Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing (epiphany) of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13
(18) Antitypically, this would suggest that the elders, deacons and more prominent unofficial ecclesia members had precedence by reason of greater ability in sacrificial service above the less prominent unofficial ecclesia members. With these necessary explanations to prepare the way, we will now proceed to interpret vs. 22-29. The elders, deacons and more prominent unofficial brethren from willing hearts (willing hearted, v. 22) sacrificed in their human all things serviceable, first, for appreciation of good (bracelets; literally, nose-rings), secondly, for the hearing of faith (earrings), thirdly, for good characters (rings; literally, seal rings) and, fourthly, for willing God's will beautifully (necklaces; the neck symbolizing the will, a necklace would represent such a will beautifully adorned). All of these were adapted to and usable for Divine things (all jewels of gold). All these offerers (every man that offered) brought for continual use an offering (an offering; literally, a wave-offering) adapted to and usable for Divine things (of gold) unto God's service (unto the Lord). Moreover, those who were able (with whom was found, v. 23) offered (brought), first, of their human all things adapted to and usable for faithfulness (blue), secondly, royalty (purple), thirdly, sin offerings (scarlet), fourthly, new-creatureship and righteousness (linen), fifthly, justification (goats' hair), sixthly, the ransom (red skins of rams), and seventhly, keeping unknown from the world the real character of the Christ (badger, or seal, skins). So, too, those who had in their human all things adapted to and usable for the Truth (silver, v. 24) and justification by faith (brass [copper]) used these sacrificially (brought) for the Lord. Every one who had things (with whom was found) adapted to and usable for corruptible humanity (shittim wood) as to dealing with it (work of the service) used these sacrificially for the Lord (brought).
(19) Now the antitype goes over to the things that the least able of the three classes gave sacrificially for
the antitypical Tabernacle. Wisely and heartily (wise hearted, v. 25) did the least able of the three classes mentioned above work powerfully (spin with their hands) on the least difficult things for the Church and offered (brought) these things adapted to and useful, first, for faithfulness (blue), secondly, royalty (purple), thirdly, the sin-offerings (scarlet), and, fourthly, the new-creaturely things typed by curtains and priests' sacrificial garments (fine linen). This same class of dear brethren wisely and heartily (heart … in wisdom, v. 26) worked on and offered things adapted to and usable for the justified humanity of the Church (spun goats' hair). The ablest brethren: Jesus, the star-members, their special helpers and other general servants of the Truth (rulers, v. 27), sacrificed in matters adapted to and useful for, first, the Divine truths and their pertinent graces contained in the Abrahamic and New Covenants (onyx stones … for the ephod), and, secondly, the twelve chief graces of the Church, each one especially exemplified in its pertinent tribe (stones … breastplate). They sacrificed things adapted to and useful for, thirdly, wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and fear of the Lord (spices, v. 28; 30: 22-24; Is. 11: 2), fourthly, the spirit of understanding to give enlightenment of Truth (oil for the light), fifthly, the new will and spiritual powers in each brain organ filled with wisdom, power, justice and love (anointing oil), and, sixthly, choice human powers, Jesus' actually and the Church's reckonedly perfect (sweet incense). Thus all the consecrated sacrificed willingly unto God (Israel … offering, v. 29), even everyone of them, great and small, who was willingly and freely disposed (heart … willing) to bring his all for things needed for the whole work (bring … work), as God had charged by Jesus (the Lord commanded … Moses).
(20) Having in our explanation of Ex. 31: 1-6 covered as a command the things repeated as a statement in vs. 30-35, and stated as matters of fact in
Ex. 36: 1, 2, we will pass these verses by here and continue our exposition with Ex. 36:3. All of the Truth servants, Jesus (Bezaleel), the star-members (Aholiab) and their helpers (every wise hearted man), received from Jesus as God's Executive all of the things that the Lord's people had consecrated as adapted to and useful for building the antitypical Tabernacle (received … offering … Israel had brought for … the sanctuary, to make it, v. 3). These consecrations have continued throughout the Age in every one of its opportunities (brought … offerings every morning). But beginning with Bro. R. in the toga scene early in the Epiphany, continuing with the writing and spread of The Finished Mystery (1917), whereby, first of all, the end of entrance into the high calling was set verbally forth, and progressing with its acceptors' believing this thought and acting accordingly (Rev. 16: 17), and with the Epiphany brethren doing likewise, beginning their part in the Spring of 1918, the work of reporting to our Lord by the symbolic builders the end of entrance into the high calling has increasingly been going on—the report being made partly by word and partly by the act of ceasing to seek to win aspirants to the high calling (wise … came … work … spake to Moses … bring much more than enough, vs. 4, 5). Thus has been accomplished the Divinely commanded work of building the Gospel-Age Tabernacle.
