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May 3, 2018 at 8:20 pm #959AnonymousInactive
THE MOVABLE THRONE.
In Daniel 7, where the Ancient of Days is described, it says of Him that “His throne was like the fiery flame, and [its] wheels as burning fire.” (Daniel 7:8)
I don’t think anyone disputes the idea that the word “wheels” is the correct word in this verse. Wheels are a significant element here, I suggest, inasmuch as the wheels are suggestive that the Father’s throne is a “movable” throne.
One of the many illustrations given in Solomon’s Temple related to the Ark of the Covenant. This also interests me in relation to the movable nature of God’s throne.
“And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the Holy Place before the oracle, and they were not seen without [i.e. outside]…” (1Kings 8:8)
The staves were never to be completely removed from the Ark of the Covenant (Ex 25:15). This is significant. Because none of the other articles of ‘furniture’ had this stipulation attached to them. The Ark was always represented as ready for movement.
But was it ready for movement anywhere? No. If the Ark was to go outside of the Temple, it needed to be specially covered so that no-one would be able to see it. (Num 4:5-6.) The Ark was NOT always ready for transit outside of the Sanctuary; but it was constantly ready for movement within the Sanctuary itself.
In Solomons Temple the staves/poles were partly drawn out. The staves extended into the Holy Place, and they could be seen by anyone in that room. (But they were not visible to anyone in the outer courts.) But again, I suggest that this illustrates the idea that the Ark’s location was in a state of transition. The picture suggested that the Ark was moving from the Holy, into the Most Holy Place. And this is what the SDA church teaches — That in 1844, Jesus, upon the throne of God moved from the first, to the second apartment in the heavenly Sanctuary.
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