MUSEUM DAY 2015!!!


You’re invited to celebrate our tenth annual Museum Day Family Festival! The Creation and Earth History Museum will be hosting Museum Day on Saturday, September 26, sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine. The museum will offer an open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and all speaking engagements are free to the public.

Event Activities:

  • New exhibits! Grand Opening of the turtle & tortoise enclosures
  • Special Guests Speakers: Scientist Tom Cantor, Buddy Davis, Dr. Jobe Martin, Eric Hovind, Brian Thomas, Andy McIntosh and NASA Astronaut Col. Jeffery Williams
  • Kids Zone: Rides, bounce houses, games, petting zoo, science experiments, animal balloon making, face-painting, and live music!
  • Genesis 3D Movie Trailer Viewings
  • Food & Vendors Concession
  • Bookstore sale featuring new titles, sale items, and raffle prizes


Festival Theme: Foundational Focus for the Entire Family!


wpf7afb74d_1aTom Cantor is also a successful Jewish businessman who came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the CEO & President of Scantibodies Laboratory, Inc., one of the largest privately held bio-tech companies in the world, represented on five continents.  In addition, Tom Cantor is the Founder of several non-profit organizations including the Life & Light Foundation and Israel Restoration Ministries, which focuses on reaching one of the most unreached groups in the world – God’s lost nation of Jewish people. He is also the owner of the Creation & Earth History Museum and radio host of the Friendship with God program.


wp75ac0076_01_1aDr. Jobe Martin has spent the last twenty years studying the topic of Biblical Creation vs. Evolution, and lectures frequently on the subject. He began his scientific career as a dentist, and a believer in Darwinian evolution, as he had been taught in numerous courses in high school, undergraduate school, and dental school. Some of his Christian students at the Baylor College of Dentistry challenged him to prove to them that evolution was a correct, complete and accurate explanation for the origin of the earth and all of its abundance of unique life forms. His Creation Proclaims DVD series is fascinating as he lectures on these remarkable animals that cannot be explained by traditional evolution.


wp2bf4b33d_01_1aGifted by God in many ways, Buddy Davis is a speaker and singer/songwriter for AiG. He is an adventurer and paleo-artist, and he leads the very popular “Creation Adventure” children’s workshop at AiG conferences and at the Creation Museum. Buddy plays many acoustic instruments, and his music is enjoyed around the world. Buddy’s greatest adventure happened in the north of the Alaskan tundra (within the Arctic Circle) with his search for dinosaur bones. His exploration for Noah’s Ark took him to Mt. Ararat in Turkey. He has sculpted more than 60 impressive dinosaur models, many of which have found a new home in the Creation Museum. His work has been featured worldwide in newspapers, magazines, books, and on television.


wp99396fff_01_1aBrian Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1993 and a master’s in biotechnology in 1999 from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. He taught junior high and high school at Christian schools in Texas, as well as biology, chemistry, and anatomy as an adjunct and assistant professor at Dallas-area universities. Since 2008 Mr. Thomas has been a science writer and editor at ICR, where he contributes news and magazine articles, speaks on creation issues, and researches original tissue fossils. He is the author of Dinosaurs and the Bible and a contributor to Guide to Creation Basics, Creation Basics & Beyond, and Guide to Dinosaurs.


williams-jCreationist Col. Jeffrey Williams, NASA Astronaut. During his six months aboard the International Space Station in 2006, Colonel Jeffrey N. Williams orbited the earth more than 2,800 times and took more photographs of earth than any astronaut in history. Every shot contains lessons about God’s creation. Every view from the window of the Space Station contains countless vivid lessons about the meticulous goodness of divine providence, God’s care for His creation, and His wisdom in ordering the universe. Colonel Williams has had the rare privilege of studying earth from heaven’s perspective.


Eric-HovindEric Hovind grew up immersed in the world of apologetics and following college graduation in 1999, he began full-time ministry.  President and Founder of Pensacola-based organization, Creation Today, Eric’s passion to reach people with the life-changing message of the Gospel has driven him to speak in five foreign countries and all fifty states.  He lives in Pensacola, Florida with his wife Tanya and three children and remains excited about the tremendous opportunity to lead an apologetics ministry in the war against evolution and humanism.  Much like a 21st-century Apostle Paul on Mars Hill, in June of 2013, Eric stood on the first monument to atheism in America to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the atheist community.


wp8ccda2c2_01_1aDr. Andy McIntosh retired from full time work at the University of Leeds, and is now a visiting research professor in Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory. Andy became a Christian in 1969 shortly before going to the University of Wales. He has authored the book “Genesis for Today” and has contributed to a number of others including most recently “Origins –examining the evidence” He has also contributed to TV and radio programs, to present the scientific evidence for creation and design, and lectures in many countries on the subject of origins showing that the science is in favour of special creation followed by the worldwide Flood, and that there is no contradiction between true observational science and the Bible.



