Welcome to the Tabernacle in the Wilderness


Beverley Holzkamper

| Tabernacle |Brazen Altar | Laver | Candlestick | Table of Shewbread | Altar of Incense | Mercy Seat |

NOTE: I used the sacred names for our Father-Yahweh and His son-Yasha. For more information on why I have used the Sacred Names please click on their names.

Moses was the leader of the Israelites, but he was commanded to obey an angel that told him what to do while they wondered through the wilderness. The angel told Moses to build a tabernacle in the wilderness according to a certain pattern. The children of Israel were to bring offerings to Moses willingly to help build the tabernacle.

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The Israelites brought their gold, silver, and brass, which were melted to make the furniture that was in the Outer Court, Holy Place, and the Holiest of Holies. The structure and the fence around the tabernacle were also coated with gold. They brought fine linens that were blue, purple, or scarlet to make the curtains that were used for the vail between the Holy Place and the Holiest of Holies and for the curtains at the entrance of the tabernacle.

The Israelites brought skins of goats, rams, and badgers to make the coverings for the tabernacle. The wilderness supplies plenty of oil for the lamp and spices for the incense. There were lots of acacia wood for the furniture, the tabernacle, and the fence.

The outer court was a rectangular shape made from acacia wood, overlaid with gold. It was 100 cubits long and 50 cubits wide.  The gate entrance was 15 cubits wide.

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The Outer Court had the brazen altar and the laver. The Holy Place had the table of shewbread, lamp stand and the altar of incense. The Holiest of Holies had the Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat.

 The Priest

There were priests that took care of the tabernacle and performed certain duties. Aaron was the first high priest. The high priest wore a beautiful breastplate that had twelve stones on it. He wore bells around the bottom of his robe that rang when he went behind the veil. The continuous ringing of the bells helped the people know that he was still alive.

All the priests were from the tribe of Levi; no priest could come out of any other tribe. There were two rooms to the tabernacle - the Holy Place and the Holiest of Holies. Only the high priest was allowed to go in the Holiest of Holies.

                         The Cloud and the Fire


There was a cloud that stayed over the tabernacle during the day and a pillar of fire that hovered over them at night, which protected them from their enemies. When Yahweh wanted the Israelites to move, the cloud or the fire moved to show the Israelites were to go. (Exodus 13:21 and 14:24)


The tribe of Levi camped on all sides of the tabernacle, while the other tribes had their special area where they were to camp. The twelve tribes of Israel were placed around the tabernacle in tents. Each tribe had a specific location around the outside of the wall that surrounded the tabernacle.

Place curser over picture below to see where the Levites placed their tents around the tabernacle.


Each piece of furniture in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness has a spiritual meaning for us today.

Click on a piece of furniture to read about its spiritual meaning.


Tabernacle scriptures

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