(21) The Lord's work that has since been going on has been building the Epiphany Tabernacle, which had its beginning in the call of the Youthful Worthies from 1914 onward, its continuance in dealing with the Great Company as to readying them for the marriage supper, and its end will come in 1954-1956, when both classes will be completed insofar as concerns their finding and coming into the Truth (Rev. 22: 11), but not insofar as their complete preparation for their places in the Millennium is concerned; hence the Epiphany Tabernacle will continue an uncertain number of years after 1956, though then completed. This report having
been made to our Lord by their symbolic builders by word and act, Jesus charged, especially, but not exclusively, through the Epiphany literature, that no more consecrations be made in the interests of the Gospel-Age Tabernacle (Moses gave commandment, v. 6). As a result brethren in and out of the Epiphany movement made the pertinent announcement everywhere (they … proclaimed … camp), great and small, saying that no more high calling consecrations be made (neither man nor woman … work for … sanctuary). And as brethren come to see this matter aright, they desist from attempting such work (people were restrained from bringing). Those new creatures who persist in teaching that the justified may consecrate for the high calling, and that such consecrators are accepted therein do in such work nothing at all for the Gospel-Age Tabernacle, but as antitypical Lot they thereby commit symbolic incest with their symbolic daughters (justified ones who insist on the high calling's being open for them, and such consecrators insisting on their being in the high calling); and they produce antitypical bastards—antitypical Ammonites and Moabites, who will end with the restitution class (Gen. 19:30-38; Deut. 23:2-6). But by Oct., 1914, as far as gaining the Little Flock is concerned, and by Passover, 1916, as far as sealing them is concerned, enough consecrations were made to suffice for the building of the Gospel-Age Tabernacle (stuff … sufficient … to make it, v. 7). Yea, there was more than enough (too much); for very many crown-losers were in the Truth by Oct., 1914-April, 1916, who had to be cast out of the Holy, beginning in Jan., 1917, continuing since, and ending some years in the future.
(22) Many are the confirmations of God's plan given us by Jehovah. Many of these are found in the constitution and order of nature, as we have shown in a section of our discussion of the external evidences of the Bible's being a Divine Revelation. Others were pointed out as pictured forth in the constellations, in
another section of that same discussion. Still a third set of such confirmations, based on the contour, products and places of the Holy Land were pointed out in a third section of that treatise. All of these are confirmations derived from nature. There are others, derived from art. E.g., there are a great number of them in Noah's ark, which we hope some day to set before the Lord's people. The Great Pyramid at Gizeh contains multitudes of such, which in great detail, additional to those already given, we also hope to set forth before the Lord's people sometime. This is also true of Solomon's temple, many of which, D. v., we design to discuss in these columns, the same remarks applying also to Ezekiel's temple. Now we make a similar statement as to the tabernacle in the wilderness, from the standpoint of the Gospel-Age picture. While quite a few, perhaps a third of all of these confirmations occurred to the writer first of all, about two-thirds of them were suggested to him by others. One we have gotten from Bro. Morton Edgar. A few came to us through Bro. E.L. Dockey (Reprints, 6436), who got some of them from a British Guiana brother. But by far the large majority of the two-thirds of them came to us through the present Scandinavian representative of the Epiphany Bible House, Bro. Christian Peterson, who is an architect by profession and, therefore, an adept at figuring, especially as it relates to buildings, etc., whose methods assisted us to work out about one-third of these confirmations. For years Bro. Peterson lived in America; but during the depression he returned to Denmark; and at the passing of our dear Bro. G. Danielsen beyond the veil, he became our Scandinavian representative. We make these acknowledgments, lest we appear as claiming privileges of first enlightenment on many points not really ours as such. None of these brothers were the first to see new doctrines, which under Jesus is the exclusive privilege of star-members. As non-star-member scribes instructed unto the Kingdom of God, they have been
privileged to find new confirmations of doctrines previously made known by Jesus to His star-members.
