We will now take a look at the topics of the Two Temples and Two Tables of Stone, and The Rock. We will see some very interesting parallels between the Temple, the Exodus and Mount Sinai, and the Plan of Salvation. And, we will identify The Blue Stone.
You will learn the importance of the sanctuary pattern to God.
After learning this pattern and seeing how God tried to repeat it in the experience of His
people and their deliverance, you will have a greater understanding of the pattern and symbols in prophecy.
The Two Temples
As we study, we will see that all the elements of the ancient Hebrew sanctuary existed on Mt. Sinai. Moses was to build the temple "according to the pattern shown ... on the mountain".
Hebrews 8: 1-5
In 1 Corinthians 10: 1-4, 11, Paul refers to the Exodus experience of the Children of Israel. He points out that Jesus is the Rock that followed them, and that provided for them. Paul tells us that those experiences are important.
Now these things happened to them as and example and they are written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (1 Corinthians 10: 11)
The Exodus experience gives us a "picture" of the plan of salvation, of the process of passing from the worldly state to the presence of God., from slavery in Egypt, to Mt. Sinai where God had His sanctuary.
They are to be understood by the people at the end.
|The Temple Elements |
Exodus 25 - 32 gives a detailed description of the Temple construction and elements.
- Brazen Altar. Place where sacrifices were slain.
- Laver of Water. Place where priests cleansed themselves.
- Seven Branch Candlestick
- Table of shewbread. A meal
- Alter of Incense. Prayer.
Most Holy Place
- Ark of Covenant where God dwells over the Mercy Seat and the laws on Tables of Stone
The Exodus Experience
Let us compare the Exodus experience with the elements of the temple.
We will also compare these to the week of creation because the sanctuary is God's
order of recreating the sinner. We will see that He uses the same methods and order.
- Lamb Slain At Passover. (Exodus 12: 1-13) - The event that happened before the Exodus, setting the stage for people to move from the captivity of Egypt (enslavement to sin) to God. The blood of the Passover Lamb was what protected the people from the death angel. It is the symbol of our being forgiven through the Blood of Christ, if we will accept it.
Creation. On the first day God separated the darkness from the light, just as He separated the children of Israel from the Egyptians.
The death of Christ takes sinners from darkness into the light.
- Passing Through The Red Sea. (Exodus 14: 21-22) - Paul says they were 'baptized' in the sea (1 Corinthians 10: 2). The symbol of Baptism is the symbol of leaving our old way of life to follow God. It is the symbol of our first death which is the death to sin.
It satisfies the requirement of the law that the wages of sin is death.
So the Second death will have no power over us.
"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like
as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
(Romans 6: 4)
The children of Israel were led through the wilderness, to Mount Horeb. This is another name for Sinai. We have seen that the Mount Sinai is the location of God's Sanctuary or Temple at this time.
On the second and third day, God separated the water from the land. The parting of the Red sea separated the water from the land.
God also separated the sky from the sea. When sin began God separated Heaven from the sea of wicked on earth.
- Meal On The Mountain. This is the parallel to the Table of Shewbread.
Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel ... and they saw God and they ate and drank. (Exodus 24: 9, 11)
Creation. On the third day, God created our food supply.
God created the land as a place for humans and He planted trees that represent the righteous.
Israel was planted by God to represent Him. They were spiritual nourishment for the world.
- Pillar Of Fire. They were accompanied by a pillar of fire. (Exodus 13: 21).
| Pillar of Fire || Burning Bush |
| Menorah |
Creation. God placed the lights in the sky on the fourth day.
God sent His son, the church and the prophets to show the world the way during the darkness.
The sun represents Christ. The moon represents Israel and the church. The stars are the prophets.
- Stone Altar. Moses built an altar at the base of the Mountain or the foot of the Sanctuary. (Exodus 24: 4)
Creation. God created fish and birds to populate the wilderness.
The people of God now populate the wilderness, but it is not where they belong.
Prayers represent requests that fly in the air towards God. This is why it is also represented by a cloud or smoke.
The Spirit of God is also represented as a bird who takes our requests to God.
In contrast, the animals of the sea represent realities that are not connected to God.
Because the sea always symbolically represents the place of the wicked.
The land is where man can find rest.
So while we are in the wilderness, prayer is our connection to God.
- God And The Ark. God's presence was on top of a pavement of blue sapphire stone.
And they saw the God of Israel, and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.
Now the Lord said to Moses, come up to Me on the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tables with the law and the commandment
which I have written for their instruction.