Speaker Schedule:5x7 Museum Day Flyer

Tent Stage

9AM Tom Cantor

10AM Dr. Jobe Martin

11AM Buddy Davis

12PM Brian Thomas

1PM Astronaut Col. Jeffrey Williams

2PM Buddy Davis

3PM Dr. Jobe Martin

4PM Eric Hovind



10AM – 1PM Eric Hovind Genesis 3D Movies

2PM Brian Thomas

3PM Dr. Andy McIntosh


Kids Stage

11AM Live Music Ben Owens Trio

2PM – Fun with Science Eric Hovind

*Guest speaker book signing after every presentation


Get Involved!

  • Become a Sponsor
  • Volunteer
  • Vendor or Food Concessions
  • Make a Donation
  • Community Letter
  • Distribute Flyers

Abortion: A Matter of Life or Death

All of the following images are taken directly from exhibits at the Creation & Earth History Museum in Santee, CA. The Insight Articles reproduced below are also offered at the museum and are freely available for download and reprint here:

Abortion– So much has been said about this issue, but somehow its never enough. This is an issue of such enormity and gravity that it is almost an understatement to call if a matter of life and death. This is quite literally the matter of the death of more than 58 million babies in the United States and more than 1,300,000 wordwide! So understandably, this article will not be brief.

Before we can even begin to understand how such an atrocious thing is being perpetrated so casually among us, we must first ask the question; how did we get here? How as a nation has the United States gotten to the point where it approves of the killing of unborn babies? How have we and many other nations across the world become consenting unto clinically conducted murders of the most innocent members of all of humanity?

These are the consequences of a path of reasoning that has spread across the entire globe more thoroughly than any other plague in history. This is the end result of an evolutionary and atheistic mentality; a mentality in which the idea that this present physical life, void of any real spirituality, void of God, and ultimately void of any eternal accountability, is all there is.

Consequences of an evolutionary and atheistic worldview

The stark reality of the consequences of an evolutionary and atheistic worldview as seen in this display at the Creation & Earth History Museum

How has a belief in evolution shaped our collective thought processes?






It is no secret that an ideology treating the human race as though it were many competing evolutionary races, has had disastrous results in the past.

Abortion 9

Part of the Consequences of Evolutionary Thinking Exhibit at the Creation & Earth History Museum







Abortion 10

Part of the Consequences of Evolutionary Thinking Display at the Creation & Earth History Museum


These are not only consequences of evolutionary thinking, but what precedes, follows or otherwise accompanies it; naturalistic, humanistic thinking. This thinking allows us to view people that look differently than we do as being in a different stage of evolution. Worse still, this thinking  allows us to distance ourselves from our unborn babies, to view their beginning as closely similar to how animal life begins. And at its core it is a view of the fetus as just a biological mass; to put it bluntly, merely chemicals. At our heart, humanity knows better. We know that we were made in His image.

Gestation 1

Gestation 2

Gestation 3

Gestation 4


It is the denial that humanity is made in the image of God that has had such disastrous results.


Abortion Display 2

The data presented here in the Consequences of Evolutionary Thinking Exhibit represents the 2005 Guttmacher information.


Those that hold a humanistic worldview cling to the notion that a human life does not begin at conception. There are various competing views as to when exactly it does. The Bible however tells us that God knew us before we were fully formed in the womb.

Abortion 14













Model in the Fetal Development Exhibit at the Creation & Earth History Museum


When human life is at stake, there is no room for error. For even more information about this crucial topic, one that is literally a matter of life or death for the unborn, please visit the Creation and Earth History Museum located at 10946 N Woodside Ave, Santee, CA 92071.



Apologetics in the Last Days with Kevin Conover

Join the Creation and Earth History Museum for a 3 week series on using Apologetics in the Last Days. Class 1 Starts Thursday, February 26 with guest speaker Kevin Conover.