(23) As the Great Pyramid, Solomon's and Ezekiel's temples and Noah's ark had certain key numbers, which enabled us to bring out from them various confirmations of the Divine Plan, so also does the tabernacle have them. These key numbers are 5, 10 and 18. Various tabernacle measurements indicate that 5 and 10 are key numbers of that structure, while the different kinds of things of and in the tabernacle indicate that 18 is one of its key numbers. The key number 10 appears often in the tabernacle, both as a simple number and as being there in its multiples, e.g., the tabernacle was 10 cubits high and 10 cubits wide, which made its two ends each 10 cubits square, while its length—30 cubits—was a multiple of 10, which made its two long sides and ceiling and floor each 300 square cubits, also a multiple of 10. The holy of holies was a cube each of whose six sides was 10 cubits square. The holy gives us measurements of 10 cubits and multiples of 10 cubits. It was 10 cubits wide and 10 cubits high, which made its two ends each 10 cubits high and wide, thus 10 cubits square. Its length was 20 cubits, a multiple of 10, which made its two long sides, ceiling and floor each 200 square cubits, also a multiple of 10. Its sanctuary curtains, the linen curtains, were 10 in number; and its unfolded "tabernacle" curtains, those made of goats' hair, were also 10, whose length—30 cubits—was a multiple of 10, which made each of the two 300 square cubits, a multiple of ten, the folded part not covering the linen curtains. The first and second veils were each 10 cubits high and 10 cubits wide, which made each of them 10 cubits square. The pillars at the first and second veils were each 10 cubits high. The boards on the north and south sides were 40 in number, a multiple of 10, and the six west boards plus the corner boards, sawn into halves, made a total of 10 boards. Their sockets were 100 in number, a multiple of 10; and their tenons also numbered
100, a multiple of 10. The 60 court pillars were also a multiple of 10. Hence the frequent occurrence of the number 10 shows that it is a key number. The number 5 is also a key number in the tabernacle, as the following facts show: for not only are the numbers 10 and its multiples also multiples of 5, but independently of this consideration the number 5 frequently appears in the tabernacle, e.g., both the linen curtains and their goats' hair covering curtains were each divided into two sets of 5. The court curtain was 5 cubits high, the entire length, exclusive of the gate of the court, being 280 cubits, or 7,000 inches, multiples of 5 and 70. The gate of the court was 5 cubits high, and in being 20 cubits long was a multiple of both 5 and 10. Its area is 100 cubits also a multiple of 5 and 10. There were 5 pillars at the first veil, and 5 sockets were their bases. There were 15 bars, a multiple of 5, and on each side of the tabernacle there were 5 bars. There were 5 sets of curtains; the linen, goats' hair, those at the first and second veils and the court curtain. The altar of burnt offering was 5 cubits long, 5 cubits wide, and its six sides were each 5 cubits long, all their areas being multiples of 5. Its grate was 5 cubits long and 5 cubits wide, with an area of 25 square cubits, a multiple of 5. Thus the frequent occurrence of 5 in tabernacle measurements proves that 5 is a tabernacle key number. We might here remark that 5 and 10 are, among others, key numbers of Noah's ark, the Great Pyramid and both Solomon's and Ezekiel's temples, as is to be expected.
(24) The tabernacle key number 18 is indicated in a different way from its key numbers 5 and 10. It is gathered from the fact that there are, including the tabernacle as a whole, 18 different kinds of tabernacle constituents. They are the following: (1) the tabernacle as a whole; (2) the holy; (3) the most holy; (4) the curtains; (5) the court; (6) the copper altar; (7) the copper laver; (8) the golden table; (9) the golden altar; (10) the golden candlestick; (11) the
ark; (12) the vessels; (13) the boards; (14) the sockets; (15) the pillars; (16) the skin coverings; (17) the bars; (18) the connectives: loops, taches, ouches, tenons, rings, staves, pins, ropes, fillets, hooks, 10 (being one of the key numbers and a multiple of another, 5 x 2 = 10) connectives in all. This key number 18 takes in the tabernacle the place of the key number II, i.e., 3.14159+ in the Pyramid. The above-mentioned 18 tabernacle constituents, including the tabernacle itself, represent the Church and its helps. Please note the following features of 18 that corroborate its being a tabernacle key number: 18 is the sum of the numbers, 3, 4, 5 and 6; and the product of 3 X 4 X 5 X 6 = 360; and 360 X 10 X 10 X 10 X 10 ÷ (5 X 5) = 144,000; and 18 X 10 X 10 X 10 X 10 X 10 X 10 ÷ (5 X 5 X 5) = 144,000, the number of the glorified Little Flock. One may ask why are these three called key numbers? The answer is, that they open up numeric secrets that God has hidden in symbolisms of the tabernacle, and that without them we cannot see how such secrets lie hidden therein. One may also ask how do we know that these are tabernacle key numbers. The answer is twofold: (1) the tabernacle, as above shown, has them embedded in its measurements and in itself and its constituents; and (2) their various combinations open up marvelous secrets otherwise not seen and not seeable as embedded in the tabernacle and its constituents. The following illustrates this second point: If we had a lock of greatly varied complexity, which no key except one among thousands of keys, and that, one of great complexity, could open, would we not be warranted in saying that that was the right key? So the way God has embedded in the tabernacle and its constituents certain of His secrets, nothing but combinations of 18, 10 and 5 can, sometimes with one, sometimes with two, and usually with all three of these keys, manifest their presence there. Of course, elsewhere by various Scriptures God has set these teachings, forth. But He corroborates them through the secret way in which He hid them
in the tabernacle and its constituents by varied uses of these key numbers and by combinations of them. And assuredly our faith will be greatly strengthened in our understanding of the types of the tabernacle by these corroborations, especially as they are so numerous.
