David’s Tabernacle Restored, Part 6
November 30, 2018
The prophecy to the Ekklesia in Philadelphia is one of the most germane prophecies in the Word concerning the Tabernacle of David. What we see in this prophecy is the actual fulfillment of the heart’s desire of the Lord for those who have overcome the Enemy, his tricks, his machinations, the various evil spirits by which he seeks to destroy them – and in reality, destroy God’s objective to have a family like Him.
These overcomers (and that’s what Jesus is coming for – NOT a church, but a body of prople who have overcome the flesh, the devil, and every conceivable circumstance that could interfere with their relationship with the Lord) are those who have overcome each of the three families of Fear, all efforts to compromise their walk with God, the spirit of Jezebel, the spirit of Balaam, as well as all inclinations to let down their guard and become complacent in who they are and where they stand with God!
OK! Let’s finish the promise and prophecy from the letter to Philadelphia. This represents the crown of the overcomer — that crown that is given and established in the midst of praise and worship.
They who overcome [the temptation to water down or contaminate true praise and worship] will I cause to become a support in the (living) temple of my God; they will never again leave that place:
I will engrave upon and within them the very character, makeup, personality, authority, power and very essence of my God, as well as the character, makeup, personality, authority, power and very essence of city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, that Bride which descends out of Heaven from my God:
And I will engrave upon and within them my newly generated and changed character, makeup, personality, authority, power and very essence. (Revelation 3:12, RAC Translation and Amplification)
What a promise! What a prophecy!
For many folks, this last part is something of a conundrum. Why on earth would Jesus have a newly generated and changed character, makeup, personality, authority, power and very essence?
The KJV translates the Greek word, onoma, as “name,” with the picture of Jesus getting a “new name.” He is still Jesus! That never changes.
What happens is that Jesus now — finally! — becomes a completed being with His counterpart, His other self, His Bride. Some of you have heard me share this story before, but when Della and I got married, for each of us individually as well as together, great change took place. Our character and personality changed. There was a settling in us. The “search” that goes on in the heart and soul of every person for that one who will complete them came to an end in us.
We’ve laughed about the changes that took place in Della where she used to be so quiet, withdrawn and meek. My television and radio broadcast friends jokingly referred to her as “Mouse Knuckles.” Anyone who knows Della today knows that is about as far from the truth as anything can be! Today, she is bold, outspoken, confident and thoroughly possessed by the power and presence of the Lord. Her successes in the world of jewelry are almost legendary.
Friends have told me that before Della and I were married I was strident, hard, arrogant at times and very prone to making stupid decisions. Dwain McKenzie, who has known me since I was in my mid-teens, came to visit Della and me some 15 years ago or so when we lived in south Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. He wasn’t there long when he commented, “Brother, have you ever changed! You are a totally different person.”
That, my friends, is what happens when you become complete. There is nothing in me that goes looking for someone else. I’m not “on the hunt” for a different woman or wife. Della has completely and totally completed and fulfilled everything that was missing in my character and makeup. By the same token, Della is not out looking for some other guy.
Where I am weak, Della is strong. Where she is weak, I am strong. We balance each other. The Lord gave us to one another. Everyone who knows us knows that we work together as a team, no matter what we are doing, and no matter what task has been set before us.
Now, let’s extrapolate that picture to the “new name” — newly generated and changed character, makeup, personality, authority, power and very essence of Jesus. We never think of Him as being incomplete.
Consider what He went through to win a Bride, a Counterpart, an Other Self. What Jesus went through, He went through alone. Despite the fact that He had 12 disciples who had walked with Him for roughly three and a half years, when it came time for Him to face trial, torture and ultimately, the cross, his three closest disciples went to sleep on Him. His question to them was, “You mean you couldn’t even pray with me for one hour?”
Granted all that changed on the Day of Pentecost, but that was AFTER Jesus had become the Lamb, slain from before the foundations of the earth. Jesus well knew when He began His ministry what the goal was: to cancel out the curse that had become a part of the DNA of the human race — the curse that separated and placed a barrier between He and the people He had originally created to become One with Him.
