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George H. Warnock
"And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them." Exodus 25:8 "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." Revelation 21:3
Preface Introduction Diagrams Of The Tabernacle In The Wilderness Chapter 1 - The Tabernacle In The Wilderness Chapter 2 - The Tabernacle Of David Diagram Of The Tabernacle Of David Chapter 3 - The Temple Of Solomon Diagrams Of The Temple Of Solomon Diagram Of The Brazen Sea Chapter 4 - The Temple Of Ezekiel's Vision Chapter 5 - The Temple Of Zerubbabel Chapter 6 - The Temple Of Herod The Great Chapter 7 - The Temple Which Is His Body
The purpose of this study, and the title itself, are intended to show how God would
progressively move "from one tent to another" as He sought to lead His people into a higher relationship with Himself; and would then consummate His purposes by moving from the lowly "tent" to a glorious "Temple" as He took up His permanent habitation in the hearts of men. This had always been God's plan, and the only reason He instituted and ordained previous temples was to provide for His people a place where they could draw nigh to Him, so that this place would become a "house of prayer" for all nations, and a means of grace whereby the inhabitants of the earth could discover the pathway to God until the greatest Temple of the ages would be revealed and manifested in the earth. And so it was fulfilled in the Lord Jesus who declared Himself to be the Temple of God in the earth. And then He showed us, through His holy apostles and prophets, how this Temple would be expanded and enlarged to embrace those who are the redeemed of the earth, and made to be "living stones" in that same Temple. Because the original tents and temples that God ordained were intended to be a means of grace, and a revelation of His presence in the midst of His people, whenever the purpose of the temple was perverted to mean something that man had built "for the glory of God," God did not hesitate to forsake it. Through Isaiah the prophet God saw fit to thunder forth some very awesome indictments against His people: "Do you think you have built Me a House? Do you really think I am hungry, and need to drink the blood of bullocks and eat the flesh of
goats and lambs? Your hearts are perverted! Go cut off a dogs neck.., its all the same to Me! Or offer swines blood on My altar, if that is the thought of your rebellious hearts! What I am really looking for is not sacrifice and offering and temple and altar--I am really looking for the man who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembleth at My Word!" (See Isa. 66:1-3) How applicable is such a denunciation to the religious world today! May God remove the scales from our eyes that we might know and be assured that the only temple God ever desired is now in the making, a holy Temple of the redeemed ones of the earth, a "habitation of God in the Spirit." And when God finds His home in the hearts of His redeemed, He is totally at rest.
-- George H. Warnock --
Truth runs deep in its flow, and is complex in its structure; but it is by no means complicated.
Many would excuse themselves for not getting too deeply involved in Truth by saying, "Well, it is just too deep for me..." And so they just leave it alone. But neither knowledge nor intelligence are prerequisites for an appreciation of the deeper things of God. A fish is not considered to be highly intelligent, but it appreciates "depth" simply because it has a nature that longs for it. And because it has a nature that longs for it, God has given it the animal and physical capacity to enjoy it, as well as the rivers and lakes and streams and oceans to fulfill this inherent longing. And so the psalmist said, "Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts" (Psa. 42:7). There is something "deep" in the nature of the fish that calls unto the "deep" in the oceans... because God put that longing there when He created it. Human wisdom and understanding, far from being a prerequisite to a true knowledge of God, can be very detrimental to us if that longing after Himself is not there. Jesus said on one occasion, "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight" (Lk. 10:21). Unlike an animal we have a spirit fashioned after God's image, which is capable of God-consciousness and divine fellowship. And though this image was defaced by the Fall, it has been restored in Redemption; and we may grow into it as we choose the pathway of obedience unto the will of God. As we simply walk in this pathway, that longing and yearning after God will increase, and there will be an everincreasing unfolding of His will, and an ever-expanding revelation of His glory. Some would seek to deny us this greater revelation by reminding us that God never changes, that Jesus Christ is forever the same, and therefore we ought not to seek after an unfolding revelation. But this argument overlooks the fact that WE are the ones who need to be changed, not God; and if we truly seek to do His will there will grow within us a cry and a yearning to be changed--even "from glory unto glory" by the Spirit of the Lord. This is what we mean by unfolding revelation. It is the sprouting of the Seed in the soil of our hearts until it springs forth as "the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear" (Mk. 4:28). It is constant growth in the realm of the Spirit until we are able to "comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to KNOW the love of Christ, which PASSETH KNOWLEDGE" until we are "filled with [or, unto] ALL THE FULNESS
OF GOD" (Eph. 3:18-19). It is entering into and appropriating the inheritance which God has already given us, but which we have never possessed in any degree of fullness. It is a laying hold upon and apprehending that very thing for which God has laid hold upon and apprehended us! God has revealed Himself in the scriptures as One Who is looking for a "home" in which He might dwell. After reading and meditating upon the thoughts brought out in this writing I trust we will understand more clearly why God needs a home. In the scriptures we find Him moving with His people from one resting place to another as He progressively reveals His purposes and seeks to bring into being the ideal "home" that He has been waiting for. This progressive revelation of Himself must continue until the eternal purpose is fully consummated in a people whom He has created for His own glory. In this writing we cover seven phases of God's dealings with His people as He moved with them From Tent to Temple. I know that some would like for us to pinpoint just where we are now in the cycle of His dealings with His people. But we could not do this, as God's people are to be found in many of these areas. Like pure Light itself, how shall we know what is red and what is blue, except as the Lord by His Spirit shines through the prism of our hearts and reveals it? And like the wheels of the cherubim, we travel in many directions at one and the same time, and how then could we pinpoint our present location? We just pray that the Truth of God may speak to our hearts in the following pages, regardless of the particular phase of the Temple that we are examining. We will be speaking much about apprehending what God has in mind for His people, without trying to define too clearly the boundaries of our inheritance. How far does God want to take us? This, of course, might seem to be a great problem to those who desire to "apprehend" that for which God has apprehended us. How far can we go without falling into error? Is there not a danger of presenting truth for today that really pertains to another day--or another dispensation? How can we be sure that what we know to be "truth" is really ours to appropriate here and now, rather than leaving it for Heaven--or for the Resurrection? Christendom has always been divided on these issues. And no sooner have the boundaries been theologically set and drawn out, when God moves again in His people, and they move forward into areas of truth that they find are practical, experiential, and vital; while others linger behind claiming that these things are definitely NOT for today. But God does it anyway, without getting permission from the theologians. A born-again experience is thought by many to be something far-out, and not for today: "You can't know for sure till the day of judgment." Or healing is not for today. "Yes, in the days of Jesus and the apostles... and perhaps in the Kingdom to come,--but not for today." The Baptism of the Holy Spirit? "Yes, they experienced this at Pentecost... but that was a oncefor-all baptism of the whole Church, it's not for us to experience as individuals." God Who is the Author of Truth freely moves in all these areas, and men and women by the millions have entered in and partaken of the provisions of His grace, while others hide behind their theological positions and remain in their stagnant pools. God has a very sure way for His people, and that Way is the Lord Jesus Himself. He is always the one and only way, Who brings us into Truth and into Life. He knows how far He desires to bring us in this life; and as we earnestly seek to follow Him Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life--and stay close to
And height. But if our pursuit is simply to know Him in fullness. just as difficult. That ye. It is as simple as that-and we might add. we are moving in the revealed will of God. And this we must always prove for ourselves. Again. being rooted and grounded in love. In that living Word from the lips of Jesus there was all the faith he needed to walk on the water. but he knew it would be rash and presumptuous for him to try it unless the Lord said "Come. The Life of the Ages is abiding in us now. As God urges us on. and the anointing we receive from Him is totally sufficient to keep us from areas of deception and darkness. nor will we get bogged down in areas of presumption. and then preserved it in the holy scriptures for the early Church as well as for us living in the end-time. There is a vast difference. And if the Spirit of God inspired the apostle to pen this prayer." But once he heard the word "Come. Which passeth knowledge. but the living Christ is not the Author of what we are attempting to do. let us fear no barriers that men may erect to discourage us from appropriating this glorious heritage." that was enough. We must always search our hearts--and ask God to search our hearts--that in all our pursuit after Him we find ourselves walking in faith rather than in presumption. I must quote Paul's desire for His people: That we might "be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man. If we are moving in faith. if we truly love Him with all of our hearts. And I find it difficult to understand how we could desire anything more than this. Our real fear should be "lest we come short of it" and NOT to "beware lest you go too far. and wrong in others. in every area of our walk with Him." We might go too far in theological . 3:16-19). unto] All the fulness of God" (Eph. And length. if we truly know the Lord of Life. and that is. And depth. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. Peter desired to step out of the boat and walk with Jesus. to abide in Christ and to hear His Word. If we are caught up with the thought of certain events that are about to happen in the Church. Now the apostle earnestly prayed in the Spirit that the saints would apprehend this glorious heritage of the fullness of God. That ye might be filled with [or. If it is presumption we are motivated by our own thoughts and desires. it is always possible we might be right in some of them. For He alone is the Truth. For there is only one provision that God has given us to deliver us from theological concepts of doctrine on the one hand and to keep us in the narrow pathway of the Word of God on the other. and finding "scripture" to support us. May be able to comprehend with all saints What is the breadth. and He seeks to bring us into a far greater fullness than we have yet known. we need fear no boundaries. we seek to follow.Him--we will not fall into deception. And if it is truly the Lord urging us on there will be the provision of faith to follow as He leads. based perhaps on our concept of truth. And to know the love of Christ. or with revelations we feel we have had about God's workings in the earth. for the Spirit of God is here in the earth to lead God's people into the fullness of Christ--here and now. and a living Word from God's heart will have within it a genuine seed of faith.
. It is the "theology" itself that so often becomes the barrier. then let us have confidence that God is pleased as we press toward that mark. and lead another people beyond it. if He is indeed our one and only pursuit in this life. Theologically correct! But the Lord Jesus was the Theos-Logos standing by her side. leads us into those immeasurable realms that God holds out to His people by a living and life-imparting Word from God.. 11:24). And as surely as we feel confident that we know where the boundary lines are. and yet. I felt to emphasize these things.concepts. But we can only go beyond the boundaries as the Logos Himself. with the powers of the next world?. we must follow on to know Him. For surely the Author of the Book knows what He had in mind when He inspired holy men to write the scriptures. If we sincerely desire nothing more.. 25). but if it hinders our walk with Him Who is the Theos-Logos Who was "made flesh and dwelt among us. . and the Life" (vs. THE TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS Photograph of a model built by the author in the late 30's. the Lord Jesus. than this abiding life in Christ. and the fellowship of His sufferings. This is what makes the difference between theological truth and living truth. because in all that I am writing about I am aware that we are speaking at times of another age. as well as the one we are in. God has seen fit to bring a people into it now! Did not Paul clearly identify the life we have in the Holy Ghost. What we have now. and then preserved them for us to read. I would like to be able to draw the line more clearly. We desire only to apprehend the very thing for which He has apprehended us. if our pursuit is in that area.. and He said to her: "I am the Resurrection. Our pursuit of Truth must be very clear and precise. our theology ought to be right. Yes. But I have not discovered a clear boundary line between that portion of Truth that God has for us in this age and that which He has reserved for the next. if in so doing it would help God's people in their pursuit of God. "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day" (Jn.. and what we have come to experience in realms of the Spirit. If the Lord Jesus is speaking... We desire only to know Him. and the good Word of God. But there is no danger that we might go too far with our Lord Jesus. if He is leading us on. if He is showing us the Way. and nothing less. God may well leave us on this side of the line. are really things that pertain to the next age. Martha said concerning her dead brother. and the power of His resurrection.. 6:4-5)? If the Life of Christ becomes our one and only pursuit in our pilgrim journey here on earth." then l am afraid there is something wrong with the theology. dispensations can never become a barrier in our walk with the Lord or with the measure of life that we may attain to in the Spirit. and assure us that we are now actually partaking of the "powers of the world to come" (Heb.
25:8).CHAPTER 1 . that I may dwell among them" (Ex. This.THE TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS The Sanctuary Is For God "And let them make me a sanctuary. How it would help us in all our Christian service and ministry. if we could recognize this one . is the key verse in this whole subject concerning the Temple of God. we believe.
than He did in Martha's efforts to prepare Him a good meal. trying to get the job done. no feet but my feet to carry the gospel of peace. centers about Himself. and therefore equally sinful.. a true habitation for Himself in the Spirit--a Home. When the glory of God becomes the standard of our acceptance before Him. And this can only come about as they submit to His Word and Spirit. with sons and daughters that are obedient unto Him as they grow up in His family. and draws him unto Himself." When He lives within us He will direct us in paths of service as the need arises. Without such a home God continues to be the lonesome God that He was before creation. and know that . The whole message of the Gospel is off-center unless it is properly centered in God. And if these were not sufficient.. then all men come equally short of that standard. For He really does not need us so much for the service that we can render. our lost condition. Now the Marthas are beloved of the Lord too. yes. What instruments and resources God may use from time to time and from one generation to another in working out His purposes in the earth are really quite incidental. we would quickly acknowledge that He needs us for service. Martha was surprised that Jesus would spend so much time just talking to Mary." We have all heard that old slogan of the Church: "We are saved to serve!" But this is far from the truth. far from the truth.. Ten thousand times ten thousand stand at His beck and call.. and Mary should have been helping her--helping her to serve the Lord who had come to visit them. He really desires. Evidently He took greater delight in fellowshipping with Mary. because He has no hands but my hands to serve Him. It is like a man saying concerning his bride. But we are rather amazed that men will continue to ignore the one and only way that God has ordained for the world to see and hear the Gospel. "I married her because I needed a slave." God does need us. and so lacking in His attributes of love and mercy and truth that long to flow forth from His being. from the standpoint of our need. For truly God's plan is not merely to "get the job done. "There is no difference: for all have sinned. 3:22-23). We picture Him as being so helpless as a Spirit--Being that He must have us to do His work! But that is far. God begins from His own heart. and how He intends to accomplish the things that need to be done in the earth. and He will have. They are busily engaged in the work of the Lord.. and become vitally one with Christ Himself. Yet too often they do not recognize what God really desires. by the word of His mouth He could create ten million more to "post o'er land and ocean without rest. But primarily for fellowship. I fail to recognize that He needs me. for His own glory.important principle: the sanctuary is for God's abiding place in the midst of men. reaches out toward man. But Jesus told her plainly that Mary had chosen the better part. He needs a place where He might live. But actually it begins in God. Oh. that is true. and consequently one with His many brethren. We are inclined to relate the Gospel primarily to ourselves. and reaches forth toward man for the delight of His own heart. if God is indeed giving direction. Nor do we mean to criticize any of the "means" that men are using today to evangelize the world. a place that He can call "Home. But because I am so unlike God by nature. The greatest of all sins is our failure to recognize His supreme Lordship in our lives. Before God all men are equally estranged from Him. and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. to satisfy the eternal longing of His own heart for companionship and friendship with one in His own image and likeness. when He knew there was so much work to be done. with no one to share His own heart of love and mercy and truth and long-suffering and kindness. and that no one was to take this portion from her. I need God." He is creating a people that will be to the praise of His glory. no mouth but my mouth to speak forth His Word. from babes to maturity. but this is secondary.. and our approach toward God.
) "They that wait upon the LORD Shall renew their strength" (Isa. but also in His Way. and shew thee what thou shalt do" (1 Sam. but in so doing he made the wrong decision. Some get so concerned about fulfilling a prophecy they have received or some vision that God has given them rather than simply walking with God today. which a king in Israel had no right to do. Saul waited the seven days but the prophet did not come. Because of Saul's act of disobedience God cut his kingdom short.) "Blessed are all they that wait for him" (Isa. My Soul Wait Thou Upon God! The soul that waits upon the Lord is not one that lacks vision. And He will do it when He is ready. Let us not be disturbed by slogans such as this: "Some people are waiting for God. embrace the promise. For He has shown us clearly that the world will know and believe only when God has a people "sanctified" unto the will of the Father. 10:8). and then do it their way if it seems to be more practical. God alone can fulfill the prophecy or the vision. because they know His plan can only be fulfilled by and through a people who walk in His Way. and made one with the Lord Jesus. that did not release him to act on his own. wait thou only upon God.Though it tarry." We hear this a lot.. They simply believe what He has declared.. He "forced himself. in Sion" (Psa.) God's people have always been prone to turn from God's way when they judge it to be impossible. but it is not scriptural. (For even true spiritual praise. 33:20).. Rather he is one who is learning to see things as God sees them. as He is one with the Father. 65:1). and who desires to become involved with Him not only in His plan.Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God. (See Jn. waits for the direction and control of the Holy Spirit. 30:18). wait for it" (Hab. "Our soul waiteth for the LORD: He is our help and our shield" (Psa. .. 2:3). and took upon himself the role of a priest. Men of faith are not concerned as to how God may bring to pass what is impossible. On the other hand God has much to say about those who think God is waiting for them to get the job done: "They soon forgat his works. O God. as God's people anticipate what He will do. We must attain to complete victory over our own impatient spirit. The prophet said to Saul: "Seven days shalt thou tarry. Take your concordance and check it out. They waited not for his counsel" (Psa." he told Samuel. These are just a few examples. However. 106:13). but there are many more. "For the vision is yet for an appointed time. and when we are ready--not when we think we are ready. For my expectation is from him" (Psa. 62:5). 40:31). but God is waiting for them. only to mar the beautiful thing that God would do. and wait expectantly (though with much trial of faith) for the performance of that which God has decreed. "Praise waiteth for thee. like any other aspect of ministry. till I come to thee. (So often when we fail to see the vision fulfilled we try to fulfill it ourselves. "My soul. 17:17-21.
and try again. Few saints there are who are "quieted" in spirit. If only He would delay the promise until the time drew near for Him to fulfill it! Then perhaps we could bear up under it. and fail. I shall go forth and do what I can. . with nothing but a stick in his hand. He would talk with God "face to face. The frustrations that we experience as we seek Him and wait for Him are a necessary part of His discipline in our lives as He seeks to quiet our spirit and bring forth the fruit of patience. God waited till he was 80 years of age--alienated from the favor he once had with Pharaoh." as God gave him living oracles. He had learned much of God's ways as he tended the sheep in Midian. as he became the first shepherd of Israel. He would learn much more. for we would not have the Word of the promise to torment our impatient spirit. Is God Really Late? Yes. Nevertheless in the wilderness of Midian Moses learned much of God's ways. or at least assure ourselves that we have succeeded. But He moves consistently onward and forward according to His own eternal purpose. and "behaved" as a weaned child (Psa. God gave Abraham the promise early. It is in this "waiting period" that we find time to do our best--to try. He learned about his own inadequacy and helplessness. but fulfilled it late. The Man Who Built The Tabernacle We have dealt considerably with this matter of "waiting". because we (like Moses) must come to know God's ways if we are to become involved with Him in the true Tabernacle "not made with hands. Or perhaps to try again and succeed. A learning course of this nature will usually require a lot longer period of time than the three or four years one might spend in a Bible School or Seminary to discover one's abilities and potential! But what was the result of it all? Moses accomplished in one single night what he had longed to accomplish as a powerful young prince in Egypt at the age of 40. And to Moses was given the pattern for the Tabernacle. which was to become God's dwelling place in the midst of His people.God is always late by man's timetable. and that what things we consider to be successful must be laid aside as mere refuse. for the knowledge of Christ. And this is what makes it all the more frustrating to those who embrace His Word and promise. but He is right on time according to His own plan and purpose. only to come to still greater devastation when God comes on the scene and rejects our vain efforts to build His Kingdom. and stripped of all confidence in his own abilities--before God called him as a helpless shepherd. As Abraham waited (and no doubt experienced much trial and frustration) he learned the ways of the Lord and became the father of the faithful for all generations to come. but he learned the lesson well. to go back to Egypt and deliver a whole nation out of slavery. But we have learned that this is all part of the training course." We all know what disappointment and frustration he suffered. May we learn this important lesson once for all: that in our natural strength and wisdom we can do nothing. God is always late by man's standards. written with the finger of God on tables of stone. It took him 40 years. his own unworthiness and his own deficiencies." At the age of 40 Moses may well have argued with himself: "What am I waiting for? I am Israel's deliverer. 131:2).
But the trials that he went through wrought in him a heart "after the heart of God." if it too was not able to bring perfection to those who embraced it.. and fulfilled it late. on the LORD" (Psa. The Pattern Of The Tent "And look that thou make them after their pattern. The "very image" speaks of that which is perfect. I say." He is not trying His best to get a job done." Men almost despaired of the promise. and a sustainer of life to surrounding nations. In this pattern we have a picture of the heavenly realm which was to be made manifest in the fullness of time." No! God is not really late! Let us not submit to the pressure that is on God's people these days "to get the job done." And the shepherd boy from Bethlehem became a shepherd-king over all Israel. 1:6). and fulfilled it late.) For God has ordained that in the fullness of time the Substance of all Old Testament offering and sacrifice would be revealed.. 27:14). God gave him very detailed instructions for the building of the sanctuary.God gave Joseph the promise early. but "in the fulness of time" He came forth: "Late in time behold Him come. "For the law having a shadow of good things to come. but the exact similitude and expression of God in human form. only a shadow. can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect" (Heb. But that same "word" brought Joseph out of the dungeon to be a ruler and deliverer. 10:1). God promised that the "seed of the woman" would "bruise the serpent's head. . and not the very image of the things. and the ashes of a red heifer. The "word" that Joseph embraced as a promise became the "word" that tried him severely (Psa. He is bringing forth a New Creation. and then replacing it with a new religious system which was still "faulty. a sketch. 8:5). which was shewed thee in the mount" (Ex. We are His "workmanship. "Wait. So Christ is said to be the "image of the invisible God" and "the express image of His Person.Offspring of a virgin's womb. 105:19). but was never able to fulfill." God is faithful to "watch over His Word to perform it. the real thing." He is not just a resemblance of God. We need to remember this: the vision the Lord gives us becomes our trial. talking with God face to face. It is the suggestion of those who ignorantly deny the full efficacy of the blood of Christ to take away all sin." the "masterpiece" that He is working on. For "he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Phil. if the sacrifice of Christ can do no better. God gave the whole human race the promise early. Notice this very carefully: it was not a perfect representation of the real. God gave David the promise early. As Moses dwelt in the midst of the celestial glory for 40 days and 40 nights. The shadow speaks of an outline. 25:40). Of course most Christians do not believe that "the very image" can bring perfection either. And if this be so God may be charged with abolishing a faulty religious system which could not bring perfection. We might just as well continue on with the sacrifices of bulls and goats. Why should He have suffered so much in vain? (God forbid the very suggestion! But it is not really mine. Paul calls the whole Levitical order "the example and shadow of heavenly things" (Heb. and fulfilled it late. and that He would bring forth the perfection that the Old Testament pointed to in many of its types and shadows. but only a type.
It is always according to scripture. and the locust have eaten. He was not the shadow. Invariably when God moves forward with His people it is the quickening Word that leads them forth into new things. the cankerworm. For the promise is. It was God Himself dwelling in the midst of His people. Finally the heavenly Temple is revealed and manifested in Christ Himself Who declared Himself to be the very Temple of God in the earth. which is his body. For He has promised "the glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former" (Hag. And all this will be in strict conformity to the revealed Word of God. for Jesus Christ is the Truth. but the "very image". in striving for something that is far below God's intention. 2:19). that from the throne of Zion's holy mountain He might rule and reign as "head over all things to the church. so as to encourage His people to move on with Him. and therefore eternal and unchangeable. it would speak to us of the promise of a "new day. quickened and made alive to His people in the day when He arises to perform the intentions of His heart. "And in three days I will raise it up" (Jn. Fundamental principles of truth remain unchanged. and they seek to follow in obedience. and the years that the caterpillar. 1:22-23). the Holy Spirit (Who is the Vicar of Christ on earth) will not seek to accommodate those who are endeavoring to bring about this kind of restoration. And God always confirms what He is doing in many. therefore. and the tabernacle or temple that has gone into ruin and later restored is vastly different than the original structure. God has still greater things in mind. The trumpet sound is certain and clear. as He outlined the substance in a somewhat different light. many ways. . or Solomon. 2:22). The General Plan Of The Tabernacle The Tent was situated in the very center of the camp of Israel. For in our study of the tabernacles and temples of God we are going to discover that the pattern changes as one temple replaces another. to bring about a restoration of her glory to something that might equate the glory she had in the days of David. But until the fullness of Christ is formed within His people. Why would God see fit to change the pattern from time to time? For the simple reason that it was just a shadow of the heavenly realm." He said. who were responsible for the conduct of all who ministered in the sanctuary. Yes. the fulness of him that filleth all in all" (Eph. Try as Israel may. and over the Tent the cloud of His glory rested. 2:9). and in changing it we have a different view of what God had in mind. Certainly He will restore that which was lost. she too is going to be greatly frustrated and perplexed. But when God has a new order in mind. "Destroy this temple. His intention being to build the Church together "for an habitation of God through the Spirit" (Eph. Whether we speak of natural Israel or the Church." But if God has something "new" in mind. and by night as a pillar of fire.This is important for us to remember. But there was to be a further expression of the "very image" as the Lord Jesus was glorified. she will not succeed. in vain do we try to restore the old one. and there in the front of the gate were the tents of Moses and Aaron. And try as the Church may to bring about a restoration to something that might resemble the glory of early apostolic days. day and night: by day as a pillar of cloud." The Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem also faced the east. The Tent faced the east. perhaps in a more brilliant light. His sheep know the Voice. the palmerworm. Many good ministers are puzzled as they try their best to re-establish the order and structure of the "New Testament Church. God will continue to do new things and bring about a new order wherein His people shall walk. we fail to see and to anticipate the greater glory that God has in mind. Facing the east. God needs His people because He needs a permanent Home in which He might dwell--a Home that is compatible with His own nature and character.
and the sinning Israelite could go away free--until he sinned again. and dwell in a Tabernacle "which the Lord pitched. This was called the outer court. 23:9). a separate people. and God's glory covering the sanctuary like a canopy. When the true Sacrifice was made. we have three areas: the outer court. a holy nation. As one might look down upon the Tabernacle from the hillsides. His heart longed for a whole nation of kings and priests. and from the viewpoint of angels and principalities and powers of the heavenly realm! We may excuse Israel. a royal priesthood. "How goodly are thy tents. The priest and Levite would then take the sacrifice to the brazen altar which was situated just inside the gate. as well as the laver and the brazen altar which were outside the Tent. but the promise is there. This too has failed to materialize in fullness. sacrifice it unto the Lord. and not man"? The Tent itself had a partition called the veil. And yet. and disobedient. And again. and in the fullness of time He would create such a nation. that we might behold ourselves for a moment from God's viewpoint. the promise was once again brought forward from God's heart: "But ye are a chosen generation. that we had eyes to see. Then surrounding the Tent. and a covenant of ever-increasing glory. even at that very moment the people were disheartened. 24:5). 2:9). O Israel!" (Num. and ears to hear. and an unchanging priesthood was established in Christ. And thy tabernacles. and a heart to perceive. an holy nation. and an holy nation" (Ex. and the drought and barrenness of the wilderness journey. But in the spirit of prophecy he was compelled to say: "From the top of the rocks I see him. 4:2). God had promised them: "Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests. Altogether. and the promise remained unfulfilled. Nor could he go into the sanctuary itself. And shall not be reckoned among the nations" (Num. O Jacob. one could not help but be aware that here was a distinct people."Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings" (Mal. which the priests entered from the east side in the course of their ministry. for that was reserved for the priests. with thousands of little tents surrounding it. the people shall dwell alone. the holy place. There at the eastern gate the sinning Israelite would bring his sacrifice to the priest. Oh. discouraged. This was no arbitrary arrangement on God's part. And from the hills I behold him: Lo. Balaam the sorcerer wanted to curse them. a peculiar people" (1 Pet. He was going to be paid well for doing it. which separated the holy place from the most holy. for theirs was a covenant of death. and the linen surrounding it was much like a fence. was an enclosure composed of fine linen hanging on posts which were placed in brazen sockets in the desert sand. a covenant of fading glory. and it remains for those who will go God's . But how shall we excuse ourselves who have been made partakers of a covenant of life. then. and the holy of holies. Because of their disobedience they could not attain to it then. They were filled with murmuring and complaining because of the bitterness of the way. 19:6).
The ark would speak of God's presence. But as You would possess our reins with the pure and holy mind of Christ. of that living bread which came down from Heaven. as one would enter. or beyond the Word. that in each type and symbol some particular aspect of His glory may faintly be seen. "if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus" (Phil. It's not something you experience today. the candlestick on our left (the south). 3:12). not in darkness. If men do not like the truth they can readily relegate it to some dispensation other than the one we are living in. by which we are clothed. Nothing on earth could adequately portray and symbolize that which pertains to His glory. and hearing by the Word of God" (Rom. Oh Lord. to that end I must press on. and the veil he went behind to make atonement for sins speaks of His flesh. and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. and robbed God's people of the glory that He has for them. Let there be no misunderstanding here: what God declares concerning us is true. The shittim wood (or acacia) would speak of the weakness of Christ's humanity. We will not touch on a lot of this detail. nor do I desire to do so. and every trace of sin and the carnal nature must vanish away in the pure Light of Your presence. His divine Glory." The Furnishings Of The Tent Exodus 25 Inside the Tent. There are no limits in You. Give us open eyes to behold Your glory. that we might enter into His presence. and dispensational truth have almost nullified the Word of God. of His own righteousness. "Therefore. The priest speaks of our great High Priest. and You have erected no barriers to the man of faith.way--all the way. Or if it is definitely truth for this dispensation. and if we abide under Your shadow we shall walk. What God has elected and chosen for me. and the altar of incense toward the west just in front of the veil. many types are used. the blood of His own incorruptible Blood. the place where God's glory dwelt. Then behind the veil. Truly You are Light and Life in all Your Being. I know I cannot go beyond faith. then they have a way of relegating it to the heavens. for Your shadow is one of pure light. And so we could go on and on." But the answer is clear from the Word of God: It is ours and we must press toward the mark. It really belonged inside the veil (according to Hebrews 9:4) but was placed just outside the veil so the priests would always have access to it. The lamb or goat or turtledove that was slain would speak of His sacrifice. and of His people who are in union with Him. The linen curtains. "That's positional truth. Entering the holy place through the five pillars we would see the table of shewbread on our right (the north). that was torn asunder for us at the Cross. But He makes His declarations in the New Covenant that we might embrace them by faith and appropriate them. Give us understanding hearts to perceive Your ways. But "faith cometh by hearing. there were two compartments: the first called the holy place. 10:17). The hidden manna in the ark. and in which we are enclosed. as we mentioned. Everything in the Tent speaks of Christ. give us hearing ears that we may hear Your truth. for we are living in a day when socalled positional truth. until the truth becomes practical and vital in our lives. then we shall truly walk with You in the pure light of Your holiness and truth. But there are barriers that we often erect in our own hearts--hearts which are prone to presumption and unbelief. as . and the second (behind the veil) called the holy of holies. and that is why so many. we would find the ark of the covenant and the mercy seat. and the gold that covered it. This truth we must emphasize over and over again.
9:11-12). "My sheep. except the Father which hath sent me draw him" (Jn." And this gives me great courage and confidence. But it also goes on to say. Nor does believing in the doctrine of election make me to be one of the elect. The Ark Of The Covenant The ark of the covenant (the covering of which was called the mercy seat) was hidden away behind the veil in the holy of holies. "No man can come to me." In God's portrayal of truth we have many opposites. The apostle makes it very clear that good or evil in the two boys was not to be considered as a motivating factor in God's choice of the one. as it was intended to do. Calvin was sent of God to establish the truth of God's sovereignty. For my part. "(For the children being not yet born. and His rejection of the other. not of works. Jesus said. But God must not be so sovereign as to choose or reject me! The Potter must not really have any right over the clay. follow me. It was simply that it was God's choice "that the purpose of God according to election might stand. The elder shall serve the younger" (Rom. but the clay in the final analysis must have the deciding vote! The distinction that God made between Jacob and Esau was not because of goodness in the one. Usually we would emphasize one aspect of truth to the neglect of the other.we are primarily concerned in this study with the broad outline of the Tent." And therefore I must not presume to be one of the ." Sometimes it is hard to reconcile a truth like this with other aspects of God's dealings with men. the doorway into it. Jesus said. and no doubt this is the reason there has been so much argument in this whole matter of election and free will.) God begins here with the ark of the covenant and the mercy seat. And there will I meet with thee. Many speak of man's free will as if that were more important than God's sovereign will. or by diluting the truth with compromise in order to make it appear acceptable and logical. neither having done any good or evil. I must be diligent to make my "calling and election sure. and its relationship with the other sanctuaries that would follow in the days to come. or evil in the other. God saw fit to raise up others who would exhort men to make their "calling and election sure. that the purpose of God according to election might stand. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark. but of him that calleth. and to walk in His ways. We find it difficult to reconcile the sovereign call of God with our responsibility to that call. and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. 25:10-22. for this was the particular dwelling place of the Most High. and I know them. But God's order is different: He begins from Himself and draws near to man. because it is difficult for us to reconcileopposites of truth in our thinking." (See Ex. "They shall make an ark of shittim wood. And so here we will concentrate upon the holy of holies and the contents of this area. and with Urim and Thummim in his breastplate. We would be inclined to begin with the outer court. 6:44). clothed upon with holy garments. But as men began to presume that they were "elect" of God because they believed in the doctrine of election. I cannot afford to presume. It was there before the ark of the covenant that the high priest would stand "once in the year" with the blood of goats. and the brazen altar. for this is what we would see first as we drew near to God. and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat.. God said to Moses. and while there. Our life in Christ is the result rather than the cause of our salvation..) it was said unto her. as we hear Him crying out to his rebellious people to pay heed to His gracious call. and there is no way we can reconcile them by human reasoning..." and follow on to know Him. he would have a brief time of communication with God. "My sheep hear my voice. I must be sufficiently sovereign to choose or reject God. Perhaps it is for this reason that God has seen fit to raise up different ministries from time to time and anoint them to emphasize what others have neglected.
