Spiritual Dictionary Section T

Tabernacle – The dwelling place of God in heaven. Hebrews 8:1-2

The dwelling place of God in Israel. Exodus 25:8-9

The body of Jesus. John 1:14; Hebrews 10:5

The dwelling place of the Holy Spirit in the heart.       Galatians 2:20; I Corinthians 6:19-20

The dwelling place of the Holy Spirit – the church. I Corinthians 3:16-17; I Peter 2:1-9; Ephesians 2:16-22

This is also called the Sanctuary and the Temple.

Satan has his counterfeit tabernacle/synagogue. Revelation 2:9; 3:9


Tabernacle, building- “The building of the tabernacle, that object lesson of character building…” Ed 286


Tail - "…the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail." Isaiah 9:15


Tares – Matthew 13:24-30 – “…but the tares are the children of the wicked one.” Matthew 13:38


Tares- “The tares are the children of the wicked one.” The tares represents a class who are the fruit, or embodiment of error, of false principles.” COL 70-71


Tarrying - of the Bridegroom - "By the tarrying of the bridegroom is represented the passing of the time (1844) when the Lord was expected, the disappointment, and the seeming delay." GC 394

Temperance – true – “True temperance teaches us to dispense entirely with everything hurtful and to use judiciously that which is healthful.” PP 562


Teacher – “To meet this growing evil, God provided other agencies as an aid to parents in the work of education. From the earliest times, prophets had been recognized at teachers divinely appointed. In the highest sense the prophet was one who spoke by direct inspiration, communicating to the people the messages he had received from God. But the name was given also to those who, though not so directly inspired, were divinely called to instruct the people in the works and ways of God. For the training of such a class of teachers, Samuel, by the Lord’s direction, established the schools of the prophets.” ED 46. See School of the Prophets.


Teachers – false – “The truths most plainly revealed in the Bible have been involved in doubt and darkness by learned men, who, with a pretense of great wisdom, teach that the Scriptures have a mystical, a secret, spiritual meaning not apparent in the language employed. These men are false teachers.” GC 598


Temple - history of -

True temple in heaven. Hebrews 8:2; 9:24

God's purpose was that every created being should be a temple for the indwelling of the Creator. DA 161

Garden of Eden model:

          Shekinah met with man. Genesis 3:8

Eternal life and death revealed in garden. Genesis 2:9,16,17; 3:22-24

          Hedge round about the sanctuary. Isaiah 5:2

          Gate was entrance on the east side. Genesis 3:24

          Life flowed out of the garden. Genesis 2:10

          Sacrificial system introduced in. Genesis 3:21

The altar was a mini sanctuary. Genesis 4:3-5; 8:20-21; 12:7-8

Wilderness temple. Exodus 25-31 & Leviticus

Solomon's temple. I Kings 6-8; II Chronicles 2-7

Destruction of Solomon’s temple. II Chronicles 36:11-21

Rebuilding of the temple after 70 years of Babylonian captivity. Ezra 1-6; Haggai 1-2

Building of Herod's temple. John 2:20

Jesus claims the temple as God's house and cleanses it. John 2:13-17

Jesus prophesies that the Jews will destroy the temple - Jesus. John 2:18-22

Jesus claims the temple as His house and He as it's king and cleanses it again. Matthew 21:1-16

Jesus disowns the temple and claims that it belongs to the Jews and is desolate. Matthew 23:34-39

Jesus prophesies that the physical temple will be destroyed. Matthew 24:1-2,15-20; Luke 19:41-44; 21:5-7,20-22; Daniel 9:24-27

New Testament temple is God's church. I Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20; Ephesians 2:19-22; I Peter 2:1-9; Hebrews 12:22-23

Satan seeks to destroy the New Testament Temple and replace it with his own. II Thessalonians 2:3-4; Daniel 11:40-45; Revelation 12:17; 16:12-16; 17:12-145; 19:19; 3:9

Temple restored to Eden concept - open communion between God and man. Revelation 21:22-22:7


Temple – “In the cleansing of the temple, Jesus was announcing His mission as the Messiah, and entering upon His work. That temple, erected for the abode of the divine Presence, was designed to be an object lesson for Israel and for the world. From eternal ages it was God’s purpose that every created being, from the bright and holy seraph to man, should be a temple for the indwelling of the Creator. Because of sin, humanity ceased to be a temple for God. Darkened and defiled by evil, the heart of man no longer revealed the glory of the Divine One. But by the incarnation of the Son of God, the purpose of Heaven is fulfilled. God dwells in humanity, and through saving grace the heart of man becomes again His temple. God designed that the temple at Jerusalem should be a continual witness to the high destiny open to every soul. But the Jews had not understood the significance of the building they regarded with so much pride. They did not yield themselves as holy temples for the Divine Spirit. The courts of the temple at Jerusalem, filled with the tumult of unholy traffic, represented all too truly the temple of the heart, defiled by the presence of sensual passion and unholy thoughts. In cleansing the temple from the world’s buyers and sellers, Jesus announced His mission to cleanse the heart from the defilement of sin,--from the earthly desires, the selfish lust, the evil habits, that corrupt the soul….No man can of himself cast out the evil throng that have taken possession of the heart. Only Christ can cleanse the soul temple.” DA 161