Creation. God created man in the image of God and He will recreate fallen man in the end.
The beasts or world powers also appear on the earth.
While man was supposed to be the ruler of the earth, in the end the beast tries to be the ruler of man. The beast even tries to rule heaven.
- Commandments. Tables of Stone (Exodus 24: 12). Literally, is The Tables Of The Stone.
Within the context, the only stone mentioned is the sapphire stone pavement that God was standing upon.
Therefore, the commandments were not carved from an ordinary rock found on the mountain. It was carved from the throne of God.
Creation. God created the Sabbath of the fourth commandment and He gives rest from sin.
|Passover || Red Sea |
| Lamb on Altar || Laver |
- The River Of Life. This is in the heavenly temple. But in the Exodus journey this was the river of water that flowed from the Rock.
When God recreates us and starts over, we will have this eternal life.
Compare The Mountain To The Sanctuary
The exodus experience was a duplication of the sanctuary on a cosmic scale.
It shows that God's Holy Mountain and His presence is a Sanctuary.
"In Your love and kindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation.
"You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, The place, O LORD, which You have made for Your dwelling, The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.
(Exodus 15: 13, 17)
The mountain and the exodus journey contained the pattern for the Hebrew Tabernacle.
"Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.
"According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it.
"See that you make them after the pattern for them, which was shown to you on the mountain.
(Exodus 25: 8-9, 40)
- Bronze Altar.
Egypt is the outer court where the first Passover Lamb was killed.
The slaying of the Lamb at Passover.
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb.
"You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.
"For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.
"And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.
"When you enter the land which the LORD will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite.
"And when your children say to you, "What does this rite mean to you?"
you shall say, "It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes." And the people bowed low and worshipped.
(Exodus 12: 21-27)
The Bronze Altar was patterned after the one in the mountain.
Then He said to Moses, "Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel, and you shall worship at a distance.
"Moses alone, however, shall come near to the LORD, but they shall not come near, nor shall the people come up with him."
So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, "See the blood of the covenant, which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words."
(Exodus 24: 1-2, 8)
- Bronze Laver Of Water.
The laver is the Red Sea between Egypt and God's Holy Mountain at Sinai.
It was also called the Bronze Sea.
Now the bronze pillars which were in the house of the LORD, and the stands and the bronze sea which were in the house of the LORD, the Chaldeans broke in pieces and carried the bronze to Babylon.
(2 Kings 25: 13).
Also from Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David took a very large amount of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze sea and the pillars and the bronze utensils.
(1 Chronicles 18: 8)
Lamp Stand. Mount Sinai was the Holy place.
The Pillar of Fire that followed them is the lamp.
| Pillar of Fire || Manna |
| Menorah || Show Bread|
The Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night.
(Exodus 13: 21)
God also appeared to Moses at a burning bush.
Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and see, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.
(Exodus 3: 1-2)
The seven branch lamp stand was made to resemble an almond bush. When it was lit, it literally became a burning bush.
Three cups shall be shaped like almond blossoms in the one branch, a bulb and a flower, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms in the other branch, a bulb and a flower so for six branches going out from the lampstand.
(Exodus. 25: 33)
Table Of Show Bread This is the Covenant Meal on the Mountain and the Manna that fell for forty years.
God gives us all of His portion as a covenant meal.
|Pillar Of Cloud || God on Sinai |
| Incense || Most Holy Place |
You shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God at the place where He chooses to establish His name.
The tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so
that you may learn to fear the Lord your God.
(Deuteronomy 14: 23)
The seventy elders ate and drank with God on the Mountain.
Jesus also established the communion ritual with the new covenant because of this reason.
He chose to establish His name with the church.
Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they saw God, and they ate and drank.
(Exodus 24: 11)
The Table of Show Bread contained food and water.
You shall make its dishes and its pans and its jars and its bowls with which to pour drink offerings; you shall make them of pure gold.
"You shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before Me at all times.
(Exodus 25: 29,30)
Jesus is this continual Bread of the Presence.
The Altar Of Incense. This represents the point of prayer. This is the Twelve Stone Altar on Sinai and the Pillar of Cloud that followed them.
Moses built a Twelve Stone altar at Sinai.
Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. Then he arose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
(Exodus 24: 4)
The incense created a cloud that represents the presence of God and the prayers rising up like smoke signals.
He shall put the incense on the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the ark of the testimony, otherwise he will die.
(Leviticus 16: 13)
God would come to the door of the sanctuary in a cloud and speak to Moses.
Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and the Lord would speak with Moses.