But here God speaks of certain ones "whom he did foreknow. and seeking to follow Him. But sooner or later I must confess: "Lord.) No mere invitation that! It was a sovereign. is it going to boast. who am but dust and ashes? Must I dilute the clear declarations of God's Word in order to make them acceptable in the minds of the people. But let us embrace the truth because He declared it. and I submitted to His dealings in my life. simply because the infinite God has declared it? God begins with the ark of the covenant because it is His dwelling place. creative Word that I heard. One day we will know and understand that everything God ever did was consistent with His justice and righteousness--and at the same time consistent with His heart of pure love! God begins with the ark of the covenant and the mercy seat. I surrendered to the rising of the tides"? Or the flimsy reed that bends and breaks when the winds blow upon it. But then. they are also faithful. Those who stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion are not only called and chosen." (See 2 Cor. "Well. and draws him unto Himself. them he also called: and whom he called. and all that they will do. and because we know and are assured that He will do the thing that is absolutely right. Let us start with God. commanding. I yielded to His love.. just as when You called light to come forth out of darkness in the beginning. when God shone forth from heaven and blinded my eyes. 8:29-30). not to fortify ourselves with arguments. "But don't forget. them he also justified: and whom he justified. Let us not draw back from the truth because we are not always able to reconcile it with God's justice or with His love. Moreover whom he did predestinate. shall the snowflake boast of yielding and melting when the sun sends forth its torrid rays upon the earth? Or shall the sands of the seashore that are overwhelmed with the oceans rise up and say. God wants us to know that "It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (Phil. and all this is true. and I obey and begin to serve Him. "I did my part. for God certainly knows everything and everybody. We miss so much if we start with the word "justified. For indeed this is why He makes the truth known to our hearts and minds. whether they be good or bad. This knowledge does not merely concern things He knew about them. 2:13). or understandable in my own finite mind? Can we not simply recognize that as yet we "see through a glass darkly" and find joy in believing where we cannot understand. and I came forth because it was a creative Word. them he also glorified" (Rom. Foreknowledge.elect sheep of God's pasture if I am not hearing His voice. I fell off my horse"? We do not really need to understand all about it now. that is true. and He must begin from Himself because He is God. but that we might enter into true rest. works His way out toward Man. or things they would do.. 4:6. You caused me to approach unto You! You called me. that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. When I come on the scene I hear His creative call. he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. "For whom he did foreknow. after all. smitten down on the Damascus Road by a mighty lightning stroke from Heaven going to boast. because He begins from Himself. Why must I be able to reconcile the seeming opposites in God in order to believe what He says in either case? I. I submitted to the winds that blew"? Or is the apostle Paul. God knew His people long before they were born--even from the foundation of the world." . that I am being obedient and faithful. Let us embrace the truth He declares." God begins from Himself. nor yet be troubled with what appears to be conflicting areas of truth. I have the feeling that I am drawing near to Him.
or an action in the future that is sure to come to pass! God is speaking from the mercy seat. And by the wonder of His grace and power He takes each failure. Glorified..Predestination. And unlike the rest of the manna that fell around the camp. and I am told this can indicate a once-for-all action in the past. "What is it?. I know and believe that the pathway that He has marked out for me is one that is good. The priests had sabbath-bread which they ate weekly: the shewbread that had been on the table in the holy place throughout the previous six working days. each mistake. What is it?" And so that is what they named it. He knows what I am made of. and the fleshly strivings of my carnal mind. The Pot Of Manna When the manna fell in the wilderness. in the heart of God. No one ate of this bread. the people did not know what it was. My sins and faults and failures. . 4:9). then we know for sure that His call was a creative Word. But I also know that He does not intend to change His plan because of my weakness. And the cause is hidden in His own heart of Love--He doesn't tell us why He loved us so. I am rather fulfilling a destiny that was predetermined from the foundation of the world. But the pot of manna was to be kept as a memorial. and it is not a frightening word." When I seek God and live for Him and seek to walk in His ways. the oil of joy for mourning. and therefore we might be inclined to think it all started here. or waste away. and they asked one another. There is a cause behind the call that reaches back and beyond the foundations of the world. Once we recognize that He foreknew and predestinated us. But it all started away back from the foundations of the world. at different intervals. Contents Of The Ark Three different things were placed in the ark of the covenant. but not eaten until the sabbath day.. this bread did not go into corruption. as One Who is well able to declare the end from the beginning. Justified. "What is it?" Nobody in Israel could answer that question adequately. because He is able to bring it to pass. and the garment of praise for the spirit heaviness. But it is used in the Aorist tense in the Greek. This is something we become aware of as we embrace Jesus Christ as our Savior.. This comes next. It simply means "to mark out beforehand. which I will give for the life of the world" (Jn. Jesus alone could give the real answer: "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread. I am not framing my own destiny. Laid away in the ark of the covenant it was to be kept throughout their generations.. and that it is intended to bring me into full conformity to the image of His Son. giving "beauty for ashes. and not a mere invitation." Called. Israel had the manna-bread daily as it fell from heaven. and He says He has glorified us! For He is looking at the finished product as One speaking from the viewpoint of eternity. That is why "there remaineth therefore a rest [a sabbath] to the people of God" (Heb. 6:51). This is yet to come. transforms them one by one into steppingstones along the divinely chosen pathway in which I walk. all these are inevitable. for "manna" simply means. All they were to know was this: it was bread from heaven. and I must not blame God for that. he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh.
they lose it. as true priests of God. we have observed. They fell on their faces before God when they were challenged.But here in the holy of holies was "hidden manna. and almonds. Death is to be swallowed up in life. Overnight it had brought forth buds. It is bread that has been reserved for the overcomer. and there is no need on their part to try to maintain it. and brought forth almonds! "O death. rose up against Moses and Aaron and charged that they were exalting themselves above the others by keeping the priesthood to themselves. If God gives it. if our life is unto You as sweet incense. as they do so often. then hear our prayer. and stood between the living and the dead. But they must not seek to vindicate themselves. then it is His responsibility to stand behind His chosen ones." It was not available even to the priests. But it also speaks of resurrection life revealed in the mortal flesh of His people--in such as are planted together with Him in His death. God always vindicates His own in one way or another. They were all laid together before the ark of the covenant. They did not seek it in the first place. 2:17). To settle the whole matter Moses ordained that each of the tribes present their "rod" before the Lord. "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna" (Rev. Not only so. The next day the people went on murmuring. where is thy victory?" . when men try to grasp authority or to maintain the authority they have. blossoms. All the rods were the same as before. and the rod of Aaron was placed among them. and the next morning they were brought out and presented to the people." because it is one of the first trees to bud in the time of spring. For Jesus said. and God came forth on their behalf. for the very ground next to the Tabernacle opened up and swallowed the gainsayers alive into the pit of Sheol. risen and glorified at God's right hand. except Aaron's. He can do it overnight if He chooses to do so!) The word "almond" means "awaker. dry stick. and lay not this sin to their charge. 17:7-10. Just overnight it became a fruitful branch. Then God sent a great plague." God gives authority to His servants who least desire it. Not so in the case of Moses and Aaron. "Lord. Each rod was a dead. and stood between the living and the dead with the burning censer. but when the plague fell on the murmurers they sought God on their behalf. Aaron's Rod That Budded A controversy had arisen in Israel over the authority of God's priests. You will recall how Aaron's rod was used to swallow up the rods of the magicians in Egypt. the firstfruits unto God. Dathan. which was removed only when Aaron ran into their midst with a burning censer. where is thy sting? O grave. and Abiram. It is awesome how God vindicated His chosen ones. It is a type of the Living Christ. along with certain others.) (And let this be a reminder to God's people who seem to have the notion that God must have years and years and years to bring forth this glorious and fruitful Church that He has promised. and then it became an ordinary stick again in his hands. (See Num. Their name was to be clearly marked on the rod. Korah. It was not seen by any mortal eye. It speaks of Christ in resurrection life. complaining that Moses and Aaron had slain the Lord's people. then why should they try to uphold it? Invariably. In type they were saying.
as a true priest of the Lord. which the children of Israel began to worship. He Himself would write the new covenant upon the hearts and minds of His people. Though a redeemed people because of the passover lamb which had been sacrificed in Egypt. and acting like a "schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ" (Gal. but Moses went right into the midst of the cloud and talked "face to face" with God. God was doing something new. God does not really repeat Himself--at least not in exactly the same way. God does not make a "second try. entirely beyond the reach or the view of a disobedient and erring people. Never does He do anything the second time. "Shew me thy glory" (Ex. it is restored on a higher and more glorious level than before. and demonstrate man's inability to respond to God's holy requirements. For the task before him Moses sought the Lord for added grace and added glory. Therefore the law accomplished nothing for man except this (and of course this is important): it paved the way for the manifestation of the New Covenant by revealing man's helplessness and depravity. This time God commanded Moses to put the tables inside the ark of the covenant. "written with the finger of God" (Ex. And God had to show him." He is doing exactly as He had planned. and gathering together before Aaron they requested that he should make them "gods" which would go before them. Moses. and once again God writes His holy law upon the two tables of stone that Moses took up with him. They had been delivered out of Egypt. Before he returned to the camp God gave him two tables of stone. the law which was later to be called "the ministration of condemnation" and "the ministration of death. 3:24). Aaron yielded to them and made the golden calf. The sight of the glory of the LORD was "like devouring fire" as the children of Israel beheld it. 33:13. in like manner as He did it the first time. When He restores that which was lost. in the holy of holies. and that in giving the new covenant." he pleaded. behind the veil. receiving the oracles of God and the pattern of the Tabernacle. "Shew me now thy way. But for these two tables of the covenant God had a different purpose in mind. Therefore the second tables of the covenant did not mean that God was trying again.The Tables Of Testimony These likewise were laid away in the ark of the covenant. and instructed Moses to lead them forward to the Promised Land. Moses had been up on the mount with the LORD for 40 days and 40 nights. He Himself would be responsible to see that it was fulfilled. God would instruct us that in giving the old covenant He knew that man could not keep it." and then a "third try. and this is what the wilderness story is all about. the law which no man could keep." God knew that the law would become this kind of ministration before He gave it. and again. Let us always bear this in mind as we anticipate the restorations of God which He has promised in His Word. the exceeding sinfulness of sin and the weakness of the flesh. and saw their rebellion and idolatry. but man in his self-confidence would never believe it until he proved it for himself. the idolatrous spirit of Egypt still clung to them. Failing to recognize this can only lead to frustration. As Moses returned from the mount with the two tables of testimony in his hand. 18). and God spared them. through the ministration of the law. The ark was covered over with the mercy seat. judged them. It speaks to us of a broken law. interceded on behalf of the people. But in the meantime the children of Israel were getting restless. as we vainly seek to restore some religious structure of the past which God had used and then laid aside. He took . as Moses seemed to have disappeared. but Egypt had not been taken out of them. Once again Moses is called up into the Mount of God. he shattered the tables at the foot of the mountain. 31:18).
and for sin. "For what the law could not do. For the full intent of the law was that man should love the Lord God with all his heart and mind and strength. True prayer is conversation with God. from doing thy pleasure on my holy day. God says. and live. This was conversation with God. . and becoming 'sin for us. not merely a prayer of asking. yes. But more important than this. covering him with His hand as He passed by. I do not think Moses was content with this revelation.' Let us see You as our very own corruptible flesh. and Moses only saw the "backparts" of God. glorious as it must have been. oh Lord. and call the sabbath a delight. Too often we know exactly what we want. all our praying amounts to little more than the wailing at the broken-down walls of Jerusalem. that we might come forth in newness of life. who were created in His image. 8:34). and are quick to tell God what we want. "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath. and therefore He cannot be satisfied until His own nature and character is formed within His people. 34:29). henceforth to live and move in the power of Your resurrection. And until we come to the place where we have an ear that is open to His Word. I think it would help us much if we realized this two-fold aspect of true prayer. as he earnestly sought God for the great task that lay before him. show us Your face! Let the time past of our lives be sufficient to have accomplished the will of the flesh! Let us see You in all Your glory--that in seeing You we might die. He did not establish the new covenant so that man could sin and still be free from condemnation. God is completely satisfied. who walk not after the flesh. not doing thine own ways. but after the Spirit" (Rom. in that it was weak through the flesh. nor finding thine own pleasure. and his neighbor as himself." saith God (Ex. 33:20). crucified and cursed of God.away the old covenant which demanded righteousness. but rather that man might be made free from both the sin and the guilt of it. that in dying we might live again. condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us. taking upon Yourself our sins. We talk to Him." The Glory Of Moses' Countenance The more conscious we are of the presence and glory of God. and a heart intent upon doing His will. Show Me Thy Glory! This was Moses' cry unto the Lord. God says through the prophet. and brought in the new covenant which provided it. and shalt honour him. and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth.. Let us see You as our dying substitute. who knew no sin. but still falling short of the Glory that God had reserved for the New Covenant people. the holy of the LORD. Seeing God as He passed by? The way He used to work? What He had done in a past day? Many are content with that--but not Moses. honourable. And when this has been fulfilled in the hearts of men. and live. He talks to us. Then God put Moses in the cleft of the rock. nor speaking thine own words: then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD. "Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him" (Ex. the less conscious are we going to be of ourselves. "There shall no man see Me. And from what follows I am sure that God must have granted him a still greater revelation of Himself. He only saw Him as He had gone by. God is Love. God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh. The clear implication is that the skin of his face shone because he was talking with God. without listening to His voice in the matter.. to walk with You in newness of life." "Then. and might love Him and serve Him on a far higher plane than was ever possible under the law. "There shall no man see me.
We are talking about God's true sabbath. that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished" (2 Cor. and He abides in us. as God brings forth new creation life within us. but conscious only of the presence and glory of God. ceasing from our own fleshly striving.) Unconscious of himself. 58:13-14). and the apostle Paul tells us what this means." This is the way it is rendered in other versions. 7:18). he put a vail on his face. He spoke to them with unveiled face. though he was not aware of his shining countenance when he came down from the mount. "They could not fix their eyes on the face of Moses. but still Moses did not try to hide his face in order to accommodate them. as God did from His when creation was finished. A better rendering would be. from] himself seeketh his own glory" (Jn. He had spoken out from the presence of God's glory. Oh that God's ministers might so talk with God that when they speak to the people there will be a shining forth of the very presence of God! Without that radiance and that splendor his message will not be effective. Quickly he veiled his face. the glory of the Lord radiating from his countenance like beams of light. As Moses sensed the reason for their fear he called them. 3:13). Then a little later the children of Israel gathered together fearfully. "The children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses" or." The . and he did not want the people to see it fading away. "Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone. That we come to that place in God where we abide in Him. but added by the translators to make the sense clear. The old covenant was given with the shining forth of God's glory. But the word "till" is in italics. Clearly. 4:3-11. enabling us to honor Him. but had to keep looking away. It was a transitory brightness. Paul very clearly is telling us that in the new covenant we have something better than Moses was able to bring to the people of God. First Aaron and the rulers took courage. as he realized the beams of light were fading away. how we must hold fast to the vision of His purpose for His people. Oh. And so Moses ministered to the people the words that God had given him. (See Heb. like the covenant he was mediating to them. till something rather tragic began to happen. going in His ways. The glory of God began to fade away! Immediately Moses sensed the departure of the glory. "WhenMoses had done speaking with them. and speaking His words. It is resting in His plan and purpose for our lives. doing His good pleasure. "Till Moses had done speaking with them. He must not continue to minister without that presence! Nor could he permit the children of Israel to behold the departure of the glory. and came near. "by reason of the glory that excelleth. just as you would if you tried to gaze upon the reflection of the sun in a mirror. Moses did not want the people to see the end of the fading glory." Aaron and the children of Israel saw the glory of his countenance and they were afraid to draw near.and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father" (Isa. The glory was so great that the Israelites could not look directly at Moses' face with fixed attention. and this is the way Paul understood it. which put a vail over his face. indicating that it was not in the original. he put a vail on his face" (Ex. with unveiled face. "Not as Moses. But speaking out from the heart of God we seek only His glory. and Moses passed on to them the commandments that God had given him on the mount. but soon it would fade away. Fadeless Glory! As the apostle Paul compares the old covenant with the new he arrives at this ultimate conclusion: the old covenant had no glory at all. where he says. It is a ceasing from our own works. 34:33)." The brilliance of the light was too much for their weak and sensitive eyes. We read. and we minister only in virtue of His abiding presence! For "he that speaketh of [or.
" Moses had put a veil over his own face. sensitive eyes. and the veil that Moses put on his face was really because of the veil that was already there on their own hearts. Moses was able to minister unto the people again as God intended. the lack of vision. doing one of two things. until he went in to speak with him [the LORD]" (Ex. He moves on with His people. They could not see the glory into which God would bring them. until he came out. He will not hide His glory to accommodate the fearful ones. self-seeking. They lacked obedience. "Their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament. and reveals His glory to those who are tired of endless religious activity. But the apostle Paul explained that it was really a spiritual blindness.) . I am afraid the same thing can be said of vast numbers of people who hear the New Testament read every time they come together for worship: "Until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the New Testament. and not as Moses!" Not as Moses. denying themselves the visitation that God intended them to have. We mentioned before that they had weak. when it shall turn to the Lord. They lacked vision. His glory will shine forth.former covenant was ushered in with glory. 34:35). Either the people will gaze upon Him till they die to "self"--to self-will. Nevertheless he was identified with a murmuring. But let us not be too quick in judging them and excusing ourselves because we are New Testament people. Because of the veil on their hearts the glory of God could not penetrate their innermost being. God does not--will not--hide His glory to accommodate the fear. Therefore let us understand fully what God is saying. and the weak eyes of His people. and who long for the sovereign moving of the Spirit of God in their lives. and to their own selfish and dead works--or they will put a veil over their hearts. They lacked faith." For we must understand that the New Testament is not simply the completed canon of scripture nor yet a system of Church ritual and activity." Again the reference is to the veil on Moses face: "When Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him. we are simply making an old covenant out of the new by denying ourselves the glory that God intended it should bring. Paul sums up the situation by saying. the latter is a ministration of righteousness and life--a covenant that continues on in Glory! This comparison causes the apostle to declare with great boldness: "We use great plainness of speech. he took the vail off." and the veil was still on their hearts. self-opinions. self-exaltation. "Moses put the vail upon his face again." Then coming forth from God's presence with a renewal of the glory. But when he sensed the departing of the glory. (See also 2 Cor. But as surely as they do this they will open up the way for God to visit another people. while the latter covenant was not only ushered in with great glory. who put a veil over his face so the Israelites could not see the departure of the glory! Moses was faithful in God's house as a servant. and then dissipate with the apostasy of the last days! The old covenant was a ministration of death and of condemnation. And if we do not minister life and righteousness by the Spirit of God. but was doomed to pass away. It is intended to be a ministration of life and of righteousness. 3. the hardness of heart. Let us remember this: it was not God's intention that the New Covenant would begin in a burst of glory. "Nevertheless. disobedient people. but Paul interprets this as meaning that the minds of the people "were blinded. the vail shall be taken away. it was destined to remain or subsist in glory.
The fact that Jesus performed miracles was no problem. They would crown Him King for that! But when He said. as we come under Your . And healeth the stroke of their wound" (Isa.. but of that inner light that God has for us in the New Covenant. 30:26). that God's people might comprehend this glorious fact. But hear what the prophet says about the moon: "Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun. In the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people. "Not as Moses!. "Dear Lord. and patched up the old veil that was rent because their own hearts were veiled in blindness.. that glory redounds again and again to the glory of the exalted Christ. the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. oh Lord. But hear what Paul says.. that it is only when the people of the Lord are walking in total union with Christ. when You were crucified on Calvary. And this will mean a releasing of the glory of God to those who sit in darkness. "It is not I." He got into all kinds of trouble. and the glory of Christ shines forth through them.. As surely as God's people begin to walk in union with Him who is pure Light. as far as the glory of the sun exceeds the glory of the moon! Now the moon reflects the glory of the sun. the Lord Jesus! And does this in any way detract from the glory of the exalted Christ? Ah. Not as Moses!" Clearly there is a ministration of the glory of God for us in this day of the New Covenant that far exceeds what Moses had. for the Glory had long since departed. Jesus was charged with blasphemy and for robbing God of His glory because He claimed to live in total union with the Father. Not as Moses!. that as we behold Your flesh torn asunder for us. And even as the veil was torn asunder. can we not see what God has in mind for His people? A people who shall walk in the full glory and radiance of the Sun of Righteousness Himself. we would soon discover just how far short we have come with regard to the glory of God.Where Is The Glory? If we as God's people would but examine ourselves with an honest heart. Oh. and did only what the Father was pleased to do through Him. I am sure we have all envied that marvelous experience that Moses had with the God of Israel. that Christ Himself is truly glorified. but at the same time we can expect to receive a lot of scorn and ridicule from those who love darkness rather than light.. Do we measure up to the outshining of God's glory such as we find in the life of Moses? I am not speaking so much about the visible light that shone from his face. like Israel of old. May our whole being be flooded with Light. for the prophet continues: "And the light of the sun shall be sevenfold. there is going to be a radiating of that glory to those about us. the high priest as he stood at the altar of incense could look within and see for himself that the glory of God was not there. Nevertheless the dying priesthood of an old order continued to carry on with a religion of dead works. As the light of seven days. and is likened to the Church which reflects the glory of Christ. and who long for deliverance." Beloved. no! Rather it means that as God's glory increases in His people. But give us. Let us not draw back from beholding Your glory. that all the works of darkness within us might be dispelled by the radiance of Your presence. even as the shadows of night dissolve at the breaking of the day.. but the Father who doeth these things. but give us more grace to come to the Light. perceptive hearts and minds. we might see Your glory revealed in the Temple not made with hands.
we want to examine it further. that there might be a complete transformation within and without. By these and similar experiments he effectively proved that two hormone centers were involved in the process. After some ten years of tedious experiments he discovered the secret." And because of the great spiritual truth that we discover in this phenomena.shadow to abide. but only as worms. and it is this that changes us into His own image. In the early part of the human race this was the only Bible men had. Neither could cause metamorphosis working by itself. and that it was the brain hormone that triggered the thoracic center into action. But if after implanting the hormone in the brain the worm was immediately tied off in the center. "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen. It is used on three different occasions in the New Testament: in the above passage. Briefly this is how he made his discoveries. the worm would go into full metamorphosis on both sides of the knot. By dividing the worm into segments. No change would take place. in the account concerning the transfiguration of Christ (Matt. with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord. The reason men do not see Him there now is because of the apostasy and the blindness that has overpowered the human race through sin and unbelief. and watching to see which sections went into metamorphosis and which remained the same. being understood by the things that are made" (Rom. one in the brain and the other in the thorax." Changed Into His Image "But we all. and in Romans 12:2 where it is translated "transformed." and signifies a complete changing of form. and that these hormone centers caused the worm to change form. even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Cor. Then after implanting a bit of the brain containing the hormone. and yet God said He was clearly revealed in the things that He had made. Mk. and that men might know that Christ has indeed visited His people once again. he discovered that there were two hormoneproducing centers in the worm. 9:2). metamorphosis would begin to take place. Paul tells us that because the veil has been removed from our face we now reflect." This is the word that men chose from the Greek to signify the change that takes place in certain creatures. are changed into the same image from glory to glory. but together they did. Removing the brains from the caterpillars he found that they would live on. known as "metamorphosis. From Worm To Butterfly . The Greek word for "changed" in this passage is "metamorphoo. the glory of the Lord one to another. it had to work in conjunction with the thorax. So if he allowed a certain amount of time to elapse after implanting some of the brain before he tied the worm in the center. as in a mirror. This proved that the worm could derive no benefit from the hormone in the head alone. Metamorphosis Sometime in the middle of this century we read of a young Harvard scientist who had spent many hours making various experiments with the silkworm. 1:20). 17:2. in an attempt to discover the secret of metamorphosis. no change would occur. 3:18). What a beautiful illustration from nature of the wonderful truth concerning transformation! We believe we are going to discover many wonderful truths in the world about us as we go on with the Lord.
the fashion of his countenance was altered." Such we are by nature--helpless. "We have this treasure in earthen vessels. and are experiencing. for the perfecting of their "spirit. It was not the fullness of the Kingdom. soul. but all the ingredients of the Kingdom of God were there on that mountain. But He Himself was the Light. and body.." in that order (1 Thess. soul. Therefore we hear the apostle praying for God's people." That would imply light reflected from another source. foolish. and His garments were "glistering. And so the groaning continues within us that we might be "clothed upon" with our new house from Heaven. "I am a worm. we can do nothing.David said of himself. for our soul and spirit." It was light shining out from within. Transfigured By Divine Light "Jesus. and body. But He was sinless. Christ walked in perfect union with the Father. and ultimately our body. "Apart from Him. And until we are eventually glorified God has made provision for a "quickening" of our mortal body. This is God's order in restoring Man to His image. desiring to do His will. for then He would be working counter to His plan whereby He would have willing and obedient sons. was transfigured before them" (Matt. For Adam continued to live on in the natural long after his spirit had "died" as far as his relationship with God was concerned. a complete changing of our whole being: spirit. and that's what redemption is all about. But the Lord from Heaven came into our nature and our likeness in order that He might bring about a transformation into His nature and likeness. that Divine hormone-that Divine influence of the Spirit--which reacts upon and works in conjunction with our hearts and minds. So in redemption God restores first our spirit. God purposed it this way. and not of us" (2 Cor. His raiment was not merely "glistening. and no man. like flashes of lightning. But this is not so. It was a foretaste of the Glory that will be revealed when Christ comes again "to be glorified in the saints. and in the midst of that glory they are talking with Jesus about His imminent death on the Cross. It is a groaning rather to be released from the limitation and humiliation of our mortality." . This was on the Mount of Transfiguration. there comes to us as members of His Body. Knowing the corruption of this human body many would teach that there is no hope of coming into the image and likeness of Christ until our bodies put on immortality. And yet we know. We cannot change ourselves. 16:28). purposeless. But it is not God's intention that we continue to groan in the bondage of sin. that the excellency of the power may be of God." The Son of man appeared in Glory. 17:1-2). 9:29). earthbound. that now in the midst of our weakness and mortality we might be the fragile vessels He needs as vessels for His glory. just as it was the order in which Man fell from that image. by His Spirit that dwells within (Rom. then our soul. we are reminded. True. He does not change us by a sovereign act of His will alone." From Him therefore who is the Head. though dwelling in a mortal body.. thereby bringing about a spiritual metamorphosis. and the three disciples with Him had a preview of the Kingdom of God as Jesus had promised (Matt. "And as he [Jesus] prayed. Again the word used is "metamorphoo. He fully dealt with our sin at the Cross. along with Elijah. that we might know and experience the new life for the body that we have experienced. and enter into immortality. 8:11).. and his raiment was white and glistering" (Lk.. 5:23). and it is the work of the Spirit of God within us to render the body "dead indeed unto sin" and to make it to be the very temple of God in the earth. such as had radiated from the countenance of Moses on another mountain many centuries earlier. Once again Moses is there. 4:7).
" By His sacrifice and indwelling Spirit. therefore. I know we have fallen far short of this. Every spring I would look for a furry worm... because it takes the struggle within the insect to pump the life into his wings that will enable him to fly. all of us are going to experience some very drastic changes in our lives as He leads us from one degree of glory to another. Again the word is "metamorphoo. Paul tells us that in doing this. By the application of the blood of Christ and the washing of the Spirit they become a fitting habitation for the Spirit Who is holy--and He comes to make us holy. 7:1). But it is the struggle of life. Rather it is a sure token that we are walking in His ways. God is far more concerned about His people coming to know Him than He is in our doing many good works. and watch the process. put him in a ventilated jar along with some green leaves. But if we are truly willing to be changed.. . needy.. acceptable [wellpleasing] unto God. a life beyond the veil of our own flesh.. There is a labor to enter into His rest. a struggle that God ordained. and we must believe and anticipate this kind of holy living. seeing Him. 12:2). we cannot fail to do what He would have us do. And having done this we are to expect a "metamorphosis" experience in the mind--a transfiguring. This body in which we dwell must be so presented to God that God may accept it as "a living sacrifice. Let us not seek to remove the impediments from our lives or from the lives of God's people that God deliberately put there for our transformation.Transfigured By A Renewed Mind "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom. if we are willing to submit to His dealings. to hinder us in our quest for true fulfillment. a life in the heavenly realm where we are in vital union with Christ. we can never perform His works.. The Cocoon Of His Dealings God deals with His own in a very individual and specific way. (whatever it may be in your life and mine) is not to be considered as some strange thing that has happened. and ineffective in all our ways. And the reason should be self-evident: for if we do not truly know Him. a one-time crawling worm.. a worship service to God. I know. but it is there in the New Covenant. But we can be assured of this. transforming renewal of the mind. we are to "cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit." With hearts and minds yielded to God. What a thrill to watch him two or three weeks later coming forth as a beautiful butterfly. holy. and therefore we are not to criticize anyone who is doing God's will in the realm of his personal walk with the Lord.. confined. You cannot snip the cocoon with a pair of scissors when you see the butterfly struggling to emerge. and now flying in the atmosphere above! Little did I know then that in the days to come I myself would find myself in a cocoon designed by my Creator--a cocoon of His own dealings. but he is referring to a priestly service. We look for a new life. it is our "reasonable" service. No matter how careful you are he will not be able to fly. There is a struggle. and reigning in life by Christ Jesus. The cocoon. But our Mediator is there in the heavens to minister the grace and power and life to make it happen. and seeing ourselves for what we really are: helpless. if we really mean to go on with the Lord. and according to His promises. perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Cor. As a boy I was greatly fascinated with the process of metamorphosis long before I knew there was such a word. these bodies in which we dwell though still mortal are no longer unholy or unclean. and become what He wants us to become. limited. We can't make it happen.
15:4.) The Cloud Covers The Tent . and crush the powers of evil into dust. "Fear not. Oftentimes men of this world are "wiser than the children of light. transforming work of the Spirit of God in our lives. But now in view of the tremendous onslaught of evil and corruption about us. So we must not compare ourselves with other men. Men have been able to escape the power of earth--gravity and orbit about a new center. and when the season arrives He prepares His people for what He has in mind. that we might seek after Him and find it. and feel that we have all that God has in mind if we measure up to them. where we too may find a new center and source of life in God alone.. thou worm Jacob.Something else we must consider.. So in this hour the rays of the Sun of Righteousness are beaming forth upon His people who have grown weary of the worm-life. I will help thee. Just a worm! Just an insect! But it becomes a threshing machine. God has "seasons" for whatever He would do.. until we partake of the changing. They served God according to the provision of grace that He supplied for their generation. And shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel" (Isa. Behold. saith the LORD. And thy redeemer. a new one. What causes the releasing of the hormones in the worm to set in motion the process of metamorphosis? The scientist we mentioned discovered that it was caused by the warmth of the spring season! The timing of God is so important. I will make thee A new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: Thou shalt thresh the mountains.. When we speak of a life in God and a revelation of His glory that was not given to previous generations. completely free from the pull of the earth. "having teeth"! In vain are we going to put any "teeth" into our efforts to reach the nations and gather in the harvest. But there is a people in the earth who believe that God is willing to do this very thing. And shalt make the hill as chaff. And ye men of Israel. And the whirlwind shall scatter them: And thou shalt rejoice in the LORD. and He is causing us to know it. Yet the children of light find it difficult to believe that God has sufficient power and wisdom to thrust us forth from realms of flesh-bondage into realms of spiritual liberation. and of His Christ. And beat them small... The kingdoms of this world are to become "the kingdoms of our Lord. nor yet with men of other generations." We have witnessed in our generation a new thing in the earth. and to these God would speak words of great encouragement. Thou shalt fan them. or have more favor with God. God knows we need more of His grace and more of His glory. the Holy One of Israel. and long to explore their inheritance in heavenly places. transfiguring." And God says "all nations shall come and worship before Him" when His judgments are made manifest in the earth! (See Rev. 41:14-16). it is not that we are better. And the wind shall carry them away. and even walk on the moon. Think of it! God is going to use a worm to thresh the mountains. or more knowledge of the scriptures.
) The Rule Of The Cloud The walk in the Spirit is entirely contrary to much of our present-day teaching concerning ministry and service for the Lord. which is the Rule of His Glory.. Because of this many simply refuse to move on with God once they have discovered a quiet resting place in their religious wilderness--a nice little oasis. and shake us.. a beautiful Elim of God's provision. and it is contrary to the Law of the Spirit. But when the Cloud moves on we must pull up our stakes and move forward with Him. and the long. and God will be there to establish and confirm. no purpose for us gathering together." Nor can you run away from some job you do not like. It will not always be quite that way. A permanent temple would come later when the kingdom was established. they journeyed.. you cannot rush ahead of God--that would be "haste. In other words. God must give direction.In this writing we are emphasizing the Presence of God and the Glory of God. and the experiences of life which were intended of the Lord to unsettle us. as we shall discover. we will discover His glory will also follow after. But the blight of the wilderness becomes a thing of the past. The Rule of the Cloud must have seemed quite ridiculous to surrounding tribes and peoples. Without His presence there is no purpose for a temple. The Tabernacle was a portable structure. Of course there is still a going on with God even in that realm.. permanent structure. whether it were two days. We are inclined to become very sensitive to criticism if God's ways lead us contrary to reason and logic. tiring wilderness journeying came to an end. and it must be so in our Church gatherings today. you follow Him. 9:15-23." He must go on ahead and open up the way. It does not have the meaning of a solid.. He must also follow after to confirm and establish. and journeyed not: but when it was taken up. so there they will remain. and cause us to move forward in God. the children of Israel abode in their tents. The presence and glory of God was really the whole purpose and meaning of God's temples. He must go before. have fulfilled their purpose that henceforth we might abide in Him--joined unto the Son. but we must hurry on. nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you. . 52:12). remaining thereon. But this is contrary to the Rule of the Cloud. that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle. "As long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents. or a year. then He gives positive confirmation. some disagreeable circumstance that you want to get rid of--that would be "flight.. "For ye shall not go out with haste." (See Num. And as we follow. There is much that we have left unsaid concerning the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. and the God of Israel will be your rereward" (Isa. Therefore we must learn to diligently follow the Rule of the Cloud. You take the initiative. For when the ark of the covenant moved into Solomon's Temple the staves were withdrawn. He gives clear direction. Everywhere we find that people are being encouraged to move out for God. but this did not matter. or a month. It was but a Tent--easily taken down and reassembled. They know God led them there. as the Son is joined unto the Father. But first we must consider the Rule of the Cloud. But here God would teach His people that they must move on "from glory unto glory" until they would come to their true rest in God. and if they do God will follow them and bless their efforts.
but a new creature. Here it remained until the time of the prophet Samuel. a period of approximately 300 years.THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID "And they brought in the ark of the LORD. For in Christ Jesus the only way that is acceptable to God and liberating to our spirit is the rule of New Creation Life: "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing. and mercy. subdued but not destroyed. but rather to bring forth a more earnest longing for that abundant life in the Spirit that He longs to bring us into. and I will build it as in the days of old" (Amos 9:11). and then the prophecy concerning its restoration in the latter days. Consequently their enemies. In allowing this struggle to continue within our nature God is not seeking to deny us our heritage. whether or not they would hearken unto His voice and obey Him fully. This actually happened. This was the period of the judges. But this kind of coexistence gradually gives way to defeat. became their masters. But it is a rule. freedom to activate their ministry in any way they want to--because God has enriched them with gifts and graces and talents of various kinds. God deliberately left pockets of resistance here and there to "prove" Israel. Here we have the account of the erection of the Tabernacle of David. and upon the Israel of God" (Gal. and the Devil. God had warned them repeatedly that if they did not utterly destroy the heathen nations of the land and annihilate their idolatrous altars. and I will raise up his ruins. and the subdued becomes the subduer. in the midst of the Tabernacle that David had pitched for it" (2 Sam. and consider that the subjugation of the old nature and the old life is all that God requires. There is no neutral ground in this spiritual warfare against the world. and subdued the land before them. But we will never know true liberty in the Spirit until we come under subjection to the Rule of the Cloud. or the lack of it]. The Glory Of Israel Fades Away When the children of Israel had finally come into possession of Canaan. they would be as pricks in their eyes and thorns in their sides. we must briefly trace the events in Israel leading up to this apostasy and the gradual deterioration of true worship in the Tabernacle which Moses had built. Many would mistake the bondage of the flesh for the liberty of the Spirit. nor uncircumcision [neither religious tradition. peace be on them. They boast of their freedom in God--freedom to move out in ministry. Not for long did Israel enjoy the liberty. and their gods would become a snare to them. And as many as walk according to this rule. They tried coexistence where God commanded utter destruction of their enemies. "In that day will I raise up the Tabernacle of David that is fallen. (See Judg. and close up the breaches thereof. they set up the Tabernacle of the congregation at Shiloh.The Rule of the Cloud is the rule of liberty. and set it in his place. and the freedom. and the fruitfulness of the Land of Promise. the flesh. 6:17). But before we consider this. 6:15-16). We may argue that we cannot be completely victorious as long as we are living in this flesh. For although the land was subdued before them. 3:1). . after God's judgments upon the apostate nation had brought her to desolation. CHAPTER 2 .