As part of our ongoing Creation Fellowship and Bible Study, held every Thursday at The Creation & Earth History Museum; we welcome Kevin Conover for a new apologetics series.

Kevin Conover is the founder of Educate For Life.

Educate for Life is a non-profit organization which offers home school classes, online classes and seminar classes on Christian Apologetics. Educate for Life exists to present and advocate for the truth of the Bible and to explain how to practically apply its teachings to culture and life by:

  1. Providing solid Bible apologetics curriculum for teachers and parents.
  2. Building an online live Bible apologetics school for home school, public school, and private school students.
  3. Providing a one-to-one mentoring program with a focus on relationships.
  4. Advocating for private school choice in California.

About Kevin Conover

Kevin currently works at Christian High School located in El Cajon, California, as the Apologetics teacher.  Christian High is a fully accredited school affiliated with Shadow Mountain Community Church and Pastor David Jeremiah. Prior to joining Christian High School, Kevin worked for four years as a full time Apologetics teacher and surf coach at Horizon Christian Academy located in San Diego, California.  HCA is a fully accredited high school affiliated with Horizon Christian Fellowship and Pastor Mike Macintosh.  Kevin was awarded HCA’s highest teacher award four years in a row, the Timothy Award. Kevin worked for three years as the youth pastor at Grace Church San Diego formerly known as Scott Memorial Community Church. During college Kevin worked as a counselor at a Christian group home located in Spring Valley, California, called Bridge the Gap. Kevin was a volunteer at the University of California San Diego in Dr. Sandra Brown’s adolescent drug and alcohol addiction lab during college in 1998. Kevin was a crisis counselor with Youth Development International, a Christian national youth crisis hotline for one year.

Kevin has extensive speaking experience including being student commencement speaker at the University of California San Diego, Warren College in 1998 with about three thousand people in attendance.  Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was the main commencement speaker. Kevin has spoken on apologetics many times at churches, youth groups, camps, and even in state prison. He has also been a guest on KPRZ with Michael Law and co-hosts the Bob Siegel show on KCBQ AM 1170 Sundays 6-7 PM.  You can listen live at

Kevin holds a Masters Degree, Divinity from Trinity Biblical University, a BA in Psychology, from Warren College, University of California San Diego, and he is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Apologetics, at Biola University, La Mirada, California. Kevin also has attained an Educators Certification from the Association of Christian Schools International and Focus on the Family’s Counseling Enrichment Program.

To partake in this FREE apologetics course, just join us at the Creation and Earth History Museum at 10946 Woodside Ave North, Santee, CA. The 1st session of the 3-part series begins this Thursday at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!


Did you know that The Creation and Earth History Museum offers a monthly creation club for kids???

Creation Club for Kids 2015

Creation Club for Kids 2015


The Creation Club’s monthly classes usually consist of a 30-45 minute science or history presentation followed by a hands-on craft. Often there is a creation-based film after the craft. The Creation Club for Kids is hosted by Alan Smith, the Lead Docent of the Creation and Earth History Museum. Alan has extensive experience teaching children of all ages. He has a genuine passion for teaching the youth biblical creationism and a special zeal for the study of dinosaurs and paleontology.


Museum Docent Alan Smith teaching Creation Club for Kids

Museum Docent Alan Smith teaching Creation Club for Kids


The Creation Club for Kids meets in the auditorium of the Creation & Earth History Museum at 10946 Woodside Avenue North in Santee, CA. The presentations begin at 10:00 am on the first Saturday of each month unless it is a holiday week. The cost of each workshop is $5 per child and includes admission to the museum. There is no charge for museum members. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the child during the workshop, and there is no charge for the adult.

For a schedule of Creation Club dates click here:


Past topics have included: Dinosaurs and the Bible, The Garden of Eden, God’s Glorious Creatures: BIRDS, Fun with Fossils, The Living Cell, Creeping Things: Beneficial Bugs, The Real Noah’s Ark, The Genesis Flood, The 6 Days of Creation, and more!


Picture 189

*To register for workshops or classes call (619) 599.1104

map-scavenger-hunt final

After the Creation Club you can pick up one of the Creation and Earth History Museum scavenger hunts and tour the museum!

Hope to see you soon at the next Creation Club for Kids!!!

New Animal Encounters at The Creation & Earth History Museum

Encounter some of God’s Amazing Animal Creations!

We have expanded our animal exhibits and added some new amazing creatures!

