The Glory Has
By George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
As we begin to understand the importance of the Bible in our everyday lives, we begin with the Scripture Paul wrote to Timothy:
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" II Timothy 3:16
All Scripture, includes not only the New Testament, but also the Old Testament. Many churches claim to be `New Testament' churches. How sad this is! They miss so many truths God has put in the covenant He made with His ancient people. The Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write to the church of our day. Paul warned us what we can expect if we do as ancient Israel did.
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." I Corinthians 10:11
The Old Testament was given us so we would know how God dealt with ancient Israel when they digressed into sin. The word world should have been translated "age." Paul was writing to those who would be alive at the end of the age. Paul begins to warn those who live in our day of the judgment that is about to fall on the apostate church system. Paul addressed what was written for our admonition by stating:
"Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither by ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornications, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer." I Corinthians 10:6-10
Paul's letters to the Corinthians were letters of correction. And yet many churches today use Paul's writings to the Corinthians as a way to operate the church. They overlook much of what Paul wrote to them. To understand Corinth, it was a trade center. It was a very wealthy city. It was also very corrupt, worldly, and sinful. The sins of Corinth affected the church there. When Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, he referred to their carnality. Paul wrote:
"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" I Corinthians 3:1-3
The church at Corinth reminds us of the church today. It was a baby church with little or no spirituality. This is why Paul lists five things the church at Corinth did that caused them to be judged by God.
1 - They lusted after evil things
2 - They were idolaters
They worshipped their false gods. They worshipped their wealth. They worshipped their idle time. They took pleasure in their sin.
3 - They were fornicators
Like today, sex was all they thought about. They had their religious palaces of sex.
4 - They tempted ChristThey tempted God to see how far or how sinful they could get before God would judge them. They spoke against God's leadership.
5 - They murmured
They complained about everything God was doing in their lives
The church at Corinth overlooked what God had done to ancient Israel, who were guilty of the same sins. When Israel committed fornication, God's judgment came swiftly and absolutely. Because of their fornication, twenty-three thousand fell in one day. They tempted Christ, and God sent serpents among them, and thousands died.
Moses made a brass serpent on a pole, and those who looked on the serpent on the pole were spared. But Israel made a god out of the serpent on the pole, and called it Nehushtan. Because they murmured, they were destroyed by the destroyer. God tore down the hedge He had placed around them, and the destroyer had full access to them.
Israel did not realize God was preparing them to occupy their promise land.
As Paul explained, these were all examples to the end time church today. But before God could give them their promise land, He had to test and prove them. All those over twenty-one, except two men, died in the wilderness. God would raise up a new generation to possess His promise land. He is doing the same today. Those who fail His final test will perish in His wrath. Paul warns:
"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall." I Corinthians 10:12
While Israel was in the wilderness, God showed Moses how he was to build His Tabernacle with all its instruments of worship. This was called The Tabernacle of the Congregation. When it was set up in the wilderness, all Israel camped around it. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness was Israel's center of worship. When Israel came into their promise land, the Tabernacle was set up in Shiloh. The word Shiloh means "the bringer of peace and prosperity." To understand God's warning to the church, we need to see the judgment God placed on Israel, our example, at Shiloh:
"But go ye now unto My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of My people Israel." Jeremiah 7:12
Shiloh was the place where Israel was told to permanently set up the Tabernacle when they came into their promise land. The Tabernacle was set up between Jerusalem and Bethel, about nine miles from Bethel, and about three miles north of Jerusalem. When we look at this with Spiritual eyes, we discover the Tabernacle was set between Jerusalem (which means double peace) and Bethel (the house of God). Truly the church in our day sits between the peace of God and the house of God. The church has not come into His peace, nor have they become the temple of the Holy Ghost. As Paul described to the church at Corinth.
"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" I Corinthians 6:19
We are to be the temple of the Holy ghost. The church has not yet come to this place.
Shiloh was the center of all religious and governmental activity. This is the place where Israel was to perform their religious obligations before the Lord. It was in Shiloh where Joshua cast lots and divided the land to each of the tribes of Israel.