The people and the priesthood alike had become defiled. A man of God had warned Eli that this would happen. that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house" (1 Sam. which I have commanded in my habitation.We do not know how long the cloud of glory rested on the Tabernacle. Not their battle but the Lord's. and who will be God's oracle to a confused Church. They do not panic in the hour of panic. but along with the warning he also promised: "I will raise me up a faithful priest. there was no open vision" (1 Sam. As things continued to get worse and worse in Israel. 2:29). Nor do they stagger at the tremendous task that lies before them. and unless the situation is remedied. but only those who understand God's ways are able to recognize it. they took counsel and decided to bring forth the ark of the covenant from the Tabernacle in Shiloh to save them from their . 3:1). but the Lord's." and became very much like the nations which they had displaced. there will be eventual disaster." "And the word of the LORD was precious in those days. At least in his concern for God's house he did not seem to be prepared to take any drastic action that might have improved the situation.. but he did not know what to do about it. and a world in need. but the hour had come for God to execute swift and certain punishment because of their iniquity and the iniquity of the priesthood.. They know it is not their task. God's plan and purpose was drawing closer and closer to fulfillment. a real vision from the LORD. As the Israelites suffered defeat in battle against the Philistines. 2:35). God had to reprove him for his negligence: "Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering. of losing favor with the "sons" in the ministry. But we have good reason to believe that it gradually faded away. And they know that when an old religious order is in the process of decay and dissolution God always has a new order in the making. His very name Samuel means "asked for. one who had ministered in the very presence of Eli and in subjection to him. Eli was concerned. but fresh and new from the hand of God. and they are prepared to wait for the Lord to do what He has purposed. They are a people with eternity in their hearts.. In the bitterness of her soul God's chosen Hannah had "asked for" Samuel. a "manchild" . The immediate promise was that Samuel would arise--a true and faithful priest. a clear Word. A New Priesthood Arises When the priesthood of Eli had come to ashes. is something very real in the Church today. God had delivered them many times. Christ Himself would come forth. God brought forth a new priest by the name of Samuel. But it was the prelude to a new day when Samuel would arise as the oracle of God to His people.a people who will come forth in the full image and likeness of Christ out of a dying religious order. But there is a "Samuel" people being prepared of the Lord in this hour. in the fullness of time.. This is the way God always works. In other words.. And they simply desire to move according to God's time and according to His ways. to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?" (1 Sam. one that will arise out of the dust and ashes of the old. and God granted her request. She cries out in the distress of her spirit for a son. was a rare thing. But there was to be a far greater fulfillment when. of disruption in the status quo. There is a Hannah in the earth today. The nation that God had called forth to be unto Himself "a peculiar people" soon lost their "peculiarity. a true and faithful Priest. and honourest thy sons above me. as well as a righteous King. This fear of division. like the glory that faded away from the countenance of Moses.. as they see God's plan beginning to unfold. Israel was under constant attack by the Philistines.
. picked for them a king that He knew would be very much to their liking. "Where is the Glory?" But God plagued the Philistines because of the ark in their midst. Not because such a one is a man after His heart. It seems that God will usually permit man to go his own way--to try and fail. through prayers and intercessions. and He continues to set in office the man He has chosen. that we may be like the nations. but he was not a man after His own heart. And so the Lord went along with their cries. Besides this. His original promise to them was that they were to be a "kingdom of priests. and taken into the house of their fish-god Dagon. as we have mentioned.) Give Us A King! God was in the process of judging the old order in preparation for the new. make and enforce laws that would curtail the crime and the corruption that abounds in a sinful. however. and who therefore will not. "Give us a king." But they wanted a king so they could be "like the nations. and wayward from God. shocked at the death of her husband and the capture of the ark. Hophni and Phinehas. and to learn the hard way--that out of man's failure God Himself may be glorified. and well into the reign of David. (The 20 years mentioned in 1 Samuel 7:2 does not seem to refer to the ark. Saul's reign. were slain by the Philistines." This greatly displeased Samuel. and it greatly displeased the Lord. whose name was destined to become a byword in Christendom throughout all her generations. that a people walking with God can. for his name means. 21:1]. as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will" [Prov. had become like the heathen nations which they were to subdue. throughout Samuel's judgeship. He had dealt with the priesthood. No greater calamity could have befallen them. For whether we have a democracy or not. change the hearts and minds of rulers to do His will). but to the period of time that elapsed before Israel began to seek the Lord and to lament before Him because of their waywardness. They were not only defeated.. . And God had no alternative but to give them a king that would be very much compatible with their own hearts. What about the kingdom? Israel. gave immediate birth to Ichabod. There seemed to be just one thing lacking. and so they came to Samuel and cried. The heirs to the priesthood were cut off in one sudden stroke. or cannot. God is still Sovereign over all. For "the king's heart is in the hand of the LORD. desperate attempt to save themselves from disaster. Had not God planned a king for them? True. but because such a one is compatible with the heart of the nation. It was finally brought to the house of Abinadab in Kirjathjearim. self-centered.enemies. Was it not the ark of God that struck fear into their enemies as Israel fought the Lord's battles in times past? It was one last. who carried the ark into battle. God always deals with the priesthood before He deals with the kingdom. and they finally had to send it back to the camp of Israel. Then why did He not give them the kind of king that He knew they needed? Because they had become an ordinary people like the nations about them--self-seeking. "The Glory has departed" or. rebellious nation." whereas the kingdom God had in mind would make them very much unlike the nations. (We need to be reminded. but the ark of God was captured by the Philistines. where it remained perhaps a hundred years. When Eli heard the fateful news he fell backwards and broke his neck and died. while the wife of Phinehas.
for it would become his "key" to the throne. But in the hour of human failure God continues to move in the earth to the eventual fulfillment of all that was originally in His heart and mind. (And this explains very clearly why a democratic society and a democratic form of government cannot establish righteousness in the land. He would remember God's past mercies. anointed. Let us learn from the spirit of David. He would wait on the Lord. He "forced himself" and yielded to the wishes of the people. but not in a position to rule and reign as yet. David comes on the scene as a new "king-priest" to establish a priestly kingdom in the land. and it grows more and more bitter as the days go by. and He announced His intention to Moses. He "spared Agag and the best of the sheep" when God required utter destruction. acclaimed as king. and save Saul's life. God help us . A new king for Israel! Anointed by the prophet Samuel! And anointed by the Spirit of the LORD "from that day forward"! Yes. God said to Samuel. Two anointed kings in Israel--Saul and David! The contest is on. only to be rejected. 16:12). and immediately begin to do exploits for the nation. But he must go through many deep waters and dark valleys and suffer much persecution. and served under Saul for a while with great success. In the final analysis the leader must yield to the wishes of the people or he will be thrown out of office. and king in Israel. But David's only concern was to wait for God. Not so with David. when God had commanded otherwise. anoint him: for this is he" (1 Sam. and perplexity. thereby drawing strength for new battles. Just as God had raised up the prophet Samuel in the house of Eli to take Eli's place when His judgments were poured out on the priesthood. priest. He would not seek to uphold or vindicate his own office. frustration. let us observe how wonderfully our God works to fulfill His purposes. Saul out of envy and jealousy was out to trap David and slay him. Finally they had to send to the fields to bring in the one that Jesse had not even considered eligible for the office. "Arise. And then the priesthood having been judged and purged. so now God would raise up David in the house of Saul to take Saul's place when God's judgments fell on the kingdom. do God's will. It was very much onesided. in His own time. This is what democracy is all about. But in type--and in a limited degree--David was prophet. before he could be entrusted to rule and reign over Israel. and of course for a season all seemed to go reasonably well.) A New King In Preparation Again. how one by one the sons of Jesse passed by the aging prophet. when the inhabitants of the land are in sin and rebellion against God.. and let God work everything out in His own way. But the facts are there in the scripture for us to read: Saul walked down the pathway of disobedience." We all know the story concerning the anointing of David as king of Israel. He would simply believe what God had promised. And in the fullness of time his greater Son would sit and rule upon David's throne. and the kingdom judged and purged. A man like Saul can be chosen.. He would show mercy to Saul. It was human failure that prevented it from happening then. a King-Priest forever "after the order of Melchizedek. And when the lad David came in. and let God bring it to pass in His own way. he had a very notable victory over the Philistines. and His faithfulness. Yes. He would praise and glorify God in all circumstances. But let us understand the nature of the contest.With the anointing of Saul as king new hope was born in the hearts of the people. Of course we are not trying to say that the "royal priesthood" was established in any sense of fullness in the life of David. This is what God had in mind from the beginning. as Saul scoured the land to find him and try to kill him.
But David would not always be alone in his distress. Then thou knewest my path. and cradled in a cross. no man cared for my soul" (Psa. True ministry is always rejected before it is recognized. And every one that was Discontented.D. And every one that was in Debt. Anointed as king of Israel. It may seem that way at times. We only find what we lose. These men were genuinely sincere in their loyalty to David. David In His Rejection In the book of Psalms we have many that pertained to David in this period of his distress and rejection. True ministry is conceived in the womb of suffering. and they had caught the vision of the kingdom. but now in the Church. And he became a captain over them: And there were with him about four hundred men" (1 Sam. no room for the spirit of the dove and the spirit of the lamb. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me. It must be this way. and beheld. Gathered themselves unto him. which God always requires for the outflow of grace from His own heart. and these songs were incorporated into the scripture and became a part of Temple worship in all generations to come--not only in Israel. But as we go on with the Lord we are going to discover fellowship with others who likewise have known rejection and suffering as they walked with God and learned His ways. They had to learn that an open door was not necessarily . I shewed before him my trouble. But there was no man that would know me: Refuge failed me. Many other psalms were written by him as he went through trial and sorrow. They had to learn God's ways." We only keep what we give away. So now there is fellowship because of the Cross. In the way wherein I walked Have they privily laid a snare for me. But they needed to learn discipline.-"And every one that was in Distress.all to learn how to use this wonderful "key. and they would learn it in company with David. he finally fled to the cave of Adullam where he hoped to find a place of refuge. born in travail and sorrow. but hunted and hounded by an angry Saul. We only save the life that we are prepared to lay down.. I looked on my right hand. because without rejection there can be no channel for grace to flow forth.. There it was that he poured out his heart to the Lord. 142:24). 22:2). for indeed there is the lonely walk for those who would seek to walk with God.D. These men who identified themselves with David all had their D. and cried for mercy: "I poured out my complaint before him. and deep heartsearchings.
and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early" (Hos. till they acknowledge their offence. of course. 6:3). They urged immediate action. 5:15). What about the ark of God? The place of His Glory? The place of His Rest? Truly the Lord longs to return to His people. is to bring us to the place where we can appreciate what God had in mind concerning His House. "Uzzah" means "Strength. Certainly God will bless His people as they open their hearts to Him. They were quite knowledgeable about the ark. undesired. of course. and learn of Him. For when Saul was sleeping soundly because of a heavy drowsiness that God had put him under.. in spite of the new movement. Once we discover God's intention then we must seek Him earnestly that He might show us His way. What about this. with doors closed to missionaries from abroad? Jesus still has the "Key of David"! And it is still available to a people who will take His yoke upon them. The "new cart" is man's device to keep the move of the Spirit steady--free from error. "Just what happened anyway?. but there must be that very needful preparation wrought within their hearts and lives. They did not know that with David's key they could open doors that no man could close." and "Ahio" means "His brother.a call for action. Invariably when God begins to stir the hearts of His people we find men or women binding themselves together in some kind of a structure to make a "new cart" to carry the glory of God. the oxen were doing that. people of God? Why do we get alarmed when a nation announces that no more missionaries are to be allowed into their country? Can God not work in that country. They did not profess to be bringing back the ark. and close doors that no man could open. able. A lot of excitement follows. The Ark Brought Back What we have said thus far. unsought. God said on one occasion. The Wrong Way The natural thing to do then. "Uzzah and Ahio" who were the sons of Abinadab "drave the new cart" (2 Sam. How then shall we bring back the ark of God into our midst? The same question has been raised time and time again in the history of God's people. many years. We are not able to initiate anything. But He does not come unwanted. "I will go and return to my place. but they very often fail to realize that He blesses them in spite of the "cart. and quickly volunteered to rid David of Saul if he would let them. Where did it go wrong?" The fact is that God never ordained the "cart" to begin with. and seek to know His way and His intention for His people in this present hour. only to discover that nothing will work except as we move with God. Revival! Restoration! Renewal! Can we have it today? How? Where? When? All kinds of movements and schemes have been devised.." in spite of the new structure. unappreciated. qualified men of God who knew exactly what to do if . They were just strong. For He would return to us that He might dwell with His own in full communion and fellowship for the delight of His own heart. and God's people rejoice in the knowledge that God is once again visiting His people. But suddenly something goes wrong. After all it had lain in their father's house for many. and there is perplexity. free from false doctrines--and to keep the ark of His presence and glory from going on the rocks. they naturally assumed it was for the purpose that David might take the kingdom now. and not because of it. He longs to return to us far more than we long to return to Him. Or men will search out the records of Church history. or He cannot rest in their midst. was to make a new cart and bring back the ark. and try to duplicate a method that seemed to work back then." They could give the proper watch-care and guidance that the ark required.
15:13).. no matter how great he is. and who then arises from his confrontation with the Lord a different man. every time He would do a certain work in the earth? It is really man's attempt to keep things under control. David acknowledged. for that we sought him not after the due order" (1 Chron. God's Way After seeking God David soon found out the reason for the calamity. new organizations. they just make another new cart and carry on as if nothing happened. without bringing disaster into the midst of God's people. But a strange thing happened. God's power is made perfect in man's weakness--not in his strength. feel they have a mandate to supervise and control and exercise lordship over the people of God because of that office. And no man can touch it. new fellowships. dynamic. "The LORD our God made a breach upon us. The LORD blessed the house of Obededom. and all that he had. He discovered that the ark was to be carried upon the shoulders of the Levites. and give our version as to how he went wrong. and that He must have His due Lordship in the midst of His people. new movements--or whatever-to keep the move of the Spirit from falling on the rocks. True He raises up leaders from among the people.things went wrong. Many of God's people have been discouraged and dismayed when they have witnessed some strange calamity take place in the Church. where once they had witnessed God's blessing. We may all point our fingers at some great man. and why. Some strong man is right there on hand to keep things steady when the way gets rough. Invariably this happens when men invent new carts. He requires one who like Jacob of old has been robbed of his natural strength by the touch of the hand of God. because of the presence of the ark of the covenant. It is often the fault of the people who idolize him.." It is invariably the strength of human leadership. (But seldom do they call a halt to it all. It is often the fault of the religious system that men feel they must try to uphold. David had to seek the LORD to discover just what went wrong. some great ministry. and seek God for answers. There it remained for three months. "Uzzah" means "Strength. God is very jealous for His own glory. and in no other way. to keep the revival .. not their weakness. And it happens over and over again because we are ignorant as to how exceedingly jealous God is for His own glory. nothing more and nothing less. and God smote him dead. bearing a different name--"Israel. that extinguishes the spiritual flame that had been kindled by the presence of the Lord." a constant reminder to him of that day--or rather that night--when Almighty God crippled him by the touch of His mighty hand. When are we going to learn that God does not originate new carts. and he left the ark in the house of Obededom the Gittite. God does not require the strong. From that day forward Israel walks with God with faltering step because of "the sinew that shrank. God hasten the day when God's people will come to the solemn realization that the Spirit of God is in the earth today as the Representative and Vicar of Christ in the Church. drastic action on God's part. charismatic personality. because of their great office and gifts. but we must know that their leadership is only valid by virtue of the Anointing they carry.. David was afraid of the LORD because of this sudden. new fellowships.) Usually we are going to discover that it is a case of human leadership who. and this leads to disaster." Israel means "Power with God. new movements. But it is not always his fault." And from that day on he bears about in his body the indelible mark of his confrontation with the Lord of Glory. And so when the oxen stumbled near Nachon's threshing floor the ark was shaken and the strong man put forth his hand to steady it.
and abide in Your Anointing. we must recognize that God has new things in mind. nor would He be for many years to come.. God was returning to His people. it was not in ruins. the burden will be one we can carry on our shoulders. would seem to be much safer. one of the heaviest of all metals. and the ministry in particular.. If we are going to be spared the frustration of trying to restore something that has served its purpose and belongs to a dying order.. but that pathway leads on and on to new things in God." For we need no other credentials for ministry in the House of God. We are "members in particular. It was still functioning. As we abide with the Lord Jesus in His yoke. And the shoulders of the priests would speak of men who are strong because of their priestly character--the priestly anointing they carry and their priestly garments of righteousness." when we have drifted from the right course. Oxen are much stronger than men. for Jesus said.. to keep the people from getting scattered.. enlightening the path of the just with the Light of a new day--a light "that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. and a wellorganized program. the ark of the covenant was heavy. David pitched a new Tent on Mount Zion for the ark of God. were still ministering there before the ark. But God's priests cannot delegate their burdens to others. and we have no record that David ever did this . but in the long run it hinders what God is doing." He would bring us back to the old pathway.from falling apart. men chosen of God. the Anointing that comes down upon us from the garments of our High Priest in the heavens. He wants to bring us back to "first love. Zadok the priest and his brethren. Who has been "anointed with the oil of gladness above His fellows. and this time the people were prepared! They had discovered God's way! David "danced before the LORD with all his might" (not in an attempt to bring back the ark but because it was back. true. and the priests of the LORD were still attending to its various functions. and my burden is light.." There is no question about it. A New Tent On Mount Zion Because this was a new day. "Lord. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness that Moses built was certainly God's order for a season.. and brings it to a halt. Then the ark was brought forth out of the house of Obededom with shouting and great rejoicing. But the ark of the covenant was not restored to the holy of holies of the old Tabernacle. 16:39)." A Resting Place For The Ark Now we must notice something very important.. God's intention is that each member of the Body of Christ should find their place of ministry in the Body. Now the "shoulder" is the place of strength. are inclined to take burdens upon themselves that God did not authorize. And that He moves onward and forward and upward. But He is not in the least interested in renewing some old religious structure that He may have seen fit to use in days gone by." and each member must find his or her place in the yoke of Christ. bring us to the place where we learn to walk with You. God's only way. The mercy seat on the top of it was made of solid gold. Burnt offerings were still being offered upon the brazen altar. At this particular time it was "in the high place that was at Gibeon" (1 Chron. The Credentials Of True Ministry The ark of God on the shoulders of anointed men? A sturdy cart on wheels. The real problem is simply this: God's people.. And Uzzah the strong man can keep things in order. true. rather than delegating their task to some strong man.. apart from the Anointing.. "My yoke is easy. God has an entirely new order for His people. God was not finished with it yet.. This is God's way. to keep the doctrines pure.
132:13-16). This is what God is after. He must have a people in whom He can dwell in the fullness of priestly fellowship and communion. as well as the place of His temple. This is my rest for ever: Here will I dwell. "For the LORD hath chosen Zion. and which had been built by the great lawgiver according to the pattern that he had seen on the Mount of God? This was no mere whim of David's. It wasn't the dance or the shout that brought back the ark. Never again did the ark of God enter the courts of the old Tabernacle that Moses had built. and God had given him the direction to do this. What David rejoiced in was the presence and glory of God. for I have desired it. The natural Zion comes to desolation. He hath desired it for his habitation. that is true. David danced before the LORD. The kingdom of David has become eternal in nature. And so the original kingdom of .. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: And her saints shall shout aloud for joy" (Psa. I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. But this was to be God's new order. He ever leadeth His people on from glory unto glory.again). but his greater Son and His many brethren will rule and reign forever on His throne. But why Mount Zion? Why not the hill of Gibeon where the Tabernacle had been pitched. Not in any sense of fullness. David may die. and in the days to come there would be one thing only that He desired... and therefore Zion takes on eternal significance.." as Paul tells us (Gal." back Why Mount Zion? Because for the first time in God's dealings with His people He has succeeded in bringing into union with Himself and into His Temple. but the real Zion of God and the heavenly Jerusalem will forever be known as the "City of the Great King. Then the ark was brought into the Tent of David and set in the place that David had prepared for it. Zion is established as the place of God's throne. and through whom He can reveal Himself to the nations in kingly authority and power. and in David's Tent a structure that is both Throne and Temple. rather than in the old one on Gibeon if God had not given him clear direction for this. there on Mount Zion. David was a prophet. And certainly it would have been utter presumption to put the ark in a new Tent. a man who is both king and priest in Israel. and made a cart for the ark. but in seed-form we have in David a man who is both king and priest. God had found for Himself a new Resting Place. and in vain are we going to restore the glory of God to His Temple with any of these methods. From this time forward. He had presumed before. and the natural Jerusalem goes into "bondage with her children. even to the consummation of God's purposes in the book of Revelation. 4:25). clothed upon with the garments of a priest: a linen robe girded with a linen ephod. and that was to sit before the LORD in the Tent of David. and inquire in His Temple.
"Even the blind and the lame will drive you away" they scoffed (2 Sam. Now Jerusalem is believed to have been the "Salem" over which Melchizedek ruled as king-priest many hundreds of years earlier. And His plan is to lead us from the one into the other. And so when David and his men came against the city in the early part of his reign. The exact opposite is the truth: for God's plan from the beginning was to bring us out of the earthly and into the heavenly. Will there ever come about true peace in natural Israel? Yes. so that natural Israel along with natural Gentiles--redeemed by His grace--might together enjoy the new and abundant life that there is in Christ. out of the carnal and into the spiritual. and came upon the Jebusites with a surprise attack and captured the hill for himself." The city that was once ruled over by a king-priest under God is now in the hands of one of the abominable nations of Canaan which Israel failed to drive out. 5:12).) The Original Meaning Of Zion Zion was a small mountain ridge in the southern part of Jerusalem with valleys below on the east and west. the earthly Jerusalem. And in the days to come we will discover that Zion will take on still further enlargement as God moves on and on with His people. in the days of Abraham. There is "one hope. Here he set up his own fortress. much to the contempt of the Jebusites. the heavenly Jerusalem. They had been subdued. and called it the City of David. and made eternal because of its deliverance from decay. He wants to bring them also into the better things-the heavenly Zion. so making peace. A Royal Priesthood On Mount Zion . or ignored. 2:13-19. God's order is first "that which is natural. and put on this "one new man" in Christ Jesus. and they scoffed at David. But before we get into that we must consider the original meaning of Zion in greater detail.. he was confronted with the scoffing of the Jebusites who had taken control of this area. But David and his men ascended the difficult. Jebus means "trodden down"--the City of Peace is now "trodden down. In so doing the earthly is neither neglected.David becomes the seed-plot for the unfolding of the Messianic Royal Priesthood. rocky watercourse that came from Zion. and afterward that which is spiritual" (1 Cor. never to be rebuilt. and corruption. 15:46).. and that it was through the blood of Christ that God would "make in himself of twain one new man. At the Cross the "wall of partition was broken down" forever. The apostle tells us that this is how God brought peace in the age-long conflict between Jew and Gentile.. the "subdued" became the "subduer. We do not do away with the real meaning of scripture when we seek to understand its spiritual and heavenly counterpart. or destroyed. and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake" (2 Sam. 5:6). and in a strong defensible position.. out of old creation life and into New Creation life. but as we mentioned before. the holy nation. The word "Salem" means "peace. It is rather swallowed up by the heavenly." but the land is now occupied by the Jebusites. They considered themselves to be very secure in their lofty heights. death. "And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel." And now David comes against the Jebusites with his band of men. the earthly Israel? God's plan for them is not a lesser glory than for us as Gentiles. and therefore a natural fortress in itself. made immortal by the new life." (See Eph. one baptism"--not two. From here on his kingdom became continually greater. one faith. but only when they come into this new way. What about the earthly Zion. for it is only then that we shall understand the ultimate meaning that God had in mind.
the kind of fabric that was used... This is just about all we know about the structure of the Tabernacle of David.. (See 1 Sam. cedar boards or staves. and then has the ability to go forth unto the nations with royal power and authority. He was "afraid of God" when God smote Uzzah dead for his error.. and King. but reluctantly gave him "holy bread" and the sword of Goliath. If we are walking with God. What a humiliating thing to see him dressed up like a humble priest. This is what caused his wife Michal to look upon him with disdain. But Zion in its original meaning has taken on eternal significance as the place of a Royal Priesthood. David was not really a priest. He Wore Priestly Garments We mentioned before how David had laid aside his royal garments of power. that he might dwell with God all the days of his life: . brazen altar. He Partook Of Priestly Bread And Weapons When David was fleeing from Saul he came to Ahimelech the priest. The priest was somewhat fearful. and tapestry. The ark of God which for hundreds of years could only be visited by the high priest--and that only once in the year--was now set up in a "prepared place" in the middle of the Tent of David on Mount Zion.. when the Temple of Solomon was built. but perhaps it often seemed that way to David. and precious stones. there was the utmost extravagance in gold. that somehow had been confiscated from David many years before. Perhaps the Lord sees that we are not really prepared to use them as we ought. and carvings. He was a great king.. David pitched a Tent for it here on Mount Zion and prepared a place for the ark in the middle of the Tent (2 Sam. True.Now when the Ark was brought back to Jerusalem.) The sword with which he had slain Goliath had been preserved for him in the house of God. Let us consider some of these priestly prerogatives. altar of incense." yet David and his men ate of it. Yet as a forerunner of his greater Son who would reign as a King-Priest on David's throne. the place of his citadel and kingdom. and the like. not by birth and lineage." (See Matt. It wasn't really lost. clothed upon with the humble garments of the priesthood. making him to be a fitting type of the Messiah Who is Prophet. and these things were quite insignificant. Priest. let us not fear when we notice former aspects of power and authority slipping away from our grasp. no dimensions. not from the tribe of Levi. and went forth dancing before the Lord when the ark returned. He was of the tribe of Judah. and dancing before the Lord! He Had Priestly Access To God This was most astounding of all. brazen laver. 6:17). He wore a robe of linen and an ephod. and silver. Be quick to let them go. for He was in the process of establishing a "Home" in Man.. 21:6-9.. no mention of candlestick. and they will mean much more to us when the time comes for God to restore them. we find even David exercising many priestly prerogatives. God purposely ignored all this. no explanation as to how it was made. where man comes into God's presence in priestly communion. even though it was admittedly "unlawful. but now he pitches a tent for the ark in his own backyard.) The sword of Goliath at that time was "wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod"--and this was a priestly garment. and asked for bread and a sword. 12:34. The food was strictly "priestly bread. and this act was cited by the Lord as something commendable.
and temple. As we cultivate priestly ministry we come into a place of communion with God." But immediately after saying this David was caught away in prophetic inspiration (for he was a singing prophet). was not to be something confined to their little land. 27:4). Oh. that God would eradicate that inherent lust for power and authority from the hearts of His people. But Uzziah was performing a ritual out of the pride of his heart. In later years a certain king by the name of Uzziah (also a very good king) went into the temple to offer up incense. That will I seek after. and especially from the hearts of those in ministry! God's Open Door To The Nations Songs that are given by the Spirit are always related to what God is doing in the earth at that particular time. The New Testament has much to say concerning the priesthood of the believer and our heritage as "kings and priests unto God. whereas David was acting in faith. and in so doing he brings chaos and devastation into the midst of God's heritage. or is about to do. that through them "all nations" might partake of the blessing of Abraham. Touch not mine anointed. Saying.. This occasion of triumph and glory on Mount Zion was to be no mere nationalistic dream come true to the chosen people of God.. And on the day that the ark of God was brought to Zion and placed in the Tent of David. It was to be a new beginning for mankind. Asaph and his brethren were given a prophetic psalm to commemorate this "new day. In kingly ministry we have power with men.. Man would always reverse this order. but to make of them a door of utterance to the nations. And that is why God always establishes a priesthood in the earth before He establishes a kingdom. and God smote him with leprosy right there in the sight of the priests." But here on Mount Zion we have a foretaste of New Testament priestly access into God's presence. That is why we must concentrate on priestly ministry. And do my prophets no harm.. the springing forth of a river that would eventually embrace the whole world and bring deliverance to a groaning creation. And to inquire in his temple" (Psa. in confirming the covenant that He had made with Abraham."One thing have I desired of the LORD. and watching over them in their weakness and in their wanderings: "He suffered no man to do them wrong: Yea. That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life. We may wonder at this when we consider how drastically God dealt with others for intruding into the priesthood. and he began to declare what God was going to do among the nations. So he went on: . under God's guidance and direction. To behold the beauty of the LORD. Israel had always been slow to comprehend that what God was doing for them and in them. and God was pleased to dwell with David in the same house. and people. David therefore began to prophesy of the glory of God that would emanate from Mount Zion and embrace all the nations of the earth. he reproved kings for their sakes." It was a song of thanksgiving and praise for God's great goodness to the house of Israel.
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Zion was intended to be that place of priestly ministry and kingly authority from which God's Word and His Glory might shine forth into the uttermost parts of the earth. and in all the prophets.THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID TO BE REBUILT Once we understand God's intended purpose in the original Zion. Give unto the LORD. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name. His marvelous works among all nations. 105:1-15.) This first prophetic utterance concerning the glory of Zion has established the real meaning of Zion not only for this occasion. But as God's . And so when Zion--the people of God--had forsaken the true God of Israel and became encumbered with their own ways. all the earth. And let the earth rejoice: And let men say among the nations. Then shall the trees of the wood sing out At the presence of the LORD. Because he cometh to judge the earth. God was greatly grieved and He lamented through the prophet: "For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace. but for all the prophecies that would follow after. For let us not forget. then we may understand more fully what He means when He speaks of the restoration of Zion and the rebuilding of the Tabernacle of David. Give unto the LORD glory and strength. when Isaiah or Jeremiah or the other prophets lamented over God's people. It was really "the burden of the LORD" that He was sharing with His servants. 62:1). Fear before him. Psa. and the place of His priesthood. And the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth" (Isa. And for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest. the references to Zion go far beyond a little hill in Jerusalem to embrace in a larger sense the people of God. Let the heavens be glad." (See 1 Chron. ye kindreds of the people. Show forth from day to day his salvation. CHAPTER 2 (CONTINUED) . for his mercy endureth for ever. that it be not moved."Sing unto the LORD. all the earth: The world also shall be stable. 96. Declare his glory among the heathen. and on into the New Testament. it was really the lamentation of the Spirit of God. and sometimes it was a burden that they found to be very grievous. O give thanks unto the LORD. Both in David's writings. The LORD reigneth. 16:8-36. For he is good. the place of God's throne. Until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness. and it was His burden that He placed upon them.
plan has always been to join Himself to Man, God must find willing men who will share His burden as well as His glory and power. And so we hear the prophet Isaiah declaring: "I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, Which shall never hold their peace, day nor night: Ye that make mention of the LORD, Keep not silence, and give him no rest, Till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth" (Isa. 62:6-7). The prophet Ezekiel was set as a "watchman" over the house of Israel, to warn the people of impending judgment. But in the above passage Isaiah speaks of "watchmen" who are appointed by God to arouse the Almighty Himself from His rest; and to cry unto Him day and night that He might establish Jerusalem, and make her to be a praise in the earth. Beloved, let us not imagine that God is displeased with our much crying out unto Him to arise in the earth and to show forth His glory. For God Himself has "set watchmen" on the walls of Jerusalem for this very purpose! But it was not until Christ came, and died, and rose again, and ascended, that the glory of Zion was to have any real impact upon the nations of the world. And when this began to happen, especially under the ministry of the apostle Paul, a new problem began to arise in the minds of the Jewish teachers as to what they were to do with the multitudes of Gentiles that were coming into the Church. A division had arisen, because some of these teachers were saying that the new converts had to become Jews according to the covenant of circumcision, as taught by Moses. Paul and Barnabas were greatly concerned about this, because they knew that God was doing a new thing in the earth. Not that it was unrelated to Old Testament prophecy, but it was entirely unrelated to Levitical and Judaistic ritual and forms of worship. All these were but types and shadows. What God was bringing forth now was the real substance. Therefore Paul and Barnabas went up to Jerusalem to discuss the matter with the apostles there. They had no thought of compromising their stand, but they did fear that their efforts might well have been in vain if the foundational apostles of the Church should oppose them. And so we have the first Council of Jerusalem, which we must consider in some detail. The Jerusalem Controversy Now there was no question in the minds of any of the apostles or of the Jewish teachers, as to whether or not the Gentiles could be saved... and this was not the issue. Early Judaism clearly recognized what so many Christian teachers have failed to recognize: that a heathen Gentile who came into Israel and submitted to the covenant ordinances became from that day forward a bona fide, valid Israelite. Moses distinctly taught that there was to be one law for Israel, and for the foreigner who dwelt in their midst. (See Ex. 12:48; Lev. 24:22.) Intermarriage between the Israelites and other nations was often forbidden, or if allowed there were certain rituals required of the incoming foreigner; but it was not because God was erecting certain racial barriers. It was because of the heathen gods they worshipped, and the effect this could have on the people who knew and worshipped the one true God. At this Council, they all must have been aware that on many occasions in their history some very prominent Israelites were either outright Gentile heathens by birth, or had Gentile blood in their veins. Rahab the harlot of
Jericho was received into Israel, and become one of them. And in fact we find her name in the ancestral line of the Lord Jesus! Ruth the Gentile from Moab not only came into Israel, but she became the great-grandmother of king David, from whose line Jesus was born. And Ruth's husband, Boaz, was descended from Rahab the Gentile harlot, and Boaz became David's great-grandfather. Again, when Mordecai became a governor under the Persian king, in the time of Esther, such fear gripped the Gentiles of the 127 provinces of Persia, that "many of the people of the land became Jews" (Esth. 8:17). No Jew who was familiar with the Old Testament could argue that Gentiles could not become Israelites by embracing the covenants and submitting to the ordinances of the law. I think this alone should settle the argument that has come forth in recent generations concerning the racial preeminence of certain nations and peoples of the earth. Even a bona fide Israelite, born of the stock of Israel, was cut off if he did not submit to the covenant of circumcision. (See Gen. 17:14.) And as we have pointed out, a Gentile who came in and submitted to the God of Israel--and their laws and rituals--was received as a bona fide Israelite. This, then, became the real issue of the Council of Jerusalem. And this was the question: "Are we to continue to receive Gentiles into the commonwealth of Israel on the basis of circumcision and the law, as we have in the past? Or shall we receive them as brethren because of their faith in Christ, without subjecting them to these ordinances?" And this was what Paul and Barnabas were so insistent upon; for they knew that God had broken down this "wall of partition" between them because of the Cross. The argument went on and on. Peter showed how God had opened a door to the Gentiles, quite apart from any Jewish rituals, giving them the Holy Ghost even as He did to the believers in Jerusalem, and making "no difference" between Jew and Gentile. Then Paul and Barnabas testified as to how God had opened an effectual door to the Gentiles in their ministry, quite apart from any legal rituals and ordinances. But it remained for James, respected highly by the Jewish Christians, to bring forth an argument from the scriptures that would settle the whole issue. James told the Council that they ought not try to make Jews out of Gentiles according to the old law, because God promised even in the scriptures that the Tabernacle of David would be rebuilt, and in that new order God would receive the Gentiles as His very own, and place His Name upon them. Some Christian teachers quote from James to confirm that at the end of the Church age God would rebuild the Tabernacle of David. But James was clearly saying that God was now rebuilding the Tabernacle of David, as Amos had prophesied. James was not prophesying anything. He was rather quoting from the prophet Amos so as to clearly show the Council that this age-old prophecy of Amos was now in the process of fulfillment: "After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: that the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things" (Acts 15:16-17). James was not prophesying this. He was telling the Council that Amos had prophesied this, and that now it was happening! The prophecy was there and then being fulfilled! God had promised that when the Tabernacle of David was rebuilt, many Gentiles would seek after the Lord, and come to know the God of Israel. Therefore on the basis of this long unfulfilled prophecy James advised the Council to accept the fact that "the residue of men [or, the rest of mankind]" were in God's plan from the beginning, and were now to be received as brethren in this hour of the rebuilding of the Tabernacle of David.
