The Missing Element

It was just a causal conversation at work one day in 2000 or 2001, and just a short statement that caught my attention—one I’d never remembered hearing before. Now I realize how important and life rearranging it was for me. A guy at work one day referred to the “Tabernacle of David”—he said that some preacher (I think Tommy Tenny) was speaking on the subject–or writing a book? As I remember, I said to him, “…he’s teaching on the what?” That’s how foreign the name Tabernacle of David was to me just that short a time ago.

Why do I say that this was life rearranging for me? Because since that conversation God has drawn me into a pursuit of the understanding of the Tabernacle of David. God has given me an assignment that I refer to as representing the Tabernacle of David. I am a representative of the Tabernacle of David.

The tabernacle, or tent, of David is mentioned only 3 times in the Bible by that specific name—in Isaiah 16:5, Amos 9:11 and Acts 15:16. And yet it has not only reshaped my life over the last 15 or so years… it is at the foundation of what we pray for, long for, and work for in the Christian church—it is a cardinal doctrine of the Kingdom of God and it’s ability to advance and come into full fruition in the earth.

God said in Amos 9:11 that He was going to restore the Tabernacle of David. In a meeting of apostolic church leaders (Acts 15:16) James referred to that passage as the explanation to what was taking place in the 1st century church. People of all nations were coming to faith in Jesus. This was shaking up the Jewish church, and this was just what was prophesied would happen in Amos 9, and being repeated in Acts 15.

All my life I’ve heard preachers preach about the great end time harvest that’s coming to the church. Many have preached against it, because it’s been spoken of for so long but hasn’t really happened the way they think it should. There is a great end time gathering of people of all nations into the Kingdom of God prophesied! I now see that this harvest is directly and inseparably tied to the Tabernacle of David. This is the obvious teaching in both passages: “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 (nations) 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.” (Amos 9:11-13) “After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, even all the Gentiles (nations) who are called by My name, says the LORD who does all these things.” (Acts 16:15, 16)

The Tabernacle of David in operation in any region opens the windows of Heaven (a portal) over that region, so that it becomes easy for people to see their need of God and come to Him.

YOU can effect the Tabernacle of David operating in the place you live! You can have an affect on the harvest of souls that Jesus died and paid for in the region you serve, by being a participant in the Tabernacle of David.

~Michael David Riggs


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