The most holy place

wings-305329_640Ezekiel 41:4: And he measured the length of the room, twenty– cubits, and its breadth, twenty cubits, across the nave. And he said to me, “This is the Most Holy Place.”

In the Old Testament, that was the most sacred location in all of Israel. It is where the ark of covenant is located, inside which is placed the words of covenant, the Ten Commandments, on top of it the atonement blood is sprinkled once a year (Hebrews 9:18-28). And there are carved cherubims on the ark, giving a heavenly feeling (Isaiah 6:1-6). But it is the high priest who gets to have that feeling as he goes to the most holy place once a year on the Day of Atonement.

Now all these are shadows of the substance which is of Christ (Hebrews 8:1-9, Colossians 2:17, Hebrews 10:1). The earthly temple/tabernacle was a physical representation of the heavenly template, of spiritual things.

Christ brought to light that spiritual reality. He is the high priest, his is the blood on the heavenly altar. Both of which have to come from outside (High Priest and blood), into the most holy place temple for atonement to be made.

Jesus came from the earth and with his blood he purifies the heavenly tabernacle. He presented his blood at the heavenly holy of holies obtaining justification and redemption for humanity, making things work between us and God. With his blood he kick-started a new order of relationship between God and man.

His blood also gets applied into our hearts, which is the altar of the human temple, its holy of holies, the innermost place, in spiritual essence. The writer of the book of Hebrews says that our conscience (Hebrews 9:14) (an outflow of the heart [Hebrews 12:10, 1Timothy 1:5]) is purged from dead works through the blood of Jesus. When we bring our heart to him in faith (Romans 10:9-13) as the high priest of our profession of faith (Hebrews 3:1), he applies his blood to our heart in real time, as the living Christ.

If man is spirit, soul and body, where is the heart? I believe if the mind is divided into the subconscious and conscious mind, the heart is the subconscious mind, the inner encoding of the personality (the conscience is an outflow of this). The suggestion is that when the spirit of man died, the mind divided into two (conscious and subconscious mind), to try to occupy the space that was left by the spirit.

Once the blood touches your heart, the work of Jesus 2000 years ago become your personal reality in the now, transforming your heart, making it accessible to God, and you now have the new spirit from the Holy Spirit (John 3:1-8). Your subconscious mind now needs to be trained to yield to the new spirit, which is the essence of the renewal of the mind (Romans 12:1-2), being renewed in the spirit of our mind (Ephesians 4:23).

Your heart, now your spirit, is now indeed your most holy place. It is in that sense that you are the temple of God, according to the words of Paul (1Corinthians 3:16). God dwells in you now, and specifically in your spirit, which was birthed by the Holy Spirit.

The most holy place is the place of limitless expression of God, the glory of God, the tangibility of his presence. David said that what he wants is to behold the beauty of God, in his house, to see his power and glory (Psalm 63:1-2). It is the place where time is compressed, the place of eternity.

When there was contention in the Israel as to which tribe should take preeminence in the things of the service of God, He asked the representatives of each tribe to bring their dry staff and place it in the most holy place, the very presence of God.

What happened by the next day was nothing short of spectacular. The rod of Levi with Aaron’s name on it came alive and had fruit on it the next day. That is an amazing transformation. The fact that tribe (and particularly the house of Aaron) should be separated to God in a special way was settled once and for all.

The most holy place is the place of the breath of God, where we experience radical change, where what is dead comes alive. And to the extent that we are carriers of the tangible presence of God then we are representatives of the most holy place.

So if overnight, a dry tree brought forth full fruit, without growing a root first, what logical basis remains for those who say that the earth was not made in six literal days? None.

When God said let there be light at the beginning of the creation process in Genesis 1:3, he dispelled darkness, making himself the only influence that is in the earth. He was the absolute influence, there are no will except the will of God at play. He could speed things up as his absolute will reigned (Genesis 1-3).

Those days were different, because God only had to agree with himself to get things done. So if he (trinity) decided to do something in 24 hours it gets done, no questions asked, exactly what happened in the most holy place in the tabernacle when Aaron’s dry rod budded.

When he created man, God introduced other will on the earth apart from his. And in the first task of the will of man, Adam was asked to name the animals. God gave man his space, allowed him to really gain dominion on the earth.

And now on earth with the aligning of man with the devil, another will was introduced on the earth- the will of the devil. So the devil earned the title of the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4). He was able to set up systems to cast his evil influence on the earth allowed by man (the one with the original dominion) whom he enslaved through sin.

In the temple there are two spaces. There is the holy place and the most holy place. The mostly holy place stands for where only the will of God is active. The holy place stands for where the will of man works with the will of God.

But there is an outer place which is the place where you can have disorder, impurity, standing for the place where the will of Satan is active, devoid of the tangibility of God, it is the place human have given the devil space (Ephesians 4:27).

The original plan after the creation of man was to train the will of man to be more representative of God, and the temptation of the devil was part of the process. And eventually when the will of man is trained enough, it will greatly mimic the will of God and the whole earth will be the most holy place. In the prophetic word of Zechariah he revealed that sometimes in the future that will still happen (Zechariah 12:20-21, Exodus 28:36-38). He said even the pot in the kitchen will be holy to the Lord (the words on the head of the High Priest in the Old Testament), everything will be holy to the Lord, fit for the most holy place. And in this age our wills are being trained for that time.

In another prophetic word in the bible describing the same time, the light of the presence of God will be everywhere (no night, no shadows) on the earth, standing for the prevalence of the absolute will of God. That reality will be seen in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:22-27).

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