What Jesus had to go through, however, in order to win a people for Himself — a people who would become His Counterpart — meant that this same people would likewise have to be overcomers. They wouldn’t have to necessarily suffer crucifixion, but they would have to overcome all those things that had become obstacles to real, genuine relationship with Him. Since the objective of this series of sharing is understanding the Tabernacle of David and its significance, we don’t need to go back through the seven letters in Revelation 2 and 3.
The point I’ve been trying to make here is that when we’ve come to that place of rulership in Praise and Worship, prior to this, we’ve had to overcome all of the issues described in the previous five letters. We have a place of authority and power in Praise and Worship that is unmatched in any other area of overcoming. This is as much a place of overcoming as any of the others. The warning to “Let no man take your crown” is indicative of the fact that it can be taken away.
David never lost his crown. Jesus came to Earth as “the son of David.” It was part of the promise made to Him. That same promise applies to us. As long as we do not succumb to the temptation to water down our praise and worship, as long as we do not turn it into entertainment, as long as our continued focus in praise and worship is the pursuit of the presence of the Lord and ministry TO Him, we will not yield our crown or allow it to be taken away from us.
There is no substitute for the intimate presence of the Lord — not for us, and not for Him!
Let’s move on.
Acts 13:22-23: And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
We quoted this verse earlier, but let me take a second look at the significance of this Word.
And when God had removed Saul from being King, he brought forth from obscurity, David, to become the King over His people, Israel, of whom He affirmed and provided revelation of when He said, “I have perceived and obtained David, the mature son of Jesse, a man who intensely yearns to know and completely please my heart’s desire; and he will purpose to execute and fulfil all my heart’s desire, determination and pleasure. (Acts 13:22-23, RAC Translation and Amplification)
Now, consider exactly what the Lord meant when David wrote in Psalm 90:11.
The KJV renders this from the Hebrew like this:
Psalm 90:11: Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
That translation really obscures the truth of what David writes. It really needs to read like this:
Who knows and has revelation of the power or insight of your desire for intimacy? Even according to your desire for instruction and learning, for reverence and respect, thus enabling us to create and fulfil his purpose and plans for our lives. (Psalm 90:11, RAC Translation & Amplification)
David saw the intensity of God’s desire for intimacy. He literally saw the heart of the Lord. That’s why the concept of the Tabernacle he erected was so critical to him. It consumed him.
David saw and heard the music of Heaven. He heard sounds that no instruments currently in use could reproduce. Hence, we read the following:
I Chronicles 23:5: Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.
Psalm 33:2-3: Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.
Psalm 71:22: I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 81:2-3: Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
Psalm 144:9: I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
Psalm 150: 3-5: Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
II Chronicles 5:13-14: It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.
II Chronicles 7:6: And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of music of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.
That’s a lot of different Scriptures, but you get the picture. David had a grasp of the sounds of Heaven — the sounds that pleased the heart of the Lord. His objective was to duplicate — as much as humanly possible — the sounds of the instruments he heard coming out of Heaven.
You realize, of course, that the psaltery is the predecessor to the guitar and many similar stringed instruments. The organ referred to in these verses was predecessor to the modern organs, but it was also the predecessor to all kinds of reed instruments. The trumpet referred to is both the shofar (ram’s horn) as well as the brass horns developed to produce that kind of sound.
When this revelation begins to really unveil itself in your spirit, you begin to understand why Satan’s purpose has been to contaminate music in every possible way.
It was in the 1950’s that the then-head of Columbia Records decided that the normal harmonies and rhythms of the day were too blasé.
He sent a group of musicians into Africa to study the rhythms, the chants and the sounds that represented music to their cultures. From that effort came what we know today as “Rock and Roll.” Music took a decidedly downward turn thereafter, degenerating into acid rock, rap, and pure noise. That same sound began to contaminate praise and worship within the body of Christ.
I know some folks will really take issue with my comments here and think I’ve really gone off the rails, but much of what we hear today in the modern church is a far cry from the spirit of worship and intimacy that God is after. It isn’t the beat. It isn’t the rhythm. It isn’t even the loudness of the music. It is the fact that it has degenerated into entertainment. It has become a series of sounds that provoke the senses instead of one’s spirit.
This is getting me into trouble, I know, but hear me out before you think I’ve really gone over the edge. In fact, I think I’ll leave it here, and return to this next week.
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