(25) We will, first of all, point out some time features hidden in the tabernacle and its constituents; thereafter we will point out other secrets hidden therein, especially things related to the 144,000, to Jehovah's name as the tabernacle's architect and to the Millennium as the period when the 144,000 will bless the world. Before giving any of these, it will be in place to point out the fact that, as in the case of the Great Pyramid, the tabernacle cubit is the sacred cubit, the one of 25 inches. Ancient nations did not have uniformity in the length of the cubit, some using one of 16, some one of 18, and some one of 22 inches. Our Pastor when writing Tabernacle Shadows used the cubit of 18 inches. This measurement uniformly kept would maintain the relative proportion of the parts to one another; but it breaks down when it comes to point out the various features to be presented hereinafter. The sacred cubit was also used in Noah's ark and in Solomon's and Ezekiel's temples, in all of which the cubit of 18 inches breaks down on working out the symbolisms that are later to be given, and in all of which the cubit of 25 inches, the sacred cubit, fits nicely. It is but reasonable that God should, in working out these symbols, have ignored the conflicting cubits of the heathen, and used one adapted to His purposes, which is the sacred cubit, called so because of the uses to which God put it.
(26) Now to some tabernacle-indicated time features. From the northeast end of the gate of the court, which was 20 cubits long, to the northeast corner the court curtain was 15 cubits, its north and south sides 200 cubits, its west side 50 cubits, and from the southeast end of the gate to the southeast corner it was 15 cubits, which totals 280 cubits, or 7,000 inches.
These symbolize the 7,000 years from Adam's fall, Oct., 4127 B. C., until Oct., 2874, when the whole race will be enclosed within human perfection, typed by the court condition, which the court curtain enclosed. The exact middle of the west court curtain is 3,500 inches from the northeast end of the gate of the court, the cubits of this being 15+100+25 = 140, which X 25 = 3,500 inches, which symbolizes that from Adam's fall, Oct., 4127 B.C. to the beginning of the last observed typical jubilee, Oct., 627 B.C., would be 3,500 years, a half of the period from the fall to restitution. Again, adding to these figures the 25 cubits from the center of the west court curtain to the southwest corner of the court's curtain, i.e., the inches in 25 cubits, i.e., 625 inches, the total of these inches is 4,125, symbolizing 4,125 years from Adam's fall, Oct., 4127 B.C., which brings us to Oct., 2 B.C., the date of Christ's birth. The distance from the northeast end of the gate around the curtain as indicated above to ¾ of the length of the curtains of the south side from the southwest corner is exactly 6,000 inches, i.e., exactly 6,000 years from Adam's fall, Oct., 4127 B.C., i.e., Oct., 1874, the date of Jesus' Second Advent; because, as just seen, the distance from the north end of the gate is 4,125 inches to the southwest corner, and 3/4 the length of the south curtain is 75 cubits, or 1,875 inches; and 4,125+1,875 inches are 6,000 inches. The rest of the distance (25+15 = 40, 40 X 25 = 1,000) gives the length of the Millenium. Bro. Dockey's point in Reprints, 6436, par. 5 is not well taken. Without any proof he assumes that the center of the holy of holies is 75 cubits or 1,875 inches from the center of the court gate, which is contrary to a number of proofs, later to be given, to the effect that the tabernacle's west wall was flush against the court's west curtain. He claims that these 1,875 inches symbolize the period from Oct., 2 B.C. to Oct., 1874, and that the center of the most holy so reached symbolizes Christ's Second Advent to occur Oct., 1874 A. D., and the
gate's center so departed from represents His birth as being Oct., 2 B.C. But our Lord's birth is not typed by the court's gate, which represents Him as the Agent of our justification, and He did not become our justification until Pentecost when He appeared in the presence of God for us (Heb. 9: 24). Thus there are two errors which spoil his point, in the way he seeks to prove it. But this point is proved by measuring the inches from the northeast end of the court's gate to the point 3/4 of the distance from the southwest corner to the southeast corner of the court's curtain, as shown above. The same thing is also gotten by beginning at the southeast end of the gate and going to the point 3/4 of the distance from the northwest corner to the northeast corner of the court's curtain. Thus the court curtains, we see, as a whole and in parts give us some time features.
