He made the Father’s will His own. So we are to have the Father’s spirit and to make His will our own. We are to have the mind that was in Christ Jesus, the mind of the Apostles and all the true saints.

The Scriptures tell us how the Lord’s Spirit manifests itself. It is manifested in meekness in our intercourse with the brethren, in a humble appreciation of ourselves; in contentment with everything our God gives, in a delight to have Christ as our Teacher. It is manifested in gentleness. There are some people who are gentle because, naturally so, they do not know how to be anything else, because they have not a sufficient character to be anything else. These “putty people” (easily molded) will gain the proper character during the Millennium; but presently God desires those only who have a strong individuality and a love of righteousness. Others are not appealed to by the Lord’s Message.

The class that appreciates the Lord’s Word are those who have a real or distinctive character, something of a will of their own by nature. You could not give up your will to God if you had none. The condition upon which we may become Disciples of Christ is to surrender our wills. From that time on we must keep them surrendered. There is no harm in a person’s having a strong will. He will make one of the best soldiers in the Lord’s army if that will is turned in the right direction. The class that God is calling has a good, strong will. But this will must be trained to full obedience to the Lord. It must die to self. We are learning this daily in the School of Christ.

If you are inclined to practice patience for a while and then get tired, remember “you have need of patience that having done the will of God you might receive the promise.” (Heb. 10:36) The Lord has been patient with you. The prize-winners must become like our Father and like His Son. We must learn patience, if it is not there naturally. You may feel inclined to say, “The Lord must accept me just as I am.” But the Lord will not take you into the Kingdom just as you are. Yes it’s true he accepted you at first as you were; but He expected you to overcome, to develop as a New Creature. If you wish to be in the Kingdom class, you must attain the character-likeness of Christ.

“When first we entered the School of Christ, we were babes and acted like babes. But the Apostle says that we are not to remain babes. We are to put away childish things, to be no longer children tossed about by every wind of doctrine. As babes we were fed upon “the sincere milk of the Word,” (as was typified by the “laver” in the courtyard) that we might grow thereby. (1 Pet. 2:2) But as grown men we no longer desire milk as a steady diet, although we enjoy a glass of milk occasionally. (Heb. 5:12, 14) We prefer to come to our Father’s table, the table of the Lord (typified in the “Table of Showbread” in the “Holy), and receive the Truth the strong meat that belongs to such as are of full age, the meat that will make us strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

But someone may ask, “Why does not the Lord make us perfect by His own power, without such painful effort on our part?

We answer, the character you develop is stronger for your struggles, and it is your own. It is a necessary part of our schooling to develop character. Why do we send children to school? It is because by the lessons there learned they will be exercising their mental faculties, thus making their minds stronger for every subject, fitting them for the responsibilities awaiting them later in life. So it is with us.

Meekness, patience, long-suffering these are some of our lessons. To be long-suffering means to bear long and be kind, to have the quality of endurance toward others, to be very kind in your home toward husband or toward wife, toward your children, toward mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. This is sometimes hard. But remember, “There is none righteous [perfect], no, not one.” If you have not found that you yourself have many imperfections, you have not learned the first lesson in the School of Christ.”

We each have heads of different shape, and brains whose quality varies. But when we give ourselves to the Lord we all need a course of vigorous training; for we are very defective. We must have experiences that will reveal to us our own individual weaknesses and faults, that by Divine help they may be corrected as far as possible. The Lord desires every one of us to know how much and where we lack, what we need in order to build ourselves up into Christ. We should each know what part of our own character needs the most attention. In order thus to build ourselves up we look to that perfect Law which shows us just what a perfect character is–gentle, meek, loving, forgiving, patient, etc.” 3H768

In our next posts we shall take a look at what specific aids are made available to the student in the school of Christ.

The Great Pyramid, Part 46

The Great Pyramid, Part 46

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

Having heeded the call echoed by the Apostle Paul to all believers residing within the courtyard condition, viz.

We beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God“—if you feel gratitude for the manifest love of God, and desire to please Him and enter into the blessings to which you are called– “your high calling“–that you do more than you have yet done. If you would follow the example of our Lord, as you have agreed to do, you must not only make a profession of faith in the redemptive work of Christ and an effort to cleanse yourselves from the defilement’s of the flesh, but you must likewise be willing to surrender (to sacrifice) your will, with all its worldly cares, ambitions and desires, for that of the Father’s, and not this alone, but your all, your very life itself, thatyou present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, your reasonable service.” Rom 12:1

…we went on to make a full consecration of ourselves, that is we entered into covenant relationship with the Father, “a covenant by sacrificePsa 50:5 (Compare with Lev 20:7) and so passed beyond the first vail into the first chamber of the Tabernacle proper, the “Holy” or “holy place”.

