In our previous essay we considered the most holy place. In
this essay we will consider the holy place. According to Ex.
26:33 there was a veil separating the holy place and the
most holy place "...and the veil shall divide unto you
between the holy place and the most holy place." Within the
holy place there was a table and a candlestick. The table
contained the shew bread and dishes, spoons, bowls, and
covers. The candlestick contained a shaft and six branches.
Each of the branches contained three bowls made like almonds
with a knop and a flower. The shaft contained four bowls
with a knop and a flower. Also the candlestick had seven
lamps along with tongues and snuff dishes for each lamp.
While only the high priest could go into the most holy
place, both the high priest and the priests could go into
the holy place to accomplish the service there. Before they
could go into the holy place they had to be washed and they
and their garments sprinkled with blood of the sacrifice.
Also they had to have on the holy garments. Once they were
washed and sprinkled and appropriately attired they entered
holy place thru the tent door.
There are several parallels between the old testament holy
place and the new testament church. The table of shew bread
contained twelve loaves of bread with two rows, six in a
row. Thus they were 6 by 6. Today the canon of scripture
contains 66 books of the old and new testament by which we
obtain our spiritual food. Likewise the candlestick
contained 22 bowls and 22 is the bible number representing
the word of God.
The candlestick is used in the scriptures to represent the
church. Rev. 1:20 reads, "The mystery of the seven stars
which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden
candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven
churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are
the seven churches." The Lord told the disciples in Matt.
5:14 16, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set
on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and
put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth
light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so
shine before men, that they may see your good works and
glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Furthermore, only those who have been washed in the new
birth can enter into the Kingdom of God (church). Please
consider the following verses:
1. Tit. 3:5, 6, "Not by
works of righteousness which we have done, but according
to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost; which
he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our
2. John 3:3, "Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he
cannot see the kingdom of God."
3. John 3:5, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born of water and of Spirit, he cannot enter into
the kingdom of God." Additionally, in the new birth we
have our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and
our bodies washed with pure water (Heb. 10:22).
According to 1 Pet. 1:2, we are "Elect according to the
foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of
the Spirit, unto obedience and the sprinkling of the blood
of Jesus Christ."
In Rev. 1:5, 6 we who have been washed by the blood of
Christ have been made kings and priests to God: "Unto him
that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood
and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." As
the priests of God we can enter into his kingdom to
accomplish the service of God if we are appropriately
clothed with the holy garments. In Rev. 19:8 we read, "And
to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen,
clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of
saints." Also II Cor. 5:21 declares, "For he hath made him
to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him." Thus we see that we are
clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Next, we enter into the church as the priests entered into
the holy place, through the legal and lawful way. We enter
into the church thru repentance and water baptism: Acts
2:38, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name
of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
When the priests entered into the holy place they
accomplished the service of God. Similarly, we, as members
of the Lord's church, "are built up a spiritual house, an
holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5).
Furthermore, we "are a chosen generation, a royal
priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that we
should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out
of darkness into his marvelous light."
As the priests burned incense, with fire from off the altar,
in their censors in the holy place, so we, based on the
sacrificial atonement of Jesus Christ (fire from off the
altar), come to the house of prayer (church) to offer up our
prayers unto God.
Thus we conclude that the Lord's church is the new testament
holy place of today.