The Entrances to The Courts of The Lord
The Gates of Baptism
Baptism of John
Baptism of Holy Spirit
Baptism of Jesus
Baptized into one-body
1 Cor 12:13
1 Pet 3:21
Rom 6:3 Bap into JC death
Also Co l 2:12 Mark 1:8
A baptism is
an immersion in something. Can you see how a baptism would be a gate to,
something? Before I start this teaching I want to address the issue of
three baptisms --yet one baptism, spoken about in Eph 4:5,6 ---There is
one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope
of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one
God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
The word “one”
that is underlined in this scripture is the Greek word heia 1520 meaning
“a certain one” or also meaning one of something or some. The word “one”
that is not underlined is the Greek word mia 3391 meaning one in
agreement. This is some very subtle stuff.
In the Trinity
there are Three in One correct? So also in baptism. Just as man is made of
body, soul and spirit; the one baptism spoken about in this
scripture, is not only into one body (water baptism- physical) but also
includes the baptism of the Holy Spirit (soul) , and the baptism of Jesus
(spirit), while we are still ONE in HIM with no divisions.
baptism referred to in the Ephesians scripture includes all three,
the biblical type of this being the Trinity and the three parts of man.
For more details for the understanding of these types go to:
Melchizedekstreasure.com and click on “Sapphire” for The Trinity, and on
“Chalcedony” for Man.
The baptism of
John (water baptism) is a definitive act in the physical realm, which is
the gate into the outer court. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a
spiritual event based upon your desire that enables you to enter the inner
court. The baptism of Jesus with fire comes as a consequence of obedience
and suffering for Christ. Now let’s study.
For an Israelite to get inside the temple
of God, he had to go through a gate to enter the outer court. The
first thing inside that gate was the altar of sacrifice.
to the Courts of The Lord, through the salvation offered in Jesus Christ,
is dependant upon:
passing through the gate of:
the water baptism of repentance ----of sin, and a turning toward God.
This is what is called the baptism of John. Jesus’ disciples baptized
believers with this baptism. This is a physical baptism for the new life
of Christ in you. It is the outward act signifying the death of the old
life. This is where our sin is dealt with. This is where you become
justified before God.
This is also the baptism into
one body where we fellowship with God and with man –“where we were all
made to drink of one Spirit”. 1 Cor 12:13
This enables you to fellowship
together with other Christians.
To get from outer court to the inner court,
the gate is:
of the Holy Spirit Acts
2:2. This baptism is always given by Jesus, but often He uses believers’
reports, prayers, or the laying on of hands for it to be given.
this baptism from a report about it on television, and when I said, “I
want that”, I began to experience ecstasies and a heavenly language.
1. Your baptism into self’s
death, as from now on you die and Christ reigns in
you. Rom 6:3
With this baptism “you shall
receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and you shall
be My witnesses (to leave a record, a martyr) both in Jerusalem, and
in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
With this baptism, the spiritual
gifts are given for the building up of the body1Cor 12:4-11. This
court contains the supernatural stuff everyone loves so much. This court
is full of fun and pain, as priests grow up into Christ. Here is the
preparation for holiness. Here we are sanctified Heb. 2:11. It is in
this place where our hearts are tested. Those who pass their tests will
walk into the highest court, for the way has been made for us through the
power of an indestructible life Heb7:16.
HOLY OF HOLIES
This gate is a fire baptism by Jesus.
come to cast fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I
have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is
accomplished. Luke 12:49-50
note that this statement by Jesus was made after his baptism by
I believe that
Jesus is referring to the things that he would suffer to institute the New
Covenant in His blood when he says that, “He has a baptism to undergo”.
The reason that
I hold this belief is because of this scripture in Hebrews:
was a Son, He learned obedience from the things that he suffered. And
having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source
of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according
to the order of Melchizedek. Heb 5:8-10
If He had to
go through this baptism of suffering to cast fire on the earth, how much
should we appreciate and value this fiery baptism given to those who
are willing to suffer with him?
How strange it
is that many Christians turn their back on these baptisms, when Jesus’
whole purpose was to accomplish this. Did you catch His heart in the
phrase, “and how distressed I am until it is accomplished? “
This fire first
came to the earth when the disciples were in the upper room and received
both the Holy Spirit and the fire together Acts 2-3. The fire baptism is
given only by Christ. It can come with the Holy Spirit baptism, or after
We as sons,
make choices to walk into holiness through obedience.
was a Son, He learned obedience from the things that he suffered.