“Those who pass through this first “vail” into the “holy place” are the ones who fulfill their “covenant by sacrifice,” called saints. All believers coming through the “curtain” are “called to be saints,” but only those who obey the call and yield themselves sacrificesmake their calling and election sure.”

Thus this first vail represents clearly our death to the world. The flesh is left outside, voluntarily given over to death and destruction, while we as new creatures in Christ, go beyond this vail, and enjoy a newness of life. Thus we fill two pictures: our earthly nature has been given up, deprived of life, and is being taken without the camp to be destroyed, while our new nature is at the same instant within the first vail, not as men, but as members of the High Priest’s body. We are not only dead with Him, but also alive with Him. “We are buried with Him by baptism into death” (Rom. 6:4), “wherein also ye are risen with Him.” (Col. 2:12.) The natural body is no longer we, for “we are not in the flesh, but in the spirit.” (Rom. 8:9).

We claim then that our going through this first vail represents the death of the natural fleshly will or mind, and that our entering the inside of the Tabernacle represents our entrance to the condition of the spiritual or new nature.

For ye are dead, (as men)” “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above; set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth, for ye are dead.” (Col 3:1-3) For God “hath raised us up, (in the spirit of our minds,) and made us sit together in heavenly places (spiritual conditions as represented in the Holy and Most Holy) in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:6).” Extracts taken from R153

Standing now within the first chamber of the Tabernacle, the Holy the first thing we notice is that just about everything in this room is either made of gold or covered in gold even the very walls themselves, the only exception being the elaborate tapestry hanging above our heads and the first and second vails. We also note that there are only three items of furniture located in this chamber, to the north wall the “Table of Showbread”, to south wall the “Golden Lampstand”, and before us to the west the “Golden Altar”.

“It is noticeable that all the furniture inside the Tabernacle was of gold, or covered with gold, while in the “Court” everything was of copper. Wood, which was the base covered with these metals, was used, we believe, to make the articles of lighter weight, more easily portable, than if of solid metal. This was an important consideration when they traveled.

These two metals, gold and copper, were used, we think, to represent two different natures–copper representing the human nature in its perfection, a little lower than the angelic nature; and gold representing the divine nature, far above angels, principalities and powers. As gold and copper are much alike in their appearance, yet different in quality, so the human nature is an image and likeness of the divine, adapted to earthly conditions.

“The fact that all things in the Tabernacle were made of gold, representative of the divine nature, implies that it represented the condition of such only as are called to the divine nature. Only those of the Levites who were consecrated to the work of sacrificing (the Priests) had access to the Tabernacle; so only those of the household of faith who are consecrated to sacrifice, even unto death, enter the divine conditions represented in the Tabernacle.” T17, 18, 20

And so we see that the dividing line between the earthly (or natural man), the unconsecrated believer, and that of the spiritual (the New Creature), the fully consecrated is the First Vail orVail of Consecrationthedoorto the Tabernacle. This distinction between the natural and the spiritual being pictured in the tabernacle by the use of “copper” as used in the courtyard and “gold” in the tabernacle itself.

All of the various golden items used to depict the spirit nature, more specifically the divine nature were kept hidden from the sight to those without both by means of the tabernacle’s coverings and by means of the door to the tabernacle, this included not only the various furnishings, but likewise the very walls themselves as well as the gold covered pillars upon which the two vails were hung.

As was in regards to the posts of the courtyard so too with regards to the pillars of the tabernacle, both represent a distinction between one condition of being and that of another condition of being, those on one side of the curtain wall and those on the other side.

The Courtyard Pillars (at the present time) represent the faith justified, (believers) standing inside the wall of faith, The bare wood represents their corruptible nature nevertheless their being set in copper sockets represents justification and thus their standing as that of perfect human beings. These individuals reside within the courtyard or tentatively justified condition.

The “Door” posts (or Pillars) represent the spirit begotten, “new creatures in Christ Jesus” residing within the “Holybehind the First Vail, the vail of consecration and the death of the human will. These pillars were covered in gold symbolic of the divine nature. Their being set in sockets of copper represented how “we have this treasure [the divine nature] in earthen vessels” (2 Cor 4:7); i.e., our new nature is still based upon, and rests in, our justified humanity (the copper sockets).

We will elaborate further on the Pillars of the “Most Holy” when we reach that segment of our study.

