As we study the Bible, God reveals His plan for His Adam Creation, "From a Tent to a Temple." The word tent is translated "tabernacle." The word tabernacle always refers to a temporary dwelling place.
In the Old Testament, there were two tabernacles where God met with man; Moses' Tabernacle and David's Tabernacle. Since the day of Pentecost, God has met man in his fleshly tabernacle.
Peter related this:
"Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed thee." II Peter 1:14
This refers to Peter putting off his earthly flesh.
Man dwells in a tabernacle of earthly flesh. But God's divine plan is to inhabit a completed temple. The temple God will dwell in for all eternity will be built of living stones. Peter spoke of this temple:
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." I Peter 2:5
This Spiritual temple will be built of the living stones that God is shaping and molding in the earth today.
God revealed many types and shadows in His dealings with Israel. These types and shadows can be related to the church today. In these types and shadows, God shows where the church is and where the church is going. But even more importantly, these types and shadows show the direction God desires the church to go.
Israel's history discloses examples of God's people in the earth today. At the time in Israel's history, when they were in bondage in Egypt, Pharaoh had ordered all the male children born to the Israelites to be killed by throwing them in the Nile River.
When Moses (God's deliverer) was born, he was hid for three months before this order of Pharaoh was adhered to. Moses' parents obeyed Pharaoh's word. They threw Moses in the Nile, but they provided him a covering, an ark made of bulrushes. This is a type of the covering of the Holy Spirit God has placed around His people.
When Jesus was born, Herod had ordered all the children two years and younger to be killed, trying to destroy the deliverer. Thousands of babies were killed by Herod. But we are living in the time when man is killing more babies than Pharaoh or Herod put together. At the time of this writing, the United States has legally slaughtered over 30 million of our unborn. The government has allowed this killing of our innocent. This is not only allowed by the U.S. Government, but by governments all over the earth. The world today, as never before, truly needs a deliverer.
When Manasseh was king of Israel, he filled the streets of Jerusalem with innocent blood. God spoke at that time:
"For the innocent blood that he (Manasseh) shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the Lord would not pardon. II Kings 24:4
God will not forgive the shedding of innocent blood - - - not in this nation - - - or any other.
God used Moses to deliver His people from the grip of Egypt. Egypt represents the world. The Father sent Jesus to the earth so that we might be delivered from the grip of the world through His Word.
Jesus related that He only spake what He heard the Father speak and only did what He saw the Father do. Jesus submitted totally to the authority of the Father, the anointing upon His life. In this time of the coming Kingdom Age, God will again have a people with whom He will speak face to face.
As we continue to look at the examples of Israel's history, we discover that when Israel was in the wilderness, God came down on a smoking mountain and laid out the ten commandments verbally for Israel. But the people did not want God speaking to them directly - - - likewise the people today refuse to hear God's voice and come into His presence. They would rather follow man and man's law.
It has always been God's desire that He speak to His people directly. So the Father sent Jesus to break down the middle wall of partition (the law) that separated God from His creation. Ephesians 2:14
"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, (or the division) the law of commandments..." Ephesians 2:13-15
Jesus abolished and removed this division between God and man.
". . .To make, in Himself, of twain one new man." Ephesians 2:15
God is making that new man in the earth today. It is this new man Jesus is coming back for.
God further reveals examples through types and shadows of His redemption plan for His creation man in the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. God told Moses to build a tabernacle; a temporary place for His people to worship. God revealed to Moses, in exact detail, how to build the tabernacle. He gave Moses the exact pattern for the Brazen Altar, Laver, Candlestick, Table of Shew-bread, and the Altar of Incense. He laid it out in every detail. The Mercy Seat, the Cherubim, and the Ark of the Covenant all reveal God's salvation plan for His Adam Creation.
God gave Israel the Levitical Priesthood with all the ritual worship and sacrificial offerings, but Israel came to the place where the priesthood became very corrupt. The sacrifices became only rituals, without repentance. When Israel sinned, they could kill an innocent animal to atone for their sin. But there was no repentance. Today, people sin using God's salvation plan as a covering for their sin.
