For many years we have put up a big colorful, tent during our June Bible conference. When we were cleaning up, we took down the tent and afterwords my friend Kay was telling me I need to “Retent” and believe.
But the thing that got me thinking about her pun, was I had just been contemplating this verse:
“In that day I will raise up the tent of David that has fallen, and I will wall up its breaks. And I will raise up its ruins, and I will build it as the days of old” Amos 9:11
The restoration of the tabernacle of David was fulfilled in the third day. James quotes Amos as evidence that God has gathered up the gentiles into His Son (see Acts 15:13-18). James understands that the fulfillment of what David’s tent represented had come. He is not predicting a new tent would be built in the future. May the Father give revelation in us to see how His tabernacle was God’s testimony of Jesus and the work He has finished. The tabernacle was a “parable” about the New Covenant era.
“Holy Spirit signifying by this that the way of the Holy of Holies has not yet been made manifest, while the first tabernacle was still standing; which was a parable for the present time” Heb. 9:8-9.
Jesus has put away the old first house and raised up as a whole new house in Himself (see Jn. 2:19).
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God” Revelation 21:3.
You are not waiting for some other era before this Word is for you, His presence is with you, You are His people, And He is your God and God Himself is with you. This is “for the present time” Heb. 9:9.
The tabernacle testified of the coming of Jesus Christ and His finished work.
“The Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.” John. 2:18-22.
How was the temple a parable of your salvation?
The first tent was commanded in Exodus.
The tabernacle of Moses bore witness of the coming of Jesus Christ, God’s Man. The righteous man. Who is Spirit Soul and Body. And so God commanded that the tabernacle to have an outer court, a holy place and then at the very heart and center, was the Holy of Holies. This tabernacle represented a creation filled with God’s Spirit.
The Ichabod house bore witness of the first man Adam, who is soulish. The wrong man.
This tent represented a man who was only soul and body.
His spirit was empty and without the Glory of God.
Every one in this tent needs to be born of the Spirit. Meaning we receive the Spirit of God where He was absent. So that the Spirit of Christ is at our heart and center. In this we have been translated out of Adam and placed into Christ. True Repentance is in fact to receive this change; It is to be taken out of the first old man and find our home in the Second. It is through His death and resurrection that all believers have in fact been “Retented.”
The Tabernacle of David represented Jesus of Nazareth as the Last Adam.
After the Ark of the Covenant was brought up from Abinadab’s house it was brought up into God’s “rest” in Jerusalem. Therefore they sang,
“Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength” Psalm. 132:8
The Glory of God was found in this tent for thirty three years. This was at the time when King David reigned in Israel. 33 Years was the same length of time that Yeshua, the Last Adam, would walk the earth. Then there was no veil covering the Glory of His Spirit. So the Son of God came as God’s place of rest. The tabernacle of David did not have an outer court or holy place. This pointed toward what would be accomplished in His death. Where Jesus shed both soul, and body, and the Spirit of YHWH was Glorified.
That tabernacle was taken down. This tent was “fallen”(Amos 9:11) so a greater house could be established. As the Last Adam Jesus took down the old tent and raised up a New House in Himself.
Solomon’s Temple modeled the House of His Resurrection, Jesus Christ living in His Body the Church. There is no greater resurrection than the Spirit of Christ living in a people. If you are born of the Spirit today, then you have already received resurrection Life. You are a member of the Body of Christ. No more waiting. The hope of another general Resurrection where God is said to the restore your flesh back to you after death is a false hope. It is another Jesus, and another gospel. In the book of Acts Paul while was on trial he explained that the hope of Israel is the promise of the resurrection. Then he tells us that the resurrection was completley fulfilled when Jesus rose from the dead. It is false teaching to say that God has fulfilled the resurrection only “in part” because Word of God says God “hath in full completed this to us their children, having raised up Jesus, as also in the second Psalm it hath been written, My Son thou art—I to-day have begotten thee ‘And that He did raise Him up out from among the dead, no more to return to corruption, he hath said thus—I will give to you the faithful kindnesses of David” Acts 13:33-34.
There was a tent that represented the first man Adam. Also there was a house that represented One New Man in Christ. In the eyes of God there are only two people: Adam and Christ. Your relationship with God can only be thru one or the other. The first was a represented by a house of condemnation without the glory. The Second is the House from heaven. This is our home. It is Christ Himself. It is the House of Grace and Glory. In the New Testament there are more than 200 different statements where the Holy Spirit tells you that you are “IN Christ.” While you can intimately, and personally experience the perfect favor of the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. You are not actually having your own relationship with God. You have been given Jesus’ relationship. And even though this love and favor can be experienced in a personal way, this relationship is thru the person of Christ. He is your Head. You are His Body
A tent represents a body, in the Bible. For example Peter says:
“But I deem it right, so long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by a reminder, knowing that the putting off of my tabernacle is soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.” 2Pe. 1:13-14.
In the same way the writer of Hebrews also describes everything from the veil outward to represent “the first” man Adam. During the days of Eli the Ark of the covenant was removed from tabernacle of Moses. And the glory of God departed. All that the tabernacle represented was in fact happening to Israel. The people had said: “appoint a king to us, to judge us, like all the nations” 1 Sam. 8:5. And so Saul became the ruler that made them “like all the nations” in Adam.
The Tabernacle of Moses was at Gibeon. Empty. Void of the presence of Gods Spirit. and yet the priests and Levites continued going thru the motions in ignorance as if God was still there. They were determined that the show must go on, with or without the Spirit of God. I shudder to think of how much of christianity goes on in this way now, in the ignorance of our own understanding.
The condition represents the false worship of empty false religion.