As stated our new nature (spirit nature, presently merely the new mind) depicted in the gold covered pillars is hidden from the outside world, “hidden in Christ”, behind theVail of Consecration” it is not something that can be seen nor appreciated by the “natural man”, regardless of whether he be a believer (in the courtyard condition) or not, it is a mystery which has been hidden in God from the beginning of the ages (Eph 3:9)

We died (figuratively) when through consecration we passed beneath the first vail, not only as individuals, being joined to the “one body”, the one Head, apart from which we have no life, but likewise we died as human beings, as natural men, from hence forth our life has been “hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3, 4), we are risen beyond the first vail new creatures in Christ Jesus, spirit beings, although still but in our embryo condition, still residing in these earthen vessels.

In our next post we will discuss just what it means by entering the first chamber of the Tabernacle, the “Holy”.

 

The Great Pyramid, Part 45

The Great Pyramid, Part 45

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

Insights taken from Part 15 of The Tabernacle, its Spiritual Significance.

THE SECOND STEPentering the Tabernacle proper

You shall make a screen for the door of the tabernacle, woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, made by a weaver.” (Exod 26: 36)

This door (the First Vail”) represents our Lord even as the “Entrance Curtain” to the courtyard represented our Lord, our Lord once again being shown as the only means of access to the Father. “I am the door; by me if any man enter in he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

The importance of the “First Vail” cannot be underestimated, in fact next to the Ark of the Covenant it is probably the second most important item associated with the Tabernacle. Although generally over shadowed by the Second Vail this vail is nevertheless of supreme importance, for this is the “gateway” (the map) to the heavenly phase of the kingdom, there is no other way of entrance into the heavenly phase of the kingdom but by means of this one “door” or entrance.

This is THE “gate” of which our Lord spoke that few there be that find (the majority having been deceived and misled by the blind guides), the Straight gate which leads to life (not just everlasting life, but inherent life, immortality), by means of the narrow way of death by sacrifice (Matt 7:14) “So narrow (is this “gate“) that it admits only the Lord’s plan, the Lord’s way and only to those willing to conform to it.” (R5045:3)

The word “narrow” in referring to this gate refers not so much to its physical size, its width, but rather to its exclusiveness, its limited or restrictive access. It is very discriminative and only allows for a special or particular class to enter.

This “gate” or “door” is not to be confused with the “Entrance Curtain” or “gate” to the courtyard, the first gate was broad (5 cubits in height by 20 cubits in width) allowing for anyone willing to exercise the necessary faith to enter, likewise it required, no sacrifice, no cost, however this second entry way is much higher (3 times the height of the first entry way), and much more narrower (only 10 cubits in width) thus implying that entry into this next level, a much higher or lofty attainment would require a sacrifice, a cost, not only the shedding of many if not all of ones most cherished possessions (dreams, plans and ambitions for this life), implying the sacrifice of one’s personal will or desire, but most precious of all the sacrifice of one’s earthly life rights or restitution rights secured through the ransom sacrifice (These are very precious in the sense that once sacrificed they are forfeited, and will not be returned, thus the admonishment of “counting the cost” before making such a decision). It is even as our Lord stated, “… much easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into (the Heavenly phase of) the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25

You will note in the two illustrations above that the first individual depicted as entering through the “entrance curtain” into the courtyard is standing up while passing through, while individual number 1 in the second illustration shown entering the Tabernacle proper is seen bending or bowing over while passing beneath the first vail, this well illustrates the difference between the two doors or gates. Salvation is a free gift it costs the believer nothing, its only requirement is faith in Christ sacrifice. However entry into the second area, the Tabernacle proper requires something of the individual, personal sacrifice, in this case those sacrifices mentioned in the above paragraph.  

The parable of the camel going through the eye of the needle illustrates well the difficulty with which many encounter in order to obtain a heavenly inheritance, this because they have many possessions which they are very reluctant to sacrifice. These possessions include anything which ties the believer to this world, not only material possessions, but likewise these may include close ties with families, friends, and associates. The “needle’s eye” was a small gate in the walls of ancient cities. After sun down the main gates were closed. A camel could enter the small gate on its knees as long as the load on its back was first removed. So too, we must remove all that is unnecessary in our lives if we would follow the Lord.”

The vail at the door of the Tabernacle represented the same thought as baptism—namely, death. When the priest passed the first vail, it represented him as passing out of sight, buried from the outward things; and his shut-in condition was enlightened only by the lamp and supplied by the showbread—representing the spiritual nourishment and enlightenment granted all who are immersed into Christ.” (R1544:1)

AFTER our Lord had fully consecrated himself, surrendering his will for that of the Father’s, or as the Apostle quotes it from the Old Testament, “Lo, I come; in the volume of the Book it is written of me; I delight to do thy will, O my God” (Psa 40:7,8; Heb 10:7) he immediately went down to the river Jordan and was baptized by John, however reluctantly, nevertheless our Lord insisted, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us (plural, i.e. including the Church, for which he is the head) to fulfill all righteousness (to fulfill all which is necessary, all that is written)” Matt 3:15

