What the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the Tabernacle Really Symbolize

by Joshua Tilghman on February 25, 2013

Brain and the BibleIn our last post we established that the temples of the Bible were symbolic of the human body, not literal buildings. We also discussed that Christ is raised in our bodies. This post will continue to show how the scripture unfolds this process.

If you take the Bible literally and still think the tabernacle and temples were historical buildings, read the article entitled, The Esoteric Interpretation of Solomon’s Temple, and that might help set the record straight for you.

In the end, Jesus told us it all boils down to consciousness anyways. The kingdom has always been within us:)

The twelve tribes of Israel and our 12 cranial nerves

TabernacleIn the second chapter of the Biblical book called Numbers, God gives Moses instructions as to how the twelve tribes of Israel were to camp around the tabernacle.

Unbeknownst to most casual readers of the Bible, this is all symbolism for the brain. The twelve tribes of Israel represent the twelve cranial nerves. Edgar Cayce, a Christian who would receive esoteric knowledge while in a trance-induced state, mentioned this decades ago. He was dead on! We’ll get to the bottom of why in a moment. First take a metal snapshot of the picture below and remember it in the near future.


The twelve cranial nerves regulate touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing, balance, movement, and much more. They are responsible for how you interact with and interpret your environment. In other words, they help define your reality.

As we’ll detail in a moment, the tabernacle is another symbol for the brain. Now imagine the scene we have thus far. The Israelites (cranial nerves) are camped around the tabernacle (brain) as commanded by God. The Israelites connect with and interact with God through a spiritual purification process inside the tabernacle, which is another way of showing how the twelve cranial nerves connect with and interact with the brain and rest of the body.

The tabernacle and the brain

Both the tabernacle and the brain are comprised of three main parts. The three portions of the brain are the Cerebrum, the Cerebellum, and the brain stem. The three components of the tabernacle are the outer court, the sanctuary (holy place), and the holy of holies (most holy place). Since we are discussing how the kingdom of God is within you, it is important to realize that your brain is very similar to the tabernacle in that it has an outer court, holy place, and most holy place as well. Sending kundalini (cosmic energy) into the holy of holies of our brain allows us to experience a cosmic union with God on higher conscious dimensions.

Purpose of the tabernacle and how directly it relates to your brain

The outer court of the tabernacle had one main function. It was a place of purification so that the Israelite could then draw near to God by entering the sanctuary (holy place). There were two objects the Israelite had to approach for purification in the outer court: the brazen altar (for sacrifice) and the bronze laver (washing of hands and feet).

The same purification process must take place in your head! The thoughts that you have on a daily basis are mostly a product of all your experiences you’ve had interacting with the people, situations, and places from your environment. You have lived this life through your five senses, and in order to draw near to God, to the kingdom within, you must shift your conscious awareness from the outside world (the world of your five senses), to the world within you. During this process, the twelve cranial nerves must themselves go through a process of spiritual purification by kundalini.

How does one raise kundalini? There is more than one way, but for now we’ll stick with meditation and how this act is symbolized by the two objects of the outer court. The bronze laver held water. In scripture, washing with water (a type of baptism) represents meditation (more on baptism and meditation here). This is how we draw close to God, by going within, or meditating. The brazen altar, where sacrifices were offered, represents us laying down our thoughts and emotions—which happens automatically in meditation—to prepare ourselves to raise kundalini (the Holy Spirit). Remember, this all happens in the outer court before entering the holy place.

As God states:

“…so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:9).

The scripture above is not saying that God is a separate being outside of you; it is pointing to the fact that in order to reach him you must access a higher plane of consciousness, beyond your egoic thoughts and emotions. Thus by sacrificing and washing, the people of the twelve tribes were purging themselves from the lower emotional-mental nature in order to “draw near” him.  So our thoughts must be refined, you might say, and then totally dropped (in higher meditation) in order to move deeper into the tabernacle.

Moving from the outer court and the holy place

So the outer court represented the physical world through the interpretation of our senses. But as we enter the sanctuary (the holy place), there is a drastic change. It is here that a true spiritual transformation takes place as a result of washing and sacrificing (in meditation) in the outer court.

Let’s briefly look at the three furniture pieces God commanded to be in the sanctuary.

The menorah, table of showbread, and the altar of incense

MenorahThe menorah was a golden lamp stand that housed seven candles burning seven flames. The menorah is symbolic of the seven chakras. The burning flames atop the candles also symbolize kundalini energy that flows through those chakras. It is interesting to note that in the outer court, light came from the sun in the physical world. But the light in the sanctuary comes from the menorah, which represents inner light (consciousness).

