Altar of Burnt Offerings
Altar-of-Burnt-Offerings
Laver
Laver
Golden Candlestick
Golden Candlestick
Table of Shewbread
Table of Shewbread
Altar of Incense
Altar of Insense
Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Covenant

Spiritual Death

The tabernacle was built from materials that were donated from the children of Israel.  After requesting donations, so much was freely given that a commandment was given for them to stop (see Exodus 36:5-7).  More than enough was received so as to build the structure according to the commandment of the Lord.  The foundation of the tabernacle was made of 100 talents of silver which equals approximately 7,545 lbs.  Of all the metal used in the tabernacle, silver accounted for 50%, gold 15%, and bronze 35%.  All but 45 lbs of the silver was used to build the foundation.

Silver is a precious metal which has many uses, and it is symbolic that such a valuable offering was used the foundation.  Just as Israel gave of their precious goods, the Father gave His most precious ‘good’, in the form of His Son Jesus Christ.  The Father gave the Son to serve as the foundation of the Gospel.  The Lord is the foundation of justice, and mercy.  He is the foundation of that which separates the light from the darkness, the good from the evil, the holy from the unholy.  The Lord is the foundation of the way back to the presence of the Father, and the means whereby all people can over come spiritual and physical death.  The Lord is the foundation of the means to eternal happiness and everlasting increase.

The scriptures admonish us to build upon the foundation of Jesus Christ.  If we desire to be his disciple, then we must follow in his footsteps, seek to act as he would act, seek to speak as he would speak, see to love as he would love.  As we do this, we will build upon a foundation which cannot fail.

“…Remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation: that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, ye, his shafts in the whirlwind, ye, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.” ~ Helaman 5:12

I write these things in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The veil of the tabernacle divided the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place.  Woven within the veil were cherubic emblems  symbolizing the guardians of the way of the way of the tree of life.  The veil is a symbol of physical death, one of the obstacles which prevents us having direct access to the Father.

Jesus Christ was the first individual to overcome physical death through his atoning sacrifice.  In fact, the scriptures associate the rending of the veil of the temple with the physical death of the Lord.

“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came of of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” ~ Matt. 27:50-53

It is incorrect to assume that the rending of the veil of this temple means that a temple is no longer necessary, or a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  For the door of the temple was still intact.  The only way an individual can enter through the door of the tabernacle (spiritually speaking) is to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, offer a broken heart and a contrite spirit, submit to the will of the Father by being baptized by one of his authorized agents, and living your life so as to receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost.  Then you will have access to the grace of God to redeem you from spiritual death.

Jesus Christ was the first individual to pass through the veil of death through his resurrection, and return to the Father.  Now that he has vanquished death, everyone will return to his presence to be judged.  When physical death comes upon us, those who are in the Holy Place (spiritually speaking) will be prepared, while those who are elsewhere will not.  If we desire eternal life, the most important focus of our life should be to enter into the Holy Place (spiritually speaking).

I write these things in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.