The significance here is that our Lord was baptized into death BEFORE he went into the water… he was already dead to his own will; otherwise he could not have gone to John at Jordan. Upon rising from the water the Father manifested his acceptance of our Lord’s sacrifice by anointing him with the Holy Spirit (typified by passing beneath the First Vail and entering into the Holy of the Tabernacle), from this moment forth the Man Christ Jesus was no longer, he was now a new creature, the first born of the new creation. (See Q36)

Even so it is with us, first we must consecrate ourselves to the LORD, surrender up our wills, (this takes place immediately outside the door to the tabernacle, pictured in our binding ourselves at the door of the tabernacle, and/or by the two goats which were presented there in the type, See Lev 16:7), and upon acceptance of our consecrations we too are baptized, but not so much as individuals, but as prospective members of the body of Christ, thus we are “baptized into his death” (made participators with him) Rom 6:3

“Jesus death (blood) constituted the blood which seals or makes effective the New Covenant, our taking of this cup (of joint sacrifice) and drinking of it (Matt 26:27) shows our participation. The consecrated lives (blood) accepted by our Lord are counted in as a part of his own sacrifice (the “sin-offering“) which seals the New Covenant.”

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism…” (Eph 4:4, 5)

Our baptism like that of our Lord’s was pictured by our passing beneath the first vail, from this moment on we were no longer recognized according to the flesh, the flesh, or “old man” was considered dead in the eyes of the LORD, henceforth we being begotten by the Holy Spirit are new creatures in Christ Jesus (Gal 6:15), even though the flesh is not actually dead but merely counted as such by the Father.

We have entered into a “covenant” a contract with the Father, A COVENANT OF DEATH BY OR THROUGH SACRIFICE (Psa 50:5), from this point on there is no turning back.

“As the passing of the first vail represented the death of the human will, so the passing of the second vail represented the death of the human body; and both are requisite to complete our `sacrifice.’ ” (T22)

And like as it was with our Lord following the acceptance of his consecration he rose and was anointed with the Holy Spirit so too do we receive this anointing as we rise from beneath the first vail into the “holy” of the tabernacle, BUT NOT as individuals, only as we be in Christ, only as we become members of the body by a joint participation in his sacrifice, “planted in the likeness of his death” (Rom 6:5). This anointing which we receive was pictured in the type by the “Holy Anointing Oil” which was poured upon the head of the High Priest and ran down to the skirts of his garments (Lev 8:12) it was never poured upon anyone else, the under-priest receiving their share only as they were joined to the body.

A careful examination of the type reveals that only Aaron received an outpouring of the holy anointing oil upon his head. By this, however, not only was Aaron anointed into the priesthood, but his whole family as well. He was made a high priest over his family of under-priests. Since the under priesthood was thus anointed in its head-chief, or high priest, there was no need for the individual anointing of each member. Yet it would seem needful to show that each of the sons was a partaker of the high priest’s anointing, and so we find that they each received of this “Holy Anointing oil” but only in a sprinkling, and then, not until the oil had been commingled with the blood of a sacrifice—the ram of consecration (Lev 8:30). How beautifully this shows forth the fact that we, the antitypical priesthood of God, are anointed in our Lord and Head; that we are partakers of his anointing, through the merit of his precious blood.” (“Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 499)

“Under the law, the anointing was the ceremony by which the priests were installed in their service. They were anointed to their office with a peculiar ointment, called the `Holy Anointing Oil,’ used upon none but the priests, and unlawful for anyone else to have or to make (Exod 30:25–33,38) This oil typified the Holy Spirit of adoption whereby we, the real `royal priesthood,’ are sealed as sons of God. Only the consecrated ones, the priests, are ever to be thus anointed.” (T28)

The anointing which you (the fully consecrated) have received (Christ in you, the hope of glory) from him (the Lord Jesus) abides in you (but only so long as you abide in him)…” (1 John 2:27)

Thus the first vail represents clearly our death to the world. The flesh is left outside, voluntarily given over to death and destruction, while we as new creatures in Christ, go beyond this vail, and enjoy a newness of life. Thus we fill two pictures: our earthly nature has been given up, deprived of life, and is being taken without the camp to be destroyed, while our new nature is at the same instant within the first vail, not as men, but as members of the High Priest’s body. We are not only dead with Him, but also alive with Him. “We are buried with Him by baptism into death” (Rom 6:4), “wherein also ye are risen with Him.” (Col 2:12). The natural body is no longer we, for “we are not in the flesh, but in the spirit.” (Rom 8:9)

We claim then that our going through this first vail represents the death of the natural fleshly will or mind, and that our entering the inside of the Tabernacle (the first chamber, the “Holy”) represents our entrance to the condition of the spiritual or new nature.

