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The tent of meeting

"Therefore let us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ, the Messiah, advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belongs to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works, dead formalism, and of the faith by which you turned to God, with teachings about purifying, the laying on of hands, the resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgement and punishment. These are all matters of which you should have been fully aware long, long ago. IF INDEED, GOD PERMITS, WE WILL NOW PROCEED TO ADVANCED TEACHING. (HEB. 6:1-3 AMP.VER.)

As we enter into the Holy Place we see three things that we need to look into in order to understand their meaning. The Candlestick, the Shewbread and the Altar of incense.

"There was a tent (of meeting) which comprised two compartments: the first, in which the lamp-stand, the table and the presentation loaves were kept, was called the Holy Place; then beyond the second veil, an innermost part which was called the Holy of Holies, to which belonged the gold altar of incense, (Heb 9:2-4 Jer.Bible) Note c, the incense altar was in the Holy Place: Heb. may be following a different liturgical tradition, or the sense may be that the place of the altar of incense was immediately in front of the curtain of the inner sanctuary".

"For a tabernacle, tent was erected, in the outer division or compartment of which were the lampstand and the table with its loaves of the shewbread set forth. This portion is called the Holy Place. But inside beyond the second curtain or veil, there stood another tabernacle, division known as the Holy of Holies. It had the golden altar of incense, (Heb 9:2-4) Note a, the alter of incense not kept permanently in the Holy of Holies, but taken in on the Day of Atonement, as the Mischna explains," -Alford.

It is at this time upon entering into that Holy Place that the Holy Spirit begins to reveal some of the mystery to us. This is when we begin to experience the guidance of the first comforter as spoken of in the following:

"And I will ask the Father and he will give you another comforter, counselor, helper, intercessor, advocate, strengthener and standby that he may remain with you forever. The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, welcome take to its heart; because it does not see him, nor know and recognize him, for he lives with you constantly and will be in you." (John 14:16 Amp.Ver.)

"We have great need of the Spirit of God so that we might be freed and loosed from the spirit of this world. We have great need of the spirit of wisdom so that we might love the highest good. The spirit of understanding is very necessary for us so that we might be able to wisely carry out the responsibilities of our calling. Likewise we need the spirit of counsel so that we might bear the cross in patience, the spirit of strength and of power so that we might conquer the world and the Devil, the spirit of understanding so that we might shun vices and evils, the spirit of childlike fear so that we might be pleasing to God, the spirit of grace and of prayer so that we might call upon God in all our needs and be able to praise his grace and goodness in all his works."----Johann Arndt-----1555-1621

Here are the meanings given in Strong's Concordance, in the Hebrew dict., for Inner Court and Holy Place:

Inner 6442: interior, within, inner, inward.

Court 2691: a yard, as inclosed by a fence.

Job said "Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews." (Job 10:11 K.J.Ver.)

Holy 6944: a sacred place or thing, make clean, from 6942: be clean.

Place 4725: a standing, also fig. of a condition of body or mind.

So, Inner Court and Holy Place suggest that inside of my body somewhere in the inner part I will see God, when I am clean. Our Lord said, "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." And St.Paul said:

"Do not be conformed to this world, fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs. BUT BE YE TRANSFORMED, CHANGED BY THE ENTIRE RENEWAL OF YOUR MIND, by its new ideals and its new attitude, so you may prove, for yourselves, what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God even that thing which is good and acceptable and perfect in his sight for you". (Ro 12:2 Amp.Ver.)

"--let this same attitude and purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus. Let him be your example in humility." (Phil 2:5 Amp. Ver.)

"My little children, for whom I am again suffering birth pangs until CHRIST IS COMPLETELY and permanently FORMED, MOLDED within YOU!" (GAL 4:19 AMP.VER.)

"May he grant you out of the rich treasury of his glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit himself indwelling your innermost being and personality. May Christ through your faith actually dwell, settle down, abide, make his permanent home, in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints, God's devoted people, the experience of that love what is the breadth and length and height and depth of it; that you may really come to know--practically, through experience for yourselves--the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience; that you may be filled through all your being unto all the fullness of God, that it may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself! (Eph 3:16-19 Amp.Ver.)