God set His name in Shiloh before he set His name in Jerusalem, but Israel turned from God to wickedness in serving other gods. Other things were more important to them then their service toward Him. Let's see what God inspired Jeremiah to write about Shiloh:
"Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? Is this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 7:9-11
Today, as with Israel in Shiloh, the church dutifully fulfills its religious obligations every Sunday. It is their weekly sacrifice for their God. People truly believe God checks their attendance record as fulfillment of their religious duty toward Him. It is hard to see the difference between what Jeremiah wrote of the children of Israel and what Paul wrote to the church today. Jeremiah's warning to Israel is for the church today, if they will only listen: "Go to Shiloh where I set My name at the first, and see what I did because of the wickedness of the people!" The all-wise Solomon gives us insight as to what the church can expect if they fall into the same sin as Israel did:
"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9
If God judged Israel for their wickedness, then He will surely judge the church for their sins. As Solomon declared, "There is no new thing under the sun." Jesus, as our example to the church, cleansed the temple of the money changers who thought prosperity was more important than serving God. He will do the same in our day. God is about to make many changes. Jeremiah continues:
"And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the Lord, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by My name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim." Jeremiah 7:13-15
God gave us Israel as an example. God warns if the church continues to do these abominations, He will do the same thing to the church as He did at Shiloh. He will cast them out of His sight as He did the children of Israel. God's Word is faithful. He has warned the church saying, "I spoke to you and you heard not. I called you and you answered not." God is calling to the church to repent and turn from their wicked way. You may say the church is not wicked. But we need to know, that which is not righteous in the eyes of the Lord is wickedness. Then He gave Jeremiah a chilling order:
"Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to Me: for I will not hear thee." Jeremiah 7:16
Israel had become so unrighteous in the sight of God, that He no longer wanted to hear Jeremiah's prayers for them. Israel continued to offer their sacrifices before God. They continued to keep the holy days. They continued to burn their incense. But their hearts had turned away from God to worship their idols in their high places. They continued to offer their children to Molock. They looked religious on the outside, but inwardly they were an abomination to God.
God told Jeremiah not to pray for this people, nor make intercession for them, because He would not hear his prayers. It should be clear to those who walk in the Spirit that the day of salvation is rapidly closing. Revivals no longer have any affect. All attempts to revive the church system have failed. We are, indeed, in the time of overlapping between the Day of Grace and the Day of God's Kingdom. God is about to turn His face away in judgment, and as Peter related, "Judgment must begin at the house of God," I Peter 4:17. Let's look again at the words of Jeremiah. What did he prophesy concerning the church?
"Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by My name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh." Jeremiah 7:14
All churches meet in the name of Christ, and are called `Christians' or the `Christ-Ones', or the "In-Christed Ones'. So the house that is called by His name is the so-called Christian church. Many have put their trust and dedication in their denominational order. God has promised He will do the same thing to the church system as He did in Shiloh. What did God do at Shiloh? The priesthood, which consisted of Hophni and Phinehas, the sons of Eli, had fallen into sin, laying with the women at the door of the Tabernacle. They were demanding the best of the sacrificial offerings of the Lord. The Lord describes them as sons of Belial (satan).
Eli was the priest, and was described as old, fat, and blind. What a picture of the church system today!. The church system has become old - - - old in their thinking, old in their ideas, and old in their religious doctrine. They have become fat. Fat means to be set in their ways. They have also come to the place where they have need of nothing. Jesus explains the end time church system to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:" Revelation 3:17
As Jesus explained to John, the church has become blind - - - or the church has no vision of what God is doing, or going to do. Solomon informed us, "Where there is no vision, the people perish," Proverbs 29:18a.
Jesus also adds the church is wretched and naked. The word naked means "void of the Holy Spirit anointing." Today many are only playing church. But we need to know, God has promised He will do the same thing to the church as He did at Shiloh. The Hophnis and Phinehases who stand in the pulpits today have become corrupt. Sex scandals and the fleecing of the flock are common place, and the people are crying out to God for a change, just as they did in the days of Samuel.
Through the pen of Jeremiah, God warned that if the church and the government did not repent, He would do the same to them as He did at Shiloh. Jeremiah described the religious system (Eli) as being old, fat, and blind. As stated before, this is what the church has become - - - but not only the religious system - - - the government has also become old, fat, and blind. Statistics show no democracy has ever lasted more than two hundred years. The United States passed that mark in 1975, so it is certainly becoming old. It is fat. This government believes it is still the queen of all nations, but it has become the laughing stock among the nations. And it certainly has become blind to the needs of the people they are supposed to represent. But as God warned, He is about to make a change - - - both in the religious system - - - and in the government.