We will continue with our next post.

 

The Great Pyramid, Part 44

The Great Pyramid, Part 44

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

“Wolves” in the Courtyard

In our previous post we were discussing the progressive path of those (individuals’ numbers 1, 4, 5 and 6) who whilst in the courtyard were steadily taking the proper steps leading them to the main goal or object to their justification now during the Gospel Age. Such individual’s having entered the courtyard trough faith in Christ as represented in the “door” or “entrance curtain” to the courtyard then preceded on to the “Brazen Altar” and the “Laver”, the first representing the great ransom sacrifice of Christ and the latter the means by which we cleanse ourselves from the defilement’s of the world through the washing of the Word in preparation to entering the dwelling place of the Almighty as pictured in the Tabernacle proper.

However in order for us to gain entry we must first bind ourselves in covenant relationship with the Father at the door of the Tabernacle, unfortunately very few ever make it this far, most after having entered the courtyard through faith in Christ are quickly taken away and corralled.

What do you mean taken away, taken away, corralled, where and by whom?

Let us recall the Words of our Lord as spoken in John 10:1,

Most assuredly, I say to you he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”

Apparently some (the thieves here mentioned) have gain entry into the Lord’s sheepfold by other means (through subterfuge, deception and lies) their purpose not to join with those seeking the LORD, but rather to rob, to steal away some of the Lord’s sheep. We are warned of such false prophets who come to us dressed as sheep, but who are actually ravenous wolves (Matt 7:15) unfortunately the sheep especially the young “lambs” (designated by individual number 2, i.e. new believers, those relatively new to Christianity) are very timid and are easily led astray and so it doesn’t take much to corral them, thus “with covetousness shall they with false words exploit you” (2 Pet 2:3) and speaking perverse things seek to draw away disciples unto themselves.

And so we fine waiting just inside the courtyard enclosure amongst the various professing Christians (individuals number 3), the “Blind guides”, “False Shepherds”, “robbers” “who climb up another way” (Matt 23:16; Ezekiel 34; John 10:1-3), those who would speedily misdirect and detour these “sheep” desiring true communion with God, this these blind guides accomplish by means of various man-made rules and teachings (creeds and etc.), and thus the majority of the sheep are quickly corralled into one or another of the various enclosures or “pens” (the various denominations and or man-made organizations) set up just outside the “gate“, in the “camp” (the worldly condition, thus the worldly church or churches).

And so it is that many who at first were on the right path are diverted from this course, one which if they had been left to followed would have led them to the “Second step”, the “Straight gate”, the “narrow way” of sacrifice (Matt 7:14), of full consecration and covenant relationship with the LORD.

What said the Lord in respects to these blind guides?

WOE TO YOU LAWYERS! (Doctors of the Law as they were called then, but now called Doctors of Divinity both nevertheless designated by the Lord as the “blind guides” of the blind) FOR YOU HAVE TAKEN AWAY (through your teachings and traditions) THE KEY OF KNOWLEDGE (the key to the privileges and opportunities of the Gospel age as they pertain to the church and her special calling, the “Heavenly Calling”, a call to sacrifice now and by and by to glory later, much of which is taught through the Tabernacle types) YOU DID NOT ENTER IN YOURSELVES (enter into “His rest” through faith and consecration, and thus never entered the “Holy”, the spirit begotten condition), AND THOSE WHO WERE TO ENTER IN (those who had entered the courtyard condition during the “acceptable time”, the Gospel Age and would have reached the spirit begotten plane) YOU HAVE HINDERED (that is you have confused them and misled them through false teachings and misrepresentations).” Luke 11:52

In other words through your own ignorance you have deceived them into thinking they have already done everything require of them at this time, and yet there remained one more crucial step, one which you yourselves have missed. Having thoroughly convinced them that a mere confession of faith in Christ is all that is required, not only to be saved, but to be spirit begotten, they are deceived into imagining that they are assured a heavenly inheritance. (Unfortunately the majority of such will be surprised when they awaken not in the heavenly phase of the kingdom, but rather the earthly phase of the kingdom under the Mediatorial reign).

The blame however for this deceit belongs not to the blind guides alone but is likewise shared by the blind who chose to follow them as the vast majority of professed believers have long since placed far too much faith in the “wisdom of men”, in their ministers, their “guides”, pastors, teachers and etc., these themselves being taught and guided by seminaries, synods, presbyteries, church councils and etc., all man-made man construed institutions. Had they (both) thoroughly examined the scriptures for themselves they would have found that there is no scriptural evidence to support the theory that a mere profession of faith grants anyone spirit begettal.

