The Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle of Moses

THE MOST HOLY PLACE

 

The Most Holy Place or the Holy of Holies contained the Ark of the Lord. The Bible significantly mentions seven times that the Lord dwelt between the cherubim of the Mercy Seat on top of the Ark. This is therefore highly significant for the end-times which we are very rapidly approaching (Revelation 11:19). God often spoke with Moses ‘face to face’ as a friend and, on occasions, from between the cherubim,

 

“And I will meet with you there, and I will talk with you from above the mercy-seat, from between the two cherubs on the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give you in commandment to the sons of Israel” (Exodus 25:22).

 

Only the High Priest was allowed access beyond the vail into the Most Holy Place and only once a year, on the Day of Atonement, for the annual complete cleansing of Israel, on the 10th day of the 7th month. I emphasize the number 7 because 7 is an indicator in the Bible that the event or occasion has relevance to end-times. On the Day of Atonement the High Priest sprinkled the blood of a lamb seven times on the Mercy Seat which spoke of the completeness of the work of the blood of Christ.

 

The Most Holy Place was the innermost sanctum of the Tabernacle of Moses and Solomon’s Temple. It represented the very presence of God in the midst of the people. It was separated from the Holy Place by a heavy veil, embraided with cherubim, signifying restricted access (Genesis 3:24); God threatening that He would strike anyone down who entered unauthorised. When Jesus died on the cross this enormous veil in Herod’s Temple was torn by heaven from top to bottom signifying that now all would have access to approach the throne of God if they were covered with the blood of Jesus.

This article examines the validity for the dimensions (10x10x10 cubits) assumed by many scholars for the Most Holy Place. The Tabernacle of Moses, in the wilderness, contained the world’s history and time-line  in secret code which is why God was so adamant that Moses follow all the regulations concerning offerings and build it exactly according to instructions (The Tabernacle of Moses, KJ Conner, Acacia Press Pty Ltd, Australia 1975).

God jealously guarded the specifics of holiness, even the composition of the sacred incense,  associated with worship in the Tabernacle. Anyone caught mimicking the incense would be cut off from Israel (Exodus 30:34-38; 37:29). He struck down two priests with fire from heaven, the sons of Aaron, the brother of Moses, because they dared to enter with unauthorised fire in their censers (Leviticus 10:1-5). Such was the jealousy of God over the rituals, measurements, types and colours of materials employed in the construction of the Tabernacle. Knowledge of all these aspects are necessary to identify which part of the Tabernacle could be associated with a particular era in history. The Temple of Solomon was held in the same esteem by God because it hides information on end-times, including the revelation of 12 end-time apostles of the Lamb to lead the church through its darkest hours when the Dragon attempts to destroy her and her fruit (Revelation.

12:1-16).

Through its design the Tabernacle of Moses prophesied a broad framework: the 1500-year period of the Law from Moses to Jesus, the 2000 years from the crucifixion of Christ to His Second Coming, and the duration of the 1000-year Millennium during which we will spend in the presence of Christ on this Earth. Satan will be chained up for the 1000-year period (Revelation 20:1-6). It will therefore be truly a day of total rest in the very presence of God (see "The Age of the Earth and the Year of Jubilee" on this site for more details).

 

In this regard the dimensions of the Most Holy Place, in cubits, have been crucial to decode this mystery. The Most Holy Place in the Temple of Solomon was a perfect cube (20x20x20 cubits). The New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:16 is symbolically also described as a cube. A cube, with all its three dimensions equal, is considered geometric perfection in classical mathematics and is a fitting tribute to the triune God who is ONE in all aspects of thought and purpose. A cube has six sides, six being the number of man in Bible code. Thus we see man in total unity with God, in the city of the New Jerusalem, even as we see that Jesus is both God and perfect man in one; God in the flesh. It is a fitting place where Jesus and the bride in all her glory will reside in Paradise where redeemed man will be in the very presence of God. In agreement with many scholars, I believe that the Most Holy Place in the Tabernacle of Moses was symbolically described as a cube.

Amazingly I have found no real evidence of theological students who have satisfactorily justified their position, and certainly not when one examines the various structures proposed for the Most Holy Place in the images section of Google. Several prophetic signposts confirm my faith and belief as outlined below.