Of course, James could have quoted many scriptures from the prophets that spoke of the salvation of the Gentiles, but as we have pointed out, this was no problem with the Jewish teachers. The problem was much deeper than that: "Can we receive Gentiles into the commonwealth of Israel apart from the Law and the ritual of circumcision?" Therefore God in His wisdom did not emphasize these other prophecies on this occasion, but chose rather to relate the salvation of the Gentiles to the Tabernacle of David... and in so doing there could be no mistaking what God had in mind. For here in the Tabernacle of David we have an institution that had no relation to temple, and temple ritual, and nothing to do with brazen altars and lavers and altars of incense. And most important, after the dedication of Mount Zion with the sacrifices of animals, never again do we hear of sacrifices of blood being offered on Mount Zion. From the day of the dedication of the Tabernacle of David and on, the sacrifices on this mount were to be sacrifices of praise and worship unto God. The prophecy of Amos could therefore in no way be construed to refer to a little flimsy goats' hair tent such as David might have had there at the first. To the apostle James it was quite evident that the reference of Amos to the Tabernacle of David related to the spiritual restoration of the glory of David's kingdom. Have you ever heard of any Jewish teacher, ancient or modern, or any Christian teacher, proclaiming that glorious day when a literal Tent of David would once again rise up on the top of old Mount Zion in Jerusalem? This would be unthinkable. But we do hear a lot about a beautiful temple something like Solomon's, that is supposed to be built there in Jerusalem some day. And yet the only promise in the New Testament that refers to the rebuilding of the house of David is the one concerning the "Tent of David"--which every one recognizes as a spiritual "Tent," and not a flimsy piece of cloth like the one that David erected there in the beginning. So ended the first Council at Jerusalem. But we cannot believe that all the teachers in the Church at Jerusalem wholeheartedly embraced the decision of the Council. For a long time afterward Paul had to contend with the "leaven" of Judaism in the churches where he had ministered the pure Gospel of Christ. Today vast multitudes in the Church are once again taking sides with those who opposed Paul and Peter and Stephen, and other Christian teachers of the early Church. Peter tells us that God made "no difference" between men. Stephen declared, "the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands" (Acts 7:48), and was stoned for declaring it. Paul said, "There is no difference..." It is about time that Christians everywhere begin to take sides with the great apostles and teachers of the early Church... rather than with modern-day theologians. Why do we find it difficult to believe that the apostles and prophets of the New Testament knew how to interpret Old Testament prophecy? If we can accept this premise, then we must embrace the fact that God's promises were made to Abraham's Seed (singular), and not to Abraham's many seeds (plural), according to the flesh. And that this Seed is Christ along with those who have come into Christ through the faith of Abraham. (See Rom. 4:9-13; Gal. 3:16; 4:28.) Once we find grace to accept the apostolic interpretation of the Old Testament as the revelation of the Spirit of God, then we can safely lay aside the dispensational barriers that men have erected, and recognize Old Testament prophecy, as interpreted by the apostles, as the one and only valid interpretation concerning the true Israel. And the Old Testament becomes more meaningful to us because both Peter and Paul declared that what the prophets wrote, concerned those people who received the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (See Rom. 16:26; 1 Pet. 1:10-12.) The Good Olive Tree
22). and his immediate response is "God forbid" (Rom. very clearly: "That is. And once again the Tree takes on beauty and still greater enlargement. and God brings them to repentance. He literally gives life to these dead branches. and the "branches" were beloved "for the fathers' sakes" (vs. if they "continue in God's goodness. But the "root" was holy. through the fall of Israel. and 11 he has made it very clear what God means by all Israel.. Paul's conclusion is: "And so all Israel shall be saved" (vs. are they all children: but. what shall the receiving of them be.. God always retained for himself a true Israel. the relationship between the Church and Israel becomes very clear. The prophet Jeremiah had said: "The LORD called thy name. Gentile condition. "the reconciling of the world" (vs. even in times of great apostasy. Then the dead branches "if they abide not still in unbelief" (vs. 15). Was the true Israel. it took on even greater beauty and enlargement. The Good Tree was almost stripped of its branches. 23) will be grafted back into their own Tree. Here in Romans 11 he answers a question that he himself raised: "Hath God cast away his people?". and grafts them back again into the same Good Olive Tree. Then he goes on to explain. He just stripped off the dead branches. He took a people in their wild. But Paul explains: the "root" was holy. And as the natural. A green olive tree. for God had brought about. Since then the Gospel of reconciliation has gone forth to the ends of the earth. But God.There is much that could be said about God's true Israel. 10. In Isaac shall thy seed be called" (9:6-7). And wonder of wonders." otherwise they "also shall be cut off" (vs. in His love and faithfulness to the fathers. and he tells us that God took branches out of the wild tree and grafted them into the Good one. it would not only survive. fair.. and therefore the Tree would survive. and the Good Tree flourished once again. 11:1). but let us just look briefly at the good Olive Tree as portrayed so beautifully by the apostle Paul. 28). What Tree? Clearly Paul is talking only of two trees: the wild olive tree and the Good Olive Tree. and the branches of it are broken" (Jer. even though the broken branches are dead in sin. and the branches of the Gentiles will remain there with them in the same Tree. and salvation flows forth from Zion. They which are the children of the flesh. because of "election" he brings them back into the Good Tree. it would take on greater beauty and enlargement! How? God would reach forth and take branches from a "wild olive tree" and graft them into the Good Tree. "They are not all Israel. which are of Israel: neither. and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it. And what does he mean by "in Isaac"? He explains this also. Now the apostle Paul goes into great detail to describe the fall. And in all that he has spoken about in chapters 9. 26). these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed" (9:8). It not only flourished. but life from the dead" (vs. To say that God had rejected Israel he would have to say that he himself was rejected. rejected branches of Israel go through their time of desolation and judgment. and the rising again of Israel.. then. because they are the seed of Abraham. 1). only the believing branches from the wild olive tree were grafted into Israel. Of course this left the Tree almost bare. "For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world. "For I also am an Israelite" (vs. and if we can accept what he has to say about it. 11:16). But He did not cut the tree down. Only the unbelieving branches of Israel were rejected. 15). and the tree takes on still greater enlargement and beauty in that great and mighty . God performs a miracle in these dead branches that is even greater than He performed when He brought "wild" Gentiles into the Good Olive Tree of Israel. and grafted them into the Good Tree of Israel. but God caused it to be replenished with "wild" branches from the Gentiles. When Christ came as the total Sum and Substance of Israel's hope He was rejected. and God cast away the unfaithful branches of the Olive Tree. 26). It couldn't be more clear. ever rejected by God? Never was! And never will be! "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written" (vs.
. For what purpose? To make "one new man. There is but "one hope. when Christ Who is both King and Priest. And his ways past finding out!" (Rom. and the ashes of a red heifer? No--this would be the greatest of abominations! But this restoration must be something greater." He warned us that the Kingdom of God "cometh not with observation. Not far off some where in the heavens. "is like a seed that is planted in the earth. The best He could do was to implant as it were a seed of truth in the form of a parable. We are about to witness the "full corn in the ear." When Jesus was here He taught the mysteries of the Kingdom in the form of parables. but right here in the earth where the seed was planted and grew--and there it comes to maturity.work of restoration for Israel that Paul simply describes as "life from the dead. so making peace"." for at the price of His Cross our Lord tore down "the middle wall of partition between us".. is joined unto those in His Body who. They would be called "The City of the living God. Therefore we can be sure that the "full corn in the ear" can be nothing less than Jesus Himself enthroned and embodied in the lives of a people who have come into being because Jesus was faithful to the Father's will." We have seen the sprouting of the seed and the blade of the Kingdom in the early Church. Wherever He went. till all His enemies "were subdued under His feet. and grow.. was to take on enlargement in "one new man. and grow. but something that would grow.." the Church. knowing that as the seed was given a chance to germinate in the earth. John the Baptist preached a message of repentance to prepare the hearts of the people for this Kingdom. the fruit of the Kingdom for which the Husbandman has been waiting. Jesus Himself was the good kernel of wheat that fell into the ground and died. the heavenly Jerusalem. (See Eph.. but was to become universalized throughout the whole earth by the preaching of the gospel.) A restoration to temples. Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom.." not two. He must rise again from the dead. "The kingdom of heaven. Little by little the truth began to dawn upon the hearts of the disciples: Jesus must die. something grander. then it is the day of the Royal Priesthood. something far and beyond what we have yet known in the Church and it will come about by the resurrection life of the Lord Jesus. then. Israel... become "kings and priests unto God. 4:4-6. It is this wonderworking wisdom of God that causes the apostle to cry out: "O the depth of the riches Both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments. Notice: the full corn. then the ear. ." as God brings the Kingdom to fullness of fruition.. moving in this "one new man" that God made of Jew and Gentile when He tore down the wall of partition. as prophesied by Amos and as confirmed by the apostle James. "There is no difference.. the full corn must be formed in the ear. the true Israel." whether they be the wild branches that were grafted in or the dead branches restored to the Tree. and another for Israel. by virtue of this joining." "And so all Israel shall be saved.. Paul very clearly speaks of one true Israel. and candlesticks. and the blood of bulls and goats. this heavenly Zion. because the hearts of the people had become dull and blinded. The Kingdom of Heaven If this." He reminded us that it was not something that would suddenly burst forth upon the earth in a blaze of glory. 2:14-15. and fell into the ground and died. Henceforth the true Israel would be a heavenly people. We have seen the ear coming forth in the centuries that followed. after that the full corn in the ear" (Mk." He said. not one for the Church." Christ was to reign at God's right hand in Zion. God's Kingdom was not to be confined to one nation. 11:33).. 4:28). He must ascend into the heavenly Zion. eventually it would spring forth in Kingdom-life. is the day of the rebuilding of the Tabernacle of David. and altars. "first the blade.
slow to respond to what He is doing. But in His character as Alpha and as Omega. And if the egg does not come forth as a bird. but potentially. He is the Alpha and He is the Omega. but never to leave us there to crystallize or to stagnate. untaken away. But the potential is there. He changes not. The seed of the tomato is like a tomato. He must bear fruit after His kind. So we are like Christ. Zion. Perfect Seed--the Seed that was planted in the earth. "in bondage. the worm and the butterfly. but it is a relationship such as exists between the egg and the bird. and the law of the egg.. "So are we in this world" (1 Jn. the Divine intent is to be found in the former. but not until there has come about the dissolution and decay of the seed will we discover the growing of the plant and the expression of the fruit. The City Of God . In concluding this chapter on the Tent of David we want to mention just a few characteristics of the City of David.. For if we fail to see what God has in mind in the various temples. the City of God." The egg is like the bird--not actually. His desire is to change His people from what they were in the beginning. (See Gen.Let us not forget the Law of the Seed.. and structures. from good Seed. In other words. to what He has planned they shall become in the end. His Book will continue to be just that--a history book. the seed and the fruit. with a brief comment on same. And we will never leave the shell of the egg. in the reading of the scriptures. Revelation is the book of the consummation. in the corporate Body of Christ in the earth. but will remain like Israel of old. lest we should mistake his meaning. We are always slow to adjust. We must keep these principles in mind." And John elaborates. 1. but the finished product is always vastly different than the original. If we understand this fundamental principle of Restoration. and the law of the cocoon. we shall see--and those about us shall see--the living Christ walking once again in the midst of men. It must be good fruit. "As he is. 1:12. or God is dishonored. but onward to the Celestial City. and institutions that we find in the scriptures. We may be far from it now in actual likeness. perfect fruit. and are prepared to submit to change. There is therefore a very definite relationship between the former and the latter. It is the Law of the Seed. and God's original intention is there. or emerge from the cocoon. which is this: that the seed must bear fruit "after its kind. as we are called in the book of Acts. And in between we have God's dealings with His people whereby He leads them forward toward this great fulfillment. It is back to the pathway. We are a people of the Way. 4:17). God's intention in the egg has not been realized.) From Genesis To Revelation Genesis is the book of beginnings. But this is God's intention. and are inclined to wander away from the pathway. He is always at hand to bring us back and restore us to the original pathway. and expression." with the veil remaining. and the potential is now within us! And as we submit to the law of the seed. so are we.. which God established in both the Old Creation and in the New: It is the inherent life in the seed that determines the ultimate form. and character of the fruit! It cannot be inferior to the good seed. we could apply ourselves more readily to the constant and sometimes very distressing changes that He brings about in the structure and administration of His Kingdom.
They are scattered far and wide and the homestead goes into ruin. continue to look "for a City which hath foundations. Their Lord and Master is "heir of all things" (Heb. This is no small inheritance. 4:13). and the promise remains unfulfilled. and eventually to corruption and chaos. whose builder and maker is God" (Heb.) The true Israel understands what God meant when He said. and tell them it is all theirs to own and possess. This passage is referred to by the writers of the New Testament possibly more than any other Old Testament Messianic prophecy. God's men. Now they have come to the true Zion. and they as "kings and priests unto God" are joint-heirs with Him! 2. See Psa. 87:2-3). . 36:11). and seems to come to nought.. 110:1). Will God give natural Israel the little parcel of land they are striving to hold on to? Well. Through disobedience they leave home. Let us use an illustration. But the mandate He has from the heavenly Father is to rule and reign "in the midst" of them. that is." Will I give them what they want? I suppose I would. As my sons grow older I promise them a piece of land on the old homestead. 11:15-16.. but continued to look for "a better country.. 11:9-10).. and joint-heirs with Christ" (Rom.. with hearts turned to God. But once they catch a glimpse of the New Jerusalem. 11:10). Until I make thine enemies thy footstool" (Psa. 12:22).. from which He now rules and reigns over the earth. are quite prepared to forget the whole land of their former heritage. Therefore the true Israel. they might have returned to their land. After the Captivity.. for they have caught a vision of something better. Cain is the first man mentioned as having built a "city. Sit thou at my right hand. an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city" (Heb. I just want the two acres you promised me when I was a boy. It is quoted or referred to at least 17 times as relating to the throne of the Messiah.. they are no longer excited about a few acres of real estate. the heavenly Jerusalem" (Heb."There is a river. such as Abraham did.. for all things have been given to the Son. a land filled with rivers and lakes and fruitful plains and meadows and forests and treasures unspeakable. will do better unto you than at your beginnings" (Ezek.. The streams whereof shall make glad The city of God.. But in the meantime I acquire a vast inheritance. But in dullness of heart they reply: "I can't believe that fable... 1:2). And it is stated that He will remain there until all His enemies are subdued under His feet." God's men were not builders of cities. that they might possess the City that God has prepared. When my estranged sons return home I show them the new land. but I would be grieved that they would doubt my word and generosity. with the fullness of power and authority. (See Heb." The cities of fallen men invariably lead to visions of greatness. "the city of the living God. and occupied it in peace and safety. The Throne Of God "The LORD said unto my Lord. 46:4. had they walked in obedience. they like their father will consider themselves to be but foreigners in a strange land (Heb. having caught the true vision. to merchandising and profit-making.. too great to even measure. it's part of the world--and the whole world is Abraham's inheritance (Rom. and as they suffer with Him and bear His reproach. We find it difficult to realize that Christ is truly King over all the earth now. and settle for the two acres. Zion. But now. like Abraham. "I. because we look about and see so many "enemies" of God at loose in the earth. 11:16). much better: "Now they desire a better country. they too become "heirs of God. 8:17)." (Psa.
but it must be in His throne. 3.restraining or subduing them as the Father sees fit and according to God's own time schedule.. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness. 110:2. And those who anticipate sharing a place on the throne with Him in the Melchizedek order had better forget about their racial heritage. And let thy saints shout for joy. Christ will never have any more kingly authority and power than He has right now. temple rituals. He tells us that He overcame and sat down "with my Father in his throne". 4. 3:21). triumphing over them" in His Cross (Col. there is an effectual priesthood.. and therefore the habitation of His priesthood. he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted. 2:15).. and never will have. and the same throne is reserved for the overcomers who come into union with Him (Rev. which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. and overcome him. 15:57). God's Habitation "Arise. The name of the God of Jacob defend thee. 7:3. into thy rest. Notice this beautiful characteristic of Zion: the place of weakness. But first David and his men had to scale the craggy heights of Zion and drive out the enemy. the place of our battle. 20:1-2)." (See Psa. God intends that this shall become the place of our strength.) The Son who now reigns in Zion is a King-Priest on a throne which knows nothing of heredity. They must not think that they will ever be able to rule and govern apart from Him. Let us take courage in this. So it was that our Lord Jesus Christ wrestled with principalities and powers. (See Heb.) 4. the place of our struggle. and sacrifices. For when men come into fellowship with Christ and into union with Him.. He is preparing His many brethren for a place of authority and power also. "When a strong man armed keepeth his palace.. those very areas of our weakness and humiliation become a place where we can rejoice: "Thanks be to God. And strengthen thee out of Zion" (Psa. . 132:8-14. And while He reigns in the midst of His enemies. Zion. and the place where he set up the Tent of David. and "made a shew of them openly. 11:21-22). (See Psa. 28:18). For even Christ Himself does not have. Thou. The Place Of Power "The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble.. his goods are in peace: but when a stronger than he shall come upon him. because He has it all "now" (Matt. Send thee help from the sanctuary. it is the place of His temple. and the ark of thy strength. O LORD. Zion.) Zion is not only the place of God's throne. for as we come into the victory of the Cross. a throne that is independent of the Father's throne. Many of the psalms of David therefore speak of the throne of God and the priesthood in the same breath. The Melchizedek order knows nothing about that. racial distinctions. The fortress of Zion which was once occupied by the Jebusites became the fortress of David-the place of his kingdom. and divideth his spoils" (Lk.
. 16:31-33). Once it was a living. Zion. "But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance. "Of course if you are talking about perfection." We are not talking about any kind of perfection that you and I can bring forth. We are talking about the New Covenant that Christ is mediating for His people. And there shall be holiness" (Obad. Now it remains as a doctrine of the Church with very little life in it.. the perfection of beauty. God hath shined" (Psa.. The Mountain Of Holiness "Great is the LORD. just leave me out. cleansing. The joy of the whole earth. on the sides of the north. 6:11. And let the earth rejoice: And let men say among the nations. as we put on "the whole armour of God" (Eph. May He hasten the day when "holiness" will no longer be just a doctrine of the Church.God would teach us that Zion. a legal document of do's and don'ts. panoplia). 5. but it is going to be.." but totally a spiritual battle-dress. that formidable obstacle that once scoffed us and put us to shame.. 7. The joy of the whole earth! Not now. Zion. 48:2). can become our fortress and our strong tower as we walk in the victory of the Cross. At present we have to bear the reproach of Jeremiah. He the great Master Workman knows how to bring forth vessels unto honor and glory. 6. and effectual to the casting down of the strongholds of the enemy. by which He shall bring us into His own perfection. "Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty. The Joy Of The Whole Earth "Beautiful for situation. 17). The Perfection of Beauty! This is God's work. The joy of the whole earth?" (Lam. The LORD reigneth" (1 Chron. The Perfection Of Beauty "Out of Zion. We must discover that these weapons are not "carnal. Zion. as he beheld the heathen conquerors of Zion wagging their heads and saying. 50:2). We are enabled to rob Satan of "all his armour" (Gr. 48:1). But God will yet cleanse and purge His people from all defilement. The city of the great King" (Psa. but a "highway" on which His people will travel to the City of God. purging Word that went forth to God's people. And He . and greatly to be praised In the city of our God. panoplia). But David foresaw the day when all creation would rejoice in Mount Zion: "Let the heavens be glad. Is mount Zion.. beloved! Let us not excuse ourselves from appropriating God's desire by saying. The holiness doctrine has been around for a long time. In the mountain of His holiness" (Psa. Gr. We are talking about the creative masterpiece that God is bringing forth out of the clay fields of fallen humanity. 2:15). I can't be perfect. Zion soon lost her reputation as the joy of the whole earth as her citizens became alienated from God and walked in disobedience.
) 8. But something else very noteworthy happened. who was sent by David to minister in the old Tabernacle on Gibeon. And Zadok the priest. But God will always be faithful to minister to those whose hearts are open. 12:24). Zion." which is the once-for-all Sacrifice of Christ (Heb. Not only was the ark placed in the Tent in the midst of great rejoicing and praise. There are people all over the earth singing about the glory of Zion. The Mountain Of Praise "Sing praises to the LORD. David recognized this new order. No doubt it was very beautiful. In vain will any of God's ministers ever restore the ark of God's glory and presence to the old structures that have had their day.. or in the fact that they have come out of Babylon. and into the new. but here in the Tent of David the song of praise is introduced into temple worship for the first time. 62:1-7.. as he sang: . Which dwelleth in Zion: Declare among the people his doings" (Psa. with songs of praise. nor would it ever return to that old structure. and many of them do not have the slightest understanding of what they are singing about. The old rituals would continue in the Tabernacle of Moses on Gibeon. "the city of the living God. that they might hear through music and song the wonderful thing that God was doing in Zion. wherever they are.. and was based on a completed and finished Sacrifice. the Sacrifice that was perfect. "I used to tell people to come out of Babylon. Zion would therefore take on eternal significance. But the ark of God's presence was not there. and could never be repeated.bids His watchmen on the walls to continue in their intercessions. than some of those who have come out of the old order. failed to qualify for ministry in Solomon's Temple. but Zion was to become an institution that was new and distinct. and blessed the hearts of the people who ministered in that old structure.. 9:11)." (See Isa. After the dedicatory burnt offerings and peace offerings that were offered on Mount Zion there is no record that blood-sacrifices were ever again offered here in this place. Throughout the history of Israel there had been the occasional song of victory in the camp. and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. And He was faithful to send Levites to Gibeon. day and night. And yet it is important that God's people who have caught the vision of Zion do not look down upon those who seemingly do not have that vision. and ministered on Zion." we also come to the "blood of sprinkling. became the high priest of that new and glorious temple that Solomon would build. Selah! Let us meditate on these things. and give Him no rest. and which God lays aside when He brings forth the new. until this happens: "Keep not silence. But God often works that way! Who knows? Perhaps many of these will be more ready for the next phase of God's temple. David even appointed singers to minister in the old Tabernacle that Moses built. and when we come to Zion. the understanding they have. but Asaph and his brethren were appointed to minister before the ark. Till he establish. but one day He told me that He wanted to get Babylon out of me!" There is a solemn lesson for us all in what happened on Mount Gibeon and on Mount Zion. As one minister said. God just will not allow His people to glory over the knowledge they have. which was now on the hill of Gibeon. Abiathar the priest who clung to David in his rejection.
... let us be sure we understand what true praise really is. 51:15-18) CHAPTER 3 . And my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. and that He would settle David's son in ." He made it clear to David that He really did not need a house of cedars to dwell in. there is knowledge. there is repentance. The soul of the psalmist is made bare before the LORD as he searches his heart--as God searches his heart--as he shows forth the praises of the LORD and extols His excellencies."I will praise the name of God with a song. and be glad" (Psa. there is expectation of His glory. there is a pressing forward unto righteousness. lest it be said of us as was said of a disobedient people of old: "This people. Yes. there is a longing after God. Thou wilt not despise. teach us to praise You as we ought. Lord. there is instruction. there is prayer for the rebuilding of Jerusalem. The humble shall see this. But their heart is far from me" (Matt. honoureth me with their lips. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: Build thou the walls of Jerusalem" (Psa. there is lamentation for the desolation of Zion. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and a contrite heart. And will magnify him with thanksgiving. but true praise involves much more than that. For thou desirest not sacrifice. there is exhortation. that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan with a message for the king. God reminded David that He had always walked with His people and moved in their midst in a simple tent-like structure. O God. there is the shout of victory in the camp of the saints. Read the book of Psalms carefully and you will discover that in every line. It is not just a big noise that we make to try to make an impression on God. Else would I give it: Thou delightest not in burnt offering. in every sentence. Before we leave this subject. and from one tabernacle to another. there is condemnation of sin. going "from tent to tent. there is rejoicing in triumph.THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON However. which he immediately took to David.. This also shall please the LORD better Than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. in all of His doings toward the children of men. there is a yearning after holiness and purity. But may our sacrifices of praise be tempered with the oil of a broken and a contrite heart. there is teaching. there is perplexity in trial. as David prayed: "O LORD. open thou my lips. 69:30-32). in every praise that is uttered: there is wisdom. 15:8). there is a desire toward God's people. there is exaltation. and concluded by telling him that His purpose was really to build David a house. there is proclamation of His Kingdom.
" The Transitional Tent Of David In the previous chapter we talked about the Tabernacle. men of the world are often "wiser in their generation" than the children of light. and it is so in the spiritual. And this demands a price that seems to be just too high for most people to pay. But men in the Church sit back and feel they have everything there is to be had in the realm of the Spirit. because. Satan himself. which we have already talked about. We must move forward when the Cloud of God's Glory moves forward. This was restoration to a higher order. and to relinquish the things we have come to prize as our very own. "LORD. David's greater Son. It was to be preparatory to the Temple. He simply concluded his prayer by saying. between the Tent in the Wilderness and the Temple of Solomon. Yet real Christianity knows of no life. and are constantly developing new methods and new inventions to meet the challenge of the unreachable. after all. Satan does not hesitate to exercise complete lordship in the lives of his subjects. or many centuries ago. and a relinquishing of the old titles and deeds. They were moving out of one order and into another.) The immediate promise was to Solomon. and no spiritual progress. This was something new. pioneer spirit will step forward into the unknown. and the Tent of David was to be the connecting link between the old and the new. Transitional Difficulties Transitional times are always difficult times for God's people. no one can be perfect. is daily bringing forth new. who would build the temple that David wanted to build. 17:13-14. but it is thought to be incredible that our Lord should exercise anything like total Lordship in the lives of those whom He has purchased with His own blood! But I think the real reason we do not want to venture forth in response to the new vision is because we do not want to become involved with the unsettling and disturbing changes that the new vision demands.His house and in His Kingdom forever." and in his reply to the LORD there was really nothing he could say but extol God's great and glorious Name. He came and "sat before the LORD. 5:39). How could they continue to worship in the old tabernacle without the ark of the Covenant? Without the Glory? Without His Presence? But they were going to have to understand from David's action that this was no mere "renewal" of a former institution. The changing of the order requires a new beginning. with all his principalities and powers in the world of darkness. Jesus reminded us. They will continue to reach forth into the realms of space. or the Tent of David.. but the promise looks far beyond Solomon and embraces the Day of Christ." Where are we today in God's unfolding plan and purpose for the Church? To pinpoint our present spiritual location might be difficult. They think it is right and scriptural for the wheat of God's harvest fields to remain forever in a state just a little short of maturity. from the moment of our spiritual birth until the moment of glorification. When the ark was on its way back to Jerusalem no doubt it was just taken for granted by the priests in Israel that it would be restored to the old tabernacle that Moses built. The old is better" (Lk.. and we must have confidence that "the path of the just is as a shining light. We may not see the pathway ahead of us clearly." David was quite overwhelmed with this revelation... "No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith. except as we are prepared to lay down the life we have. Only those with the adventurous. As usual. that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. God is seeking to lead . and using them to destroy the spirits and souls and bodies of men. but God's Way is the Rule of the Cloud. but we hear Him calling. Where do we go from here? It might seem a lot safer if we could see the pathway clearly laid out before us. diabolical weapons of destruction. which was then on the hill of Gibeon. do as thou hast said. (See 1 Chron. The Tent of David must have come as quite a shock to them. It is so in the natural realm. but preeminently this is a day of preparation. who would inherit "the sure mercies of David" and would build a Temple "not made with hands. It is the truth of the Cross as it is enacted and reenacted in our lives. But God's people can envision nothing better than a restoration of something we had in the Church many years ago.
It would also be dedicated on the occasion of the Feast of Tabernacles. What we are saying is that the greater the magnificence and the glory that attends God's workmanship. but it was really a "firstfruits" harvest. because what He is doing is for His own Glory.. because he had been walking with God. David said. It was the place of the burnt offering. and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel" (1 Chron." The fire has been kindled to destroy the chaff of the threshing floor. The final harvest would be in the seventh month on the occasion of the Feast of Tabernacles." It was a proclamation of faith--God had declared this to be His plan. when the nation had gathered in their wines and oils. which was the Feast of Harvest. But a mushroom will grow up overnight. many years duration was to be fulfilled today! Tomorrow he may die. and perish in the heat of the sun the next day. and this is the altar of burnt offering. let us be spiritually alert to see God's timing in our lives. Now it was this plot of ground that was to become the site of the exceedingly magnificent Temple of Solomon. and had reaped their harvest. or any such thing--is the harvest Church. In the outworking of the maturing process in our lives we must not yield to the persistent temptation to hasten forward the work of God by our own device and planning. of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it" (1 Chron. Solomon my son is young and tender. 30:12-16. where David had offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings to eliminate the plague that had come upon Israel through David's folly. But if we walk with God. and therefore it was so.us in a new way." We might be very active and energetic in ministry and still not learn God's ways. then we can rest in the midst of all the disturbing and perplexing things that we see transpiring in us and about us. The Temple of Solomon was to be erected on a harvest floor. If we are assured of this.. and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical. defying the changes of the seasons and of the weather today as they have done throughout the centuries. The "glorious Church"--not having spot. There they stand in stately glory.. We do not know how Satan had gained this foothold in David. Preparation was the key word in the message of John the Baptist for his day. and we believe once again it is the key word for this hour. But now in David's time it had become a threshing floor. and the more prolonged will be the time of its preparation. and also the solution. 22:1). There are living trees in the earth estimated to be as old as four thousand years or more. It was the threshing floor of Oman the Jebusite. The promise of perhaps many. True it was inaugurated at Pentecost. The early Church was really the seed Church. It had yet to become manifest. He must go to the temple that day. "This is the house of the LORD God. The preparation of the site was extremely important. David obeyed and set up an altar on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite which he purchased from Ornan for 600 shekels of gold. Then He will gather the . There is no substitute for the simple procedure of "walking with God. At any rate the ransom money had not been collected from the people when David took the census. Who has patiently waited for "the precious fruit of the earth. Simeon did not just casually walk into the temple that day when the baby Jesus was presented there for dedication. we will not miss out in any area of ministry that God has planned for our lives. and he must go now.. the greater will be the care that He will exercise in its creation. Preparations For The Temple "And David said. 22:5). At the same time. Simeon was led there. and not for ours. and God had already warned that a plague might fall if this was not done. which was the Feast of Ingathering. The great winnowing fan of the Harvester is in the hands of the Husbandman. but today he must see the Messiah! He could not miss it! God would not let him miss it! The Preparation Of The Site "Then David said. or blemish. Let us observe some of the preparatory things that had to be done for the temple that Solomon was to build. lest we fail to grasp the opportunity that God affords in the fullness of His times. God will not permit His people to pressure Him into a premature and imperfect execution of His plans and purposes. or wrinkle. It is believed to have been the very spot upon which Abraham had offered up Isaac as a burnt offering many centuries earlier. (See Ex.) But God in mercy revealed to David his sin. This is the house of the LORD God.
And what did Solomon do about it? Nothing! David was notified of the conspiracy and before he died he proclaimed Solomon to be king of Israel with the blessing of Zadok the priest. and of Nathan the prophet. behold. and spiritual weapons. When he became king he would judge righteously. would build a temple which was to become God's place of rest. as light has no communion with darkness. and oftentimes in the midst of their trouble." He was David's son too. to wage warfare in the realm of the Spirit. This is inevitable. who was the general of David's army. and with power. He also had Abiathar with him. as his name means. and a thousand thousand talents of silver.000 years ago. then would I wander far off. No need for Solomon to stand up for his rights. He shall build an house for my name" (1 Chron. We realize that God did ordain Israel to fight His battles on many occasions in the Old Testament.. would simply rest in the plan and purpose of God.. Thou hast shed blood abundantly. But he would not seek to establish himself in that position. but sooner or later it will come to nought. Oh that I had wings like a dove! For then would I fly away. Now Solomon's brother Adonijah exalted himself. it is most regrettable that God's messengers of truth should so often have yielded to the temptation to propagate their message by carnal warfare.grain into His garner--grain that has come to full maturity and perfection. His name means. too. for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared. "JAH is my Lord. Lo. "And I said. saying. . My son.. In this time of transition God's people everywhere are in a state of trouble and unrest. (All except Solomon. However. saying. because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. Surely with such great men behind him Adonijah would succeed in his efforts to perpetuate the Davidic era. we would like to get away from it all. it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God. would honor the true God of Israel. He who builds in the Temple of God must be a man of peace. We are told that they slew oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance. of course--the builders of religion always reject the chief corner stone). and in that realm only. Great conflicts have raged through the centuries as God sent forth His truth in the earth and the haters of truth resisted it. And he. and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name. He. when the people of God have been given a mandate. Behold. and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon. and we do not have to attempt to tear it down. and be at rest. But it must not be so with you and me in this day of the New Covenant. but of course it was only a type and shadow of the true Temple yet to come. when our Lord Jesus was faithful as the "corn of wheat" to "fall into the ground and die. Adonijah reigneth" they shouted. but the word of the LORD came to me. Preparation Of The Materials "Now. just like the good seed that was planted in the earth almost 2." He. a Temple not made with hands. and he is described as being "a very goodly man.." He had Joab on his side. and all the king's sons were invited to the feast. as for me. who was David's high priest. in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD a hundred thousand talents of gold. 22:7-10). Man has always sought to perpetuate the old order for his own glory. and thou mayest add thereto" (1 Chron.. and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. they do not understand that God is shaking the old systems in preparation for His new order. 22:14). the man of peace. for they were God's own weapons to execute His judgments upon corrupt and idolatrous nations. a son shall be born to thee. Like David in his trouble. "Behold." Preparation Of The Man "And David said to Solomon. and of brass and iron without weight. who shall be a man of rest. authority and wisdom.. "I will be king.
We must know and understand that we have "the shield of faith" whereby we can "quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. 55:6-7). The truth is. In God's Zion we can say. In this realm there is constant abiding in Him. or what we do. And that no matter where we go. They make ready their arrow upon the string. For God has promised. "Thou shalt bring them in." No longer will we be moving from one desert oasis to another. that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever: and also unto the Levites. the archer is there with his bow to shoot us down and to molest. they shall no more carry the tabernacle. 15:17). The LORD God of Israel hath given rest unto his people. even as we are ceasing "from our own works. Solomon was to be a man of rest. Selah" (Psa. it simply brought him into still greater dangers: "How say ye to my soul. unrecognized by the realm of Saul. And plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance. God has a rest for His people.And remain in the wilderness." Preparation Of Priest And Levite "For David said. and the vessels are no longer "burdens" of ministration in God's house. flow eternally from the heart of God because on the mountain of His inheritance we have come to the source of the springs. Which thy hands have established" (Ex. Rather we become those vessels in whom He dwells. "All my springs are found in thee. Which thou hast made for thee to dwell in.. when we enter into God's rest we will become more active in the Spirit. O LORD. The springs which once blessed our soul for a season and then wasted away in the desert sands. That they may privily shoot At the upright in heart" (Psa. In the place. Flee as a bird to your mountain? For lo." No longer is the Tabernacle a "burden" to carry. the wicked bend their bow. 11:1-2). Some fear that this could make for ease and carelessness. the . 23:25-26). In the Sanctuary. But David soon discovered that running away from it all accomplished nothing either. Their real training was in company with David as they wandered about the hillsides of Judaea. but it only brought them to disillusionment and distress. The priesthood was to be a priesthood of rest. Preparation Of The Officers The officers of Solomon's kingdom had served faithfully in the kingdom of Saul. O Lord. God help us to see that in our trouble we can prepare spiritual gold and silver and timber for a dwelling place for the Most High! God help us to see that a change of environment cannot change the situation. always looking for something beyond our grasp.. and through whom He flows forth in blessing to others. nor any vessels of it for the service thereof" (1 Chron.
he "saved a parcel of ground full of barley" as the Philistines tried to take it. or mother. And by nature that is all we have--it is all we are. David's mighty man that saved a barley field. or brethren. rob him of his spear.000 men under his command. But he became the officer over the first course. Dodai. we have got to come forth and meet the challenge with equal kinds of weapons and with equal strategy? In obedience to God. You will not learn the principles of discipleship in seminars and institutions of learning. Benaiah? Just a stick! But prompted by the Spirit of God the stick in his hand became the rod of God. Moses? Just a staff. the ox-goad became the rod of God in his hand. and walk with Him in His rejection. for the first month. . On another occasion he slew an imposing looking Egyptian. or father. to smite Egypt with all manner of judgments. But as he walked in obedience. How did he qualify for a place in Solomon's kingdom? He suffered rejection with David. It was "through death" that Christ destroyed "him that had the power of death. by which he would strike the Egyptian. and in his hand it would become the very rod of God to deliver a nation from her bondage. You will only learn true discipleship as you take His yoke upon you.) Jashobeam. But in the boldness of faith and confidence in God we shall learn. What is that in your hand. or sisters. or children. just a stick! I work with oxen. But as he walked in obedience before the LORD. and to open up the Red Sea that the people of God might march over. How did he qualify? He suffered with David in his rejection. and became one of David's mighty men. the devices of the Enemy become his own destruction. shall receive an hundredfold. And so Dodai the Ahohite. and moved in faith. that once again God is going to use the foolish things to confound the wisdom of the wise and to bring to nought the things that are. What is that in your hand. he would take that stick. Let us consider some of the qualifying degrees of the officers of the kingdom. How tremendous! He saved a barley field! The things which seem insignificant in our eyes are often of great importance in the sight of God. how God yearns over His people that they might discover His ways! When are we going to get away from the notion that every time the Enemy challenges the people of God.000 men under his command. 19:29). he slew a lion in the midst of a pit. "Every one that hath forsaken houses. as we continue to walk in fellowship with our David. What is that in your hand. and then slay the Egyptian with the Egyptian's own spear. in Solomon's kingdom.. and I use the ox-goad as I go about my daily. and on one occasion. It is the secret of the Cross that we must learn.. Jesus said.offscouring of the earth. just a stick. became the officer over the second course. and he had 24. and he had 24. What did he do? He followed David in his rejection. by which he slew the enemies of God and delivered His people. and shall inherit everlasting life" (Matt. Single-handedly he slew 300 men with a spear. and with nothing but the dry stick that we are. Oh.. in the kingdom of Solomon. and on one occasion. 27. or lands. and his only weapon was a stick in his hand.. for my name's sake. menial tasks. We know little more than this about the man. (See 1 Chron. Shamgar? Just an ox-goad. Benaiah." and brought the kingdom of Satan to nought. or wife. All these men had was a stick.