Ten – A symbolic number generally used to convey worldwide application in a state of sin, or to address a state of sin.  CO Genesis 37; Genesis 31:7; Genesis 42:1-3; Exodus 20:1-17; Numbers 14:22-23; I Kings 26-35; Nehemiah 4:7-12; Esther 9; Daniel 7:7,24; Revelation 17:3,12; 12:3; 13:1; Zechariah 8:16-23; Matthew 25:1-13


Ten Commandments - See Testimony - Ten commandments.


Tender mercies of the wicked- “It is the tender mercies of the wicked – cruelty disguised in the garb of so-called love.” CG 235


Testimony – A series of concepts in the Bible starting with the ten commandments written with the finger of God and placed in the ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place in the sanctuary. The testimony can also refer to the Spirit of Prophecy. In addition the testimony can be the witness of individuals, nations, or churches.  CO

          General Testimony:

Be not ashamed of the testimony of our Lord. II Timothy 1:10

Cast the dust off your feet as a testimony against the city that refuses to hear the gospel through you. Luke 9:5

Enoch gave testimony that God was pleased with him. Hebrews 11:5

Exchange of shoes conveyed a change in property. Ruth 4:1-8             

God’s people gave testimony of Jesus. Hebrews 11; Revelation 6:9; 12:11

Jesus gave His testimony that He came from above. John 3:31-33

Leper to show himself to the priest when healed for a testimony. Matthew 8:4; Mark 1:44; Luke 5:44

Paul declared the testimony of God. I Corinthians 2:1

The disciples testified for Jesus. Acts 14:3; II Thessalonians 1:10

The testimony of the Two Witnesses. Revelation 11:7

The testimony of two confirms truth – Jesus and the Father confirmed that Jesus was the Messiah. John 8:17-18

Thy testimonies are my delight and my counsellers. Psalms 119:24

We will be brought before kings and governors for a testimony. Matthew 10:18; Acts 20:28; Mark 13:9; Luke 21:12-13


Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy:

John bore record of the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:1-2,9

Satan makes war against those who keep the commandments of God and have the Testimony of Jesus.  Revelation 12:17

The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy. Revelation 19:10

The Testimony of Jesus was confirmed in the church of Corinth. I Corinthians 1:6-7


The laws of Moses are a testimony:

God will punish for rejecting. II Kings 17:1-23; II Chronicles 36:11-16

God’s people will covenant to keep the testimonies that God gives. Genesis 26:5; II Kings 23:3; I Chronicles 29:19

The law of Moses was a testimony, and statues, and judgments. Deuteronomy 4:44-45; 6:20-25; I Kings 2:1-3; Genesis 26:5

Wickedness is defined as rebellion against God’s laws, statues and testimonies. Nehemiah 9:33-34; Jeremiah 44:23         


The Ten Commandments:

A bowl of manna placed in the ark with the Testimony. Exodus 16:32-34; Hebrews 9:4

Able to make wise the simple. Psalms 19:7

Ark of the Testimony is anointed with anointing oil. Exodus 30:22-26

God gave the two tables of the Testimony written with the finger of God and placed inside the Ark of the Testimony.

Could only keep these commandments if the heart is circumcised and surrendered to Jesus. Deuteronomy 5:2-29; II Corinthians 3:1-17; ; Deuteronomy 10:16

In the sanctuary in heaven. Revelation 11:19; 15:5

The tables of stone were the law and the covenant. Exodus 24:12; Deuteronomy 6:17

The tables of the Testimony were His covenant with mankind – even ten commandments. Deuteronomy 4:12-14

The tables of the Testimony were the writings of God. Exodus 32:15-16; Deuteronomy 9:10-11; 10:1-5

The ten commandments were different than the law of Moses. Deuteronomy 4:12-14; II Kings 21:8; Deuteronomy 31:24-26

God’s Testimonies are to stand forever. Psalms 119:152

Receiving the Testimony was used to inaugurate a king. II Kings 11:12

The Altar of Incense to be set before the vail that is by the Ark of the Testimony. Exodus 30:1-6

The Ark called the Ark of the Testimony. Exodus 25:22; 26:33; 39:35; 40:3,5,21; Numbers 4:5

The Mercy Seat to be set upon the Ark of the Testimony. Exodus 26:34

The priest is to burn incense before the Lord that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the Testimony. Leviticus 16:13

The Tabernacle housing the Ark of the Testimony is called the Tabernacle of the Testimony. Exodus 38:21; Numbers 1:50,53; 9:5; 10:11