Being led by the Spirit of Truth we begin the process of putting on the mind of Christ. Or being Christed. Or Christ being born in the manger (which is our heart) within us. Or our marriage to the bridegroom (union with Christ). This is what our Lord Jesus Christ came to give us, this Spirit of Truth and the knowledge of who we are. Sons of the King our father. HE IS THE FIRST BORN AMONG MANY BROTHERS:

"And not only the creation, but we ourselves too, who have and enjoy the first fruits of the Holy Spirit, a foretaste of the blissful things to come, groan inwardly as we wait for the redemption of our bodies, from sensuality and the grave, which will reveal our adoption, our manifestation as God's sons. (Ro 8:23 Amp.Ver.)

"For those whom he foreknew, of whom he was aware and loved beforehand, he also destined from the beginning, foreordaining them to be molded into the image of His Son and share inwardly his likeness, that he might become the first-born among many brethren." (Ro 8:29 Amp.Ver.)

"In him we also were made God's heritage and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained, chosen and appointed beforehand in accordance with his purpose, who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of his own will." (Eph 1:11)

"And it was of his own free will that he gave us birth as sons by his Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures, a sample of what he created to be consecrated to himself." (Jas 1:18 Amp.Ver.)

He said, "it is expedient that I go unto the Father (of us all) for if I do, I will send you the comforter, counselor". We find that counselor or the illuminator in the Inner Court or Holy Place of our temple, our bodies, our minds; which is represented by the candlestick. Called the lamp of God:

"--the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down within the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. (1Sam 3:3

Candlestick Grk 3087: from 3088 a lamp-stand, lit. or fig.: candlestick. 3088 a portable lamp or other illuminator, lit or fig.: candle, light.

In the Ode's of Solomon 36:3 it states "the spirit brought me forth before the face of the Lord: and, though a son of man, I was named the Illuminate, the Son of God."  Being a son of God and co-heir with Christ Jesus, the spirit of Truth begins to lead us into the truth of what our Royal Birth means and will be, a manifest Son of God. Solomon said:

"Get skillful and godly Wisdom, get understanding---discernment, comprehension and interpretation; do not forget, do not turn back from the words of my mouth." and "The beginnings of Wisdom is, get Wisdom--skillful and godly Wisdom! For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing. And with all you have gotten get understanding---discernment, comprehension and interpretation." (Pr 4:5,7 Amp.Ver.)

Wisdom and Understanding beget the seven attributes of the spirit of God, which are represented by the seven candlesticks: Love, judgement, compassion, righteousness, endurance, authority, divine presence.. The true fruit of illumination is service--loving, self-forgetting service to others.

Shewbread 4286, 740; shewbread is divided into two parts. Shew & bread. Shew: 4286: from 4388 a setting forth, i.e. (fig) proposal, (intention); spec. the shew-bread (in the temple) as exposed before God. 4388: mid. from 4253 & 5087 to place before, i.e. (for oneself) to exhibit; (to oneself) to propose (determine).

: 740: to lift, as raised, take up, by Heb. comp. 5375 to expiate sin, pardon.

Our intentions are exposed before God. We are aware of what is in our heart and our hidden intentions are exposed as well. Our intentions can be for good or not depending whether they come from our human nature or our spiritual nature, being renewed by Christ. We can begin to tell that our lower nature sucks the life out of our higher nature. So, as these things are exposed we begin then to understand the need to have our hearts cleansed and our spirit renewed. We begin to realize that as our hearts are cleansed, the Spirit of Truth begins to reveal to us and illuminate our understanding as to who we are and what our purpose is in this life.

"God stands in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the "gods" and "I said, 'You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High'." (Ps 82:1,6 N.I.Ver.)

The Spirit of Truth reveals our intention in every incident in our daily lives. This is not and easy place to be, where one looks at the intentions of their heart every moment of the day, and offers them up to God. And also is able to accept God's forgiveness as he pardons our daily sins "Forgive us our trespasses etc."

"Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean, wash me, and I shall, in reality, be whiter than snow." and "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering and steadfast spirit within me." and "My sacrifice, the sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart--Broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent--such, O God, You will not despise." (Ps 51:6,7,10,17 Amp. Ver.)

Read all of Psalms 51 it really tells about this place.

