Messiah’s Mansion, a traveling group based in Harrah, Oklahoma, installed a replica of the temporary tabernacle as described in the books of Exodus and Leviticus in the Bible at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Killeen.
Part of the visit is a replica of the Ark of the Covenant.
The exhibit, which runs until next Sunday, is close to a one-to-one replica of what the tabernacle would have looked like, church pastor Jim Berglund said on Saturday.
“It’s built on an 18 inch cubit, that’s what they count, so everything is to scale – all the measurements we have, all the tents, everything is exactly to scale the best we can. can, “said Berglund.
Berglund was in one of the tents, dressed as a high priest would have done when the tabernacle was being erected in Israel.
“What he does is symbolize how sinners come into the presence of a holy God, and each of the stages of what Jesus would do to make that happen,” Berglund said.
He explained that the layers of the garments represent justification, sanctification, and glorification.
A church volunteer said the tour was so popular on Saturday that more than 460 people had booked a slot for that day alone.
Two of those who booked a tour slot for Saturday were friends Jennifer Hunt and Melissa Robertson, who teach freshmen and sophomores taking seminary classes with The Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days in Austin.
They said the visit helps them gain an understanding of the tabernacle so that they can teach it to their students when they cover the Old Testament starting in January.
Robertson said it was insightful to see how all of the rituals described in the Old Testament are connected.
“(From) preparation to the real daily ritual,” she said. “I mean, I didn’t know about it, so it was very helpful.”
Hunt said seeing the replica helps bring the stories in the Bible to life.
“It’s one thing to talk, and it’s another to see,” she said. “So we took tons of photos because we will definitely share and explain. You know, the more senses you use, the more it prints. And seeing things – even aftershocks – is so poignant. “
Visitations will be held until October 10 at the church, 4700 E. Rancier Ave. in Killeen.
Tour guides will lead guests through the living museum to the different sections of the tabernacle and teach each area’s spiritual significance and purpose.
Each tour is free to the public and times can be booked on Killeenmessiahsmansion.com. Tours will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. until October 5 and from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. from October 6 to 10.