In the scriptures as taught through the Tabernacle types, which the Apostle Paul assures us is, “a shadow of good things to come”. (Heb 8:5; 10:1; Col. 2:17) only those who had entered into the courtyard, who had recognized the brazen altar as typifying Christ sacrifice, and subsequently washed at the laver and from there gone forth to present themselves at the entrance to the Tabernacle (typifying the surrender of the will, consecration), only these having passed the “first vail” and entered the “holy” are begotten of the spirit. The majority of professed Christians (through their own ignorance and that of those who lead them) have yet to have taken this last crucial step in their courtyard experience, experiencing spirit begettal and a change of natures, and as such they remain of the earth, earthly, “natural men” lingering in the courtyard, in the tentatively justified condition.

Some of these as previous mentioned are content with what they have learned with regards to Christ’s great ransom sacrifice as typify in the Brazen altar and have stopped there, still others have made it as far as the laver and are unsure of what to do next. Such are easily deceived by the blind guides of Christendom.

Speaking of these blind guides and false shepherds (the “rams and the goats”) the Lord states,

Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture (which resides within the courtyard), that you must (likewise) tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture and to have drunk of the clear waters (of truth), that you must foul (pollute) the residue (the remainder) with your feet (pollute it with your errors and traditions)? And as for my flock (those who were approaching me), they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and drink what you have fouled with your feet… You have pushed with side and shoulder, butted (from the true path) all the weak ones (the lambs, those new to the Christian faith) with your horns (you’re supposed positions of power, authority), and (thus) scattered them abroad (some into the wilderness condition [“outside the camp”] others trapped within the various confines of Babylon [the “camp”], in one of the various enclosures or pens found there).” Ezek 34:18-21

“The ‘Court,’ the justified human condition, is entered by faith only; but while we must retain the faith that justifies, we must do more, if we would experience a change of nature and become ‘new creatures,’ `partakers of the heavenly calling,’ to be `partakers of the divine nature.’

Entering the `Holy,’ therefore implies our full consecration to the Lord’s service, our begetting of the spirit and our start in the race for the prize of the divine nature—the terms of which are faithfulness to our vow, crucifying the justified flesh, presenting our human wills and bodies living sacrifices to God; no longer to seek human pleasure, honor, praise, etc., but to be dead to these and alive to the heavenly impulses. Yet, into this condition also, we still come through Christ Jesus our Lord, who not only opened for us the `Gate’ of justification through faith in his blood, but who also opened the `Door’ (the First Vail) into the Tabernacle, `a new way of life,’ as spirit beings, through and beyond the second vail, by the sacrifice of our justified flesh, hence the two apartments of the Tabernacle, the `Holy’ and the `Most Holy, ‘represent two phases or stages of the new life to which we are begotten by the Holy Spirit.

Again justification means `to make right.’ It does not signify a change of nature, (it) merely means to make right that nature which was …God could not accept us as a sacrifice unless first we were justified … justification must come first for God cannot accept an imperfect sacrifice. We must be made right by the imputation of Christ’s righteousness; and we believe that the very instant after Christ has imputed His merit, the very next minute the Father accepts our sacrifice and grants us the indication that we are accepted by giving us the Holy Spirit.” (Q408; CR349)

NOTE: Let it be understood that not all the “lambs” gathered by the blind guides are taken from the courtyard alone, many are those who having bound themselves at the door of the Tabernacle in covenant relationship with the Lord having passed the spiritual divide, the “first vail” into the “Holy” of the Tabernacle, are likewise taken.

How so say ye, how did therobbers”, the blind guides get into theHolyorHoly conditionif it is only accessible to the fully consecrated?

You forget that just like those individuals occupying the courtyard condition are free to wander back into the “camp” or wordily condition so too those in the Holy or “spirit begotten condition” are free to wander back into the courtyard and/or the world if they so choose. Keep in mind that this generally applies more so to the newly consecrated, those new to the truth, these being but “babes in Christ” have not spent enough time in the Holy of the Tabernacle partaking of the light of the Holy Spirit (as represented in the Golden Lampstand) nor have they partaken much of the special food prepared for their development as new creatures (as represented in the bread [food] placed upon the Table of Showbread).

Many of these like Lot’s wife “looking back” long for what they have left behind, friends, family, social standing, reputation etc. etc. still others long since accustomed to the structure and control found in the various creed fences are easily corralled once again by the blind guides, totally oblivious of the shackles being placed upon them once again. This applies equally to some of the blind guides themselves some of these are likewise “babes in Christ”, however being poorly fed and developed themselves they have nothing much to offer the “lambs” in their charge except the husk of the doctrines and traditions of men.

The tables of Babylon are full of vomit, filled with every detestable thing (Isa 28:8) therefore no further progress or further development (beyond spirit begettal) could be expected to take place in the child of God whilst still in Babylon. These are the tribulation saints who unless they wake up will soon suffer the plagues coming upon Babylon.