(27) Next we will study some of the prophetic time periods symbolized in the tabernacle. One of these is the Times of the Gentiles, the 2,520 years that we get from the seven times of Lev. 26: 17-28 and Dan. 4: 25, 32. These seven times began Oct., 607 B.C. and ended Oct., 1914. Their half appears in the three and a half times of Dan. 12: 7; in the 42 months of Rev. 11: 2 and in the 1,260 days of Rev. 11: 3. We are not told in the Bible just where in the court the tabernacle stood, but a number of features that will be brought out imply that it stood in the center of its west side at the exact middle between the south and north sides of the court and flush against the west side of the court. This being the case, to measure the width of the court we should deduct the width of the tabernacle, which is 10 cubits, for the 144,000 in traveling from the gate of the court to the door of the tabernacle would be using this same width of space in the court, i.e., a space 70 cubits long and 10 cubits wide. Thus the space exclusively given the symbolic Gentiles, the unconsecrated, would be the part outside these 10 cubits, though they also shared crowdingly this space
with the Little Flock. This reduces their exclusive part of the court from its 50 cubits width to 40 cubits, but leaves the 100 cubits lengths intact. However, by persecution and oppression, crowding, they trod down the Holy City, the 144,000, in this space of 70 X 10. Thus 50 cubits—10 cubits = 40 cubits, and the total of the resultant width and the length is 140 cubits. Multiplying 140 by the chief key number, 18, we get (140 X 18) 2,520, which represents the years of the Times of the Gentiles. And this result shows a certain time relation between the Times of the Gentiles, in which Israel is trodden under foot of the literal Gentiles, and the time that the symbolic Gentiles will tread under foot the symbolic Jews. This is a suggestion of Bro. Morton Edgar. But a more direct way of arriving at this period is that indicated in Lev. 26: 17-28, which we will now give. This way also leaves out the tabernacle and its width. Thus: the length of the north and south sides of the court, 200 cubits, the width in front, 50 cubits, the width of the back minus the width of the tabernacle, 40 cubits, twice the length of the tabernacle, 60 cubits and the width of the tabernacle, 10 cubits. Hence, 200+50+40+60+10 = 360 cubit years, or a time of cubits, and 7 of these cubit times would be 7 X 360 = 2,520 cubit years.
(28) The Bible gives us many references to the 1,260 years under the various expressions of 1,260 days, time, times and the dividing of times (or half a time), 42 months and three years and six months (Rev. 11: 1-3; 12: 6, 14; Dan. 7: 25; 12: 7; Jas. 5: 17). The Holy City, the 144,000, according to Rev. 11: 1-3, in the journey from the Gate of the Court to the Door of the Tabernacle traverses, according to the above, 70 symbolic cubits' distance, i.e., the length of the court, 100 cubits, less the length of the tabernacle, 30 cubits, or 70 cubits. Multiplying 70 by the key number 18 (70 X 18) we get 1,260 cubits, which represent the 1,260 years referred to in the above-cited Scriptures. During the time of traveling these 70 symbolic cubits,
or 1,260 years, the Holy City, the 144,000, have been persecuted and oppressed, "trodden down," by the symbolic Gentiles, to whom was given the court. There is also yet a second way of showing this period of the Church's being trodden down by the symbolic Gentiles. It is this: The area of the strip of the court from the gate of the Tabernacle, taking 70 cubits for its length and 10 cubits, the width of the tabernacle, for its width, is (10 X 70) 700 cubits. Using the key numbers 18 and 10, the former to multiply and the latter to divide, we get 1,260. Thus, 700 X 18 = 12,600, which ÷ 10 = 1,260. Thus again by the use of two of the key numbers in connection with the area of the involved antitypical strip traversed by the 144,000 during their special oppression by the symbolic Gentiles, which oppression was in the Church's justified humanity symbolized by the court where they were oppressed, we get the period of such oppression, 1,260 years, which, as our beloved Pastor showed us, was from 539 to 1799 A. D., papacy's period of persecuting power.