Let's look at what God did at Shiloh. There was a man, by the name of Elkanah, of the tribe of Ephraim, who had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Hannah was barren. She could not give Elkanah a son. Every year Elkanah, Hannah, and Peninnah went up to Shiloh to offer sacrifices unto God. During one of these trips, Hannah made a vow to God:
"And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head." I Samuel 1:11
Hannah promised God, that if He would give her a son, she would give him unto the Lord, and that he would be a Nazarite all his life. God honored her request, and Hannah gave birth to Samuel. When Samuel was weaned, Hannah brought him to Shiloh, and gave Samuel to Eli to raise.
"But Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child, girded with a linen ephod." I Samuel 2:18
The Ephod was a priestly garment, and Samuel wore this ephod when he ministered before the Lord.
Samuel was not forgotten by his parents:
"Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice." I Samuel 2:19
Samuel's coat was very decorative, and was worn only by those who were held in honor. Samuel's coat of many colors was also considered to be a priestly garment.
"Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation." I Samuel 2:22
A prophet of God came to Eli, and told him exactly what would happen to his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, and Eli's whole house. God was about to change the order of things.
"And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord, and also with men." I Samuel 2:26
God was about to raise up a righteous leader to rule His people. The prophet spoke to Eli:
"And I will raise Me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in Mine heart and in My mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before Mine anointed for ever." I Samuel 2:35
God is doing the same thing today. He is raising up righteous leaders in the wilderness who will rule and reign with Him in His Kingdom.
"That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down." I Samuel 3:4-5
How like the church system of our day. When God speaks to one of His people, they run back to the pastor to have him confirm God's Word.
God called Samuel three times, and Samuel ran to Eli each time
The third time, Eli gave him the following instruction:
"Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if He call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place." I Samuel 3:9
One of the saddest days in a person's life is when they discover there is no longer any calling of God in their life in the church they are attending. God spoke to Samuel:
"And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever." I Samuel 3:11-14
This is the same message the prophet of God spoke to Eli years before, and to which he had paid no heed. The same is true today. The prophets of God have been warning the church to repent for years, but this message has fallen on deaf ears, as it did with Eli.
In the morning, Eli demanded Samuel to tell him everything the Lord had spoken to him. This, Samuel did, even though he was afraid of what Eli would do. Eli did exactly what the church has done with the words the prophets have brought to them. He simply ignored the warning, and went on his merry way, to his own destruction, and the destruction of his house.
In God's patience, Samuel grew into a man, and he was accepted by all Israel:
"And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord." I Samuel 3:20
Then came the day when God's judgment would fall on the religious system and upon the whole government of Israel:
"And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek." I Samuel 4:1
When God is going to judge a people, He always raises up an enemy against them. This time it was the Philistines:
"And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men." I Samuel 4:2
This time, because of the wickedness of the people, God was no longer on their side. Because of this, Israel fled before the Philistines in defeat. This caused the people to return to their camp and try to get God involved in their battle.
"So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God." I Samuel 4:4
God was about to bring all that had been prophesied to Eli and Israel to pass. Israel had turned their back on God, and now God had turned His face away from Israel. God would no longer fight Israel's battles, as He had in the past.
"And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen." I Samuel 4:10
Israel suffered another great loss. The United States should learn a lesson from what God did at Shiloh. Because of the wickedness of the people, the United States has not been victorious in war for the last sixty years. And it will not be victorious in the conflicts the politicians have gotten them into this time. Israel not only lost the battle, but . . .
". . . the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain." I Samuel 4:11
A messenger came out of the battle to report to Eli what had taken place:
"Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see." I Samuel 4:15
When the messenger informed Eli the news about his two sons being killed, and that the ark of God had been taken by the Philistines:
"And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years." I Samuel 4:18
This was the fulfillment of all that had been prophesied to Eli, and the elimination of his household. This is where the church system is today. Peter foretold of this judgment God was going to send upon the church:
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Peter 4:17
What will be the end of all the Hophnis and Phinehases that occupy the pulpits and practice their ungodliness upon God' s people today?
