A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued
Let us review some of what we have learned thus far.
As it was with regards to the “First Vail” in the Tabernacle picture so too with regards to the “Granite Leaf” in the Great Pyramid picture, both are of supreme importance as both represent the only gateway into the heavenly phase of the kingdom, there is no other way of entry 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 of which few there be that find (the majority having been deceived and misled by the blind guides), the Straight gate which leads to life, and not just any life, but the highest form of life, one which at present is unique only to the Father and the Son, divine life, inherent life, immortality. This unique form of life is made accessible only now during the “acceptable time”, and by one means only, the narrow way of death by sacrifice (Matt 7:14)
The only way to access this gate is by stooping (or bowing) to the will of God (as depicted by individual number 6). And what was it that we learned was the will of God?
“This is the will of God even your sanctification (your setting apart- your full consecration to Him and to His will).” 1 Thess 4:3.
This we do by taking the “SECOND STEP”, by following in the Master’s footsteps, consecrating ourselves entirely to the LORD and to his service, by entering into covenant with the Father, “a covenant by sacrifice” (Psa 50:5; Rom 12:1). In doing so we agree not only to surrender our wills for that of the Father’s, but likewise to surrender or sacrifice our justified humanity (our restitutional life rights), which are secured through the ransom sacrifice of Christ, and acquire through faith.
When we have done this, taken this second step (our share in the sanctification process), Christ imputes the merit of his righteousness to us and our justification become vitalized, actual justification thereby making our consecration, our offering holy and acceptable to the Father through Christ Jesus. At this point not only did the human will die, but likewise as human beings we were hence forth considered dead. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col 3:3).
Here it was that we were baptized into Christ death, made participators in his death. “Being made conformable to his death” (Rom 6:3; Phil 3:10) we willingly laid down all our earthly rights and privileges as human beings, including our restitution rights, and in so doing we were begotten by the Father through the Holy Spirit to a “new nature”, a spirit nature, one possessing “the mind (or disposition) of Christ” (as depicted by individual number 6 stepping for the first time upon granite stone). This new creature (in mind only at the present time), only in its embryonic stage presently inhabits the old earthen vessel one which the Lord would have “quickened” and used up in his service and that of the brethren. However in order to accomplish this task, to grow in the graces and knowledge of our Lord Jesus, it needs to be properly natured and developed, this is accomplished in the school of Christ by means of various trials and testing which are brought to bear upon it to prove its worthiness, its faithfulness (as depicted in individual number 7). In so doing the LORD accomplishes his share in the sanctification process.
Now before one can enter the “Sanctuary” or King’s Chamber, which is a figure or type of heaven itself (Heb. 9:24), they must first accomplish two more very important things, the first and foremost of which is that they must be diligent in the study and development of their characters, that they make their calling and election sure (2 Pet 1:10), in developing a Christ like character, and secondly that they maintain this character likeness to the very end, that they be proven “faithful until death” (Rev 2:10), that is until their sacrifice (the sacrifice of their earthly lives) has been completely consumed upon the Lord’s altar, even as was their Lord’s.
In the Great Pyramid this is pictured in the fact that they must bow down once more (depicted by individual number 8), and pass through another low entrance-passage (the second low passage). The stooping necessary to do this symbolizes death, for those who will become joint – heirs with Jesus Christ must rise from the plane of spirit-begetting to the plane of spirit-birth, that is, they must be changed to the spiritual condition in the actual as distinguished from the reckoned sense before they can enter the heavenly glory, for “flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God“—1 Cor. 15:50 (that is the spiritual phase of the kingdom). That the plane of spirit-birth is higher than the plane of spirit-begetting is indicated in the Great Pyramid by the fact that the granite floor of the King’s Chamber is on a higher level than the upper surface of the first granite stone in the floor of the Ante-Chamber.
The emergence from the second low entrance-passage into the King’s Chamber symbolizes the ‘resurrection of those who have been faithful followers of Christ. This is the first or chief resurrection concerning which John the Revelator states: “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years “—Rev. 20: 6. Paul, speaking of the same class, said: “The dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thess. 4: 16), and again, “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him” 2 Tim 2:11, 12.
This gracious offer of joint-heirship with Jesus is free to those who have ears to hear the glad tidings before the time when the door of opportunity will close, and all who accept and are faithful unto death (as depicted by individual number 10) will receive the crown of life, and will find that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in them, for they will be raised in the likeness of Christ’s glorious spiritual body and will reign with him—Rev 2 : 10; Rom 8 : 18; Phil 3 : 21; 1 John 3 : 2.
“The only furniture in the “Kings Chamber”, (the coffer, number 9) corresponds to the Ark of the Covenant, which was the only piece of furniture in the Most Holy of the Tabernacle and the Temple. What in the one was made of gold, in the other was made of granite; nevertheless both carried the same symbolic significance.”
As the Ark of the Testimony represents Christ Jesus and his Bride, the “little flock,” to be partakers of the divine nature and to be imbued with power and great glory…” (T121) so likewise the granite coffer.
Continued with next post.