A life-size replica of the Mosaic Sanctuary that was built in the wilderness during the ancient biblical times of Israel, will be on display for public viewing at Central Valley Christian Academy, 2020 Academy Place, in Ceres next week.
Tours will be offered of Messiah's Mansion June 17-25, on a walk-in basis between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily. The last group will be allowed viewing at 7 p.m. and be released at 8:15 p.m.
The exhibit is the brainchild of Clayton Leinneweber, president of Messiah's Mansion and who teaches sophomore and junior Bible classes at Oklahoma Academy in Harrah, Okla.
Leinneweber said the scheduled display is a rare opportunity for the people of Ceres and area to learn about this historical tabernacle, which housed the legendary Ark of the Covenant which was the centerpiece of the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In the first station, visitors will gain a structural overview of the Hebrew Tabernacle and its intricate, purposeful design. The second station will take place in the courtyard, as the guide explains the humbling symbolism of the Altar of Sacrifice and the Laver. The third station teaches the significance of the three distinct elements, the Table of Shewbread, Altar of Incense and the Candelabra. Station #4 discusses the Ark of the Covenant, the only article in the Most Holy Place and the most important element in the entire tabernacle.
The last station in the tour focuses on the special garment worn by the high priest and how it affected the history of the Hebrews.
For more information on the event, visit centralvalleysanctuary.com