Hebrews Chapter 9 begins with the writer to the Hebrews giving us a tour of the structure of what’s known as the tabernacle. The tabernacle was simply a tent-like structure that served as a temple, where the Jews would worship God and offer sacrifice to Him (Hebrews 9:1-5). It was a real structure, where real people would really enter in, and offer real sacrifices to God (Hebrews 9:6-10).
But the point that the writer to the Hebrews wants to get across is this - just as there was a real earthly tabernacle, where real earthly sacrifices were offered, so too, there’s a real heavenly tabernacle, where a real heavenly sacrifice is offered (Hebrews 9:11). In fact, the earthly tabernacle was patterned after the heavenly reality which exists above (Hebrews 9:12; Hebrews 9:8:5). The author then contrasts the earthly tabernacle (which had it’s place in history) with the heavenly tabernacle (from which God now rules and reigns). He explains how earthly tabernacle was all about exclusion, where only one man could enter into God’s presence on one day of the year.
Whereas with the heavenly throne-room of God, Jesus Christ has entered in, and now welcomes each and every person to also enter into that close place with God, having purified them with the shedding of His blood (Hebrews 9:12-14).