And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him
the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest
according to the order of Melchizedek. Heb 5:8-10
baptism you will bow low. There is reverence, fear, and awe, as you
partake of His heart for the world. In this place you are identified with
Him alone. There is only Him, as YOU are melted away into his love. You
live to please only Him. You love all of His creation in the same
way He does. You feel His pain and anguish. You CARE. This is life in
the Holy of Holies.
scripture shows us the necessity of the fire, and then links it to peace
in the body. For everyone
will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if the salt becomes
unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt (fire) in
yourselves, and be at peace with one another. Mark 9:49-50
In Rev. 8:5
when the 7th seal was broken, before the 7 trumpets of doom
sounded, “an angel took the
(in this censer was incense mixed with the prayer of the saints)
and he filled it with the fire of the altar and threw it to the
earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of
lightning and an earthquake”.
tells us that this baptismal fire comes from the altar in heaven.
It also comes with power, for when it ignited the incense and prayer there
were manifestations of power; thunder, lightening, and earthquakes, just
as when it came upon the disciples in the upper room there were sounds of
rushing wind, visible flames, etc.
What will be
the identifying marks of those baptized with fire?
- They walk
with God in obedience.
- They are
holy and live in peace with others.
- The fire
of God burns within them.
prayer and walk is with God’s power and authority.
baptize us into YOU.
The Courts of the
And Our Priesthood
The Tabernacle of David
The Temple of Solomon
The Spiritual Temple
Jesus’ work in these four temples are
shown in colored ink. In this study, I want to show you
Christ’s eternal work in these courts;
eternal work in us, individually
The physical tabernacle, given by pattern to Moses, is the forerunner of
the the permanent temple which it replaced many years later. Since the
tabernacle was moveable, the people carried it with them wherever the
cloud and fire (the manifest presence of God) led it.
It represents Christ in us (individually and
corporately) as a living temple, being
led by the Spirit of God.
This tabernacle has its’ completion in the church age---the Spirit of God
leading the different reform movements of this 2000 year time frame
(represented by Israel’s wilderness experience) to the millennium,
(represented by the promised land). This
includes our death to the flesh (the crossing of the Jordan (death) into
Canaan), with the presence of the Lord into the millennium(with
the priests carrying the ark into the promised land
The provision provided by God, (manna, and quail) in the wilderness,
(before the crossing of Jordan) is a picture
of the daily provision that goes with being led by the Spirit; where
everything is given to us; requiring only our cooperation and
manna- the supernatural food from
heaven –the bread of life—Christ
quail –physical food
from the skies –food not labored for, only gathered.
The provision is both
for the spiritual and the physical! It
represents the supernatural faith walk.
THE OUTER COURT OF
This "tent of meeting" or tabernacle, faced east and had two inner courts
with an outer court outside the tent which was the place of sacrifice. To
serve as a priest in the outer court, their job was one that received
other people’s sacrifices and presented them to God on behalf of the
person. Today, no one enters here without
the sacrifice of accepting the atoning blood of Jesus Christ for their
personal and Adamic sin.
In this place was the:
Altar of Sacrifice for burnt
old testament priest) and the new testament priest deals with :
1. (the sin offering) sin
2. (trespass offering) guilt from wrong
3. (burnt offering) becoming pure in
4. (meal offering) feeding on Jesus
laver for washing.,
This is where we are washed and cleansed, qualified and authorized to
enter the inner court. Carnal Christians can spend their whole life in
this outer court – while priests from the inner court minister to them
continually there. The present day priests
who serve in the outer court are due honor as they continually deal with
people’s sin, guilt, getting clean and staying clean, instruction and
establishment of righteous life principles.
Does this remind you of the work of today’s church pastor?
speaking in Mark 1:15 says: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God
is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
This is the perfect present day description of the outer court.
Priests go in and out
of this court to: preach the gospel and bring others into it.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the
nations, baptizing them in the name of Father, and the Son and the Holy
Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am
with you always, even to the end of the age.
INNER COURT IN THE
Currently, to serve in the inner court –you must be a priest doing God’s
will (service-work) (Latreia, Greek). This work required being sanctified
(dedicated to God) handling the tithes, and offering worshiping prayer
(ministering unto God Himself) (Proseuche, Greek).
Only priests could move in this court. Priests were appointed and
sanctified. Today as we heed His call to
become a kingdom of priests, we will take our place in this court moving
in His supernatural life with the flesh under crucifixion. In this court
we die and HE lives. His will is done, and His words are spoken.
If you are doing your own will and speaking your own words you are not
dwelling here, no matter what you might think.
This court has furniture in it that speaks of Christ’s work for us and in
us. The 12 loaves of bread were on a table overlaid with gold showing its’
holiness. The bread was baked with fire, the lampstand oil was kept
burning with fire, and the incense was burned with fire. Now that is a lot
of fiery stuff. It is the fire that purges and purifies. That is why there
is so much burning in this court.
