Jesus, the Christ, who came from the lineage of King David of Israel, became the fulfiller of all the promises that God has spoken to the children of Israel, the Gentile world and all who are willing can now come to Him. Because Jesus fulfilled the articles of the covenant, the door is open and all may now come. In coming unto Him, the Christ who opened for humanity the windows of heaven, all the types and the shadows spoken of are now having there time of fulfillment. From the birthing of the early church on the day of Pentecost, until today, God has line upon line, precept upon precept, revealed Himself so the church might walk in the revealed light as He is in the light. The early church, filled with the power and authority that was promised from Christ, went forth from the upper room as they began turning the then known world up side down with the gospel. However, like the children of Israel who, after occupying the land of promise, the church began turning their backs upon God as they pursued the idols of carnality and the gods of the land. The church, likened unto the children of Israel, after having such a glorious beginning, begin to incorporate the idols of man’s carnal desires and clerical order into their own church order. Herein they replaced God’s glory with the institution called religion.
In this place of corruption, the church progressively fell into the dark ages, a lengthy period of time when murderous, corruptible, immoral men ruled. While they declared themselves moving in the name of God, these men, in all their carnality, departed from Him. Thus, the church lost the glory of God as man replaced it with an order of egotistical minded men who made themselves as God. In this, we see a partial fulfillment of that which Isaiah speaks of in Isa. 14:12-14, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into the heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High”.
With humanity manifesting kingdoms of their own making, the condition of the world grew steadily darker as spiritual darkness began to cover the earth. However, we must declare, that even though darkness prevailed, God has always had for Himself a representing vessel of light through which to manifest Himself. For this cause, restoration had its beginning as line upon line the light of restoration began to grow a people into spiritual maturity. This growth began as the planted seed called Christ begin manifesting within the early church. They begin to bring forth even as the parable Jesus spoke of in Mark 4:26-29, “And He [Jesus] said, the kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself, first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” God’s times and seasons have come and gone as the progressive maturing processes of God have continued to increase in the fulfilling of His promises. These promises are the covenant that God made with King David whose desire was to build for God a house, an abiding place for God’s glory. In this same realm of desire, a people, the spiritual offspring of David, are even now seeking the restoration of God’s promised glory. This is a glory in which God declared that He would dwell within and manifest Himself through His body of people, the true church.
To understand more fully the restoration of this glory, the harvest of God, let us take note of God’s declaration and the method of restoration used. This restoration, revealed to us through David in the return of the Ark of the Covenant and God’s glory to Jerusalem. Acts 15:16-17, “After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things”. Thus, in our day, we are beginning to see a first-fruits company of people who are manifesting this promised glory. This glory shall so affect the rest of humankind that they likewise might begin to seek after the Lord. How it is that God will restore this tabernacle, this open-faced glory revealed to humanity from the mount called Zion? Herein we must consider the time when the lost ark of God and His abiding glory came back to David and the children of Israel. We should take note that the church also, as seen through the eyes of the world, has likewise lost the glory that manifested through the early church. Nevertheless, as mentioned, through the dark ages, even until today, the process of restoring is continuing its work of restoration. Therefore, with honest hearts, we should observe the types and shadows that point to a finished restoration as revealed through these children of Israel.
In the church today, unto the honest observer, it is apparent that the glory of the Lord is departed from among much of the Christian community because of like sins, which existed in the house of Eli, the High Priest. The corruption, rebellion, immoral acts, and idol worship activity that existed among those Israelites also exist in the church today. But, like in the house of Eli and Israel, God is and has raised up the word of the Lord in like anointed Samuels and King David’s to restore the word of God and the fear of the Lord back unto God’s people. The ark of God that is the place of His glory was removed from Shiloh to be absent from Israel for over seventy years. However, the time of restoration had come as God stirred up David’s heart to bring back the ark of God’s glory to Jerusalem, the type of the church. Is there not a like stirring among God’s people, as well as the whole earth, today? There is a Godly groaning and travail pouring forth to know release from the consequences of human sin. A sin that is subjecting man to futility and corruption, a process of deterioration which is even now being overcome, as a first-fruits company is standing up in the time of their redemption. Rom. 8:23, “Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body”.
The church, as King David, expressing a desire to see God’s glory restored has utilized, in error, the avenues made available by the worlds systems in trying for this restoration. Nevertheless, as David’s man made cart, any manufactured systems of man only continue in producing death, just as it did with Uzzah. Many today are likewise building their own carts of religious activities with a desire to make their religious systems a place for their own glory to rest. Many are and have put forth their hand, like Uzzah (whose name means strength), to sturdy the shaking of their systems, that by using their own strength, talents, natural abilities, and learned procedures, they are seeking to keep the system upright, but they shall only know spiritual death. This is not God’s ordained way. 2 Sam. 6:6-7, “And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.” Note that even the priests could not touch the ark or look into it because of its sacredness. Because of the ark not handled according to God’s prescribed directions, error brought forth judgment and death. Is there not evidence of judgment and spiritual death existing among the Christian community today? Are men ignoring the word of God for their own carnal laws and by-laws? Are they trying to change the word of God that it might support their own carnal ideals and ego’s?
Meanwhile, God does have a first-fruits remnant, a company of people who willingly are becoming the necessary living sacrifices in whom God’s glory can dwell. Rom. 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” This word “conformed” speaks of “conforming oneself to the outer fashion or outward appearance, accommodating oneself to a model.” Apparent or superficial conformity to the present world system or any accommodation to its ways is fatal to the Christian life. Living sacrifices are those who seek God first and continually. They never depend upon self nor self’s ability to do God’s work. These search God out daily to only do or say what God would desire for them. These are willingly learning God’s ways as God moves them into an open heaven relationship; a relationship that responds to His way alone. Thus, through sacrifice and praise, they receive restoration of the glory of God as promised. (Read 2 Sam. 6:9-23).
God’s glory, the place of restoration for those who come into God’s presence, is now available to those who with an honest heart come before Him in worship and praise. In this presence, this place of glory, God releases from Himself the fullness of who He is. With increasing measures, God makes Himself known through the manifestations of His nature. His nature is that which man calls the supernatural. A nature now realized through miraculous signs and wonders in the form of healings with physical and spiritual renewing. Isa. 55:6-9, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” In God’s presence, the higher ways of God enlarge themselves to encompass and permeate each vessel who abides in that presence.
This glory from God will then affect the environment that each receiving vessel enters into, such as home, work, shopping, etc., because higher laws are now at work to bring to naught all negative forces of evil as God’s glory manifest itself through each yielded vessel. Thus, God manifest Himself in forms of light that is more powerful than darkness. Truth that is stronger than error. Grace from God’s heart that is greater than the sin in men’s hearts. Know that there is more power in the Holy Spirit to convict men of sin than the power of the evil forces to tempt men to sin. There is more power in the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse than the stain of any sin. In this place of glory all sin, sickness, corruption and any impairment must flee. Friends, God’s glory is come for the time of harvest is upon us as the first fruits are being sent forth to minister unto and gather in the full harvest. Rev. 15:3-4, “…Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before you, for your judgments have been manifested”. It is harvest time.