“The New is in the Old concealed, the OId is in the New revealed.”
The Tabernacle of Moses was built as an earthly copy of the true, heavenly Tabernacle. As the earthly, temporal priests ministered at the earthly Golden Altar, (or the Altar of Incense),on behalf of the Israelites, so too our eternal Great High Priest ministers at the true Golden Altar in Heaven, on our behalf.
In New Covenant Hope:Jesus Our Priest we saw that Jesus was made Priest by an oath:
The ministry of the priesthood in the Tabernacle of Moses points to Jesus Christ’s ministry now as our Great High Priest. Understanding the principles concealed in the Tabernacle of Moses unlocks so many wonderful eternal treasures about the One we love, Jesus Christ. It also relates to us as believers in our ministry of prayer and intercession.
The Altar of Incense itself is a type of Christ:
|Old Testament Shadow||New Testament Reality in Jesus||The Church’s Application|
|It was made of acacia (or shittim) wood. Acacia wood was a very durable, non-decaying wood.||Wood points to Christ’s human nature.Non-decaying wood points to His incorruptible, sinless humanity.|
|It was overlaid with gold||Points to Christ’s Divinity/Godhood|
|It had four horns on each corner of the altar. Horns are the strength and power of an animal.||Points to all power given to Christ in heaven and earth.||Points to the gospel of Christ going to the 4 corners of the earth under the authority of Christ’s Church|
|On the Day of Atonement blood from the Sin Offering was applied to the horns of the altar and sprinkled seven times.||It is Christ’s blood that was shed on Calvary (or the Brazen altar) which forms the foundation of His ministry of Intercession.||The blood of Jesus allows us to stand before a Holy God and gives power to the incense of prayer.|
|It had a crown (or moulding) of gold around it.||Points to Christ being the King-Priest||The Church joins Christ in His King-Priestly ministry as a kingdom of priests.|
|It was 2 cubits high, making it the tallest piece of furniture within the actual Tabernacle||Points to the highest ministry of Christ now on behalf of the Church – prayer and intercession||The highest ministry of the Church is also intercessory prayer|
|It was in the Holy Place, in front of the veil, before the Ark of the Testimony. It was the nearest piece of furniture to the Shekinah Glory of God.||Points to Christ’s earthly life of prayer and His ascension to the presence of God in His High-Priestly ministry.||Points to the place of prayer being the closest place to the presence of God.|
“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2
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