But God is looking for a people who have a heart toward Him; a people who love Him and desire to be pleasing in His sight. God's desire, since the Garden of Eden, has been to speak directly to His people. Israel is our example of God's desire to have a people for Himself. He gave Israel the Ark of the Covenant where He would meet with the High Priest once a year on the day of Atonement. On that day, not only would Israel's sin be forgiven, but sin would be removed from their midst by the escape goat.
But there came a time when Israel's sin became so gross that God allowed the Ark of the Covenant to be removed. The Ark represented seven things: His presence, promise, protection, power, praise, peace, and provision. But Israel came to the place where His presence, power, protection, promises, praise, peace, and provisions meant nothing to them; so God allowed the Ark to be taken.
The removal of the Ark came when Eli was priest. Israel had been defeated by the Philistines and God allowed the Philistines to capture the Ark.
Eli had two sons, Hophni and Phinehas. The name Hophni means "pugilist" or "strike with the fist." The name Phinehas means "mouth of brass" or "mouth of sin." Eli's sons were very wicked; nevertheless, they were heirs to the priesthood.
Eli's physical condition is a picture of the church system today. Eli was 98 years old and his eyes were dim or blind; and he was old and heavy (or fat), I Samuel 4:15-18. The religious system today is also old, fat, and blind.
In the days of Eli, God was raising up another ministry and that was Samuel. The name Samuel means "heard of God." Samuel heard God's voice. The Lord called Samuel three times and Samuel ran back to the "old religious system," Eli. Three times Samuel asked, "What do you want me to do?" Each time Eli was asleep and Samuel had to wake him. Each time, Eli would say, "There is no calling here for you." Eli told Samuel to "Wait on the Lord", and hear what God was saying. Many are still running back to the old system where there is no calling, instead of heeding God's voice.
God was raising up Samuel to replace the old religious system. He began to speak to Samuel everything that He was going to do to the old religious system. Today God is raising up new ministries that hear His Voice. They realize there is no calling for them in the old religious system. In His revelation to John, Jesus spoke of this church age as the Laodicean age;
"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
When God allowed the Ark to be captured by the Philistines, they put the Ark in the house of Dagon, their god. The next day, Dagon was on his face before the presence of God. They sat Dagon back up, and the next day he was on his face again - - - but, this time his hands and his head were broken off.
The Philistine's god failed before the presence of God. The world's gods will fail when God's presence comes into His people. The world cannot stand before the presence of God.
The Philistines sent the Ark back, but it would never again sit in the tabernacle of Moses. It was taken to Abinadab's house. The name Abinadab means "the father of a willing giver."
God removed His presence, protection, promises, power, praise, peace, and provision from Israel and gave it to the father of a willing giver. The Ark stayed at Abinadab's house for many years. All this time, God was raising up Samuel.
In the time of Jesus, man had his religious service, but God was raising up a new ministry, a new way to worship and praise God. This new way was Jesus. Jesus' words to the woman at the well were:
"...The hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him." John 4:21-23
"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." John 14:6
He told them before the day of Pentecost,
"When He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth..." John 16:13
Jesus further stated that they would be endued with power from on high, Luke 24:49. The Day of Pentecost was the time when God's presence, power, protection, promise, priase, peace, and provision returned to His people. The Holy Spirit is our Ark of the Covenant. [see "Power From on High" by George Kirkpatrick]
Today, the old religious church system is old, blind, and fat. The presence of God has left. They do not need God any more. They are sufficient within themselves. This is the Laodician Church System.
But God is in the process of raising up His people who are going to inherit and inhabit His kingdom.
After Moses, Joshua, and Samuel, Israel cried out, "We want an earthly king like the rest of the world."
God spoke, "I am your king." But Israel rejected Him as king and demanded an earthly king. God told Samuel to anoint Saul as king over Israel. When Pilate said to the Jews, "Shall I crucify your King?" their reply was, "We have no King but Caesar," John 19:15. Today, God's people are demanding an earthly king to rule over them. That king is government.
