The Altar of Incense 



The Golden Incense Altar was made of Acacia Wood and Overlaid with Gold.

The measurements of the table were as follows:

The Incense altar was 1 Cubit long X 1 Cubit Wide X 2 Cubits High, with 4 Golden Horns and all made in one Piece, with a Golden Moulding.


The Incense Altar had 4 Golden Rings with 2 inserted poles of Acacia Wood, which were overlaid with Gold.

The Altar of Incense speaks of Christ Our Intercessor.


The prophecy about Jesus Christ in His role as intercessor.


Prophecy: Isaiah 53:12

“He bore the sins of many and made intercession for the transgressors”


Prophecy fulfilled: John 17:24

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because You loved Me before the creation of the world”


The Incense Altar was behind the Curtain in The Holy of Holies. It was in the same room as the Ark of the Covenant, because on the Day of Atonement when Aaron placed incense on the Incense Altar smoke covered (atonement=cover) the (The mercy seat) and filled the Holy of Holies. If it were in the Holy Place, the smoke would not penetrate the curtain to cover the Mercy Seat.


Hebrews 9:1-4

The bronze censor was placed on the incense altar smoking with incense, by the high priest.

Exodus 25:22 & 30:6

The Holy of Holies was the Place where God met with Moses and the High Priest Aaron. The High Priest burnt “Fragrant Incense” on The Altar, every morning and every evening.  The High Priest must burn Incense when He lights the Lamps at twilight, so that incense will burn regularly before The Lord.


Non other than the correct Incense was to be offered and no other “offerings” were to be offered on this altar. Once a year The High Priest offered an annual “Atonement” sacrifice with the blood of the annual Sin Offering, and placed some blood on the Altars Horns.


This was a provisional forgiveness for the High Priest and the community that lasted for a year. Coals were taken from the Bronze Altar and placed in the bronze censor, which was then placed on the Incense altar.

No fire was to come into contact with the Altar.


The Incense altar speaks of prayer to God.  The incense fragrance rises and fills The Holy of Holies. This acted as a satisfactory (propitiating) sweet aroma to God.


The Incense of the Incense Altar


The ingredients of the incense were:

Stacte – Sweet gummy resin

Onycha – Ground mollusc shell

Galbanum – Syrian Fennel

Frankincense – fragrant white gum from the Celli tree


All these ingredients speak of the perfection of the person and work of The Messiah, Jesus Christ, as being pleasant to God.


All of these were equally mixed together to make the incense.

 The embers from the bronze altar were carried in a bronze censor and placed on the incense altar in the Holy of Holies. Two hand fulls of incense were sprinkled on the hot coals and filled the Holy of Holies with smoke, it was a pleasing aroma to The Lord.


The incense was pure and Holy and could not be used for any other purpose in Israel; else a person was cut off from their people. The incense was not to be treated as common for common use.


Rev C.I Schofield’s Reference Bible states the following.

“What is condemned here is making worship a mere pleasure to the natural man, whether sensuous, as in beautiful music to please the ear, or eloquence to give delight.”


Jesus states the truth in the following passage:


John 4:23-24

God is Spirit and His worshippers must worship in Spirit and in Truth”


Moses interceded for Israel continually because of Israel’s wickedness.

He does this a number of times during the Jewish history.


The Golden Calf Failure:

Exodus 32: 9-11

“Leave Me alone so that my anger may bunr against them – Israel

“Why should your anger burn against Your People, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand.


The Kadesh Barnea failure:

Numbers 13-14:17-19

“In accordance with your great love (mercy) forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.”


And many other times Moses interceded for Israel, which is an example of Jesus Christ interceding for us, His Church and Bride.


Jesus Christ Intercedes for Himself

John 17:1

“The time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify You


Jesus Christ Intercedes for His Disciples

John 17:15

“Protect them from the Evil one”


Jesus Christ Intercedes for Us His Church, His Body, His wife

John 17:21-24

That all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I Am in You“ -  “Father I want those you have give Me to be where I Am, and to see Your Glory, the Glory You have give me because You loved Me before the creation of the world.”


Hebrews 7:25

“He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede through them”


Romans 8:34

“Who is He that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died-more than that, who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us”


The Holy Spirit Intercedes for Christ’s Church

Romans 8:26-27

“The Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans to deep for words. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of The Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to God’s will.


The challenge of the Church is to intercede for each other, and ourselves.


1Timothy 2:1-2

“I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanks giving be made foe everyone – for kings and those in authority, that we may live in peace and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”


Hebrews 4:16

“Let us come boldly to the throne of grace with confidence, that we may receive mercy and acquire grace to help us in our time of need”


Colossians 4:2

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful”


1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Pray continually”


God’s Prayer Promises


Psalm 145:18

“The lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in Truth.”


Hebrews 4:16

“Let us then approach (come boldly) the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find (acquire) grace to help us in our time of need”


1 Peter 3:12

“The eyes of The Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer”


Isaiah 55:6

“Seek The Lord while He may be found, call on while He is near. Let the wicked forsake His way and the unrighteous man His thoughts and let Him turn\return to the Lord and He will abundantly pardon”



Joel 2:32

“Everyone who calls upon the Name of The Lord will be saved.”


Isaiah 65:24

“Before they call I Will answer, while they are still speaking I will hear.”


Romans 10:12 –13

“Anyone who trusts in Him shall not be put to shame. For there is no difference between Jew or Gentile - the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call upon Him, for everyone who calls upon the Name of The Lord will be saved”


James 1:5

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to Him”



Matthew 11:28

Jesus said, “Come unto Me all you who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”


The Churches Prayers:

Throughout the Epistles, the Apostles offered prayers at particular times.

Look these up and read them for yourselves.


Ephesians 1:17

Ephesians 3:16-18

Ephesians 6:18-19

Philippians 1:9

Colossians 1:9-10

Colossians 4:12


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