“Promise – Promise – Provision”

Yes, the time of Christ’s fulfillment, pointed to by the Old Testament feast called the Feast of Tabernacles, is now upon us. As this feast began, the part entitled the Day of Atonement, allowed the High Priest to move from the Holy place through the veil into the Holy of Holies, to stand in the presence of God. Herein from the Altar of Incense, that which represents the prayers of the saints in sacrificial praise and worship along with the blood from the brazen altar sacrifice (fulfilled by the cross), the High Priest makes an offering unto God Almighty. This offering is the ultimate sacrifice, a dying to self completely, and a removal from that old fallen soulish man. This means for us an entering into complete freedom from all bondages and the restoration of our entire God given purpose, our inheritance. Herein a people who are being sealed with the mind of Christ, that is, the called, the chosen and the justified one’s can now know the glorifying of God’s holy presence. Now a new man walking, one who is renewed and sanctified spirit, soul and glorified body knows the fullness of the Feast of Tabernacles. This feast fulfills and agrees with the prayer Jesus prayed concerning a people with Christ in them and they in Christ, becoming God’s dwelling place, His house. Was this not God’s intent from the very beginning, first the Jews and then the Gentiles as God confirms His purpose, when from the upper-room the early church accepted the banner of becoming a dwelling place for God’s presence to abide. Acts 15:16-17 identifies such a fulfillment in the restoration of the tabernacle of David. “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”.

The tabernacle of David, restored as promised begins its fulfillment among the early church as God’s glory begins to manifest through them into the earth. A promise, not any longer restricted to a tent on the physical mount called Zion in the land of Israel, but a promise released to reside within a people all over the earth. This people become that manifested presence of God, a people wherein God dwells to show forth His glory. Again, we know that the promises of God, in His timing will know fulfillment to a full measure. Acts 13:38-41 declares, “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man [Christ Jesus] is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you: Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you”. The word “promise” is the word “epangelia” which means, “Both a promise and the thing promised, an announcement with the special sense promise, pledge, and offer”. This means for us that His promises as declared are finished in the fulfillment thereof. Therefore, in this the last of the “last days”, God’s glory shall come forth in a full measure through a people who become the fulfillment of that which is called and purposed, a people manifesting the glory of the tabernacle of David.

Lets consider, why the need for this tabernacle to be rebuilt? The history of the children of Israel reveals for us a people who forever were forsaking the glory that God made available to them, but only through their obedience. Herein they willingly forsook God’s ways to follow the ways of the surrounding nations. Even after the word of God through the prophets, which God raised up to declare their wicked ways, Israel continually rebelled, thus forsaking God’s ways for the ways of their present tense world. What about the church, was God faithful in manifesting His glory to that upper-room crowd? Was not the church birthed in such a cloud of God’s glory that it affected the then known world? Nevertheless, liken unto the children of Israel, this church has also continuously followed the ways of the world by forsaking God’s revealed ordained way. Again, a people, even after God raised up the representative needed to warn them of their sinful ways, they continually rebelled to become a rebellious and lukewarm church being spued out of God’s mouth. However, God has promised a final restoration, a rebuilding of the tabernacle of David, that many member body of Christ, to become His glory in the earth again. A knowledge that shall cover the earth as the water covers the sea. Thus, let us follow the pattern and observe that we might become the manifestation of His released glory.

At the time when Israel found the Ark of the Covenant removed from them, which had been on Mt. Shiloh, they were now without God’s glory, but the ceremonies continued as the Priests and Levites provided the necessary rituals. However, rebellion, immoral practices and idol worship had caused Israel to lose the Ark (God’s glory) in a battle with the Philistines. In losing this Ark, God’s presence and glory was gone but the ritualistic ceremonies continued. While these rituals did not miss a beat, something was amiss, the presence and glory of God, because His Ark of Covenant existed elsewhere, was absent. In its absence, a downward spiral continued until God rose up in His Samuel and David, in whom had hearts turned toward God. David’s heartfelt desire was to restore God’s presence and glory back to the children of Israel. Yielding to this desire, he erected a tent that God called the tabernacle of David. Meanwhile, during this time the wilderness tabernacle and rituals of Moses moves from Shiloh to a place called Mt. Gibeon. Note that as it was on Mt. Shiloh, so was it now on Mt. Gibeon. Ceremonies and rituals continued along with sacrifices, carried out but at a price, the presence and glory of God was missing. Today, among the Christian Community a like-kind order of rituals is the order of many of their services. Many different types of religious orders practiced in the name of God have become a broken down rebellious system of legalism and laws with deceptive teachings, but the presence and glory of God is missing. While forms and rituals may have the appearance of having God’s favor, where is the glory that God has promised to His latter house?