Present your bodies a living sacrifice. It is a sacrifice. Here we are learning to accept everything that comes our way and realize that it is as a result of our own thought processes and the intent of our hearts. (heart in the greek dictionary means emotional feeling mind) "Out of the heart comes both good and evil." And as James, said "this ought not to be so." As we struggle to understand the workings of our hearts, we find that from our heart we give out love, compassion, consideration, kindness, generosity, etc.. And out of the same heart comes anger, hatred, bitterness, jealousy, resentment, etc.. We judge ourselves, we condemn ourselves and we say with James this ought not to be so! Our help comes as we understand that the Word is written or implanted in our hearts and, as Paul says, with the crucifying of the old man or carnal nature.

"For if we have become one with him by sharing a death like his, we shall also be one with him in sharing his resurrection by a new life lived for God. We know that our old, unrenewed self was nailed to the cross with him in order that our body, which is the instrument of sin, might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be slaves of sin." (Ro 6:5-6 Amp. Ver.)

"This is the agreement, testament, covenant that I will set up and conclude with them after those days, says the Lord; I will imprint my laws upon their hearts, and I will inscribe them on their minds--on their inmost thoughts and understanding. He then goes on to say, and their sins and their lawbreaking I will remember no more. Now where there is absolute remission, forgiveness and cancellation of the penalty, of these sins and lawbreaking there is no longer any offering made to atone for sin. Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the Holy of Holies by the power and virtue in the blood of Jesus, by this fresh new and living way which he initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain, veil of the Holy of Holies. That is through his flesh; and since we have such a great and wonderful and noble priest who rules over the house of God, let us all come forward and draw near with true, honest and sincere hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith, that is, by the leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in his power, wisdom and goodness, having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty conscience and with our bodies cleaned with pure water. (He 10:16-22)

"So too the Holy Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the spirit himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads on our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings to deep for utterance. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the Holy Spirit, what his intent is, because the Spirit intercedes and pleads before God in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God's will. We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor, all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his design and purpose. For those whom he foreknew, of whom he was aware and loved beforehand, he also destined from the beginning foreordaining them to be molded into the image of his son and share inwardly his likeness, that he might become the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he thus foreordained he also called; and those whom he called he also justified, acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with himself. And those whom he justified he also glorified, raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition, state of being. What then shall we say to all of this? If God be for us, who can be against us? Who can be our foe if God is on our side? He who did not withhold or spare even his own son but gave him up for us all, will he not also with him freely and graciously give us all other things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect when it is God who justifies--who puts us in right relation to himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, who acquits us? Who is their to condemn us? Will Christ Jesus, the Messiah, who died, or rather who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as he intercedes for us? Who shall ever separate us from Christ's love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution, or hunger, or destitution or peril, or sword? Even as it is written, for your sake we are put to death all the day long, we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through him who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt, am sure, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening, not things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Ro 8:26-39)

Jesus Christ died so that the word could be written on our heart, and the veil rent giving us ever-ready access into the Holy of Holies as our own High Priest.  To give us the ability to reach the implanted word in our hearts. To go boldly before the throne of God and make our wants and supplications known unto him. However, we must pray without ceasing as Paul said. We must learn to practice the presence of God by talking to him and by listening to the Word implanted in our hearts.

"Understand this my beloved brethren, let every man be quick to hear, a ready listener, slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry. For man's anger does not promote the righteousness God wishes and requires. So get rid of all uncleanness and rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble, gentle modest spirit receive and welcome the word which implanted and rooted in your hearts contains the power to save your souls." (Jas 1:19-21)

We offer up on the Altar of Incense; our prayers of praise, our thanks in all things, our sufferings, our Gethsemane, and we truly, from our hearts, can say; never the less not my will, but thy will. It may be my will to lash out. It may be my will to hurt back. It may be my will to wreck havoc and devastation upon that one, or those, who may have caused me injury or hurt, justifiably or non-justifiably, it matters not. The thing that matters is that like Christ Jesus it can be said of us:

"In the days of his flesh he offered up definite, special petitions for what he not only wanted but needed, and supplications, with strong crying and tears, to him who was always able to save him out from death, and he was heard because of his reverence toward God--his godly fear, his piety (that is that he shrank from the horrors of separation from the bright presence of the Father). Although he was a son, he learned active, special obedience through what he suffered; etc. (Heb 5:7-8 Amp.Ver.)

