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.
today to where God dwells – in our hearts -Acts
7:48; 1Corinthians 6:19;
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),
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;
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.
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.