Chakras help regulate conscious energy to all of our bodies. They resemble spinning wheels of light which act as gatekeepers for cosmic energy. When a person is spiritually ready and the chakras are open, kundalini has a chance to flow unobstructed to the brain where a conscious transformation takes place in the nervous system and endocrine glands.

Important side note:

If the chakras are not open, activating kundalini can be dangerous, because instead of freely flowing up the spinal column, it will hit blocked chakras, splinter out into different parts of the body and brain causing psychological, emotional, and physical damage. This is why it is important to spiritually prepare yourself through diet, exercise (yoga), breathing exercises, and meditation. In other words, you must become like the high priest totally dedicated to God.

Another important point to note about the menorah is the fact that the flames were kept burning with olive oil. The Israelites were expected to provide this oil. This oil also represents consciousness (another article explaining oil as consciousness).

The holy place also contained the table of showbread and the altar of incense. There were twelve loaves placed on the table of showbread which hardly needs to be explained—the cranial nerves surround the brain, but they also reside within it as they penetrate deeply into it and the body. In the sanctuary of the tabernacle, the cranial nerves have been purged spiritually through the acts of meditation.

The purpose for the altar of incense was to continually burn a mixture of expensive spices to the Lord. According to Gaskell’s Dictionary of Scripture and Myth, burning incense symbolizes “…the purification of the soul by the functioning of fire [spirit], which transmutes the lower emotions into the higher. The perfume symbolizes the Love and Wisdom called forth on the higher planes…”

It is interesting that Gaskell mentions emotions here. I liken the sanctuary of the tabernacle to the cerebellum, the hippocampus and amygdale area of the brain, where memory— what makes individuality possible—and emotions are processed and experienced.

Holy of Holies

The holy of holies is the most sacred place of the tabernacle. It is where the shekinah (glory of God) resides. Here the mental-emotional nature of the man is completely purged, and the cosmic union takes place. As Jesus stated:

“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us” (John 17:21).

This oneness Jesus speaks of can also be considered the mystical marriage of the divine and masculine energies through kundalini rising all the way to the crown chakra at the top of the head and then proceeding back down. Along the way kundalini stimulates the pineal and pituitary glands which contain the masculine and feminine energies needed to achieve this mystical marriage or union.

The Egyptians referred to this area of the brain as the Eye of Horus. Jesus also spoke of the eye when he said:

“…If therefore your eye be single, then your whole body shall be full of light.” (Matt. 6:22).

I believe the Eye of Horus and Jesus’ single eye refers collectively to hypothalamus, third ventricle, and the pineal and pituitary glands near the center of your brain. It is interesting to note how these areas work to influence the entire nervous and endocrine system; the hypothalamus and pituitary gland especially work together to link these two. When kundalini rises through these areas, the nervous and endocrine systems are greatly affected, causing superior functionality and altered states of higher consciousness and awareness.

When Jesus refers to the single eye being full of light, he means the opening of the Third Eye, which is also known as the “eye of the soul.” This eye of soul is a gateway to expanded consciousness. It is a link to the higher self and divine intuition. It is also where spirit and matter unite in the divine marriage.

The importance of male and female energies and God

Existence happens because of negative and positive forces. Out of these two opposing forces creation unfolds. We would do well to note here that this is God’s image, both male and female, from which we are made (Genesis 1:27). May I suggest to you that you birth an elohim in yourself as you combine and balance these forces within.

Closing thoughts

The Ark of the Covenant was the only furniture piece in the holy of holies. To learn more about how this also represents the brain, see my article entitled, The True Meaning of the Ark of the Covenant. I will not break this down further here since that article already does that.

The other important item was the veil, or giant curtain that separated the holy place from the holy of holies. You might remember that in the New Testament the veil in the temple ripped when Christ died on the cross. Birthing the Christ in our body temples represents the ripping of that veil. We’ll pick up what all this really means in future posts of this series. You can get to the next one with this link here.


{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica February 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

Hi Joshua,

Great article. Reading some of your articles about the OT makes me wonder: are you suggesting that the Tabernacle is simply mythological literary invention? Or that it did exist and that it was a literal creation that held this kind of esoteric signifance. What kind of historical or archaeological evidence is there to support either view?

Any comments will be greatly appreciated!