Then praise, thanks, obedience, are the offerings that we send up, at the Altar of Incense. The Altar of Incense is located in front of the entrance to the Holy of Holies, that is, the entrance through the veil. Once a year on the Day of Atonement (at-one-ment) it was taken into the Holy of Holies.

Incense 7004: from 6999: a prim. root (rather identify with 7000 through the idea of fumigation in a close place and perhaps thus driving out the occupants; as an act of worship ): burn (incense, a sacrifice).

From the depths of our heart comes the truth of all the negative conditions of our life, and our part in them. We are fragmented and unaware of how we are attracting different circumstance into our lives in order to learn from them and to work out our dysfunction, so as to once again be whole.

                    "Be perfect even as your Heavenly Father is perfect (or whole)."

We can then truly ask forgiveness, of the other person, and of God. It is at the Altar of Incense that the scripture has reference to when it says,

"So if, when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any grievance against you, leave your gift at the altar and go; first make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift." (Mt 5:23-24 Amp.Ver.)

We can become reconciled, because we now have the sacrifice that he says he wants. He doesn't want a holocaust, the sacrifice he asks for is a broken heart and a contrite spirit. The spirit must be contrite, the spirit that entered into this physical body, and fell in love with it's creation. The heart must be opened to be cleansed.

Today most people are aware of some computer language. There is in computer language a saying Garbage in, garbage out. GIGO It is this garbage so to speak that we must clean out in order to function appropriately.

Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the kingdom is in heaven,' then the birds of heaven will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside you and it is outside you.

"When you know yourselves, then will you be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father.  But if you do not know yourselves, then you dwell in poverty, and you are poverty."  The Gospel of Thomas

"Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, with mourning. And rend your hearts and not your garments." (Joel 2:12)

It is in the inner court that we meet the "Son of Perdition", who sits on the throne and says "I will be God." This Son of Perdition is all of the fallen female qualities of our nature, our partaking of the knowledge of polarities.. The loss of our intuition, which is our direct line to our Father. Our built in guidance system if you please. And is the evidence of all the negative things that we have produced, as a result of our fallen Eve, or human nature. This must be transmuted, not suppressed, not destroyed, but transmuted, elevated, raised. It will be put to an end by our Lord:

"I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. I agree that the law is good. So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me." (Rom. 7:15-17)

"And then the lawless one (the Antichrist) will be revealed and the Lord will slay him with the breath of his mouth and bring him to an end by his appearing at his coming. (2 Th 2:8 Amp.Ver.)

That is his coming to you to give you union with himself and the father.

In Joel, you will remember, it says:

"Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, have pity and spare your people, O Lord, and give not your heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them or use a byword against them. Why should they say among the peoples, where is their God?

It is this Son of perdition that they see and ask where is their God. But as the lower, negative sensual, carnal nature is transmuted and brought to an end, we begin to express the fruits of the spirit. Which are the progeny of our union with Christ. And they are:

"the fruits of the Spirit, the work which his presence within accomplishes is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness; (meekness, humility) gentleness, self-control, (self-restraint, continence). Against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ, the messiah, have crucified the flesh, the Godless human nature, with its passions and appetites." (Ga 5:22-23 Amp.Ver.)

Once this union has taken place and we can express the above, then he will lead us into the Holy of Holies.

"Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God."----Mt 5:8.

"My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life." (Pr 4:20-23 Amp.Ver.)

It was because we sinned like Eve and partook of the KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL that we became polarized, and therefore fragmented and separated from God. I might add here that I understand now what it is that makes us Catholics venerate Mary. "My soul does magnify the Lord". In the early paintings, Mary holds the Christ child, which represents the exalted feminine nature that gives birth to the Christ within. "Christ in me my hope of Glory." And so, as we enter into that Holy Place and are betrothed to the bridegroom, we are taught by him and spend many months of learning at his side. He teaches us how to become whole again and at the appropriate time he will take us into the Holy of Holies there to meet the Father.

"But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly, meaningless nonsense to him: and he is incapable of knowing them, of progressively recognizing, understanding and becoming better acquainted with them, because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated, But the spiritual man tries all things, that is he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things; yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one. He can read the meaning of every thing, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get insight into him." (1Cor 2:14-16)

The Holy Place holds the vision of the ideal attainment, and it is in the Holy of Holies that this ideal becomes a real achievement. These are hard things to put into words, since words do not convey the experience very well.

