Tabernacle Prayer -ALTAR OF SACRIFICE, part 2

Tabernacle Prayer

ALTAR OF SACRIFICE

Tabernacle Prayer is a place of slowly entering into intimacy with the Lord.  There is a step-by-step process that we must go through so we can have the ability to meet face-to-face with the Lord of all Creation, the King of the Universe.  As we follow this Tabernacle Prayer, Holy Spirit draws us, sifts through us, and prepares us to meet with the King.  I keep getting a picture of the book of Esther, all of the processes she had to go through in order to meet with the king.  So it is with each and every one of us.  Too often in our prayers we barge into the Throne Room of God covered in our “stuff”, the filth of this world.  We disrespect the One Who we want to have conversation with.  Of course the Lord is our Heavenly Father and we as His children can and should go to Him each and every moment of our lives, no matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done.  He is our Father, standing at the window looking for us to come up the hill, just as the father looked for his prodigal son in the Gospels.

But there is a protocol to follow before we can truly enter into the fullness of the Throne Room of God.  Our study and prayer through the Tabernacle on Monday nights is bringing us into a fuller understanding of this protocol.  As we follow these steps, we find our hearts, souls and spirits are being prepared.  No longer do we find ourselves barging in.  We are becoming more sensitive to the vastness and the magnificence of Who God is.  As we follow these steps, we find ourselves being molded, changed, conformed to HIS image and not to the world or even the “church” image of what we may believe a Christian should look and act like.

The Outer Court, as with Esther, is a place of preparation.  This is a place where we must learn to submit ourselves to the Lord’s “beauty treatments”.  Adonai wants us purified, cleansed, changed from the inside out and dressed in HIS robes of righteousness, not our own “clothing” of works.

The Tabernacle Prayer will make you much more sensitive to the all that had to be done so you can have the ability to enter into HIS Presence.  Tabernacle Prayer will open your eyes even more fully to the Word of God.  Nuances of Scripture will suddenly take on a greater meaning as you pray through the Tabernacle continually.

The Altar of Sacrifice

Or the Brazen Altar is a place of redemption, a place of salvation.   Suddenly our senses are assaulted with the cost of what was paid for the invitation to invite us in.  We cannot go any further until we come to the realization that we have permission to be here only through the Blood.  We want to turn our heads away and not look at this violently bloody place, but as we gaze upon it, we suddenly see the LOVE; the vastness of the Mighty Love Adonai has for each of us.  Adonai gave His all for us.  All HE asks of us is to say yes.  Yeshua Jesus loves us so much that He willingly went to the Cross.  Yeshua became that Sacrificial Lamb for once and for all……for me!!  For you!!

We can go no further except through the Cross.  We can’t go around it.  We can’t sidestep it.  We have to go through it.  There is no other way.  There is no other door.  We can’t make it pretty.  We can’t make it tidy.  We have to receive the Blood.  We have to receive the entire Price that was paid for us.  Otherwise we are never able to enter in.

“The Living Bread I give you is My Body, which I will offer as sacrifice….” John 6:51B TPT

Jesus is our Sacrificial Lamb.  Over 2,000 years ago it had to be only the “kohanim”, the Levitical Priests who could put this Lamb to death.  It was the priests who stirred up the crowds to shout out to Pontius Pilate: “His blood be upon us and upon our children!” (Matthew 27:25)  In a sense, they all, as we have to, receive the Blood of Jesus our Sacrificial Lamb as the price for the penalty of our sins – though at the time they didn’t even know what they were saying.  It had to be only the priests who had the authority to accuse and condemn Yeshua Jesus to death; this was part of their priestly function in their sacrifice of the Lamb.  And, the Lamb’s Blood had to be sprinkled upon the people.  They had to receive His Blood; we have to receive the Sacrificial Lamb’s Blood for the propitiation of our sin.  Their own condemnation was put upon Jesus, theirs and our Sacrificial Lamb.

Here at the Altar we are set free.

We can sing our praises to Adonai because of what He has done for us.  How HE has set us free, healed us from our many sins and raised us up!  But it is here we suddenly take in the full measure of that He did for us.  We stand aghast!  The price HE paid was not a cheap “I grant you freedom” and You strike the gavel, costing You nothing.  This price was so much more.  This price cost You great suffering.  This price cost You death, the cruelest death ever known.  You, the Innocent One, through Your death declared us innocent, though we are the guilty ones.  And, in order for us to receive this Price, the full measure of this Price we must embrace the Cross.  We have to recognize the Grace offered to us is not cheap.  It has a price and the price was paid 2,000 years ago.  We have to reconcile ourselves to the fact that in order to receive the Prize, we must embrace the Cross.

As we embrace the Cross, we suddenly see and begin to recognize the cost for our freedom.  The price that was paid so that we can be free.  Jesus gave His all so that we can receive all.

The Altar is a Continual Place

Going to this Altar is a continual service.  It’s not just a one-time “salvation” and you’re done with it.

“The fire on the Altar is to be kept burning on it, it must not go out….” Leviticus 6:5

We are to go to this Altar continually.  Daily.

This is the largest Altar in the Tabernacle.  This is the only place where we “give” something.  There are 5 different offerings on this Altar, it’s not just the Sacrificial Lamb.  We are commanded to give 5 different offerings:

  1. Consecration of self
  2. Our things, our “stuff”
  3. Reconciliation
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Cleansing

This Altar is a place of unburdening. 

I hear the Lord gently whisper to us:

“Lay your burden down…”

What is burdening us?

  • Sin
  • Responsibilities
  • Unkept promises
  • Family
  • Ministry

Lay your burdens down.  All that which weighs you down.  The Lord wants YOU, not your “stuff”.  The Lord’s identity is in us, not in our titles, our responsibilities, our roles as parents, spouses, or the type of work we do.  Even the talents or skills we have is not our identity.

We have to come to terms with the question:

Who ARE we?

The Lord wants us to see ourselves as how HE sees us, not as how we perceive ourselves.  The Lord God Adonai loves us to the very core of our beings.  The Lord God Adonai loves our uniqueness, not because of what we do.  He loves us because of who we are.  God’s Love runs deep, much deeper than what any man, woman or child can touch.  God’s love runs right into the very core of who we are.  We don’t have to perform.  We don’t have to self-discipline.  We don’t have to do anything to earn God’s love.  Because we can’t earn it.  God’s Love is always there.  The Lord is always for us, never against us.

