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The Tabernacle of David

A Picture of the Glorious End-Time Church

The Academy of Light

Neville Johnson 8

2012

Foreword

One of the most remarkable stories in the Old Testament involves King David placing the Ark of the Covenant in an open tent on Mt Zion. This was completely out of character with the Old Testament instructions given by God to keep the Ark hidden behind a veil in the Holy of Holies. Why did God allow this brief interlude that was contrary to Old Testament teaching? God was giving us a glimpse into His purposes for the End-Time church. The fact that this occurred on Mount Zion is of real prophetic significance.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Corinthains 2:9 -10

God is not bound by dispensations; He is the Lord of time. God instructed King David to cross over the boundaries of the Old Testament era in order to give us a foretaste of another dispensation: that of the End-Times.

I trust that the study and teaching of this subject will bless you and inspire you to press on into all that God has for you. We are living in a very favoured generation, one that has been allotted grace to enter into the fullness that God has held in reserve for us.

Neville Johnson

Temples in Scripture

Temples in Scripture

There are a number of temples or tabernacles recorded in scripture which served as dwelling places of God, all of these have prophetic implications and much revelation can be gleaned from a study of them. However the Lord never said that He would rebuild the Tabernacle of Moses or the Temple of Solomon. On the other hand, the Lord did say that He would rebuild the Tabernacle of David.

And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness. Isaiah 16:5

In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

Amos 9:11

And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 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:

Acts 15:15-16

In Amos chapter nine we are told what will happen when the Tabernacle of David is rebuilt and

restored. The scripture tells us that when this tabernacle is rebuilt, the Lord will close the breaches and raise up its ruins, verse eleven. We are also told that the remnant of Edom and all the heathen which are called by my name, the Lord will possess. The heathen here represent the Gentile nations. Amos then goes on to talk about the End-Time Harvest.

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.

Amos 9:13

Amos goes on to say that at this time

the Nation of Israel will be restored back to their land.

We know that this was fulfilled when Israel became a Nation in 1948. This process is progressive and continues right up

to the present day. The Prophet Joel also prophesied about this period of time.

The Fig tree here is symbolic of Israel and the vine is symbolic of the church. Joel is prophesying that both Israel and the church will be restored together, history clearly verifies this.

The Fig tree here is symbolic of Israel and the vine is symbolic of the church. Joel is prophesying that both

TheTabnacle of David

Israel and the church will be restored together, history clearly verifies this.

When Israel became a nation in 1948, the church also underwent restoration. In 1948 God raised up many men and women to spearhead

a new visitation of God to the church. Billy Graham along with others such as T.L Osborn, and Oral Roberts and numerous other new ministries were raised up

to propagate this

move of God. The

world experienced

a move

of

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Like many moves of God, eventually man began to take over and sin entered, causing a decline.

evangelism that had not been seen for many decades. This restoration of Israel along with the church was seen again in 1967 during the Six Day War between Israel and Arab Nations. The result of this was that Jerusalem came into Israeli hands and jurisdiction.

During this time the church was poised for a new move of the Holy Spirit. The church again experienced renewal and restoration as a new Move of God exploded in the church around the world. This move of God became known as the Charismatic Move or the Jesus People move of God. This outpouring of the Spirit brought

enduring

changes

in

the

church.

This

was

a

new

move

of Pentecost

in

the

church

which

crossed

denominational lines in a marvellous

a

way.

preaching

in

The period from the Yom Kippur war in Israel was a picture of what God has been seeking to do from that time frame up to now, which is to remove the leaven from Pentecost.

I

remember

Catholic Seminary in the Philippines in the mid-seventies where hundreds of nuns were baptised in the Holy Spirit.

This outpouring of God’s Spirit started to wane in the mid to late seventies and we entered into a time where God was about to purify that great move of God. Like many moves of God, eventually man began to take over and sin entered, causing a decline. God was about to cleanse the temple. As great as this move of God was, there was much leaven that

needed to be removed. The advent of the Yom Kippur war in Israel in 1973 was a very bloody war for Israel. They won the war but the cost was great. We see that the Feast of Pentecost in the Old Testament was a feast that was kept with leaven in it.

Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

Leviticus 23:17

This verse describes the ingredients that were to be present in the Feast of Pentecost, one of which was leaven. Leaven speaks of sin, Jesus said ‘beware of the Pharisees’, referring to their hypocrisy, Matthew 16:6. Leaven also speaks of wrong or false

doctrine. Jesus said this in the parable

of the leaven.

Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of

meal, till the whole was leavened. Matthew 13:33

This woman speaks of the false church and the influence of Rome over the church. When Rome embraced Christianity under the Emperor Constantine in 312 AD, many of the false gods of ancient Rome came over into the church and took on new Christianised names which were accepted in the church. This cause a decline in the church, that brought about the Dark Ages. The reformation of the 16th century began a restoration of truth back to the church. However there is still much leaven in the church. The Pentecostal church over past decades has had much leaven in it.

The period from the Yom Kippur war in Israel was a picture of what God has been seeking to do from that time frame up to now, which is to remove the leaven from Pentecost. This Day of Atonement is designed

to do this. This removing of leaven from the church is preparatory to the next wave of the Holy Spirit. Amos prophesied about this but as yet we have not seen the fullness of what he prophesied. Amos talked about

a time when the ploughman would

overtake the reaper which speaks of multiple continuous, harvests. We have not yet seen this happen,

however it is now on the horizon and the reality of this is not far away. It is of great importance that we see that the culmination of these prophesies

is realized when the church has finally

made its journey to Mount Zion, the

Temples in Scripture

place where David’s Tabernacle was erected.

The Tabernacle of David was a profound revelation of God’s purpose for the End-Time church.

