The Tabernacle raised, the Ark restored and the Temple built
The prophet Amos wrote about Israel in the last days, warning the people to repent and turn back to God. He warned of things to come and of The Day of Yahweh, also known as The Day of the Lord
Woe to you who long for the day of Yahweh! Why do you long for the day of Yahweh? That day will be darkness, not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him. Will not the day of Yahweh be darkness, not light-- pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness? "I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them (Amos 5:18-22).
As Israel approaches The Day of the LORD, God strongly admonishes them against their religious feasts and offerings. He also warns them against becoming complacent in Zion, ďWoe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount SamariaĒ (Amos 6:1), indicating that there will be an opportunity for complacency in Israelís future.
The prophet also declares that, ďthe Sovereign Yahweh does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophetsĒ (Amos 3:7). Therefore, we would be wise to turn to the prophets and determine what Yahweh is about to do. Amos also wrote of an amazing thing that will happen.
In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: (Amos 9:11)
This prophecy states that the Tabernacle of David will be raised again, as in the days of old. Only God could foretell of such an event. Davidís tabernacle has been missing for almost 2,600 years and God says it will be raised again.
What is Davidís Tabernacle? Letís read what is written about Davidís Tabernacle.
As the ark of Yahweh was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before Yahweh, she despised him in her heart. They brought the ark of Yahweh and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before Yahweh (2 Samuel 6:16-17).
After David had constructed buildings for himself in the City of David, he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. Then David said, "No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because Yahweh chose them to carry the ark of Yahweh and to minister before him forever." David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of Yahweh to the place he had prepared for it (1 Chronicles 15:1-3).
King David had the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle. It was Solomon who built the first Temple of God.
After David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of Yahweh is under a tent." Nathan replied to David, "Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you." That night the word of God came to Nathan, saying: "Go and tell my servant David, 'This is what Yahweh says: You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in (1 Chronicles 17:1-4).
The Tabernacle of David was in Jerusalem. But before he moved it to Jerusalem it was in Gilgal.
So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up out of the Jordan." And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of Yahweh. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before. On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan (Joshua 4:17-20).
On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain (Joshua 5:10-11).
Gilgal was the place where Israel set up the Tabernacle after entering the Promised Land. The Tabernacle remained there for about fourteen years until Israel had defeated those that had occupied the promised land. It was then moved to Shiloh for over three hundred years. It was returned to Gilgal for the restoration of the kingdom once by Samuel and once by David. King David finally moved the tabernacle from Gilgal to the City of David in Jerusalem. Therefore, the Tabernacle of David in the days of old, was set up in two locations, Gilgal and Jerusalem.
Since the Tabernacle of David will be raised as it was in days of old, where will it be raised? The prophet Hosea seems to answer the question for us in this passage.
"I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again, as in the days of your appointed feasts. I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them." Is Gilead wicked? Its people are worthless! Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal? Their altars will be like piles of stones on a plowed field (Hosea 12:9-11).
From the prophets we read that the Tabernacle of David will be raised in Gilgal as in the days of Israelís appointed feasts.
Also, Isaiah wrote that Jerusalem would be rebuilt, the temple's foundation laid and a secret treasure discovered.
Jerusalem, "Let it be rebuilt," and of the temple, "Let its foundations be laid."' "This is what Yahweh says ... I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am Yahweh, the God of Israel, who summons you by name (Isaiah 44:28-45:3).
Israel has been restored and Jerusalem is being rebuilt. We can only speculate and watch to determine when the secret treasure (Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant) will be discovered. However, they will be discovered and restored to use.
Therefore, Keep watch. For all these things to be fulfilled.
Richard H Perry