Joshua Tilghman February 26, 2013 at 6:58 am


Temples all across the ancient world, from Egypt to Greece to Central America and to even many Biblical enemies of the Israelites used literal temples to express spiritual concepts. Many ancient temples resemble the ones mentioned in the Bible. But the tabernalce and Solomon’s temple were not literal. Neither will Ezekiel’s temple nor the city in Revelations be literal. The Bible is not a reliable historical book, nor was it ever meant to be. Occasionally it does mention actual historical events or other buildings. For example, Herod’s temple was a literal temple during Jesus’ day.


Jessica February 26, 2013 at 10:02 am

Thanks Joshua. I can believe that what you are saying is true. I am having a hard time seeing on my mental timeline where mainstream Judaism made the shift from esotericism to literalism – a shift that would have fueld the building of Herod’s temple….?

If most of the OT is not written as history, then, how do we know when or how this kind of shift in thinking was made?

Can you bring any clarity to my thinking process here? 😀

Thanks again – this is very interesting information and I find it very helpful.


Joshua Tilghman February 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm


I understand your confusion. Nobody knows the real truth about when Rabbinic Judaism really started, although I personally believe it is a product of the Babylonian captivity under King Nebuchadnezzar. I am sure the oral law was formed at this time. The stories of Abraham and Moses were probably developed much later. The Jews assign these characters as Judaism’s originators, but this was just to lend more weight to their religion. You could say it was a form of national pride.

The esoteric principles of the Torah go back much further than Jewish origins. Some of them originated in Egypt. Other esoteric teachings came from Babylonia, Assyria, and Persia. Even the earliest records we have of circumcision are from ancient Egypt.

Jessica, if you want to learn more about the esoteric side of Judaism, you might want to study Hasidic Judaism and the Kabbalah. It wouldn’t hurt to learn why the Jews consider the Oral law as equal to or even higher in standing than the written Torah. This will open many doors for you.

I think it is also important for you to know that the esoteric side of any religion has always been kept underground and away from masses. This is true in Christianity too. You shouldn’t really think that an esoteric form of Judaism turned into mainstream Judaism. They have always existed together side by side. The esoteric principles of Judaism were inherited from other religions, just as many practices in Rabbinic Judaism did too. There has always been an “outer, exoteric teaching, and there has always been an inner esoteric teaching. It will always be this way.

Many blessings.


Askari King January 12, 2016 at 12:20 am

The shift came from the Romans robbing the Isralites and the Palestines for their land and Theology, and misinterpreting the meanings. The true Jews of the old testament are dark skinned and the purest bloodline would be found in Ethiopia.


Frank February 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Great article. Although I have heard this before, it was very helpful to read your article and better understand the hidden meanings in Scripture. Would you please post a reading list of your rescources to help your readers learn more about the topics you are writing about.


Joshua Tilghman February 26, 2013 at 7:06 am


I’ve been meaning to get a separate resource page up. Now I am thinking about recommending some of the books in my personal library at the bottom of the blog. I am learning how to implement the code. I use Thesis theme for this blog and am just learning about thesis openhooks as a coding option. My problem is time. Will get to it soon. As far as websites go, if you haven’t been to hiddenmeanings.com, Bill Donahue has some excellent info there. Also, I have a link in my blogroll to The Hidden Lighthouse.

Another great website: http://primordality.com/table_of_contents.htm. That man is ahead of his time. I must warn you though, his website is not about the Bible or other religions, but his ideas on how life exist is brilliant. A lot of theory and math involved!


Frank February 27, 2013 at 8:02 am

Bill Donahue is fantastic…. His YouTube videos are amazing. He has hundreds of videos to choose from. I have learned more from his teachings this past year than anyone else. He is so interesting and fun to watch that when one video ends you want to watch another one. Although he has a site Hidden Meanings, I personally like his YouTube channel.


Joshua Tilghman February 28, 2013 at 6:57 am


I have watched a few of his videos. He seems to be one of the most Knowledgeable people in the esoteric circle that I know of. I learn from his site hiddenmeanings.com from time to time.


Alan February 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

Great article but I’m confused with the addition of the ark of the covenant. So you’re saying the tabernacle represents the brain but then so does the ark? Individually yes I agree they each can represent the brain but put together I get confused. Please help me understand this. Thanks again.


Joshua Tilghman February 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm


The Ark is in the holy of holies. Think of it as the inner place of your mind. It goes beyond just the physical brain, representing also the causal body and the divine mind within. It is a symbol to awaken us to the divine nature within us, which is why the moral law was placed inside it. The moral law helps to bring about this transformation.


Debbie February 26, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Dear Joshua,
You might already be aware of her, but if not here’s someone’s work you might enjoy reading.

http://www.sacred-texts.com Florence Scoval Schinn

Keep up the great work!

