GOD'S GPS: ILLUSTRATED
Psalm 77:13 | John 14:6 | Exodus 25:8 | Matthew 1:23 | John 2:19–21 | Psalm 22:16 | Matthew 27:29 | John 19:34 | Matthew 27:46 Luke 2:7 | Matthew 3:16 | Matthew 4:1–8 | John 14:15 | Acts 2:38 | John 6:53 | Matthew 5:16 Hebrews 4:16 | Deuteronomy5:10 Matthew 16:24 | Ephesians 6:10–15 | Titus 3:5 | 1 Peter 1:7 | Romans8:7
“Your _______________ , O God, is in the _______________ ” (Psalm 77:13). Since Christ also declares that He is the _______________ , the _______________ , and the _______________ and that no one comes to God except through Him (John 14:6), then Christ is the center of the sanctuary. In this lesson, we will see how the pattern of salvation through Jesus is found over and over again in the sanctuary.
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God had declared to Moses that the sanctuary was to be built so that He could _______________ among them (Exodus 25:8). The outer covering of the tent was very plain-made of ram and badger _______________ (Exodus 26:14). Thus on the outside, there was nothing attractive that caught the eye, but on the inside of the tent was the very glory of God. He dwelt among His people by shielding His glory from them. He was quite literally hidden under “skin.” In the same way, Christ came to this earth as a baby with nothing about His outer appearance to attract the eye. But within Him, under His flesh, was the very glory of God. In fact, Christ was also named _______________ , which is translated, “ _______________ with _______________ ” (Matthew 1:23), that is “dwelling” among us, the very reason the sanctuary of the Old Testament was constructed. The temple itself was a type of Christ. Jesus said, “ _______________ _______________ _______________ , and in three days I will _______________ _______________ _______________ .” The Jews thought that He was talking about the temple building, but He was speaking of the _______________ of His _______________ (John 2:19–21).
A bird’s-eye view of the tabernacle reveals that the placement of the articles of furniture inside the sanctuary corresponds with the sacrificial wounds that Christ suffered, as well as revealing the shape of the cross.
1. Nail in His Feet (Psalm 22:16).
2. Pierced Side with Blood and Water (John 19:34).
3. Nail in the Left Hand.
4. Died from a Broken Heart: (Matthew 27:46).
5. Nail in the Right Hand.
6. Crown of Thorns: (Matthew 27:29).
God delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian captivity based on the sanctuary pattern. He first instructed them to sacrifice a _______________ (altar of sacrifice, Exodus 12:3–6). They were then led out of Egypt and crossed the Red Sea (laver, Exodus 14:21), which was also a symbol of baptism (1 Corinthians 10:1-2). After this, God fed them with manna from heaven (table of shewbread, Exodus 16:1–5). He then confirmed them as His peculiar treasure, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation, (seven-branch candlestick, Exodus 19:5, 6) that would share His light to the world. He also instructed Moses to tell the people to spend three days in heart preparation (altar of incense, Exodus 19:9–11) and then, in Exodus 20, He appeared in a cloud and spoke the Ten Commandments (the ark of the covenant)!
1. Passover (Exodus 12:1–6).
2. RedSea (Exodus 14:16).
3. Manna (Exodus 16:4).
4. Meditation (Exodus 19:9–11).
5. Royal Nation (Exodus 19:5, 6).
6. Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-26).
We see the sanctuary pattern when Christ left His throne in heaven (ark of the covenant) to come down to the earth to be the light of the world (seven-branch candle stick), the bread of life (table of showbread), and to intercede for us (altar of incense). He was baptized at the age of 30 (laver) and then was crucified (altar of sacrifice).
1. Left His throne in _______________ (John 6:38).
2. Was the _______________ that came down from heaven (John 6:58).
3. The Light that came into the world (John 1:9).
4. Lived a life of prayer (Luke 6:12).
5. Jesus was _______________ (Matthew 3:16).
6. Jesus did God's will and was crucified (John 6:38).
The sanctuary even reflects the life of Christ, who was born in a _______________ among animals (reflected in the altar of sacrifice, Luke 2:7). He was baptized at the age of 30 (reflected in the laver, Matthew 3:16). He was then led into the wilderness where He was _______________ three times by Satan (Matthew 4:1). The first temptation was to turn stone into _______________ (Matthew 4:3-4) (reflected in the table of shewbread). The second was for Jesus to throw Himself off a pinnacle of the temple, praying that His Father would intervene (Psalm 91:11) (Psalm 91:15) (reflected in the altar of incense). The third temptation was to receive the glory of the world He had come to save; if He would fall down and _______________ Satan first (Matthew 4:8-9). Jesus could have it all—but not without extinguishing His own light and leaving the world in total darkness (reflected in the candlestick).
Jesus overcame all three temptations and went on to preach the _______________ of God combined with the mercy of God (reflected in the ark of the covenant, John 14:15).
1. Christ born among animals (Luke 2:7).
2. Christ baptized (Matthew 3:16).
3. Tempted to turn stone to bread (Matthew 4:3, 4).
4. Tempted to offer presumptuous prayer (Matthew 4:5–7).
5. Tempted to bow in exchange for glory (Matthew 4:8–10).
6. Preached the law and mercy (John 14:15; Matthew 9:13).
The pattern of the sanctuary can also be seen in the structure of the New Testament. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell the story of Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection (altar of _______________ ). The book of Acts focuses in on the baptism of the Holy Spirit (laver). From Romans to Jude, the Bible speaks of the importance of the Christian lifestyle, witnessing (seven-branch _______________ ), prayer (altar of _______________ ), and Bible study (table of _______________ ). The book of Revelation brings us into the very throne room of God (ark of the _______________ ).
1. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John: Altar of Sacrifice
2. Acts: Baptism, Laver
3. Romans to Jude: Word of God, the Table of Shewbread
4. Romans to Jude: Intercession, the Altar of Incense
5. Romans to Jude: Witnessing, Seven-branch candlestick
6. Revelation: The Throne Room of God, Ark of the Covenant
The sanctuary ultimately contains the path that all who want to be saved must follow. These six steps span the six degrees of separation caused by sin! The first step in the plan of salvation is to accept Christ’s sacrificial death and His shed blood on our behalf (altar of sacrifice). We must _______________ with our mouth and _______________ with our hearts (Romans 10:9, 10).
But the journey does not stop here! Many unfortunately think that this is all it takes to make it to God’s throne, but this is because without a map, without a blueprint, it is at best guesswork with only the pretense of salvation. Indeed, many are trying to give directions to heaven without a GPS!
1. We must accept Christ’s sacrifice (Romans 10:9).
2. We must be baptized (John 3:3–5).
3. We must eat the Word (Matthew 4:4) and we must drink His blood (John 6:53).
4. We must pray (Luke 18:1).
5. We must let our light shine (Matthew 5:16).
6. We must keep His Commandments (John 14:15).
He who truly accepts Christ will also _______________ and be _______________ for the _______________ of sins (Acts 2:38, laver). But it also doesn’t stop here either!
The person who does these from a sincere heart will also live by _______________ _______________ that proceeds out of the _______________ of God (Matthew 4:4, table of showbread). They will present themselves _______________ to God, as workers who do not need to be _______________ , rightly _______________ the _______________ of _______________ (2 Timothy 2:15). They will symbolically eat His _______________ and drink His _______________ , which was represented by the cups on the table of showbread (John 6:53). But it does not stop here either …
Those who do these things will also understand the importance of _______________ always, with all _______________ and _______________ in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18, altar of incense).
They will also let their _______________ shine before men and witness of what God has done for and through them (Matthew 5:16, seven-branch candlestick).
All this is to prepare the true believer to come boldly before the throne of _______________ whereby mercy is obtained for those who keep His _______________ (Hebrews 4:16; Deuteronomy 5:10, ark of the covenant).
At every stage, Satan is seeking to stop the believer from advancing through these articles because he does not want us to find our way to the throne of God, the place from which he was cast out for refusing to submit to the laws of God. He does not want the degrees of separation to be bridged! This is why he so hates the blueprint, the GPS, because it shows so clearly the way for lost people to get back to God! This is why millions have been kept in the dark about this central truth of the Bible, for if it is understood, Satan’s power of deception is broken.
By following God’s blueprint, we become armed with the whole _______________ of God, that we may be able to _______________ against the wiles of the _______________ (Ephesians 6:11). We may experience, through these six keys, victory over any habit, stronghold, or vice that has kept us slaves to sin! If any one will follow Christ, he must _______________ himself and take up his _______________ (Matthew 16:24).
By following Christ to the cross, represented by the altar of sacrifice, our feet symbolizing our paths and directions will be protected with the preparation of the _______________ of _______________ (Ephesians 6:15). Our waists will be girded with _______________ (Ephesians 6:14), representing the _______________ of regeneration at the laver (Titus 3:5).
Our hearts will be protected by the breastplate of _______________ because we will stay in communion with God, represented by the altar of incense (Ephesians 6:14). We will be armed with a faith that has been tested by _______________ (1 Peter1:7), represented by the candlestick,
1. Gospel shoes: Take up the cross and follow the Lamb.
2. Waist girded with truth: Washed by the water and Spirit.
3. Sword of the Spirit: The Word of God.
4. Faith, like gold tried by fire.
5. Breastplate of Righteousness: Received through prayer.
6. Helmet of Salvation: The law sealed in the mind.
and with the shield of _______________ , we will be able to _______________ all the _______________ darts of the wicked one (Ephesians 6:16). The _______________ of the Spirit, which is the _______________ of God, symbolized by the table of showbread, will be a weapon against Satan, and the helmet of _______________ (Ephesians 6:17), the writing of His _______________ in our minds, (Hebrews 8:10) symbolized by the ark of the covenant, will keep us from having the _______________ mind, which is not _______________ to the _______________ of God (Romans 8:7).
Armed with this blueprint, Israel was to prepare the world for the first coming of the Messiah, the Light of the world who would bridge the gap caused by sin. King David’s son Solomon, a type of Christ, made a throne in his kingdom that is described as having _______________ steps leading to it (2 Chronicles 9:18). The truth found here is inescapable! Any sinner in the world, no matter how far he or she has gone from God, is always, at most, six steps away from Him! With this blueprint now in the hands of Israel, Satan would do all he could to destroy and distract the people who possessed it. The entire Old Testament is the story of how God would advance His plan—and how Satan would try to counter it.
Preview of the Study Level No 2 Lessons:
In The Blueprint study guides, Level 2, “God’s Advance and Satan’s Counter,” you will learn:
- About three amazing time prophecies in the book of Daniel chronicling the history and future of the conflict between good and evil
- How the events of the cross were prophesied within the sanctuary blueprint
- How Satan would attempt to destroy the plan of salvation by corrupting Christianity
- How God would counter Satan’s attempt
- How the judgment of Satan will commence
- About the amazing history behind the Dark Ages as foretold in the Bible
- … and more!