Clearly Seeing - 7 - Table of Shewbread
"the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made" Romans 1:20
Table of Shewbread
The table of shewbread was constructed with a dual row of crown molding around its top surface separated by a hand’s breadth (Exodus 25:24,25). This was the only piece of furniture in the sanctuary with two golden crowns and represented the throne of God in the first apartment.
“A throne was set in heaven and one sat on the throne” Rev 4:2.
But Jesus is “set down with [his] Father in His throne” Rev 3:21.
It is "the throne of God and the Lamb" Rev 22:1,3.
“I saw a throne and on it sat the Father and the Son.” E. G. Harmon, Broadside 1, April 6, 1846
“Take silver and gold and make crowns” Zech 6:11.
One for the Son and one for the Father. The Son is the BRANCH (verse 12) of the Father. Both sit upon the throne, “His throne” verse 13. “And the counsel of peace shall be between them both”—two.
“The Son of God shared the Father’s throne, and the glory of the eternal, self-existent One encircled both” Patriarchs and Prophets p. 36
But Lucifer said in his heart,
“I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:13
The stars of God are the angels. The table of shewbread, representing the throne of the Father and Son, was placed on the north side of the “tent of the congregation.” The most High is the Father.
Rebellion began in heaven against the Father and the Son. Lucifer was originally the anointed covering cherub on the “holy mountain of God” Eze 28:14, 16. He became jealous of Michael, the Son of God, the archangel mediator between God and the angelic host, because Michael could go into private counsel with the Father but Lucifer could not.
“No man, nor even the highest angel, can estimate the great cost; it is known only to the Father and the Son.” The Bible Echo, October 28, 1895
“None but the Son of God could accomplish our redemption; for only He who was in the bosom of the Father could declare Him. Only He who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it manifest.” Steps to Christ p. 14 1892
“The only being who was one with God lived the law in humanity, descended to the lowly life of a common laborer, and toiled at the carpenter’s bench with his earthly parent.” Signs of the Times, Oct. 14, 1897
“The Sovereign of the universe was not alone in His work of beneficence. He had an associate—a co-worker who could appreciate His purposes, and could share His joy in giving happiness to created beings. (John 1:1, 2). Christ, the Word, the only begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father—one in nature, in character, in purpose—the only being that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God. (Isaiah 9:6) (Micah 5:2)” Patriarchs and Prophets p. 34
“—the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God.” Great Controversy p.493
“To know God is to love Him; His character must be manifested in contrast to the character of Satan. This work only one Being in all the universe could do. Only He who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it known.” Desire of Ages p. 22
These are very exclusive declarations. No other being is included. Consequently, she positions the Son next to the Father as the only two rulers of heaven.
“The Son of God was next in authority to the great Lawgiver. ..He was in the express image of his Father, not in features alone, but in perfection of character.” R&H Dec 17, 1872; SP vol. 2, p. 9
“Christ is our Example. He was next to God in the heavenly courts. But He came to this earth to live among men.” Notebook Leaflets from the Elmshaven Library, Vol. 1, pp. 114, 115 - Letter 48, 1902
But Lucifer wanted a throne, too. He wanted to join the inner circle and form a threesome. He took his case to
“the heavenly council before which Lucifer had accused God and His Son” The Desire of Ages p. 834
“Satan had sympathizers in heaven, and took large numbers of the angels with him. God and Christ and heavenly angels were on one side, and Satan on the other.” Testimonies vol. 3 p. 328
He still has sympathizers today.
But the Table of Shewbread teaches that there are but two who sit upon the throne of heaven; there are only two crowns.
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