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Holy of Holies: the second or interior portion of the ancient tabernacle. It was left in total darkness. No one was permitted to enter it except the high priest and that only once a year. It contained the ark of the covenant only -Exodus 25:10-16. It was in the form of a perfect cube of 20 cubits.
    This equates today to where God dwells – in our hearts -Acts 7:48; 1Corinthians 6:19; 3:16.

The Tabernacle, from Easton's Bible Dictionary:The sacred tent (Hebrew. mishkan, "the dwelling-place"); the movable tent/temple (the tabernacle was so constructed that it could easily be taken down and conveyed from place to place during the wanderings in the wilderness) which Moses erected for the service of God, according to the "pattern" which God himself showed to him on the mount (Exodus 25:9; Hebrews 8:5). It is called "the tabernacle of the congregation," rather "of meeting", i.e., where God promised to meet with Israel (Exodus 29:42); the "tabernacle of the testimony" (Exodus 38:21; Numbers 1:50), which does not, however, designate the whole structure, but only the enclosure which contained the "ark of the testimony" (Exodus 25:16,22; Numbers 9:15); the "tabernacle of witness" (Numbers 17:8); the "house of the Lord" (Deuteronomy 23:18); the "temple of the Lord" (Joshua 6:24); a "sanctuary" -Exodus 25:8
    The tabernacle (dwelling place) was a rectangular enclosure, in length about 45 feet and in breadth and height about 15. Its two sides and its western end were made of boards of acacia wood, placed on end, resting in sockets of brass, the eastern end being left open -Exodus 26:22. This framework was covered with four coverings, the first of linen, in which figures of the symbolic cherubim were wrought with needlework in blue and purple and scarlet threads and probably also with threads of gold -Exodus 26:1-6; 36:8-13. Above this was a second covering of twelve curtains of black goats' hair cloth, reaching down on the outside almost to the ground -Exodus 26:7-11. The third covering was of rams' skins dyed red, and the fourth was of badgers' skins (Hebrew. tahash, i.e., the dugong, a species of seal), Exodus 25:5; 26:14; 35:7,23; 36:19; 39:34
   Internally the ancient tabernacle it was divided by a veil into two chambers, the exterior of which was called the holy place, also "the sanctuary" (Hebrews 9:2) and the "first tabernacle" (verse 6); and the interior, the holy of holies, "the holy place," "the Holiest," the "second tabernacle" -Exodus 28:29; Hebrews 9:3,7.
    The veil separating these two chambers was a double curtain of the finest workmanship, which was never passed except by the high priest once a year, on the great day of Atonement. The holy place was separated from the outer court which enclosed the tabernacle by a curtain, which hung over the six pillars which stood at the east end of the tabernacle and by which it was entered. 
    What the veil in the New Testament represents.
    What the tabernacle in the New Testament means.

Mercy Seat:.the covering or lid of the ark of the covenant (q.v.). It was of acacia wood, overlaid with gold, or perhaps rather a plate of solid gold, 2 1/2 cubits long and 1 1/2 broad -Exodus 25:17; 30:6; 31:7. It is compared to the throne of grace -Hebrews 9:5; Ephesians 2:6. The holy of holies is called the "place of the mercy seat" -1Chronicles 28:11; Leviticus 16:2
    It has been conjectured that the censer (thumiaterion, meaning "anything having regard to or employed in the burning of incense") mentioned in Hebrews 9:4 was the "mercy seat," at which the incense was burned by the high priest on the great day of atonement and upon or toward which the blood of the goat was sprinkled -Leviticus 16:11-16; compare Numbers 7:89 and Exodus 25:22.


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