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The ark of the covenant was at the heart of the Tabernacle. As such, it corresponds to the heart of man. Just as the ark was God's throne in the Tabernacle, we need to make our hearts a suitable throne for Him in our lives.
Bible teachers usually interpret the tearing of the Temple veil as a sign of God’s displeasure with the people and the Temple, but according to Hebrews 10:19-20, the veil symbolizes the Messiah’s body. He is the veil.
The body of Messiah corresponds to the Temple, and because His disciples are metaphorically called “His body,” they are also collectively called the Temple of the Holy Spirit. So why is the Temple going to be rebuilt in the Messianic Era?
A true giver is not motivated to give simply because he anticipates reaping a prosperous return on his investment. A generous person gives to the work of the kingdom because his heart desires to give. He loves God and wants to do everything he can to further the work of God on earth.
Our Master’s miraculous feeding of the multitudes with the five loaves alludes to the bread of the presence. The first time, He broke five loaves and fed thousands. The second time, He broke seven loaves and fed thousands. The miracle indicates that the Messiah will usher in a golden age of spiritual and material prosperity—the kingdom of heaven.
Churches and synagogues are descendants of the Tabernacle. The synagogue is modeled after the Tabernacle in that the prayer services remember the daily sacrifices that took place in the Tabernacle. A synagogue has an ark that symbolically corresponds to the Holy of Holies. Churches are descendents of synagogues.