Lay your “stuff” down.  Just as we are born naked and not having anything, we can only go to meet with our Lord face-to-face with nothing, naked and empty handed.  It is here where we suddenly discovered the Lord is not impressed with all of our accomplishments, all of our good works.  The Lord is also not at all disgusted or repelled by our many sins.  Yet, no matter what we’re carrying…..no matter if it’s good or bad, we must learn to unpack ourselves.  We must learn to lay all of our burdens down.  No matter what they are, or what they look like.

Over 20 years ago as I was praying, I was taken up into an open vision.  I was suddenly on the outskirts of the Courts of Heaven, in the Throne Room of God.  I saw HIM…..so Majestic…..so Magnificent…..so incredibly awesome!  HE was seated on the Throne and the 24 elders were seated around HIM.  HE was so incredibly magnificent I couldn’t even say His Name!  Suddenly HE turned His head and saw me.  HE stared fixedly at my face.  I was awestruck.  He noticed me!  He sees me!  This was more incredible than an earthly king, or president or well-known celebrity who suddenly takes notice of someone.  HE IS THE KING OF KINGS!!!  HE IS LORD OF LORDS!!  And…..HE sees me!  Then HE lifted up His arm, pointed His finger right at me.  Slowly He motioned to me; He beckoned me to come closer to Him.  Even to come and sit on the Throne with Him.  W-O-W!!!!  I was astounded!  An overwhelming desire came over me.  I so wanted to be with Him, even to sit with HIM!!!  So, I began to run toward HIM with all my might.

But as I started to run, hands stopped me.  Voices told me I couldn’t go to HIM looking like I did.  I looked down and saw I was covered in filth.  Mud and dirt were all over my clothes, all over me.  Not only that, I was carrying bags and bags and bags.  I had huge backpacks on my back and all were weighing me down.  They all were filled with cheap trinkets, but until that moment I considered them to be my treasures.  I was ashamed at how filthy dirty I was, also how burdened down I was with my junk.  Then…..I suddenly realized all of these filthy dirty bags and backpacks that I considered my “treasures” were not my sin, they were my GOOD WORKS!!  What could I give Him?  All of that is just trash.  I’ve done a lot of great things in ministry, and I have to say I’m proud of my accomplishments.  But all of that is just trash.  I can’t present them, any of them to HIM Who I couldn’t even say His Name.

I have to leave that all at the Altar.  ALL of it.  I can’t take any of that into the Inner Chamber.  I’m not allowed to take any of that into the Courts of Heaven.  I can’t take my title, I  can’t take my ministry, I can’t take any of my accomplishments.  All of that has to stay here at this burning Altar.  Some of that may still be waiting for me after I return, but I cannot take any of it in.  Some of it might even have to go through the purging fire and be refined.  But I have to let it go.  I have to let it all go.

At this Burning Altar we all have to let go of our stuff.  We have to let go of our past, our sin, our pain, our suffering, and also our accomplishments, our pride…..everything!  At this Altar we have to learn to unpack ourselves, hold on to nothing.

The Altar of Sacrifice is also a place of great healing

We have to come to terms with the fact that there is a huge flow of healing that takes place at this Altar.  There is healing throughout the Tabernacle, but most of the healing begins here.  As we embrace the Cross and learn to lay down all of our stuff, all of our everything, then and only then is Holy Spirit allowed to come in with His great healing.  Where there is pain in our hearts, where there is unforgiveness in our hearts, where there is even pride in our hearts, there is no room for healing.  In the process of our letting go and emptying ourselves at this Altar, then Holy Spirit is finally able to enter in and bring a great depth of healing into us.  This isn’t just healing of our broken hearts.  This is also great healing of our broken bodies.  Much of the time sickness is just an outward manifestation of what’s going on inside us.

So, I encourage you: go to the Altar today.  Unburden yourself.  Surrender yourself completely to Jesus.  Then take the Blood that flows freely at this Altar and receive your healing today.

Tabernacle Prayer – ALTAR OF SACRIFICE

TABERNACLE PRAYER

Altar of Sacrifice – Consecration

The Altar of Sacrifice is the largest altar in the entire Tabernacle.  Every other altar can fit inside.  There was a continual fire on this Altar that was initially started by the Lord God Adonai, but the priests are responsible to keep the fire going.  So it is with us.  When we come to the Lord, when we fully surrender ourselves to the Lord, His Fire is ignited inside us.  But it is up to us to keep the fire continually going.  (Leviticus 6:6).  The position of the Altar of Sacrifice must be noted, it is the first piece of furniture, the first altar that is just inside the door.  This reflects the beginning of our walk with the Lord, but it also is a place where we must go continually, even daily.

There are five different offerings on this Altar:

  1. Consecration of self
  2. Consecration of our “things”
  3. Reconciliation
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Cleansing

This is the largest altar in the Tabernacle, the only place where we “give” something or “do” something.

There are 5 different offerings on this Altar, not just the Sacrificial Lamb.

At this Altar, I hear the Holy Spirit gently whisper this to us:

“Lay your burdens down”.

What IS burdening us?

  • Sin
  • Responsibilities
  • Unkept promises
  • Family
  • Ministry

Lay everything down, all that which weighs us down.  The LORD wants us.  The LORD’s identity is in us, not in our titles, our responsibilities, our roles as parent, spouse, type of work we do or the talents we possess.

Who ARE we?

The LORD wants us to see ourselves as HE sees us.  HE loves us to the very core of our beings.  HE loves our uniqueness, not because what we do, but because of who we are.  GOD’s love runs right into the very core of who we are.  We don’t have to perform.  We don’t have to do anything in order to “earn” GOD’s love.  HIS Love is always there.  Always for us, never against us.

From Kevin Connor – Tabernacle of Moses

The ancient Hebrew word for ALTAR  has 2 meanings:

  • Lifted up, high,ascending
  • Place of slaughter

MIZBEACH (miz–bay-akh)

Place of sacrifice

From the root word Zabach (zaw-bakh) which means to kill, to slaughter.

The Sacrificial System

In pre-Israeli and Israeli days, whenever a covenant was made between 2 parties an animal (or something) was slaughtered and the 2 parties sat down to share a meal from it.

Today we receive Jesus’ sacrificial death on the Cross and we take Communion as part of our covenant-keeping promise.