And we are currently working on new enclosures to allow us to bring in more animals!

Animals 1-28-15 007

Our animal handler, Nathan Hutcherson holds a newly acquired Woma Python as our resident Ball Python investigates.


Woma jpg

You may have been to The Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee, California, but have you had an up close encounter with the animals?

Did you know that the museum offers live animal shows?

Some of our lizard friends at The Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee, California.

Some of our lizard friends at The Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee, California.


How is a legless lizard different from a snake? It has all these features plus a tail that regenerates.


Not only does the museum bring out certain animals during tours, but the “CREEPING THINGS” animal show will come to you!

The Creeping Things Travelling Animal Show

The Creeping Things Travelling Animal Show


Glorifying God – Spreading Appreciation for His Creation – Refuting Darwinist Dogma

With a traveling entourage of underappreciated and misunderstood companions, we will visit your school, church, or homeschool and put on a detailed presentation that is sure to spark the interest of minds young and old. Many of the secretive creatures around us are often dismissed out of hand as gross, dangerous, or even vicious without a second glance or thought. We believe that all of Creation works together according to His will and that every creature has a function and order among it. Within this order, there are the black-sheep “Creeping Things,” serving many crucial functions and performing thousands of fascinating tasks that go unnoticed everyday. Let us, quickly dispel many of the misconceptions about reptiles, amphibians, insects and arachnids that have become ingrained in our modern culture.  Most of our animals are “kid friendly” and can be handled safely with our supervision and we do our best to get all of the observers to become participants. Our fun-fact-filled demonstrations usually last about 2 hours and contain about 10-20 animals. We currently can accommodate all of Southern California by appointment. You can visit the Creeping Things Facebook page for more information:

Many of our animals are currently on display in the Day 5 and Day 6 Exhibits of the museum and can be seen anytime Monday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm. Others are behind the scenes and are used only for animal presentations. Look for more new animals coming soon to the Creation & Earth History Museum! Hope to see you there!

Brilliantly Built Bats – Creation Minute 7

CM Logo Final J

Brilliantly Built Bats – Creation Minute 7

Copy of Mammal - Bat - Myotis (2)

Photo by Nathan Hutcherson, San Diego County, CA

Did you know that bats are considered “living fossils”?

Part of the Age Of The Earth Cave Exhibit at the Creation & Earth History Museum

The Bat Display in the Age Of The Earth Cave Exhibit at the Creation & Earth History Museum


Bat 3

Plaque from the Age Of The Earth Cave at the Creation & Earth History Museum, Santee CA


On the subject of Bats…

*Have you heard of the biblical bat contradiction?    You may have heard that the Bible is full of contradictions. Let’s examine one such supposed contradiction.

In Leviticus 11:13-19 a bat is called a bird, “These are the birds you are to detest and not to each because they are detestable: the eagle… and the bat.”

Specimen courtesy of Nathan Hutcherson

Specimen courtesy of Nathan Hutcherson


Everyone knows that a bat is not a bird! So is the Bible wrong?

The original Hebrew for bird is owph which means “winged creature”. So now replace “birds” with “winged creatures” and you can see that the Bible is clearly not contradicting itself.

If you think that there are contradictions in the Bible, it is most likely the translation that you are reading, so do some research to find what the original language actually said!

Gods word is perfect and simply cannot contradict itself.

Thy word is true from the beginning… Psalm 119:160

*Biblical Bat Contradiction portion of this article based on excerpts from the book, “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Velt and Bruce Malone.

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship With God Radio Program by Tom Cantor.

To see the bat displays at the Creation and Earth History Museum; the museum is located at 10946 Woodside Ave. North, Santee, CA 92071 and is currently open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Call (619) 599-1104 or visit for admission prices.

The Tabernacle

The Tabernacle Exhibit at the Creation and Earth History Museum, Santee CA

The Tabernacle Exhibit at the Creation and Earth History Museum, Santee CA

God’s Tabernacle
Based on narration of the Tabernacle Exhibit by Tom Cantor.
All images from the Creation & Earth History Museum, Santee, CA.