In our next post we will take a look at the second half of the Tabernacle picture, the Tabernacle proper with its two chambers, the “Holy” and the “Most Holy”.

The Great Pyramid, Part 43

The Great Pyramid, Part 43

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

For the moment we should like to proceed on to individual’s numbers 4 and 5 in our examination of the courtyard, and return to numbers 3 and 4 a bit later as 4 and 5 represents those individuals who are making proper progress as antitypical Levites (justified believers) on their way toward the true purpose or intent for faith justification now during the Gospel Age.

Having gain entry into the courtyard through faith in Christ as pictured in the “Entrance Curtain”, the first item of notice to the tentatively justified is the great altar made of copper positioned midway between the entrance and the Tabernacle. It was our faith in Christ which allowed us entry, but here now we witness the great sacrifice, the ransom which was paid which proved necessary for our redemption.

It will be noted that faith in Christ precedes faith in the “ransom” that is because not until one has passed the “Wall of Unbelief (represented in the lien curtains which surrounded the courtyard) are they yet prepared to understand and truly appreciate the true significance of the “ransom” and what it implies.

“The “Brazen Altar”… represents the perfect humanity (copper) of the Man Christ Jesus, who as the Lamb of God (John 1:29, 36) gave himself as a RANSOM (Greek anti-lurton, a price to correspond or a corresponding price) for ALL (See Matt 20:28; Mark 10:45; 1 Tim 2:5, 6); and thus this altar in a particular sense represents also the ransom sacrifice itself.” (Tabernacle Shadows, Page 22, Par. 1)

“This ‘Altar’ stood just inside the gate within the court of the tabernacle of the congregation, making it necessary for anyone who would approach the dwelling place of Jehovah first to pass it, thus figuratively setting forth the fact that none can have communion with God except he first recognize and appreciate the ransom sacrifice of Christ Jesus.” (Notes on the Tabernacle” page 116)

This too is another one of those valuable “keys” to understanding found in the Scriptures, there are several of these keys, but this one is of great prize.

The holding of the ransom (that is a proper understanding of the ransom and its true significance) is the key to every truth; the “hub” from which all other truths must radiate (in other words if it doesn’t square with the ransom it most likely is error). R1452:5

“Those who leave the Camp to come into the Court of the Tabernacle are feeling after God with the desire to find Him (Acts 17:27).

“The implication is that even in the fallen and depraved condition of the heart there is a dissatisfaction, a lack of ease, a restless feeling, a longing desire to be something better than we are, to have the nobler elements of our being in close touch with our Creator and to render to him the obedience of righteousness which to some extent is instinctively recognized as his due.” (HG2, Page 331)

When such come up to the Tabernacle enclosure they find that there is only one entrance (Faith in Lord Jesus Christ), and that that one way is the only way of approaching the Tabernacle. They enter, and as they enter they must pass the Brazen Altar of Sacrifice before they have gone very far within the enclosure, the individual who sees (who grasp the true significance of this altar) sees more than ever before of the matter. But he or she is not yet at the Tabernacle proper. Those who have come thus far must remember that they have still to go on for a bit more yet. At that Altar they have seen the fact that God has provided a way from sin.

Recognizing this, they may stop there for a longer or shorter period. A danger however is that some are so pleased with that portion that they would sit down there content with that. It is good that we thank God for having made that provision for salvation, but there must be a going forward for a distance yet.

What comes next after seeing this Altar and its meaning?

 

The next step is to yonder Laver, and towards yonder Laver they go next. What do they find? Water! This surely means Cleansing. Oh! To put away the filth of this flesh and make myself–or rather allow myself to be made–as nearly as possible right with God! Have I wronged anybody? Such questions as that must be asked of ourselves and answered by ourselves. This is the attitude of those who have reached the Laver for cleansing. We may cleanse ourselves at the Laver, but still we have not fully come to God. Is there not something I can do? That is the next question which turns up in the mind of those who have reached the Laver. We remain in a justified condition so long as we keep moving forward in our way, and we become more right with God, more justified, if we might say, every step of the way onward.”

If by chance we have allowed the cares and concerns of this world (jobs, family and etc.) to temporally occupy our time it is a good idea before approaching the LORD’s, dwelling place to once again cleanse both our minds and bodies through a look into the Word, the “water of life”, which tends to have a cleansing affect upon the individual.

“After washing at the Laver—putting away the filthiness of the flesh—the believer (the tentatively justified) approaches close up to the door of the Tabernacle and `ties’ (binds) himself there—obligates himself by consecration vows, devoting himself fully to the Lord and his service, whatever that may be.” (R5959:3)

Once again we enter the courtyard through faith in Christ as represented in the entrance curtain, the first step.