The test of new light. Isaiah 8:16-20

          The Testimony to placed in the ark. Exodus 25:16


That prophet – “The rabbis continued their questioning: “Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?” The words “that prophet” had reference to Moses. The Jews had been inclined to the belief that Moses would be raised from the dead, and taken to heaven. They did not know that he had already been raised. When the Baptist began his ministry, many thought that he might be the prophet Moses risen from the dead, for he seemed to have a thorough knowledge of the prophecies and of the history of Israel.” DA 135


Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord. Genesis 4:26 - "The faithful had worshiped God before; but as men increased, the distinction between the two classes became more marked. There was an open profession of loyalty to God on the part of one, as there was of contempt and disobedience on the part of the other." PP 80


Theosophy – “…Criticism and speculation concerning the Scriptures have opened the way for spiritism and theosophy – those modernized forms of ancient heathenism – to gain a foothold even in the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ.” DA 258


Thief - "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door (Jesus Christ John 10:7,9) into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." John 10:1


Third Angel's Message - See Angel's Message, Third


Thistles – The fruit of a cursed and non-watered ground. A symbol of people who are cursed or weak. CO

Because of the sin of Adam and Eve God allowed the ground to be cursed and to bring forth the fruit of the curse – thistles and thorns. Genesis 3:17-18

Job says that if he has mistreated the land then let thistles grow instead of wheat. Job 31:38-40

Jesus compares the ability of false prophets to bring forth fruits of righteousness to that of thistles bringing forth figs or thorns to bring forth grapes. Matthew 7:15-16

Joash compares Amaziah to a thistle for his perceived weakness. II Chronicles 25:17-22; II Kings 14:1-22

See Thorns and Briers


Thorns – The fruit of an uncared for and unwatered ground. A symbol for sin or rebellion, in a people or nation. CO

A device to protect men from self- exaltation. II Corinthians 12:7

A sign of the cursed ground as a result of the sin of Adam and Eve. Genesis 3:17-18

A symbol of the sons of Belial. II Samuel 23:6-7; Ezekiel 28:24

A symbol to compare to sinful men. Micah 7:1-4

A symbol of the heathen that have not been driven out before Israel. They will function like thorns to discomfort Israel. Numbers 33:55; Joshua 23:13; Judges 2:3

Because Israel rebelled against God then thorns and thistles will come up among them. Hosea 10:1-16

Crown of thorns on Jesus head. Symbol of king of cursedness and desolation. Matthew 27:29; Mark 15:17; John 19:2,5

Evil nations compared to thorns. Psalms 118:10-12

God compares rebellion, thorns, and Scorpions. Ezekiel 2:1-6

God instructs Israel to break up the fallow ground of their hearts, to get rid of the thorns and to circumcise their hearts. Jeremiah 4:3-4

God will deliver Israel – He will water them – He will burn up the thorns. Isaiah 27:1-6; 33:1-12

Israel in rebellion against God will bring up thorns. No rain gives thorns. Isaiah 5:1-6; 7:13-25; Jeremiah 12:7-13

The earth when it is watered brings forth herbs for a blessing but that which bears thorns is rejected, cursed, and prepared for the burning. Hebrews 6:7-8

The fires of judgment will burn up the wickedness which is like thorns. Isaiah 9:18; 10:17; Nahum 1:1-10

The way of a froward man is compared to thorns. Proverbs 22:5

The way of a slothful man is like a hedge of thorns. Proverbs 15:19; 24:30-34

Thorns compared to the cares of this life, and the deceitfulness of riches. Matthew 13:7,22; Mark 4:7,18-19; Luke 8:7,14

When God’s Word goes out of His mouth then thorns and briers disappear. Isaiah 55:8-13

When God blesses there will be no more thorns and briers. Ezekiel 28:24-26

See Briers and Thistles.


Thorns - "A man may seem to receive the truth, but if he does not overcome his un-Christ like traits of character, these thorns grow and strengthen, killing the precious graces of the Spirit. The thorns in the heart must be uprooted and cast out, for good and evil cannot grow in the heart at the same time. Unsanctified human inclinations and desires must be cut away from the life as hindrances to Christian growth." EV 347


Thorns and Thistles – “God made man perfectly holy and happy; and the fair earth, as it came from the Creator's hand, bore no blight of decay or shadow of the curse. It is transgression of God's law--the law of love--that has brought woe and death. Yet even amid the suffering that results from sin, God's love is revealed. It is written that God cursed the ground for man's sake. Genesis 3:17. The thorn and the thistle--the difficulties and trials that make his life one of toil and care--were appointed for his good as a part of the training needful in God's plan for his uplifting from the ruin and degradation that sin has wrought. The
world, though fallen, is not all sorrow and misery. In nature itself are messages of hope and comfort. There are flowers upon the thistles, and the thorns are covered with roses.” SC 9