David's mighty men are not striving for a place of leadership. They are willing to risk their lives in order to bring a cup of cool.. or any such thing. who feel they are already prepared. But God wants us to know that nothing is wasted that is done out of love for Him. foolish as it may seem in the eyes of men. But though the pattern of the new Temple was given to him. as they watched Mary of Bethany break the alabaster box. God's plan is a Church that has come to perfect fruit--"a glorious Church"--not having spot or wrinkle or blemish. As Moses was taken up into the mountain and given the pattern of the Tabernacle. Many others. And of the place of the mercy seat. 28:11-12). Preparation we believe is the key word for this hour. so David was given the pattern of the new Temple by the Spirit--no doubt as he sat before the LORD in the Tabernacle of David. the solemn implications of the word preparation.. and they follow David out of love for him. And of the inner parlours thereof. And of all the chambers round about. Of the treasuries of the house of God. and then stand by and watch their king waste it.. or trying to produce for themselves a great ministry. And of the upper chambers thereof. All over the earth Christian leaders are eagerly trying to rebuild the Church in a vain attempt to bring it back to New Testament pattern and order. Now let us consider the order of the Solomon era. They are simply weary of the old ways of Saul. And of the treasuries of the dedicated things" (1 Chron. at least in part. They are not out to save their own lives. nor did he attempt to do so. and pour its contents on the Lord Jesus. and are pursuing it. refreshing water from the fountain of Bethlehem to their thirsty king. and rightly so. They are not looking for an office or a position in the Church. "Why this waste?" the disciples said. Preparation Of The Plan Of The Temple "Then David gave to Solomon his son The pattern of the porch. with particular reference to: (1) The Order Of The Temple. by pouring it on the ground. God has something better in mind than the Tabernacle of David. We have gone into considerable detail concerning the preparation that David made for the new era. and (2) The Order Of The Kingdom. and allow the Master Builder to build His own Church.. he was not permitted to build it.. Of the courts of the house of the LORD. They are not opportunists. And of the houses thereof. . are zealously trying to build something that eventually God will have to tear down. And the pattern of all that he had by the Spirit. We need to learn this lesson well. something better in mind than the early Church. they know and understand. But its structure will be different-far different. Those who have the vision of what God is doing.. And of the treasuries thereof. and it is all in vain. Let us just walk in the Spirit. Admittedly there are eternal principles in the early Temple which must be incorporated into the latter Temple. Let us be content to do just what we know God wants us to do in this hour.
and when He is Lord He will be faithful to clearly reveal God's will for the government of the House of God. The word "degree" means "a step upward. and God enlarged his ministry into one of evangelism and miracles. 3:13).. 12:28). God has something better than that for us. These princes or governors were designated for their course of duty by "lot. in the early Church. "Their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the LORD" (1 Chron.1. Paul says they may "purchase to themselves a good degree" (1 Tim.. as well as in . and certainly not for His Church. and that He is doing a secret work in the earth which will not be manifest until God's appointed hour. and we are going to come across these numbers often in Solomon's Temple. 16:33). and wondering if perhaps God may have hidden away his chosen ones whom He is grooming for this hour. and that is that the Holy Spirit be given His Lordship in the midst of His people. as well as in the world. And God will yet displace this democratic system that we have in the Church. It ought to be a characteristic of all God's people. one of the seven deacons in the Church at Jerusalem. They were not elected by the people. "Government" is as clearly a gift and ministration of the Spirit. prophecies. but they had on their heads crowns of gold (denoting a royal office).. or by political wire-pulling. And so we have 12 times two. 16 from the line of Eleazar." The secret ballot is intended to assure that the will of man be done--in the church. because if one accepts it gracefully and uses it well.. healings. they are still deacons at heart. a sort of deacon ministry in the Old Testament order. for Jesus Himself "came not to be ministered unto. These correspond with the 24 elders in the book of Revelation. and so forth (1 Cor. but to minister". "The lot is cast into the lap. 23:3). But of course we know God's plan will not fail. But even as God's deacons come to enlargement in ministry. tongues. We are not suggesting that we go back to the use of the lot that was used in Old Testament times. The Order Of The Temple The Gathering Of The Leaders I am always suspicious of these leadership and shepherding conferences that abound in the land today. as directed by the Lord. (See Rev. There were 24 such princes. Because.." The "chief men" of the priesthood were called "governors [or princes] of the sanctuary" (1 Chron. and they are not even known or recognized as yet. and the first martyr mentioned by name." Philip the deacon took the lower. Notice in this new order that there were 24 priestly princes of the sanctuary. The Levites were the helpers of the priests. It is a degree for faithfulness. The deacon ministry is great in God's eyes. 23:28). David numbered the Levites from the age of 30 years and upward (1 Chron. and eight from the line of Ithamar. And we believe that God is numbering a people in this hour for His new order. There were both Levites and princes of the sanctuary. But they cannot purchase this degree with money. in preparation for service in the new temple. Likewise Stephen. is to assure that God's will be done." But this does not mean it was a case of "chance.) John saw them clothed in white raiment (in priestly garments). concerned that in many cases it may be another Adonijah coup. menial task.. and the word used is the same as "deacon. including all ministers.. became a teacher of great wisdom.. God gives them a degree. and in the world.. God has never authorized a democratic order for His people in any age. The lot. 4:4. But the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD" (Prov. as are miracles. 24:5). where we have the Revelation of Jesus Christ in His Church.
and think this over." (1 Cor. not natural talent. These musicians were not performers or entertainers." Now Asaph means "gatherer. 3:16). They "prophesied according to the order of the king. They did not stand up to entertain and do a number to the acclaim and applause of the congregation... And so in this way it is the Lord Himself who sings praises unto God "in the midst of the Church" (Heb. And though some versions read." One wonders where you might insert a "Selah" in many of our "spiritual songs" today. not designed to activate their feet but to penetrate their hearts. "Thou hast made them kings and priests. and those under their leadership were set apart unto the priestly ministry of song. The book of Psalms means the book of Praises. They are really prophetic songs designed of the Lord to bring forth thoughtful meditation in the minds of the people. "Just pause a moment. to melt them in His presence. And the time must come when songs that are born of the Spirit will be freely used by the people of God when they come together.. along with "a doctrine. The number 12 is related to government and rulership.. and Jeduthun were ordained as the leaders in song and praise. Col. 3:17. Zephaniah said that God would rejoice over His people "with singing" (Zeph.THE MUSICIANS OF THE TEMPLE Asaph. As if to say. not achievement.. They were to "prophesy with harps.. It was the hymnal of Solomon's Temple. This Levite would lead a Choir of Praise in prophetic song. 2:12). 14:26). CHAPTER 3 (CONTINUTED) .... for a total of 288 who ministered in prophetic song and music in the house of the LORD. Jeduthun means "Choir of Praise.the book of Revelation." they were nevertheless singing on behalf of redeemed men in their representative office as kings and priests. They were born into the families of these men. and do not belong to that particular person who happened to receive them. the "psalm" finds its place in spiritual ministry. They are songs that are born of the Spirit. they were singing prophets. see also Eph. Heman means "faithful. but faithfulness. Heman. 25:1).. teacher or scholar. to humble them before the majesty of the King. 5:10). Paul speaks of "spiritual songs.. and whether they were great or small." They are not spiritual songs because they happen to mention God or Heaven or the Bible. not success. and with cymbals" (1 Chron. they must submit to the lot that set them apart for this service. It was God who set them in their course. and the number two is related to the corporate relationship in the Body of Christ.. they are His. and to enlarge their vision concerning God's purpose for His people. an interpretation. or any musician. for the songs are designed to produce thoughtful meditation. and ." and God's Asaphs have a ministry in the Spirit to gather the people of God together in harmony and in union with the King. 5:19. If God gave these songs. a revelation. That is why all through the Psalms we find that little word "Selah" so often. a tongue.. In the New Testament Church. not greatness. in the house of the LORD. And so we hear the 24 elders singing a new song: "[Thou] hast made us unto our God Kings and priests: And we shall reign on the earth" (Rev. with psalteries. They were not chosen because they had special talent. Again we are told there were 24 courses with 12 in each course." For God's people were given names at birth that pointed to some characteristic or aspect of their future life and calling.." for that is all that God requires of any man.
for the living God. The Divisions Of The Porters 1 Chronicles 26 The porters were the doorkeepers of the house of God. O LORD. dimly catching a glimpse of something. That is why the strong. and they must come out to minister unto the people. and for the first time we see it more clearly. And this hymnal is quite up to date: "Why do the heathen rage? Why do the people imagine vain things? My soul is sore vexed. and sang of the trials and tribulations and triumphs of a life lived in fellowship with God. Perhaps as the Temple Choir sang forth these prophetic utterances. but very important.) We do not know the significance of all these doors. Or we may seek to peer through the crack in the door. my God. while another part would sing forth the answer. individualistic type of minister is going to find it increasingly difficult to flow together with God's anointed people in this hour. which is the true Temple of God in the earth.. and this becomes his reward." It was God who set them in their place... and whose hearts are open to Him. how long? Why standest thou afar off. God has purposely designed His Temple so that we are not able to minister effectively as an individualist. but he is only seeking the welfare of the Body of Christ. to keep out and to let in. O LORD? Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? My God. Theirs was a very simple ministry... And then together in unison they would exalt the LORD in great anthems of praise and worship. There must come a melting if we are going to flow in the River of God. They were psalms that were born of the Spirit as men of God poured out their hearts before the Lord. but thou. when shall I come and appear before God? Why art thou cast down. and the book of Psalms is therefore filled with many questions. The answer that God gives may not always satisfy the disobedient or the proud. The Levite who opens the door may not get any particular credit for this. They must guard the various treasure rooms of the temple as well as open the doors for the priest and Levite who must enter certain rooms in the course of their ministry. Their place of appointment was likewise determined by "lot.. when God sends forth the river of life from the threshold of the Temple. They were to guard the doors of God's house. God's people have always been fraught with many perplexities and many questions. And very often it is one of these doorkeepers who has opened the door and enabled us to see some of God's treasures.also of the restored temple after the Captivity. The book of Psalms is therefore once again coming forth as the hymnal of the Church. but here the Levites stood at the threshold to open and to close the doors as necessary. The priests must go in to minister unto the Lord. (Here again we have 12 times two: 24 porters. As we learn to minister in the Spirit we recognize how important the ministry of the doorkeeper really is. then a doorkeeper turns the key. By this time many other psalms were added to the original 72 that were ascribed to David. He cannot . part of the choir would sing the question. covering the period following the destruction of Jerusalem. but it always satisfies the one whose trust and confidence is in God. and bring them forth to His people. We come to recognize that we cannot minister effectively unless the door has been opened into one of God's treasure rooms. O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me?" But in each case God has a satisfying answer to those who love Him. why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me? My soul thirsteth for God.
O ye gates. and guarded by the doorkeepers. Therefore let the doorkeepers in the house of the LORD rejoice in that God is using them: to bring forth His presence in the midst of the congregation. It is a usurped authority. 24:7-8). intended for God's people. compared to some of the laborers in the fields. And when God's people "take the kingdom. This made Nehemiah so angry that he went into the Temple and dumped all of Tobiah's furniture outdoors. were stored away in the various buildings connected with the Temple compound. 13:8). The spoils of battle. Let us cherish the treasures of truth that have been won on the battlefields of the past. 84:10)." Canaan was God's land. You will find him wherever and whenever there is a moving of the Spirit of God toward the restoration and .boast of having done very much. And be ye lift up. in the place of God's habitation. Jesus is going to "divide the spoil with the strong." Satan is thereby robbed of his power and wisdom. won in many wars against the enemies of the LORD from the days of Samuel and afterward. I know. It was God's plan for His people to subdue the mighty. to make way for the choir of praise to flow forth in spiritual songs to the LORD. You will find him in the Temple. Evidently his task was considered to be rather menial. We stand amazed sometimes at the knowledge and wisdom and power that evil principalities exercise over the minds and souls and bodies of people. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty. And the King of glory shall come in. to open doors that lead to true worship and praise. and his kingdom is spoiled in the lives of the people he held in bondage. and the frankincense (Neh. and take the spoil of the land for themselves. prompting the psalmist to say: "I had rather be a doorkeeper In the house of my God." In the days of Nehemiah. The LORD mighty in battle" (Psa. God is doing a new thing. and a perverted wisdom and knowledge. The Treasure Rooms The Temple was made with storehouses to guard the treasures of the house of God and of the dedicated things. ye everlasting doors. but it was inhabited by seven mighty nations. "things new and old. and the meal offerings. and for the man of sin sitting in it. and the meal offerings. And so let the doorkeepers "lift up the gates" that the King of Glory may come in: "Lift up your heads. The "mystery of iniquity" was at work in Paul's day in the Temple of God. But the faithful scribe will continue to bring forth out of his treasures. the priest had become so tolerant with the enemy that he actually prepared a housekeeping apartment for Tobiah in the very place that was intended for the treasures of oil and wine and frankincense. in the very midst of God's people. and brought in again the vessels of the house of God. Than to dwell in the tents of wickedness" (Psa. or to open the door for one of His priests to go in and explore the "spoils of battle" or some treasure of truth that may lie concealed in the inner parlors. You will find the man of sin where God's people are. God hasten the day when His people stop looking over to old Jerusalem for a temple.
ready to set up housekeeping. but because he wants to hinder and frustrate true worship. the Holy Spirit will be in charge to take the things of Christ and make them known to us. We must become an anointed people. His name means.refurnishing of God's true Temple. not made with hands. baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire. the worship that comes forth in Spirit and in Truth. If there is to be a healing. Our only safeguard is in the anointing--the anointing which is Truth--Who alone can keep us free from the seductions of the Enemy. the mystery is already at work.) It is not enough that God's people receive certain charismatic gifts and blessings. and not a display of the power of a charismatic man of God." Antichrist means against Christ. but he wants to take God's place in the Temple. each having 24. and in our gatherings in His Name. let it be the song of the Lord. We must get to know the spirit behind the words that are spoken. 2:18-19). 2. Let us cast forth all this household stuff of Tobiah out of the chambers of the House of God! And while we know and expect that there will be an ultimate Antichrist taking a firm hold on an apostate Church. born of the Spirit. If there is teaching. the men who had followed David in his rejection and who had come to a place of rulership in the new order. let us recognize that his spirit is there now. The Order Of The Kingdom 1 Chronicles 27 The Officers Of The Kingdom We have already mentioned the names of three of these officers. If there is singing. walking in the sevenfold Spirit of God. We are told that these served the king "in any matter" as they came in and went out month by month. and flowing forth by God's Spirit to admonish and teach God's people. but it also means instead of Christ. let it be "meat in due season" to feed the hungry. The anointed people of the last days will recognize him. Let us cast out all this household stuff of Tobiah. and not to entertain them.. And as we assemble in the Name of the Lord. He is right there. and allow him to "sit in the Temple of God. the worship that ascends as frankincense from God's people. (See 1 Jn. and drive him out. and Paul recognized him. The ultimate Antichrist will rise up in the Temple. and the front that is presented. which is the Church of the Living God. may there be the love and compassion of Christ Who is there to administer the healing. 2:7.. born of the Spirit.000 men under their charge.. "God is good. We must begin very earnestly to make way for the Lordship of the Holy Spirit in our lives. filled with the Spirit. 1 Jn. and in the latter day Church God wants us to recognize him (2 Thess. If there is ministry in the Word. for he professes to love God.. But there were 12 such officers. Not because he wants to worship God. 2:27. according to .. and to enlighten the eyes of the blind with the eyesalve of illumination and insight into the mysteries of God. But the apostate Church will be deceived by his flatteries.. John the apostle recognized him. and in our gatherings.. The spirit of Antichrist has been in the Church from the beginning.. let it be "the oracle of God"--that living Word that God has for His people in this hour--and not something that has been studied out intellectually and given forth with the art of rhetoric. led of the Spirit." But don't let slogans like this fool you.. and we can only resist him by the power and anointing and presence of the Lord Jesus in our hearts and lives..
so we have 144 times 1. 7:4). the true Israel. and they minister out from the holy of holies.000 Of all the tribes of the children of Israel" (Rev. there has to be a Manasseh: a forgetting of those things which are behind. or symbolic. which equals 1. And by inserting Manasseh God is showing how there has come into the midst of His people total deliverance from the serpent in the sin-conscience. is a new entity composed of both the natural Israel and the wild olive branches.000 officers. and the other half of the tent would have covered the holy place.000 times two. and so being 20 cubits wide it would have covered ten cubits over the top.000. They have gone beyond gift and ministry as such. But either way. simply because in themselves they can do nothing. for Manasseh means "Cause to Forget. But they are the overcomers. See Ex. The middle wall of partition which once separated them has been broken down by the Cross. This is the true Israel. brought together in the one good olive tree. and ten cubits down the back.000. and Christ has made "in himself of twain. "And I looked. For the Body of Christ. the "serpent" nature has finally been eradicated. yet still comprised of the twelve tribes on a higher plane. And so adding these two companies together. We do not have to conclude. It is not our purpose in this study to pursue the meanings of the names of the tribes. a Lamb stood on the mount Sion." But to come to this. In union with Christ they can do anything He wants them to do. But let us take note that when John gives the list of the tribes." He used "sign" language as he spoke to John-the message was "SIGN-ified" unto him. even as He was utterly dependent upon the Father when He walked this earth. we have 288. therefore. lo. Having his Father's name Written in their foreheads" (Rev. which equals 288. one new man. 2:11-15). and again we have their spiritual counterpart in the book of Revelation: "And I heard the number of them Which were sealed: And there were sealed an 144.000. for of Dan it was said." This new Israel has the fruitfulness of Joseph through Ephraim his son. 49:17). 14:1). they are significant numbers. which means "doublefruitfulness. And. "Dan shall be a serpent by the way. we do not need to speculate. with the golden clasps holding the sections together over the four pillars. And with him a 144. They speak of governmental authority and rulership (12 times 12). so making peace" (Eph.) We have shown previously how the number "two" speaks of a corporate relationship. and in his place we have the tribe of Manasseh. We cannot come into the place of total victory in Christ until there has been .the 12 courses. the tribe of Dan is excluded. Whether these numbers are literal numbers. which in the Tabernacle measured ten times ten times ten cubits. They are utterly dependent upon their Lord. I can only conclude that God is showing us that in this new overcoming Israel. which corresponds to the 288.000 officers in the kingdom of Solomon. (Half the linen tent covered the holiest of all. We must remember that the angel made known the Revelation to John in "signs. There were therefore 12 times 24. an adder in the path" (Gen. that the numbers mentioned are necessarily literal numbers. Are we to suppose that there is no room for Dan in the true Israel? And why is Manasseh mentioned as well as Joseph? For the line of Joseph includes both Ephraim and Manasseh. or 288. and now they minister out from their relationship with the Lamb.000. 36:9-13.000.
Therefore they have His very nature and character.. and I in them" (Jn.. They are "called. by the imprint of the Father's nature and character in their lives.. The Overcomers Let us consider briefly the character of these overcoming ones. they walk in the midst of men.. even as was promised to those who are in Christ (Rom. The serpent is now under their feet. but from the very remembrance of his curse. "I have declared unto them thy name. This cleansing is there for us in the Precious Blood of Christ. They have followed the Lamb. instead of talking so much about the mark of the Beast! The mark of the Lamb of God will make us totally immune to the mark of the Dragon! The mark and seal of the Lamb of God is the mind of Christ. In union with the Son they have partaken of the Father's nature. There is no condemnation to them which are "in Christ Jesus. 17:14). They are not only born of God. We cannot emphasize enough that the Holy Spirit witnesses to the perfect cleansing that is available in the Blood. The serpent of our fallen nature. and that the reason there is so much uncleanness in our hearts and minds is because the Holy Spirit is not given His due Lordship in our lives and in our gatherings together in His Name. but to these overcomers it is more. . They are preserved in the hour of judgment on the earth and the sea. The past is under the Blood. its failures. Sealed with the seal of God in their foreheads. and the Spirit of God in their lives has purged them not only from the serpent.. and faithful" (Rev.. and conformed to the image of the Only Begotten. It is a high and holy calling. It's about time we lift our foreheads to God to receive His seal. Therefore the Father's Name is in their foreheads. And when we as God's people. yet even as they find their place there. not only of the serpent of Dan. but from the very remembrance of it all. and stand with Him on Mount Zion. Who is faithful to apply the cleansing of the Blood to our hearts. and chosen. return to the Fountain of Life and the Spirit of God flows once again in the midst of His people. without fault.a cleansing and a purging. there will be a perfect cleansing from all sin for the heart and mind and conscience of God's people.. with all its shame. as virgins in His sight. 16:20)." not only because of the blood of Jesus which was shed on the Cross. nor visible to the eyes of men among whom they walk. without blemish. through the workings of God's grace in our midst. and the Spirit of God will bear witness to it. even into their heritage in the heavenlies. but spelled out in the language of the Spirit. but because of the cleansing and purging ministration of the Spirit in our hearts.. they are thoroughly disciplined as His sons. its frustrations. not blasphemously spelled out in some earthly language. as we give Him His Lordship. and will declare it [will make it known]: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them. 17:26). Jesus said. is completely swallowed up by the Rod of Aaron (which became a serpent even as Christ was made sin for us).
But these are in union with Him. 11:35). the New Jerusalem. They are not escapees or deserters.) And so there is a very close identity between the Holy City (which is the Bride of Christ). For the powers available to us now. That ye which have followed me. 14:3). The names of the 12 tribes are inscribed on the gates of the Holy City. the line is far. 1:9). and singing the song of Moses and of the Lamb--the Song of Victory. 21:14." They are true witnesses (Gr. Going beyond God's provision for us has never been God's problem. They were not caught away from the battle. if they knew this was pleasing to the Father (Heb. between God's provision for us in this life and what is available for us in the next? All I can say is." But the spirit of that new day is something we partake of now. "Verily I say unto you. and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the 144. which were redeemed from the earth" (Rev. "They loved not their lives unto the death" (Rev. and because they desired to be companions with the heirs of the Kingdom. a promise . At times they may have walked away from death. having the harps of God. 9.) The same power that "worketh in us" that will eventually change us from mortality to immortality. in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory. They were not looking for an easy escape from tribulation."And they sung as it were a new song before the throne. In either case they walked in God's will. because they knew they were "appointed" to tribulation (1 Thess. 3:21). These are the ones who stand on the sea of glass. as Jesus did (Jn. the Lamb's wife. as the apostle said (Eph. (See Rev. 12:11). if that was God's will. far beyond our most hopeful prayers and desires. judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matt. 6:5). and overcame. God's earnest longing for His people is not: "Beware. and the 12 apostles of the Lamb. They have fought a good fight and have kept the faith in the midst of the battle. The Rulers Of The Tribes Here again there are 12 rulers over the 12 tribes. They are a people that are totally victorious over the beast. the resurrection life of our Lord Jesus.000.. They are "firstfruits" unto God and to the Lamb. (See also Rev. not in their own strength. lest you try to go farther than I want to lead you. 15:23). 19:28). They confronted these evil hosts head-on. lest. the same word that Jesus used in Matthew 19:28. It is the same energy and power working in His people now. Then just where do we draw the line. "martus.. and subdue all God's enemies under the feet of Christ (Eph.) And the names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb are inscribed on the 12 foundations of the wall of the City." from which we get our word "martyr"). in obedience to the Father." but rather. 11:7-8). which is said to be "the bride. and by the word of their testimony. 7:1). and over his image. 21:5. Christ is the "firstfruits" (1 Cor. but by "the blood of the Lamb. Phil. Jesus promised his apostles. and did not hesitate to choose death. 21:2. in the "washing of regeneration" (Titus 3:5). 3:4). really are the "the powers of the world to come" (Heb. "Let us therefore fear. that will "make all things new" in the "regeneration" that Jesus spoke about. 3:20. 1:18). and before the four beasts. and over the number of his name. Jesus calls this new phase of the Kingdom of God (after the resurrection) "the regeneration. ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones. as Jesus did (Jn. but ours. and are therefore a class of "firstfruits"--"a kind of firstfruits" (Jas. 3:20). But they gladly returned to the place of death. and the heads of the 12 tribes. 12." (See Rev. they desired also to be companions in tribulation (Rev. and over his mark.
10. The Storehouses. The King's Treasures. And what difference did it make? It was only for the King anyway--or so they thought." And these secrets are to be made known only to those whose hearts have been prepared to receive them. Not at random. 2. Paul called himself a steward of "the mysteries of God. 2. 4." the things that "God hath prepared for them that love him. talk about them. The Orchards. but He could only speak to them "as they were able to hear it" (Mk. cities. loving not your life. Jehonathan was in charge of this. 8. Perhaps there was not too many who knew what riches he had in his trust. the New Jerusalem. The Cultivators. God has stewards for these also--to dispense these treasures to His people. 27:25-31. 5. and new hope. The Vineyards. The Oil Cellars.. write about them. 4:33). The Herds Of The Valleys. The Flocks Of Sheep. as you walk with Him in the pathway of total commitment and discipleship. He had riches to give to the people in their time of need. Jesus Himself spoke in parables to the people. The Wine Cellars. The Camels. which will yet come down from God out of Heaven. 7.being left us of entering into his rest. 9. For the promises of God are not appropriated by carnal. Asmaveth was just in charge of the King's Treasures. The things of this world lose their lustre in the light of the City of God. of course. and we suspect that he was quite a popular man. You can only go on with God into the realms and depths of His love and truth. This is God's great concern! Don't fall short of God's desire! There is no danger you might appropriate more than He has in mind for you. any of you should seem to come short of it" (Heb. Like Abraham.) These were: 1. and a new earth." The Stewards Of The King's Property The king's property was divided into 12 categories. and towers. The truths of the Kingdom of God are called "mysteries. 3. nor ear heard. and trust God to open up the hearts of His people to receive the Word that God wants them to hear. (See 1 Chron. but the steward will distribute the treasures according to the direction of the King. We will only briefly touch on these." which simply means that they are "secrets. with one steward in charge of each class of labor or industry. even unto death. For "we look for new heavens. They were not interested in those far-out things! (At least this is the response we get sometimes. we just keep "looking for the City. 6. presumptuous faith." God wants His treasures to be distributed. villages. as we seek to relate to God's people those things which "eye hath not seen.. So what can we do but meditate upon them. The King's Treasures. 11. The Herds Of Sharon. The Asses. 1. wherein dwelleth righteousness." And as we "look for it. 12." the vision of it and the longing for it gives us new perspective. These were scattered throughout the land: in the fields. 4:1).") . The Storehouses. But let there be no presumption here.
And so we give and receive. a sharing one with another. those who can bring a spirit of rejoicing in the place of heaviness. The Asses. We cannot manufacture this type of fellowship. The Cultivators. There are those who shine with the glory of God's presence." 4.. The Orchards. Moab's problem was that he "hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel. 5. Invariably the cultivator is considered to be wasting his time--and he too weeps over his futile efforts. The Herds Of The Valleys. Not too glorious a task. We will speak about these together.. I believe this must speak of true fellowship in the Spirit. the same scent. in an acknowledgment of some aspect of God's goodness or of His dealings. Plowing the ground? Why waste your time on that? Get out into the fields where you can reap without any plowing! Invariably the evangelist gets the credit for what is harvested--and many times no one knows anything about the plowmen that went before and dug up the soil. 8. in exhortation. 11. and ask the Lord to pour us from vessel to vessel that there might be the joy of the Lord in our midst. because they are somewhat related. "Wine that maketh glad the heart of man. 48:11). 12. Here again we will speak of these together. To remain tightly sealed and preserved in our own little bottle makes for stagnation and sickliness. .. 10. heart-to-heart ministration of the Spirit. but opening up the heart to one another as God may lead: in confession. not everyone giving their little sermon. 7. neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him. Then there is the man in the wine cellar. nor is he to come under condemnation for his failure to do so. He is entirely out of sight of the people. There must be a pouring forth unto others. And the song of the reaper. The Herds Of Sharon. But an open. and give again. and the oil of His anointing.3. face-to-face. 9. That is more than can be said for God's cultivators in the Church. But he is very necessary if the people of God are going to remain fresh and full of life. And oil to make his face to shine" (Psa.. This in turn will bring forth a pouring from others. The Oil Cellars. But in the end we can be assured that. The Camels. 104:15). in joy bye and bye. Not just so much talk. Will mingle together. The plowman may not be able to do that. The Wine Cellars. The Vineyards. Ezri was over the cultivators. so as to compare or contrast the one with the other. and who bring the "glad tidings" of the Gospel to those in prison-houses of sin and darkness. We will not leave such gatherings the way we came. to drain off the dregs that the purest wine might come forth. His job is to pour the wines from one vessel to another. and his scent is not changed" (Jer. God has in His Kingdom those who are qualified to bring forth the wine and the oil in the midst of His people. with the same taste. 6. We are not talking about idle talk one with another. The Flocks Of Sheep. but we need to recognize our need for it. but at least everyone in Israel recognized that it was a very important task. "The tears of the sower. And so God said He would send pourers into their midst.
"After all. For verily. local trips. and they performed their duty without any thought of competing one with the other. As in the days of her youth" (Hos." Therefore let the troubled ones in our midst search their hearts and draw closer to God. and they could not take the place of the others. when it might well be that God's plan is to make a perfect man still more perfect. He chasteneth. Not only does He feed His own in the rich pasture lands of Sharon. and to reveal Himself in a manner He has done before. 3:3-4)." Admittedly we bring a lot of trouble on ourselves. "A place for the herds to lie down in. and that His dealings are a token of His love for us. but they were suited and equipped for the task. you must admit that I have the most important task . and the name has taken on prophetic significance for God's people: "And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks. The circumstances and trials as well as the joys of life have had much to do by way of preparing each one for that particular ministry and calling that God has in mind. The keepers of the flocks and herds had a different task.The camels and the asses were the burden-bearers. These officers recognized the task that lay before them. And as they do. or designed of the Lord for the refinement of our nature. and ye know" (1 Thess. or ordained. But there are pasture lands in the valley of Achor also. Let us not take sides with Job's comforters and condemn those who are in trouble and distress. For God has a purpose for each one. "And I will give her her vineyards from thence. and only the unwise in our midst will judge who is doing the King's business and who is wasting his time. Achor means "trouble. Now Sharon means "plain. if it is because of judgment. when we were with you. and the camels for the long desert journeys to lands afar off. But whether our troubles are selfinflicted. we told you before that we should suffer tribulation. even as it came to pass. they will discover that God may have ordained greater glory and rest for them than He has for the herds who bask in the sun on the beautiful plains of Sharon. 65:10). They must feed the cattle and the sheep to provide the food and clothing for the king's household. as Israel did in the time of Joshua when Achan sinned against the LORD and was punished in the valley of Achor. As if the keeper of the herds would say. "For whom the Lord loveth. for that is the purpose for which He allowed. we are going to find rich pasture lands in those areas of our lives which once caused us so much grief. 2:15). but also in the valley of Achor. Both were important: the asses for the smaller. always blessed with the sunshine of the open plains. God wants us to know that as we return to Him in weeping and mourning. Sharon was famous for its rich pasture lands. Therefore God says." And we might be inclined at times to envy that one whose life seems to be unruffled. For my people that have sought me" (Isa. For my people that have sought me" (Isa. 65:10). and Herds of the Valley! God has His herds in both. then we can rejoice in the fact that God deals with us as with sons. And the valley of Achor a place For the herds to lie down in. On the other hand. "That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. their troubles. And the valley of Achor for a door of hope: And she shall sing there. Herds of Sharon. always on an even keel. Their burdens may have been heavy and their trials very severe.
you see my job is to work in the cellars of oil.) 1. But let us be assured that it is only a spiritual wisdom and understanding that God requires in the Body of Christ. But he did have the ability to look after the camels. 12:27). The words of wise men are heard in quiet More than the cry of him that ruleth among fools." Of course we cannot imagine that these men exalted themselves one over the other. He did not have a shepherd's heart. and led his armies to victory over the enemy. We are not speaking about men who are able to give good counsel or good advice because of their learning. Counselor. 4.. CHAPTER 3 (CONTINUTED) . Joash my friend. how many sheep were added to your flock this year?" Of course Joash would have to reply: "Not one. God hasten the day when He will take away that competitive spirit from His people. (See 1 Chron.of all!" Who would deny that his job was important? The king needed the cattle to provide meat for his table. and this enablement proceeds only from Him." for the welfare of the whole Body. to equip and prepare them for their journeys to distant lands. as a "member in particular. knowledge and understanding. and cause them to know that each person has a ministry and a place in the Body of Christ. shall be able to give that direction and guidance that God's people must have in times of need and perplexity." but whose wisdom was soon forgotten by those who dwelt in the city. 27:32-34. Obil the Ishmaelite was over the camels. and the guardians of the storehouses. 5. "Then said I. and to care for the ones that returned home. These were special ministries requiring much wisdom. King's Counselor. footsore and weary because of their long missionary activities. and sacrifices for the priesthood. or of the herds. They were especially close to the king and his household. 3. He did not expect to be placed in charge of the sheep. But he also needs the burden-bearers. "Now ye are the body of Christ. Or can you imagine Jaziz who looked after the sheep taunting Joash. And his words are not heard. Companion Of The King's Sons. 2. the cultivators. and members in particular" (1 Cor. King's Companion. Wisdom is better than strength: Nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised. Solomon tells us about a certain city that was delivered by the wisdom of a "poor wise man. but it is a true parable of what goes on in the Church. but men who by reason of Urim and Thummim which God has placed in the Body of Christ. I'm sorry to say..THE FIVE ROYAL MINISTRIES Little is said of these ministries. King's General. and especially from the ministry. 9:16-18). "Well. . but their position speaks for itself. Wisdom is better than weapons of war" (Eccl.