(29) Another tabernacle confirmation of a time feature is given us on the 70 weeks of Dan. 9:24. As we know, these 70 weeks began Oct., 455 B. C., when Nehemiah finished and dedicated the walls, i e., put into effect the decree to rebuild the walls. They were finished, as far as building them is concerned, Elul (sixth month) 25, i.e., five days before the first day of the seventh month (Neh. 6: 15). And the dedication began with special religious services the first day of the seventh month (Neh. 8: 1, 2); but the date of its completion, solemnized by a double procession (Neh. 12: 27-43), is not given, but very probably it was the 28th of the seventh month; for the events of Neh. 9 and 10 occurred on the 24th of the seventh month (Neh. 9: 1) and the events, which chapters 11 and 12 show were related to those of chapters 9 and 10, from then to the dedication's completion by the procession doubtless took about 4 days more. Midway between the 1st and 28th was the 14th, on which exact
day 483 years later (Dan. 9: 25) we know that Jesus was anointed, as He consecrated on the 10th, in antitype of the date of the bullock's sacrifice, a dated institutional type, whose antitype therefore, had to set in on that date, and that to sit in His antitypical booth on the 15th He was Spirit-begotten late in the afternoon of the 14th, it taking 4 days for Him to go from Nazareth immediately after His consecration to the place on the Jordan where John baptized Him, reputedly near Jericho. In harmony therewith are the two dated events exactly 3 and a half years later— Jesus' setting aside as the Lamb for death the 10th and His death the 14th of Nisan. Accordingly, the middle of the dedicatorial period is the time that the decree to rebuild Jerusalem's walls is counted as going into effect. Hence, the 14th of the seventh month, in Oct., 455 B. C., is the date of the 70 weeks' beginning; and hence they ended in Oct., 36 A. D., the 14th of the seventh month, when exclusive Jewish favor ended.
(30) Let us see how this is hidden in the tabernacle. As shown above, it was 70 cubits from the gate of the court to the door of the tabernacle, and these represent the 70 weeks from the central time of the wall's dedication until exclusive favor was taken from typical Israel, whose typical justification put them typically in the antitypical Court. The typical court's curtains correspond to the walls of the typical holy city (Neh. 11: 1). But in Oct., 36 A.D., those not since Nisan 10, 33 A.D., cast thereout ceased to have this typical standing, which had given them exclusive favor as a thing limited to them; for the mass of Israel lost it Nisan 10, 33 A.D., when Jesus came nigh to the city and pronounced blindness upon it as the representative of that rejected mass, "this thy day" (Luke 19: 42, 43). The 49,000 years from the beginning of the creative week until the perfecting of the earth, Oct., 2874, are also indicated in the tabernacle as one of its secrets. This is shown by the area of the court. After the church leaves the earth there will no more be the
antitypical Holy, though the antitypical Most Holy will then exist and will eternally exist. The length and width of the court are 100 cubits and 50 cubits respectively. Its area, therefore, is 100 X 50, or 5,000 square cubits. But the presence of the Most Holy during the Millennium and afterwards requires us to deduct its area, 10 X 10, or 100 square cubits, from this amount, reducing the area of 5,000 square cubits to 4,900 square cubits. Then multiplying this by the key number 10, which, among other things, indicates human completeness, we have, 4,900 X 10 = 49,000 square cubits, which gives us the years in the period from the beginning of ordering the earth (Gen. 1: 3) until it is perfect, Oct., 2874, through the work of the Christ of God.
(31) After the generalities just given on certain numeric features, including some time features, hidden in the tabernacle, some details of numeric features hidden therein will now be set forth. These details begin with the curtains, the court curtains having already been in part set forth, others of them to come later. All workers on the antitypical Tabernacle worked on the antitypical linen Curtains, the Church (Head and Body) as new creatures (every wise hearted man … wrought … curtains … linen, v. 8), as to faithfulness (blue), royalty (purple) and sin-offerings (scarlet), interweaving into the Church the Divine attributes of wisdom, power, justice and love (cherubim, Ezek. 1), very deftly wrought by the Truth servants into the Church's character (cunning work). Now some symbolisms will be brought out, hidden in the dimensions of the linen curtains. Each of the ten linen curtains was 28 cubits long (v. 9), which made the 10 total 280 cubits in length. 280 cubits (280 x 25 = 7,000), are 7,000 inches, which symbolize that by the end of the 7,000 years (Oct., 4127 B.C., to Oct., 2874 A.D.) the Christ will have brought human perfection out of the ruins of the curse. These ten linen curtains were coupled in two sets of five each (v. 10). The length of these five was 140 cubits, which (140 x 25 = 3,500) is 3,500 inches,
picturing that one set symbolized the period from the fall, Oct., 4127 B.C., to Oct., 627 B.C., when the last jubilee came, and that the 140 cubits of the other set (3,500 inches) symbolized the period from the last jubilee's beginning until Oct., 2874, when perfection will have set in. That human perfection is thereby symbolized is also indicated in the number 10 (ten curtains), the number of perfection in natures lower than the Divine. The linen curtains were each 4 cubits wide, making the ten 40 cubits wide. 40 cubits (40 x25) are 1,000 inches, the curtains thus symbolizing that it would be in a 1,000-year period that the Christ blesses the race.
