ARE YOU A MINISTER AT GIBEON OR AT THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID?
“So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required: And Obededom with their brethren, threescore and eight; Obededom also the son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be porters: And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that was at Gibeon, To offer burnt offerings unto the LORD upon the altar of the burnt offering continually morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which he commanded Israel” 1 Chron. 16:37-40
The Tabernacle in the Wilderness that Moses built was certainly God’s order for a season. It was still functioning in the days of David, it was not in ruins. At that particular time it was “in the high place that was at Gibeon” [1 Chron. 16:39]. Burnt offerings and sacrifices were still being offered upon the brazen altar, and the priests of the LORD were still attending to its various functions. After David brought back the Ark to the tabernacle of David on Mount Zion, the Ark of the Covenant was not restored to the Holy of Holies of the Old Tabernacle in Gibeon but now in David’s Tabernacle on Mount Zion. Are you a minisiter at Gibeon or the tabernacle of David?
Some ministers are ministering even today under the Old Tabernacle where the Glory of God has departed while others are ministering in the New Order where the Ark of Glory now reside. This latter-day kings and PRIESTS are examples of the temple or habitation of God in the spirit; It is the stronghold of joy, encampment of holiness, perfection of spiritual beauty, placement of the power and glory of God. It is the place of priestly ministry and kingly authority from which God’s Word and His Glory might shine forth.
“And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity. Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them. Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity. And they SHALL NOT COME NEAR UNTO ME, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed. But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein” Ezekiel 44:10-14
It is true that we are in a restoration mode according to the plans of God. If we are going to be spared from the frustration of trying to restore something that has served its purpose and that belong to a dying order, we must recognize that God has new things in mind. And that He moves onward, forward and upward, enlightening the path of the just with the Light of a new day. A light “that shineth more and more unto the perfect day”. He would bring us back to the old pathway, true, but that pathway leads on and on to new things in God. He wants to bring us back to our “first love,” because many have drifted away from the right and true course.
God is not in the least interested in renewing some old religious structure whose use has faded away. God has an entirely new order for His people. Thank God for crossing the Red Sea but before us now is the River Jordan overflowing with the Spirit and we will as New Testament Priests carry the ARK on our shoulders so as to come into the Promised Land where manna ceases and we shall eat the good of the Land.
“And say to the rebellious one, to the family of Israel, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah, Let it be sufficient for you, of all your abominations, O house of Israel. In that ye brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to desecrate it, my house, when ye offered my food, fat and blood, and so they broke my covenant to all your abominations. And so ye did not keep the charge of my holy things, but made them keepers of my charge for you in my sanctuary” Ezekiel 44:6-8
How can we that were given custodian of the Holy Vessel and House of Honor now pollute the very holy and sanctified house of God by desecrating it both physically and spiritually? How can we bring stark unbelievers into conferences of the HOUSE OF God to come and minister on the “Get rich quick schemes” or estate management? How can we bring unconsecrated and polluted comedians into the HOUSE OF JEHOVAH to open their mouth and make jokes about our God and we sit there laughing? How can we pollute the HOUSE OF GOD by sleeping with Jezebelic daughters of hell in the Church office like Hophni and Phinehas and yet declaring Word of God from a polluted vessel behind the pulpit? How can we mock God by being a Mother Theresa in the Church and being a trash mouthed, quarreling, nagging wife and gossiper on our jobs? I hear God saying loud and clear because you are neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
Let us take a further look at the old order, Moses tabernacle was at Gibeon but the most vital part of the tabernacle which is the ARK OF THE COVENANT was conspicuously missing! Empty vessels just making empty declarations!
I AM NOT THERE ANYMORE” saith God!
The seat of mercy was not in it! The two tablets representing the word of God was not in it anymore! The guarding Cherubim were long gone! The word of God was scarce, there was no more open visions and revelation knowledge of the heart of God was no more! The saints were being fed with stale bread and developing spiritual diarrhea! Aaron rod that budded depicting fruitfulness and awesome display of the POWER of God has disappeared, all that is left is stage managed healing and lying wonders! Booming speakers, display of lightning, talented musicians [not inspires minstrels], colorful backdrops, ungodly goose bumps, and emotional hypes which cannot replace the authentic descend of the GLORY of God in our midst when even the priests step aside for God to take over the service! Men of God has now left the real deal and serving tables! We prefer the Martha ministry than seat again with the Word of Jehovah like Mary! When nursing mother take in contaminated food and a have diarrhea, so also will the nursing baby have diarrhea!
“And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity” Ezek. 44:10
“Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them” Ezek. 22:26
Many today in the Church are empty! Ichabod… the glory of God is long gone! Only ceremonial and routine works left that is void of the Spirit! I hear God saying “RETURN TO ME” ye backsliders, come out of your allegiance with darkness, let me lead and guide you again to the shores of Living Waters so that TIME OF REFRESHING can come to you from the Presence of Jehovah God. Apostasy and corruption has eaten into this priesthood order and men are not seeking incorruptibility anymore! Covetousness, lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, pride of life, inordinate passion to have what the Jones have not minding the process and ungodly ways to get them has eaten away their spirituality like cancer.
They “went astray from Me after their idols” saith God. Men have even now replaced worshipping the creator with things that He created. We have gone astray! Many things that are earthly, sensual and demonic has taken the place of God in our hearts and we no longer serve him with all our hearts and in an acceptable manner! He that think he stand, take heed! Satan, the enemy of your soul is always strategizing to fall you down from your exalted position on Mount Zion… Beware!
“But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD: They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge. And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within” Ezekiel 44:15-17
The “Zadok” priesthood indicated a race of faithful and devoted servants of God. A priesthood serving God in newness of spirit, not in the oldness of the letter. They hear God constantly, follow His bidding, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. They easily bend in servitude and humility in order to please the Master! The people whom they represented have also become true spiritual Israelites, the Priests themselves a royal priesthood offering up spiritual sacrifices to the Lord. Their priestly linen garments is symbolic of purity and the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
These righteous SERVANTS of God are a type of Christ, having washed their linen clean in the blood of the Lamb and they are blameless, holy, sanctified and gloriously consecrated … FIT for the Master’s use! They are God’s spiritual servants who imitate Christ, follow His pattern of doing the Father’s bidding; and they walk in the Spirit. Such saints are alive in the Church today and they offer up themselves, body, soul and spirit serving the Lord with all their all and offer continually their spiritual sacrifices of prayer, worship and praise, unto God through Christ. Their meat is to do the will of Him that sent them faithfully.
Are you a Zadok Priest?
“It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray. And this oblation of the land that is offered shall be unto them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites” Ezekiel 48:11-12
If you will be a king and priest that serves God in a acceptable manner, though you may not get the earthly virtues that others get but God will be yours and in you. His glory will attain to help you fulfill kingdom mandate, abundant grace and divine blessings will encamp all around you and you will see the goodness of God in the land of the Living.You will wield authority and power and revelation knowledge will be fresh in your mouth daily. Wisdom will attest to the work of God in your hand and you will have favor with God and with men.
Arise and do meaningful spiritual work! For the Lord your God is with you!