 

Bible scholars generally accept that the dimensions of the Most Holy Place was 10x10x10 cubits, but some dispute this conclusion citing that eight vertical boards, of equal size, 8x1.5 cubits of unknown thickness, made up the west (end) wall of the Most Holy Place which defined the width of the entire Tent of Meeting, situated within the Outer Court. In their reckoning the width of the Tabernacle was therefore 12 cubits (8x1.5). What such people gloss over is that the west side consisted of 6 boards, with an extra two singled out for special use as corner boards,

 

“And for the sides of the tabernacle westward you shall make six boards. And you shall make two boards for the corners of the tabernacle in the sides. And they shall be coupled together beneath, and they shall be coupled together above the head of it to one ring. So it shall be for them both. They shall be for the two corners. And there shall be eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets, two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board” (Exodus 26:22-25).

 

The corner boards were fastened to the two sides of the Most Holy Place using a ring on top and a ring on the bottom (verse 24). Because they were ‘boards’ their thickness would be considerably less than their width. I therefore propose a thickness of 0.5 cubits for all the boards of the Tabernacle, as indicated in my diagram below and in keeping with the faith of most scholars, giving the Most Holy Place a cubic structure (10x10x10 cubic cubits) and the Holy Place the dimensions 20x10x10 =2000 cubic cubits.

I take comfort in my proposal because:

  • The wooden boards were gold plated signifying divinity and holiness.

  • By assuming a thickness of 0.5 cubits the cross-sectional area of each board has a proportion of 3:1 mirroring the Trinity, 3 yet one.

  • The corner is bound by a golden ring which signifies no beginning nor end. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega. The underlying wood speaking of the cross: a measure of His love (John 3:16).

  • In Jesus was revealed the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to mankind, the fulness of the Godhead (Colossians 2:9).

  • The ring binds 3 equal boards with maximum overlap for stability in the desert wind (the three-fold cord of Ecclesiastes 4:12).

  • In the heavenly Temple Jesus is the corner stone; mentioned 7 times in the New Testament (Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11, 26:26; 1Peter 2:6 and also verse 7). The number 7 is the number of perfection or consummation of all things.

  • The boards are 10 cubits high. Throughout the Bible the number 10 signifies a test or trial. The symbolism here is that Jesus passed every test and therefore Satan could not hold him in Hell.

  • The dimensions of the Tent of the Tabernacle make prophetic sense regarding the time-line of the Church Age (20x10x10 cubits) and that of the Millennium which covers a period of 10x10x10 years (Psalm 90:4; Hebrews 4:1-9; 1 Peter 3:8; Revelation 20:2-7).

  • Other prophetic signposts that confirm the dimensions and time-lines are described in "Patterns in the Six Days of Creation", the "Creative and Redemptive Weeks", the measures of the Brass Sea "In Solomon's Temple" , in "Book of Life" and in the prophecies of Jesus having their foundations in the books of Hosea, Psalms and 2 Peter Chapter 3 as elaborated in "New Heaven and New Earth". They all corroborate the same thing!

  • The New Jerusalem is symbolically described as a cube, as explored in the section below highlighting holiness and the very presence of God.

 

The closest scheme to my proposal which I have discovered is that provided by gospelight.tripod.com. However, my scheme better explains the external dimensions of the Most Holy Place while their site gives no details as to how the west wall meets with the side walls nor how it may relate to the possible width of each board. It ignores  where the extra 1 cubit may come from for the 10 cubits width of the Most Holy Place. Without giving details their proposal is based on the  assumption that the external dimension of the inner sanctum is 10 cubits which, of course, I also favour. Moreover they acknowledge the special role of the corner boards which have the same dimensions as all the other boards of the Tabernacle. Thus, while their proposal is superior to what others have suggested my scheme provides more internal space and gives me much greater satisfaction because it more cleanly defines the external dimensions of the sanctum..

 

Concerning the boards, the details of their sockets and pinions on which they rested, two per board, are not specified except that the sockets on the North, West and South walls were of silver; one talent of silver per socket (anywhere between 27-32 kg). Silver was used as redemption money in Israel signifying that the basic purpose of the Tent (the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place) was restricted for those redeemed by God. The sockets for the Outer Court were of brass where judgement and repentance were being dealt with.

