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The Outer Court
Was accessible by only one gate.



The Holy Place
Contained the table of shewbread, the golden lampstand, and the golden altar of incense.



The Holy of Holies
Was separated from the Holy Place by a veil, which represents the flesh.

  • Matthew 27:51: At that moment (when Jesus gave up His spirit), the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.

  • Heb. 10:19-20: Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body.



Bronze altar
Represents Jesus, our burnt offering

  • Hebrews 10:10-12: And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.



Bronze laver
Represents daily cleansing



Table of shewbread
Represents fellowship

  • John 6:51: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”



Golden lampstand
Represents Jesus, light of the world

  • John 1:9: The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

  • John 8:12: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

  • Rev. 21:22-23: I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.



Golden altar of incense
Represents prayers of the saints

  • Revelation 5:8: And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

  • Revelation 8:4: The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.



Ark of the Covenant
In Holy of Holies  --Represents God's law



Mercy Seat
On top of the Ark  --Represents God's grace

  • Hebrews 9:3-9: Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.
    When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing. This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.