Saul was a very wicked king. The people cried out and God delivered them. God was already raising up a man to be their king in the wilderness. That man was David.
The name David means "beloved." The Bible says David was a man who was after God's own heart. David is our example of one who sought God with his whole heart. David was used mightily by God. David wrote 74 of the 150 Psalms. David put his whole trust and dependency in God. When David made mistakes, he immediately cried out to God and repented, asking God for forgiveness. David had a repentive heart.
Saul was the opposite. When Saul made a mistake, he justified it. Many are justifying their sin today. We cannot justify sin before God.
David was tried, tested, and proven many times. David was a man who knew God's power and direction. God anointed David king over Israel and David knew that what God had ordained, He would bring to pass. The two times David could have become king by his own hand, he stated, "I will not touch God's anointed (Saul)." David knew God had made Saul king, and that God, alone, would remove him from his kingship. He was not going to become king by his own hand. He would become king by God's hand; and by His anointing.
Today, people try to change the government, and yet God said He would raise up kingdoms and throw down kingdoms . . .
". . . To the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men." Daniel 4:17
There came a day when Saul and all but one of his sons were killed. Then God raised up David as king of Israel, as He had promised - - - not by David's hand, but by the will and direction of God.
When David became King and all the time Saul was king, the old religious system still operated in Moses' tabernacle. The Ark was in the house of Abinadab. The presence, power, promises, protection, praise, peace, and provision had been removed from Moses' tabernacle, but their form worship continued.
David desired to build God a permanent place, a temple where the Ark could rest permanently. But David could not build the temple because he had bloody hands. Yet, God had put the desire in David to return the presence, power, promise, protection, praise, peace, and provision back into the midst of Israel.
David built another tabernacle for the Ark in Jerusalem. This, too, was another temporary place for God to dwell. David's tabernacle would be a place of praise, singing, and worship. It differed from Moses' tabernacle in that there was no form worship, no sacrifices or offering, but a constant praise going up before the Ark.
David prepared to bring the Ark to Jerusalem, but he tried the modern way. The old way surely had to be outmoded. He constructed a new cart and brought a team of oxen. David had forgotten that God had ordained for His power, protection, presence, promises, praise, peace, and provisions to be born on the shoulders of the priests.
The way that David ordained, failed; and it cost a man his life. David repented and put the Ark on the shoulders of the Levite priests. The Ark was brought to the temporary place David had prepared.
David appointed Levites to minister before the Ark. In Moses' tabernacle, only the High Priest could enter before the Ark one day each year. Now, the priests ministered before the Ark continually. The priests were to record, thank, and praise the Lord God of Israel, I Chronicles 16:4.
The Hebrew word record is ZAKAR and means "to meditate and be in prayer before the Lord." They were to thank the Lord and praise the God of Israel. It was no longer the silent form worship with all its rituals. The priests were to praise and worship before the presence of God. Hallelujah!
There were now two tabernacles in Israel:
Moses' Tabernacle with the old form worship
David's Tabernacle with worship and praise;
Both were in tents or temporary dwelling places.
There was a form of praise in Moses' tabernacle on the altar of incense. This incense was offered up before God day and night. In David's tabernacle, it was man who was praising before God day and night.
In Moses' tabernacle, God's presence had departed. The outer court and the Holy Place with all their rituals were there and the Holy of Holies was still there - - - but it was empty. The High Priest could no longer enter into the presence of God, not even once a year, because the Ark was gone!
The Holy of Holies was in David's tabernacle. It had God's presence, power, promises, protection, praise, peace, and provision. There were no sin-sacrifices and the people continuely ministered in the presence of God.
Two systems, one of form worship and one of praise and worship before God. These simultaneously existed in tents in Israel.
The permanent dwelling place of God could not be built in Israel because of David's bloody hands. It was necessary to wait until God raised up David's son, Solomon. The name Solomon means "peace."
The temple could not be built in a time of confusion and war. The permanent dwelling place had to be built in a time of peace.
