1. The Weapon of Mass Destruction

Chapter 1 of “The Sanctuary” series

by Richard Noel

This was no minor firefight between the Blue and Red armies. It was all out war. On the first day the Blue army took heavy casualties. Its generals saw how badly they were losing and decided it was time for the nuclear option. They had to win big the next day. Another day of heavy casualties could demoralize their troops.

There was no way the Blue army could lose with this weapon in their arsenal. When it arrived in camp, they cheered loudly. The noise they made got the attention of the Red army, and Red scouts soon discovered the presence of the weapon of mass destruction.

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2. Scouting Out the Territory

Chapter 2 of “The Sanctuary” series

by Richard Noel

As we progress in this study I hope you will see how much attention and detail God has focused in His desire to be very close and friendly with you. You may be timid in developing your closeness to God, but stay with us in this journey.

Moses didn’t think he’d be able to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. At the burning bush God persuaded him to try. For years while reading this story, I used to miss a very significant item. But Moses said to God,

“Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”
(Exodus 3:11).

I completely overlooked God’s answer.

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3. What is the Sanctuary – Tabernacle or the Ark?

Richard Noel

Chapter 3 of “The Sanctuary” series

Most Christian and Jewish readers may think I am asking a crazy question. After all, for centuries they have understood that the “sanctuary” is either the tabernacle or a room in the tabernacle. As we progress you will see that this question is relevant to a correct understanding of the entire plan of Salvation.

Why would I bother to suggest that the popular, well-know answer might be wrong? As I was reading in the Torah/Books of Moses, I came on a most interesting verse. It is found in Numbers chapter 10. This chapter is describing the orderly way the camp of Israel was to move from one place to another. It spends most of the chapter listing the various tribes and where they were to be during the travel. Hidden in this story are some important verses.

NAU Numbers 10:17 Then the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who were carrying the tabernacle, set out.

The text continues with more tribes setting out on the trip and then this astounding note.

KJV Numbers 10:21 And the Kohathites set forward, bearing the sanctuary: and the other did set up the tabernacle against they came.

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4. Getting Our Facts Straight From Moses

Chapter 4 of “The Sanctuary” series

In chapter three, we reviewed the general identification of the sanctuary from accessible translations and minimal Hebrew to demonstrate God’s viewpoint of the tabernacle was from His throne inside the tabernacle. Thus all descriptions are from God, not a bystander. In addition, this chapter is for the enthusiastic Hebrew and Greek students. If you are not in this category feel free to skip forward to chapter 5.

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5. How God Deals With Sinful People

Chapter 5 of “The Sanctuary” series

“I have seen the enemy and it is us.”

-Pogo

The problem is us. Since the fall of Adam, humans have demonstrated that they are prone to violate God’s design for themselves. The Bible is filled with the stories of God pursuing a relationship with humans like He had with Adam and Eve before sin entered this world.

The most elaborate explanation and demonstration of how God wants to keep us in an acceptable relation with Him is found in the Tabernacle services. If we are so prone to rebel, how can God tolerate staying anywhere near us?

by Richard Noel

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