I bless you and all your loved ones, Debbie


Joshua Tilghman February 28, 2013 at 6:52 am

Thanks Debbie. What a great resource!


Divine Radiance Fellowship February 27, 2013 at 5:20 am

We have found your blog very well written.

Similar and much of the ideas in the article and on this blog are also found on a very candid blog, http://www.divineradiancefellowship.blogspot.com.


Joshua Tilghman February 28, 2013 at 6:53 am

Thanks for sharing.


Laurie February 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Great Article Joshua and thank you for the Links as well!! I’ve been reading and MAN…I’m learning so much!


Joshua Tilghman February 28, 2013 at 6:58 am

No problem Laurie.


Christine Hoeflich February 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Thanks Josh for this (eye-opening) post. Can’t wait to read what you have to say in the next one!


Joshua Tilghman February 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

Thanks Christine. Hope you are well.


children of Israel June 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

Psalm 78:67-68 (Genesis 37:26


Lance June 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

the Taboo Word for so called Christians. Biblical reincarnation is nothing do with Buddaism Induism.
There has been great efforts by the Catholic Church and other churches and chapels to ridicule people who accept reincarnation in the Bible. Some have even been persecuted. This is happening to me and many others at this very moment but the truth carries on regardless. Of course the Roman church sort of tried to replace reincarnation with purgotary, which brought them great wealth over the years, with special prayers and so on. In many Churches this still goes on.
The penalty of excluding from the Bible is 2000 years of going round in circles and inspite Theologions, scholars, and the man made dogma and doctrines they created, the truth of Biblical reincarnation had come out eventually, with great embarassment to the establishment.
As Paul wrote;
Cor 1
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

Matt 11 25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
Just from some verses below and there are hundreds more, it is easy to understand why reincarnation is essential to fully comprehend the scriptures.

Hebrew 4 “So I swore in My wrath,‘They shall not enter My rest” ) Rest from what ? Rest from reincarnation. (Until Christ came that rest was not possible)

8 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light
( why is His burden light, because He is the Son Of God and has no Burden He is living out our Burden and if you Believe: !!!
May be one day we will repeat Yeshua’s last words on the Cross.
YES ” IT IS FINISHED.”) And we can enter His Rest.

John 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
OF Course as PAUL said “we all must die once” and then be judged and maybe sent back where we will reap what we have sown and be still under the sting of death.
(We do not escape the sting of death until we are resurrected.)
We could possibly be Born of the Spirit and come back to bring to completion our Spiritual work that the Lord has planned for us.

11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:
REV 1413 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
Seek and Ye shall Find
Bless you


Joshua Tilghman June 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm


Isn’t is sad that the truth about reincarnation was hidden for so long. What people don’t realize is that reincarnation answers so many questions that Christians struggle with. It explains many Biblcal passages that simply couldn’t make sense without applying this concept.

Thanks for your comments. Blessings!


Lance June 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Born again of the Spirit .( biblical base.) answer below.
Matthew 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Verse eight states very clearly that you know not; if or when you are Born again of the Spirit; there are several very good reasons this: The ego would have a whale of a time bragging about it. There are millions of people going round shouting from the roof tops” I have been born of the Spirit”, when in fact they have only been Baptised and received 9 (the Helper) the Holy Spirit.
Yeshuah promised to send the Holy Spirit to aid us to identify our egos and overcome our egos. Until you identify you ego you will not identify your true Spiritual self.
When you are Born again of the Spirit. IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT that is in control not your ego.
If you read the beatitudes, it clearly shows when you have been Born of the Spirit in Verse Matth 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Now the Journey really gets tough and it soon will; sooner than WE think
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.


Joshua Tilghman June 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm


Great points about the ego…we can’t really know our true selves until the ego is pegged.


luis antonio August 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm

If everybody could read the bible this way, i think we would not have all this fighting aganst each other, i mean: church fighting against church; nation against nation; etc…
beautiful message!


Joshua Tilghman August 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm

So true, Luis!


Lance Roberts August 30, 2013 at 4:29 am

Please tell me why is the Bible so accurate about what is happening and what is going to happen i the middle East.


Joshua Tilghman September 1, 2013 at 8:12 am


Sorry for the delayed reply. Could you specify which aspects that you think the Bible so accurately predicts?


anny October 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

Hi Joshua,

Gradually I am working my way backwards through your blog when I have some time on my hands and read articles that I have not read yet through links.

