Our ekklesia is studying and meditating on the symbolism of the Temple of Israel. The Old Testament (or Tanakh) foreshadows the New Covenant. The Temple is replete with types and shadows. We decided to start with the entrance . . . .
The sisters ran the meeting this week, and I took on the task of figuring out what the Beautiful Gate, the Court of the Women and the Court of the Gentiles signified. The idea of the Court of the Women irritated me — though I am also a Gentile. 😉 I was delighted to learn that in the Tabernacle, which is the earliest incarnation of the Temple, there was no court set aside to isolate the women. There was also no court of the Gentiles.
I thought it significant that the door of the Tabernacle was embroidered in blue, purple, and scarlet; that the Tabernacle was separated from the outside world by a 7 1/2 foot tall screen of white linen (symbolic of purity) which was hung on bronze pillars (signifying judgment) with fittings of silver (symbolizing purification). There was one entrance; through what later came to be called (in the Temple) the Beautiful Gate. Just as Jesus the Messiah is the only way to the Father, the beautiful gate, which prefigured Him was the only legitimate way to enter the Tabernacle courtyard. I asked God about all this, and this is what I believe I received from Him — well, part of it . . . .
It is My will and desire that My people should come right up to My side, for you are My children — My own. I did not come for you only to have you keep your distance from Me.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Tabernacle/Temple and how things were done there; only the priests (sons of Aaron) were permitted inside the ‘Holy Place,’ and only the High Priest could enter the ‘Holy of Holies,’ that only once a year, on the Day of Atonement. There were exceptions to this rule. Moses and Joshua approached God whenever they desired, and King David had, for many years, the Ark of the Covenant in a tent in his backyard (known as the Tabernacle of David) and used to go there and write music and enjoy fellowship with the Father. I think it was down to whether a person desired God above all else. All God’s kids are now welcome to approach the Holy of Holies and enter into the presence of the Highest, as Jesus has made a way where there was no way. To continue:
“Therefore were the court of the Gentiles and the court of the Women later additions. These were added by men in their lust for power, to control and order the oracles of God. Consider how My own, My closest disciples, assumed that I did not want the children near Me, bothering Me with their foolish prattle.
It is the wise in their own eyes who prattle on foolishly, and not children. I will play their games for I love them, but how much better to come as a little child and merely trust.
Now you want to know what purpose the court of the Gentiles served? It was to keep out the unclean, the temporarily separated ones, from the things that they did not understand, and would have misunderstood.
But it has always been all My will and all My desire to include all. Here I have called you in, my bride, My dear one, My beloved. I have called you who were not My people; “My very own,” My cherished ones whom I have purchased from every people and tribe and family — special and peculiar marked-out ones whom I have chosen as My body and My very own flesh.
I called those rejected and outcast of society My friends. I called them dear ones. No more court of the Gentiles; no more court of the Women, where those deemed less worthy, unfit for the presence of God, must stand afar off. The fortunes have shifted and now those far off ones draw near and provoke to jealousy My first called-out ones.
The original Tabernacle had but one door and, open to the heavens, was yet cut off from this world by its walls of white linen, its bronze pillars and fittings of silver; judgment and redemption joined to separate from the world that which is in the world but not of it, accessible only by the door; the only way of entry, which is My own Son.
How can you carry away from this that I have in some way delimited myself from the world? I am separate in that all the impurities of this world do not enter into My sanctuary, yet all that I have made may enter through My beautiful gate; glorious with blue, purple, scarlet threads in clean and pure white linen.
To enter is to separate oneself from the world. It is both to die and to be born. f you would come in, you will no longer be out. Do not tarry, therefore, between two worlds. Those who stand within the doorway vacillate and are unsteady. These hesitate between heaven and earth. How long will My children linger, fearing the loss, yet desiring the gain? Come in through the beautiful gate; the birth of the water and the blood. Acknowledge the King of heaven and earth.
Do not fear the bronze altar, for I have gone before you. You will suffer no loss, but only be purified and refined in its fires, nourished and cleansed by My word — doubly refined and brought near by My own baptism of fire and of water. That which has been destroyed — killed in the fire — is reborn in newness of life, through the waters of burial and rebirth. Nothing shall be lost, but all shall be made new.
These things meet your eyes when you enter by way of the Door of the Sheep. Blue and red and purple; Spirit and Son and Father; Priestly King, Sacrifice and Baptizer. This is My way — the Door, through whom all may and must enter.
My Son is the only entrance.