In the new order we must understand that spiritual achievements of the past will not. and abide in the fullness of Christ. But their greatness required of them greater dedication and greater responsibility for the new era of Solomon that was about to be ushered in. God turned his wisdom into foolishness. The great ones of the past must be brought low. It is not enough that a person can give a word of wisdom one moment.. The gifts of the Spirit. God is revealing areas of great weakness in all of us. Our King needs those who share His counsels that they might in turn share His wisdom with the people. are endued with the sevenfold Spirit of God and walk in the light of those "seven eyes of the Lamb"--a people who live. are not sufficient in themselves. Can I not go to God for myself? True. guarantee an easy. "The tumult and the shouting dies.It is the same way in the Church. These men had been with David in his rejection.. and He may give a . and Joab was the general of David's army. but that the members should have the same care one for another" (1 Cor. and we must always have that open line of communication with the King. and the next moment continue to walk in his own ways. and move. But we have observed many who would go their own stubborn way and refuse the admonition of one who had a clear Word from the Lord. But in this hour of the tempering of the Body of Christ. and end up in shipwreck. and cannot. known as a word of wisdom and a word of knowledge. And instead of receiving it. There are times when God cannot cause us to hear as we ought. Ahithophel had great wisdom. Good wisdom and counsel comes forth from the meek and the humble who know God and walk with Him. and especially to those who have gained a reputation for greatness in the Body of Christ.. lest we forget. than to a lowly and a contrite spirit. open line of communication with Himself and we would encourage the Lord's people to know this heritage is for them. automatic transition from the old into the new.. An humble and a contrite heart. Lord God of Hosts be with us yet! Lest we forget! Lest we forget!" But why does our King need counselors? Not for His sake. yet in their exaltation they must still remain lowly and of a contrite heart. And when the heart is lifted up in pride. And this blending of the Body of Christ is designed of the Lord "that there should be no schism in the body. and had known David's many wars.. very quickly is he brought down to the ground. The five royal ministries are very close to the heart of the king.. God is bringing forth a corporate Man in the earth. but for the sake of His people. Abiathar was a priest in the Davidic era. God wants to bring us individually into a clear. causing us to draw closer to Him and to one another. But both of these men took sides with treachery and rebellion. but when he went against David. Rudyard Kipling's strong warning to Great Britain in the height of her glory is something we all need to be reminded of. men turn to those who have studied the art of "counselling. Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice. like Jesus. and not all of these men qualified. These are solemn warnings to God's people everywhere. 12:25). There must yet come forth in the Church a people who." The Church of Christ will never come to fullness and perfection without a ministration of spiritual wisdom and understanding. It is much more likely that success will lead to pride of heart. though it be in Lucifer son of the morning. We must come to that place where the "spirit of wisdom and understanding" come to abide in God's people in abundant fullness. The captains and the kings depart. The low and the despised He will exalt.
who stands ready to do God's will. He is not there to "advise" the Almighty. and God Himself makes His abiding place within. while others were working feverishly with the sheep.word through another. "We will come unto him. but God's people in this hour are slow to comprehend. or the camels. "Henceforth I call you not servants. May God lead us in pathways of obedience.But not only do the King's sons need fellowship. and by those who herded the cattle in the fields of Sharon. But this was secondary. and he can rest in that. Or Jehiel as he strolled along. who mingles with the King's sons for fellowship and companionship. Jesus said. so does the King Himself. He is not standing idly by. But now they have learned that they can do nothing. He knows that God's plan cannot fail. in communion with the king's sons. These men may have been open to criticism by the hard workers in the orchards and vineyards.. for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends. His own nature and character is imprinted upon our lives. and often times cares less. We lose sight of this so often. But He has very few friends. And there are times when He wants to give us further confirmation concerning the way He is leading us. first of all we are told that He chose them "that they should be with him" (Mk. who waits for God's hour to come to pass in his life. and create a right spirit within us.. like cultivating the fields or helping reap the harvests? Why were they wasting their time in idleness. and we need to know His secrets if we are to walk in peace and confidence before Him. riding in the king's chariot. . and we will come unto him. God has never had any problem getting servants to work for Him.. But the friend is different. He is not speaking about two different persons coming in to abide. and in the eyes of men. to turn our feet back to the paths of righteousness. 15:15). He is not an unprofitable servant. the King has seen fit to bring them into royal fellowship. Because they have come to understand the heart of the King. Only the ignorant would criticize Jonathan as he drove past the fields. Jesus called twelve disciples that they might go forth and preach the gospel. He is not wasting his time." Jesus said. "If a man love me. He is just too busy working for God. There is therefore no frustration in the hour of apparent futility. Jesus wanted the friendship of those with whom He could share God's secrets. Why were they not doing something profitable. whether He speaks to our heart in the quietude of our personal fellowship with Him or through the words of another member of the Body of Christ. except as God does it through them. for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you" (Jn. we are just speaking a parable. He is there to learn His secrets. and these men were doing what the king had appointed them to do.. that we might know the Voice of the Shepherd. and make our abode with him" (Jn. Abraham became God's "friend. (Again. He is introduced into the counsels of God. They knew what was going on. 3:14). and no panic in the hour of universal distress. He knows what God is doing. We lose much if we start looking within and trying to discern that which is the voice of .) Many a time they may have longed to do something that would seem profitable in their own eyes. 14:23)." and that is how he learned many of God's secrets. What is the difference? The servant does not know what the King's plan and purpose is. But there is more to friendship with God than an understanding of His purposes. For in intimate fellowship with God we partake of His very image and likeness. and His desire for His sons. But they did not choose their lot. he will keep my words: and my Father will love him. or the asses? But the king's sons need companions for fellowship. that they might impart wisdom and understanding to His other sons. and are vitally joined unto Him.
. Who knows and purposed the end from the beginning.. and to walk in obedience to the LORD. which is new Jerusalem.. And yet at one and the same time there is the recognition that we are begotten of God: that like His Only Begotten we must learn obedience by the things that we are called upon to suffer. 'Cause us to approach unto You. the Origin of all things. and a father-like concern and compassion for mankind. To Solomon he gave this charge. the outflow of His love. And therefore we would pray. in total dependence upon Another." David's Charge To The Priests And Officers In all that we are saying.. enabling us to flow forth unto them in mercy. "Lord wilt thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" The important thing for them was to do what Jesus said: go to Jerusalem and wait upon God.. there begins to come forth in the hearts of His people the heart and mind of the Father: the One Who ever existed. They said to Jesus just before His ascension.. and that which is the voice of the Son. Often we would despair of entering that holy realm because of the obstacles that lie in our pathway.. David charged the people to proceed with the task that lay before them. which alone can qualify us for a place in that Kingdom.' Looking at ourselves we know we shall never attain to that fullness of glory. drawing from His heart. We long to come into the fullness of Your presence. we want to get involved in His Kingdom. that we must like the Son live in utter dependence upon the Father. Nothing was left to man's imagination. And Jesus was not implying anything like that. Know thou the God of thy father. that in ourselves we "can do nothing. . Then David handed over to Solomon the complete plan of the Temple as he himself had received it from the LORD. 28:9). 3:12). which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name' (Rev. our hope is that God's people will be nurtured of the Lord.. But we turn our eyes heavenward. the eternal One. But because the Father and Son abide within. in healing and delivering grace. cause Your face to shine upon us. "Dear Lord! Make us to be Your friends! Draw us and we will run after You. 'Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God. but to come to meekness and poverty of spirit.. there to abide continually under Your shadow. and the One Who has a large family of sons and is greatly concerned about them.. Solomon my son. And serve him with a perfect heart And with a willing mind" (1 Chron. Everything was set forth in clear and precise detail. And so as the kingdom of Solomon was about to emerge.. make us to know Your way..the Father. Like the disciples. But in and through it all we have the heart of the Son. The most important thing for us right now is that God should prepare our hearts and cause us to know and recognize our real need--and that our need is not a case of getting more and more knowledge about future aspects of the Kingdom. this would not prepare our hearts for what He would do. in truth.. Even if we knew the precise times and seasons of the Father. and we think it would help us if we knew when it was going to happen. and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God. and walking in obedience and in the fear of God. that we might be prepared for what God has in mind in this great hour. living and moving in total helplessness." In union with the Father we partake of His power. and embrace Your promise. and the name of the city of my God.. "And thou.
than to promote our schemes and visions and plans for the building of "temples" made of wood. before the Tabernacle of Moses. through sacrifice. for the edifying of the body of Christ. for the work of the ministry. He knows what we need. for who can judge this thy people... Together with the officers of Israel he went up to the high place at Gibeon where the brazen altar was situated. we would be far more zealous to see God's people come to the threshing floor where they give their all to Him. and it is on a Threshing Floor. It is there where men and women are totally dedicated to God. We really do not need to know too much about His intention for the future phase of His Kingdom.I think our greatest problem today is the fact that we are living in the last stages of the "Davidic Era" of the Church. But often times He will leave the choice with us. that is so great?" I wonder sometimes how many have fasted and prayed earnestly for power--and got it--often times to their own destruction? The wisdom and knowledge Solomon prayed for was not to build up his ego. [Before we go on. Solomon's request pleased the LORD.. and stone.. in consequence of this dedication.. "For the perfecting of the saints. Solomon said. It was through wisdom and knowledge that God established the heavens and the earth in their courses (Prov. "Give me now wisdom and knowledge." But many are out there on Mount Moriah (as it were) trying to lay foundations and establish structures something like they had in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. There God appeared to Solomon and said. for when He searches there is no escape from His all-seeing eye: "Search me.. let us notice . and who.. The way of the burnt offering is the only sure and safe way of knowing God's will--His perfect will. but that he might know how to rule over God's people. and when He arises to establish the true wisdom and knowledge of God in the Church. "Just wait before Me in the Tent and know My Presence. and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me. and know my heart: Try me. and later subjected to the mills of God. not realizing that God has a glorious Temple in mind. to do His will. and glass." I wonder if we realize that God is not only offering to supply every need. And lead me in the way everlasting" (Psa.. hoping we will make the right choice. Solomon's Kingdom Established 2 Chronicles 1 and 1 Kings 1-4 Solomon's first act upon coming to the throne was to seek the LORD his God. "Ask what I shall give thee?" God knew what Solomon needed. and God gave him his request.. God is certainly laying foundations of Truth in the hearts of His people. It was this divinely imparted wisdom that thoroughly established Solomon's kingdom. and added much more than he asked for. 3:19). are being subjected to the flaying of the grain that the wheat might be separated from the chaff. What is His intention right now? It is. but He is also subjecting us to a very severe test! How we need God to search our hearts. and it shall be done. but let us not forget the bedrock foundation of the new Temple is in the place of the Burnt Offering. "Ask what ye will.. When God promises. If we recognized this. gathered into the garner. we are going to see God's intention realized far beyond our expectations.. and God is saying. O God. 139:23-24).. There must be a total commitment unto God at the altar of burnt offering.
and desires no other temple. Who rules from the throne of glory. But God tells us what the standard is. The Construction Of The Temple Begins As we consider the temple structure. 66:1-2). And when God finds His place there. of course. saith the LORD: But to this man will I look. 132:14). and of the knowledge of the Son of God. And that we. Zion Takes On Enlargement As we pointed out earlier.. "Perfection" is a scary word in the Church. So there are all kinds of plausible definitions of the word. And the earth is my footstool: Where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made. "This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell. Because we all know. Zion became something eternal in the heart of God. it was because "the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion. we must remind God's people over and over again that God's Name has been called upon a people in the earth destined to come forth in His image and likeness. For the incredulous. we are only concerned about the Temple "not made with hands." When the Ark moves from Zion to Mount Moriah where the temple of Solomon was built. 4:12-13). for the perfection. But let us go on. nobody can be perfect.] . it was still Zion. Even to him that is poor. And all those things have been. When Israel went into captivity. He is totally at rest.. And in this day when there is so much excitement about the possibility of Israel rebuilding a temple of wood and stone.till we all come in the unity of the faith.. When they came out of captivity. in union with a redeemed and regenerated Israel. "O my people that dwellest in Zion. the maturity. and for the faint-hearted I would remind you: this is not your work." God had said. It was to be eternally "The City of the Great King. when God established Zion as the place of His "rest" in the time of David. Solomon himself fully recognized that it was just a place for God's glorious and awesome Name. an excitement that is equally shared by both natural Israel and the Church. it was Zion that went into captivity. "Thus saith the LORD. 2:22). the character that He has in mind. The heaven is my throne. unto a perfect man. It is the measure of the stature of the fullness (the completeness) of Christ Himself. for I have desired it" (Psa. And trembleth at my word" (Isa. it is the working of your High Priest in the Heavens.. unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Eph. and Who has all power in heaven and earth to mediate the New Covenant--even this portion of it--to His people in the earth." for this is the only Temple that has eternal significance. to cushion the stumbling block. "are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit" (Eph.this: the purpose of ministry is to bring the saints as a Body into the work of ministry that the whole Body might be edified. be . I would just say: read this passage in any version you have. Later through the prophet God said. And of a contrite spirit. This is the only habitation that is compatible with the heart of God anywhere in the Universe.
Men loathe to relinquish their hopes and dreams into heavenly realms. in vain will we discover. shine. solstemp ¯ Diagrams Of The Temple Of Solomon The beauty of God's Temple is not the beauty of human achievement. God laid in Zion "a chief corner stone. In the former tent there was really no beauty to behold from without. the City of the living God. 1:11-12). without as well as within. Of course there were not too many people living up there on the slopes of Zion where David had pitched his tent. the city of the living God. But it did have a cloud of glory hovering over it by day. which became a pillar of fire by night. 62:1). and suffered the anguish of the Cross. and the whole area surrounded with a linen fence hanging on posts.. He is crying aloud with creative voice: "Arise. greatly enlarged and beautified." The stones from the quarry.just "vessels. on the eternal throne of David. And this can only be because we cannot believe that the real things are the things we cannot see. The Temple on the other hand was glorious to behold. these are the things that are unreal. they will see the Christ." through whom God would work. The Surpassing Beauty Of The Temple We recognize at once from the plans of the Temple that it was built with a very fundamental likeness to the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. too unreal. this earth. precious" (1 Pet. 15:25. for thy light is come. We have emphasized much that by nature we are as "nothing". 12:22). actual. immoveable. even in their finished condition.) Even the Old Testament prophets recognized this enlarged concept of Zion. and Israel's Messiah is ruling and reigning on that throne now. just a rough exterior covering like a tent. 1 Cor. it is "the beauty of the LORD.. that the prophets "foretold of these days" (Acts 3:24). the New Jerusalem. even as Isaiah had prophesied. But the Temple was to be a permanent structure. as they do us. or hear about it. when Jesus came on the scene. But now it means "the people of God. But a greater problem arose in the New Testament when the apostles and teachers began to speak of a still greater concept of Zion. He has promised there would be a day when the nations would see His salvation. this Jerusalem that is in bondage with her children. were probably not too . eternal. But God wants His own life and His own glory to shine forth.. and a greatly enlarged sphere of activity in the new "mount. Psa.. 28:16.. The throne of Zion is real.. they recognized that Abraham himself looked for that same City. 10:24). 60:1).. He "will not rest" till the righteousness of Zion goes forth "as brightness. and the real life is the life we cannot see.) This is the clear teaching and consensus of God's holy apostles who wrote the New Testament scriptures. and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth" (Isa.. as it related to them. (See Isa. because this would seem to be too ethereal." just "channels. and not only read about it. any other Zion but the heavenly. 2:6). spiritual Zion. exceedingly magnificent to behold. And not only so. (See Acts 2:29-35. elect." Finally. and that "these days" are the days in which we live (1 Pet. He is creating a people in the image of His Son. and of glory and fame throughout all nations. and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee" (Isa. that when people behold Christ's many brethren. Or are we going to accuse the apostles. after the resurrection of Christ. It is this life. And this is true. 110:1-7. the heavenly Jerusalem" (Heb.not afraid of the Assyrian" (Isa. for just spiritualizing Zion to prove a doctrinal issue? As one searches the writings of the apostles. but as the apostles with the spiritual revelation they had looked back into the Old Testament.
peeled and squared and shaped. and His own glory that shall shine forth. Even the floors. the building was so glorious it caused kings and nations to stand in awe and admiration. The Temple had everything in principle that existed in the old Tabernacle. 122:14). And all kings thy glory: And thou shalt be called by a new name. and center to the other wall. a magnificent brazen altar. And then there were chambers about the Temple. The cedar timbers. and applies the golden lining of His nature and character within. O Jerusalem. The brazen wheel of the laver. To look upon this mass of material around the Temple area. (We must speak of these later. The time is past when any individual. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD. three stories high: with the first.. in virtue of his great gifts and wisdom. The whole interior of the sanctuary was lined with cedar wood and overlaid with plates of gold. and saw the beautiful Temple glittering in the sun. it must have seemed like total confusion. really had no great beauty in themselves.breathtaking in appearance. Everything was on an enlarged and more magnificent scale: walls of wood and stone rather than curtains.. the nations of the world are going to stand in awe and fear before Him.. and third floors connected with winding staircases. Therefore God says. may not have been too exciting to behold. The tribes of the LORD" (Psa. But when God is finished hewing the rocks and squaring the wooden timbers. The cherubim in the holy of holies spread their wings in a flying position. a beautiful brazen sea resting on 12 oxen rather than a laver. but there was much more... and of which we know practically nothing. For it is God's wisdom that shall be revealed. "I was glad when they said unto me.. second. But when Solomon and the master-workmen in their wisdom took the various members of the Temple and fitted them together. 62:2-3). "And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness. Which the mouth of the LORD shall name. and ten smaller lavers resting on ten wagons. And a royal diadem In the hand of thy God" (Isa. reaching from wall to center. which were of cypress . taken from the clay where the brass was poured.. ten tables of shewbread instead of one... and beautifully garnished with precious stones. is going to flaunt his glory in the eyes of men. It must always have been a great thrill to the weary pilgrims as they approached the holy city... Let us go into the house of the LORD. And perhaps they would sing. Jerusalem is builded as a city That is compact together: Whither the tribes go up. and joins them together in His own wisdom and skill. then adorns the building with the precious glittering stones of His own grace and glory. Our feet shall stand within thy gates..) There were ten candlesticks instead of one. Also above the holy of holies there was an area known as "the upper chambers" which were overlaid with gold.
declares: "And it shall come to pass in the last days... as you approached the Temple. spiritual Temple that God is erecting. but the priests proceeded from the outer court. 36:10. heavenly. Herod the Great may have tried to duplicate it when he built the temple for the Jews. And therefore the prophet Isaiah. "the Church which is His Body. almost four feet in diameter.wood. I have outdone thee" when he exulted in the building of Hagia Sophia. May we receive that instruction and revelation that will enable us to see Christ in a greater way. And shall be exalted above the hills. From the outside. There were no steps involved from one area to another." They have been called Pilgrim Songs. and the beautiful works of their own hands. Also. God ordained it for Solomon's Temple.. These were beautifully wrought with ornamental brass. we find that the priests court was higher than the great court. It is all symbolic of a far greater.) We do not know how much higher. but now a Moslem Shrine. CHAPTER 3 (CONTINUTED) . there were two large pillars of brass. when one considers the amount of gold and silver and precious stones that would be required. but only as a type and shadow of the things that are real--the heavenly things. speaking of the new Temple not made with hands. The Temple on the other hand was built on a mountain." And God help us as we consider some of these types and shadows. called Moriah. It would be doubtful if it would be possible to build such a structure today. that our real quest may be for the "true riches"--"the knowledge of Him"-and not merely to attain to some kind of knowledge that does not edify. resembling lily petals.ASCENDING REALMS IN THE TEMPLE The Tabernacle in the Wilderness was laid out on a horizontal plane. he mentions seven steps leading up to the great court. True. and to recognize that the true riches are eternal. even if the materials were available. (See Jer. That the mountain of the LORD'S house Shall be established in the top of the mountains. and were believed to have been sung by the pilgrims as they made their way . The Temple itself was built on a large foundation that would elevate it a few steps higher. into the holy places and from there into the holy of holies.. or bronze. were overlaid with plates of gold. but in the vision Ezekiel had. which took 46 years to complete. And Justinian boasted. on one horizontal plane. spiritual. It would have to cost several billion dollars. the fulness of Him that filleth all in all. And all nations shall flow unto it" (Isa. This "ascending" principle is taught in many places in the Word. and adorned with chains of brass and pomegranates. "Solomon. that we might show forth the beauty of the Lord in our lives. once the Church of the Holy Wisdom. How sad that the Church of Jesus Christ has never been able to see beyond the gold and the silver and the costly stones. 2:2). and then eight steps from there to the priest's court. one on each side of the entrance. The 15 psalms from Psalm 120 to 134 are called "Songs of Degrees" or "Songs of Ascending.
For if we are to go forward in this day and hour of the new Temple. God said to Abraham. but he would explore this realm only in the place of "sacrifice"--a very grievous kind of "sacrifice"--here on the top of Mount Moriah.) It is still another realm that we must explore. have his vision enlarged concerning the City that is "compact together. learn much waiting upon the LORD." as member is joined to member in the Body of Christ. recognize that he can do nothing.. Not only will they ascend the mountain.. It is a realm in God that few have known. let us be prepared to "go lower".. learn to walk in His ways and come forth triumphant over affliction and testing. on the 15 steps of our approach to God." And when we hear that call. rejoice in the turning again of his captivity. on Mount Moriah. as he seeks to know His ways and walk with Him." "Lord. sickness.."upward" toward Jerusalem for worship and sacrifice. and come to know the strength that there is on Mount Zion. "Arise. 3:18. God's people are knowing all manner of distress. the very spot where Abraham had offered his son Isaac on the altar many centuries ... be tempered with the realization that as we enter the outer court of this new realm in God. and calamity of one kind or another--strange dealings of the Lord. like the Son of God Himself. As they learn to put on and use the whole armor of God they are going to be able to penetrate the walls that principalities and powers have erected to hinder the conquest of our heavenly heritage.. But in the fullness of God's dealings with him... There he began to see somewhat of the "depth and height" of God's love for him. There are 14 steps more.. but as we enter into priestly ministry and service. and who have heard the call to "Come up higher. He must experience peace in the midst of war.. by way of building with God. absolutely nothing. therefore.. Be encouraged! This is but the first step. come to know the LORD as his helper and keeper.. and the hope that cannot fail. We are talking about ascending steps unto "the mountain of the LORD's house.. walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it" (Gen. perplexity... In the old order of the Tabernacle there was no "going up. But what do we know about the "depth and the height" that Paul speaks about? (See Eph. experience the joy of fellowship with others who are travelling the same pathway. and of His purposes.... "except the LORD build the house".. 13:17). experience Divine protection against the waters that would overwhelm him. though we know little about it now. God would take him higher and higher. the first place we take our stand is on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. frustration. and to keep the feasts of the LORD in their season. and our desire for increased revelation. there is an ascending from one realm to another. And the weary pilgrim must know and experience many strange things before he eventually stands in the house of the LORD in Psalm 134." But God is preparing a people who are going to experience the life of the heavenlies. come to know the comfort of God's promise. may our exploration into realms of truth. and he heard me" (Psa. that the first step in the "Songs of Ascending" begins with this matter of "distress. and in and through it all.. we must also go upward with God into higher realms of the Spirit.." "It my distress I cried unto the LORD. but God wants to bring a people into it. even to the top of Mount Moriah (and even as he climbed the mountain he was going lower and lower in realms of selflessness and abasement). And the only way to ascend is to first of all know how to descend.. Let us not think it strange. 120:1) This is one thing that is common in this day and hour concerning the people who have caught a vision of the Holy City. That was in the early part of his experience with God... for this is God's way of bringing us higher.. There are breadths and lengths in the expanses of God's love that we have heard about.
. earlier in this writing. 2:21). It is only in the third realm that God finds in us the full intention of His heart. Therefore in the manifestation of truth there is a three-fold unfolding: "first the blade. The word mansion in verse two is the same as the word abode in verse 23. the third phase. It is only then that Man has come back to the image of God. These chambers were in three stories. that we too shall see Your Day. 'abiding-places']: if it were not so. "He shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me" (Psa. The Temple faced the east.before. There is a life that is "hid with Christ in God" (Col. These chambers were in three stories because the true Temple above. has come forth in full reproduction. which one entered on the south.. Paul tells us that we are to grow "unto an holy temple in the Lord" (Eph. But rather than frightening us. How we would like to know more about some of these secrets that are hidden in the Word! There is a "secret place of the Most High" that God has made available to His own (Psa. David also said. There are first. but not yet fully matured. God would incorporate us into that Temple that we might abide there forever with Him: "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God. is also in three stories." It is the yearning of God's Spirit that we do not come short of full development. Because it is only in the "full corn in the ear" that the original Seed (which is Christ) that was planted in our hearts. there were chambers attached to the Temple walls. the place of God's glorious presence. 27:5). and afterward the full corn in the ear. then the ear. Holy Of Holies And The Upper Chambers We spoke of the holy of holies. I would have told you. It is only then that God has a family of many sons. and yet to be manifested in the earth. the number three speaking of full growth and development. But something else is mentioned here. and third realms in God. 3:3). 12:2). and be glad!" Abiding Places In The Temple We speak of climbing the steps one by one into the various areas of the Temple. each one fashioned after the image of His Only Begotten. second. Paul on one occasion was caught up "into the third heaven" (2 Cor. But as we do. and then went up by a winding stairway into the second floor. Jesus said. and south. for God wants us to be constantly anticipating the dawn of the new day. and the rising of the Sun of Righteousness. And he shall go no more out" (Rev. because that is the whole purpose for which God has saved us and brought us where we are now: redeemed and justified and enriched with spiritual graces and gifts. Here again we have the holy of holies in this enlarged and beautified Temple. "In my Fathers house are many mansions [or literally. 91:1). west. 14:2). Surrounding the Temple on the north.. I go to prepare a place for you" (Jn. simply described as "the upper chambers. and from the second floor into the third floor. like the Tabernacle of old. and linked together with a system of galleries and staircases. 3:12). may this revelation encourage us to know that it is only as we give You our all." This is about all we know about this area.
God has a chariot for the cherubim! As in Solomon's Temple. and so he called the place "Bethel. overlaid with pure gold.. That art in the clefts of the rock." or "Power with God. And the Lord says of His Bride: "O my dove. Nevertheless. when Jacob was left alone. But the staves were drawn out." We will only discover the stairway as we follow closely in His footsteps. and hast revealed them unto babes" (Lk. Lord of heaven and earth.. that they might know and experience--in the fullness of His workings--the life of the heavenlies and the activity of the spiritual world. Jacob must know the weariness and frustration of many years of labor before he would come to Peniel and see the face of God. 28:18.. The former ark of the covenant that rested in Moses' tabernacle was also there in the holy of holies in Solomon's Temple. It is going to take this.) Idleness." He also saw God Himself. God had given David a plan of a chariot for the cherubim rather than staves.We may never know too much about some of these obscure patterns of the Temple of Solomon. and the life. (See 1 Chron. But they were standing on their feet. the truth.. waiting around doing nothing? This is the concept that many have of God's people who have caught the vision of the "glorious Church. Jacob saw the stairway in the distress of his heart. like the cherubim in the old Tabernacle. In the secret places of the stairs. There is no other way. Where is the stairway? If we only knew where the stairway is. And that night at Peniel. Let the other worms continue to crawl around the ground doing their own thing. as he slept on the open fields in the darkness of the night at Bethel." the new Temple.. O Father. The ark had found her final resting place. for our name and nature to be changed to "Israel. at the top of the staircase. we could begin our ascent. underneath the extended and outstretched wings of the cherubim made of olive wood. with wings outstretched as if in readiness to fly.. and travelling as far as they can in as little time as possible. and when he had surrendered all that he had acquired and accumulated through many years of hard toil. We may get discouraged as we seek to enter this glorious realm. 25:14). Upon awakening he knew instinctively that he had received a revelation of "God's House". beloved. "I thank thee. Let me hear thy voice" (Song 2:14)." The Cherubim Of Glory Towering above the mercy seat in the holy of holies were two large cherubim made of an olive tree." which means "Prince of God. But it is far more important that we come to experience those secret places in God where He would bring His friends. But God continues to shut others up in the cocoon of His dealings. But we must learn what Jesus said. "I am the way. They were not in a state of inactivity. the wings of the . but He was still beyond his reach. ease and contentment. God Himself came down from that staircase and met with Jacob in a face-to-face confrontation that lasted till the breaking of the day. "The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him" (Psa. Perhaps they are going as fast as they can. Let me see thy countenance. that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent. 10:21). But no! It's time for the butterfly to emerge from the cocoon. Jesus said. inactivity.
The pillars were cylindrical in shape. a promise that was fulfilled in the days of Moses and . and the sea was on the east end toward the south. But before we consider the meaning of the pillars. It is His Temple.) We simply emphasize this because God wants us to see the Tabernacle and all the Temples from His viewpoint. and the smoke of the incense in the oil would drift lazily over the columns. we are not our own. from which were suspended two rows of pomegranates. the faint glow of the flames would have illuminated the stone facade of the porch. and Jachin on the right side (left and right from God's viewpoint. 22:17). from the inside looking out. Quite evidently if we were on the outside of the gate looking in. they "stand" in triumph with the conquering Lamb on Mount Zion! (We will pursue this study of the cherubim further in Chapter 4. Not to fly away from it all." And our redemption is for His glory. with each seed a little fruit in itself. to which Solomon gave the names of Jachin and Boaz. God's emphasis is on Jachin. So these "pommels" may have been large bowlshaped vessels containing oil. but from God's viewpoint. and that of the priests. It takes multitudes of them in corporate unity to form the fruit. and on the top of each pillar was a capital. with the flames kept alive by huge wicks that were placed in the bowls. as He sits enthroned between the mercy seat. We are but "workers together with Him. looking out). And having waged a good warfare. (The brazen sea was on the right side of the east end. The word "pommel" is translated "bowl" by some translators. We are His workmanship. And so we want to emphasize that Boaz is the name of the pillar that stood on the left side of the entrance to the porch of the Temple. and perhaps hang suspended at times over the Temple. in order to find security from the storms of life in some hidden recess of Heaven! But to engage in true spiritual warfare in "heavenly places" that will eventuate in total victory for the people of God over principalities and powers in the heavenlies.cherubim are spread wide. The pomegranate is a fruit that is full of seeds. of hollow structure. not ours. It is not right and left from our viewpoint from the outside looking in. and as the sand which is upon the sea shore" (Gen. He is the Master Workman. 4:10. ornamented with lily petals. If this were so. we would be viewing it as on our left. and yet together but one fruit. over against the south. ready for flight. as in Zechariah 4:2 where the prophet had the vision of the bowl of oil. Now the right and the left sides of the Temple are determined by the Lord's position. and the pillars themselves huge fire-altars or cressets. making 200 pomegranates on each pillar. God's promise was: "I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven. and not for ours. and it is He who is masterminding all the intricacies of His glorious Temple.) The Two Brazen Pillars 2 Chronicles 3:15-17 Standing on either end of the porch that formed the vestibule of the Temple there were two large pillars made of bronze. reminding the Israelites of the pillar of the cloud and fire that hovered over the old Tabernacle in the days of their wanderings. with a hundred in each row. Then on top of the capital a "pommel" covered with chains. We are bought with a price. and not from ours. The pomegranates hanging from the chains would remind Israel of God's faithfulness to His promise. let us describe them briefly. See 2 Chron.
95:6 LORD will Provide Gen. All that He is in Himself. 1:10. and to tempt Him is to provoke Him. "If thou canst believe. 41. The pomegranates hanging from the chains of bronze at the top would give constant reminder to the people of God that their God was a covenant keeping Jehovah Who had brought them into the land of promise (a land of milk and honey and grapes and pomegranates)..Joshua. The real problem was not if Jesus was able to heal the boy. and as the sand which is upon the seashore. The man with the epileptic son doubted His ability: "If thou canst do any thing.) We need to thoroughly embrace these two pillars... But God says that to doubt Him is to speak against Him. and God's desire has been to bring them out of the natural and carnal. we have BOAZ on the Left. but was the man able to believe." (Mk. Man has always found a problem with either the one or the other pillar--or both. 10:22. when God Himself becomes our reward and He writes His own Name upon the foreheads of His people. 15:26 LORD my Banner Ex. 17:15 . We need to know that He is. He desires to become that in His people. and JACHIN on the Right: BOAZ -..) Not that God has two Israels--an earthly and a heavenly--but within the one Israel there has always been a mixture of the earthly and the heavenly. 78:19.. or openly deny that it can happen. But it is in the names of these two pillars that we discover their real significance. 56. BOAZ "In Him Is Strength" His Name Jehovah-Hoseenu Jehovah-Jireh Jehovah-Ropheca Jehovah-Nissi JACHIN "He Will Establish" His Promise LORD our Maker Psa. This is why He has revealed Himself as having many names. This is the fullness of the inheritance. and yet in the final analysis all the various titles and names of God are contained and are inherent in that one great Name."In Him is Strength" JACHIN -. (See Deut. The whole substance of God's Covenant is bound up in who He is and what He will perform. 9:22-23). They consider it to be their democratic right to choose for themselves. and to limit God is to tempt Him. 28:62. But He has added certain appendages to that Name from time to time that His people might have greater confidence. that which He is inherently in Himself. We need to know that He is able and that He isfaithful to do what He said. (See Psa. And they form a perfect pair because in the revelation of the Name of the Most High God. and Who had increased their numbers as the stars of heaven. Looking at them from inside the Temple. and into heavenly realities.. it is God's plan and purpose to reveal and to bring into being in His people.. whom we call JEHOVAH."He will Establish" God wants us to know that He is able and that He will do it. and that they might know that their particular need is not beyond His ability to satisfy. 22:14 LORD that Healeth Ex. Many will read the scriptures and begin to question what God said. and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." But Jesus immediately replied..
but how else can we humans spell out God's Name in our language. unspeakable Name! And so Jesus came to reveal that glorious and awesome Name. in a way we could pronounce it.Jehovah-Mekaddishken Jehovah-Elohay Jehovah-Shalom Jehovah-Rohi Jehovah-Tsidkeenu Jehovah-Shahmmah LORD doth Sanctify Ex. in everything He did. but left it without any vowels: "YHWH". "I will declare it. 17:25-26)." or "Yahweh.. and will declare it" (Jn. And therefore Jesus. The two immutable things are: the oath and the promise. or Aramaic symbols. His very character. God's Word made flesh. 6:18). and in. In this declaration of the psalmist we are told that God has . in which it was impossible for God to lie. and so He added." A word is the expression of the thought. or Greek.. "This is Who I am." How did He do it? In everything He said. I have declared unto them thy name. and resurrection. 48:35 There may be other such combinations. is the full expression of the heart and mind of God. But in all of these covenant Names of Jehovah He would have us to know that what HE IS He desires to BECOME that very thing to. He gives THE PROMISE. and death. "O righteous Father. And because of WHO HE IS. willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel. and in faint measure understand it? In fact we are told that the Hebrew scribes did not even attempt to spell out the Name of God in a pronounceable word.. and ministry. but in His life. in everything He was.") The ancient scribes and teachers in Israel considered it an unutterable. He is saying. 31:13 LORD my God Zech. and that when they came across that awesome Name in the scriptures they would just say "Adonai" which corresponds to our word "Lord. the Father's Name. not in the Hebrew. Jesus said. This is faulty. His earthly ministry alone did not bring forth the fullness of this revelation. Now the Lord Jesus came to earth in the fullness of time to make known Jehovah's Name. 6:24 LORD my Shepherd Psa. and do what learned scribes and prophets and sages were unable to do. to His people." This may help us understand that strange scripture in Psalm 138:2: "For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. 23:1 LORD our Righteousness Jer. when the name Lord is capitalized as "LORD. and ascension." it is to indicate that the writer used the word "Jehovah. His people. Jesus came to reveal the Father's Name! If space would permit we could fill many pages showing how every one of the Jehovah-Titles enumerated above were clearly written out by our Lord Jesus. confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things." (Note: in our Authorized Version of the Bible. the intention of the mind. He was declaring unto men the covenant Name of Jehovah God. and therefore this is what I will do. The oath is based upon His own Name.. In the above list we have spelled out Jehovah's Name in the various titles He gave Himself in the Old Testament. 14:5 LORD send Peace Judg. we might have strong consolation" (Heb. "Wherein God. 23:6 LORD is There Ezek.
three to the West. both of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God!" And so Jachin must be placed at the right side of the Temple. the full expression of God in human form... And the brim was a handbreadth thick. and Boaz on the Left. And in MAN alone. and over his mark. along with the ten lavers. with their hinderparts inward. "O the depths of the riches. Water could be dipped out from the top. three to the North. five cubits high. The Brazen Sea "Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim" (2 Chron. and three to the South. brazensea ¯ Diagram Of The Brazen Sea "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast. stand on the sea of glass. was for ceremonial washings connected with the burnt offerings and sacrifices of the Temple. 15:2). than He could ever be in the hidden. no matter how well we might try to write that Name. "And he set the sea on the right side of the house eastward over against the south" (1 Kgs. . The going forth... was He able to find that vehicle of expression. John in Revelation saw the true Sea that brings ultimate cleansing to God's people: "And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal" (Rev. The Sea. 7:39). must have the preeminent place. and ornately decorated around the brim with the likeness of lily blossoms and two rows of knops or colocynths under the brim. It rested on 12 oxen. or utter it. and over the number of his name. and the expression of Who He is. God is clearly teaching us that He is more to be glorified in revealing Himself and making Himself known to His creation.magnified His Word above His Name. the oxen so standing that three looked toward the East. 4:6). than He is in standing alone and apart in solitary isolation! And this explains the whole mystery of the Fall and of Redemption! God must reveal Himself His heart cries out for a way in which He can show Himself forth unto His creatures in the full expression of all that He is in Himself. For God is more to be praised and honored and glorified as He flows forth in the Logos of His redemptive purposes. and over his image. unutterable. The Sea was ten cubits in diameter. The Sea was constructed of solid bronze. I mean in the Second Man.. the Last Adam Who is the very Logos of God. or perhaps by tapping it from below. unrevealed Name of JHWH. 4:2).. of all His created beings. Jesus is enthroned at the right hand of God. having the harps of God" (Rev. shaped like a large bowl with a brim.