(32) The Church (Head and Body) is hidden in these curtains in other ways. The linen curtains were each 28 cubits long and 4 cubits wide (v. 9). The sum of these dimensions is 32 cubits. Let us to this sum apply the tabernacle key numbers as follows, and we will find that they point out the Christ as consisting of 144,000 members: 32 x 18 x 10 x 5 x 5 = 144,000. This same truth is hidden in each of the ten linen curtains (vs. 8, 10). Thus this truth is hidden ten times in the linen curtains; hence we will number our next point (11). Again, the goat hair curtains were each 30 cubits long and four cubits wide (v. 15). The area of each of these curtains (30 x 4) was 120 square cubits. The folded curtain, half visible, the other half invisible, in the court (26: 9), was (10 x 4) 40 square cubits. The sum of these two areas is (120+40) 160 square cubits.
(11) Again using the tabernacle key numbers, and that with this sum, we have the following: 160 x 18 x 10 x 5 = 144,000, which again points out the Christ as consisting of 144,000 members. Each of the other ten goat hair curtains (v. 16) has the same truth hidden in it; for the eleven are each of the same dimensions (v. 15). The ten goat hair curtains, which were in each case two cubits longer than the linen curtains under them, (2 x 4 [cubits wide] x 10 [curtains] = 80), 80 x 18 x 10 x 10 = 144,000. The square cubits (10 x 2+10 x 2 = 40) in both folded parts of the eleventh goat hair curtain, the part
visible in the court and the part visible in the holy, contain the truth that the Christ consists of 144,000 members, thus 40 x 18 x 10 x 10 x 10 ÷ 5 = 144,000. The 60 square cubits (2 x 30 = 60) in the half of the eleventh goat hair folded curtain added to the just mentioned 80 square cubits = 140 square cubits, yield the following: 140 x 18 =2,520, symbolizing the years of the Times of the Gentiles. The parts (10 x 30 x 4 = 1,200 square cubits) of the ten goat hair curtains that covered the linen added to the square cubits of either half of the eleventh curtain (30 x 2 = 60 square cubits) yield 1,260 square cubits, symbolizing for each half the years that the Church was trodden down—539-1799 A. D. Thus we have so far found in the curtains 23 times the Christ as being of 144,000 members; the period of the plan of God as lasting 7,000 years; these 7,000 years divided exactly in half: one-half before the last typical jubilee kept by Israel, and the other half after the last typical jubilee kept by Israel; and in each one of the ten linen curtains we have found the Millennium to be a period of 1,000 years, as the time for the Christ to perfect the race, whose perfection as the Christ work is indicated in each of the ten linen curtains. Further, we have found that in the goat hair curtains in twelve ways the Christ as consisting of 144,000 members is set forth; also the 2520 year period once, and the 1260 year period twice.
(33) Not only so, but by all the tabernacle curtains and skin coverings we find the name of Jehovah, perhaps correctly pronounced Yahveh, set forth. The Hebrew vowels, as we count vowels, have no numeric values; but the consonants do have them. The consonants of God's name are: Yod, He, Vav, He. Their numeric values are as follows: Yod = 10, He = 5, Vav = 6, He = 5. In the curtains and skin coverings we find that God has signed His name as the tabernacle's Architect, as follows: The linen curtains were in number 10 (Yod); the goats' hair curtains were divided into two sections: one section having 5 (He) curtains, the other 6 (Vav) curtains. Besides these there were two skin
coverings and three other curtains: the rams' skin and the badger or seal skin coverings, which are not set forth as divided into sections (v. 19), thus aggregating only two coverings, then came as third the court curtain, as the fourth the first veil and as the fifth the second veil, altogether totaling five (He) coverings and curtains. Thus in the five groups of curtains and in the two skin coverings God has written His name Yahveh (Jehovah) as the tabernacle's Architect. The name Jehovah appears in another way in the linen curtains and in their goat hair covering curtains, when we combine in various ways their numbers and the lengths of the covering goat hair curtains. Thus there were 10 of each (10 =Yod). If we add the cubit length of each covering goat hair curtain to the number of them and of the linen curtains (30+10+10 = 50) and divide this sum by the number of either of them (10), the quotient (50 ÷ 10) is 5 (He). If we multiply the length of the goat hair curtains by the number of their covering ones (30 x 10 = 300) and then divide this product by the sum of their length and the number of them and of the underlying linen curtains (30+10+10 = 50) we have 300 ÷ 50, or 6 (Vav). If we multiply the number of the covering goat hair by the number of the linen curtains (10 x 10 = 100) and then divide this product by their sum (10+10 = 20) we get 5 (He). A third way of finding Jehovah's name in the 10 covering curtains is this: Each of them (30 x 25 inches = 750 inches) is 750 inches long. The ten (10 x 750 = 7,500) are 7,500 inches long. 7,500 divided by the key number 5 = 1,500. 1,500 = 10 (Yod) x5 (He) x6 (Vav) x5 (He). Also the total number of curtains shows His name: 10 linen; 11 goat hair; 1 ram skin; 1 sealskin; 1 court; 1 first veil; 1 second veil, totaling 26, which equals 10 (Yod) + 5(He) + 6(Vav) + 5(He). The former point could be spoken of as giving God's name five times in the number 7,500. Thus in nine ways God has written His name in the curtains. The loops and the taches have hidden in them the tabernacle's three key numbers;
