While Jesus was attending the Feast of Tabernacles, He watched as thousands of animals were slain. He noticed that people had almost lost sight of the fact that it was sin which made it necessary. DA 589 He saw how they made these events scenes “ of bloodshed and cruelty”. DA 589 They did not realize it was a symbol of the blood of God’s dear Son, which was to be shed for the life of the world.” DA 589 This was prophesied in Isaiah 53.
It is important to realize this. Some go to the Jews to understand the meanings in the sanctuary. If they lost sight of meaning so long ago, is it not a more reliable source to see our answers in the WORD of God? The Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy by Ellen White have so much for us to study on these symbols.
Courtyard lamp lighting service
This was a reminder of the pillar of cloud in the wilderness where God led them. Again we can expect this blessing in the final days. (Isaiah 4:5&6; pp 283)
During the feast, Jesus cried out in a loud voice that He was this light. DA 463. Throughout the book of John, Jesus is referred to as the light.
Music Antiphony effect
Echo songs:1. Unto Thee O Lord, will I lift up my voice; 2. Echo His love, echo His peace, echo His praise through all of our days
In heaven, as God’s people enter the gates, columns of angels are singing echo songs. (Maranatha 300.4; 3SM 430;) “…the angelic choir strikes the note of victory and the angels in the two columns take up the song and the redeemed host join as though they had been singing the song on the earth, and they have been.” 3SM 431.3 “He sees the travail of His soul, and is satisfied.” SD 359
“All heaven is waiting to welcome the Saviour to the celestial courts. As He ascended, He led the way, and the multitude of captives set free at His resurrection followed. The heavenly host, with shouts and acclamations of praise and celestial song, attend the joyous train. (VSS 458) Voice in Speech and song (1988)
AS they drew near to the city of God, the challenge is given by the escorting angels—“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.”
Joyfully the waiting sentinels respond—‘Who is this king of glory?’ …’The Lord strong and might, the Lord mighty in battle!’ “(VSS 458) (Psalms 24:7-10) They repeat this like an echo song to welcome King Jesus after His death and resurrection. With great joy, they shout “Worthy is the Lamb.” Rev. 5:12
“Songs of triumph mingle with the music from angel harps, till heaven seems to overflow with joy and praise.” VSS 459
All must bring gifts. The harvest done, people came with their tributes of thanksgiving. PP 540 There is an amazing statement that without continual beneficence there cannot be salvation. We become like God when we give abundantly.
“Without continual effort and constant activity, there can be no advancement in the divine life, no attainment of the victor’s crown.” MH 452 “It is unsafe to work in our own wisdom and trust to our own judgment.” 3T 325 “It cannot be accomplished without continual help from Jesus, resolute decision, unwavering purpose, continual watchfulness, and unceasing prayer…No one, not even God, can carry us to heaven unless we make the necessary effort on our part.” 5T344 “Christ is our model; imitate Him, plant your feet in His steps…We are not to condemn others; this is not our work; but we should love one another and pray for one another. When we see one err from the truth, then we may weep over him as Christ wept over Jerusalem.” Amazing Grace 78; Galatians 6:1
Reading of the law every day: In the court a priest was busy reading the law every day. People who did not have a copy of this document could come and listen and review the law of God. “Whenever the law is presented before the people, let the teacher of truth point to the throne arched with the rainbow of promise, the righteousness of Christ. The glory of the law is Christ; He came to magnify the law, and to make it honorable. Make it appear distinct that mercy and peace have met together in Christ, and righteousness and truth have embraced each other…” 5BC 1133.5
Rainbow: Genesis 9:16 shows the rainbow a symbol of a covenant that is everlasting. It is for every living creature of all flesh on this earth. “It testifies to the universe that God will never forsake His people in their struggle with evil. It is an assurance to us of strength and protection as long as the throne itself shall endure.” DA 493 Christ is represented as the “One who has stood as our intercessor; who hears all penitential prayers and confessions; who is represented with a rainbow, the symbol of grace and love, encircling His head.” 7BC 989 The rainbow is an “assurance that our prayers shall be answered.” (ST, Oct. 10, 1892 par. 1)
Under the Symbols Key you can find many references.
Golden Vessel & Silver Trumpets
“At the first dawn of day, the priests sounded a long, shrill blast from their silver trumpets, and the answering trumpets, and the glad shouts of the people from their” leafy dwellings. They joined the others at the courtyard and followed with palm branches singing and shouting. “Then the priest dipped from the flowing waters of the Kedron a flagon of water, and, lifting it high, while the trumpets were sounding, he ascended the broad steps of the temple, keeping time with the music with slow and measured tread, chanting meanwhile, ‘Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.” Psalms 122:2 (Desire of Ages 448)
He bore the flagon to the altar, which occupied a central position in the court of the priests. Here were two silver basins, with a priest standing at each one. The flagon of water was poured into one, and a flagon of wine into the other; and the contents of both flowed into a pipe which communicated with the Kedron, and was conducted to the Dead Sea. This display of the consecrated water represented the fountain that at the command of God had gushed from the rock…”DA 449 & Voice in Speech and Song chapter 71.
They sang Isaiah 12: 2 &3 while doing this. “The Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song;” “therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isa. 12:2,3. When the soldier pierced Jesus’ side, blood and water flowed. It showed His death was from a broken heart. Our sins were heavy on Him as He paid the price of separation, so we could enjoy eternal life.
THE ROCK smitten so the river could flow
The smitten rock typified Christ, Who was to be wounded for men’s transgressions, that the stream of salvation might flow to all. AA 315
Silver containers: Word of God
The tube connected back to the brook Kedron where Jesus crossed over during that night of His prayers, capture, and crucifixion on Friday. The story of His gift of salvation is to be told first in the home, then village, and then it is to go to the world. Mathew 28:19 & 20 This must happen before Jesus can come.
White Robes: symbol of Character of Christ
Crown: symbol of victory
Palm: symbol of those who’s faith is firm in the WORD, drinking of the living water.
Red border: symbol of martyrs with special stories to tell of assistance during affliction.