God commanded the stones on this Altar be undressed (or uncut) stones because the human working will defile it.

We had nothing to do with Jesus’ death on the Cross.  Jesus was our “uncut Stone”, as well as our Sacrifice.  I Kings 18:31.

Anointing of the Altar

  • Exodus 30:28-29, 40:10
  • Leviticus 8:10-11

This type of anointing is a type of CONSECRATION.

CONSECRATION:  To make or declare something sacred, dedicate formally to a religious or Divine purpose.

  • Leviticus 20:7
  • Joshua 3:5
  • I Corinthians 6:11
  • I Peter 1:14-16

IMPORTANT NUMBERS AT THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE

Two specifics numbers are connected with the Altar of Sacrifice.

It was to be 5 cubits square and 3 cubits high.

3 cubits speak of the Godhead, the Trinity.  Also, we are created in the image of God, therefore we also are “triune” or tri-part beings.  We identify with God’s Trinity through our “triuneness”.

5 cubits width & length – 5 speaks of God’s Grace.  In fact, the number 5 is prominent throughout the Tabernacle.  The whole Tabernacle concept is built out of God’s Grace to fallen man.

BRONZE

Bronze is an alloy metal, a mixing of 2 parts.  Copper is mixed with another material to create the bronze.  It could be copper and zinc, or copper and another metal.

Bronze is mostly copper, but the other elements added to it make it harder.  The invention of bronze dates back to 3500 years.  It could have possibly been a newer metal the Israelites learned from the Egyptians, who learned it from the Sumerians.

There was no bottom or base to the Altar of Sacrifice, just a grate.  That way the ashes could fall through to the ground and easily raked up.

FIRE ON THE ALTAR.

The fire must be continual – the priest’s duty was to never allow the fire to go out.  Leviticus 6:5-6.

God’s Holy Nature

Fire is the way to remove sin – Hebrews 12:29 (God is an all-consuming fire).

Fire is used for purification – Numbers 31:21-23

Fire is used to reveal.

  • Exodus 3:3 (Burning Bush)
  • Exodus 19:18 (people declare obedience)
  • Isaiah 6:4-6
  • Ezekiel 1:4

Fire is used to transfigures.

  • Malachi 3:2-3 (Refiner’s fire)
  • II Corinthians 3:18

God LIT (started) the Fire – Leviticus 9:24

The fire was originally sovereignly lit, but now we are commissioned and are responsible to keep the fire going.

  1. Romans 12:1-2
  2. Ephesians 5:1
  3. Leviticus 1:9

The Fire fell supernaturally.

  • Leviticus 9:22-24
  • II Samuel 24
  • II Chronicles 7:1-3
  • I Kings 18:38-39

What was the Fire for?

  • Consume the Sacrifice
  • Reconciliation to God
  • Paying the price for our sins
  • Glory of God manifested

The Altar of Sacrifice was the largest altar in the Tabernacle.  Continual fire was to be on this Altar, it must never go out.

The Altar was a place of ugliness

  • Ugliness of sin
  • Ugliness of shame

The Altar of Sacrifice was in the must public place in all of the Tabernacle

It was right inside the front door

Our eyes and our senses are accosted by this sight:

  • The cries of the innocent lambs as they are being slaughtered.
  • The sight of their blood flowing.
  • The lambs were “our” lambs. The ones we let into our homes and our children played with.

The first thing we see is what the cost is for inviting us in.  We cannot go any further until we come to the realization we have permission to come into this place, but only through the blood.  It’s only the blood that gives us permission to have face-to-face encounters with the Eternal Living God.  It’s only the blood that can pay the price for our sins.  But then we see that our beloved dear Jesus willingly poured out HIS Blood because of the LOVE, the vast amount of love He has for us.  For each one of us.  HE gave His all to us.  And all we have to do is say “yes” and accept it.  Jesus loves us so much that He willingly went to the Cross.  HE became that Sacrificial Lamb for once and for all…..for me!  For you!  We can go no further, except through the Cross.

our eyes are immediately assaulted by the sacrifice, the ugly, bloody picture of sacrifice.  This is not a place of beauty, there is no beauty at this altar.  The picture is gruesome, it’s ghastly.  Blood is continually running from this altar.  Most of us would want to turn our heads, avert our eyes, look away from this scene of horror.  We would prefer not to think about the Price that was paid so we can enter in.  We want to get away from this, just as we would prefer to skip over the chapters describing Jesus’ crucifixion in the Gospels.  We don’t want to dwell on it.  We would prefer to concentrate on the pretty things – such as God’s love for us, God strengthens and empowers us.  We would prefer to see the results, not the process of how it came to us.  But if we don’t truly get a revelation of this gruesome altar, we will never know or understand the depth of God’s love for us.

Again and again, as we daily revisit this place, this Altar of Sacrifice we are continually reminded of the price Jesus paid for us.  This was the cost of our salvation.  Jesus gave His all so that He can be with us.  There was nothing, absolutely nothing Jesus held back from us.  Oh the Price Jesus paid!  Who am I to hold anything back from Him?

Then it suddenly dawns on us, we realize – that we must go through the Altar of Sacrifice, not around it.  Never around it.  We have to be like “firewalkers”.  We must walk through the pain, the blood and the gore.  Jesus did all of this…..for me!  For you!  We can’t even begin to understand this, unable to wrap our minds around it.  This is too much.  But as we walk through the Altar of Sacrifice, all of the junk, all of the crud that clings to us begins to burn off us.  We are now being set free!  We now learn to praise Him for the Blood.  We no longer see the old hymns about the Blood as some outdated Pentecostal songs, these songs become us. The Blood that Jesus shed for each one of us.  The Blood that was shed for me!  And….we praise Him because we didn’t have to “do” anything except accept Him, accept His Blood!  Oh dear sweet Jesus.  You gave up Your crown and Your throne.  You came to earth to be mocked, ridiculed, interrogated, and beaten.  Then You were crucified.  All just so we can LIVE!  All that so we may SEE!  I sing my praises to You because of what You’ve done for me.  How You set me free, healed me and cleansed me and raised me up.  Here I suddenly take in the full measure of what You’ve done.  The price You paid!  What it cost You to set me free!  I stand aghast.  The price You paid was not a cheap “I grant you freedom” and You strike the gavel declaring my innocence, costing You nothing.  The price was so much more!  The price cost You suffering.  The price cost You death; the cruelest kind of death ever known.  Yet You are innocent!  Through Your death You declare me, the guilty one “innocent” – though I am guilty.  In order for me to receive the price, fullness of price I must embrace the Cross.  I have to recognize that the Grace offered to me is not cheap.  The Grace has a price and the price was paid 2,000 years ago.  I’m so unable to pay this price.  But I must embrace the price that was paid for me.  I will never understand Your love for me until I understand the Altar of Sacrifice.

