What is the Shadow Side?
The Apostle Paul referred to the Feasts, Sabbaths and new moon (Rosh Kodesh) as a shadow of what is to come. (Col. 2:17) The author of Hebrews used the term shadow of things to come in reference to the Tabernacle of Moses, the Temple, and the ministry of the priests as a shadow of heavenly things (the True Tabernacle). [see the scriptural references below]
The Shadow Side is the ministry of the Tabernacle/Temple in this earthly realm. More specifically Hebrews 9:9 refers to earthly Tabernacle as an illustration (NIV) or symbol (NASB) or even a parable (ERV) of the present time.
The earthly Tabernacle/Temple is the illustration or parable of the means for approaching God. The Shadow gives us a picture of the True Tabernacle which is in heaven. (Heb. 8:2) Beyond the Shadow Side is a glimpse into the heavenly or spiritual aspect of the Tabernacle, the Feasts, Sabbaths, and New Moon/Rosh Kodesh.
Beyond the Shadow of Dalet
There is the heavenly, the spiritual, the prophetic. I am not looking for a particular term to define this site as much as I struggle with defining what is often elusive. The things of the Spirit are not the same as the earthly. We can gain insight from the earthly. But we as spiritual beings are not confined to the earthly. God transcends time and space. He is eternal. And He exists in an eternal realm. Whether you call it the spiritual realm, the prophetic, the revelatory or the heavenly it is not of this earthly existence. It is beyond this existence, hence, beyond the shadow. The dalet is the Hebrew word for door and I use is as a euphemism as a reference to John’s spiritual experience recorded in Revelation 4:1 “I looked and saw a door standing open in heaven”.
John didn’t see a physical door. He was in the spirit. He was hearing in the spirit. He already had a vision in the spirit which preceded his seeing a door standing open. John’s experience as recorded in the beginning chapters of the book of Revelation suggest that there are multiple degrees of being “in the spirit”.
Beyond the Shadow is a product of my life in the spirit. It is a collection of teachings concerning the Tabernacle, the Feasts, Rosh Kodesh, etc. I believe that the illustration of the Tabernacle gives us insight into the things of the Spirit of the Lord. It also provides us insight into the finished work of the cross and our Great High Priest, Jesus.
Thank you for joining me on my journey through the Tabernacle of God.
Hebrews 9:8-10 NASB The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed, while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.
Colossians 2:13-18 NASB And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. 16 Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day — 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.
Hebrews 8:1-6 NASB Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a minister in the sanctuary, and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer. 4 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law; 5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, “See,” He says, “that you make all things according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.” 6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.
Hebrews 10:1 NASB For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never by the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near.
Revelation 4:1 NASB After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”