You have an appointment with the Holy One of Yisra’el! Enter here! You who have believed and called on the Name of the LORD really have a daily  appointment with Him! You are a priest about to enter the Gate, Yeshua, to the brazen altar , to sacrifice self [Yeshua], to immerse in the waters [Yeshua] of the brazen laver. There are some preparations of self,  as burnt offerings, sin offerings [Yeshua] continually, along with grain offerings, drink offerings, offerings made by fire to YHWH

“…a continual burnt offering for your generations at the door of the Tent ofAppointment before YHWH, where I shall meet with you to speak with you. And there I shall meet with the children of Yisra’el,  and it shall be made qadosh [holy] by My esteem…I shall dwell in the midst …they shall know that I AM YHWH their Elohim…”[ Exodus 29:42-46].

After you have offered yourself a living sacrifice of praise & thanksgiving and washed the world off, sought forgiveness and repentance, and renewed your mind in the Word [Yeshua], you burn incense at the altar of incense, sweet prayers arising as smoke before the very throne, the Seat of Mercy and Righteousness Himself.The altar of incense was put directly before the veil that was before the ark of the Covenant & Mercy Seat: “…before the lid of Atonement that is over the Witness, where I AM to meet with you…” in the Tent of Appointment. {Exodus 30:6]

And Aharon [Moshe’s brother & High Priest]  shall burn on it sweet incense, morning by morning. As he tends the lamps [of the Candlestick or Menorah, also in the Holy Place with the table of the Bread of Presence], he shall burn incense on it.

And when Aharon lights the lamps between the evenings, he shall burn incense on it– a continual incense before YHWH throughout your generations [v. 7 & 8].

Moshe is ordered by Yahweh to take  sweet spices, fragrant gum [resin or sap from tree], cinnamon and  galbanam, and clear frankincense, with these sweet spices, all in equal amounts [30:34]!

  1. Fragrant gum may have been stacte , a fatty resinous liquid; an aromatic gum, highly valued; or balsam , a sap with a sweet smell .
  2. Onchya, a tree resin, the most viscous or oily of all, with a vanilla-like fragrance, used also to heal wounds. The gum is also called labdanum. In Hebrew, it is called “shecheleth”, to roar as a lion! “Onchya” is Greek, for the red blotch in a finger nail!   Note:        Cinnamon is the 2nd mentioned in the HalleluYah Scriptures;  a reddish brown bark containing eugenol = Yeshua’s love of the glory & honor of Yahweh! [See note, Cinnamon: Red & Hot]
  3. Galbanum, another resinous juice, from a plant, having a strong unpleasant smell with a bitter taste, giving off purple smoke, also fights infection, heals wounds, acne, asthma, coughs and indigestion. Trees  & plants are cut and saps or gum resins are collected =blood or life of the tree = by His cuts we are healed!
  4. Frankincense is a  sharp tasting,  pungent bitter yellow gum collected peeling the bark boswellia sacra in Saudi Arabia. It is “lebonah” in Hebrew, derived from “laban”,  white in English, for its whiteness of smoke. “Clear” frankincense was purified before use! Frankincense  anointed the ‘remembrance ‘ bread offered by fire by the priest [Leviticus 24:7] just as Yeshua, the Bread, is anointed by it!

It had to be  beaten into an incense, a compound, the work of a perfumer, salted, clean, qodesh [holy] only to Yahweh [v.35, 37].

  • Equal [=] amounts in a mixture represents us, a  beaten mixture, all equally loved in the body of Yeshua, cleansed, clean and holy, to be the salt of the earth, all created and made by our Maker!
  • When the four ingredients were mixed together, they produced a most fragrant perfume, especially when burned [ Exodus 30:35]
  • Later, there is no mention of actual incense; it becomes spiritual, our prayers ascending to Heaven [John 17:1-26, Hebrews 7:25, Yeshua as our Intercessor or High Priest; Ezekiel 41:22, Hebrews 13:15, Revelation 8: 3,4] ! Prayers carry the fragrant aroma of Yeshua!
  • These four special ingredients point to Jesus’ perfect righteous- ness.
  • Some parts of prayer are about pleasant, sweet experiences. Some parts of prayer are about hard, bitter experiences.  As it is with life, the bitter experience makes the sweet seem richer and sweeter. The scent wasn’t complete without both characteristics. Our lives in Yeshua are not complete without some difficult experiences to teach us how sweet it is to trust in Him.
  • Some of the ingredients were beaten into very small pieces
    [Exodus 30:36].

Review of the furniture [ see note, Praying Victoriously Through the Tabernacle also]:

The altar of incense was made of acacia [shittim] wood and was overlaid with pure gold. It was two cubits high [3 feet], and one cubit on each side, thus making it square. [Exodus 30:1-3]

  • Wood symbolizes humanity and to be covered with gold symbolizes being covered with Yeshua’s purity, His righteousness.
  • The special wood was not common, but choice, excellent and durable, incorruptible! The tree bore thorns!

The top edge had a gold crown all around it. On each corner of the altar was a horn made from acacia wood, overlaid with gold. [Exodus 30:2, 3]

  • A crown points to victory. Horns speak of strength and power. Through prayer and by faith Yeshua’s followers take hold of His power and strength. Thus complete victory over all sin may be ours. Also, the crown on top of altar is symbolic of our  King [ Melech, in Hebrew], King of kings, our Master & Majesty ! [Psalm 8, 24:7, Jeremiah 23: 5, Zechariah 9:9, 1 Timothy 6:15, & Revelation 19:16]

Pure gold rings were made and fastened to the altar under the crown. Poles made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold, were put through the gold rings. The altar was carried with these poles. [Exodus 30:4, 5]

  • Here again we see wood (humanity) covered with gold (Divinity), and four “pierced” rings (Yeshua’s hands and feet pierced with nails).