This is again a very interesting article I completely agree with and I also arrived through Hebrew numerology and language at more or less the same conclusion, be it with less details.

However, I do not understand why it has to be a literal meaning versus a symbolic one. Especially in this case I think it is almost certainly both. In Israel almost all archeology is based on the Bible and they do indeed discover ruins of cities, or buildings mentioned in the Bible. And I believe that the buildings themselves might even be pointers to the symbolical truth, just as those can be found in the language of the Bible and undoubtedly elsewhere as well. I think it is beautiful when all comes together as in this principle of As above so below, which in this case you might turn around.

I also think it is counterproductive to more or less tell people that their view is not valid. A person is either ready to listen to other possibilities or he is not, but telling them that what they believe is wrong only serves to make them unwilling to listen to what you (the proverbial you) have to say. I certainly am. I believe in the respectful interaction between people with different viewpoints which may enrich all of them.

I like to think of God as a Broadcasting Station that broadcasts at certain frequencies and we have to tune in to the right frequencies to get the message. And I do not think that only people who call themselves spiritual tune into the right frequencies. I believe it is largely a matter of attitude/willingness to crucify the ego (or whatever name one wants to give this process) and people with the right attitude can be found within spiritual communities and religious communities (of whatever religion) and also in people who belong to neither, just as you will find people who are spiteful, judgmental or going on an egotrip in all those communities.

In short, let us just state what our truth is and not so much what is not true. When people are ready, they will tumble to the conclusion on their own, when they are not, they will not believe you anyway and not be willing to listen any longer.

Do not take this at a criticism directed to you; it is not meant to be. I only want to clarify, for myself as much as for others, what my feelings are in this respect.


Joshua Tilghman October 13, 2013 at 11:56 am


No problem! And no criticism taken. I understand where you are coming from, and it is never my intention to make others feel bad about what they believe. People are going to believe what they believe regardless of what I say anyways. As you state, people truly come to different conclusions when they are ready. Usually people come to others who believe the same thing just to get validation for what they are also thinking.

The truth is, I really don’t believe the Bible was meant to be taken literally. Yes, much of it is based on real people and historical events. But I believe even these are exaggerated and not meant to be viewed at all literally. It many instances, I believe the literal interpretation brings more harm than good.

All that being said, you are probably right. I shouldn’t have to state it. Perhaps some of it is personally, and my own ego is getting involved.

I was a thinker as a child. I spent many hours puzzling over scriptures that didn’t make sense literally or contradicted other scriptures when they were took literally. I am not going to give a list here, but you see what I mean.

At any rate, always feel free to state your opinion on here, even if you feel I am in error. I have no problem with that. I appreciate your comments to this blog. They are always well thought out and add so much depth to the information.



anny October 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

Hello Joshua,

Thank you for your reply. As I said, I did not want to criticize you and I personally do not necessarily think that you are wrong. I do believe that there is history in the Bible but not necessarily that the Bible is a historical account of what happened because, as you say, that is not what it is about. That being said I do believe that some of these buildings have been built in such a way that they themselves also tell the message that is told in the Bible.

Maybe it is because in the past I used to hate being told that my or our view was wrong as I am not much of a debater and so I was soon silenced. However, when I felt I was right, or at least just as right as the other party, I just backed out of the discussion and stuck to my own view.

It made me very sensitive to this kind of thing however and I did not want to do this to other people, so I learned to state my view as my view and let the other party decide for themselves whether it is any good to them or not. The result was that people often were at least willing to listen.

Another point is that in the course of my life and my evolution I have progressed from one truth to the other and so forth, so who says that my truth of this moment is the Truth? I am almost sure that it is not but that is not bad at all. I believe that the Ultimate Truth (if there is one for maybe that is growing and evolving as well) is out of our reach as long as we are still in this physical realm. What is important I think is that we keep growing and dare to look at new things, even if they frighten us a little because they seem to know our basis right from under us.
Trust and Love and Integrity are basic there. I also believe that people in the churches are going through that process as well but often in a different way and that is okay too.

And as far as the ego being involved when we write something. Yes, I am sure it is, mine as well as yours, but that also will pass. It is good to be aware of it though.


anny October 14, 2013 at 8:35 am

I meant to knock our basis right from under us. Is that the right verb?


Lance Roberts October 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

It is important to me at least to know the difference between Prayer and Meditation.
In prayer I pass the problem to the Almighty or Yeshuah, the same thing, the consolation or help usually arrives not always in the way that I wanted it. I used meditation very often before singing in an Opera especially, to aid my concertation through an hour or more of difficult singing and immense pressure of the Ego wanting to do well.
I found it very helpful. But!!! others did not, mainly because we are all that bit different in our genes for example. I truly think that meditation is or can be a massive aid in many situations of tension.
Bless you and shalom


Joshua Tilghman October 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

Thanks for the comment, Lance!