Until I understand the Cross.

This was a place of sacrifice

Five offerings were presented on this Altar:

  1. Burnt – wholly consecrated to Father’s Will (Leviticus 1:5-7)
  2. Meal – Perfection through suffering (Leviticus 2:8-9)
  3. Peace – Reconciliation in ALL relationships (Leviticus 3:5)
  4. Sin – Deals with the nature (root) of sin (Leviticus 4:10)
  5. Trespass – Acts of sin against God and man (Leviticus 5:10)

Even though there is absolutely nothing we can do to win the Lord’s love for us, we are still required to pour out all that we have.  We offer the Lord our best: our tithes, our offerings, and especially our hearts and our very lives.  At this Altar of Sacrifice, this is the only place where we are required to give.  This is a place where we give not just our best, but also our “worst”.  What are we holding on to?  We give the Lord all of that:

  • Our sin
  • Our iniquity
  • Our pain
  • Our forgiveness
  • Our consecration

We begin to see ourselves as a set-apart people, holy and pleasing to God.

This is a place of unburdening. 

We lay our burdens at the Altar and as we do this, slow realization begins to set in:  we are now free!  We’ve been set free!  No longer do we have to carry around or on us.  Heavy burdens such as family or work responsibilities, sickness, pain, sins, failings and shortcomings that we had experienced in the past are all taken from our shoulders, our backs and laid here at this Altar.  Even our shame and regrets: Regrets of bad decisions.  Abuse, name-calling, etc. Hatred.  Unforgiveness.  All of these burdens are laid at the Altar.  As we let them go, we are set free!

This is a place where we lay down all our junk here at the Altar.  We unburden ourselves from all of the crud of this world that is now clinging to us.  We lay down our hurts, our pain, our unfulfilled dreams.  We lay down our unforgiveness, our bitterness, our anger.  We also lay down our accomplishments, our responsibilities, even our titles.  This is a place where we are no longer called “Reverend, Senator, Governor, or even Mr. or Mrs”.  We lay down our roles as managers, CEOs, directors, doctors, lawyers, nurses, office workers, blue collar workers, even husbands, wives, parents.  We can only come to this place alone, as ourselves.  The Lord isn’t impressed with our accomplishments.  The Lord doesn’t want us to “work” for Him.  He wants our hearts.  He wants us.

One morning, as I was praying I had a vision: I was in the Throne Room of the Great I AM.  The One Who is so holy, so magnificent, so fully of glory that I couldn’t even say His name!  All I could do was just stare.  Suddenly HE turned His head and looked right at me.  HE then stretched out HIS arm, pointed at me and beckoned me to come.  I was astounded!  Who?  ME???  I was so amazed.  But then I desperately wanted to go to HIM.  It seemed like nothing could stop me!  I started to run to HIM as fast as I could go.  But then hands stopped me.  I was told I could not go to HIM looking like this.  I needed a cleansing.  I needed to let go.  I looked down and saw that I looked like a “shopping bag lady”.  My body and my clothes were covered with filth.  I was carrying bags and bags of junk: backpacks, shopping bags, so much stuff!  I was told I had to let them go.  But they were my treasures!  They were my accomplishments!  They were my good works!  I wanted to give them to HIM, the Great I AM!  But I suddenly realized they were just stinky junk.  I suddenly realized there was absolutely nothing that I could give HIM, nothing!  All HE wants is me.  All HE wants is my heart.

He whom the Son has set free is free indeed!

PLACE OF HEALING

This is a place of not just salvation, but also a place of healing, deliverance, redemption.  Because Jesus gave His all, we are now able to embrace all of HIM.  We are now able to go to this place to re

The curtain was torn.  The curtain has now been torn from top to bottom.  We ALL now free access to the Holy of Holies!

  • No restrictions
  • No holding back
  • No more forbidding anyone from entering in.

“If then God gave the same Gift to them (the Gentiles) as He gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who am I to stand in Christ’s way?”  Acts 11:17

Man no longer has the choice of who’s capable of entering into the Holy of Holies face-to-face encounters with the Living God.  The Blood of Jesus flowed down on top of the Mercy Seat and tore the curtain.  From then on, all Gentiles were included.  I am included!  The Blood is for us!  The Blood was poured out for each one of us!  The Blood does not and will never reject us.

We are part of the “ALL”!  Little ole me!  Little ole you!  Jesus’ Blood bought me.  Jesus’ Blood bought you.

  • Exodus 12:13
  • Matthew 27:50-54

The Blood is on the doorposts of our houses – the doorposts of the houses of our hearts and our souls.

The Death Angel will not come near us because the blood of the Eternal Sacrificial Lamb is on our doorposts.

  • No death.  No sickness.
  • HIS Blood washes me clean.
  • HIS Blood heals me!
  • HIS Blood saves me.

This is a gruesome bloody place, but this also is a place of Restoration.  A Place of Healing.  A Place of my knowing who I am in Christ.

What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the Blood of Jesus!

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the Blood of Jesus!

Ohhh precious is the flow

That makes me white as snow!

No other fount I know

Nothing but the Blood of Jesus!

 

Romans 5:9

I find it so fascinating that the Lord provides a way out of His own wrath!  He provided His own Son to suffer the Wrath that was meant for us, that was meant for me.

What is wrath?

Wrath: Anger.  Intense negative emotion.  It involves a strong uncomfortable and hostil response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat.

Colossians 3:2-3

Father, Son and Holy Spirit – I fix my eyes on HIM.  I focus on HIM.  Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, I died.  I died to my flesh.  I died to my sin.  My life is now hidden in Christ.  Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, I can now come in.  I am accepted in the Beloved.

I hear the Lord calling us to come into the Tabernacle and bring with us all of our unanswered questions, all of our shortcomings, all of our failures, all of our pain.