David knew he was not to build the temple; nevertheless, he began to make plans and to store materials. The Bible records these materials could not even be weighed for their multitude. David gathered great amounts of wealth to build the temple; yet David had to go by the way of the world. God took David's life before one stone was cut or one shovel of earth was moved at the temple site.
Solomon (peace), the all-wise son, would build the temple, the permanent dwelling place of God. It took Solomon seven years to complete the temple. When the temple was completed, the Ark of God was moved into the temple. The Bible does not reveal what happened to Moses' tabernacle, but we know what happened to David's tabernacle. The Bible states that it has fallen down, Amos 9:11.
The instruments of worship from Moses' tabernacle were brought to the temple. We must assume they had been kept in storage, because they were never used in David's tabernacle. When God's permanent dwelling place was built, Moses' tabernacle ceased to exist. David's tabernacle fell down. There was only one place to worship God, and that was in Solomon's temple.
All the worship of God came together in Solomon's temple. Today, all the worship of God is coming together in the temple that God is building in the earth.
As God's Word begins to reveal these types and shadows, we begin to understand the signs of the times spoken of by Jesus when He will return to redeem His people and restore His Kingdom in the earth.
The earth is truly ripe for their Redeemer to return and remove all things that offend. The Lord owns all, He has no title or deed. He does not need them. Everything belongs to Him!
God had to give Israel laws because they would not hear His voice. They hoped that through the purity of the keeping of the law, God would accept them. But the law was so righteous no man could keep the whole law.
When Jesus was on earth, the Sadducees were the legalists that followed the law and became experts of the law. Today, we have those who are given a way, or method, to worship God. They are given rules and are told if they follow these rules, they will be pleasing to God.
The Pharisees were Separatists. This separation still exists in many churches today. They sincerely believe, with all their heart, they are the only ones that are serving God; and that their name and their doctrine are the only ones God accepts. They can be SINCERELY wrong.
The Zealots were the Purists; holy in their own sight. All they talked about was how holy they were. This is the holiness movement. Their Holiness toward God is being holy by their actions and deeds in the flesh.
The Herodians were tied to the government. There was no separation between God and government. Today, those who have made the government their god, try to placate the government so they may have an easier way to worship God. They are trying to change the world through man-made governments.
All the religious systems that were in the earth when Jesus came the first time, are in the earth today. They are just called by different names. Paul tells us in Timothy:
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power (Holy Spirit) thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5
In 1906, God moved and the Pentecostal Movement began on Azusa Street in California. God began to move through His Spirit. In 1948, a new move came, but not like in 1906. By this time, the pentecostal movement simply had become another denomination because man tried to contain it and bring it under his control.
In the late 1960's and early 70's, another great move of the Spirit began. This was called the Charismatic movement and was short lived. Many of the churches that began at that time still exist, but their praise and worship have become form and based more on emotion than Spirit.
The pentecostal and charismatic movements were the raising up of David's tabernacle that had fallen down.
"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
James quoted this at the council at Jerusalem in Acts 15:16-17.
God has raised up David's tabernacle in these last times so that we can come before the throne of God and worship and praise and operate in the gifts.
Many, today, still worship our beloved Jesus in the flesh. They have not yet come to a true Spiritual praise of God. When the pentecostal and charismatic movements began, it was in true worship and praise before the throne of God.
The tabernacle of David had to be raised up before God could build His permanent place of worship that will be built on Mt. Moriah - - - Ornan's Threshing Floor.
At the time satan tempted David to number the people of Israel, a plague had killed 70,000. The angel of God told David to set up an altar on Ornan's Threshing Floor. After David purchased the threshing floor and made sacrifices before God, the plague was stayed, I Chronicles 21.
Ornan's Threshing Floor was the building site of Solomon's temple, II Chronicles 3:1. This is the place of worship and praise in the Spirit. All worship and praise comes together in Solomon's Temple; the permanent dwelling place in God.
While Solomon's temple was being built, the old form worship was still going on in Moses' tabernacle. Moses' tabernacle was at Gibeon. Gibeon means "Little Hill."