God was about to raise up righteous leadership, both in the priesthood and in the government of Israel. At the death of Eli, Phinehas' wife was with child:
"And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her." I Samuel 4:19
When Phinehas' widow gave birth to this child, the child was in line for the priesthood. But he would never serve as priest. When the child was born, Phinehas' widow also died.
"And she named the child Ichabod, saying, the glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken." I Samuel 4:21-22
The glory had departed the priesthood, and from Israel. God's presence could no longer be seen or felt in Israel. God has done the same thing in our day. He has stamped `Ichabod" upon the church and upon the United States, itself. He has stamped `Ichabod' upon the church because they have rejected His Word, they have rejected His Spirit, and they, as Eli, have become old, fat, and blind. They no longer have a vision for the work.
When the Pharisees came to Jesus, and told Him that Herod was going to kill Him, Jesus' answer was:
"And He said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected." Luke 13:32
The today and tomorrow Jesus spoke of is the church age. And what were the duties of the church? They were to cast out devils (or perform deliverances). But the church has stayed away from deliverances because they believe satan has as much power as Christ, and they shrink back in fear. They no longer believe in healings. They send their people to the doctor, instead of the Great Physician. Because of this, God has stamped `Ichabod' upon His church.
Only those who know their God on an intimate basis will be perfected on the third day. We are at the end of the second day since Jesus ascended off the earth.
God has also stamped `Ichabod' upon the government of the United States. When the United States was founded, it was established on Christian principles. God was to be the head of the nation. The leaders of the nation were statesman. But their power was replaced by politicians which sold the nation out for money and power. Now the head of this nation is an illegal alien, not even a citizen of the United States. He is a Moslem with Communist ideas. He has surrounded himself with every low life he could find in the nation, and is selling the nation down the tubes as fast as he can. His handlers, the International Bankers, pull his strings, and he dances to the tune of the New World Order.
The people of this nation have become engrossed in his thinking. And truly the glory has departed from this great nation which was the pattern to the whole world for freedom, prosperity, and Godliness. But `Ichabod" is stamped on everything this nation tries to accomplish. The prophet Isaiah informs us:
". . . for when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." Isaiah 26:9c
God's judgments are already in the earth. God judged Israel for their wickedness, and He will also judge this generation for their wickedness. As God informed us, see what He did at Shiloh. Anyone or any nation who thinks they can do as Israel did and not suffer the same judgment is void of any knowledge of God or His Word.
While God's judgment was upon the religious system and Israel's government, God was raising up a righteous leader. God was doing a new thing with the young man, Samuel. This represents God's new thing He is about to bring forth in the earth in our day. God is going to raise up His manifested sons. These manifested sons will become His righteous leadership who will rule and reign with Christ as their head. We are informed:
"And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life." I Samuel 7:15
All the years Samuel judged Israel, his home was in Ramah. The tabernacle remained at Shiloh. But the ark of God never dwelt in Shiloh during the reign of Samuel. Samuel built an altar at Ramah, and there he offered up sacrifices. Although Samuel was a judge, he also acted in the office of priest. Samuel was not of the tribe of Levi, he was an Ephramite. But he was ordained of God to fill the office of the priest.
After the Philistines returned the ark to Israel, it was placed in Kirjath Jearim in the house of Abindadab. The ark remained there until David brought it to Jerusalem and placed it in a tent.
Samuel was Israel's last judge. The inhabitants of Israel demanded Samuel make them a king like the nations around them. Samuel's heart was saddened because the people wanted a king, but God answered Samuel:
"And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them." I Samuel 8:7
Israel rejected God, and wanted an earthly king. How like the church today. They would rather follow the dictates of the government, then the direction of God.
Samuel anointed Saul to be king over Israel, but Saul was a bad king. Saul became high and lifted up in self, and blamed others for all his failures. Samuel informed Saul:
"And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?" I Samuel 15:17
Today, many who stand in the pulpits are high and lifted up in self, but God will do to them as He did with Saul. He will bring their reign to an end. While Saul was yet king, God informed Samuel to anoint a new king over Israel. This king was David, a shepherd in his father Jesse's house. David was the youngest of eight sons. David, too, was an Ephrathite. David was the best king Israel ever had. When David became king, Israel desired to have the ark back. The writer of Samuel recorded:
"And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord." I Samuel 7:2
God's presence was absent from Israel for twenty years, and the people missed God's blessings. The first indication of God's judgment is always the removal of His blessings. So David attempted to bring back the ark - - - not to Shiloh - - - but to Jerusalem. David, like many today, tried to accomplish God's purpose - - - not God's way - - - but his own way. So David went to the house of Abinadab to bring the ark to Jerusalem.