Here we are, standing at the Altar of Sacrifice and we are called to unburden ourselves.  We are to take off all of our filty dirty shopping bags, all of our grimy backpacks.  All filled with junk: our sins, our wrongdoings, our fleshly desires.  But also in these bags are included our past accomplishments, all of our ministries, all of our hopes, our dreams, our treasures.  All of that we have to leave at this Altar.  Everything.  We have to let them go.

But then, what is so amazing: when we come back from the Holy of Holies, we find all of our treasures are still there at the Altar of Sacrifice waiting for us.  But this time they’re different.  They’re beautiful, they’re shiny, they sparkle.  What’s different about them?  They’ve been passed through the Fire!!

All of the filth, the dirt, the junk of selfishness, pride and fleshly desires have been burned off.  Even our claims to ownership has all been burned off.  They never belonged to us in the first place.  All of it, every bit of it belongs to God.  All of it.

And all of it had to pass through the Fire.

 

TABERNACLE PRAYER – Cohanim or Priesthood

Tabernacle Prayer – INSIDE THE GATE

When I was in Israel 11 years ago, I found this wonderful book called “A House of Prayer For All Nations” by Rabbi Chaim Richman, who runs the Temple Institute. He’s not a believer in Jesus, in fact he’s an orthodox Jewish leader.  One of the things he wrote in this book, which captured my heart:  “For the Jew, nearness to God is the truest, the highest, the only conception of what ‘goodness’ really is.  Without this aspect to his life, without this Godly relationship which uplifts his physical existence and imbues his life with a sense of connection to the Divine, he feels himself to be….devoid of that which makes him into a human being.”

As we’ve been praying through the Tabernacle, I found in this book a small snapshot of the daily morning Temple ritual, especially at daybreak.  According to Rabbi Richman, at every daybreak as the Levites would open the gates (which always faced east), the p

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riests would blow their trumpets and “….the Levitical choir stood atop the platform located in the Outer Court facing the outer altar…..and sang the song for that particular day…..”  Each day a different psalm was sung and during the holy days there were other more specific psalms sung.  The order of the daily songs has a deep significance, and there is a mystical connection which each song had for the particular day it was sung.  Although the Levites sang upon many occasions in the Holy Temple, one of their most important and basic musical tasks was the daily song. Each day, the Levite choir stood atop the platform located in the Court of Israel facing the outer altar, just inside the Nikanor Gates, and sung a special song for that particular day. On the Festivals and New Moon, different songs were sung. All of these songs, with their instrumental arrangements, were performed while the morning and evening wine libations were poured out on the altar by the officiating priests. Thus the Levites accompanied the Divine service of the priests with a service of their own. They complimented each other; in many ways, the Levitical songs were as important a Temple function as the priestly service of the sacrifices itself, for the one could not function without the other. Each day, during the wine libation, the overseer of the choir stood atop one of the horns of the altar and signaled to the Levites “with a kerchief in his hand” to begin their song. At three points in their song, they would pause, when the priests would sound the silver trumpets and all the people in the court prostrated themselves before the Presence of G-d.  The order of the daily songs have a deep significance, and there is a mystical connection which each song had for the particular day it was sung. The Oral Tradition has preserved the listing of the Levitical songs that were sung each day in the Holy Temple, and various commentators and sages have explained some of the connections which can be seen between these songs and the days of the week..” (Based on Tamid 7:4)

Following is the daily psalm for each day:  

  1. Sunday – Psalm 24 (“The earth is the Lords & fulness thereof”…..the first day of creation)
  2. Monday – Psalm 48 (“Great is the Lord, greatly to be praised in the city of our God… ” this day when the waters were divided, and land appeared)
  3. Tuesday – Psalm 82 (“God stands in the congregation of the mighty…..”  upon this land judges stand to render decisions)
  4. Wednesday Psalm 94 (“Oh Lord God to whom vengeance belongs….” this was the day when sun & moon were created)
  5. Thursday – Psalm 81 (“Sing aloud unto God our strength….” living createures were created on this day)
  6. Friday – Psalm 93 (“The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty…..” man was created on this day)
  7. Saturday (Shabbat) – Psalm 92  (” Psalm or Song for the Sabbath Day”….the day which complete Sabbath tranquility, for everlasting life)

Can you imagine living in Jerusalem during that time, see the doors of the temple suddenly opened wide at sunrise, the sun hitting the gold walls inside the temple?  There would be a blazing light of Glory that blasted over the city.  Then the sound of hundreds of shofars announcing the beginning of the new day, followed by the Levitical choir proclaiming their praises to God.  This is the beginning of a new day!  What an incredible sight and sound!

When I visited the Temple Institute, I was struck by all of the Temple paintings that hung on their walls.  I was taken aback because I saw all of that as a foreshadowing when our Messiah returns again, His feet touching the Temple Mount in victory and in glory!  What an amazing powerful picture!

Today as we pray using the Tabernacle or Temple format of prayer, let’s close our eyes, enter through the Gates with a song of thanksgiving and praise.  Let’s picture that Glorious Day when our Messiah will return once again.  Can you hear the thousands of trumpets heralding Jesus’ arrival?

This morning as I was seeing that picture, I Peter 2:9 came to my thoughts:
“But you are a chosen people, a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the praise of the One Who called you out of darness into Hi marvelous light”.

I looked up the Scripture and found other cross-references:

Exodus 19:6
“So as for you, you will be to Me a KINGDOM OF PRIESTS and a holy nation….”

Revelation 1:6
“….and made us a KINGDOM, PRIESTS to his God and Father – to Him be glory and pwoer forever!  Amen!”

