THE TABERNACLE - PILLARS AND VEILS

There were 2 sets of pillars in the tabernacle. (Ex 26:31-37; Ex 36:35-38)

The first set consisted of 5 pillars. They were at the front (eastern side) of the tabernacle. They were overlaid with gold, as were their wooden capitals. They stood in brass bases. They also had golden hooks on which the curtain hung. This outer veil to the tabernacle was known as the "door of the tabernacle" This veil was also made of linen and decorated with blue, purple, scarlet, and white needlework designs.

The colors in the veil were to remind Israel that they could not enter the holy place, nor have full enjoyment of G-d's fellowship except by the graces and privileges represented by these colors. The blue in the door curtains was to remind Israel that they could always enter into G-d's house and G-d's fellowship by means of that heavenly revelation and heavenly redemption provided through the blood of the lamb.

This door also represents Yeshua.

Hebrews 2:7-8 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.

The gold capitals symbolize his crowning glory and the brass base represents His triumph over sin on the execution stake.

Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it (the execution stake).

Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him (Yeshua) to be the head over all things to the (believers) church.

The second set of pillars consisted of 4 acacia wood pillars, overlaid with gold but without capitals. These pillars stood in silver bases. Each pillar had a hook on it, which was used to hang the curtain to the Holy of Holies. The veil was covered with a design of cherubim, like the innermost roof covering was. The same colors were used in the design. This veil was the division between the holy place and the holy of holies.

This was the third and final door to pass through to enter the presence of G-d. No one was permitted entrance into the Holy of Holies with the exception of the High Priest on Yom Kippur. He brought the blood of the sacrificed goat and sprinkled it on to the Mercy Seat, the lid of the Ark of the Covenant.

The veil reminds us that:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of G-d;" Romans 3:23

Yeshua bore our sins just as the scapegoat bore the sins of the nation of Israel.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

This curtain (veil) corresponds to the veil in the temple that was torn from top to bottom when Yeshua died.

Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

This completes the study on the courtyard and tabernacle building. Next we will discuss the 6 pieces of furniture.