The Tabernacle of David Part 4

Old Testament Prophets

Old Testament prophets told about this work of establishment in our day, clearly and often. One example we’ve just considered is the passage in Amos, quoted by James in the book of Acts, yet there are many more. Jeremiah speaks of this work in Jeremiah 31:6, “There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephriam, ‘Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God’ “. Jeremiah continues in verse 12: “They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of The LORD –the grain, the new wine, and the oil…”   On one level, this is a prophecy of the returning of Israel to its own land, and so pinpoints the very time in history in which we now live. Yet it is also a prophecy of the re-establishment of the presence of “The LORD our God” on “the heights of Zion”. Mount Zion, of course, is the place where David’s tabernacle stood, and in this statement Jeremiah is seeing a future day in which this Zion will be re-established. This Zion is the re-establishment of the House of the LORD in this day: the establishment of Davidic worship and prayer in centers dedicated to this purpose.

The Prophet ElijahThe well-known prophecy of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37 is another Old Testament prophecy that features God’s intent for the House of Prayer. This passage is a birds-eye view of the work of God going on in the earth today. It also is a very telling prophecy of the re-establishment of the very dwelling place of God in the earth, the House of Prayer.

The bringing together of Ezekiel’s dry bones is explained in the text as a re-assembling of the scattered people of Israel in their land. This physical gathering in physical Israel is going on right now. There is also a spiritual assembling going on today, of the people of God from all nations, tribes, denominations and groups into a spiritual dwelling place, the House of Prayer being established in the earth[1]. This fact is brought home clearly at the end of chapter 37: “My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I the LORD make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever”. What is this “dwelling place”, but a clear reference to the establishment of the House of Prayer? This passage also contains a link to the text in Amos, which proclaims the re-establishment of the Tabernacle of David, in its statement that through this place the nations will come to knowledge of The LORD.

One of the most potent of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the establishment of The House of Prayer in this day can be found in Isaiah 56:6, 7:

“And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to serve Him, to love the name of the LORD, and to worship Him — all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to My covenant — these I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My House of Prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a House of Prayer for all nations.”

We are these foreigners! This promise is for us! It is exciting in that, as we love and worship the LORD, binding our hearts to Him, He promises to bring us to His holy mountain and establish His House of Prayer among us. God is re-establishing His physical holy mountain as He re-establishes Israel as a nation[2]. But, as we have seen portrayed in this and other passages, He is doing something new by establishing a spiritual people who are not necessarily physical Israelis[3]. He is bringing us up, we who are “foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD”, to His holy mountain and establishing among us His House of Prayer! But what, you may ask, is this spiritual holy mountain He is bringing us to? It is the very work of heaven.

[1] He is making known to us a mystery as in Eph. 1:9, 10.

[2] A work that has been going on since 1948.

[3] As in Rom. 2:28, 29; Gal. 6:16, and other passages. I would like to stress that this is not by way of replacement of the historic ethnic Jews, but by grafting we Gentiles into the family of God as the Bible teaches in Rom. 11:24.

Excerpt From The Establishment, by J. Scott Husted

About jscotthusted

J. Scott Husted is a writer, educator, minister and teaching missionary currently living and working in Seoul, South Korea. He carries a passion for cultivating authentic community, the establishment of the house of prayer, the plight of children at risk around the world, and raising up a new generation of leaders with a passion for the Kingdom of God.
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