We all today as, we’ve fully surrendered ourselves to the Lord, we’ve been born again into a KINGDOM OF PRIESTS!  Can you imagine yourself part of that powerful holy Levitical choir blowing your trumpets at daybreak, singing praises to the One Who created you?  I believe this is a small picture of eternity in heaven.  What an incredible sound!  What a joyous sound!  But then a question came to my mind: what is a “priest”?  Not how we are familiar with or what we see around us.  We are called into the “priesthood of believers”, I wondered what that looked like?  I went online, found a Hebrew dictionary and looked up the word “Cohen” or “Cohanim”.  This is what I found, which was quite interesting:

This is whatt the Abarim Publications Hebrew Dictionary said:

  • Cohen (singular)
  • Cohanim (plural)

The original word “priest” or cohanim is a noun which means “minister” or servant, denoting someone who either served a person or a god or maintained their dwellings.  The word “cohen” in Hebrew was also used to describe the Egyptian Potiphera (Genesis 41:45).  Certain Philistines were also called “cohanim” (I Samuel 6:2 and 2 Kings 10:19).  The first time the word cohen occurs is in Genesis 14:18 where it is ascribed to Melchezedek, who would be a type of Messiah who is to come.  Although in Exodus 19:6 the whole of Israel is called a “memelekot kohanim” – a kingdom of priests – the priestly caste of Israel was supposed to be filled by the sons of Aaron (Exodus 29:9).  However, by the time of David, the people from Judah could become priests as well (2 Samuel 8:18).  The noun Kohen or Cohen comes from the unused root KHN.  The verb Kahan derives from Kohen and it means to minister in a priest’s office or function.

So, a Cohen, or Cohanim, or a kingdom of priests serve in these priestly functions:

  1. One who is an ambassador.  One who represents God here on earth.
  2. One who prays for others.
  3. One who shares or reminds others of the awesome holiness of God.

We, the “wild olive branch grafted into the root” are called to be a kingdom of priests.

Lord, as we contemplate this, give us a greater revelation of our priesthood and our priesthood?
Show how to become more honorable, more powerful priests as we repesent You here on earth?
Teach us how to minister, how to serve others, especially how to pray for those who are lost and dying?
Teach how to be a Kingdom of Priests to glorify You in every way?  Amen.

Tabernacle Prayer – THE GATE

Tabernacle Prayer:
GO THROUGH THE GATE

This is the Outer Gate, the door that faces east. To get to this gate, you have go through the Tribe of Judah (Praise). You walk through praise and thanksgiving. You will also have to walk through the High Priest’s camp (Moses & Aaron). You must walk in our priestly office of prayer and intercession.

This Gate is the only door in. There is no other gate. There is no other door. The only way we can fully enter into the Manifest Presence of God is through the Gate of praise, thanksgiving and prayer. There is no other way. This is a place of humility, not a place of pride. This is also a place of decision. We can call ourselves “Christian”, we can call ourselves “believers”, but if we rarely enter through this Gate, how much of us has truly been surrendered to the Holy, Righteous, Eternal God?

This Gate is a beautiful Gate, a colorful Gate. The colors are red, blue and purple. Scarlet represents the Blood of Jesus. It also represents our humanity. The word “Adam” in Hebrew means “out of the Red Earth”. Red is the color of our flesh, our weakness, our humanity. Blue is the color of Heaven. Red is the color of flesh, that which is temporal.  Blue is the color of all that what is Eternal. Both red and blue are primary colors and mixed together, a secondary color unfolds. It is the color “purple”, which is the color of Royalty. The Lord is calling us to become co-heirs, co-rulers with Him. The Lord is calling us to a holy “wrestle”. The Lord wants to change us, transform us from “Jacobs” (liar, deceiver, manipulator) to ISRAEL, co-heirs, co-rulers “Prince with God”.

The Gate is held up by 4 pillars. The pillars are named Matthew (Lion), Mark (Ox), Luke (Man) and John (Lion). As we enter through this beautiful Gate we remember all the stories in these 4 Gospels, the wonder and the majesty of the One who was sent as a Gift to us.

This Gate is a welcoming Gate, a beckoning Gate. Daily we must make the decision to go through this Gate. Daily we must make the decision to follow Jesus, follow the Lamb. As we approach the Gate, we may begin to feel a longing, an ache to enter in. There is a part of us that longs, yearns to be in God’s Presence. The Lord created us that way. Just as we long to be near those who we love, there is a longing deep within us that aches to be with the Lord. Daily we must make the choice. We have to make the decision and then walk through the Gate. The Gate could be a decision to spend the first waking moments with the Lord. We could make the decision to follow that loving voice deep within us, leading us, guiding us deeper into His Presence. We must make that choice, or we will miss it. We may miss God, our encounter with the Eternal, all-encompassing omnipotent God.

Today Lord, I choose to walk through the Gate. I choose today to walk through the door. I want to enter into Your Presence. I hear Your voice welcoming me in. Just as the Father was waiting, waiting waiting for his prodigal son to return home again, I see You at the top of the hill, at the Gate waiting for me to enter into Your Presence. You are waiting at the Gate……for me! For us! I hear You say:
“Return to Me.
Return to Me, My child.
Awake oh sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.

I have much to teach you. Return to ME My beloved one.”

Acts 3:1-10
“Now all the people saw him walking and praising God. They began to realize he was the one who used to sit begging for the Tzedakah at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple and they were filled with wonder astonishment over what had happened to him”.

I read this Scripture as I was “entering” into the Tabernacle Gate in prayer one morning. I started wondering, how many of us sit outside the Gate begging for crumbs where inside is the rich fullness of God’s Manifest Presence? There is everything we have longed for or long desired – and even beyond our wildest imaginations? Yet it remains inside the Gate. And yet we don’t enter in. Why don’t we enter in?

“You will show me the Path of Life,
In Your Presence is fullness of Joy,
At Your Right Hand
Are Pleasures forevermore” Psalm 16:11 NKJV

All we have to do is go through the Gate. We know and we acknowledge that in the LORD there is fullness, joy, healing, and restoration. Yet we still sit outside the Gate, never daring to enter in.

Or….

We enter into the Outer Court, but never into the fullness of God.

Why?

Too many of us have been rejected, neglected or ignored. Some of us have been abused. All of us have been lied to. Others told us that we have to “clean ourselves up” or stop sinning in order to enter through that Gate. We’ve been told we are not “worthy” to enter in. We aren’t “good enough”. We’ve been lied to by the enemy of our souls. We think and believe the lies of satan who mocks us, ridicules us. He tells us we aren’t “good enough” because of this weakness or that addiction. We are led to believe that we must meet certain requirements, or certain criteria before we can enter through the Gate, that Beautiful Gate. We are made to believe the Lord doesn’t want to have anything to do with us because of the filth of our sin. So, we continue to sit outside the Gate begging for crumbs when there are treasures inside. We don’t feel “good enough”.

Or….we are too sick or too weak to enter in. We don’t have the strength to get up and walk in. We are in pain, we are crippled, we lost our ability to walk. Life has bashed us over the head, life has beaten us up. Severe losses came our way and we’re filled with pain.  We may be filled with sickness and our bodies are literally consuming us in pain.   We suffer outside the Gate, not having the strength to enter in.

