The Golden Calf & The Tabernacle

Finger Pointing UpBuilding the Tabernacle and Ark and the way they had to do burnt offerings and things for You to forgive their sins was a lot of work.  You coming down and being born sure makes things easier on us today. 

“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, 1 make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 

And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me” (Gen 32:1-2).

“The people gave Aaron all the gold which he made a golden calf, and they had a celebration.

1. Golden Calf
Worshiping the Golden Calf is just like worshiping the devil.
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Ex 20:4).

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Ex 34:14).

And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for 2 thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:

They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshiped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 

And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation” (Ex 32:7-10).

“And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. 

And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables. 

And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp. 

And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.

And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. 

And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.

And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them? 

And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people that they are set on mischief. 

For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him” (Ex 32:15-23).

“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side?  Let him come unto me.  And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. 

2. Mt. Horeb
Mount Horeb was the mountain on which Moses received the laws from God. Some parts of the Hebrew scriptures call it Mount Sinai; elsewhere it’s called Mount Horeb. Some scholars think it was in what today is called Sinai Peninsula; others think it was across the Gulf of Aqaba in what today is the Arabian Peninsula – its exact location is uncertain.

And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.

And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men” (Ex 32:26-28).

Moses went back up the mountain and begged Him to forgive the Israelites of their sin.  Moses also told God that if He wouldn’t forgive them then for Him to disregard him as well.

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. 

Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them. 

And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made” (Ex 32:33-35).

“For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.   

And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb” (Ex 33:5-6).

“And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. 

And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. 

And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.  And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me.  Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. 

Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 

And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 

3. Clift
Could it be that the darkest places in our lives are when God puts us in the cleft of the rock.
Then He passes by to do the work that needs to be done.
When we come out of the cleft we see how ‘abundantly above’ He answered our prayers
working all things together in a way so ‘much higher’ than our thoughts?

For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight?  Is it not in that thou goest with us?  So shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 

And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 

And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 

And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen” (Ex 33:9-23).

1 God had just told them not to make another god or even something in remembrance of Him, and they said they would obey.

2 Notice that when the people are bad God calls them stiffnecked and that they are Moses’ people.  This is somewhat laughable, but this shows how angry they made God, but still, He didn’t destroy them as He had promised He wouldn’t do after the flood.

The Tabernacle

Key to the Tabernacle

1. The Tabernacle

4. Mary
One of the most satanic deceptions throughout history has been the worship of the Babylonian “Queen Of Heaven,” or as it has been adopted by the Roman Catholic And Russian Orthodox churches, the worship of “The Virgin Mother.”

Both false religions idolize its priests and foolishly attribute the power of forgiveness of men’s sins to them, when they are saturated with sins themselves.

Mary was a dirty, rotten, sinner, just like everyone on the face of the earth. Mary even referred to Jesus as “my Saviour” (Lk 1:46-47).

God chose to be use her as a vessel to bring the man, Jesus. God did not have sexual relations with Mary as perverted Mormons claim. The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and by a miracle of God, Mary became pregnant, having never had carnal knowledge with any man. When Jesus was born, Mary was a virgin (Isaiah 7:14).

(Ex 26:1-37 – The New holy temple – Eph 2:19-22).  30 cubits long x 10 cubits wide x cubits high (45 ft x 15 ft x 15 ft).

The general appearance of the Tabernacle was that of a rectangular box.  It was divided into two sections – the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies).

a. Goat’s hair covering with linen beneath (Ex 25:4; 26:7),

b. Ram skin covering dyed red (Ex 25:5; 26:14),

c. Badger, porpoise, or sea cow skin covering (Ex 25:5),

d. Boards (48 boards, Ex 25:15-25),

e. Sockets (100 total, 96 silver sockets for the boards, four under the pillars of the veil),

f. Bars (Ex 26:26-29),

g. Pillars, hooks (Ex 26:32, 37, 36:36, 38), and

h. Curtains at the entrance (Ex 26:1-6).

2. The High Priest and His Holy Garments

(Ex 28:1-43; 39:1-31 – A great high priest – Heb 4:14, 15).

a. Embroidered coat (Ex 28:4: Ps 132:9),

b. Robe with golden bells and pomegranates (Ex 28:34),

c. Ephod and girdle (ex 28:4),

d. Breastplate and the Urim and Thummim (Ex 28:30),

e. Stones in the breastplate (12 tribes of Israel (Ex 28:17-21),

f. Shoulder stones of onyx (Ex 28:9-12; 39:6-7),

g. Mire (Ex 28:4; 39),

h. Turban or Holy Plate or crown (diadem) of gold inscribed, “Holy to the LORD” (Ex 28:36; 29:6), and

i. The Censer of burning coals (Lev 16:12, 13; Heb 9:4).