Are not God’s true prophets and priests, His ministry of today, blowing a trumpet of warning? Change is taking place as the Spirit of God pursues a people by stirring up in them a longing for the divine presence and glory of God in their midst. In this, like among the early church, God is again in the process of completing that which had its beginning in the upper-room, a restoring of David’s tabernacle. God, is no longer pleased with blessing the house of Abinadab alone, but is desirous to bless the whole house of David, the kingdom of Israel now known as His church. God today is preparing a likeminded people with but one desire, to restore God’s glory to the earth, to cause the whole of creation to know God in all that He has purposed. Thus, a return is taking place; a tent (body of people) with God’s glory is renewed. In this restoration, let us take note of God’s divine order in manifesting the abundance of His glory. 1 Chron. 16:1a states, “So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle [tent] that David had erected for it [on Mt. Zion]”.

We should understand that it is Mt. Zion (David’s tabernacle), where God is restoring His glory with nothing mentioned concerning Mt. Gibeon’s restoration, why? Could it be that among the church system the forms and rituals of Mt. Gibeon are not broken down but remained the same, a ritual without God’s presence? Is it not so, that the Christian Community for the most part has maintained, with the moving away from the glory of the upper-room experience, it’s many different ceremonial rites and rituals, forms without substance and power, because it lacks in having God’s manifested presence and glory. Let us note that on Mt. Zion, God’s presence and glory was dwelling as the worshippers, Asaph and his group, maintained a 24 hour a day worship, praise and spiritual songs before the Lord, while observing God’s glorious presence. 1 Chron. 16:5-6, “Asaph the chief …. Jeiel with stringed instruments and harps, but Asaph made music with cymbals; Benaiah and Jehaziel the priest regularly [constantly, always, evermore, perpetually] blew the trumpets before the ark of the covenant of God [Zion – David’s tabernacle]”. Likewise, can we not hear the trumpets blowing today, sounding out a word of revelation concerning God’s glory manifesting continually unto the earth, declaring a time of restoration? Herein a people, separate from the rituals of Mt. Gibeon to become the expression of Mt. Zion, the dwelling place of God’s glory and presence.

Is it time for the full measure of God’s presence and glory to be manifest? Can we not see that the conditions, as they exist in the world today, are demanding such an expression? Has not God’s promises been given and shall they not be fulfilled? By the observing of the three-an-one-half year ministry of God’s only begotten Son we can catch a glimpse of another three-an-one-half year ministry that is now having its beginning as they take their place. This ministry is coming forth as a many member son to manifest the glory of God, a glory spoken of in scripture that shall fulfill God’s greater things. Let us take note that as Jesus began His earthly ministry He went to a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Here He manifests the miracle of changing the water into wine. John 2:9-11, “When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from [but the servants who had drown the water knew], the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now! This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him”.

         Herein, the ministry of Jesus began with the signs and wonders promised, in fulfilling that for which God sent Him. This sign, being manifested at the marriage speaks also of this day when another marriage is taking place between the spirit and soul of man as the Holy Spirit is sent forth to unite such a union among the called and chosen ones. At this time, again God has saved the better wine for the last part of these last days, a time when new better wine comes forth. A people who shall complete that which had its beginning in the first born Son, Jesus Christ, to again manifest itself in the corporate body of Christ as they minister the greater things of God in this our season in God. The manifested glory spoken of in the above scripture speaks of a release of something majestic, absolute perfection residing in Christ (head and body), evidenced by the miracles performed. This glory had its latter day beginning as it came forth from the upper-room on the day of Pentecost and evidenced throughout the then known world.