Psalms 22:16 ” They pierced my hands and feet“.

In the Holy of Holies, The Ark of the Covenant with the Mercy Seat: the ark contained the 2 tablets of Law, the Manna, The Rod

The altar of incense was in front of this Veil dividing the  Holy of Holies from the Holy Place. This altar was the closest to the Ark  containing the Ten Commandments [ closer than the Candlestick or Table of the Bread of Presence]. (Over the Law of YHWH was the mercy seat–between the two angels was the spot where Yahweh met with His people.) [Exodus 30:6; 25:16-22] As the priest burned  incense at the altar, the fragrance spread throughout the place, as he stood in front of the veil or curtain to the Holy of Holies.There is no part of the religious worship that brings us into a closer relationship with Yeshua than when we are in prayer. Yahweh’s government required sacrifice and death for the wages of sin. The gift of Yahweh is unmerited favor and life eternal through Messiah Yeshua , our LORD, who is the Torah, the Word. [Romans 6:23, John 1:1]

Psalms 85:10  Grace and Truth have met together; Justice and Peace have kissed each other!

[Yeshua is Truth and the Lamb of Yahweh, Grace given at the cross; Yeshua is Sar Shalom, Prince of Peace and our Righteousness, coming again to Judge as the King and Lion of Yahudah]

The fire was never to go out. (The coals were moved in a golden vessel when the camp moved.)

  • The fire is Yeshua’s righteousness. [2 Samuel 22:9, Isaiah 66:15, Luke 12:49, Revelation 19:12]
  • Also, the fire is the Ruach [ Holy Spirit]. It works continually upon our hearts: calling us to prayer, praying in us, telling us to confess our sins and ask forgiveness, impressing us to give praise and thanksgiving, bringing to our minds those whom we are to pray for, showing us the Father’s will, teaching us right from wrong. It is that still small voice ever present with us.[1 Thessalonians 5:19; Romans 8:26, 27; Philippians 1:4-11; 1 Samuel 3:3,4,10]

Jude 20 & 24  But you dear friends build yourselves up in your most holy faith & pray in union with the Ruach HaQodesh [Holy Spirit]…Now, to the one who can keep you from falling & to set you without defect & full of joy in the presence of His Sh’khinah [Divine Presence, the manifest glory of Adonai present with men]…

The high priest was to burn set incense upon the altar every morning while he was trimming and cleaning the lamps on the candle- stick, and every evening while he was lighting the lamps. [Exodus 30:7, 8]

  • Yeshua is our High Priest. [Hebrews 3:1]
    When we pray to God, Yeshua mixes incense (His spotless right- eousness,) with our prayers. When the Father looks at us He sees the perfect goodness of Yeshua [ Revelation 8:3,4].

When the high priest burned the incense, he looked toward the Ark. As the cloud of incense arose the glory of Elohim came down upon the mercy seat and filled the Most Holy Place. It often filled the holy place, also. “So full were both places that the high priest had to retreat to the door of the tent-tabernacle.”

  • By faith we can come boldly into the throne room and pray to Elohim [The Almighty]. We direct our prayers to Messiah that He might apply His perfect character to us. He goes before the Father for us. [ Hebrews 4:15, 16; 7:25,26]
    • Ours prayers are to be as incense.

Psalms 141:2  Let my prayer be like incense set before You,    my uplifted hands like an evening sacrifice.

At the time of the burning of incense (both morning and evening) all the people in the camp of Ysra’el were praying. Elohim promised to “meet with” them during that time. The sweet smell of incense reached way out into the camp and surrounding area. [Luke 1:9, 10; Exodus 30:6]

  • Here is the example that is given for morning and evening worship.
    His sweet character will not only be felt in the home, but reach out away from the home.
    Again we see the number four [ingredients of incense] point to Yeshua. [See note, The Anointing & the Oil] There were 4 ingredients in the anointing oil too.
  • Yeshua suffered everything that any man will ever have to suffer so He could perfectly understand what we go through [ Hebrews 2:10,11].
    Our sufferings lead us to the altar of prayer. There we are strength ened and fitted to help others.

No strange incense was to be offered upon the altar [ Exodus 30:9 ].

  • Strange incense represented sin.
  • Yeshua was without sin, so only sweet incense could be used.

1 John 3:5  And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.

No burnt sacrifice or meat-(meal-) offering was to be offered upon it, and no drink-offering was to be poured out upon it. Those offerings were to be offered upon the brazen altar in the courtyard [Exodus 30:9].

  • In the brazen altar is represented the sacrifice of Yeshua and His work for us while He was on earth. (The courtyard being a symbol of the earth.)
    • In the golden altar of incense,  we see Yeshua in His work in heaven.

Revelation 8:3, 4,5  And another messenger came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer, and much incense was given to him, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the qodeshim [the saints or holy ones] upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the qodeshim, went up before Elohim from the hand of the messenger.

And the messenger took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, and thunders and lightnings and an earthquake.

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INCENSE, PRAYER, & THE GOLDEN ALTAR

You have an appointment with the Holy One of Yisra’el! Enter here! You who have believed and called on the Name of the LORD really have a daily appointment with Him! You are a priest about to enter the Gate, Yeshua, to the brazen altar , to sacrifice self [Yeshua], to immerse in the waters [Yeshua] of the brazen laver. There are some preparations of self, as burnt offerings, sin offerings [Yeshua] continually, along with grain offerings, drink offerings, offerings made by fire to YHWH-

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