 

The east end of the Tent served as the entrance to the Holy Place. The posts for their curtains rested on sockets of brass indicating the repentance was required when entering the Holy Place from the Outer Court, Exodus 26:37. The posts for the curtains of the Outer Court also rested on sockets of brass signifying the same thing. The same was true for metals used in the Temple of Solomon where entrance to the Holy Place was guarded by two huge pillars of brass (Jachin and Boaz).

 

CUBIC STRUCTURES

Firstly, let’s deal with the description of the New Jerusalem,

 

“And the city lies four-square, and the length is as large as the breadth. And he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand stadia. The length and the breadth, and the height of it are equal” (Revelation 21:16).

 

Based on ancient structures some suggest the measures to be that of a pyramid but I would oppose that for several reasons. Pyramids epitomize pecking order and the working man’s desire to climb the corporate ladder. Egyptian Pharaohs selfishly sacrificed people and their nation’s resources in the hope of personally ascending to great heights in the afterlife.

Man’s greatest rebellion was the desire to reach the heavens and worship their own works by building the Tower of Babel in Mesopotamia (Genesis 11:1-9).

 

“And they said, ‘Come, let us build us a city and a tower, and its top in the heavens. And let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered upon the face of the whole earth’” (Genesis 11:4).

 

In His anger God responded by scattering mankind over the face of the Earth and setting up language barriers destroying the unity they had in mind. The tower of Babel was abandoned during construction and might have looked like these remains of a ziggurat in Iraq. Notice the U.S. soldiers on top.

 

The 'Almighty Dollar', the U.S. dollar is the world's foremost reserve currency. Foreign banks  need a lot of U.S. dollars to keep trading. There is a push by China and Russia for a global currency and to get away from the dollar because a collapse in the U.S. economy would cause global chaos. This might indeed happen the way things are currently developing. Who knows at this stage in mid-2020? It's all in God's hands.

 

However, the pyramid on the back of the 1$ bill with the one all-seeing eye is seen by many as an occult intrusion in the design of the note. It certainly doesn't look like a godly symbol to me and I am familiar with symbolism. The thirteen steps leading to the apex, reflecting the original thirteen colonies of the Union,  also bid ill because 13 is the code number for sin in the Bible. The eye is thought by many to be the all-seeing eye of the Egyptian God Horus instead of the eye of God watching over America. It all adds up to me despite the many wonderful god-fearing people I have met in the United States. They will surely be honoured and protected by God.

Although the United States had a brilliant God-given start through early Puritan settlers it has also exhibited the best and the worst examples of humanity; nobility in areas of benevolent philanthropy and international aid contrasting against inbred organized crime and the gun culture of it's society. America also possesses the best and the worst examples in its multitude of churches. The good is often corrupted by the bad. The pyramid on its bill spells a bad omen for the nation that was the wealthiest and most respected country in the world. It seems to be losing that status. The pyramid reflects to me a mixture of flesh and spirit, the work of a man.

In contrast, the dimensions of the New Jerusalem, the holy city, a gigantic cube of 12,000 stadia, about 1600 km, suggest something unassailable by the works of the flesh. I have more to say on this in “The Secrets of the Cube” in my Kindle book, shown on my home page. A cubic structure is fundamental to the New Jerusalem and to the Most Holy Place in both the Tabernacle of Moses and in the Temple of Solomon. In the case of the New Jerusalem, the dimensions are a symbolic description of the holy city, something to do with the 144,000 and the 12,000 members coming from each of the 12 tribes (Revelation 7:4-8; 14:3). Even these numbers are symbolic because there would be more of the redeemed than just these on the face of the earth at that time;

 

“Do not hurt the earth or the sea, or the trees until we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads” (Revelation 7:3).

 

“After these things I looked, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes with palms in their hands. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb’” (Revelation 7:9-10).

 

The main message, at this point of time in 2020, is for us to remain occupied as servants of the Lord – until the Lord reveals more as He surely will. The book of Revelation was meant to be understood at the time of the end.

 

“And I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, ‘O my lord, what shall be the end of these things’? And He said, ‘Go, Daniel! For the words are closed up and sealed until the end-time’” (Daniel 12:8-9). We anxiously await the opening of the 7 seals (Revelation 5:1).

 

 

Email: charles.pallaghy@gmail.com

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