Messianic Worship

How does the Messianic form of religious faith differ from mainstream Christian belief? In a true sense, it is a return to a "whole Bible" basis for belief and worship. The New Testament, comprised of just 27 books, was never to be considered as a "replacement" for the Tenach, or Old Testament, nor are the New Testament writings the sole basis of our faith. The New Testament apostles refer to the Old Testament hundreds of times in explaining the basis of belief and doctrine. Nor has the Old Covenant been completely "abolished" in the New Covenant. It is instructive that the word "New" in Biblical Greek means a refreshed, revised, or "better" covenant. (Heb. 7:19, 22; 8:6; 12:24) Just as a butterfly does not represent an abolishing of his former self (the caterpiller), but a transformation, so too the New Covenant represents a transformed and improved form of the Old, firmly based and built upon the same original Biblical principles. (Heb. 7:12) We have more Messianic teaching available...

What is the Messianic view on Biblical Torah (Old Testament law)? We uphold New Testament teaching and "establish the law" (Rom. 3:31), believing that "not one jot or tittle" is removed for the believer (Matt. 5:17-19). However, under the New Covenant there is a transformation of law (Heb. 7:12). Yah's commands represent principles and precepts for us under the New Covenant, which has been called a "preceptive" view of Torah. Read more about God's law and the New Covenant...

The Tabernacle in the Wilderness:
Full-size Replica

Six cars and vans full of members of our fellowship traveled the 250 miles to the city of Hebron, Ohio, to see the full-scale replica of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. This traveling exhibit moves to a different state each year, and is taken apart for transport in this large trailer.

Tabernacle advertisement

This large tent is used to keep the exhibit dry and intact and holds not only the entire Tabernacle, but exhibit seating for about 200 people at one time.

Tabernacle tent exhibit

Here a group of visitors enters the tent exhibit area.

Entrance view

A beautiful large banner about ten feet long depicts the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and shows the Hebrew tribal configurations which camped around it in ancient times.

Tabernacle banner

The first exhibit shows a smaller scale model replica of the Tabernacle which is used for the initial discussion with the audience.

Tabernacle model 1

The Tabernacle itself was covered in four layers of animal skins, as shown here.

Tabernacle model 2

The representative model below shows the interior and exterior of the Brazen Altar in the outer courtyard.

Tabernacle altar model

The Brazen Altar was used for animal sacrifices in the worship of ancient Israel.

Brazen Altar

A full-scale view of the Outer Court shows the Brazen Altar above, and a model in the picture below. The Laver was a large reservoir filled with water, with faucets on the side for the high priest to purify his hands and feet. The Laver is a type of New Testament baptism.

The Outer Court

The entrance gate to the Outer Court is shown here. It was composed of linen in four colors: blue, purple, red, and white. This gate was 30 feet wide!

Entrance Gate to the Outer Court

The lecture room is shown here with the small model of the Tabernacle and other items.

The Lecture Auditorium

The presenter was very knowledgeable and personable. The presentation took about an hour and a half; with a lot of wonderful information presented.

The Presenter

The linen garment of the High Priest is shown with the breastplate composed of twelve precious stones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Notice the pomegranates at the bottom.
To the right, the High Priest ministers at the Altar of Incense.
Priest Linen and Altar of Shewbread

In the left portion of the picture below we see the Golden Candlestick.

Golden Candlestick on the Altar

This actual full-size replica of the Tabernacle was beautiful to behold. Each layer of skins was composed of hundreds of animal skins and weighed approximately 3000 pounds each!

Tabernacle view

Below we see the atonement offering for the sins of the people, which involved the slaying of many hundreds of animals. How thankful we are that this sacrificial offering has been replaced by the "better covenant" of Messiah, who was our one sacrifice for sin under the New Covenant!

Priestly Atonement Offering

Below, the High Priest ministers at the Table of Shewbread.

Table Of Shewbread

We hope that you enjoyed this short tour of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. Please come visit our Messianic Assembly when you can to learn more about the Torah of God and its symbolism for those of us today under the New Covenant!

 

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