“We see, then that justification by faith, faith in Christ, our first step toward holiness, brings us into a condition of peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 5:1). When our sins are forgiven, or reckoned covered with Christ’s righteousness we are a step nearer to God, yet still human, WE HAVE NOT YET BEEN BEGOTTEN TO A NEW NATURE NOR HAVE WE RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT AS OF YET, this despite what the blind guides would have many to believe.”

Remember, Justification means “to make right,” IT DOES NOT SIGNIFY ANY CHANGE OF NATURE; it simply means to make right that nature which was.

“The Scriptures teach that the result of belief is justification to that condition which Adam forfeited by his disobedience. He forfeited human perfection; moral–mental– physical. Belief in Christ as the Redeemer is the condition, on which this condition may be restored or recovered.”

“The Court represents all the believer’s experiences in justification, from the time he enters the gate, coming into the Court passing the Brazen Altar and the Laver till he comes to the door of the Tabernacle. It is tentative justification, from the time the individual begins to take the first step.”

The process of tentative justification may in some be very slow. Often they progress very slowly because they are still heavily influenced by the false doctrines and teachings of the church nominal. Thus they tend to wander in and out of the courtyard, not realizing what the proper steps are.”

“These steps of tentative justification in the Court are simply leading one to the point of vitalizing his justification.

“Jesus justifies at the Door of the Tabernacle; but He does not justify a person who merely wishes to put away the filth of the flesh. Only when one comes to the Door, ties himself up and makes a covenant with God, can he be fully justified. There the High Priest is ready to impute to him His righteousness and to accept him as a member of the Body of Christ–while at the door.” (Q411)

Many have failed to see in the past, and some still fail to see, that justification by faith is a gradual process… During the period of progress in faith, (full or vitalized) justification is being gradually approached, the individual receiving more and more of the Divine favor, but not until the final step is taken will he become fully justified to the human nature–a son on the earthly plane.” (Q405 edited)

If the Lord should fully justify any one just as soon as he had entered the Gate (that is as soon as he had made a profession of faith in Christ), and came into the Courtyard to the Brazen Altar (recolonizing the ransom sacrifice of Christ), there must, of course, be some object in that justification.

What could the object be?

The object of justification is to make one amenable to or ready for the reception of the Holy Spirit, and this does not take place until one has reached the door of the tabernacle.

If, therefore, he should be justified at the Brazen Altar and receive the Holy Spirit, all his earthly chances or privileges would be gone. He might want to go out–as many do (back out into the “camp” the world)–but it would be too late if positive justification (i.e. vitalized justification) had taken place.

Whoever has not come to the point of making a Covenant with God, has not given up his restitution rights (his human life rights, which were secured through the ransom). Until his consecration, he still has an opportunity for these in the future, in the Millennial Age. But whoever makes this consecration and is accepted by the Lord (whoever is begotten of the Holy Spirit to a new nature, a spirit nature), will never get restitution rights or anything else on the human plane in the future Age.” (Q411)

“If we were accepted of God at the time of our first coming to Him before we had really made a consecration, and if He would impute His merit to us then, there would be no more for us to have in the future, for when once the merit of Christ is imputed to an individual there is no more to be imputed. In other words, when Christ died for our sins there was one share for you and one share for me, and one share for each member of the race. When you get your share you will never have it duplicated. If you misuse that share after you get it that is your responsibility, you are not to get a second share, Christ dies no more, death will have no more dominion over Him, and He makes an imputation of His merit only once on behalf of the human family; you get your one share, and each other member gets his one share.

The thought then, is that if God would accept us, justify us fully now immediately after passing through the entrance curtain into the courtyard, i.e. immediately upon a profession of faith in Christ, and then we do not go on to fulfill our sacrifice, then we would lose all hope of any future privileges for life which we may have received with the rest of the world in the future. Having already received our earthly life rights restored to us through the ransom sacrifice of Christ how long do you think we would last at this present time under the reign of sin? Adam was fully justified at one time, but only lasted two years before falling into sin and losing his justification, and thus his life rights, and he was perfect. Q408 edited

In mercy, therefore, the Lord does not recognize any one until he has taken all the necessary steps in just such a tentative justification, and has thoroughly decided that he wants to be the Lord’s disciple, and has truly said so after he has sat down and counted the cost. Until he has come to this point of decision, the Lord will have nothing to do with him. But if he will bind himself up to that door by way of making a covenant with God, then the Lord will take charge of him and make everything work together for his good–but not until after he has taken that step.” (Q411)

We will continue with our next post taking a look at some of the stumbling blocks which inhibit the progress of many professed Christians.