At that time, it was as if the tabernacle only had two parts. It had an outer court and a holy place. The Holy of Holies was an empty, dark, nothing. Was it musty, dusty and covered with spider webs? Was it swept clean? The Word doesn’t say.
It was as if it never had been.
It is a testimony of the first man Adam. The soulish man. Soul and Body. Without the Spirit. And so Israel was in the same condition. They were given exactly what they had asked for. He made them “like all the nations.” The soul was King, reigning over the flesh by the power of the flesh; of the earth, earthly, Groping around in Spiritual blindness. What else is there to go on? The longer I follow the Lord in this the deeper this parable goes. When they looked for Saul, “he could not be found. So they inquired again of the LORD, “Is there a man still to come?” and the LORD said, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage” 1 Sam. 10:21-22.
King Saul hid himself from the Lord at his own coronation. Why?
He was conformed to the image of Adam for a testimony of the Gospel. Do you remember Adam saying, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” Gen. 3:10.
But God would raise up the testimony of Jesus in contrast to the man of flesh.
One of the ways the soulish man fails to see what God understands is that we assume that God deals with us as individuals. May the Holy Spirit teach us how God “sums” us all as One Man, judged together in one judgement and sees all raised up in one resurrection being justified together. We assume God is angry with us whenever we are disobedient. We Assume that we make God happy when we do well. But you do not determine God’s peace or wrath. God is the same and His security is as consistent as His covenant. He has judged all men together as evil because of the sin of our “first father” Adam. And He has made a way of justification in Christ Who is to God a second Father of One New Man in Christ. God says,
“I, even I, am He who blots out your trespasses for My sake; and I will not remember your sins. Cause Me to remember; let us enter into judgment together; sum up yourself, that you may be justified. Your first father sinned, and your interpreters transgressed against Me.” Isaiah 43:25-27LITV.
The tabernacle has always been a parable of God’s covenant. Let’s get back to His parable.
In the days of Saul where was God? The Ark of the Covenant was at Abinadab’s house.
When David was anointed King he returned from battle with the head of Goliath. It was not won by clever strategy or by the strength of numbers. The Spirit of God gave the victory. It is remarkable that he removed the head and carried it with him up to Jerusalem. The Hebrew word for head speaks of the source. A “head” is more than a father who is the source of a certain family. It can refer to a spring that becomes a river. A head of grain will come into its fullness in a harvest. A body is the fullness of a head because it gives expression to the head. A body gives full expression to the head.
Goliath was the head of the Philistines. In this one death they all died. Goliath was a champion in that he represented the whole army of the enemy. So that by the one man’s death the many were made dead. David was also a champion for the army of Israel so by the one man’s obedience the many were made victorious. This death was a testimony of the cross of Christ. It was a decisive victory in that tens of thousands were killed together in that one day because of removal of that one head. David had only wrought one death and yet,
“the women sang to one another as they celebrated, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.’ And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, ‘They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?'” 1 Sam 18: 7-8.
Saul burned with jealousy. He represented the first man. The rejected man. David represents the Second. So that the one representing the flesh persecuted the king that testified the Spirit, even so it is now.
David brought out the ark of the covenant to his own house. And YHWH was worshiped there without a veil for thirty three years. The same length of time Jesus lived until He was crucified. So also The tabernacle of David was taken down. There was no holy place/soul. No outer court/flesh. Only the Spirit: represented by the ark of the Covenant.
Then Solomon built a greater house. This son was the revealed son of David. And the same Ark that gave life to the tabernacle quickened the temple of Solomon. This house points us to see Christ in His Church. One New Man. One Spirit Soul and Body. The Body of His Resurrection. One New Man Risen and seated together in Christ Jesus. When Ark of the covenant was brought in the staves were removed. “And they drew out the staves of the ark”, 2 Chronicles 5:9 It says that there is not another house. This is it. This the permanent place where His presence resides. It says to me, Christ in you is enough. He is our Home.
The Resurrection is Spirit and Life.
The substance of the resurrection is One Spirit. It is Christ in you. It is not flesh. The Resurrection is spiritual because the Resurrection is the Spirit of Christ in you. How much time have I wasted arguing for this. Even words like “Flesh and blood will not inherit the kingdom of God” cannot persuade. Reading “till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep” Job 14:12, the argument fails. The soul must see His Appearing. Until the soul is made to witness Him, hearts will look to future and postpone the inheritance. As long as there is ignorance of Jesus we will look to the flesh. The natural mind imagines Paul was describing many different kinds of resurrection bodies:
“God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.” 1 Cor. 15:38-42.
There is a rationalization in theology that Paul was trying to convince that there will be many different kinds of resurrection bodies some day. And I have had no answer to this until now. Look at how Paul was referencing Deut. 4:15-19. It says,
“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air. The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth, And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven” Deut. 4:15-19.
This is a warning to all of God’s people to continue to knowing the Lord in His appearing. God is warning us that if we do not see Him we will make idols of the flesh. The flesh of men and beasts and birds and Fish are all one thing: Flesh. In 1 Cor. 15:38-42, Paul was only comparing two things: Flesh and Spirit. Flesh worships flesh. Gaining new fleshly bodies is not the substance of the resurrection. Christ in you is the substance of the resurrection. The resurrection of flesh and blood is a great idol in modern christianity. It says to God: what is in it for me? The Resurrection is not something other than Him. The answer is seeing the Lord. When we see Him, the Spirit of Christ living in His Body the Church, we see a finished work. This body is Now. It is today that you are in Christ or Paul would not have written,
“knowing the time, that for us, the hour already is to be aroused out of sleep, for now nearer is our salvation than when we did believe, the night did advance, and the day came near; let us lay aside, therefore, the works of the darkness” Rom. 13:11-12
“We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens”. 2 Cor. 5:1