NEWBERG — Messiah’s Mansion, a full-scale model of the ancient tabernacle built in the wilderness by the Hebrew nation will be on display and available for tours at Newberg Seventh-day Adventist Church, 530 Edgewood Drive, for nine days next month.
Visitors will journey back more than 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Israel where more than 2 million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God.
Each element in the tabernacle had deep significant meaning to the Hebrew people, which will be explained in the tour.
Tours will run daily from 1 to 7 p.m., June 14-22, with tours for special groups in the mornings. The Messiah’s Mansion tour is broken into five sections, each lasting about 15 minutes.
Like the Old Testament tabernacle, carried from camp to camp by the Hebrews in the wilderness, the replica spends a lot of time traveling. Messiah’s Mansion is based at an Oklahoma school, but is transported across the U.S., and back again nearly a dozen times a year.
To set up the Mansion in Newberg will require 30 local volunteers to operate and 300-plus man hours of labor for set-up alone, after its arrival on a semi.
Messiah’s Mansion local coordinator Jonathan Mahurin said, “What I think this brings to the community is a chance for them to see a little bit of history, experience what the tabernacle was like and better understand the meaning of the tabernacle to the Hebrews that’s described in Exodus.”
The Mansion is surrounded by colorful tent-like walls, suggesting lighthearted play, but once inside the walls, the tour guides let visitors knowthe tabernacle was very serious business. The modern tabernacle is built to scale and to look like the original did to the Hebrews.
For more information, phone Mahurin at 503-550-4989 or go to newbergadventist.org/messiahs-mansion