The Tabernacle of David — Part One

Acts 15
13  After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me.
14  “Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.
15  “With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,
16  ‘AFTER THESE THINGS I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT,
17  SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,’
18  SAYS THE LORD, WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.

James quoted the above passages from Amos. He applied them to the entry of the Gentiles into the plan of God. There was much discussion among the apostles and elders in Jerusalem over the inclusion of the Gentiles into the purposes of God. We know that God opened the door through Peter in the house of Cornelius. The revelation of the tabernacle of David is very important for us right now. The Tabernacle of David speaks of inclusion. In the era of the birth of the Church it pointed to the Gentiles. For us today, it points beyond that. Before we read the actual passages from Amos, let’s read about the tabernacle that was actually erected by David. Continue reading

The Tabernacle of David — Part Two

1st Chron. 15

16  Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.

17  So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel, and from his relatives, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and from the sons of Merari their relatives, Ethan the son of Kushaiah,

18  and with them their relatives of the second rank, Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, the gatekeepers.

19  So the singers, Heman, Asaph and Ethan were appointed to sound aloud cymbals of bronze;

20  and Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah, with harps tuned to alamoth;

21  and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel and Azaziah, to lead with lyres tuned to the sheminith.

22  Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful.

23  Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark.

24  Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezer, the priests, blew the trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah also were gatekeepers for the ark.

25 ¶  So it was David, with the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands, who went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom with joy.

26  Because God was helping the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.

27  Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an ephod of linen.

28  Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the horn, with trumpets, with loud-sounding cymbals, with harps and lyres.

29  It happened when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and celebrating; and she despised him in her heart. Continue reading

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

There is a realm we have yet to fully enter. It’s the realm of reality beyond process. As we know, the realm of process is valid and binding to those who live in it. It’s the realm Christianity has lived in, including us, since Jesus died on the cross. Maturity has been a process of growing spiritually and progressively seeing the work of the cross have its way in our lives. You have to be 18 before you can be 21, right? Only in the realm of process is this true.

I believe maturity is going to be defined differently. We have not seen yet what maturity will mean in the realm beyond process. We who have been walking the process road into maturity must break through. But once the breakthrough fully comes, the sky is the limit as far as becoming goes. We have barely scratched the surface of the ministry of impartation. We don’t know yet the wonder and glory of how people will change and mature through pure impartation. Continue reading

Aaron’s Rod

Recently, I was perceiving the Living Word within me as an embryo. I don’t mean the spirit of Christ in me, because His spirit abides in us from the moment we open our hearts to him. But I mean Christ, the Word. The Living Word in me is an embryo. I was initially taken aback by this realization. I was asking God, “It’s taken 44 years of walking with You to reach this point. I don’t have another 44 years in this natural life. Is maturity really so far into the future?” There is a passage the Lord brought to my heart. But before going there, I want to express what I believe to be true. All the messages on mature sons, manifested sons, manifesting sonship, have the element of falseness in them. No one is walking in true maturity as defined by Christ, the Word, being completed in us. It is a sobering realization that we are not so far along as we would like to believe. It gives us perspective and a healthy dose of humility. The religious, soul realm always presumes more than it has. But it is enough to know the Word has been birthed in us. Now, for the passage of Scripture that came to my heart.

Psalm 144
12  That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillars, Sculptured in palace style;
13  That our barns may be full, Supplying all kinds of produce; That our sheep may bring forth thousands And ten thousands in our fields;
14  That our oxen may be well-laden; That there be no breaking in or going out; That there be no outcry in our streets.

God is greatly accelerating His Kingdom in us. It is according to the passage about God cutting the days short. While we may be in an embryonic state, we have the promise of accelerated growth. We are to be as plants grown up in our youth. Plants spring from seed, or embryos. There can be no plant without it first being a seed. Grown up in our “youth” is a mystical reference to maturity springing up even from an embryo. We are to be as Aaron’s rod that budded. Hopefully, everyone is familiar with the story. God commanded Moses that the heads of the twelve tribes should take an almond rod and write their name on it and place it before the presence of the Lord in the Tent of Meeting. This was the way God would indicate who He had chosen to stand with Moses. Here is the outcome:

12 Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds.

Overnight in the presence of the Lord the almond rod put forth buds, produced blossoms, and bore ripe almonds! So shall it be for His sons in this hour. We humbly embrace His word in anticipation of a miracle growth in us. This is a true work of grace.

 

Hybrid or Seed Bearing?

 

There is something grievous I have been observing. It has been stated before how the false always intertwines itself with the true. The activity of satan always manifests itself in the name of Christ. The false is very subtle. It is like what was written of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.” The Hebrew word for cunning is ‘aruwm. Subtle, shrewd, crafty, sly are some of the definitions of this word per Strong’s. Paul makes reference to this truth in 2nd Cor. 11. Continue reading

The Word Is Nigh Thee

The following two passages are living for me right now. Part of the transition out of the soul realm is ceasing to think in terms of how God is going to meet us, or speak to us, or do something He is not doing right now. In days past, meetings with God came this way. We would go through periods of dryness followed by periods of blessing and fruitfulness. I have painfully noticed that the dryness now becomes a permanent way of life unless we transition into a higher realm. This higher realm is expressed in the following passages. Continue reading

God Has Spoken

Too often we cry for God to speak to us in times of His dealings upon our lives. But the fact is, it’s because He HAS spoken to us that the pressures begin. We will find the releases we look for, not from crying to God, but by allowing His word in us to come alive in a greater way. This is the way of sonship. It is always about the word that He has deposited in us. The word growing to maturity in us blossoms into the fullness of Christ. This is a hard lesson for the soul life. It always wants God to “help us,” i.e. rescue us from the very fire He created to begin with. God is creating His sons with backbones of steel. It takes a great deal of humility to embrace the word within us because the soul realm constantly wants to whine and pitch a fit and not have to deal with taking any initiative. It’s a hard lesson to realize that no miracle deliverance is going to be forthcoming. We can’t save ourselves, but we CAN exercise faith and embrace His word. This creates the crucifixion of the self life quicker than anything else. God is going to have mature sons, not glorified babies who think they are spiritual because they have received revelation. The means by which revelation becomes a living word in us is not pleasant. It is as Hebrews 12 says. Continue reading

Purity

I have often wondered through the years how so many things could appear as God, yet be in opposition to what I knew was a living word being formed in a people. I have known brothers that loved God, and He loved them. Yet, when I looked closely, the level they ministered from did not line up with the kingdom of God as it is being revealed through a living word coming forth. This is not the same thing as God being a God of paradoxes where many things, seemingly opposite, can exist simultaneously. The paradoxical nature of God is one thing, but what appears to be of God, but fails the litmus test in light of Christ, the Living Word, being manifested, is quite another. At best, we can but say Christianity has been a mixture of the true and the false. Continue reading