The Tabernacle of History

The ancient Hebrews were instructed with great detail how to construct the tabernacle which later became the temple. Inside was the bloody altar where animal sacrifices were made, the laver of water where the washing and cleansing of individuals occurred, also the table of show bread which was eaten by the priest, next was the golden candlesticks which filled the court with great light, and the altar of incense which perfumed the entrance into the holy of holies, where the ark of the covenant; that is God's mercy seat was. Historians looking at the tabernacle and reflecting on the acts of God throughout church history are recognizing a pattern. Following the acts of the Apostles and the canonization of scripture the church was scattered and society slipped into an eclipse. During the dark ages, only the body of Christ remained a bright light for a dark world.


The Bloody Bronze Altar:


Over 500 years ago the Lord brought emphasis on the first piece of the tabernacle furniture when He raised up a controversial movement that declared salvation was not by the works of men, but by the blood of Jesus. Reaction to the reformation in the religious world was fierce and a great persecution broke out.


2. The Bronze Laver of Water:


Nearly 400 years ago the Lord brought an emphasis to the second piece of tabernacle furniture when a group known as the Baptists stressed the need for the baptism of believers. The issue of water baptism was very controversial. Believers suffered great persecution within the religious world, and an insidious cruelty as many were drown for their adherence to water baptism.


3. The Table of Show Bread:


Although the printing press has been around for about 200 years, it was only about 300 years ago that the word of God started becoming accessible to the ordinary citizen. Instrumental was the persecuted Puritan's passion for the written Word, which led to a major rise in the literacy rate among an inspired general population. The Bible was now finding its way into the homes of the masses, as praying believers instead of relying solely on the insight of one individual leader could now study the scripture for themselves, under the influence of the Holy Spirit.


4. The Golden Candlesticks:


It was nearly 100 years ago that the Lord brought emphasis to the role of the Holy Spirit during revivals at the turn of the century. Main stream denominations were thrusted upon by a fresh movement as the lost not only experienced salvation, but experienced the fullness of the presence of God in great numbers. Again it was very controversial with harsh declarations being made against believers by many in the religious world.


5. The Golden Altar of Incense:


Fifty to sixty years ago an emphasis came to prayer with regard to spiritual warfare. Again it was very controversial, but more and more the praying body of Christ came to grips with the reality, that we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with an insidious enemy of the souls of people. It is no coincidence that the incense on the golden altar was composed not only to be pleasant to the sense of smell, but that such a bi product warded off snakes, scorpions, and flies. Today, the humble prayers of praise and petition ward of the enemy of our souls as we draw near to God.


5. The Mercy Seat-The Ark of the Covenant:


The last piece of furniture! Here the worship and petitions are made. It is a place prepared for a people who desire to worship the Lord. For the first time in the 2,000 year history of the church, the buzz word is praise and worship. Congregations from every background, from every part of the world, are desiring a companionship and an intimacy with their redeemer. Could we be the generation spoken about in Psalm 102? "Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord. The Lord looked down from His sanctuary on high from Heaven he viewed the earth to hear the groans of the prisoners and to release those condemned to death. So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion and as praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and the Kingdoms assemble to worship the Lord." This could be that generation, even so come Lord Jesus for your worshiping bride without spot or blemish.

...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***