(Exodus 33: 9)
The Ark Of The Covenant. The top of the mountain was the Most Holy Place because the throne of God was there.
The ark or throne of God is the Blue Stone on the mountain.
Notice that although the seventy elders went up to the mountain to have a meal they could not go to the top.
They were priests and Moses was the High Priest.
In verse 12, the phrase "stone tablets" in the Hebrew is "Tables of the Stone".
The law came from the blue stone.
|The Ark of the Covenant|
The ark included:
The light and smoke of God
Two angels with wings touching
A mercy seat
Ten commandments on stone
A pot of manna
The vision included:
Cloud and fire around God
Four Angels with wings touching
Throne with wheels
|Moses on Mt. Sinai|
The experience included:
Cloud and fire around God
Host of Angels from heaven
The Seventy Priests Enter the Sanctuary. Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel,
and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.
Yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they saw God, and they ate and drank.
Moses is the High Priest. Now the LORD said to Moses, "Come up to Me on the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commandment which I have written for their instruction."
(Exodus 24: 9-12)
The covenant is the ten Commandments.
So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is the Ten Commandments, and He wrote them on two tables of stone.
(Deuteronomy 4: 13)
The tables of the law were placed in the Ark of the Covenant. The covenant was placed in the Ark of the Covenant.
There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets which Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the sons of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.
When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions).
(2 Chronicles 5: 10-11)
The Throne Of God And The Blue Stone
The throne of God is like a chariot with wheels made out of blue sapphire stone.
The Ark of the covenant represented God's throne in the Most Holy Place.
There was the presence of God over the Ark and in it was the Ten Commandments carved from the blue stone from his throne.
When he tabernacled with Israel the model of the sanctuary has a real piece of the throne in heaven.
The scenery in the Most Holy Place was the same as Ezekiel's vision.
Let us demonstrate with Ezekiel 1: 1-26 and other verses.
Ezekiel was in vision and was in Babylon during the captivity.
- Cloud And Fire.
Note the description of what he saw and compare it with the visual scene at the Exodus in Ezekiel 1: 4.
From the North. The symbolic position of God's location.
Cloud and Fire. In the exodus God led by a pillar of fire and cloud.
Two Angels With Wings Touching.
Compare the vision in Ezekiel 1: 5, 10-11 to the Cherubims on the Ark in Exodus 25: 18-20, and see the same picture of the angels that surround the throne.
Chariot With Wheels.
(Ezekiel 1: 15-16). In Bible days, chariots had wheels. Ezekiel saw in his vision a chariot with wheels.
The chariot is the seat or vehicle that the rulers traveled in. It was their "portable throne". This is parallel to the 'Ark of Covenant and Mercy Seat'.
The Ark of the Covenant is a Chariot.
and for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the model of the chariot, even the cherubim that spread out their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
(1 Chronicles 28: 18 )
God's Throne has Wheels.
"I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His clothes was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire.
(Daniel 7: 9)
Ezekiel saw the likeness of a throne of sapphire stone. So God's throne is a Chariot.
Where God goes, His throne goes. A throne is a Seat of power, an extension of God's Kingdom in the universe.
The Blue Stone is God's Throne.
Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man.
(Ezekiel 1: 26)
and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.
(Exodus 24: 10)
Literally - like a pavement and as the sky itself
God's Throne Is Eternal.
But of the Son He says, "Your Throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.
(Hebrew 1: 8)
Therefore, if the throne is eternal, and the ten Commandments were written upon Tables of Stone taken out of the Throne, and were kept in the Ark (symbolic of God's Throne), then what about the ten Commandments? Are not they eternal too?
This symbol was used in Israel. A blue tassel was used to remind them of the Law of God.
The LORD also spoke to Moses, saying,
"Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue.
"It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them and not  follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot,
so that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God.
"I am the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt to be your God; I am the LORD your God."
(Numbers 15: 37-41)
So, we see that the Blue Stone was literally the Throne of God (Exodus 24: 12). And, the "Tables of The Stone" were literally taken out of God's Throne.
Moses broke the original set of Ten Commandments and God had to write them a second time.
However, the source of the stone for the second set is unclear.
God told Moses to cut the stones for the second set, then He would write it again. (Exodus 34: 1-4; 31: 18; 32: 16).
But we do not know if Moses got the stones from the throne and then went down the mountain to finish the carving or if he took an ordinary piece of rock from Sinai.
The Bible does say that he cut out stones like the previous ones. (Exodus 34: 4).