We are now well into the End-Times where all that the prophets said were to be restored will be restored. The church has been on

this journey for a long time, but this generation will see the culmination

of the journey which ends on Mt Zion, the place of God’s power and manifest glory.

Notes

The Tabernacle of David was a profound revelation of God’s purpose for the End-Time church.

Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Acts 3:21

The Tabernacle of David Is Within You

The Apostle Paul clearly stated that we are the temple of God, the place of His dwelling. The tabernacle or temple that Moses built in the wilderness was comprised of three parts, namely the Outer Court, the Holy Place, and the Holiest of all. This clearly pictured or foreshadowed the purpose of God to finally dwell within us. We have a Body, a Soul and a Spirit, and like the Tabernacle that Moses built which had an inner compartment called the Holiest of all, the place where God dwells. So it is with us, God dwells within our spirit. The Kingdom of God is truly within us. The Tabernacle of David

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was different as it only had one compartment. This tent which served as a temple was open to the world to see the glory and the majesty of God. This spoke of a coming age when transformed Christians would begin to manifest the Glory of God to this world.

For

Zion; he hath desired it for his

chosen

the

LORD

hath

habitation.

Psalm 132:13

When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

Psalm 102:16-21

King David wrote Psalm 102, and in it he described a time when God’s glory would be openly manifested to the world. It was written for a generation that was still far off in the future. To everything there is a time and a season, there are set times in the purposes of God. The Tabernacle of David was a brief prophetic interlude where His purposes for the End- Time church were revealed to those

with eyes to see and ears to hear. We are told that this prophetic timing would unfold when God looks down from heaven and sees the miserable state of the human race. It would be a time when God hears the groaning of a lost generation. There is a groaning taking place today on several fronts. First, creation is groaning. This groaning is a precursor to another groaning – that of a lost generation. The loss of purpose coupled with a sense of futility is driving a generation of young people to violence, and senseless pursuits in a meaningless world of confusion and demonic activity. Video gaming has filled that void, at least to a certain level, but at the same time opening them up to violence and a complete loss of Godly values. God is looking down and hears this groaning of a young generation, Jezebel is about to lose her children.

I

bring near my righteousness:

it

shall not be far off, and

my

salvation shall not tarry: and I

will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

Isaiah 46:13

Come down, and sit in the dust,

O

virgin daughter of Babylon, sit

on

the ground: there is no throne,

O

daughter of the Chaldeans:

for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate. And thou saidst, I shall be a lady

for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest

in thine heart, I am, and none

else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:

But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood:

they shall come upon thee in their

of

thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments. For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.

perfection

for

the

multitude

Isaiah 47:1, 7-11

The other groaning that is taking place along with the groaning of creation is the travail found in Revelation chapter twelve.

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Revelation 12:1-2

The purpose of this groaning and travail is to bring forth a people in the likeness of Jesus. The Apostle Paul said this:

My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.

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Galatians 4:19

This travail and groaning is reaching a level now that will finally birth these people. God will raise up an army like has not been seen before, an army

that will know no fear or defeat, an army with weapons of love and redemption, nothing shall stand before them.

Notes

The other groaning that is taking place along with the groaning of creation is the travail found in Revelation chapter twelve.

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

Joel 2:28

Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in Mount Zion. Isaiah 8:18

Who Shall Ascend the Hill of the Lord?

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

Psalms 24:3-6

This hill of the Lord is Mt Zion, the place of God’s glory and power. Who

The First Principles

Notes

is able to climb up to this level in God? Those who have clean hands and a pure heart. Our hands speak of our dealings with other people. This speaks of our attitude and dealings with people. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as yourself. A pure heart speaks of our dealings with God, primarily our motives, why we do what we do.

Progressing towards heart purity and clean hands is part of the journey; it is part of the

dealings of God in our lives. David was a man after God’s own heart. Despite his failings he was journeying

towards heart purity and right motives. There will be failures on this journey but remember failure in the mind of God is not in falling down, it is in not getting up again. When you repent and get back up again there is no record of that failure in the entire universe. We are ascending on a pathway to manifest glory, there are many stones and traps on the journey but if we keep our eyes on the Lord and stay connected to Him, we will get there.

There will be failures on this journey but remember failure in the mind of God is not in falling down, it is in not getting up again.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. Psalms 37:23-24

But the path of the just is as the

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shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18

The top of the mountain awaits you – Zion, the manifest presence of God. Those who climb to it will be empowered to reap the final harvest and help transform a whole generation into the image and likeness of Jesus. This travail and groaning has now escalated on three levels:

The Groaning of Creation

Creation is groaning. Creation fell when Adam fell, simply because creation was under Adam’s authority (Genesis 1:26). Sin has affected this entire planet and creation is under a curse. Creation is groaning, seeking restoration to its original purpose – that of serving mankind.

The

Lost

Groaning

of

a

Generation

This groaning, tearing, and travail is seen in the earthquakes, storms and climate changes which will continue to get worse as the contractions increase in severity and frequency. This is a sign that Revelation chapter twelve is soon to come online. Along with creation groaning, there is a lost generation that is crying out in rage, violence, and lawlessness, seeking meaning and purpose. This too is adding to the travail. The Lord is looking down and sees this generation and has a plan to redeem.

The Woman in Travail

The woman in Revelation chapter

twelve is the church, which is in travail in order to bring forth a new creation in its fullness. There is a cry within many Christians today for something real, something that transcends the entertainment in the church, and something that is holy and pure. Something that is truly

powerful yet full of grace, a body of people that is like Him with a heart to redeem. Where is the true bride of the Lamb? There is a longing and travail in many now to see the reality of the Kingdom of God demonstrated in the earth.

This Trilogy of Travail Is Reaching The Heart of God

Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

Psalms 102:13-20

Temples in Scripture

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