"And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Ussah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart." II Samuel 6:3
David made a brand new cart, made of the finest materials, and pulled it with the very best oxen.
"And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals." II Samuel 6:5
David had a heart to serve the Lord with all the finest he could afford. The only problem with this was it was not the way God had directed Israel to move the ark. Israel played on all types of instruments before the ark. They danced and praised trying to be pleasing before the Lord. How like the church today! They sing and play their instruments, trying to please the Lord, but they are out of order. When things are out of order, no matter how hard we try, we cannot please God, and problems will begin to happen. As Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:
"Let all things be done decently and in order." I Corinthians 14:40
God is a God of order. He cannot bless when things are out of order - - - and the church today is out of order. The government is also out of order. The founding fathers gave us the Constitution which was the most perfect way for man to govern, with Christ as the head of the government. Today the leaders of this nation have made a mockery out of the Constitution and God.
As David was bringing the ark to Jerusalem:
". . . when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God." II Samuel 6:6-7
Because David tried to move the ark in his own way, it cost a man's life. No matter how good our intentions are, if we do not act in the manner God prescribes, He cannot bless our efforts. God directed the ark was to be carried with staves on the shoulder of the Levitical priesthood. David's heart was in the right place, but the way he was trying to serve God was wrong. So the bringing of the ark to Jerusalem was delayed until David learned his lesson from God.
While David was finding out how the ark was to be moved, he prepared a tent for the ark in Jerusalem. Then David prepared to move the ark again. This time he selected ordained priests to bear it upon their shoulders as Moses had been commanded by the Lord. No fancy cart, no select oxen, no ordinary men guided the ark. Only the ordained leaders of God now carried the ark in God's prescribed manner. David then placed the ark in the tent he had prepared for it.
"And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord." II Samuel 6:17
The glory had departed from Israel, and now the glory was returning to Jerusalem. The people were filled with joy because the blessing of God was back upon Israel. When David put the ark in the tent, there was no gate, no door, and no veil as their had been in Moses' Tabernacle.
David's tent represents the Holy of Holies. With Spiritual eyes, we see David's tent represents the temple as it appeared at Jesus' death. At Jesus' death, the veil was torn from top to bottom. So the way into the Holy of Holies could now be open to all who, through sacrifice of self, can enter into the very presence of God.
In David's tent, the ark was now in plain sight of all the people. The people now had access to the ark.
"And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, and to record, and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel:" I Chronicles 16:4
The people could worship and praise before the Lord without the entrance being blocked by the priests. David's tent was to be a place of worship and praise. This is what we are to become - - - a people of praise. And unknown Psalmist declared this people of praise:
"This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord." Psalms 102:18
God is looking for this people of praise. The prophet Amos gives us a wonderful promise:
"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
God is going to again raise up David's tent where the ark of God will be open to all who want to enter in by their worship and praise. Jesus opened the way.
Sad to say, today we witness David's Tabernacle has fallen down, and God's glory has departed. But we have God's promise He will again raise up His tabernacle of praise. You may ask, "When will this happen?" It will happen when the people get tired of missing God's blessings, and as Israel they lament the loss of God's presence, and repent. Paul also spoke of this day:
"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
God is going to build again from the ruins the denominational systems have caused in the body of Christ. The prophet Isaiah also spoke of this day and time:
"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
God is about to raise up His praising army who will worship and praise Him in His presence. What will become of the denominational orders who have divided the body of Christ, and have brought God's people under their domination? All we need to do is look again at what God did at Shiloh. The same thing will happen to the denominational orders who have forgotten their God, and turned to the wickedness of the world. God has removed His presence because their leaders have become old, fat, and blind. As Eli fell backward off his seat, so to will those who are in rebellion to the Lord.
We need to seek the Lord in our worship and praise. We need to rejoice in our calling. We need to repent and not be as our example, Israel, who had to be judged for their wickedness.
God is calling a people unto Himself. He is not looking at their new cart or their fine clothes. He is looking for pure hearts who speak and seek God's righteousness. Praise the Lord!
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