George December 4, 2013 at 8:56 am

Another form of thought; not to argue or judge anyone.
Anny, thanks for bringing the concept that no one is truly wrong; it is their truth, reality or level of consciousness. We all learn in the same manner (DNA matches 99.9%), how we get there makes little difference…are we not eternal beings? Yes, our levels of intellect, desires, emotions, heredity, etc…., are quite different but the spiritual within brings us as one & connected.
On your other concept; the Bible has an exoteric & esoteric application to most stories, messages, or historical event. Believe the majority of the historical events, including the Hebrew & Solomon’s temple are factual…there are too many archeological digs to prove this or them. The tangible were ideal to teach the Hebrew people object lessons of their coming Messiah, to us & what is taking place within. The physical or experiences are needed to teach our higher members/vehicles (heart, mind & soul?) or dimensions, correct…we are not mere a state of consciousness. They as us, need physical, tangible things & practice to teach us especially as we fall further down the ladder of apostasy; such as the Hebrew people in the OT. Are they not types, copies of the Heavenly Sanctuary like our soul-temple/tabernacle? Plus, the sanctuary is a pattern for all of creation or universe.
Plus, this same events, stories, messages or historical events apply to the past, present & future. The present is what is applying, or can be, to us personally; called the esoteric.
These laws should help (from memory); Law of One, all of creation is connected. The Law of ‘as above so below’ states; the universe is reflective. What exists in one dimension has a correspondence in every dimension. Or, Law of Resonance – When two patterns share common elements, changing one often changes the other. Everything in the world is cyclic & effect one another, why happened yesterday will take place in the present & future, as time permits…unless there is a Christ consciousness…what do you think? Or, why is the story of Jonah impossible, it is our faith that tells us nothing is impossible for God…to prepare a big fish?


Sandra L. Butler January 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Hi Josh,

Great perspective! Although I believe the temple was literally built by Solomon, the reign of Solomon symbolizing the reign of religious Christianity, the literal temple representing the literal churches that were built in Asia in the beginning of that reign. The reason David was not permitted to build the house of the Lord (temple) was because David’s reign symbolizes the reign of spiritual (esoteric) Christianity, the temple symbolizing the heart, the focus of Jesus’ teachings.

Here’s another perspective on the Twelve Tribes, one gained through a personal experience that coincided with a revelation I received on the symbolic code of the Bible between 1998 and 2005.

The Twelve Tribes of Israel (or Twelve sons of Jacob/Genesis 49:48) represent the spiritual judgment that is to take place within us, the number 12 representing judgment, which we find in our own judicial system.

“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Matthew 19:28

This judgment or purification process is encoded in the 49th chapter of Genesis, where Jacob tells his twelve sons what will befall them in the “last days” or “end of days,” which we entered in the year 2000, entering into the third and final “era of Jacob.”

“And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob: and hearken unto Israel your father. Genesis 49:1,2

Each son or tribe has both a positive and negative aspect. We are to judge (overcome) the negative aspects, through which we take on the positive aspects, the “sons of Jacob” symbolizing the “fruits of the Spirit.”

Yes, the kingdom is within us, but the Bible speaks of two kingdoms: “the kingdom of heaven” symbolizing “the realm of the mind” and the “kingdom of God” symbolizing “the realm of The Heart.” The twelve tribes are the descendants of the twelve sons, 6 born of Leah (revealing the work that is to be done at a Mind level) and 2 sons born of Rachel (revealing the work that is to be done at a Heart level), the 4 sons by the bondmaids revealing the bondage associated with both the mind and the heart. Israel symbolizes The Mind and Judah symbolizes The Heart, which were divided (as they have been divided within us). The Israelites are called the “chosen people” because they were chosen out of all the nations of the world to teach us about ourselves, their journey a pattern of our journey through life.

