Paul writes in Hebrews 8 in summation. We have a high priest who has entered into heaven itself. A minister of sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man.
Paul clarifies in Hebrews 9, concerning the tabernacle which man pitched (and not the Lord). The man made structure consisted of a first and a second tabernacle, separated by a seamless veil. Each had strictly prescribed furnishings. Each had ordinances pertaining to their function.
[Heb 9:1-14 KJV]
Then verily the first [covenant] had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; THE FIRST, wherein [was] the candlestick, and the table, and the show bread; which is called the sanctuary. And AFTER THE SECOND VEIL, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein [was] the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into THE FIRST tabernacle, accomplishing the service [of God]. But into THE SECOND [went] the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and [for] the errors of the people: THE HOLY GHOST THIS SIGNIFYING, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which [was] a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; [Which stood] only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed [on them] until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us]. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
The signification and the way revealed.
It is my “calling”, or I suppose, part of it, to take such things as I am given, and share them. I believe this is how increase and edification in the body comes…by that which every “joint” supplies, the “joint” being every member holding to the head. And so, this I endeavor to do, believing that as brethren, we have all things common in the Lord. Particularly, all things spiritual, and we should share them. And once shared, these things belong to all, with no partiality.
In expounding from the things signified, or “encoded” in the tabernacle, Paul shows how that it consisted actually of two tabernacles. The first called the “holy”, and the second called “most holy”, or “holiest of all”, etc. Each had it’s own furnishings and ordinances of service and function. The first tabernacle was actively functioning continually. The second was not. But once a year, the high priest entered to offer for his errors, and for those of the people. Paul says that by this, the Holy Ghost was signifying that as long as this arrangement continued, the way into the holiest was not manifest. That is to say, the shadow of things as signified in the first tabernacle were to continue to be in place, with a yearly enactment of the high priest entering into the holiest. But the book of Hebrews is clear to say that the annual event too, was a shadow, in that it did not deliver anyone from the awareness of sin, or else it would have not been done repetitiously year by year, but once.
Now, Jesus, our high priest has offered himself once for all, purging the conscience of sin, and has entered, not into the holiest place made with hands, but into the heavenly places themselves, and is seated at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens. He is now revealed as The Way. Now the shadow of things is in force no more. Yet the shadow, sadly, continues to be acted out in many, who willingly choose them.
The Book of Revelation is built upon the things fundamentally signified in the tabernacle, but with the emphasis upon the understanding, that we are no longer, or should no longer be concerned with acting out things in shadow, but that Christ Himself has fulfilled all, for all were shadows before, of Him. To use plain speech, “Know ye not that ye are the temple the Lord, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” If we are to walk in knowledge and truth, then this aforementioned fundamental truth must be accepted. The lord’s house is Christ, and them in Him by faith. There is, and never will be, any other temple or house with which the Lord will have anything to do.
The journey of the book of Revelation begins with the lamp stand…the lighting of candles. It is the very thing the Holy Ghost signified upon the fulfillment of the day of Pentecost. The appearance, as it were, of flames of fire upon the heads of the disciples, was a signification, a visual manifestation of the fact that the invisible, immortal, and living God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, took up abode in a people, exactly as had said Jesus, and all the scripture and the prophets.
The journey of the book of Revelation concludes with a people who have no need of light of sun or moon (which things lighted the outer courts), and no need of the calender based repetitious enactment of things before ordained, but now fulfilled by Christ, and received in a people by faith. They have no need of candlestick (which pertained to the holy place), needing no man-maintained lamp, no man-baked bread, which things are good, provided the men are true and reliable. (Show bread being a figure of daily bread, the right dividing of the word of truth , by others, for all. The man-tended lamp being a figure of the hearers of the Olive Oil, taking and relaying faithfully, what they hear). But when men are not true and reliable, neither is what they serve up. So there is a weakness in this arrangement, because the “people” are only receiving light and bread that is dependent to a large degree, upon the ones purveying them. The Book of Jude, and of Revelation itself, are filled with the example of everything from unreliable and unlearned purveyors, to downright wicked and self serving. The people who stand out in the close of the book, have no need of ritualistic religion, no need of governors, tutors and mediators, for a very great and good reason. The Lord God almighty and the Lamb are their light. This is the true fellowship and the doctrine of Christ. Good and faithful people of the Lord are worth marking and worth hearing. There is no denying this. But part of the signification of Hebrews 9, is that mediators are no longer required or proper, where the Lord Himself dwells in the individual. This, after all, is a great work of the cross. The former things are taken out of the way, and the new are in force. Now, in the restitution, a new and living way. “I will write my laws in their hearts and in their inward parts, and I will remember their sins no more”. This “writing” is not being done vicariously in you, through the hand of any other. It is being done by the hand of the Lord Himself who dwells there, if it is indeed the new and living way and not an emulation of it. The apostle John wrote that he that has the doctrine of Christ, has both the Father and the Son. Therefore does it say the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb…for there is no having the one, without the other. Again, the apostle Paul wrote:
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ”.