At the Creation and Earth History Museum you see the biblical account of creation, and you find that God had created man with a wonderful friendship with God. This friendship was dependent on man’s obedience to God. Tragically, man shattered that friendship when he rebelled against God. But God still loved man. So what did God do? He immediately set Himself on a course to reconcile with man, to redeem man, to save man, and to bring back the lost friendship with God. Though, this reconciliation has to be on God’s terms. The big question is, how would God communicate His terms to man? Through the tabernacle! That’s what the tabernacle is; God’s symbols for a clear explanation of His terms for reconciliation. It is God’s object lesson to show man how He is going to redeem man and how man must come to God on God’s terms.

Tabernacle 21

The tabernacle was how God taught and prepared His people for over a thousand years, getting them ready for the ultimate coming sacrifice for the sins of the world; the Lord Jesus Christ. When Moses was on Mount Sinai, over 3,000 years ago, God showed him the real tabernacle in Heaven, and Moses was instructed to build the tabernacle on earth exactly how he saw it. The tabernacle is God’s teaching on redemption. Just exactly how important is this teaching of redemption? No less than 50 chapters in the Bible are devoted to the tabernacle!

The goal of the tabernacle is clearly stated in Exodus 25:8, where God said: “Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.”

Tabernacle 14

Every part of the tabernacle showed some aspect of the Lord Jesus Christ, because the Lord Jesus Christ is God’s revelation of Himself to man.

The Bible begins its description of the tabernacle where God is and then leads outward. This is so important for us to understand because when you start from the outside where man is, and come to where God is, you’re really describing man trying to reach God. And man trying to reach God is the definition of man’s religions. But the Bible’s message is God reaching out to man, so our exhibit starts where the Bible starts in the description of the tabernacle, in the Holy of Holies.

The Holy of Holies

The Holy of Holies

This innermost room is The Holy of Holies. It is called The Holy of Holies because the one word that describes the essential character of God is HOLY. Holiness is where we get our word for cleanliness. It means God is absent from sin. God is pure, God is sinless, God is Holy.

Inside the Holy of Holies there is one piece of furniture called the ark. The ark was a chest covered with very strong Shittim or Acacia wood, overlaid within and without in pure gold. This strong wood speaks of the endurance of the Lord Jesus. Hebrews 12:2-3. He “endured the cross, despising the shame”, He, “endured such contradiction of sinners against himself.” The gold on the ark speaks of the deity of Christ; it speaks of the fact that He is God the Son. We find gold throughout the tabernacle and as we look at the various aspects of the Lord Jesus Christ, it’s the constant reminder to us, this is God.

The Ark

The Ark

Over the ark is a cover, also covered with gold, called the “ark cover” or “the lid”. Over the ark on either end are two cherubim guardian angels with their faces pointed toward each other and their wings spread in each direction over the ark cover. Underneath these protecting wings, was the special place where God chose to meet with man. Some call this the mercy seat. And from this ark cover the voice of God was heard as He spoke to the high priest. These type of cherubim angels guard God’s special interests in this particular place, teaching us that man meeting with God is very important to God.

When the ark was first constructed, inside the ark there were only the 10 commandments on two tables of stone. They were the law of God. They not only express the character of God, but from our point of view as sinners, they condemn us. And the law demands our judgment, the law speaks and it says this sinner must die because he violated this law.

Tabernacle 015

Once a year on the day of atonement, Yom Kippur, the day of covering, the high priest went into the Holy of Holies with the blood of a slain animal in a bowl, and the first thing he did when he went in was he applied the blood, first for his own sins, and then he applied the blood to the four corners, for the sins of the people. It was a dramatic time of anticipation for the people. Would their sins be forgiven? Would the sacrifice be accepted?

The high priest would take off his sandals and enter the Holy of Holies barefoot through this thick veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy place. The hem of his garment was lined with bells so that as he walked, the people could hear the bells on the outside. There was a burning fear that the high priest and his offering might not be accepted either for himself or for his people and that he would be struck dead right there. Tradition tells us that they tied a rope around his ankle so that if he died, the people would have a way to get his body out of the Holy of Holies by pulling him out by the rope.

Tabernacle 013

With all the millions of animals being sacrificed, you could imagine that it begged the question, “when will this ever end?” The continual offering of sacrifices indicated that there was not yet a once-for-all sacrifice to give complete forgiveness for all sins. But that came through Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 10:10 it says, “…we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” When He came and made the sacrifice once for all, the whole teaching of the tabernacle was consummated. Now we study the tabernacle to learn more about what He did when He came and offered Himself. Whereas the Jewish people, in Moses day, studied the tabernacle to learn who He would be and what He would do to make that ultimate sacrifice.