Praise and worship was also continuing in David's tabernacle which was on Mt. Zion. Mt. Zion means "Sunny Heights."
Solomon built the temple on Mt. Moriah on Ornan's Threshing Floor.
David was the "Beloved" after God's heart. Jesus is the "beloved" of the Father. Two times the Father proclaimed,
"This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17 and Matthew 17:5
Jesus is the beloved of the Father; but He, as David, could not build the temple, the permanent dwelling place for God. His temple can only be built through the Spirit.
"In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit." Ephesians 2:22
Jesus, as David, had to go by way of death (flesh), as all mankind. But God's temple will be built in the earth through the Spirit.
Today, God is building His temple, His permanent dwelling place, that He will fill with His presence, power, promise, protection, praise, peace, and provision. He will also fill this temple with His glory.
It took Solomon seven years working on Ornan's threshing floor to complete the temple. Today, God has a people on His threshing floor, where He is perfecting HIS temple.
Meanwhile, the old form religion, which is old, fat, and blind is still holding their ritualistic worship services.
The Hophni's and Phinehas's, (Pugilism and Mouth of Sin) are constantly striking with their fists and their mouths to keep God's people down and in bondage to their man-made doctrines and rules. Their "mouth of sin" is proclaiming that the power of God, the Holy Spirit, and the gifts were done away with at the time of the apostles. They deny healing or any move of the Spirit. Many also deny the virgin birth, the resurrection, and that God is masculine.
These are dwelling in Mt. Gibeon, "little Hill". You cannot see much from a little hill. It is because God's presence, power, protection, promises, praise, peace, and provisions have departed. From Gibeon, there is no vision. God's Word says:
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18
While God is building His temple on Ornan's threshing floor, the pentecostals and charismatics are still praising and worshipping in Mt. Zion; the "sunny heights". They believe in the presence, power, promises, protection, praise, peace, and provisions of God, but they are happy to remain in David's tabernacle. They believe they have arrived and desire nothing more. Most are not aware of the activity going on at Ornan's threshing floor because it is on another mountain, Mt. Moriah.
God is planning, building, and erecting His temple, His permanent dwelling place in the earth today. The whole appearance of the threshing floor is changing. The permanent temple is being erected, not out of temporary materials (flesh); but is being built with living stones in the Spiritual realm.
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house..." I Peter 2:5
That Spiritual temple God is building to inhabit eternally is a Spiritual temple.
At the time of the building of Solomon's temple, no sound of steel could be heard. The stones were shaped at the quarry. The reason no hammers could be heard, is to show, when God is building up His Spiritual temple, there will not be anything to draw attention to that temple. It is going to be a Spiritual erection, not something that man will notice.
Meanwhile, the tabernacle worship in the flesh continues.
But God is building His permanent temple on Ornan's threshing floor. Ornan means "the light was perpetuated." Those who are perpetuating God's light are on His threshing floor.
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." Matthew 5:14
The temple being built on Mt. Moriah, when complete, will shine forth into all the world. It will be glorious!
Mt. Moriah means "the chosen of God." The word's other meanings are: "seen of God" and "taught of God." Those who are being built into His Holy temple are chosen, seen, and taught of God.
Those who have chosen to remain on Mt. Gibeon have their eyes on what God has approved in the past. They are maintaining this system.
The pentecostals and charismatics have chosen to remain on Mt. Zion, worshipping and praising before the presence of God.
But God desires us to move up to Mt. Moriah, to Ornan's threshing floor, to build us into His permanent temple. Here, He is teaching us true worship and praise, but He desires that we go on. He has another step, something more He is going to do in us.
Many like what is going on in their tent worship. They have no vision, and are afraid of change. We need to fix our eyes on the permanent dwelling place of God.
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" I Corinthians 3:16
We are that temple God is building; the place where He will dwell permanently.
Is this written to those on Gibeon or Zion? No. They are still in their tabernacles. When Solomon's temple was complete, the Ark was moved into the temple. When God completes His temple, His power, protection, presence, provision, praise, peace, and promises will inhabit that temple forever.