The finished work of Christ is entered into. And it is held in continuance by faith. It is not emulated or duplicated. We are not many teachers, but such as have The Teacher. We are not many lords, but such as have The Lord. We are not such as have many fathers, nor are many fathers, but have The Father. It is this estate, complete in Christ, that the apostle admonished we stay in. And in saying the One God and Father of all, is above all, and through all, and in you all, it is evident that “all” pertains to as many as fit the definition. The statement does not apply to the world at large. Here are some excerpts from the prophets:
[1Ki 4:25 KJV] And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.
[Mic 4:4 KJV] But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make [them] afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken [it].
The scriptures use the phrase “under one’s vine and under one’s fig tree” numerous times. It is a signification, a mental picture, of the fellowship of the Son and the Father, in the individual. It is what John wrote, calling it the doctrine of Christ. It is what was signified in John’s gospel, where under the fig tree ( a signification of the Father)…under the fig tree, the Son is revealed in Nathaniel. It is what Jesus answered Judas (not Iscariot) who asked how Christ would be revealed to His people and yet not to the world:
[Jhn 14:23 KJV] Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
So, in summation, concerning the two tabernacles, once a year, the high priest entered, not to enter again until the same time the following year, etc. By this arrangement, the Holy Ghost signified that the way into the holiest is not revealed until the first, or holy place, is observed and done. But now has Christ Himself, our High Priest, once for all, entered into the heavens themselves. The shadow of things is no longer an impediment. Indeed, on the cross, the handwriting of ordinances, which were against us, have been taken out of the way. All mediators, governors and tutors have been rendered unnecessary, as they too have been taken out of the way. How so? By the Spirit of God who dwells in you. And by Jesus Christ, the only mediator and advocate with the Father. For it is God who is writing upon your heart and inward parts now.
The way into the holiest is indeed revealed:
[Gal 2:19-21 KJV] For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Jesus is the way, and in His resurrection, by faith, are you made a partaker of Him. In the tabernacle that once stood by way of shadow and signification, the high priest entered once a year, passing through the veil. But I certify you this; that the resurrected Almond branch, the rod of Aaron, was raised once, leafed and flowered once, and bore a crop of almonds once, and in that estate entered once into the holiest of all, to be placed in the ark of testimonies, from where it did not return again, the Holy Ghost this signifying, that when once, the Resurrection Himself should enter the heavens themselves, all type and shadow are fulfilled. All. And from the moment of the beginning of the resurrection, unto time present, and until the Father sums it up, each almond on that resurrected branch represents a place prepared in Him, in each place a measure capable of the fullness ( the very definition of a seed), a generation not reckoned in carnal genealogy and counted in passing years, but a spiritual house and generation, begotten to God in Christ, not reckoned in this world’s reckoning, but a spiritual house, both in heaven and earth, in whom are named the name of the Father. A people ready to be revealed together with the Firstborn, at the last trump…according to the will and power of the Father.
[Isa 8:18 KJV]
Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me [are] for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
[Heb 2:13 KJV]
And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
[Psa 22:30-31 KJV]
A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done [this].
Are there people who seem to need light of sun, moon, stars or candlestick? Yes, it seems so. But if something in you says you belong with Christ, hidden with Him in God, and these aforementioned limited placed do not seem to provide it, know that a way is made for you, and that that way is Christ in you.