There are 3 more items inside of the ark; the pot of manna, a miraculous, small, round bread that tasted like coriander seed and fresh oil. It fell from heaven every single day out in the desert, to sustain the Jewish people for over 40 years. What a miracle! This teaches us that just as the Jewish people had to go out of every morning and gather from God the manna for that day, every day we need to come to God to receive from his spiritual manna, the word of God, food that will sustain us for the day.

Also in the ark was Aaron’s rod that miraculously budded with almonds, blossoms, and with almonds themselves. It recalled back to a dark time in Israel’s history when the people questioned the authority of Moses, so he had the leaders from all 12 tribes, carve their name on their walking rods, and place them inside the tabernacle overnight. One rod grew almonds, and almond blossoms, it was Aaron’s rod. And so that rod was put inside the ark. What did that rod speak of? Authority! The Lord Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Later another item was placed in the ark; a portion of the first 5 books of Moses, the covenant. Covenants are so important; those are the promises of God. It was important for Israel to be reminded of God’s covenants. The most important covenant is the new promise, the New Testament. The Lord Jesus in Matthew 26:28, held up a glass of wine and said, “…This is my blood of the New Testament, (He could’ve said “promise”) which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” What is that promise? “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That’s the new promise; He as the perfect Lamb of God is enough to pay for all of our sins and all we have to do is call on God and say, “Lord please be my lamb. I throw open my hearts door and want Jesus to be the Lamb of God which takes away my sins.” And God promises if you do that, your name is written down in the Lambs book of life, you are saved forever, heaven is yours. That’s Gods promise.

The Holy of Holies was totally covered so that without any other kind of light it would be completely dark inside. But there was light in the Holy of Holies! A supernatural light, the light from God called the Shekinah glory of God gave light to the Holy of Holies!

Tabernacle 023

Separating the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place was a beautiful veil made up of many layers of Egyptian linen. It was so strong that teams of oxen tied together with the veil in between could not rip it. The veil represented separation between God and man and shows us how severely our sins separated us from God. When the Christ died on the cross, He cried out that last word in Hebrew “Asa” meaning “done” or “accomplished”. At that moment, that veil was torn as God would tear it from the top to the bottom, and with that tear God was satisfied with the death of the Lord Jesus Christ as a payment for our sins. Isaiah 53:11 says, “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:” It says in Hebrews 10:19-20,Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Tab 3

The Holy Place


As we emerge from the Holy of Holies into the Holy Place, we’re immediately struck by 3 pieces of furniture: the golden lampstand (Menorah), the table of shewbread, and the golden altar of incense.

The Golden Lampstand

The Golden Lampstand

The golden lampstand was a solid piece of gold which stood upright, having a central shaft and 3 arms on each side. It was decorated with golden almond blossoms, pomegranates, and lilies. The most important part of this lampstand was the central shaft and we are like the branches that come off of that shaft in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Tabernacle 006

The Table of Shewbread


Next was the table of shewbread, completely overlaid with gold. Upon it there were 12 loaves of bread representing the 12 tribes of Israel, that were changed every Sabbath. This golden table of shewbread speaks of Christ as the satisfier of our souls. He spoke of Himself as the true bread. John 6:33 & 35  “Bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

The Altar of Incense

The Altar of Incense

The other piece of furniture here is the altar of incense overlaid with pure gold. On top of this altar there was a fire, every morning the high priest would come with sweet incense and place it on this fire. The ascending smoke along with the sacrificial blood that was sprinkled on the altar, speak to us of the intercessory work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because it says in Isaiah 53:12 “…he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Hebrews 7:25 “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them”.

Then we come to the high priest himself. The garments of the high priest were described by two characteristics in Exodus 28:2; garments of “glory” and “beauty”. These garments magnified the glory and the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ. First there was the fine-twined, white, innermost garment against his body. This garment spoke again of the purity of Jesus, as in Hebrews 7:26 “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;”

On that Yom Kippur day of atonement, the high priest went out to the laver, stripped down to just that white inner most garment and there he was speaking of the purity of the Lord Jesus Christ. When the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth He came as a common man, described in Philippians 2:6-8, “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Over that white linen garment the high priest wore a blue robe of the ephod. The blue speaks of heaven and reminds us of the deity of Christ. Over this robe was an ephod garment with an attached breast plate and two shoulder pieces. On the breast plate were 12 stones with the 12 names of the tribes of Israel. Engraved on each of the two onyx shoulder stones were 6 of the names of the tribes. The breast is the place of the heart; this shows us that the Jesus bears us upon his heart, the place of His affection. And the shoulders are the place where He carries. He carries us on His shoulders as a Shepherd carries a sheep. It says in Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way.” The Shepherd puts us on his shoulders to carry us back. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself, as God, is the one that went out and found the lost sheep on the hillside that had wandered away, as spoken of in Ezekiel, and He brought back the sheep.