"For my determined purpose is that I may know him, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly. And that I may in the same way come to know the power outflowing from his resurrection, which it exerts over believers; and that I may so share his sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into his likeness even to his death, in the hope that if possible I may attain to the spiritual and moral resurrection that lifts me out from among the dead even while in the body.  Not that I have now attained this ideal or am already made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of, grasp and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus, the Messiah, has laid hold of me and made me his own. I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own yet; but one thing I do, it is my one aspiration: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the supreme and heavenly prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.  So let those of us who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions, and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also. Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that." (Phil 3:10-16 Amp.Ver.)

"For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one (reconciled the flesh and the spirit) and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with it's commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body, to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. (Eph 2:14-16 N.I.Ver.)

The words "in Christ" Paul uses over 150 times; these words do not refer to the historical Jesus, but denote a continuing relationship with the Christ present in the heart; Paul is not completing Christ's sufferings, but is carrying out in his own body his own Christ-sufferings.

"I have been crucified with Christ, (in him) I have shared his crucifixion; it is no longer I who live, but Christ, the Messiah, lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith, by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in the Son of God. Who loved me and gave himself up for me." (Ga 2:20 Amp.Ver.)

It is when we enter into the Holy of Holies that we become our own High priest. Only the High Priest was admitted into this sacred chamber, and only once a year on the Day of Atonement.. It is in the Holy of Holies that we have the Second Comforter, in the person of Jesus Christ himself, who reveals the Father to us.

"The person who has my commands and keeps them is the one who really loves me, and whoever really loves me will be loved by my Father. And I too, will love him and will show, reveal, manifest myself to him, I will let myself be clearly seen by him and make myself real to him. (Jo 14:21 Amp.Ver.)

We were all told once that we were in a school for Prophets. He has shown me that the Prophet has learned to dwell in that high and holy place reserved to him who is of a contrite heart and a humble spirit, and the "Day Star" has risen in his heart. Out of first hand knowledge he proclaims with Isaiah:

"Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your heaven, your restoration and power of a new life shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness, your rightness, your justice and your right relationship with God shall go before you, conducting you to peace and prosperity, and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard." (Isa 58:8)

The blending within man of the lower and higher natures, brings into being a new rarefied body:

"There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. So will it be with the resurrection, restoration, rebirth of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised to glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. (1 Cor 15:40-44 Amp.Ver.)

The birth by water is the process by which the spirit is brought to the earthly plane and housed in a body. The birth by fire is the regenerative process by which a spiritual body (glorified body) is born, in which your spirit may function upon spiritual planes. Jesus was asked by his disciples when the kingdom of God would come, he replied, "When two have become one and that which is without as that which is within". The Gospel of Thomas

Again I would like to quote from Bishop Pillai's "Light from an eastern window":

"The honeymoon lasts for twelve months. The couple lives one month with first the bride's parents and then the next month with the groom's. They take all their meals together. In the East, if a man is invited to dinner within one year of his wedding day, he will reply, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' (Lu 14:20) Europeans and Americans think this is a flimsy excuse indeed. But it is not a flimsy excuse at all; to take a meal away from home and away from the wife during the first year would be unthinkable. It is simply not done. At the end of the twelve month period, another solemn ceremony is enacted. The couple has spent the last month at the home of the bride's parents. The family and friends and as many of the bridesmaids as can be located, are gathered together for this occasion. The husband approaches the wife and makes a formal statement to her in the presence of all those assembled. He says, 'Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.' She says, 'All that thou sayest, I will do.'"

When you have become Christed you know the way, since you have been going back and forth with our Lord. Then one day he comes to take you into the Holy of Holies forever.

"Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed we have a building from God, and eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands, Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."------(2Cor 5:1-6 N.I. Ver.)

It will be very difficult to write about the experience in the Holy of Holies and I will have to use many metaphors in an attempted to describe it. Nevertheless, the Lord willing he will give me the words to write my thoughts regarding the experience.

Helen Carlin, OCDS

The Outer Court

The Holy of Holies


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