Many times I have wished that I lived during the days of the Tabernacle or Temple worship when the Shekinah Glory of Almighty God manifested His divine presence in the midst of His people. It would have been marvelous to experience the ancient priestly ritual and gaze on the beauty of the Tabernacle Tent of Meeting and the magnificent Temple edifice, reputed by some historians to be the most exquisite structure in the world at the time. It has been said that visitors, both Jews and Gentiles alike, came from all over the known world to glimpse Solomon’s Temple. Even Our Lord Yeshua walked within its sacred premises that had been dedicated to the Creator of the Universe.
In the following quotation from Dr. Dinah Dye’s work, The Temple in Creation, we learn that all believers can share spiritually in the artistic journey of Bezalel and Oholiab, the two men anointed by God to create His earthly dwelling place, when we take the study of the Tabernacle and Temple to heart:
Studying the function, design, services, and ceremonies of the Temple will help bring unity to the Body of Messiah. Unity is not something we can accomplish in our own strength, but when we seek to know Him, and the power of Yeshua’s resurrection, He will reveal Himself in the place of His presence. Certainly we long for Him to dwell in our midst. One commentary (Midrash Tanhuma) even suggests that learning the Temple in the Bible is as great as building it, and that those who study the Temple – when they are immersed in it – will be rewarded. The reward: He will give us credit for building His House. (Emphasis mine)
This statement is powerful beyond words! How I long for the Body of Messiah to enter into serious study of such subjects as Moses’ Tabernacle in the Wilderness and the ritual associated with the Feasts of the Lord and the Feasts of Israel. Both studies are intensely prophetic, pointing clearly to Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah, who fulfilled all the Tabernacle and Temple ritual through His virgin birth, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection. The reward for studying the ancient liturgy of the Old Testament is not surprising when we consider that the book of Revelation promises a blessing for those who read and study the sacred, prophetic scroll. Now we learn that there is also a special blessing reserved for students of the Tabernacle and Temple!
Glory to God!
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. Rev 1:3
*If you are interested in a detailed study of the Tabernacle and Temple ritual and the evolution of worship through the ages, see the following publications by Dr. Noreen Jacks, available from http://www.noreenjacks.com:
The Gospel According to Moses – A Study of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness
By Divine Appointment – Celebrating the Feasts of the Lord and the Feasts of Israel
Pathway to the Throne Room – Embracing the Call to Worship