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The Bronze Altar



The Bronze Altar speaks of Christ Our Sacrifice.

The Key Word is Atonement – To make amends with God.


The Bronze Altar was made of “Acacia Wood” and was 3 Cubits High, 5 Cubits Long & 5 Cubits Wide.


It had a bronze grating with 4 horns at the corners, this indicating the four points of the compass.

The bronze Altar had 4 Rings and 2 Carrying Poles


Additional to the Altar were shovels, Meat Forks and hooks, Fire Pans, Sprinkling Bowls, Pots, all these

items were overlaid with “Bronze”, and each had a function.

 Exodus 27 1-6


The horns on the altar represent power and strength, which are set at the four corners of the Altar, indicating the ability of God to save and to keep us saved, from His wrath and judgement. God sent His Son to bare His wrath on our behalf, and as our substitute. His salvation is available to whoever will be saved.


The prophecies related to the work, which was accomplished on our behalf can be seen below.


Prophecy: Isaiah 53:4

“Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken of God and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment for our peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed”


Prophecy Isaiah 53:7

“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth, he was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open His mouth.”


Prophecy fulfilled: Matthew 27:45-46

“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani” which means, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?”


Prophecy fulfilled: Matthew 27:35-36

“They came to a place called Golgotha 9which means place of the skull) -- When they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.”


1 Peter 2:22-23 & 1:19

“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth. When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.”


“A lamb without blemish or defect”


His Father forsook Jesus Christ, as His Father was judging Him for our sins on the cross.


Psalm 22:1

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me.”


The answer to Christ’s question is found in:

Psalm 22:3

“You are enthroned as the Holy One, you are the praise of Israel.”


God, who is perfectly righteous, cannot have anything to do with sin, except to judge and condemn it.


The suffering of Christ, as other scriptures indicate.


2 Corinthians 5:21

“God made Him who had no sis to be sin for us”


1 Peter 2: 24

“He Himself bore our sons in His body on the tree, so that we may die to sins and live for righteousness, by His wounds we are healed”


The utensils of the Altar all spoke of a cruel treatment especially the flesh hooks for hanging the flesh, as did the knife. His cruel treatment is recorded in the scriptures below, which are prophecies also.


Isaiah 52:14

“Many were appalled at Him, His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness”


Isaiah 50:6

I offered my back to those who struck me, and Me cheeks to those who plucked out my beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting”


The Principles of the Bronze Altar


The fire was always lit and was commanded to be kept burning and never to be allowed to go out.


Some have said that if the priest was caught asleep, who was supposed to keep the fire lit.  His clothes were torched. He would run around trying hectically to strip his clothes off. He would then be naked and ashamed. This was a practice among the soldiers of old. They were commanded to watch their clothes, for they did not know at what watch of the night their commander would come. Being asleep meant to burn if caught.


Exodus 28:42 KJV

“And though shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness.”

Nakedness was considered shameful.


God’s sacrifice and cleansing power through His Son is always available whatever the time of day.

The bronze protected the acacia wood from being scorched or burned up.

Jesus Christ was able to bare the wrath that God poured out onto Him, without being destroyed Himself.


The human being is unable to withstand the judgement of the wrath of God, hence needs protection through Jesus Christ.


The Person of Christ, The Messiah.


1 Peter 2:22-23 & 1:19

“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth. When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.”

“A lamb without blemish or defect”


The Results of Christ Suffering Sacrifice for us, and our acceptance of His sacrificial work for us!


Ephesians 3:7

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”


Isaiah 45:22

“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other”


Hebrews 7:25

“To Him who is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for us


Romans 8:1

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus”


Jude 24

“To Him who is able to keep us from falling and to present us before His glorious presence with great joy”



The challenge to the Church


John 15:13

“Love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than a man lay down his life for his fiends”


Ephesians 5:25

“Love your wives as Christ loved the church, and gave Himself up for here.”



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