In the beginning, God established His seven-day program in which to bring forth creation and His created man. These seven days of creation established the guidelines in which God would work to finish the purpose of His created man. Through each passing creation day God brought forth according to that pre-ordained plan, down through the ages of time until the bringing forth of His Son Jesus. Like all the sevens that God uses throughout scripture, God also uses these seven days in the birthing of His Son as well as the raising up of His many member body of Christ, His many sons. With seven speaking of completeness and perfection, God’s people are in the final days of God in finishing His perfected, completed man, as patterned and revealed at the wedding at Cana. At this wedding, the three-an-one-half years of Jesus’ ministry began its course to culminate with the death, burial and resurrection of the first Son. This first-born Son then becoming a seed, planted in receiving man, and beginning the birthing of a likeminded creation, bringing forth a many member body of people, made complete and perfect in Him. At which time, after a lengthy period, the fruit of the planted seed matures and takes up the remaining three-an-one-half years of the Christ ministry to complete God’s seven-year plan.

Herein enters the many member sons who like the first-born son, have become the two (union, witness, fullness) witnesses who dwell in the earth. These are not two individual people but are the witness of Christ in the earth as the visible manifestation of the spirit and the word (the two witnesses) dwelling in a many member body of people. Rev. 11:3-4, “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days [three-an-one-half years], clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth”. These witnesses portray a people who are witnesses of the God of the heavens and earth. They are now a corporate many member people who are the anointed and matured of God to manifest the Christ in power and authority. This three-an-one-half year ministry now completes the seven-year plan which had it’s beginning in Jesus Christ and therefore is fulfilling the last seven years of Daniels prophesied 70 weeks of years. Thus, God’s purpose, His promise and now the provision is appearing in the earth as change is affecting every order of life to finalize God’s will and purpose. As the last three-an-one-half years are completed, transition time is finished and these events shall usher in the sounding of the seventh promised trumpet. Rev. 11:15, “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever”.

As we know, as Jesus finished His three-and-one-half year ministry He was placed in the tomb for a period of three days. However, on the third day a resurrection took place as He arose to appear unto some for forty days until returning to the Father. Now in considering that at the end of their three-and-one-half year ministry the witnesses know a death. This death last for three-and-one-half days, but they are also resurrected, on the fourth day as was Lazarus, not the third day as with Jesus. This again fulfills God’s number seven that speaks of completion and fullness. Rev. 11:11, “Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, a great fear fell on those who saw them”. Thus, another event follows that fulfills God’s purpose as these resurrected ones ascend to a place in God wherein this remnant is now finalizing that which God purposed, a people made in the likeness of His image, coming into that place of glorification wherein God is glorified in all the earth. Rev. 11:12, “And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, come up here. And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them”.

Jesus after His resurrection has the ability to dwell in heaven and earth, which is the invisible and visible, with an immortal body. Likewise, we see the many member body of Christ released from the earth to dwell in heaven and earth also, both the invisible and visible, in their resurrected immortal bodies. This releases unto the earth a time of judgment as the resurrection power of God comes into the earth. Rev. 11:18, “The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth”. Herein all heaven rejoices, for that which God purposed in the beginning now dwells on the earth to take dominion.

In this, a people can rest assured that God is not slack concerning that which He has promised. As the word declares, a better wine is now available to all who will hear and obey His word. From the upper-room, a call of repentance has echoed forth across all creation until third (1000-year) day fulfills His purpose. In Hosea 6:12 God promised that a raised up people shall appear, “Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days [2000 years] He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up,[the third 1000 year day] that we may live in His sight”. God’s purpose, as revealed through His word and His promises is to establish His covenant between man and the provision with perfection now come. Luke 13:32, And He said to them, Go, tell that fox, behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow [for 2000 years], and the third day [third 1000 year day] I shall be perfected [resurrected]. Can we not stand upon His word and His promises unto the fulfilling of them all? To this, we can say yea and amen.

 

 

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