Tabernacle-Holiest of All- Outer Court = Mind-Heart-Body. The way into the holiest place of all is not made manifest while the first tabernacle is still standing. The tabernacle still stands to those serving God through mind-body disciplines, which includes meditation and kundalini. Meditation, “silence in heaven” (quiet in the mind) is the key to opening up the “seventh seal” (or seventh chakra), but this is only the beginning of the process; the beginning of the revitalization of our holy spirit, which according to scripture, began to diminish within us after the tender age of 4. Kundalini is the manipulation of energy rather than the transformation of energy, which requires a heart-discipline, which Jesus advocated. This is why John decreased and Jesus increased, showing the transition from working at the level of the mind to working at the level of the heart. John is associated with the “spirit” and the mind, while Jesus is associated with the “word” and the heart. When John baptized Jesus, the “spirit” and “word” became one (which IS “Christ”), as you said: ” spirit and matter unite in the divine marriage.” It is the word that became flesh (matter). It is the word (which are the spiritual works) that cause what we desire to come into existence; to manifest in our life (once our motivation is pure, which requires purification of the heart/emotions).

Spirit and word (Genesis 1:2,3), the two divine attributes of God, the “two witnesses, two olive trees, or two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth, symbolizing the heart (the earth-heart anagram is no coincidence), the “two olive branches or two anointed ones” (Zachariah 4″4:11-13). This is the spiritual oil, the spiritual anointing that flows through the “two golden pipes,” symbolizing “the mind and the heart, through which we are mentally and emotionally, healed, which are the “greater works” Jesus spoke of. Spirit and word; energy and seed (male), which intercourses (communicates) with the mind and heart (female). Elohim (el-oh-im). Ohim (the sound uttered in the eastern practice of meditation) represents the word and the spirit, the IM being the I AM.

Josh, you said: ” During this process, the twelve cranial nerves must themselves go through a process of spiritual purification by kundalini.”

Beyond that is the spiritual purification process encoded in the 49th chapter of Genesis, which purifies the soul, mental and emotional energy. It is this mental and emotional energy that continues to exist in the spiritual realm, long after the brain (with its twelve cranial nerves) dies.

Love your work, which brings our attention to the mind (consciousness). It does my heart good to see the scriptures being used to bring us within, which is what they were always intended to do.



Joshua Tilghman January 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm


I appreciate such an informative and lengthy comment. You have certainly given me quite a bit to ponder. Regarding the two Olive Trees you have stated they are spirit and word. In another post I have labeled them love and wisdom, which according to your explanations are basically the same thing.

I love your explanation on kundalini and the heart and the mind. This brings in many new perspectives and some avenues I would like to explore. Thank you again, Sandra, for your information and insight. I hope to hear more from you in the future.


Sandra L. Butler January 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm


Yes, because love is the spirit and wisdom is the application of the word (i.e. works), as Jesus said: “believe the works” the word “believe” meaning “to obey or put action to.”

And thank you for your wonderful insights!


Sandra L. Butler January 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

I agree with George.

I hear (primarily from new age Christians) that there was no historical Jesus, which wipes out the physical existence of all of the Old Testament characters since we are given the lineage from Adam to Christ in the book of Luke. These same Christians (who physically exist) are eager to proclaim that God or the Spirit speaks to them, yet they take that human experience away from those that came before.


Sandra L. Butler January 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I have been contemplating the reason for this new age concept that denies the existence of an historical Jesus and it may have to do with one of the most spiritually destructive lies to come down the pike!


Joshua Tilghman January 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm


I certainly believe Christ of the Gospels was based on a real historical figure / figures, but is exaggerated. I do respect everyone’s opinion on the matter, though. Personally I don’t promote that Christ wasn’t literal. For me, Paul’s Christ was the Christ within, the light of God he met on the road to Damascus, but I believe whether or not he was literal exactly as the scripture states isn’t the issue. The real issue lies in being obedient to the example he set. Of course if I ever discover that Jesus Christ was a literal person exactly as described in the Gospels, I would have no problem with that either.


Sandra L. Butler January 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Precisely! And I like that you use the words “being obedient” with regard to the example he set. And hey, if I find out on the other side there was no such person as Jesus, the Christ, I have no problem humbling myself to that truth.


james July 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm

josh really like alot of the things you have gone through..could the 2 witnesses could have been the pineal and the piturity glands where the oil rises and is smeard across the vargus nerve and lays dorment for 3 days.. and i love bill donahue learned alot from him do you know of santos bonacci if not look him up on you tude he has a vid called your body is the holy land and josh keep up the good work..love light and peace..hotep==i come in peace


Joshua Tilghman July 9, 2014 at 11:21 am


Yes, these terms are integrated by love and wisdom, and so they all relate! Bill Donahue is also a great teacher.