3. The Holy Place

(Ex 26:33, Heb 9:2. 6).

Ten cubits wide x 20 cubits long (15 ft x 30 ft).  The priests entered into the Holy Place daily to minister to the LORD. 

The table of showbread stood on the right, the seven-branched golden candlestick (lampstand) stood on the left, and the altar of incense stood in the Holy Place right in front of the veiled Holy of Holies.

4. The Golden Lampstand (Candlestick)

(Ex 25:31-40)

The lampstand or candlestick was made of pure, hammered gold, one solid piece.  It had a central shaft with six branches, three on each side, making it a seven-branched lampstand. 

Each branch had knobs, flowers, and an almond-shaped bowl to hold pure olive oil.  It was part of the priests’ ministry to keep the lamp burning perpetually.

5. The Table of Showbread (Shewbread)

(Ex 25:23-30; Heb 9:2).

Two cubits long x 1 cubit wide x 1½ cubits high (36 in x 18 in x 27 in).

5. Pope
Look at th giant statue of Pope John Paul II, and the tiny decrepit Jesus on the cross which the Pope is holding.
The Catholic Church has long taught that Mary is the Mother of God. St. Paul observed that “God sent His Son, born of a woman,” expressing the union of the human and the divine in Christ.

Pope Benedict XV wrote in 1918: “To such an extent did Mary suffer and almost die with her suffering and dying Son; to such extent did she surrender her maternal rights over her Son for man’s salvation, and immolated him – insofar as she could in order to appease the justice of God, that we might rightly say she redeemed the human race together with Christ.”

Pope Pius XII expressed in a 1946 radio speech, “Jesus is King throughout all eternity by nature and by right of conquest: through him, with him, and subordinate to him, Mary is Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular election.”

God rebuked His people for worshipping and serving false gods, specifically the Queen of Heaven – “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger” (Jer 7:18). Honoring the Queen of Heaven provokes God to anger, because it is the sin of IDOLATRY!

God is a jealous God, and His praise and glory will He not share with anyone. “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (IS 42:8).

The table of showbread was made of Shittim (acacia) wood.  It was overlaid with gold and had a crown or frame of gold around it that was as wide as a man’s hand.

A ring of gold was put on each of the four legs, to put the carrying poles through.  The carrying poles were made of Shittim wood overlaid with gold.  Also made of pure gold were the dishes, pans, pitchers, and bowls. 

 Twelve loaves of bread were placed on the table, six in a row.  Fresh bread was placed there ever Sabbath.

6. The Altar of Incense

(Ex 30:1-10; Heb 9:2).

One cubit long x 1 cubit wide x 2 cubits high (1½ x 1½ ft x 3 ft). The altar of incense was made from Shittim (acacia) wood. 

Its four corners each had a horn made from one piece.  Its top, sides, and horns were overlaid with gold, with a crown of molding all around the top.

Aaron, the High Priest, burned incense upon it every morning and evening.  Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the horns of the altar were sprinkled with the blood of the sin offering.

7. The Veil

(Ex 26:31-33; Heb 10-19-20).

A woven veil of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, with designs of cherubim embroidered on it, was hung on four pillars of acacia wood overlaid with gold. 

Four gold hooks were put in four sockets of silver.  The veil was hung from these, and was a divider between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place.

8. The Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies)

(Ex 26:33-34; Heb 9:3).

Ten cubit long x 10 cubit wide (16 x 16 ft).

Also called the Holy of Hollies, here resided the Ark of the Covenant.  It was exactly one-half the length of the Holy Place. 

he shekinah glory of God rested upon the lid of the Ark (Mercy Seat).  The High Priest entered the Most Holy Place once a year, on the Day of Atonement, to sprinkle blood on the Mercy Seat to atone for his sins and the people’s sins.

9. The Ark of the Covenant

(Ex 25:10-16; Heb 9:4).

Two and a half cubits long x 1½ cubits wide x 1½ cubits high (45 in. x 27 in. x 27 in.).

The Ark was made of acacia wood.  It was overlaid with gold, inside and out.  A gold

crown or molding was set around the edge of the top. 

Four gold rings, one in each leg was placed for the carrying poles.  The poles were acacia wood overlaid with gold.  The Mercy Seat was set on top of the Ark.

10. The Mercy Seat    

(Ex 25:17-22; Heb 9:5).

