Moses rubbed his eyes. God’s words continued without a pause. Visions formed in his mind. “But how am I going to remember all of this?” He asked. “Yahweh, I don’t have a scribe with me. You told me I must follow Your pattern exactly, but I do not have a way to record it.”
“Fear not, Moses. You will have an opportunity to hear and see this again. I gifted you with memory skills. You have all that you need.”
We are still focused on Exodus 27:16.
“For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, made by a weaver. It shall have four pillars and four sockets.”
“Why, of all the colors God uses in creation, is He choosing only four for His house? Why these four?” The questions kept coming.
These three colors, blue, purple, and scarlet are several times in the tabernacle blueprint. They are always listed in this order. God is orderly and He loves details. There has to be a reason for these choices.
Let’s look at blue first.
Blue: Heaven, Revelation or God’s Word, and Grace
There are scriptures to support this interpretation:
Exodus 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.
Ezekiel 1:26. And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
Jesus/Yeshua came from heaven. He was the Son of God, whose home is heaven. He was God’s Word and came to fully reveal God’s grace.
There is also a story in Matthew 9:20-22 about a woman who knew she would be healed if she touched Jesus’ garment.
Suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.”
Numbers 15:38-39 NKJV “Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined.“
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Purple is the color depicting Royalty or Kingship.
After Gideon subdued the Midianites, he made a request of them. Now the weight of the gold earrings that he requested was one thousand seven hundred shekels of gold, besides the crescent ornaments, pendants, and purple robes which were on the kings of Midian, and besides the chains that were around their camels’ necks. Then Gideon made it into an ephod and set it up in his city, Ophrah. And all Israel played the harlot with it there. It became a snare to Gideon and to his house. Judges 8:26-27
After Daniel interpreted the writing on the wall to King Belshazzar, the king honored Daniel by clothing him in purple.
Daniel 5:29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a chain of gold around his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
In Mark 15:17-20 we read how they mocked Jesus before His crucifixion.
And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him. And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.
John records his vision of Yeshua in Revelation 19:16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF kings and LORD OF lords.
Scarlet/Red depicts Man and Blood.
Our Savior, the Son of Man, took our place on the cross. He poured out His blood to redeem us, remove our sins, and reconcile us as holy to Abba.
Scarlet reflects these truths long before Calvary. In Joshua 2:18-19 we find this instruction for Rahab. She was the harlot who hid the two sent by Joshua to spy out the city of Jericho.
When we (the Israelites) come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home. So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him.
This scarlet rope was a picture of the redeeming sacrifice of Yeshua, who gave all of us a way to be saved forever.
1 Peter 1:18-19 says “you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
“The first color is blue and the last is scarlet. The first and last mentioned titles, Son of God and Son of Man, produce the center ones, purple and the King of Kings. Blue mixed with red makes purple.”
The fine woven linen is the same white used to make the fence of the courtyard.
Linen symbolizes the fiery zeal of God that consumed or destroyed all His enemies – those who kept us from being one with Him. God was victorious over evil, and the Holy Spirit transformed our lives.
And White depicts Righteousness. – John 19:6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”
The great exchange: 2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Revelation 19:8, 14 is also the clothing for the Bride and the armies of heaven.
And to her (the Bride) it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
“What a gate this is,” said Moses, coming out of the vision. “Of all the royal trappings of Pharoah’s palace, nothing compares to the wealth of this gate. And it is open to all.”
He closed his eyes to look again at the vision. “No idols or animals are woven into the fabric. Every stitch proclaims the splendor of our LORD. I can’t wait to see this fulfilled.”
2 thoughts on “The Gate – Part 2 — What Do the Colors Mean?”
Thank you Mary Ellen for your post about the colors in the tabernacle. Moses and his vision was great.
Glad you enjoyed it, Pure Glory. I enjoyed writing it as well. We are all winners. 🙂 I just continue to be amazed at the level of detail and meaning God weaves together. And I get the sense that there is so much more we still don’t see. God bless you, Pure Glory.