So we can say that the original intention of God was to write these words on a blue stone.
Jesus Is The Rock
A real rock followed Israel in the Desert and was the source of their water. Notice the mention of the pillar of fire and cloud.
The combination of the clouds above the water surrounding them on all sides and above their heads represented the fact that
they were immersed or covered in water.
|The Rock Named Jesus|
Since the food (manna) was real then the word "spiritual" does not mean symbolic, it means that the source was from God.
Therefore, a real Rock followed them.
Followed by a Rock. For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea;
and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
and all ate the same spiritual food;
and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.
Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
(1 Corinthians 10: 1-4,11)
The pillar of fire and cloud led Israel in the desert.
Followed by a Cloud and Fire. The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
(Exodus 13: 21-22)
| The Hand on the Rock |
||Moses breaks the Rock that followed them and water flowed out.
We broke the commandments which came from this Rock and a river of life was poured out to cleanse us.
The Rock Gives Refuge. The rock in the sanctuary is a place of refuge for the end of time.
There is a Rock in the Sanctuary. One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To see the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.
(Psalm 27: 4-5)
Followed By The Rock.
Israel drank from the rock that moved.
1 Corinthians 10: 4 says that the Rock followed them.
The presence of God followed Israel in many forms.
- Fire. It gave them light at night and guarded them against the Egyptian army.
- Cloud. It gave them shade in the day and shielded God when Moses spoke to Him.
- Rock. Where was this Rock? It must have been in the clouds.
Moses Strikes The Rock.
Moses strikes the rock where God is standing on Mount Horeb (Sinai).
Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel journeyed by stages from the wilderness of Sin, according to the command of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink.
Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, "Give us water that we may drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?"
But the people thirsted there for water; and they grumbled against Moses and said, "Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?"
So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, "What shall I do to this people? A little more and they will stone me."
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Pass before the people and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand your staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.
God Stands on a Rock. "Look, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
He named the place Massah and Meribah because of the quarrel of the sons of Israel, and because they tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us, or not?"
(Exodus 17: 1-7)
God stands on the blue stone rock. Therefore it must be the rock that Moses struck.
God Stands on a Blue Stone. and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.
(Exodus 24: 10)
Moses Touched The Throne.
When Moses hit the Rock he was touching the throne of God.
The Hebrew "ki yad al kas yah" literally says,
"a hand was on the throne of the Lord."
He said, "For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. The LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation."
( Verse 16 NIV ) (Read Exodus 17: 8-16)
The Rock Is From The Throne Of God.
Rivers of water came from the Rock.
He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to illumine by night.
They asked, and He brought quail, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
He opened the rock and water flowed out. It ran in the dry places like a river.
(Psalm 105: 39-41)
- The river of life flows from the throne. Water flows from the rock.
Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
(Revelation 22: 1)
- The river flows from the sanctuary to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth.
(Ezekiel 47: 1-8)
God Is The Rock. God is the rock that Moses struck in the desert.
|The Feast Of Tabernacles |
Described by Dr. Alfred Edersheim
| The River of Life |
The Pool of Siloam was fed by the living spring farther up in the narrowest part of the Kedron Valley...
When the Temple procession had reached the Pool of Siloam, the Priest filled his golden pitcher from its waters...
[Arriving at the temple]
There were two silver funnels here, with narrow openings, leading down to the base of the altar. Into that at the east,
which was somewhat wider, the wine was poured, and, at the same time, the water into the western...
We can have little difficulty in determining at what part of the services of the last,
the Great Day of the Feast, Jesus stood and cried, "If any one thirst, let him come to Me and drink."
Alfred Edersheim, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Volume 2 pages 158 and 160.
"The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just. A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.
"He made him ride on the high places of the earth, and he ate the produce of the field; and He made him suck honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock,
curds of cows, and milk of the flock, with fat of lambs, and rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the finest of the wheat and of the blood of grapes you drank wine.
(Deuteronomy 32: 4, 13-14)
Striking The Rock Twice In The Desert.
Moses stands at the door of the temple and strikes the rock instead of speaking to the rock.
God Told Moses to Speak to the Rock.
Then Moses and Aaron came in from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to them;
and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
"Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their beasts drink."
So Moses took the rod from before the LORD, just as He had commanded him;
and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. And he said to them, "Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?"
But Moses Strikes the Rock Twice. Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank.
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them."
(Numbers 20: 6-12)
Striking The Rock Once On The Cross.
Moses received a severe punishment for striking the Rock twice.
The reason is that the holy symbol could not be used.