And the garments of the people who come into union with Him shall be "shining. And with that greater measure of tribulation there will be a greater measure of the grace of God causing His people to overcome in the midst of it. The kingdoms were moved: He uttered his voice. The psalmist also saw the desolations that the LORD would bring to the earth through fire. and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen. that when His fire begins to purge the earth there will be a people in the midst of it all.. 9:3). after the earth "melted"? "Come. God says. And cutteth the spear in sunder. The old earth once "destroyed" by water came forth a renewed earth. so as no fuller on earth can white them" (Mk. but it is going to take the fire of the seven eyes of the Lamb. and His exaltation among the heathen because of His judgments: "The heathen raged. And what to the world is wrath and destruction." Then what. The cleansing work of redemption is in the blood. We must bathe in . walking in union with the Son of God like the three Hebrew children in the furnace of fire that was heated seven times more than it ever had been before. to serve him with one consent" (vs. and eventually by fire. The LORD of hosts is with us. the fire of transfiguration glory. But then he promises something very wonderful: "For then will I turn to the people a pure language. 3:8). 3:3). exceeding white as snow.. "All the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my Jealousy" (Zeph. 46:6-11). Be still. and cleansing by fire. He maketh wars to cease Unto the end of the earth. but only the Spirit of God can apply the cleansing of the blood to the hearts and minds of His people. cleansing fire of God. Seven times more. "And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purifier the sons of Levi. The earth melted. behold the works of the LORD. Selah" (Psa." in the end-time there will be a greater measure of tribulation than ever before. He breaketh the bow. God's people must know this purging. that they may call upon the name of the LORD. this time so thorough that "the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" (2 Pet. It is now reserved for a "destruction" by fire.There are two kinds of cleansing mentioned in the scriptures: cleansing by water. The earth that was cursed must undergo this two-fold cleansing and purging: first by water (the Flood). The fuller could make a beautiful job with the potash and the nitre that he used for his work. and purge them as gold and silver. but only in its external form. For although it has been the lot of God's people to know affliction and tribulation from the very beginning. to His people it will be a refining and a purifying. 3:10). This is the particular working of the Lord when He comes "suddenly" to His Temple. What desolations he hath made in the earth. and Paul tells us that His people are "appointed to tribulation. 9). I will be exalted in the earth. The God of Jacob is our refuge. that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness" (Mal. to do the thorough job that God must do in His people. He is "like refiner's fire" and "like fuller's soap". He burneth the chariot in the fire.
John the Baptist was sent of the Lord to minister the baptism of water unto repentance. "Let My people come to the Sea that is mingled with fire.. which was an external cleansing by water. then they shall walk on the sea. "And it shall come to pass." The fire of God is not intended to make a person excited. But John prophesied there would come another baptism: "He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. and upon her assemblies. send the Fire! 'Twill make us fit to live or die. (See 1 Pet. 5). send the Fire!" . and with fire. To bring the Light and Glory in. Then what follows? "And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion. send the Fire. Send the Fire.. The Revolution now begin! Send the Fire. and that will burn up the dross so completely and thoroughly that God's priests will be able to "offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. and we need it before the earth receives her baptism of fire. We have craved after the power of this baptism.) But we need another baptism. or I am afraid we will not be able to minister or in any way deliver a Church that is swiftly going to experience the fires of Tribulation. and the shining of a flaming fire by night" (vs. a cloud and smoke by day. This is where the brazen sea was located in Solomon's Temple. The deluge that destroyed the earth is likened in scripture to water baptism. But in that day we shall discover that the Power is in the Fire. The sea is "mingled with fire. or noisy. weep between the porch and the altar" (Joel 2:17).. the fire of God is something that will burn deeply within.." And this fire will thoroughly cleanse and purge the inner man from all sin and defilement. of which we have only had a small portion. shall be called holy. and the fire that has cleansed them shall keep them clean. 3:21. send the Fire. "God of Elijah hear our cry! Send the Fire.. God says. even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion. and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment. which is not another but the fullness. send the Fire! To burn up every trace of sin. but too often we have not been concerned about having the fire.. that he that is left in Zion." This old hymn of the Church is almost out of date. the ministers of the LORD.. And therefore we have not received too much of either. but we need to pray it again and again. God is saying." The baptism of fire will make us holy. We believe we are fast approaching the hour of this mighty baptism. "Let the priests. and shall make them immune to all the fiery darts of the evil one. 4:3-4). and by the spirit of burning" (Isa. or acrobatic.the brazen sea of His Living Word. send the Fire.. and he that remaineth in Jerusalem. bringing repentance and godly sorrow.
whether it be in the Old Testament or in the New. Then in his later years he forsook the God whom he had loved and served so well. There were seasons of revival. and idolatrous worship became rampant. But there in his captivity God raised him up to be a "watchman" to warn the nation of impending judgments. like all the other prophets from Samuel and those who followed after. as ungodly rulers succeeded those whose hearts were right with God. and we have the word concerning Ezekiel's Temple. Soon apostasy set it in. and the scriptures do not tell us whether or not he died with a heart alienated from God and engrossed in idolatrous practices. and found himself in a settlement with other captives near the river Chebar. 1:12). We are not told whether any attempt had ever been made to build the Temple that Ezekiel saw. but unto us they did minister the things. It was not long after his death that his kingdom was divided." "I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth. and give them warning from me" (Ezek.THE TEMPLE OF EZEKIEL'S VISION The Temple that Ezekiel saw in his vision. and this is all we require. Here was a man filled with wisdom and understanding such as no king in Israel had ever known. and the fashion thereof. whose burden it was to turn the hearts of the people back to God. and even unto this day." All we have concerning Solomon's Temple is the word concerning it. (See Acts 3:24) Unto them it was revealed "that not unto themselves.CHAPTER 4 . and loving God with all his heart in his youth." It would still have to go the way of all the other temples. as they have been to those who have studied his prophecies all down through the ages. He even erected idolatrous high places for them right near Jerusalem. shew them the form of the house. and take some of the people into captivity. The obstacles in understanding Ezekiel's prophecy must have been as insurmountable to the teachers of Israel in his day. God's promise was conditional: "Thou son of man. But . Repeatedly God told Ezekiel that his mandate was not to bring a word against the foreign nations around him. and permitted the great empires surrounding them to harass them. shew the house to the house of Israel. to worship the false deities of the nations about him. was never built according to the pattern that Ezekiel was given. The time came when God gave the nation over to judgment. But even if it had been built. Apostasy seems almost to have been the norm in the history of God's people. The life of Solomon presents us with one of the greatest tragedies mentioned in the Bible. There had been several deportations from both Israel and Judah before the final desolation of Jerusalem and the plundering of the Temple by the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar. but to "the House of Israel. unless there was genuine national repentance and a turning toward God by the sinful nation. and then a turning away from God. Ezekiel. it would still have been but a type and shadow of the real Temple "not made with hands. which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you" (1 Pet. that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. Nor did God ever promise it would be. and the description of which occupies much of his prophecy. 3:17). spoke of "these days" following the resurrection of Christ. and the goings out thereof. and eventually come to desolation. 43:10-11). And if they be ashamed of all that they have done. It was during one of these deportations that Ezekiel was taken captive from Judah. Yet all through this time of apostasy God was faithful to send prophets. to make way for the "true tabernacle that the Lord pitched and not man. and the comings in thereof" (Ezek.
The Cherubim Of Glory In the Tabernacle of Moses and in Solomon's Temple what we have seen is primarily type and shadow: embroidered figures of the cherubim..as we have often pointed out. Who are They? It is evident from the scriptures that they are a very high order of celestial beings. but reluctantly. Their presence in the holy place. particularly pertaining to His awesomeness. Because redeemed man is to occupy such an intimate place with God. God has therefore commissioned the highest of His heavenly creation to identify with the sons of God. But both Ezekiel and John were given a commission to take what they had seen and show it to the people. and not just ordinary angels. He must move in total union and harmony with the Kingdom of Heaven. who was caught up into the third heaven and saw things that were "not lawful for a man to utter. And yet in and through it all gave us a promise that He would return again in the fullness of time. Of course. or cherubim carved from olive wood. 3:24). in every hour of abomination God begins to prepare a remnant through whom He will fulfill His purposes. it was because of opposition from "the prince of the kingdom of Persia" (Dan. 10:13). and bring a new thing into being. But this time it is to open up the way for man that he might return to the tree of life. God "placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims. Therefore in redemption. and in the most holy place. And therefore we may expect in the hour of consummation they will once again be associated with man. But in Ezekiel and in the book of Revelation we have a glimpse into the realities of the heavenly realm.. When Daniel's prayers were hindered. before he could bring forth a clear and meaningful Word to the people of God. and literally "eat the book"--the Word must become a vital part of His very being. Man's relationship with the celestial order is accompanied with a lot of mystery. according as we need it. when man is once again brought back into the presence of God's the cherubim are again involved. But first Ezekiel must see the glory of God.. and the Prince of Persia was defeated. withdrew from His habitation. and we do not seek to inquire above that which is written. is God Word to us that they are thoroughly identified with man in God glorious plan of redemption." We cannot even surmise how and in what form He saw these things. They are always identified with the presence of God. Then having delivered the message to Daniel he returned "to fight with the prince of Persia. The battle lasted 21 days. a place that is far above that of any other created being. take up His habitation in a new Temple not made with the hands of men. and those spiritual powers that emanate from the Throne of God. but it is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to lead us into truth. Immediately after the Fall. and so these heavenly realities have been depicted in some kind of form that men can relate to. Let us observe in Ezekiel's writings how the glory of God surely. From the very beginning the Cherubim have been associated with man." and suggested that he may also have . and His majesty. From Daniel we understand that there is a close identity with spiritual powers in the heavens and their counterparts in the earth. and a flaming sword which turned every way. and send forth a River of Life that would bring healing to the nations.. The archangel Michael (who stands up for the people of God in Daniel 12:1) came and joined the fray. even then God must show us things in the likeness of things on earth. to keep the way of the tree of life" (Gen. His holiness. and saw things as they really were. Ezekiel saw the heavens opened.. for how else could He relate to us in a language we can understand? It was somewhat different in the case of Paul.. and returned to His place in the heavens. etc.
O Lucifer. The sons of Israel are spoken of as having certain animal characteristics: one tribe has the symbol of the lion." the hypocrisy of the Pharisees to "serpents" or "vipers. a whirlwind came out of the north. "the prince of the power of the air"). 14:13-14). So Isaiah clearly identifies the "king of Babylon" with "Lucifer. behold. There is an earthly king of Babylon. also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. But as a corporate people of God we also have the Cherubim as our spiritual allies. which he described in almost identical language: "And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne. and the second beast like a calf. and this is the meaning of the word "Satan. A Corporate Four-Faced Man The "heavens were opened" to Ezekiel as he sat with the captives by the river of Chebar. but in prophetic insight. through the earthly king of Babylon. "full of wisdom. John speaks of Jesus as the Iamb of God. And the first beast was like a lion. another of the adder. "from the midst of the stones of fire. This explains why "the prince of Tyrus" is spoken of. not only as a man trafficking in "gold and silver"--as earthly kings and rulers do-but also as a celestial being. suddenly he sees the situation as something that originated in the heavens: "How art thou fallen from heaven. a hind let loose. but there is his spiritual counterpart ("the god of this world". or a wolf.." the craftiness of Herod to a "fox. who rules over the corrupt political." who was "in Eden the garden of God. These creatures were not animals as we know them. son of the morning". 28:115. as Isaiah prophesied concerning the "king of Babylon" (Isa. 12). "I will ascend into heaven. And every one had four faces.) There are many who have actually seen these ministering angels. But with our feeble understanding God has seen fit to relate heavenly realities to us in language we can understand so we might know the significance of what He is saying. for it was Lucifer that was working behind the scenes.. . a great cloud." (See Ezek. and the third beast had a face as a man. And Jesus likens His own to "sheep." Knowing the nature of these animals we understand why these illustrations were used. who oppressed the nations. John on Patmos saw the same creatures. 10:20). 1:46). and a brightness was about it. 1:14.." The king of Babylon was a real man. a serpent.. they had the likeness of a man. and this is what he saw: "And I looked.warfare with "the prince of Grecia" (Dan. and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle" (Rev. and round about the throne. As the heirs of salvation. and every one had four wings" (Ezek. and religious systems of the world. and perfect in beauty. and a fire infolding itself. till "iniquity was found in him" and he was cast out as "profane" from the Mountain of God. The one who said in ages past. or a strong ass. what a comfort it is to know that we have angels (or ministering spirits) sent from God to minister on our behalf.) So he was one of the cherubim." and who had the title "the anointed cherub that covereth. 4:5-7). 14:4). And this was their appearance. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. and this is what we want to consider in greater detail. I will be like the Most High" (Isa. were four beasts [living ones] full of eyes before and behind. economic. So it is evident there was a spiritual counterpart of the earthly kings of Persia and Grecia. to oppress the earth and God's people. (See Heb. son of the morning" (vs. connected with the throne of God." From this point on he becomes God's "adversary". and.
They saw these four faces of certain animals. disdainful of the cares and pursuits of mankind. whose kingdom was to be eternal. sudden and devastating in his attack on the enemy. the prophets saw the likeness of a man. detached from earthly pursuits and activities. 1:4. for in Christ all genealogy has come to a complete and final end. tempted. tried." (Paul classifies "genealogies" along with "fables. teachable. powerful." He is ever about His Father's business. They only minister "questions. one who rules and reigns in power and authority. and commissioned to minister on behalf of those whom He has chosen for this high calling. unseeking. relentless in pursuit of his prey." They serve no purpose. the obedient One. and conquering as Man. And in their four faces we are reminded of the character of Christ Himself: The Face of a Man. Here we see Him as the Lion." See 1 Tim. Watchful. and to Abraham. He is the Last Adam." disputes that lead to strife. And the Cherubim are there in the heavens as our spiritual counterpart. just as they were once commissioned to "keep the way of the tree of life" and to bar sinful man from the presence of God. but He will have others like Him. Christ is portrayed here as a servant. The Face of a Lion. because the Second Man must come forth from the First Man in order to bring about our redemption. laborious. and approved in the crucible of human life. content with a handful of corn as he treads out the grain on the threshing floor.. And so the apostle tells us to ignore "endless genealogies. For He was Man in every sense of the word: acquainted with human suffering and aware of human need. .And so here in Ezekiel. But the Second Man came to begin a new race of beings like Himself. The Face of an Eagle. Now God has found such a Man in His only begotten Son. strong. Fearless. and finally giving up his life when his days of usefulness are over. Who cares about the genealogy of a servant? Luke. but Ezekiel said the cherubim had the likeness of a man (1:5). Remember this. Faithful. having a free and soaring spirit. The keyword in Mark is "straightway. Here we see the Man.) We must find our genealogy in union with the Second Man. His genealogy is carefully traced right back to David. He is King. the father of the nation of Israel. oriented to heavenly places. He is just a servant. Mark. the ideal Man. the Lord from heaven. This is therefore the last genealogy in the Bible. And as we would expect for a King. or to perpetuate the genealogy that came to an end when Christ died on the cross. and in the book of Revelation. the Lion of the tribe of Judah. The Face of an Ox. unassuming. submissive. Mark recounts no genealogy. Jesus the perfect Son of Man is beautifully portrayed with these four faces. the king of beasts. the last of that old race. in the four Gospels: Matthew.. rather than "godly edifying. His genealogy is traced right back to the first man. Here we have the Ox. or we remain under the curse of the first man. How then could there be another genealogy? You do injustice to the One Who fulfilled all genealogy if you go about trying to establish another one.
the Son of God said.. powerful. who said: "I will ascend. . We must always recognize that we "see through a glass darkly" and that we only "know in part. to live together. Without this difficult yet glorious combination. the Water of Life. and some Christians think because we are men we must go to heaven to enter into that kind of perfect obedience. all of which are very commendable." Rather. the Ox.. very down to earth in their approach to life and ministry. and cause us to walk in the pathway that has for its intention the reproduction of the Christ-life within us. and the Lion opposite the Ox. But there are times when along with this character we need to stand unfalteringly in the face of the foe when an assault is made against God's people. His is a free and soaring spirit.. "Just pray about it. God will work it out. unrelenting.. Then there is the Eagle and Man combination.. the Word that was "with God" and "was God. Therefore we are exhorted to "Let this mind be in you. unassuming. bold. Once again there is no genealogy.. It is just not natural for the Lion and the Ox to work together. making for an improper balance: strong as a lion. the Bread of Life. I will be like the Most High. the Lion. we could become very much one-faced and one-sided. for John's Gospel is about the Logos. become involved in works of . the Resurrection and the Life.John. hard-working.. I will become a servant. I will become a slave. Wherefore God hath exalted Him. the Eagle. He humbled Himself.. and only in union with Christ do we know this blending of meekness with strength: of the lowliness of true manhood with the nature and character of God. 2:10). And so it is John who speaks about the Word of Life. He is the Divine One. to be together. "I certainly will not stand for that. "I will go down. but so unlike Christ without the humility and meekness of the ox. With the Lion-face we might say." and take matters into our own hands. And so we find these four faces in pairs: the Eagle opposite the Man.. We have those in the Church who are very human. the Man. He lives in the heavenlies.. It is far... I will become a man. far from the way of Lucifer.. They are concerned about human need: do what they can to alleviate human suffering." Notice these four faces of the Cherubim in the passage we have quoted: He was in the form of God.. Here we see the Eagle." when there is need for bold action. Notice that these characteristics are opposites." But it is evident from the scriptures that these living creatures in the heavens have been commissioned of the Lord to minister to His people in the earth. which was also in Christ Jesus: who." His was a timeless beginning. Or we might be humble. Now Jesus came from heaven to earth that as Man He might walk in the pathway of sonship and be made "perfect through sufferings" (Heb... He emptied Himself and became. But with the Ox-face we might say. 2:5-7). It is here on earth that the Lord would teach us His way.... ... 'he emptied himself']" (Phil. This is the pathway to the throne. But God must have these two faces in one... submissive. being in the form of God.. 'a thing to be grasped after'] to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation [or. Even on earth He was the "Son of man which is in heaven" as He walked in union with the Father. as a slave. thought it not robbery [or. the Light of Life. to agree.
and by simply walking in the Spirit we find ourselves walking in total harmony and union with the armies of heaven... no real sense of responsibility.. But of course we can go to the other extreme: completely withdraw from human associations in order to draw near to God. and surround the throne--immersed in light. But very often we do not find these people in the least concerned about making God their supreme quest in life. as the living creatures stand before the throne.. or in fact even desiring to know anything more about the deeper life--the life that is hid with Christ in God. or walking in intimate fellowship with Him. .. Even into his ears. Man loves the city life.. And my cry came before him. 1:15). while the eagle disdains it. and the freedom of the heavens. with his four faces" (Ezek. It is just not natural to do so. The Wheels Of God's Purposes We have caught a glimpse of the heavenly scene. And of course this is part of following Christ. Impossible! But this is what Ezekiel saw. the face of the Man and the face of the Eagle together with the face of the Ox and the face of the Lion. And they make sly jokes about the man who is "so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good"--a slogan that has been quoted so much. so as to have at one and the same time.. and for those who come into union with Him. Now this is just impossible! Faces on four sides. Ezekiel saw a connecting link with the earth. David was in great trouble and he cried unto God. "Behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures. They are just too busy working for God. In Psalm 18 we have a beautiful picture of an incident in David's life that caused the LORD of Hosts to mobilize all the armies of heaven on his behalf.charity to help the poor and needy. Then the earth shook and trembled. 1:9). But God in His plan for His people would work in us the nature of Christ. It is a simple case of the Man and the Eagle refusing to associate.." God has set in motion in the heavens those spiritual forces and operations that are necessary to combat the powers of darkness. and each face going straight forward! "Whither the spirit was to go. 12). "Thy Kingdom come. Not a twofaced man but a four-faced man--each face walking straight forward! "They turned not when they went. and to press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling. in earth as it is in heaven. and reverberating the commands of God--here on earth "the wheels of the Cherubim" begin to move and rotate in perfect union with their counterparts in the heavens. and no thought of getting involved with mankind and their problems.. always seeking to fellowship with God on a higher plane. become involved with deeper truths.. some almost think it is a scripture. but here we are on earth. And this is what God has designed. and they turned not when they went" (vs.. they went. How can we identify with it? Well. So. By faith and obedience and submission to the will of God we are able to strengthen our bonds with the Kingdom of Heaven. and to bring His chosen ones in the earth the help and the support that they need to be totally victorious. he wants the loneliness of the mountain tops. The age-long prayer of the Church has been. The foundations also of the hills moved And were shaken. And cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of his temple... they went every one straight forward" (Ezek. for His Son. And in pursuing all this there may be no concern for human need. and look what happened: "In my distress I called upon the LORD.. Thy will be done.
then surely the Eagle must be flying backwards. As dying. As poor. and not killed. But no! Each face moves straight forward. There are so many opposites in our lives that we often wonder if we are going in the right direction. But in God's plan and purpose there is no disharmony. the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth. behold we live. we are going to find ourselves in complete accord with the movements of the heavenly realm. the wheels were lifted up. Everything that God does is but a part of a far greater work that He has in mind. When those went. The inner wheel seems to be moving right. As unknown. for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. and. As having nothing. and did fly: Yea. 18:6-10). . he did fly upon the wings of the wind" (Psa. It sounds like a total mobilization of the armies of heaven. and when those stood.. Paul speaks of these opposites. By honour and dishonour. the wheels were lifted up over against them" (Ezek. and yet true.. And he rode upon a cherub. As chastened. and it was set in motion when a man of God in the midst of great distress called upon the LORD. It is just that we cannot understand. By evil report and good report: As deceivers. What perfect harmony and coordination! A Wheel Within A Wheel "And their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel" (Ezek. If we see the Ox going straightforward. and God heard his cry. Or if we see the Man walking straight forward. and when those were lifted up from the earth. He bowed the heavens also. We see the one wheel in motion and we cannot reconcile it with our understanding because there is another wheel going in an opposite direction. 6:7-10). and shows how it takes the opposites to bring forth the life that is approved in God's sight: "By the armour of righteousness On the right hand and on the left. And fire out of his mouth devoured: Coals were kindled by it. these went.Because he was wroth. As sorrowful. As we come into union with Christ and walk in harmony with God. 1:16).. then surely the Lion must be backing up. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils. and came down: And darkness was under his feet. and yet possessing all things" (2 Cor. and then we look without and the outer wheel seems to be contrary.. yet making many rich. 1:19-21). "And when the living creatures went. yet alway rejoicing. and yet well known. these stood.
there is a great calm! God help us to "set our affections on those things which are above. walking upon the sea. the glory of the LORD stood there. and to warn the people of the judgments that lay before them. and then the winds are contrary. He was moving in the Spirit. and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing. "Then I arose. and to Jerusalem itself. 15). For it is only as we become oriented to heavenly realities that we will be able to minister truth and righteousness in the earth. and yet that pathway does not always seem to lead them to the proper goal. It is not true that we can become so heavenly-minded that we are of no earthly-good! It is only the heavenly mind. Let us observe briefly how the Glory of God moved in the midst of the captive people along with His servant Ezekiel. he would be absolutely dumb until God gave him a word.. and gives them the Word from His heart that His people need. to remove the veil of darkness and unbelief that lies upon the hearts of men.God's chosen ones are called upon to experience much perplexity as they seek to walk in a pathway that they know the Lord requires. then I came to them of the captivity" (Ezek. For seven days he sat dumb.. And when He steps into the boat. behold. They minister effectually only when God opens their mouth. as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar" (Ezek. Abominations In The Temple With this glorious introduction into the heavenly realm. 1. His mandate was a very heavy burden for him to bear.. and they fear they will flounder. to see and to observe the abominations that have defiled God's people. Ezekiel was carried by the Spirit to the people that were already in captivity. and minister (like the wheels of the Cherubim) in union with the Glory of God. Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place. 3:23). nothing he would say would he effective. They move forward at the command of the Lord. and finally returned to His habitation in the heavens." As a watchman set there in Israel by God. that will enable His servants to show forth the Light of the Gospel in a world of sin and darkness. 3:12-13. Nothing to say. 2. and that we are under the watch-care of the Lord of Hosts.. The Glory With The Captivity "Then the Spirit took me up." Cause us to know that we are partakers of a heavenly calling. and cause them to see the outshining of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. the mind of Christ. citizens of another world. and they find themselves getting nowhere. There Ezekiel sat down astonished with the other captives. and he needed the vision of the Glory of God to know the strength and the assurance that he would move in harmony with the spiritual world. and the armies of Heaven. Unless God would speak. Then God spoke and gave him a commission and a mandate to be "a watchman unto the house of Israel. and He comes to them in the darkness of the night. and went forth into the plain: and. and hoist their sail for the other shore. The Glory At The Inner Gate Of The Temple . Then when God opened his mouth he would speak. I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another. Then in their distress they cry unto the Lord. God's prophets must learn that they do not minister to the people because they are prophets... and the noise of the wheels. saying. where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God.
whereupon he was. there are a lot of creeping things in the House of God today. to the threshold of the house" (Ezek. and showed him all the abominations that were being perpetrated by an apostate priesthood. let us be assured that His Glory is coming to His Temple once again in this hour. But first He would put a "mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof" (Ezek. and the city full of perverseness: for they say. 3. and the LORD seeth not" (Ezek. But first God must judge His sanctuary. 8:3-4). Ezekiel. but it will not change the rebellious and obstinate of heart. and the land is full of blood. the leader of the elders offering incense to false gods. The sound of His glory reverberated throughout the whole Temple.... the glory of the God of Israel was there" (Ezek.. God said. and they were in mourning because of this. 10:4).. Beloved. 9:3). And. and stood over the threshold of the house. idols portrayed upon the wall. God was about to judge His sanctuary. 4. to purge and to purify His people from the abominations that are committed in our midst. to turn them from their evil ways. Yet He is merciful and in the midst of these abominations He visits His people. "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great. right at the gate where the priests would enter and depart in their priestly service. and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem... but it was too late. and there are going to be some strong words against it by His anointed servants.. which provoketh to jealousy. 9:9)... and cleanse it. and the Spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven.. The Glory Fills The House "Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub. Beloved."And he put forth the form of an hand.. And when this happens His Word will go forth "even to the outer court. men worshipping the sun in the location of the brazen sea (between the porch and the altar)." There are those in the Church who have gone no further than the altar and the sacrifice. where was the seat of the image of jealousy. where God had intended a washing and a cleansing of His people. Jealous is one of His names (Ex. There were creeping things in the house of God: abominable beasts. When His Glory comes to His people it will mean cleansing and purifying for the people of God who submit to His dealings. "If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness. and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD's glory" (Ezek. The LORD hath forsaken the earth. no matter how great are the abominations.. 9:4). Jesus has warned us. The Glory Moves To The Door Of The House "And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub. how great is that darkness!" (Matt. even to the outer court. 84:14). a true priest and watchman.. and took me by a lock of mine head. . to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north. God is a jealous God. Here they had erected an altar to another deity. cried aloud unto God when His judgments began to fall. And God will spare them in the day of His wrath. and the house was filled with the cloud. Yet even these areas are going to see and behold His Glory when the House is filled with the Lord's brightness. Then the Lord took Ezekiel on a tour of the Temple area. 6:23). God always preserves for Himself a faithful remnant. women at one of the gates weeping over a heathen god (Tammuz) who was believed to have died. behold.
5. The Glory Moves To The Eastern Gate "Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims... the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD's house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above" (Ezek. 10:18-19). God had purged the sanctuary; for His judgments must always begin at the house of God. Now He would begin to deal with Jerusalem the people who had no part in the priesthood but who were nevertheless a part of the nation. As Ezekiel prophesied to them concerning the impending judgments of God one of the princes of the people fell down dead. Beloved, when the Glory of God returns to His people we are going to witness some very severe judgments. In the early Church we are told "no man durst join himself" to this company of believers, because of the fear of God in their midst. No need to advertise the meetings in those days. The people will know all about it, and will stay away, unless they are prepared to come face-toface with God in His holy Temple. It was not Peter that slew Ananias and Sapphira. It was the glory of God that was in their midst and cleansing and judging His Temple. When the prince of the people fell down dead, Ezekiel fell on his face before God and cried aloud for God to have mercy. We feel greatly concerned and fearful for God's ministers who boast, or secretly rejoice, in the judgments of God that have fallen on those who opposed them. God's true priests will lament such drastic dealings, and cry unto God for mercy. And now in the midst of a heavy word of judgment, God brings forth the promise of a New Covenant: "I will give them one heart, And I will put a new spirit within you; And I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, And will give them an heart of flesh" (Ezek. 11:19). Ezekiel has much to say about the New Covenant. When the law has fulfilled its purpose, and man has recognized his total failure before God, God reveals a New Covenant that cannot fail, because it is entirely the work of His own Spirit living in the hearts of men. God did not promise Israel a New Covenant because of any worthiness in them, but in spite of their sin and rebellion. God emphasizes this: "Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen" (Ezek. 36:22). We need to remember this, when we get to wondering how we could ever have a revival of God's glory. God is not doing it for our sakes, but for His holy Name's sake! He is jealous for His holy Name's sake. He will not tolerate His holy Name being polluted in the earth because of those who are called by His Name, and He is going to do something about it! He is going to have a holy and a cleansed people in the earth, for His own Name's sake! 6. The Glory Moves To The Mountain On The East "And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city" (Ezek. 11:23).
And so Jesus, the Glory of God in human form, led His disciples out as far as Bethany, on the east of Jerusalem, and from there returned unto the bosom of the Father. But as surely as the Glory of God departs, He will come again, And on the Day of Pentecost, just 50 days after His resurrection, He came back again in the fullness of His Presence and Glory. Once again there was a "voice of a great rushing" that Ezekiel heard. Once again the glory of the LORD was in "His place" (Ezek. 3:12). "And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting" (Acts 2:2). Where were they sitting? Not in an upper room, but in the "house." No doubt in the old Temple that was devoid of the glory, for we are told that the disciples, after the ascension of Jesus, "were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God" (Lk. 24:53). And right there in that old temple--which had served its purpose--God was bringing forth a new Temple, the Church of the living God, one "not made with hands," but "living stones" of a far greater Temple, "a habitation of God through the Spirit." Jesus went away from Bethany, which means "house of figs" or "dates." And He will come back to Bethany, before He is seen of the world. He comes to the fruitful people. He comes for the perfect fruit. "Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain" (Jas. 5:7). The Great High Priest In The Heavenly Sanctuary "But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises" (Heb. 8:6). Our High Priest is faithfully performing His ministry in the heavens... which is "more excellent" than any earthly ministry could ever be. He is mediating the New Covenant that God promised lie would fulfill in His people. And as Ezekiel tells us, it is for His holy Name's sake that He must have this cleansed and holy Temple in the earth. Too long has His Name been blasphemed among the nations. His glory will yet come back to His Temple... and this cleansed and sanctified Temple occupies much of the latter part of Ezekiel's prophecy. "And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory" (Ezek. 43:2). Daniel saw the same One: "His face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude" (Dan. 10:6). John saw Him also: "In the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as aflame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters" (Rev. 1:13-15). As we compare these scriptures we can't avoid recognizing that these prophets are describing the same awesome Man, though perhaps in different settings. It was from the eastern gate that the Glory departed from the old temple. And Ezekiel saw Him returning "from the way of the east"... His voice was "like a noise of many waters," because now He is in union with the many springs of water from Zion, joined unto Him in
one Body. "And the earth shined with His glory" because this new Temple will be everywhere in the earth, wherever the people of the Lord may dwell: "And the LORD will create Upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, And upon her assemblies, A cloud and smoke by day, And the shining of a flaming fire by night: For upon all the glory shall be a defence [or, a covering]" (Isa. 4:5). One Holy City, one Mount Zion... but comprised of many "assemblies" who gather in His Name throughout all the earth, with He the Lord of Glory, the LORD, in their midst. Rivers Of Water From The Temple "And, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward... down from under the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar" (Ezek. 47:1). In a former vision Ezekiel heard the noise of the wings of the cherubim "like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host" (Ezek. 1:24). Great waters... the voice of the Almighty... the noise of a host! No wonder, for it is the heavenly hosts in union with the earthly hosts... the cherubim and the wheels... the many sons in union with the Only Begotten, and accompanied by all the allied armies of the celestial realm. John saw the One like unto the Son of man, "clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle." He is our great High Priest in the heavens. The Greek word for "paps" here is "mastos", a word that is used only of a woman; for it is Christ in union with His Bride, in one Body. "His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow," for the hoary head speaks of maturity and wisdom, For He is the Ancient of Days that Daniel saw, but now joined unto a Body that has come to maturity and full stature--a holy Bride that has become one with Him. "His eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass," for He walks in the fullness of illumination and understanding, discerns all hidden things, walks in purity and holiness and righteousness with feet that have known the judgments of the brazen altar, and the fiery cleansing of the brazen sea. "And the voice of his words was like the voice of a multitude" (Dan. 10:6)... "as the sound of many waters" (Rev. 1:15). Many, many voices mingling together in the Body of Christ; no longer with the confusion of Babel such as we know today... rather with the flowing harmony of many springs of water that flow together in the great River of God. Ezekiel saw this great river flowing out from the Temple of God, "which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed" (Ezek. 47:8). John saw the same river. "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb" (Rev. 22:1). And the psalmist saw it too... "There is a river, The streams whereof shall make glad The city of God, The holy place of the tabernacles Of the most High" (Psa. 46:4). The River of God... full of water... a river that heals the land whithersoever it floweth.
