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Hello and thank you for taking my question. I would like to know that given only the high priest  was allowed to enter the holy of holies once a year - how did they dismantle and transport it during their time in the desert?   Thank you

When the tabernacle was built, it was built with the walls and coverings first and the most holy place and the other elements were placed within it (Exodus 40).  When the tabernacle was finished, Aaron and the other priests were consecrated to service.  It was then that the glory of God entered the tabernacle and the people could not enter.  As long as the presence of God was there, the people could not enter.  When the presence of God was lifted, they could move on with their travels (Exodus 40:36).  They followed the example of Moses as God instructed him in dismantling and setting up the tabernacle.

When the Israelites were traveling, this was a large group with lots of tents and belongings. The tabernacle would have been one of the dwellings that needed to be set up as part of the camp.  The Levites were responsible for the tabernacle and they followed this process of staying in place when the cloud was over the tabernacle and moving when the cloud was lifted (see Numbers 9:15-23).

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Roy Wallen


Using the Bible as my primary source and references in support of it, I am willing to answer questions on subjects from the Old and New Testaments. My faith is based on biblical Christianity and fundamental views from the Bible. I cannot answer questions about specific sects or religious organizations nor can I address religions outside biblical Christianity. As a Christian for over 40 years, I have studied many aspects of the Christian faith. My particular interests are in creation and the natural processes of the world around us and how they fit with the biblical record. I believe that all Scripture is inspired by God. I believe that there are no contradictions in the Bible and that the Bible is complete in telling us as individuals how we should relate to God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit; our purpose on earth; and how we should live. Greek lauguage study has helped me gain additional insight into the New Testament but most of my reference work is done in English and, to a lesser degree, German.


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Formal study includes Greek language. I am a layman without a theological degree. Training has come from sitting under the ministry of excellent Bible teachers for my entire adult life, personal study, and selected courses. Secular educational background includes an undergraduate engineering degree, graduate work in engineering and business, and advanced courses in business and theology.

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