"If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy..." I Corinthians 3:17
This is a promise of God.
As was said before, all the stones for Solomon's temple were cut at the quarry. No shaping was done at the temple site whatsoever! If a stone did not fit when it was brought to the temple, it was rejected and destroyed.
We are the living stones that God will use to build His permanent dwelling place. He is shaping us to fit into that temple which is His Body where He will dwell permanently.
Those stones that refuse to be shaped and molded into the image of the Father will not fit into the body when the Kingdom comes. What will happen to these stones? These stones that do not fit will be REJECTED and DESTROYED!
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." I Corinthians 6:19-20
You accepted that full price and you belong to God. If this is true, glorify God in your body and also in your SPIRIT. These are God's. They belong to Him.
"What agreement hath the temple of God with idols?..." II Corinthians 6:16
Paul is talking to those on the threshing floor who are being shaped into living stones. These are they who have destroyed the idols in their life. These will be built into the temple of the living God. God said,
"I will dwell in them, and walk in them: and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." II Corinthians 6:16
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
We are being fitly framed together; all His stones have been shaped to fit in His temple. When God is shaping His stones, it sometimes seems very hard. But this is all necessary so that we as living stones will perfectly fit together into His Holy temple, Ephesians 2:21.
We are built together for a permanent dwelling place of God through the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 2:22. His permanent place for His presence, power, promises, protection, praise, peace, and provision will no longer be in a tent, but in a temple from which God is going to reign.
"From a Tent to a Temple" which God is building through the Holy Spirit. Praise God!
You wonder why you do not belong at Gibeon and have even gone beyond Zion? You wonder why there is no fellowship with those at Gibeon and Zion? It is because you are on another mountain! God has raised up David's tabernacle in these last days. But that is not the ultimate. The ultimate was planned by our Beloved. His Word was financed by the Beloved and paid for by His Blood. The design and even the purchase of the land was by our Beloved. He prepared all the material to do the job because He knew us before He laid the foundation of the world, Ephesians 1:4.
Right now you ask, "Why aren't things happening faster? Why doesn't He come back now? Why isn't He doing the things we desire to see Him do?" It is because He is still doing a big job at the quarry. He is waiting for His living stones to be shaped. And when they are - - - God will build His temple.
The permanent temple could not be built in Jesus. He is the Corner Stone. He is the Beloved. The temple could not be built without the Corner Stone, but the Temple will be built by and through the Spirit of God.
The stones will be ready when the flesh is carved away. When the Spirit takes complete control of our being, we will then be usable stones in the building of His temple.
It takes a real craftsman to cut stone. There are many different kinds of stone and they all cut differently. Sandstone cuts very easily and has straight, cleavage planes; whereas, marble is very hard, and has no cleavage planes. The hardest of all stones are diamonds. Diamonds can only be cut by specialists.
All stones are different, just as we are all different in the sight of God. We are living stones and God is very gently shaping us to fit into His permanent temple that He is building in the earth.
Sometimes this cutting and shaping process in our lives seems to be very hard. But this is when God is cutting the finest facets in our lives.
Some stones crumble very easily - - - the least amount of pressure will cause them to fall apart. This is so like many people who are called by His Name. They are professers as long as no pressure is applied.
Many have left the old form worship on Mt. Gibeon. Many have come to Mt. Zion in their worship and praise, but refuse the work that must be done on Ornan's threshing floor or at the quarry, to prepare this vessel for use in the permanent temple. There are no sounds being heard on Ornan's threshing floor, no sound of steel to draw attention to what God is doing in the earth; but the change is taking place in the heart of God's people who desire to be delivered from this body of death, Romans 7:24.
God is moving from the tent to a temple and those whose desire is to remain in the tent of flesh, will not be a part of that permanent temple God is building in the earth from His living stones.
God is looking for living stones that are willing to be shaped and molded and will not crumble at the slightest pressure; those who will allow themselves to be shaped into a stone God can build into His beautiful temple; the permanent temple He will inhabit for all eternity.
"The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of Hosts." Haggai 2:9
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