From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Four
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"The Clouds and Darkness "

   In the introduction of this book I discussed how recently evidence collected by a satellite supported the theory that up to 90 percent of the universe is made of invisible "dark matter" that scientists have yet been able to identify.    Could this mean that nine-tenths of the universe is God, the Hidden Deity, and only one-tenth is visible to our comprehension?

   To return to the Introduction subject of Dark matter.

Job 38:19-38 shows the marvels in heaven;

The following is one of the most influential verses to this book.

   As we saw earlier in:
    Gen. 15:12 And when (as was) the sun Hebrew letters for 'The Sun' was going down Hebrew letters for 'Going Down' , a deep sleep Hebrew letters for 'A Deep Sleep' [Sleep (Heb. shenah, yashen, shakhav, Gr. hypnos) in some cases sleep was supernaturally imposed to accomplish a divine purpose (Gen. 2:21; 15:12)] fell upon Hebrew letters for 'Fell Upon' Abram Hebrew letters for 'Abram' ,and, lo, an horror (a dread of Hebrew letters for 'A Dread' ) great Hebrew letters for 'Great' darkness Hebrew letters for 'Darkness' [(Heb. hoshekh, the dark, Gr. skotos, darkness) a metaphor that describes both mystery and the place of eternal punishment.    Here it presents supernatural events as seen also in (Gen. 15:12; Exod. 10:21; Matt. 27:45; Rev. 8:12; 16:10)] fell Hebrew letters for 'Fell' upon him Hebrew letters for 'Upon Him' .

Is the Ten Sefiroth connected to the Ten Curtains of the Tabernacle?

   This is a little premature but since it was significant to the prior subject I’ll present it anyway.

   At Sinai Moses was given a divine revelation concerning the nature, construction, and furnishings of the tabernacle (Exod. 25:40).    The work was carried out by Bezaleel, Oholiab, and their workmen (Exodus 36:1-38); and when the task was accomplished, the tent was covered by a cloud and was filled with the divine glory (40:34).

   The description in Exodus 26-27 and 35-38 present the structure as a portable shrine.    The tabernacle (Heb. ‘ohel, mo’edh, tent of meeting, Canaanite mishkan, dwelling, Gr. skene, tent) stood in an outer court enclosure or court, described in Exodus 27:9-18 and 38:9-20.    The designation ‘ohel mo’edh (Exodus 33:7 et al.) represents the name of the tabernacle here, as a place of revelation, where the people met with God.    The word mo’edh has been discovered in an Egyptian document dated c. 1100 B.C. referring to an assembly of the citizens of Byblus.    Later in Isaiah 14:13 it refers to the assembly of the gods in pagan Canaanite writings.    This tabernacle combine political and social functions with the religious revelations given by God to his covenant assembly.    The doctrine of the shekinah glory, which developed in the Intertestamental period was also related to the words shakhan (KJV "dwell" Exodus 25:8; 29:45) and mishkan, denoting a local manifestation of divine glory.

   The ancient Hebrew cubit measured eighteen inches, thus the enclosure were one hundred fifty feet in length and seventy-five feet in width.    The sides were covered with curtains made from finely woven linen about seven feet long which were fastened at the top by hooks and at the bottom by silver clasps to sixty supporting pillars of bronze, place at intervals of seven feet.    On the east end was an opening about twenty feet wide screened by thirty foot wide curtains embroidered in red, purple and blue.    The pillars had capitals (KJV "chapiters") overlaid in silver and were set in bases (KJV "sockets") of bronze, held in position by bronze pins (27:19; 38:20).

   In the center of the open court was the great altar of burnt offering made from acacia wood overlaid with bronze (Exodus 27:1-8), which was eight feet square by five feet in height, with its four corners projecting probably "horns."

   To the west end of the enclosure, parallel to the long walls, stood the tabernacle itself.    It was a rectangular structure about forty-five feet by fifteen feet, which was divided into two parts, a Holy Place and a Most Holy Place.    It consisted of forty-eight "boards" (Heb. qerashim, board Exo. 26:15 KJV, NASB; frame JB, MLB, NIV, RSV; plank NE; is found on a Canaanite tablet describing the "throne room", a trellis pavilion of the deity El) some fifteen feet in height (10 cubits) and over two feet wide (1½ cubit), overlaid with gold and made of shittim wood.    All this was held together (26:17-30) by horizontal bars, sockets, and tenons.

   The completed tabernacle was divided into two compartments by a curtain (vail) on which cherubim were embroidered in red (scarlet), purple and blue, and was suspended on four acacia (shittim) supports (26:31-34).

   In (26:33-5) the outermost area was known as the Holy Place (thirty feet by fifteen feet) and the innermost part, the Holy of Holiesor the Most Holy Place was fifteen feet square.    Also mentioned is the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony the location of the candlestick (menorah).

   The entrance to the tabernacle was screened by embroidered curtains supported by five acacia pillars overlaid with gold (26:35-37).

   The wooden framework of the tabernacle was adorned by ten linen curtains (Exodus 26:1-7) that were embroidered and decorated with figures of cherubim.    It measured forty feet long (28 cubits) and six feet wide (4 cubits), and joined in groups of five to make two large curtains.    All were fastened together by means of fifty loops and golden clasps (KJV "taches") to form one long curtain sixty feet long and forty-two feet wide.    This was draped over the tabernacle so that the embroidery was visible from the inside through the apertures of the trellis work, and then covered with three protective coverings: (26:7-13)

   The contemporary Phoenician shrines had a flat roof, thus possibly the tabernacle did also.

   A degree of symbolism was attached by the Hebrews to various aspects of the tabernacle but in general I find no Biblical connection between the ten Sefiroth and the ten curtains nor any mathematical significance in its dimensions that can be presented here.

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