David March 18, 2015 at 10:10 pm

No matter how many times I read this article, I still find gold nuggets. For example, we must drop our emotions and thoughts as a burnt offering to go in the kingdom within(parapharsing what Josh wrote). Amen to that!


cliff April 25, 2015 at 5:13 pm

This may appear in many ways to be disagreeing with you, but please see this as debate.
Some of your interpretations are wonderfully intuitive and have to be respected.
I do wish this reply could be at the top and not the bottom, but one rises by the way one falls.
12 tribes; 12 cranial nerves connected to the senses. Ruben: sight boy. Simon: hear boy.
Israel = Isis/Ra-El Androgynous?
Jacob became Israel he wrestled all night with someone he thought was God.
This is the welding of the pineal gland with the pituitary gland which then becomes the third eye. This is the door of Shiva, the essence of yoga, the cherubim which guards the way to the tree of life.
Jesus too struggled all night; with Caiaphas and Annas.
The pituitary gland is the seat of individual consciousness: Vishnu, the pineal is the seat of the universal consciousness: Shiva. This welding gives enlightenment the guru will live for ever.
In these blogs you are suggesting that this bible stuff is meditation theory, but you over look that the meditator becomes God. Atman self God. If the meditator is God he cannot see God.
Thus discreetly John 1; 18 No man hath seen God at any time;
What the meditator sees is Shakti. Shakti appears at first as Kali.
The devil offers Jesus earthly desires and passions to which he refuses.
God offers Moses earthly desires and passions which he accepts.
Moses is descending, he sees Kali.
Please read the vile content of Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers. One falls by what one rises. Until the meditator can master his Shakti he will be vailed in creation as Moses became.
There are 14 principle nadi, invisible astral tubes; straws. They number 72000. They carry prana vital life force. Donkeys carry the bread back from Egypt to Jacob.
They are linked with the senses and exit holes of the soul on death; they give information. but knowledge caused the fall.
Joseph is very special all the sheaves are obeisance to him. He is a fruitful bough by a well, his branches run over. Jesus is the son of Joseph.
Joseph is the essence of Om.
Jacob is on his death bed, he issues a proverb to each of his sons (Genesis 49)
Judah is Sushumna: Issachar nose Ida and Pingala: Dan and Dinah genitals: Naphtali mouth: Benjamin anus. Ruben and Simon above.
12 tribes plus Ephraim and Manasseh.
The almond tree is not a fruitful tree. No man as seen God at any time.
Kharis Cliff


Joshua Tilghman December 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Cliff, wonderful comments that I agree with. Perhaps I didn’t make myself perfectly clear in the post. Thanks for adding this info for other readers to see.


Lee Bache July 3, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Your reference to Matt. 6:28 is wrong. I looked it up, it states

Matthew 6:28New King James Version (NKJV)

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;

Now, that makes me wonder if you’re full of it or you don’t check what you write; in turn it makes me question everything you say. Since you state that what you’re saying Christian and from the word of God (Bible) then maybe you’re not right about anything stated here.


Joshua Tilghman July 23, 2015 at 7:39 pm


Sorry it took so long to reply. You were right, I had a typo. It should be Matthew 6:22, not 28. I would consider this similar to a grammatical error. Easy to make when you’re using a Bible program to copy and paste. Maybe it came from the wrong file. Anyway, it has been corrected. Thanks for pointing it out.


Matt September 11, 2015 at 11:14 am

Do you have any related posts or could you go into a bit of detail in regards to why there were such deep descriptions of the 12 tribes did the characteristics relate to each cranial nerve?


Joshua Tilghman December 25, 2015 at 3:03 pm


That may be a great question for Bill Donahue. Each tribe has a spiritual strength, but I am afraid I am not advanced or knowledgeable enough to go into that kind of detail. Blessings.


Cari February 10, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Not long ago I began having clairvoyant waking visions. I experienced a vision of a blue flame that morphed into a King cobra. The cobra moved slowly toward me and passed right by me. I turned to see the back of his head which had the spectacle mark and he slithered away.

I took this to be a shamanic account whereby I was raising my kundalini energy into the pineal. But I really have no idea. I have seen incredible things through the third eye, a comet, a meteor, an avalanche, the Eiffle Tower and smoke rising up in Paris a few months before the terrorist attacks.
Does anyone know why I would have seen the cobra? Since I have awakened my energies I have experienced a great deal of muscle pain, migraines, and chronic fatigue. Not sure how to clear my chakras if that is the cause. I eat very little but well, meditate, never stress. But I think too much. Being more active to move the chi. But if there are deeper psychological fears I don’t know what they are.


Chris March 22, 2017 at 7:55 pm

I just want to thank everybody. This is very educational. God bless


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