The Tabernacle of David part 5

The Work of Heaven

The true spiritual mountain of the LORD is, of course, the place of His throne as He rules from the highest heaven[1]. The pattern God gave to Moses for the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness was a pattern of heaven. The laver full of water pictured the glassy sea set in front of God’s throne. The altar of incense spoke of the four living beings whose worship goes up before God’s throne day and night, and the mercy seat reflected the very throne of God. We see this pattern of heaven in action throughout the Bible, with one of the most descriptive passages found in the book of Revelation.

In Revelation chapters 4 and 5, we see the work of heaven going on before our eyes. One day as I read through this passage, God began to ask me if I could see what was going on in this picture. “There’s definitely worship going on with the elders, and the living beings, and the ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’ “, I replied.

“What else?” God’s heart was insistent.

I looked deeper and began to realize that the Lamb came forward to open the scroll because there was no one else to do it. A verse from Romans 8 echoed through my mind: “…It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”[2].

“Of course”, I thought, “intercession is also going on at Your throne”[3].

“Yes. Worship and Intercession… and there is one more specific activity. Can you see it?” I puzzled over the question. The worship going on in the passage is overwhelmingly clear. The intercession is there, though you have to understand it to recognize it. Of course The LORD gave me some help by popping the scripture from Romans into my mind. But what else was going on here? The falling down? No, that would have to be a part of the worship… Lightning, rumbling, peals of thunder… lampstands blazing… John weeping… nothing seemed like a separate specific activity. God interjected into my dwindling train of thought: “It might be difficult for you to see, because you are seeing the scene through the eyes of the observer…” God gave away the answer again.

“It’s the observer! There is observation going on in heaven!” I felt triumphant, as if I had figured it out, despite God’s gentle leading statements.

“You’re right! And it is the job of this observer to bring the revelation he receives in heavenly places back into the earth to share with the rest of my people there”. I realized that this is quite simply what John had done with his vision, and the essential activity of the observer communicating what is revealed is the reason that I could have this detailed glimpse of heaven and its operation called the book of Revelation! God continued: “This is the work of heaven –worship, intercession and revelation. And now you are privileged to enter into the very work of heaven in the House of Prayer”.

This was an overwhelming revelation to me, full of explosive realizations. It was a revelation of the huge, all-encompassing role of constant, never-ending worship in heaven and in the House of Prayer — and only because He is worthy of it. It was a revelation of the preciousness, the high calling, the intimate privilege of laying our lives down like Jesus before the throne of God in intercession[4]. It was also a revelation of the essential role of revelation in the ongoing process[5] of planting and cultivating this work of God in the earth.

The establishment of the House of Prayer is truly God’s Kingdom come in the earth as it is in heaven in worship, in intercession and in revelation. These three heavenly functions going on continually before the presence of God is the very DNA of heaven, forming a three-strand cord that is to be brought into the earth and planted as the DNA of the House of Prayer. Bringing this work of heaven into the earth is our great and high privilege right now, unprecedented in human history.


[1] As seen in Isaiah 66:1, Psalm 103:19 and others.

[2] Rom 8:34.

[3] Heb. 7:25.

[4] The need for a constant commitment to prayer can be seen in I Thess. 5:16-25, Acts 12:5-7, and Rom. 1:9, 10 among other scriptures.

[5] II Pet. 3:18; Eph. 1:16-18.

From the book, The Establishment by J. Scott Husted

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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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