Then on the high priest’s head there was the golden mitre with the words “HOLINESS TO THE LORD”. When the high priest would face you, the sign would flash, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD”. Seeing this was a constant reminder, that above all, God is Holy.

In the last part of the tabernacle, the outer court, there was no roof. It was surrounded by curtains of fine twined linen, embroidered with cherubim. The one key piece that you saw as you entered in the gate was the massive brazen altar. It was made of acacia wood and sealed with brass or copper. No matter how hot it got it didn’t burn up because it was hermetically sealed, no oxygen could get inside of it.

The Brazen Altar

The Brazen Altar

There were 5 items associated with this altar. First there were the basins that held the collected blood to be carried inside and sprinkled on the other pieces. Then there were pans for carrying the ashes from the altar to the outside of the camp. Then there were shovels for scooping up the ashes for feeding the fire. And there were fire pans to carry the embers from the altar into the altar of incense. Lastly, there were flesh hooks to hold the animals in place or the pieces of the animal to be positioned on the grate.

A follower of God would bring his animal to the high priest as the sin offering and then confess his sins over the head of the animal. The animal would then be slaughtered, its blood would be collected and the dead animal would be placed on the grate and burned. By doing that, the person was saying I understand, I know that my sin was so serious that the wages for my sin is death.

The four horns on the altar and the flesh hooks, spoke of the self determination of the Lord Jesus Christ. It wasn’t the nails that kept him on the cross, the flesh hooks that kept the Lord Jesus Christ on that cross were his own determination. That determination even conquered his own will when He said to The Father in the garden of Gethsemane, in Luke 22:42, “…Not my will but thine, be done.”

Blood was smeared on those four horns of the altar, this spoke of the Lord Jesus and how He gave up Himself for our sins. He said in John 10:17-18, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

Then the shovels, pans, handles and ashes, speak of the completeness of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. As He cried out His last words from the cross in John 19:30, “It is finished.”

In any of the three parts of the tabernacle there were no seats. The final work was not complete, so it was not allowed for the priests to sit down. In the tabernacle there was always the cry for more; more animals, more sacrifices, and more blood offerings. This is spoken of in Hebrews 10:3-4, “But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” But the redemptive “once for all” sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ was so complete that afterward, He sat down. Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” And in Hebrews 10:12, “this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God.”

The last piece in the outer court was the laver; a pool of water on a stand with highly polished metal mirrors set into the bottom. The priests would wash their whole bodies, or their hands and feet at the laver every day. Before they could touch the altar they had to go to the laver, before they would do the daily sacrifices.

The Laver

The Laver

Every morning, believers in the Lord Jesus, come to Him. He is our laver, the one who makes us clean. He promises in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The laver was covered with mirrors, so that as you cleaned yourself, you saw yourself. It’s so important when we come to God to be honest and transparent. We have to say, “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. Here are my sins God…” confess them to Him, “… I’m looking honestly at myself and I’m asking for your forgiveness and your cleansing”. And God promises that He will.

There was only one gate to enter the tabernacle. There’s only one way to God, through the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” That’s the meaning of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God wants you to have what the tabernacle was teaching; friendship with God. And it all starts at that altar, at that laver, everything begins there. If you want that friendship with God, come to that laver, and say, “Oh God, I see myself, I’m a sinner. I know I’m a sinner. I hate my sin.”As you look at that laver say, “LORD, I believe the Lord Jesus Christ is my cleansing.” And as you look at that altar say, “LORD, I believe the Lord Jesus Christ is my sacrifice. I throw open my heart’s door today, and I receive Him as my lamb, my sacrifice who died for my sins. I receive Him now as my God and my Savior.”

God bless you and thank you for joining us for this study of the tabernacle.

To see the Tabernacle Exhibit at the Creation and Earth History Museum; the museum is located at 10946 Woodside Ave. North, Santee, CA 92071 and is currently open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Call (619) 599-1104 or visit for admission prices.