the incense altar the preparation for rolling up the mid-court
After visiting the candlestick and shewbread, we come to the incense altar. This represents the flames that sat upon the head at Pentecost. It is a beginning for dissolving the mid court and going on to the holiest place.
MAT 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
1CO 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
foundation = salvation of your spirit by grace
Outer Court = spirit Ministry of the Son
EPH 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
rewards = soul works built on this foundation
Mid-Court = soui Hoiy Spirit Ministry
PHI 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
THE INNER COURT = BEGINNING THE REDEMPTION OF THE BODY PROCESS
Ministry = The Father tabernacling within us
ROM 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? ROLL UP YOUR MID-COURT WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED ITS LESSONS.
transition from the five fold ministry to the fourfold ministry
We are now leaving behind the sanctuary - or mid court - and entering into the holiest place. The illustration below shows the top of the tabernacle removed so that we can look from the east toward the west in the sanctuary and the holiest place. Note that there are five pillars in front of the mid-court which represent the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers of Pentecost. When one enters the holiest place the ministry begins to change to the four pillar ministry. This is represented by the four standards of the twelve tribes of Israel. It is a transition from the typical church organization where one has five "husbands" or overseers to truly being led directly by the Spirit of Christ within.
It is finding that well of living water within and coming to a place where one never thirsts because one is depending upon the Spirit of Christ for leadership. And sometimes the transition is not always easy because a few of position in the fivefold ministry are more interested in keeping their students rather than graduating them.
JOH 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. JOH 4:17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
EPH 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
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