and this is what we should expect of them, since they are connectives, and thus should connect us with things connected with finding the tabernacle's mysteries. In the ten linen curtains there were 900 loops and 450 taches (vs. 11-13) and in the ten goat hair curtains there were also 900 loops and 450 taches (vs. 17, 18). These total (900 + 450 + 900 + 450) 2,700. The goat hair curtain that was doubled in the forefront of the tabernacle does not count in here; for it did not cover any of the linen curtains, and was used to represent its court, visible part, tentative justification, and its holy, visible part, vitalized justification, which acted as a partial covering to the dead will (first veil) and not the new creature; hence it does not count for a covering of the Church (the ten linen curtains). But in this number 2,700 God has hidden the tabernacle's key numbers, as follows: 2,700 =18 x 10 x 5 x 3. This shows that there were three key numbers (18, 10 and 5), used to show three (3) things: the Christ, the Millennium and God's name. Thus we see that God hid some of His mysteries (secrets) in the curtains and skin coverings. More than has already been set forth will be shown in the court curtain when we study Ex. 38: 9- 20.
(34) We now come to a study, in vs. 20-38, of the boards, tabernacle pillars, bars and their appurtenances. We have explained their typical significances in Vol. VIII of the Epiphany Studies In The Scriptures, pages 68 (45)-77 (52), so refer our readers to these explanations, instead of repeating them here. Here will be pointed out the three hidden secrets embedded in the boards, tabernacle pillars, bars and their appurtenances. There were 20 boards on the south side and 20 boards on the north side of the tabernacle (vs. 23, 25). Combining the 20 boards on each of these two sides with the tabernacle's key numbers we have for each side the following: 20 x18 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 ÷ (5x5) = 144,000. Thus here is hidden the secret twice, that the Christ consists of 144,000 members. There were also 20 full boards belonging to the most holy, counting the two
boards sawed in half in the two west corners; or combining the fractions ⅔ of a board at each of the east corners and ⅓ of a board in each of the west corners, there were the equivalent of 20 boards in the most holy. Thus 20 x 8 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 ÷ (5 x 5) =144,000, the same secret hidden as was shown in the preceding point, and that twice, as is implied in the two ways of getting the 20 boards. As just shown, the boards in the west wall of the most holy were 8 in number (vs. 27, 30). Combining their number, 8, with two of the key numbers, we have the following: 8 x 18 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 144,000. This is also shown in each single board; for each board's perimeter (10+10 + 1½ + 1½ = 23) is 23 cubits. This plus the number of square cubits in its area (10 x 1½ = 15 square cubits) equals 38. From 38 deduct the key number 18 (38-18 = 20). Then apply to this our key numbers thus: 20 x 18 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 ÷ (5 x 5) =144,000. This appears once each time in the 48 boards. Again, the square cubits in these 48 boards (48 x 15 = 720) multiplied by the number of tenons (2) in each board equals 1440. Applying to this the key number 10 we have: 144 x 10 x 10 = 144,000. The coupling together of the two boards sawn in half from top to bottom symbolizes that they in each case represented a Bible book, i.e., the one on the southwest corner, being on the side where stood the pillar representing the book of Revelation, over against the center of the board representing the book of Numbers, types the book of Deuteronomy; while the one in the northwest corner of the west wall, being on the side where stood the pillar representing the book of Hebrews, over against the center of the board representing the book of Exodus, types the book of Leviticus (vs. 28, 29).
(35) According to vs. 24, 26, 30, each board had two sockets [literally, pedestals], hence 20 boards had 40 sockets. Applying our three key numbers to this number, the following appears: 40 x 18 x 10 x 10 x 10 ÷ 5 = 144,000, also revealing in a hidden way that the Christ would consist of 144,000 members. This symbolism, of