PROPHETIC MESSAGE OF THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID
Acts 15:16-17 “After this I will return
And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down;
I will rebuild its ruins,
And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD,
Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,
Says the LORD who does all these things.’
There was tension in the air as Paul gave the account of what had been happening amongst the gentiles through his ministry. He told of town after town, where a local church had been planted and thousands of gentiles were experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit in and upon their lives. These jewish believers were okay with an occasional proselyte becoming a Christian, but this was different. The church was now becoming international, there were more gentiles than jews calling themselves Christians, this could hardly be the plan of the God of Abraham. That’s when James, the brother of Jesus, stood up and begin to prophesy using this passage from the book of Amos. James said that Paul’s ministry was the beginning of the fulfillment of this profound prophesy. He gave us a glimpse into the very purpose of the local church as he spoke about the restoration of the Tabernacle of David as being fulfilled in the establishing of new testament local churches.
What does the local church have to do with the temporary tent that David pitched on Mount Zion? Actually everything, the outstanding characteristic of David’s tabernacle was this, free access into the very Shekinah Glory of God’s Presence. This was unheard of, the tabernacle of Moses and the future temple had veils of separation. David’s tent had no veil, you could worship in the very presence of God before the ark of the covenant. Can you see the importance of this? The veil was a picture of man’s sin that separated us from God, this veil has been taken away by the blood of the cross. In the New Testament church, we have open access into the presence of God. What this means is this, the local church’s primary purpose is to provide a means for whosoever will in every nation to come into the Glory of His presence for themselves. The church is to be primarily a place for the habitation of the power and person of the Holy Spirit.
So I pose you a question today, is that what the church is doing today? I hardly think so. The church actually does everything but allow for the powerful manifestation of the Glory of God. We have conferences, and relevant worship followed by a motivational talk using an occasional scripture text, but never an allowance for the outpouring of His Presence. If James is right, this Tabernacle of David will be powerfully restored before the end of this age, frankly, that is all this age is about. Today, our primary purpose as a follower of Christ, is to promote and build His local church for the express purpose of providing a place for His Glory. A new day is dawning, as Isaiah prophesied, Is. 4:5-6 “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 defense. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.”