Two and a half cubits long x 1½ cubits wide (45 in. x 27 in.).

The Mercy Seat was made of pure gold.  It had a winged cherub on each side, facing each other with wings outstretched above them towards each other.

The Mercy Seat was beaten or hammered from one solid piece of gold.  It was placed above the Ark.

11. The Gate of the Court

(Ex 27:16, 38:18-19; Jn 10:9).

Twenty cubits wide x 5 cubits high (30 ft x 7½ ft).

The entrance of the court was made with:

a. Hanging curtains (blue, purple, scarlet, and white) (Ex 27:14-16, 38:18). 

b. Four pillars of brass (Ex 27:14-16, 38:14-15),

c. Sockets of bronze (brass) (Ex 27:14-16), and

d. Hooks and fillets (clasps) of silver (tops of pillars) (Ex 27:10-11).

6. Satans Office
Satan controls the Vatican. There is no evil like the Catholic Church.
Why is the Catholic Church so evil? It is mainly because they elevate their own manmade traditions as being equal with the Word of God. In so doing, the Vatican has deceived Catholics into believing that good works are necessary to get to Heaven.

Catholics are taught that they must keep the Seven Sacraments to get to Heaven, which includes water baptism and holy mass. Catholicism teaches a false plan of salvation, a perverted Gospel. The Catholic Church is full of lies.

The Word of God simply teaches that salvation is of the Lord, and that man has no part in his own salvation, except to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins.

The Catholic religion is a conglomerate of manmade tradition fabricated over the centuries. Jesus plainly told the Jews that they had rejected God’s Word, choosing instead to keep their own tradition. This is exactly what Catholics do, i.e., reject the Word of God to keep their own tradition.

Every Catholic arrogantly thinks they’re going to Heaven; but they are going to Hell when they die. All of their self-righteousness means NOTHING to God (Isaiah 64:6).

“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Rom 10:3-4).

Catholics are trying to establish THEIR OWN self-righteousness; but Biblical salvation is obtained solely through Christ’s righteousness.

“For He [God the Father] hath made Him [God the Son] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor 5:21).

Salvation happens when a person acknowledges their guilt of sin, coming to God on the basis of being a hell-deserving sinner; believing on Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, for forgiveness of sins.

“To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).

Ye Must Be Born Again!
12. The Offerings

(Heb 8:3, 9:11-14, 18-22, 10:1-4).

a. Burnt offering bull (bull, sheep, goats, or birds) (Lev 1:1-17),

b. Grain offering (Lev 2:1-16),

c. Peace offering (goat or lamb) (Lev 3:1-17),

d. Sin offering (bull or lamb) (Lev 4:1-35), and

e. Trespass offering (female of the flock, lamb, goat kid, or bird, or grain) (Lev 5 & 6).

13. The Court Fence (Not shown to scale)

(Ex 27:9-19, 38:9-17m 40:33).

One hundred cubits long x 50 cubits wide x 5 cubits high (150 ft x 75 ft x 7½ ft).

The court fence was the outer border of the Tabernacle site.  It consisted of:

a. Linen curtains  (white) (Ex 27:9, 11, 15-16: Rev 19:8),

b. Pillars, sockets, hooks, and fillets (tops and rods) (Ex 27:11, 17), and

c. Pins of bronze (brass) (Ex 27:19, 38:20).

14. The Brazen Altar

(Ex 27:1-8, 40:6, 10, & 29).

Five cubits long x 5 cubits wide x 3 cubits high (7½ ft x 7½ ft x 4½ ft).

The brazen altar was made of Shittim (acacia) wood.  It was square and covered with bronze (brass).  The four corners had horns overlaid with bronze. 

Also there were pans to receive ashes, shovels, basins, flesh hooks (forks), and fire pans, all of bronze.  A bronze grate with a bronze ring in each corner was put under the brazen altar. 

Staves (carrying poles) were made of Shittim wood covered with bronze to carry the altar.

15. Laver of Bronze

(Ex 30:17-21, 40:7, 30-32).

A large basin of brass, in which Aaron and his sons washed their hands and feet, was placed between the brazen altar and the Tabernacle.

The LORD said if they did not wash when they came near the brazen altar to minister they would die.

16. The Cloud and the Pillar of Fire

(Ex 25:8, 22, 29:43, 40:34-38).

The Lord manifested His presence with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  It would rest above the Tabernacle, directly above the Mercy Seat. 

When the cloud of pillar of fire moved, the

children of Israel followed it.  Wherever it stopped, they camped there until it moved again.

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