.." Still upward! Still upward! Still upward! Ours is a "high calling"--an "upward calling. For the cleansing of the leper in the Old Testament a living bird must be dipped in "living water" (that is. Refreshing waters from the House of the LORD to water the land. clean flowing water) that contained the blood of a dead bird.. and with leaves "for the healing of the nations. But we must comment briefly on this beautiful and almost poetic passage in Ezekiel 41:7: "And there was an enlarging. to cause fertility and growth. this fountain contains the ingredient of "precious Blood. and cause them to know that there are realms in the length and the breadth and the height and the depth of His love that we have never known! "The high calling of God in Christ Jesus" is an upward calling (Phil..." And new wine to bring joy instead of mourning. And all the rivers of Judah Shall flow with waters. And a fountain shall come forth Of the house of the LORD.Let us notice the characteristics of this pure River. even as He is pure. And shall water the valley of Shittim" (Joel 3:18)." It is the River of God that flows with pure. The fountain that was opened "to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness" (Zech. how God desires to lift the veil from the eyes of His people.. and to bring forth all manner of fruit each season. and to gladden the hearts of men. And a winding about still upward To the side chambers: For the winding about of the house Went still upward round about the house: Therefore the breadth of the house Was still upward.. because it also flows with milk. and new wine." Oh. But after the cleansing. And the hills shall flow with milk. there is nourishment from it also. 13:1). and causes them to be "pure.. That the mountains shall drop down new wine. clean. If we see only the height of the call we would be inclined to say it is too high! But it is . And the milk of truth to nourish and strengthen the little ones! The "sincere milk of the Word" that God has provided for babes in Christ! There is so much in Ezekiel's vision that we have not touched upon. 3:14).. "And it shall come to pass in that day.." It is the Spirit of God flowing in the hearts and lives of God's people that washes them in the blood of Christ. refreshing water from the throne of God.
angels. Peter declared that "unto us" they were ministering words of truth that "are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven" (1 Pet. however. Nevertheless. 32:1). showing how in God's plan and purpose He would continue to move from Tent to Tent. far inferior to what they had known in the old Temple of Solomon. Beloved. as Peter tells us: "Searching what. We need only to take one step at a time. 3:10).THE TEMPLE OF ZERUBBABEL We are not going to deal with the Temple of Zerubbabel at length because we dealt with it in a previous writing (The Feast of Tabernacles). cherubim and seraphim. whom God hath sent into the earth to minister on our behalf. O earth. and God's eternal wisdom shines forth from the Church. and in the hearts of the scribes and teachers in Israel. It was not as clear to the prophets as it is to some of our modern theologians who can read the Old Testament and immediately pinpoint it as a prophecy to be fulfilled at the second coming in a very literal and carnal way. the many-sided aspects of the wisdom of God]" (Eph. And hear. Of course after the captivity had ended there was a new sense of expectancy as the faithful remnant returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the temple. O ye heavens. and follow as He gives more grace. For the apostle Paul tells that the intent of the Gospel is that "now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by [or. And now as the Kingdom of Heaven takes root in the earth. Redeemed man knows more about these things than they do. along with this sense of expectancy there must have been a lot of disappointment in the hearts of the builders of the temple. and I will speak. we need to be very suspicious. Moses would declare unto the heavens a word that would reveal the wisdom of God. God. But we will comment upon it briefly so as to keep the continuity of the seven temples. CHAPTER 5 . Moses in great boldness said: "Give ear." They must have found it difficult to reconcile what they were hearing from the mouths of the prophets with what they were seeing before their eyes. look down upon us and seek to pry into the hidden secrets of our redemption in Christ Jesus. the words of my mouth" (Deut. until He finds for Himself a true habitation in the Spirit. But if they start to give teachings that pertain to our redemption. archangels. or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify" (1 Pet. and as we have observed. They do not understand it.an upward calling. Certainly what they were seeing was far. the very heavens themselves are stirred with wonderment as the celestial beings. But the prophets would inquire of the Lord as to what time they were referring. let us not get unduly excited about angelic visitations. David cried unto God. revealed to these prophets that they wrote of a people who would be living in the day and hour following the sufferings of the Christ. We thank the Lord for the angels. the very heavens mobilized their forces for battle. except as they see it unfolded through a redeemed people in the earth. They are seeking to learn from us. Peter tells us that even the angels "desire to look into" these things. For God had said. 1:12). . "The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former. God is using the Church to bring forth into the heavens this glorious revelation of the wisdom of the Cross. 1:11). through] the church the manifold wisdom of God [or. After Solomon's time we have nothing but continual deterioration in the kingdom as well as in temple worship.
but as it has always happened with the temples of God. and even spirits cried out: "Jesus I know. Oh. to lead them. to draw them closer to Himself. What God intended as an outstretched arm to draw men unto Himself... and when he walked in obedience to the Lord and in the sufferings of the Cross. and the builders of God's temples.. . 9:11). Many.. must learn the age-enduring lesson of patience. many of God's chosen ones have passed off the scene feeling that they had failed to see the Glory of God for which they had waited. he penetrated the world of darkness. "Come from the four winds.. Teachings for which God's chosen ones have suffered great persecution and even martyrdom: The Most High God dwelleth not in temples made with hands! God in His mercy provides His people with these instruments of His grace to teach them. that men might learn the clear teachings of scripture. How could they have known that God's real intention concerned not the temple they were building.. There are so many things we cannot reconcile with God's Word and promises. 8:2.Joshua commanded the sun and the moon to stand still. And man in the perverted state of his heart takes the instruments of God's grace and makes of them religious idols and garments of hypocrisy. This is what happened in the nation of Israel. and this is what has happened throughout the era of the Church. This must have left them greatly concerned. and the real intent of Zechariah's prophecy.. take the thing He has given us. was the real intent of Haggai's prophecy." For when Paul spoke the heavens heard what he said. But this Glory that the prophets spoke about was for the "Latter House. we accept it from His hand.. Because of his life and his identification with the Cross. Ezekiel prophesied unto "the wind" over the dry bones." not for Zerubbabel and the faithful remnant. bringing great fear upon them. whether or not we see the full intention of His heart realized in our day and generation. And so the prophets of old.THE TEMPLE OF HEROD THE GREAT The restoration Temple of Zerubbabel served its intended purpose for many generations.. But this does not mean that they have fallen short of what God had promised. the world of darkness became aware of it.. and breathe upon these slain that they may live. change it. God would have us to simply walk in obedience. and Paul I know. and that the temple they were building was but a type and shadow of the real. push God to one side. the Perfect Tabernacle. The True Tabernacle.." and the dead bones began to arise and stand in battle array. Paul was known in heavenly places. in a vain attempt to gain approval and favor in His sight. invariably they come to desolation and ruin. O breath. but "the true tabernacle" which the Lord would pitch in the fullness of time. and their minds filled with many questions. and the real intent of Ezekiel's prophecy (Heb.. Where was the Glory that Haggai told us about? Where was the shining forth of God's presence? Where was Urim and Thummim that would give us infallible counsel and guidance for the people of God? Where was the holy fire that ought to have burned on the mercy seat? Where was the Cloud of Glory? It just wasn't there. It only means that for them there still remains a better resurrection"! CHAPTER 6 .
and very severe: "Take away your sacrifices. "For thus saith the high and lofty One That inhabiteth eternity. 66:3. And trembleth at my word" (Isa.) And why does God speak this way? Because these offerings that God once ordained through Moses were only symbolic and only acceptable when they were brought to God with a humble and contrite heart. And the earth is my footstool: Where is the house That ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest?.. I dwell in the high and holy place.. and holy water. a shrine to the Most High God? What does He care about the blood of bullocks and goats? What does He care about offerings of incense. And it was only a valid temple because He foresaw and foreordained a spiritual Temple in the fullness of time to take its place. The beautiful temples that God ordained throughout Israel's history were only intended as a place where He might meet with His people through sacrifice...? How difficult it has been for God's prophets to penetrate into the hearts of God's erring ones and cause them to see and acknowledge the folly of their religious rituals! Sometimes their word had to be very hard.. 66:1-2).. and vestments. Even to him that is poor And of a contrite spirit. rebelliously going their own way. awaiting the day when the Lamb of God would come on the scene to put away sin "by the sacrifice of Himself. cut off a dog's neck and give Me that! You want to bring the blood of your oblations into My presence? Bring swine's blood. and candelabras. and domed temples. The heaven is my throne. "I don't want them! You are killing oxen to please Me? Go ahead and kill a man! You want to present Me with a lamb for a sacrifice? Go.. a temple. As if God needs a house to live in! As if Messiah wants a beautiful home in Jerusalem so He can have a nice resting place when He returns from His wearisome travels to the four corners of the earth! "Thus saith the LORD. and priestly turbans. and stained glass windows. it's all the same to Me!" (See Isa." God had to say through Isaiah the prophet. But now they bring them with a proud and arrogant heart. thinking we have done Him a great service! For what meaneth a building. and thinking they can give God some kind of religious offering to appease Him.pervert it. He would put His Name there. With him also that is of a contrite . Whose name is Holy.. But to this man will I look. mutilate it and then give it back to Him in pride and arrogance." They were only pleasing to God when the sinning Israelite would bring these out of a repentant heart and a sorrowful spirit because he had sinned against the LORD.
To complete it. And if we know and understand that out of the midst of that era there has emerged the very Kingdom of God. but "within were filled with dead men's bones." coming from the lips of the lowly Nazarene. But Israel was under Roman occupation and Herod hoped that he might pacify the Jews with this show of religious splendor.. and in the writings of ancient history. like polished sepulchers. Rather. Not that he had any particular love for the Jewish people." We hear such words as "hypocrites. Nor has He ever desired any other. This is the only temple God wants for His home. "This is the way I was brought up.. This is what our church teaches. away back in such-and-such a time." "vipers. and the way it is now in the Church. yet greatly weakened people.. 3.." "serpents. History relates that Herod employed thousands of men on the task. and warning the people to "beware" of them.. and perhaps cause them to forget their age-long vision of national greatness." But what does God say about it? Or does that not matter? 4. something like the one that Solomon had built many centuries earlier. the rest of the time having been spent in the construction of the various other buildings that comprised the Temple complex. The Priesthood And Leadership Were Gilded Jesus was constantly confronting the leaders with their sin and hypocrisy. however. let us notice the strong parallel that exists between the situation as it was then in the days of Israel. which were often strained to the breaking point as Rome sought to subjugate this proud. To revive the spirit of the humble. 2. but he would strengthen their ties with Rome. In this way He would not only secure his own kingdom. How up-to-date and modern! What God has said doesn't seem to matter anymore. 57:15). They Were Encumbered With Tradition Jesus accused the leaders of giving more honor to their traditions than they did to the Word of God.. Remnants of the old Temple were still there. and Herod the Great undertook to rebuild it and to make it exceedingly magnificent. and so thoroughly that it could almost be considered a new Temple. It Became A Financial Institution . These became one of the dogmas of our church. They were beautiful from without. as He denounced their hypocrisy. it took "46 years" (as we are told in the scriptures). as we gather from what is said about it in the Bible.And humble spirit. As we consider briefly some of the characteristics of the Temple of Herod. The Temple Was Magnificent The old Temple of Zerubbabel had gone into ruin and decay. It was exceedingly beautiful. And to revive the heart of the contrite ones" (Isa. but it was virtually rebuilt to its very foundations. can we not have great hope and confidence that in this hour of great corruption and apostasy there is yet to be revealed a glorious and triumphant Church? 1. and that the Temple was ready for use after a few years.
Perhaps a very small remnant. as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings.. Jesus called it "my Father's house. And there was still a righteous Joseph. when religious hypocrisy and sham abound everywhere. or a turtledove. and left it again to suffer without the Camp. When He had completed the work that He came to do He entered the gates of the old Temple for the last time. The Canaanite was the "trafficker" or the "merchantman" of that day! 5. and He Himself would be the Glory. 14:21). They had a good reason for what they were doing too. God had instituted it in the beginning. and a pure virgin Mary. There was still a Zecharias. But Jesus drove them all out of the Temple. and the pride. He Himself would be the "chief corner stone" of the new Temple. Jesus Recognized It As God's House In spite of all that we have observed about the corruption of Israel's last and most apostate Temple. a faithful intercessor who departed not from the Temple. who would be taken to that Temple as a babe in arms. There was still an Anna. They were just making a very convenient way for them to get what they needed. And in the centuries to come the very site of the Temple would become the . and ye would not! Behold. This is the stage that was set for the appearing of the Messiah. Certainly God wants His people to be liberally minded. your house is left unto you desolate" (Lk. with Elizabeth his wife. how encouraging it is to know that in the midst of it all there is still a holy remnant. for their sacrifices. We have a lot of that today. and the corruption that prevailed. There was still a Simeon. But God always takes delight in working through a "remnant". a mighty prophet who would seek to turn the hearts of the people back to God. He did not come to restore the old Temple. and lamented.." The reason is evident. but waited continually upon God as she longed for the restoration of His glory. and His ability to bring forth the glory and the hope of Israel with such a background as this.. and he would live to see Him there in that old Temple. and who will give of their means for the work of God. But He is going to overthrow the tables of the money chambers in the House of God once again. and God is going to deal with it: making merchandise of the gifts or talents or ministries that God has given. to whom God gave the promise of the Holy Child Jesus. and despite the veneer. 13:34-35). the true people of God were still there. or an ox. The prophet said the time would come when the Canaanite would be driven out of the House of the LORD (Zech.. a faithful priest.. And perhaps this is the most encouraging example we have in all scripture as to God's grace and power. and said. and eventually committed into the hands of a ruthless Roman general to destroy. who cherished the promise of one day actually seeing the Messiah. to be dedicated to the Lord." and so forth. 2:16).. that is true.. to whom the Lord promised a son that was to be named John. "Make not my Father's house an house of merchandise" (Jn. that He might have all the Glory! Jesus wept over the City of Jerusalem in His day. but to build a new one. and we have many ways of justifying the means that are used: "God needs this for His work. In this present hour.. The people must have a lamb. or that men have devised for the sake of base gain.We can bring forth some very good reasons why we must raise this money. "How often would I have gathered thy children together. and for their sakes God would not abandon it until His purposes had been accomplished. A new Temple was in the making! The old one would be given over to the abomination of desolation.
patience. they proceed from Himself. Only in the fullness of redemption could God release these inherent attributes and cause them to flow forth in regenerating grace. to remedy a situation that caught Him off guard! But may God help us to leave the mystery of it all where it belongs--in the heart and mind of God-and be content with the revelation of it that He has been pleased to give us. He begets His sons. But in redemption there is much more. in an attempt to justify God. a true habitation for Himself. as prophesied by Daniel (Dan. by virtue of WHO HE IS. Destroy this temple. And it is something that was never really accomplished in the original creation of Man. and mercy. 9:26-27). It would seem by this sovereign act of God that He would forever restrain Israel from erecting a structure and a system that He had utterly rejected and given over to desolation. And yet He must have a people with these attributes.site of a temple erected to the honor of a false prophet. The eternal longings of His heart must be realized in the creation which He brought into being for His own praise and glory. He cannot through sovereign omnipotence do anything that would be counter to His own nature of love. God would now bring forth a New Temple that would abide forever. in and through all His dealings with mankind. Therefore His sons are begotten. if He is to find true rest.. Why did it happen? God in His foreknowledge must have known it would happen.. the God Who will not and cannot rest until He finds rest in His people. they proceed from his own heart and nature. This is something God required. and in three days I will raise it up.. for the Mosque of Omar now stands on that very spot. If we are not careful we are apt to bring it down to our level of thinking. by wisdom and power alone. and long-suffering.THE TEMPLE WHICH IS HIS BODY "Jesus answered and said unto them. They are not created in the same way as other beings. that is true. In redemption there is restoration and recovery. for it is only in the outflow of His own heart of love.. Searching God The scriptures reveal God as the seeking. He cannot simply create these attributes within us by some sovereign stroke of His power. humility. And so we have before us the mystery of redemption. God must have a people like Himself if He is to find a true resting place. In redemption there is the unveiling and the shining forth of the very fullness of God's nature.. 21). though He is the sovereign God.. The Seeking. In olden times He found it necessary to move "from tent to tent" because the God of eternal purpose cannot linger long in a place or realm that falls short of reality. CHAPTER 7 .. The old temples had served their purpose. God Must Reveal Himself . He must be patient and long-suffering. therefore. And therefore. But he spake of the temple of his body" (Jn.. and long-suffering that He might reproduce these same qualities in His creatures. the full expression of His Being. a true place of delight. searching God. why did He not prevent it? It would almost seem that redemption was designed of God as an afterthought. And yet. 2:19. as if God in His eternal wisdom and omnipotence needs finite mortal man to justify Him! And so there are all kinds of reasonings about the Fall.
"Nay but. And therefore it is important for us to realize that redemption is a vital part of the "eternal purpose. he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of [or. In redemption the very fullness of the Godhead was manifest in Christ Jesus. but whatsoever he shall hear. I will send him unto you" (Jn. not just a state of recovery. coming to abide in His disciples in the earth. Then why did He come in the first place? With one sudden stroke it seemed that all their hopes for Kingdom power and glory were being swept away. For it is only in redemption that the very heart and nature of God is poured forth upon mankind. O man. in such a way that fallen men can actually partake of Divine likeness. Jesus stood alone . He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine. 13:8). the Spirit of truth. cause the Fall? And we could go on and on. Now the Holy Spirit would take up His cause. and would reprove the world of sin. As clearly as any language could express it. and shall shew it unto you" (Jn.Why do we say that God must reveal Himself? Well. But we must tread softly in these areas. and base our faith on what God has revealed. would be to them everything that Jesus was when He was here! Jesus was the Truth. How can Life be confined within the boundaries of an old creation? God is Love. 9:20-21). who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it. and thereby become a fitting habitation for the Most High. It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away. and not merely as a provision of God that came about as a necessary consequence of the Fall. And so Christ is portrayed as "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. Of course this brings forth all kinds of questions to the natural mind. How shall Light remain forever secluded in thick darkness? God is Life. but if I depart. 16:13-14). Let us learn to proceed no further with vain reasoning when the logical conclusions of our finite minds run counter to the stream of revelation. the Holy Spirit would be that same Spirit of Truth abiding within them.. because of Who He is there must come forth somewhere in the fullness of His operations in Creation. and not on human reasoning. Jesus was telling His disciples that the Holy Spirit. Jesus had been the only real reprover of sin in the world. the Comforter will not come unto you. a complete unveiling of Himself. from] himself.. Let us just know and understand and rejoice in the fact that God the Almighty "worketh all things after the counsel of his own will" (Eph. The apostle Paul has one answer for these and similar questions. and be assured that in the end all creation will recognize and understand that God the Most High. of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour. that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. not just an afterthought in the heart and mind of God. Why did God make a man that He knew would sin? Did God. How can Love be forever stifled for the lack of objects toward whom He can express the fullness of Love? Therefore it is only in redeemed Man that we find the full unveiling of God's Glory. 16:7). has done that which is RIGHT! The Glorious Dispensation Of The Holy Spirit It was a day of great sorrow for the disciples when their Lord made the announcement that He was going to leave them. from the beginning unto the end. Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay. and another unto dishonour?" (Rom. is come. Then we can cease our questioning." and not just a remedy. 1:11). then. "Howbeit when he. But Jesus went on to explain: "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. And again. as we recognize that in our finite minds we simply are not able to understand. God is Light.
in fact. Men recognize how hopeless a task this seems to be. This is usually abbreviated to a six-word slogan.. in fact. sometimes to the point of saying. and His hatred of sin. art in me. Coming out of this denomination or that is really not the issue. that brought into being the first Babel. so they just water it down.. But human failure at the most merely delays the outworking of God's eternal purpose. Such an objective merely brings about another outworking of a Babylonish system. But notice this.. Father. so common these days in ecumenical circles: "THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE." But this is not what Jesus prayed for! In fact the Lord has consistently showed His displeasure with any ecclesiastical system which has had for its objective the gathering together of a people into any kind of unity that is not the work of the Holy Spirit. "Forget all those doctrines. Now the Holy Spirit would reprove and convict the world as to God's righteousness. It cannot alter it.. God is going to lead His people into all Truth. God said that the ministry He has set in the Church is for this very purpose! (See Eph. so we are inclined to abbreviate it a little in order to bring it down into the realm of human possibility and achievement. Let us remember that it was the desire for unity. What hope this gives us! And what confidence! This dispensation of the Holy Spirit--where He abides and lives in His holy Temple in the earth--is not just a fill-in. . and then grow up unto the full stature of the Christ Himself. In so doing we would completely bring to nought what God really intended. and continues to reappear in slightly revised forms. It is. and the next glorious phase of the Kingdom (whatever might be involved)." In actual fact it is only when the Lordship of Christ is truly recognized in an obedient and willing people. cannot come into being until this present phase has been accomplished. the very outshining of the Kingdom of God. Oh... and the chosen ones of the Lord are joined unto Him with that same nature and kind of union that now exists between the Father and the Son! The Abbreviated Vision So often it would seem that the purpose of God is just too great for us mortals to embrace. 4:13. The Holy Spirit has been commissioned to do that. but as He took up His habitation in the hearts of His people. that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me" (Jn. a sort of parenthesis in God's plan until the Kingdom comes. that the people of God might have eyes to see this very simple truth: that God by His Holy Spirit. they only divide the Body of Christ. and I in thee. and truth flows forth from a cleansed and purified ministry. for the spirit of Babylon remains strong in many who have left the organized structures of the Church.. living and abiding in His Temple in the earth. as thou. and for strong leaders to hold the people together and make for themselves a name. that the Body of Christ will be joined together in vital fullness. 17:21). the very Spirit of Jesus dwelling in the hearts of men.. true example of righteousness in the earth.) Consider again the prayer of Jesus: "That they all may be one. For the Holy Spirit is.and apart from men as the one. all in the guise of establishing New Testament Church order. And it would be out from this new Temple in the earth that this expression of the heart of God would flow forth unto the world. The Holy Spirit would do this. will show forth not only His love. not from the heavens. but His righteousness and His truth as faithfully and as perfectly as Jesus did when He was here.
In an earlier day He was given a commission to prepare a Body for the habitation of the Lord Jesus in incarnation. God is drawing a people into this realm where they will learn to abide in total union with Christ. When the ministration of truth goes forth from ministries who are one with God.. It is only by the ministration of the Holy Spirit that the work of the Cross is performed in our hearts and lives. the creative Word that came forth to Mary.This is what Jesus prayed: "As thou Father art in me. for the apostle goes on to pray for the people of God that in union "with all saints" they might come to that glorious realm of immeasurable love. because the way has been opened up by the blood of Jesus and the rending of the veil. the fulness [Gr. or in any way meddle with. This would only spoil and completely nullify what God had in mind. It really means to "apprehend. and He was faithful in all that He did by way of conceiving. Now this is not just a positional sort of arrangement. Certainly human instruments were involved. and Mary as the mother. 10:1922). and bringing that One unto birth and unto full stature. And the word "comprehend" is really much stronger than that.. if we try to make it happen. Mary in particular had only to believe what the angel had declared. and to take the things of Christ and make them real and vital within us. Pleroma) of the Godhead dwelt in Christ. We are not automatically in there just because the veil which is His flesh was torn asunder: for Paul exhorts us to "enter into the holiest" and to "draw near with a true heart". And this Body shall reveal the full glory of the Christ in the same manner that the Lord Jesus revealed the full glory of the Father. Mary and Joseph were greatly involved: Joseph as the protector and guardian of the Holy Child. protecting. ("And the glory which thou gayest me I have given them" [Jn. that they also may be one in us. this enlarged Body that is in the process of formation shall be just as miraculously conceived of God.. to bring about this kind of union.. even into that realm where they are "FILLED with all the fulness [Gr. and just as carefully disciplined and nurtured as was the Only Begotten Son of God. and earnestly longing over God's people that they might comprehend this immeasurable ocean of God. Together they must bear the reproach of it all. For Paul says He can do "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. And the Holy Spirit has been given a commission to bring this about in the "Church.. fully revealing the character and nature of God. 20). 1:23). something beyond our attainment. Abiding In Christ We are really talking about the realm of God's Temple known as the Holy of Holies. and I in thee. which is His Body." And by what power? "According to the power that worketh in us" (vs. Pleroma] of God" (Eph. but rather a greater fullness of the one Jesus lived in when He was here). Is God able to do this? Let us read on. inspiring him to pray this prayer. But so many have a problem with the statement that the Church is "his body. through many fiery trials. and her . (See Heb. this prepared people will also become one with God. and immeasurable grace. and reserved for Heaven. 17:22]). nurturing.. We do not have any problem believing that the "fullness" (Gr.. But possible with God! And He is preparing a ministry and a people.. And now this enlarged Body (for the Church is not another Body. Pleroma] of him that filleth all in all" (Eph. Dear ones." and to lay hold upon it! Preparation Of The Body Of Christ No man could tamper with. 3:19)." Joined in vital union with the Son and the Father with that same character of oneness that exists between the Father and the Son? Impossible! Certainly. let us recognize that this was not merely the prayer of an apostle in a moment of excitement. but that it was the burden of the Holy Spirit dwelling within him." to lead His people into all truth.
. as the one who would introduce Him to Israel in the waters of baptism. Then will the people of God be ONE. or have submitted themselves to the same apostles and prophets and pastors in the Church. He would go on his way. To believe that God is yet to bring forth a virgin Bride for Christ.. from sinful and corrupt humanity.simple reply was.." Too long has it been assumed that because we are enriched with spiritual gifts.. God has ordained ministry. She must abide in the temple day and night in intercessory prayers for the redemption of Israel. impossible as it may sound in the ears of men. perhaps year after year. Simeon. and the brooding wings of the Holy Spirit. . He is telling us plainly that severed from the flow of life and wisdom and knowledge and love and grace that proceed from Him. that we have been authorized of the Lord to go forth and make these gifts and ministries work. The gifts may be there. But apart from that constant flow of His own Life and Word and Spirit. 15:5). but it is only as the ministration of Truth brings the people of God into that vital abiding union with Christ that the prayer of Jesus has been answered. had only one small task. But oh.. 1:38). Anna. He was not implying that with His help we can do many. and live to see the Redeemer when He was brought to the temple for dedication. Not because they belong to the same church or fellowship. For let no one imagine that by gathering the people of God together into some kind of "New Testament Church" structure that they are in that manner helping to bring about the fulfillment of the prayer of Jesus.. To wait and wait and wait for this Body to come forth in the earth. Who is the glorified Head.. 4:15). "Be it unto me according to thy Word" (Lk. or whatever. we can do nothing. but because they have been joined together in a vital abiding union with the same Lord. there is a living hope that keeps them walking in His Way.. which is the head" (Eph. a very old widow woman. and wait. To hear the Word that God has spoken. and so "grow up into him [Christ] in all things. Then his responsibility was finished. and valid." This is different. and declare Him to be God's light to the Gentiles and the glory of His people Israel. And to those who are involved... When Jesus said. and then will they speak the same thing. hold Him in his arms for a moment. What He said was. but their involvement was carefully planned and sovereignly overshadowed by the purpose and plan of God. These gifts and ministries rather must come under such subjection to the Holy Spirit in our midst that He Who is the Truth will grip the hearts of men and cause them to become deeply rooted in Him. "Without me ye can do nothing" (Jn. was involved. many wonderful things. and then just to catch a fleeting glimpse of the infant Messiah. In this day God is preparing the Body of Christ--which is not another Body. We too must accept the reproach and the misunderstanding that comes our way as we seek to walk in God's will and God's way. but a joining of His people unto the Lord Jesus. All these had their particular responsibility. "Apart from me ye can do nothing. without trying to manufacture one of our own by studying the blueprints of the New Testament Church. And our involvement is much of the same nature as it was when God "prepared" a Body for the Man Christ Jesus.. or have subscribed to the same teachings.. and perhaps very shortly pass off the scene. and functioning. But the Way is just as grievous as it was with the faithful remnant in Israel. or because we are apostles or prophets or teachers.NOTHING is accomplished that will stand the test of Him who sees with eyes "as a flame of fire. To intercede in union with the Spirit of God for this great thing that He will do in the earth. John the Baptist was involved. how grievous a task! Just to have to wait... and build His Church. a lowly old man with a great revelation.
and do the work that He intended. 16:7). and travel about in this kind of ministry. There is a ministry in the hands of the One Who holds the "seven stars. But the work of the Mediator in the heavens is not a "finished work" as yet. As clearly as any translation could tell us. they will speak. because they walk in union with Him Who is the Architect and Builder of all things. so that when He stretches forth His hands to minister. because of the glorious accomplishment of the Cross. that God was "justified in the Spirit. They only plan as they know His plan. certain Word: "And [he] made me a polished shaft. I will send him unto you" (Jn. as they build together with Him. You and I know very well that had He done so. God has determined that His Word will hit the mark. When He speaks. But let us remind you once again what Jesus said before He went away: "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. When He is silent." Again. as He was when Jesus was here? The beautiful work of Redemption has been accomplished. but like the apostle Paul said of himself. God Is Justified In The Spirit 1 Timothy 3:16 When Jesus was here on earth He so beautifully manifested the character of God through the ministration of the Spirit in His life. They no longer have any plans and programs for enlargement. and send the Holy Spirit to abide in His people in the earth. and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus" (Rom. is it not? But it was not in the plan of God that Jesus should stay here in the earth these two thousand years. and in His forgiveness and justification for the sinner who believes in Christ. they are silent. in fact. 49:2). The Cross fully justified God as far as His holy and righteous character was concerned: in His dealings with sin. They are in His yoke. we are told that God was declared to be "just. the Comforter will not come unto you. The victory of the Cross is sure . and to our advantage if Jesus would go back to the Father. and throughout the Church. they are learning to be "labourers together with God" (1 Cor. and are therefore learning from Him. they will move in harmony with God.I am persuaded that God is preparing such a people in the earth.. that He might send it forth in a clear. but if I depart. For He would. 3:26). 2 cont. No longer will they have doctrines of their own. 3:9). in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me" (Isa. it would be for our profit. Therefore He polishes the shaft until there is a true and perfect balance in all things." They are learning to abide in His hands. They only build. There is a people hidden in the hollow of God's hand. When He moves forward. fall short.). It must not swerve. they will stretch forth their hands. It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away. God is preparing the arrow of Truth. they move forward. for they have laid all that down. what we have said of the disciplined ministry would be totally true concerning Him. for our good. in his quiver hath he hid me" (vs. nor will it be until the Holy Spirit dwelling in the Body of Christ in the earth has fully declared and revealed and manifested the victory of the Cross. unseen and unrecognized by the world. or go beyond what God intended. But we are a little hesitant to believe that it could be totally true of anyone else. But in the Day of the LORD their mouth shall be as a sharp twoedged sword. be the same Lord Jesus abiding not only with us but in us. They are not working for God. and the work of Christ is a "finished" work. and that through them He will demonstrate the very fullness of the Love and Light and Truth of God in the earth.. But has God been as truly "Justified in the Spirit" after the ascension of Christ. Like the wheels of the Cherubim that we mentioned earlier. "And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword. that they might have only His doctrine. no matter how well-disciplined they are. Now this is the way Jesus lived and ministered.
(See Isa. the character of the Father. and asked Him if He was not concerned about it. maligned. knowing full well that it might mean the end of all our ambitions and plans and . God was in trouble. This does not alter God's plan. Num. and preached it! And it is said that within about 300 years after the birth of the Church." can that glorious victory of the Cross be revealed and manifested in the earth. God's great and holy Name had been blasphemed among the Gentiles because of God's people. He promised Moses that He would forgive His people. but in doing that to an undeserving people. The Christian's God is scoffed at. and in so doing "learn from Him. 34:14). One Who is sympathetic toward every evil cause that comes to the forefront these days in the name of human rights. but He does insist that we lay aside our Ishmaels that His beloved Isaac might come forth. approximately one-half of the Empire had been won to Christ! What Then Shall We Do? When God indicates His will and declares His Word we are prone to take that Word and try to make it work. walk only where He is walking. Let the priests of the LORD continue to remind God of the dishonor of His great Name among the nations. Let God's people everywhere take upon themselves the "yoke" of Christ.. Isaiah first laid the charge. that as His bondslaves we may come to the place where we speak only what He is speaking. Let us stop meddling with the beautiful. He declared that He would also fill the whole earth with His glory! Never has God's Name been blasphemed in the earth as it is this day in which we live. Lord... Yet so great was the operation of the Spirit of God in the Church that men and women all over the Roman Empire turned to God when they saw Him revealed in a people who walked in the steps of the lowly Nazarene. Let us not hesitate to set our face as a flint to do the will of God. caricatured. for God is very Jealous for His Name.. 52:5.and steadfast and unchangeable. And so we bring forth our Ishmaels--the fruit of our own hands. all in the Name of God! God has long borne the reproach of a Name that is blasphemed among the nations. and He knows what He will do about it today. and the apostle Paul reiterated it in his day. For centuries preceding the Cross. And all this goes on in spite of the fact that God has been totally justified because of the work of the Cross! God cares! And He is doing something about it! By the mighty operation of the Spirit of God abiding in His Temple in the earth. Who came to earth to reveal the Name.. and letting God reveal His way. How did God bring this about? He simply caused Grace and Glory to abound in such tremendous power that what God accomplished at the Cross became real and vital and operative in those who walked in the way of the Cross." And in learning from Him may we learn such captivity unto Him Who has liberated us. do only what He is doing. misrepresented as One Who cares nothing about sin and rebellion. 14:15-16). what are You going to do about it?" God knew what He would do about it then. there are men in the Church who come to the front as champions of perversion. "Your Name is held in great dishonor. flaunted on the stage. Rom. We must know that basically our responsibility consists of getting out of the way. God is always in trouble when His Name is dishonored. And to aggravate the matter still further. 32:12. totally justifying God the Righteous One in justifying sinners who believe in Jesus. once again God will be gloriously justified in the Spirit. creative work that God is bringing forth. 2:24). God's priests know this. But only as God is "Justified in the Spirit.. One of God's great Names is"JEALOUS" (Ex. (See Ex. and that is why Moses reminded God of His reputation among the nations. Israel's God was blasphemed among the nations because of His people.
in obedience to the will of the Father. or blemish.. and does nothing to impress people with what you've got. He will join together the people of God into one Body. Jesus' faithfulness unto death.. True. and has joined the disciples of Christ unto their Lord in total. and too often they are not at all impressed. For unless the Lord of the Harvest sends. It is the Law of the Seed! The Seed must bring forth after its kind! Once again. will of God. then the Husbandman comes into His garden looking for perfect fruit. "The harvest truly is great. and justice. useful and necessary as some of it may have been in its time. . and acceptable. there is a whole world out there that hates the Christian's God. that he would send forth labourers into his harvest" (Lk.. But can we really blame them? For the only concept they have of God comes from what they see in God's people. Let every man prove for himself. and truth in the earth. or any such thing. But have we thoughtfully considered the many implications of harvest time? Well. is God's guarantee to you and to me--and to all the earth--that there will come forth in the Day of Harvest. But when the Holy Spirit has fulfilled the charge that has been laid upon Him. Once again God will be justified in the Spirit! And the Spirit of God living and abiding in total fullness in this corporate MAN that is arising in the midst of the Church will show forth a God of total righteousness.visions.. And as surely as this begins to happen we are going to hear loud cries warning the people of God to beware. Christ will receive unto Himself a glorious Church. perfect grain. and perfect.. First the tares must be separated from the wheat. It Is Harvest Time I think most of God's people are aware that this is harvest time." as he finds grace to dedicate himself wholly unto God. but He will just as surelydivide and separate the wheat from the tares. even like the seed that was planted. as in the early Church. or wrinkle. But what about waiting upon God for Him to prepare. and to send? Jesus said (and this is something that our churches often fail to recognize). If it is harvest time it is the time of the gathering of the grain. "This thing cannot be of God because the people of God are being separated and divided!" God knows what He is doing. wholesome grain.. A bumper sticker proclaiming that God is alive is a very cheap gimmick. the world is going to know and believe that Jesus is the Son of God. but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest.. we send them in vain--and they go in vain. of course we must get out there quickly and reap the harvest before it is too late. And only God can tell the difference! If it is harvest time. All the chaff of religious activity. If it is harvest time. abiding union with Him.. perfect grain. And God will have found that habitation for Himself for which His heart has longed through times eternal. a living sacrifice (Rom. not having spot. It must be like the Seed that was planted in the earth when Jesus chose the will of the Father rather than the fulfillment of a glorious Messianic ministry. Let us understand that if the Master must lay down His life and ministry in obedience to the Father. "what is that good. 10:2). then it is threshing time. and will be consumed in smoke in the Day when God's people are baptized with the Holy Ghost and with Fire. will no longer be necessary or acceptable. 12:1-2). But if it is harvest time it is a time of division and separation. and love. it will also be required of His servants.
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of it" (Rev.."And I John saw the holy City. prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. .. new Jerusalem. coming down from God out of heaven. 22). 21:2.
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