This holy bread is called the “bread of the Presence” (Face) and these 12
loaves were offered on the table to God. The
priests eat of this bread of life -- Jesus Himself. They get their food
directly from Christ. This enables them to feed others (teach) who have
little access to direct food because of their distance away from the
presence of the Lord. Once you taste of this food you tend to
lose your desire to feed the starving, and selfishly gorge!
The bread from this table was given to the
priests to eat every Sabbath. This speaks of the living food of eternal
life being dispensed through “rest” since the Sabbath was a day of rest.
This is referring to the Hebrews 4 “rest
from our own works”.
Lampstand having seven lamps
Christ and the Church just as in Revelation 1:13, He was seen standing in
the midst of the seven candlesticks which represented the 7 churches.
Isaiah paints this picture of the Messiah in 11:12, that includes these 7
attributes which are the light of Christ: “The
Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and
understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge
and of the fear of the Lord. These seven attributes speak of Christ’s
eternal ministry that he imparts to His church to make it pure and holy.
This is a corporate anointing for the bride.
Concerning us individually, this lampstand
speaks of the fire from the oil (Holy Spirit) that is kept burning within
us; burning with the fiery zeal of those 7 attributes.
just in front of
the veil to the Holy of Holies
the incense burned here is the fragrance of our prayers.
It could be offered only by the one who could
enter the Holy of Holies, although it was still in the inner court. This
represents Jesus’ high priestly ministry, forever living to make
intercession for us and offering the incense of our prayers before God.
There are two things
here; the altar, and the incense.
I believe that the altar represents the
foundation that Christ laid during the atonement, the whole passion from
beginning to the new beginning!
Personally, for us, the incense is our trials and tribulations, stored up
through prayer, until there is perfect fullness of time for the answers.
HOLY OF HOLIES IN THE TABERNACLE
To get into the Holy of Holies you had to be an appointed high priest from
the royal tribe. You wore special clothes (purity), and carried the tribes
with you on your shoulder (intercession for
the nations of the earth), and you applied the Blood to remove
sins from a nation (royal work).
Jesus ministers from the holy of holies in
heaven, and has made the way for us to
enter. This is our inheritance,
but there are few who care for this kind of work.
Tabernacle of David
Moses’ tabernacle was functioning at Bethel when the Ark of the Covenant
was captured by the Philistines and taken into exile. Later, it was
rescued by King David, and put into a new tent in a new location
(Jerusalem on Mt. Zion, Melchizedek’s city) This tent contained only the
ark, with 24 hour worship by Asaph and his Levite musician family
1Chron.16:7. It was the forerunner of Solomon’s temple, which was later
built on this hill.
the arrival of God’s presence to Zion--- through worship. This looks past
the one time blood sacrifice of Christ, to our entrance into God’s
presence through worship alone.
Once again the Ark is
in a tent representing not mobility but impermanence! There were no
sacrifices and no courts, only worship to the Father. Moses’ tabernacle in
Bethel, continued functioning without the ark (presence of the Lord),
although Zadok the priest and his relatives offered burnt offerings there
before the tabernacle of the Lord, in the high place which was at Gibeon,
until the Temple of Solomon was built. Solomon’s Temple would be built on
the hill of Zion, where David’s Tabernacle was, not at Gibeon.
God made a covenant with David about a greater
temple that was to be eternal 1 Chron17:11-14.
This leads to the Spiritual Temple and ultimately
to the New Jerusalem from above, the ultimate Ark.
We see this worship tabernacle operating today in our round the clock
worship events, as we are entering the spiritual temple of glory.
See Spiritual Temple.
Temple of Solomon
The Temple of Solomon was a glorious physical structure on the actual
Mount Zion (Isa 8:18;18:7; Mic 4:7) that represents the millennial dwelling of God among men on the
spiritual, or possibly physical Mount Zion.
Isa 60:14,Heb.12:22, Rev.14:1.
The Temple of Solomon took two generations to build. David had the vision
and did all of the preparation (while the Tabernacle of David was in
operation.). Solomon’s reign of peace with wisdom, built it. Today,
the “Tabernacle of David” prepares it, and the
priests of the Kingdom-reign of Christ, will build it through “peace” and
“rest” (from our own works). Heb. 4:9,10
The priests for this temple were taken from the sons of Zadok at Gibeon,
not from Asaph’s family of worshippers. This shows that the priesthood in
the millennial reign will be appointed. The worshipers of David’s
tabernacle were to prepare the way.
Currently, Solomons’ Temple represents the gentile Church together with
Israel as the one new man Eph.2:15, being built into a millennial
and eternal structure. v.16-22.
This is different from the tabernacle which was moveable,
representing God in us leading us, providing
for us and being our life (second day light).
the millennial temple we corporately go to where HE is. He abides
temple is about all of US IN HIM. This is the next step in our
mutual (restored Israel & the Church) journey.
