365 Prophecies: Prophecy 31
The blood of the sacrifice for sins shall be sprinkled on the Mercy Seat.
Old Testament Prediction:
Leviticus 16:15-17 Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness. There shall be no man in the tabernacle of meeting when he goes in to make atonement in the Holy Place, until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself, for his household, and for all the assembly of Israel.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Hebrews 9:7-14 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience—concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Many people do not realize the intended similarities between the Old Testament Tabernacle and the completed work that Jesus accomplished on the Cross. See Prophecy 332.
It was the purpose of the Holy Spirit to make the Tabernacle in the desert a picture of the future work of Jesus’ salvation, when He arrived on the earth thousands of years later.
• The tabernacle had just one entrance. Jesus said that He was the one entrance into heaven.
• The first thing that a person would find once they entered the Tabernacle was the Brazen altar where the sacrifice was to be made. You could go no farther into the Tabernacle until you first made a sacrifice for your sins. The New Testament teaches that there is no admittance into the presence of God until you first have your sin dealt with on the altar of the Cross where Jesus died for all of your sins.
• The second item in the Tabernacle was the Bronze Laver where the priests were washed. A person could go no farther towards the presence of God without being washed. Having had our sins judged at Jesus’ Cross, we are now washed by His blood and can proceed into the presence of God.
• The Tabernacle was divided into the outer court, inner court, and most Holy place. The outer court represented the earth; the inner court represents heaven; the Holy place represents the dwelling place of God. Jesus was crucified on the earth, and made access to heaven, and the very presence of God possible by His sacrifice.
• The inner court of the Tabernacle was a place of fellowship where the table of shewbread was located, representing Jesus as the Bread of Life. The Table of Incense at the back of the inner court represented the prayers of those who believe in Jesus ascending before Him, as a sweet smelling fragrance. The Golden Candlestick in the inner court represented Jesus as the light of the world who brings illumination to what God requires of us for eternal life.
These subjects are described in great detail in Prophecy 332.
In this 31st Old Testament prophecy that Jesus fulfilled, we see the sin offering being brought to the tabernacle and His blood being sprinkled on the Mercy seat inside the Holy of Hollies.
It is interesting that the place where the Lord meets us to remove our sins is called The Mercy Seat. It is not called the judgment seat or the condemnation seat. Any person who comes to the Lord in humility and a sincere sorrow for their sins will find mercy and the forgiveness of those sins.
Numbers 14:18 “The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression…”
The fulfillment of this 31st prophecy is found in the Book of Hebrews, where Paul vividly describes the sacrifices of Leviticus 16:15-17. Instead of the animals that were brought continually every year, Jesus, as the Creator and Sustainer of all life, arrives to make Himself One sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, thereby ending the need for the sacrifices demanded by the Old Testament law.
Paul defines what Jesus has done at the Cross as the fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrifice for sin. He also states that Jesus is both the sacrifice and the High Priest of the sacrifice, who ever lives to make intercession for us.
Hebrews 7:25-27 Therefore Jesus is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
The Mercy seat in the Holy of Holies was a small table, 45 inches by 27 inches, that was located above the Ark of the Covenant. Inside the Ark were the broken tablets of God’s Law which Moses had brought down from Mount Sinai. On either side of the mercy seat were two large angels with their wings outstretched. Between the outstretched wings of the angels was the Mercy Seat. Once a year, the high priest would enter the Holy place and sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice for the people’s sins here.
As God would look down upon the Ark of the Covenant and see the broken law inside, above the broken tablets there was blood placed that had been sprinkled on the Mercy Seat. Instead of God seeing the broken law, the blood on the altar over the broken tablets covered the sins of the people, and God’s wrath was extinguished. This allowed His favor to abide upon those who had done what the Lord required and placed the blood upon the altar.
When Jesus came to earth as the Messiah, He was born as a man while living a perfect life without sin. At 30 years of age, Jesus began His public ministry. When He was 33 1/2 years old, He allowed the Roman government and the Jewish leadership to take Him outside the gates of Jerusalem and crucify Him.
The Book of Hebrews describes the fact that when Jesus died and then rose again to heaven, He carried with Him the blood from His sacrifice and placed it on the altar of the Temple in heaven.
Hebrews 9:24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us…
Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
Hebrews 9:21 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.
This sacrifice that Jesus made for all of our sins was required only once. At His death on the Cross, all of the Old Testament law was fulfilled by Him and there no longer remained any need for further sacrifices to be offered. Now all that is required of us who love Him is to eagerly await for His return for us at the Rapture.
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Because Jesus fulfilled this 31st Old Testament Prophecy by carrying His own blood to the altar in heaven, all of us who believe in and follow after Him have the forgiveness of all of our sins and the promise of eternal life.
For an in-depth study on the entire meaning and purpose of the Tabernacle, see Prophecy 332.
 Illustration by Rob Robinson, Copyright 2013
 Graphic Illustration by Rob Robinson, Copyright 2013