Then there are those of us who pass by the weak ones, ignoring those who are begging outside the Gate. Or, we give them our “crumbs” as we pass by. Our crumbs may come in the form of a little prayer, a “blessing bag”, or maybe even a hot meal. But do we ever bring them in through the Gate? Do we ever proclaim to them: “Silver and gold have I none, but one thing I do have: RISE UP AND WALK”. Do we take the time to minister to someone who can’t find the strength to enter into the Gate? Truly minister to them? Do we ever take the time to pour ourselves into someone in need, even to the point of carrying them inside the Gate?

Jesus is knocking on the door. “Behold I stand at the door and knock” (Revelation 3:20). He’s on the inside of the Tabernacle, beckoning us to come in. He’s calling us to come in. He’s welcoming us in. It’s time to go through the Gate. We don’t have to be “good enough”. We don’t have to look a certain way or act a certain way. The Lord embraces us, even in the stink of our sin. He wants us, He’s looking for us. We don’t even have to repent. All we are required to do is make the decision to enter in, and then go in. Sin and all. Filth and all. Pain and all. Even crippling pain. Even the crippling pain of anger, bitterness and hostility. Even anger and bitterness at God.  Even in unbelief.  Even if we are struggling with what all of this is about and are unable to wrap our minds around it.  We walk through the Gate, not sure, not understanding what we’re walking into.  Yet we hear Jesus’ knock on the door and His welcoming voice calling us in.  And we make the decision to enter in.

Today, make it your decision to walk through the Gate. Stop whatever you’re doing, or wherever you’re going. Take a side trip. Take the time to walk through the Gate. See what pleasant surprises are waiting for you inside the Gate!

“You will show me the Path of Life,
In Your Presence is fullness of Joy,
At Your Right Hand
Are Pleasures forevermore” Psalm 16:11 NKJV

TABERNACLE PRAYER: how, why and location

TABERNACLE PRAYER

History of Tabernacle Prayer
Over 50 years ago, Dr. Yongghi Cho was praying before he was to start teaching at a pastors’ conference in the country of Formosa.  As he was praying, the Lord revealed the Tabernacle to him in a way he never saw before.  The Lord showed him how to use the Tabernacle as a prayer pattern or a prayer model.  Dr. Cho then began praying the way he heard and saw.  He said his whole prayer life dramatically changed.  He prays 3-5 hours a day and has seen many marvelous answers to prayer.  Today he’s now retired, but for most of his ministry he founded and pastored the world’s largest church in South Korea.  Yoido Full Gospel Church has a membership of over 4 million meeting in over 20 satellite churches, 160 branch churches, and over 300 prayer houses.  Dr. Cho attributes almost all of this to prayer, especially the “Tabernacle” format of prayer.

What is Tabernacle Prayer?
Very simply put, Tabernacle Prayer is a prayer model that uses each of the different stations in the Tabernacle as a prayer focus or prayer guide.  Each of the 6 stations represent a different aspect in our walk and our relationship with the Lord.  When we follow the pattern of the Tabernacle, we are drawn deeper and closer into a more intimate relationship with the Lord.  All prayer is wonderful, there are many ways and many different prayer patterns that can be used.  The difference between the Tabernacle and other forms of prayer is that as we follow the Tabernacle Prayer, we become more aware of the Lord’s Presence in every moment of our lives.  We also become more aware of what is keeping us from fully entering into the Lord’s Presence in a deeper, richer and fuller way.  Tabernacle Prayer has a unique way of transforming our minds, binding us even more closely into God.

 Why Study the Tabernacle?
The Tabernacle is the first House of Prayer, and the original design came directly from the mouth of God. (Exodus 26)  If this came directly from the Lord, shouldn’t we study it, study the design?  Shouldn’t we study the purpose of this original House of Prayer?  I have a sense this pattern, since it came directly from the mouth of God, might be something we as a body of believers should pay more attention to.  There is much to glean from this.  Most churches don’t teach on the Tabernacle.  If they do, it’s presented just as a “history lesson” from the Old Testament, not as a pattern filled with types and shadows that we can utilize today.

The God we serve is a specific God.  The Lord has a specific plan to reveal Himself.  Through studying and praying through the Tabernacle, we gain a more comprehensive understanding on the character and nature of God, and how we can enter more fully into intimacy within His Presence.  What the Lord is revealing to us is that the Tabernacle, this original House of Prayer should be studied further.  We at House of Good Hope are called by the Lord to use this as our prayer model as we spend time in prayer.

 Overview of the Tabernacle

See where it is positioned:
The location on where the Lord called the Tabernacle to be positioned was right in the middle of the camp with the children of Israel surrounding it.

This speaks of:

  • God wanting to dwell among us (John 1:14)
  • In a sense, the Lord has “set up camp” right in the middle of Israel’s camps

In other pagan cultures, their temples or places of worship was at a distance from where they lived.  Some have household gods, but they were always in a separate place, they were “venerated”.   The whole perspective was the people had to go “up” to a high and holy, unreachable god.  But our Lord from the very beginning wants to dwell among us!

Jesus, God in the 2nd Person, set aside His divinity and He dwelt among us…..He TABERNACLED with us.

The Lord is in the MIDST of us!  The Lord desires to be involved in our everyday lives.  He’s here with us, every day of the week, every moment of the day.  We don’t just meet with the Lord periodically, whether its once a week in our houses of worship or in our daily devotional times.  He is Yahweh Shammah:  the God Who is there.  He dwells among us, the Lord has His “tent” set up right next to ours.  He wants intimate relationship with us, 24/7.  He is LORD and He is not about to be “shoved into a box”.  He is God of our everyday, not just our spiritual lives.

I marvel at how specific the Lord is as I look on the setting of the Tabernacle location.

LOCATION OF TRIBES
The Lord has been talking to us at House of Good Hope about DIVINE ORDER.  The Lord positions each of us exactly where He wants us to be.  The positions we hold, whether we are high level leaders or we hold what we consider “low-level jobs”; we are there exactly at that moment in time according to the Lord’s specific agenda.  If we are “smack-dab in the center of God’s will”, the Lord positions us to places where we could potentially be extremely powerful and effective.  The Lord can (and does) anoint our words that can potentially be flaming arrows piercing the hearts of those around us…..if we are in the center of God’s will.  It doesn’t matter where we are or what kind of job we hold.  All we are called to do is yield ourselves to the Lord Jesus and allow HIM to position us exactly where we are called to be.