The temple had the
same courts and articles as the tabernacle, but on a much grander scale
for the glory of the Lord dwells there. Do you recall how the priests
could not even stand to minister because of the glory? As we explore these
temple courts we will explore them as the millennial temple.
There was one addition to the temple that the tabernacle did not have:
The Court of the
This was originally for those outside of the Mosaic covenant. Because this
court was added to the Temple, it will also exist in millennial Zion. What
was this court doing in the Lord’s house? It seems that He has made a
place for everyone that wishes to connect with Him. This demonstrates that
in the millennial rule a place will be made
for all people to come and worship the Lord. That temple will be
inclusive, not exclusive.
The Outer Court
ONE NEW MAN dwells in this glorious court in Zion; the beloved place
The Inner Court
millennial temple the “one new man” are becoming priests and moving in HIS
ministry in the inner court. By the end of the millennium we will have
become The Kingdom of Priests..
From the inner court, priests minister in the outer court to the one new
man, and in the court of the Gentiles to those who will bring their
tribute to the KING. These priests can also enter the Holy of Holies to
minister with Christ in blessing and prayers.
The Holy of Holies
court is a dwelling place for the priests to minister unto Him --close to
his glorious presence as represented by the ark of the covenant
What will this future temple look like? Will it be physical? We know that
it cannot look like Solomon’s’ Temple, nor Ezekiel’s visionary temple
because never again will there be blood sacrifices offered.
The way was made once and for all, through
Christ’s offering of Himself as the Lamb. Heb. 9:26,28 Yes, I
believe that there will be a millennial structure, on physical Mt. Zion,
in physical Jerusalem, because there are too many scriptures stating this.
It will not be the heavenly city, nor will it have blood sacrifices. Yes,
it will probably have courts because the type for this is Solomon’s
temple, not David’s tabernacle. David’s tabernacle is the type for the
These are my opinions, based on the revelation given at this point of
The most important thing is to be part of the spiritual temple that is
To learn about what
kind of work goes on in the millennial temple
(and even today) please read: The Melchizedek Priesthood. (in three
levels–one for each court.)
So what does it look like? If Christ now
dwells in us, then we have
to be that eternal spiritual temple.
And, if we are the structure of the temple, that
structure must be able to be seen spiritually. God, give us
eyes to see.
This spiritual temple is likened to a body, just as our physical body is
likened to a temple many times in scripture. 1Cor.6:15,19
ministry as the high priest in the spiritual temple is one of intercession
Blessing to God (achieved by perfect obedience
because of perfect oneness), and blessing to man. Our own
priestly ministry will look like this too. Out of the blessing to man come
the promises. Abram was the type of this, for after he received the
blessing of Melchizedek he received the promise of an heir (from Isaac to
Christ), and descendants. (from the 12 tribes to the body of
Christ).Gen.14:19,20 and Gen.15:1,4,5
Hebrews 6:19-20 the writer points to a spiritual pearl that enters the
most holy place with Christ in the Spiritual Temple:
hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and
one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner
for us, having become a high priest forever according to
What is this hope that enters the Holy place?
It is the faith of those
who through faith and patience inherit the promises
That is the hope that enters the most holy place.
connection to the promises, is mentioned again in Hebrews 11:33.
faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness,
This spiritual temple
that has been, and is being built in the earth, leads us to:
The new creation-- the
new heaven and the new earth, containing
the New Jerusalem from
the ultimate Ark of
our eternal dwelling
the Three Courts
There are spiritual
descriptions and activities, found throughout the Bible, that abide in
these courts. Here are some of them for you to ponder. The first listing
refers to the outer court, with the inner and most holy court following.
Contributed by John Munns (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Good / Evil
Clean / Unclean
Holy / Unholy
Holy of Holies
Life Primary or Natural
Life Soul or Self
Life Spirit or Eternal
Washed and cleansed by
Jesus is Savior
Jesus as Lord
Jesus as God
Relation to the Lord
Relation to the Lord
Relation to the Lord
Will of God
Will of God
Will of God
Good based on Romans 12:2
Closed hand of God
Open Hand of God
Ear close to God’s mouth
Kairos of God
Kairos of God
Kairos of God
Man in the Image 6754 of God
Man in the Likeness 1823 of God
Man in the Dominion 7287 of God
A representative figure of the
Trinity based on Gen.1:26.
The model, shape and manner of the Trinity.
To tread down, to subjugate, to reign over. They rule as the sons of
One spirit / One mind
Knitting hearts together
Ask / Receive
Seek / Find
Knock / Open
based on Matt. 7:7,8
Prayer as the Widow
Prayer as the Bride
Prayer as the Priest
Service / Ministry
Service / Ministry
Sons of Levi
Sons of Zadok
Order of Melchizedek