The Tabernacle of the believer’s body

I began writing about the Feast of Tabernacles in December 2014 and believe that it is an illustration of the Church.  Let us remember that God commanded the Jews to build temporary tabernacles or booths in which they would dwell during the Feast. With this in mind, therefore, we see that the imagery of the tabernacle is continued in a mystery revealed by Apostles Peter and Paul in the New Testament.

In this imagery or picture, the body of the believer is compared to a/an earthly tabernacle, building, house and/or tent, which will be taken down one day.  The Apostles did not fear death, but described it as moving from one house into another. When the believer moves out of the earthly house, he or she will put on a HEAVENLY BODY in the eternal land.

In eternal life, the believer will not be a disembodied spirit that floats around like the ghosts in Scooby Doo, but will put on a HEAVENLY BODY like the one that Jesus put on when He arose from the dead:

For we know that if our earthly house of this  tabernacle G4636 were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven

If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked

For we that are in this  tabernacle G4636 do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life – 2 Corinthians 5: 1 – 4.

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.

We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.

For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.

While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life (NLT).

Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle (skēnōma/G4638), to stir you up by putting you in remembrance

Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle (skēnōma/G4638), even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me – 2 Peter 1: 13 & 14.

The contrast between the usage of the word tabernacle by Apostles Peter and Paul

When Apostle Peter used tabernacle, he referred to skēnōma/G4638, which means tent. Skēnōma  comes from the root word skēnoō (G4637) which is used to reveal the threefold truth:

1. That God in the flesh dwelt with Israel in the earth

2. God dwells among His People in heaven and

3. God dwells with the believer in His Eternal Kingdom:

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt G4637 among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth – John 1: 14.

Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell G4637 among them –  Revelation 7: 15.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell G4637 with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God – Revelation 21: 3

In contrast, Apostle Paul used the noun skēnē G4636 when writing about the tabernacle of the body, and in so doing, pointed us to the TRUE TABERNACLE of God in heaven:

a. There is a TRUE TABERNACLE in heaven, a greater and more perfect tabernacle which was built by God for true worship (Hebrews 9: 11).

Scriptures teach us that Moses’ tabernacle was a model of the heavenly, just as the earthly body models the heavenly. Jesus is the High Priest in that True Tabernacle because He shed His blood then entered its Holy of Holies  ONCE in order to mediate for our sins.

The veil in the Temple in Jerusalem tore in two from top to bottom when Lord Jesus entered that Heavenly Tabernacle in order to signify that the old covenant of animal sacrifices for sins was now abolished.  Apostle Paul tells us that Jesus sat down on the right hand of God after completing His offering for our sins in the Holy of Holies where He laid His blood on the Heavenly Altar. In other words, He resumed His heavenly seat:

Here is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven.

There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands…

 They (the priests) serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. For when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him this warning: “Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain (Hebrews 8: 1, 2 & 5).

So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come.] He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world

12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever

13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity.

14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds[f] so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant (Hebrews 9: 11 – 15)

12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand (Hebrews 10: 12).

Then I looked and saw that the Temple in heaven, God’s Tabernacle, was thrown wide open.

The seven angels who were holding the seven plagues came out of the Temple. They were clothed in spotless white linen[b] with gold sashes across their chests (Revelation 15: 5 & 6).

I will continue to speak more about the mystery of the Feast of  Tabernacles


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