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As we read last week, the second Temple of God was completed in 516BC.

In the Temple of God, the courtyard is where the animal sacrifice took place.  The blood of the animal was to make
atonement for ones life.

The temple building was devided into the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place.  These two rooms were devided
by a curtain of finely twisted linen.  This curtain was symbolic of the devision between sinful man and
a Holy God.

The back room or Most Holy Place contained the Arc of the Covenant.  Inside the Arc was the Ten Commandments
on stone tablets, Aaron’s Rod and a Pot of Manna (seed like substance that fell from heaven and fed the Israelites
in the desert).  There were two cherubim (angel) statues on top of the Arc.  The cherubim statues faced each
other and God’s Spirit dwelled between them.  Although the Holy Spirit is omnipresent, he talked to the high priests
at this place.

There were many type of animal sacrifices.  The most important sacrifice happened once a year on the day of
atonement.  Blood from the animal sacrifice was brought into the Most Holy Place and sprinkled over
the Arc of the Covenant.  This was to make atonement for the death that was due sinful man.

In the approximate year of 33AD, Jesus became the final sacrifice to make atonement for the death that
was due sinful man.  Never again is an animal sacrifice required.  The division between sinful man and a Holy
God was conquered.  This was signified by the tearing of the curtain between the Holy Place and the
Most Holy Place at the time of Jesus death.

Mathew 27:50  And when Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.  At that moment the cur-
tain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook, the rock spit and the tombs broke
open.

God now communicates through his Spirt to every man or woman that seeks him.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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TentofMeeting

While still in the Sinai Desert, God told Moses and the Israelites to build a tabernacle.

The tabernacle consisted of a courtyard with a large bronze altar.  This is where an animal without blemish
was sacrificed to make atonement for the sins of the Israelites.  The animal was symbolic of purity.  The animal
symbolically took the death that was due sinful man.  It demonstrated a persons believe in God.

For more details on the sacrifice ritual, see “Point of Salvation,” pages 5-6 in the category column to the left.

Next was the bronze basin.  This was where Moses, Aaron and the High Priests washed their hands and feet.
This was symbolic of being clean and pure before entering the Tent of Meeting.

In the Tent of Meeting, the first room was called the Holy Place.  This room contained a golden table for the
bread of presence (12 loaves represent the original 12 tribes of Israel), golden lamp stand and the
altar of incense.

For more details on the Holy Place, see “Point of Salvation,” page 8 in the category column to the left.

Through a curtain was the Most Holy Place.  This room contained the Arc of the Covenant.  This arc was a
rectangular shaped box made of acacia wood.  The Arc contained the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments,
Aaron’s Rod and a Pot of Mana.  On top of the Arc were two Cherubim (angel) statues that faced each other.
God’s Spirit dwelt between the two Cherubim statues.  When Moses, Aaron or the High Priests entered this
room, they were entering the very presence of God.  This is where God spoke to them.

Also, once a year, blood from the animal sin offering was sprinkled over the Arc of the Covenant.  As I
mentioned in paragraph two, this was to make atonement for the death that was due sinful man.

Next week, Moses and the Israelites leave the desert and head for the promised land.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Last week we read that angels sometimes appear as real people.  Now lets read how angels are described in the
heavenly realm.

Isaiah 6:1-2  I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
Above him stood the SERAPHS (high ranking angels):  each one had SIX WINGS;  with two wings they covered
their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.

The Seraphim Angels covered their faces because God is completely holy.  They could not look upon him.  They
covered their feet because they were in the midst of holy ground; Gods presence.  This is similar to Exodus 3:5
and Joshua 5:15 when Moses and Joshua were standing on holy ground and were told to remove their sandals.
This is a sign of respect.

Here is another scripture describing angels with wings:

Exodus 25:20  The CHERUBIM (also high ranking angels) are to have THEIR WINGS spread upward, overshadow-
ing the cover with them.

This scripture is describing the angel statues that are attached to the top or the cover of the arc of the covenant.

Although these two scriptures describe the angels in heaven as having wings, I’m not sure they really do.  The
bible is full of symbolisms.  In the same way that God doesn’t really sit on a throne (he is omnipresent), I’m not
sure that angels really fly with wings.  Angels are spiritual/heavenly beings.  I doubt that angels need wings to
move around.  As we have read in Angels 5, angels can take many forms.  They have appeared as fire, as beings
of light and as humans.  Angels can travel from one dimension to another.

Angel wings might be symbolic of the “rapidity” of their movement.  They may also be symbolic of their great
covering or protection with wings open wide.  Also, they may be symbolic of their great comfort as to wrap you
in their wings.

Thank you so much for reading.  Next week we will be reading about the hierarchy of angels.

God bless.

Jeff