This is one of the most powerful teachings I’ve ever done. Prepare to view reality and the divine plan of God through new eyes! All this material and much, much more are covered in my new book, Ekklesia Rising.
Ekklesia Rising: The Authority of Christ in Communities of Contending Prayer (excerpt)
“The book of Hebrews helps us form a framework for the interpretive significance of various symbols in Scripture. In commenting on the blood sacrifice which occurred in the tabernacle’s inner court, we are told:
“Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” (Heb. 9:23-24)
Do you see what this is saying? It’s saying this earthly construction of poles, sheets, rooms, tables and altars is “patterned” after something. The tabernacle isn’t a prop, it’s a copy of the real thing! Yes, it’s a symbol by which we understand deep theological truths, but it’s not only a symbol. It’s also a specific recreation on earth of something that actually exists in heaven. This is confirmed in passages such as Isaiah 6, where the prophet sees God seated on His heavenly throne, while the “train of His robe fills the temple” and His “temple (filled) with smoke.” This is profound! God has His own tabernacle/temple! This means the detailed instructions given to Moses and David were facsimiles of the real thing. In the eternal dimension, the throne of His presence is the true Holy of Holies. There also exists an outer court and inner court. What are these? Are they dimensional access points to His person? Or perhaps the outer court is Earth itself? Since symbols can operate simultaneously on multiple levels, the most common interpretation frames the three progressions of the tabernacle as a picture of the each human: body, soul and spirit. Regardless, in every artifact of the tabernacle system (which later includes Solomon’s Temple), we see a part of Heaven actually being manifested on earth. If imagery as theology is powerful, how much more powerful is the material representation of heavenly realities?
Let me be more direct: in the tabernacle, a piece of Heaven literally touched earth….(so building on this principle) the Bible adds a handful of explicit “Throne Visions” which are also meant to help us understand the construction of Heaven. Each of these is worth reviewing before continuing on.
- Exodus 24:9-11
- 1 Kings 22:19-23
- Isaiah 6:1-8
- Ezekiel 1, 10
- Zecheriah 3
- Daniel 7
- Revelation 4-5
Like curtains pulled back in a dark room, letting morning’s glory flood in to chase away the night, these powerful glimpses into divine reality greatly enhance our understanding of God’s mind and and plans. Perhaps for the first time, do you see that God assembles a heavenly council around Himself as King? The court of human kings is no accident, because divine royal realities manifest themselves archetypally around human rulers. The American form of government split the high powers that once resided in a king’s court into three branches: Executive, Legislative and Judicial, representing the king, his advisors and judges. The court of heaven consolidates them into a single, seamless government. God is not a floating, detached spirit. He is seated. In heaven. On a throne. A host of spiritual beings form his court. Scholar Patrick Miller calls the imagery of the divine council “one of the central cosmological symbols of the Old Testament.” The divine council offers a model of how God operates the universe to achieve his aims for and through Israel and all humankind. Understanding the reality and purpose of God’s divine council profoundly affects how we view our role on earth, our place in history, our access to God, and the significance of our prayers.”