I heard the Lord say:
“I am reestablishing worship to its rightful place for the outpouring of My Glory.”
He then took me to Amos 9:11-13–
“On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” says the Lord who does this thing. “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “when the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it…”
I’ve been sitting with these verses and thinking about the movement of the Spirit of God today. There’s a real acceleration in His working within the church, especially as we approach Rosh Hashanah, the head of the new year according to the Jewish calendar (September 20, 2017).
The Lord has impressed upon me we are about to experience a powerful flow of the demonstration of His Power and Glory which is directly tied to the rebuilding of the tabernacle of David, the reestablishing of worship to its preeminent place in the church.
Rebuilding the Tabernacle
God says He will raise up and rebuild the tabernacle of David “as in the days of old”. The ‘tabernacle of David’ represents access into the presence of the Lord through worship. The word ’Tabernacle’ is defined as a “dwelling place” or “house of worship.” It is also seen as, “a receptacle for the consecrated elements of the Eucharist.” That is really fascinating.
“A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse”, speaks the Lover of His Beloved. She responds, “Awake, O north wind, and come, O south! Blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits.” The Lover responds, “I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk.” (Song of Songs 4:12, 16 and 5:1 emphasis added)
We are the Garden of the Lord, His dwelling place. We are the ‘receptacle for the consecrated elements of the Eucharist’! In other words, through the Blood of the Lamb we are consecrated and are prophetically the Elements of the body and blood of Christ Jesus. Think of this—“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27) is not merely theological doctrine but the reality of our true nature experienced in the Secret Place of Intimacy with God where the Flames of Love and the Waters of Life purify and cleanse every part of our being, where the Oil of Joy is poured out and New Wine flows freely, where the Fragrance of Heaven blows through our Garden captivating our senses.
Now If we combine this with the consistent revelation of Scripture that we are called to worship the Lord in and with the splendor of His majesty, then the rebuilding of the ‘tabernacle’ is the work of God within us not only making us a suitable place to house His Glorious Presence; but, awakening us to our song which rises to meet the Song of the Lord in a symphony of worship that fills the earth with His Glory.
This is called the Tabernacle of David because he understood this. He stands as the preeminent example of worship from the place of intimacy. He is called, “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22) and the songs we have of his resonate with the Sound of Heaven as strongly today as they did when he brought them forth from the deep well of his heart for God.
So, the Lord is taking us back to this place—as He says, “the days of old”. In this, He is pulling the past into the now obliterating the forms of worship that resonate with the earthly patterns of a religious system which has replaced the Presence of the Lord with the performance of man. We have embraced the form of worship while denying the power of worship…until now. As we embrace the call of God to go deep into His Presence and in the Secret Place begin to worship we come into agreement with His heart and a major shift takes place accelerating us forward into, what the Lord has shown me is—Miracle Praise. This is the worship that releases the Glory of the Lord.
Acceleration of the Outpouring of Glory
What the Lord says about the tabernacle is tied directly to the acceleration of the outpouring of His Glory.
He says, “Behold, the days are coming”— days of the demonstration of the Spirit and power that will bring forth an abundant harvest. The plowman overtaking the reaper, the treader of grapes the one who sows the seed—all this a picture of the acceleration of the working of God in and through us in the coming days. Worship that originates in and flows from the Presence of God demonstrates the Power of God.
The final picture shows what this power looks like — “the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it”. There is an abundance of the Glory of the Lord that is the manifestation of Psalm 34:8:
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
The Lord is reestablishing the preeminence of worship in the church. This worship will flow from deep within the Presence of the Lord. The atmosphere will resonate fully with the Song of the Lord and every form of disease and dis-ease will be destroyed. Healing, deliverance, salvation will be spontaneous as worship releases the sweet Wine of the Spirit. The last image of Amos 9:13 shows this atmosphere–the tangible manifestation of complete, abundant, joy filled sweetness of the Presence of our God.
“O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance.” (Psalm 16:5-6)
We are in an accelerating time in which the Spirit of the Lord is bringing to ‘full term’ the dreams, desires and hopes we’ve been nurturing within us. As we approach ‘Rosh Hashanah’, the head of the new year on the Jewish calendar (September 20, 2017), it’s important that we prepare the place for the Coming of Desire. I believe this is a ‘transitional’ time in the promises of God.
Just as there are different, progressive stages in natural childbirth, so too in the spiritual birthing of God. There’s Latent (early) labor, Active labor, and finally Transitional which is the last, most intensive phase of labor. Many of us have already gone through the seasons of latent and active labor in which we’ve felt the movement and the increasing excitement of expectancy. But, we’ve not yet held in our hands what we’ve been carrying deep inside.
Those first stages are now at an end. We’ve been brought to the stage of ‘transition’. In this stage, our focus is on one thing—delivery, the birthing of the promises of God.
I believe Isaiah 54:1-3 has real impact in this stage:
“Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord. Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.”
What you have held in your heart you will hold in your hands by the supernatural power of God.
I hear the Lord say:
“Am I the God who brings to the point of delivering only to close and seal the womb? NO, for I am the Lord of abundant life, of provision over and above all dreams and desires. And, I have brought you to your appointed time. This is the day of delivery and the birthing of destiny. I am the God of JOYFUL BIRTHING, so rejoice!
“Abandon yourself to Me in this final stage, cast yourself upon Me holding nothing back for I tell you plainly, what I created in you, and you have nurtured and longed to hold is being brought forth in glory. I give you nations as an inheritance, and you shall make what was desolate a place filled with life. All, this and more I am bringing forth through you.”
I believe it will be good to make Psalm 16:5-6 a focus of prayer during this transitional stage. This will be an intense time. But, it also will be short. For we are in the accelerating time of the Lord, bring us to full term and delivery.