Christ is the Rock that must be struck once in history. This would release the streams of living water.
After this point we only need to speak to the Rock in prayer to get this water of life.
Therefore, any Christian rituals that claim to kill Christ over and over does not represent what God teaches.
Christ Must Die Only Once. Who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people.
Because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
(Hebrews 7: 27)
So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin to those who eagerly wait for Him.
(Hebrews 9: 28)
Speaking To The Rock In The Cloud.
The cloud would rest at the door of the sanctuary.
Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and the LORD would speak with Moses.
When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and worship, each at the entrance of his tent.
(Exodus 33: 9,10)
Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent, and He called Aaron and Miriam ...
(Numbers 12: 5)
The LORD appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the pillar of cloud stood at the doorway of the tent.
(Deuteronomy 31: 15)
The Rock Removes Sin With A River. God will open the rock in the sanctuary with seven wells and remove all the guilt of the land. Eyes is the same word in Hebrew as wells.
"For see, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes. Look, I will engrave an inscription on it," declares the LORD of hosts, "and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
(Zechariah 3: 9)
Jesus Is The Source Of The River. Jesus is the source of the water of life at the Feast of Tabernacles. The Priest poured out water and grape juice at the Feast of Tabernacles to symbolize the striking of the rock in the wilderness by Moses.
Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was near.
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
"He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, "From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water."
But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
(John 7: 2, 37-39)
- Blood And Water. Blood and Water came from Jesus' side like the Feast of Tabernacles ceremony.
Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him;
but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
(John 19: 31-34)
- Two Streams From A Fountain. Jesus is the fountain pouring blood and water from His side.
The fountain from the temple cleanses from sin and uncleanness.
The blood for sin and the water for impurity.
In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity. (Zechariah 13: 1)
The Rock Heals. A woman is healed and made clean by touching the blue tassel on the clothes of Jesus.
And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone,
came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.
And Jesus said, "Who is the one who touched Me?" And while they were all denying it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You."
But Jesus said, "Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me."
(Luke 8: 43-46)
The Rock Is The Source Of Life Giving Water.
|The Blue Stone |
We have seen three major points in this study:
The Temples. The parallel between the Temple on the Mountain and the ancient Jewish Temple and the symbolism of each to the plan of salvation.
The Blue Stone. The Blue Stone is the eternal throne of God, and the source of "The Tables of The Stone" upon which the "eternal" ten Commandments were written.
The Rock. Jesus, The Rock, is the source of Life Giving Waters. This was shown in His atoning death upon the Cross and in His provision of Life and The Holy Spirit for us.
| What will we do with these points?
Will we, as Moses and the elders, come to the sanctuary (to God)
and seek the living waters available through Christ?
In 1 Corinthians 10: 4 we already have seen that Paul stated Jesus was the Rock that followed the Children of Israel, and that they drank from this rock.
He is also the source of life in the new earth.
After these things I looked, and see, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;
For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.
They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;
for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.
(Revelation 7: 9, 15-17)
The lesson teaches that we must cross a sea to make an exodus from the outer court to the Holy Place where we are under the protection of God.
However, the Holy Place is still a wilderness from which we must travel to reach the Promised Land in the Most Holy Place.
|Temple ||Exodus ||Church ||Heaven |
|Outer Court ||Egypt ||Sin ||Earth |
|»||Priests ||Moses and Aaron ||Jesus Christ ||The church |
|»||Bronze altar ||Passover ||Crucifixion ||Persecution |
|»||Laver ||Red Sea ||Baptism ||Sea of Glass |
|Holy Place ||Wilderness ||Church in Babylon ||Heaven |
|»||Bread ||Manna ||Communion ||Meal in Heaven |
|»||Lamp ||Pillar of fire ||Word ||The church |
|»||Incense ||Pillar of cloud ||Prayer ||Song of Moses |
and the Lamb
|Most Holy Place ||Sinai ||Heart ||New Earth |
|»||Ark and God ||God followed ||The believer ||Throne |
|»||Commandments ||Blue Stone ||Law on the heart ||Law |
|»||2 Angels ||Host from heaven ||Two or more gathered ||All creation |
Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2: 15
||Time: 50 minutes
Print: 8 pages
Updated : September, 2006
Author: Laverna Patterson from the notes of Pastor M. Oxentenko with minor modifications Editor:
Blue Stone discovered by Sarah Elizabeth Peck, the assistant of Ellen White, and written in the book "Path To The Throne of God"
All images were created by Laverna Patterson and are the property of Teachinghearts.