Every person who was part of Israel was strategically placed in exactly the right place where the Lord called them to be.  If they weren’t, they were immediately eliminated.  (Korah).  The children of Israel were separated by tribes and they camped around the Tabernacle in 4 specific locations according to the Lord, 3 tribes on each side.  The location of each tribe was specifically chosen by God. All of this paints a picture of heaven.

The Tabernacle is God’s design for HIS House of Prayer and each person in HIS house was was called to live in a specific location, wherever they camped.

The Lord chose heads for each grouping of 3 tribes: Judah on the east, Benjamin on the west, Reuben on the north, and Dan on the south.  Interesting how their tribes played out over the years.  A son of Judah became king and his children inherited the dynasty, with Jesus born into the tribe of Judah.  Benjamin were the only tribes that survived, the other 10 were lost.  Saul, Israel’s first king was from the tribe of Benjamin.  Also, their flags or banners, as they flew over their camps, were visions that both Ezekiel and John saw when they were translated into heaven: Ox, Lion, Eagle, and Man.

  • The Gate was opposite of Judah – PRAISE. We had to go through Judah (Praise) in order to get in the door.
  • The Golden Candlestick was facing Reuben. His banner was Man.
  • The Table of Showbread was facing Dan. His banner was the Eagle.
  • The Holy of HOLIES was facing Benjamin. His banner was the Ox.

What does all that mean?

What does Heaven look like?
Is the a portrayal of the Tabernacle is the portrayal of positions in heaven?  I have a sense this is a picture of what goes on in heaven: The Throne of God in the middle with His people camped out surrounding Him.

Construction of the tabernacle
the tabernacle was constructed by two different workman. They were anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit, the first one ever mentioned in the Bible who were filled with the Holy Spirit. The names of these two workmen are found in Exodus 31:1-6. The names of the two workmen were Bezalel and Oholiab. Bezalal means in the shadow of God or God is my protection. Oholiab Means tabernacle or 10th of my father.  Ahisamach means brother becomes the habitation of God by the Spirit of God.

Bezalel what is the third generation down from HUR, Who came out of Egypt. If you remember, Hur held Moses’ hands up when Joshua was fighting against their enemies. He was from the tribe of Judah which means praise the measurements of the tabernacle.

WHO WERE THE BUILDERS?
THE LORD’S CALLING: Exodus 31:1-6

  • Bezalel
  • Aholiab

There is a “Law of First Mention” in the Bible, which I believe in.  This is the first time mentioned in the Bible of anyone being “filled with the Spirit”.  Bezalel & Aholiab were master craftsmen the Lord put in charge of building the Tabernacle.  These men were handpicked by God to build the Tabernacle, it was given to no one else.  He who the Lord calls, the Lord equips.  These men were equipped through the infilling of Holy Spirit: the Ruach haKodesh.

BEZALEL: the name means “in the shadow of God”, or “God is my provision”.  Bezalel was a descendent of Hur, the 3rd generation down.  Hur was the first generation man who came out of Egypt, one of the men who held Moses’ arms up during the battle Joshua and the children of Israel fought against the Amelekites..  Exodus 17:12.  Hur, and Bezalel were from the tribe of Judah (Praise).

AHOLIAB: His name means “Tabernacle or Tent of my Father”.  His father’s name was Ahisamach from the tribe of Dan. Ahisamach means “brother of strength”.

THE UNIQUE GIFTINGS OF AHOLIAB

1.) He was spiritually sensitive to God and responded heartily to the Lord’s call.

2.) Aholiab was called of God to be a “master builder.” He was a designer or “inventer of designs” able to perform every kind of work.

3.) Even as the Lord called or chose Moses and Aaron for the work that they did. God selects men and women to be artisans, or craftsmen or craftswomen for His specific purpose. 4.) Aholiab was both a faber, a master in metal, stone, and woodwork. Because God does not use the general term for “mason,” here, it appears that the reference to stone carving is more to the specialized work, such as that of the breastplate of the High Priest. The Tabernacle, Hebrew “ohel, tent; ‘ohel mo’ed, tent of meeting; ‘ohel ha-‘eduth, tent of the testimony; mishkan, dwelling; mishkan ha- ‘eduth, dwelling of the testimony; mishkan ‘ohel, dwelling of the tent,” was made in such a way that it was a portable sanctuary, which could be moved as the Israelites traveled, with the entrances being made of linen.  (Aholiab was a man known of God)

1.) The Lord knows the heart of every man, woman and child. God called him Aholiab by name. He knows where you live and work, just as Yeshua appeared in Acts 9 to instruct Saul of Tarsus to go to Strait Street to the house of a tanner. Aholiab was a sanctified man, consecrated to the work of the Lord, and the Spirit of God came upon both him and Bezalel. Consecrated men are not to be left to themselves, to labor in the ability that they have within themselves or to act out of their own ideas and personal dictates. The Spirit of God came upon him. Why? There was a God given pattern to be carried out. Even the most devoted people, devoted to the cause of Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ cannot do the Lord’s work out of themselves, without the moment by moment anointing of the Spirit of the Lord. Each facet of our lives in the Lord are just that strategic.

The white curtains surrounding the Tabernacle tells us to “keep out, keep out, keep out”.

The colorful Door or Gate attracts us to come in, and there is only one Door we can enter in.  There’s no back door, no side door.  We can’t dig under the fence.  There is only one way in and one way out: through the Gate that faces east.

The Gate faces east, where the sun rises. Also, no matter where you were in the camp, you could see, possibly even smell the Shekinah Glory that was released from the Holy of Holies. Exodus 13:21 “And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night”. This describes the Shekinah.  It was there before the Tabernacle was built, but when Moses gave the blueprint for the Tabernacle to be built, the Shekinah dwelt there.

Exodus 40:34 “Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Glory of the LORD filled the Tabernacle.”

 

 

House of Good Hope

MY ADVENTURES IN JESUS-LAND
Hi, my name is Audrey Church McIntyre and I’m the senior leader of House of Good Hope in Hartford. I’ve written many articles here in the past, but have never written what I consider a formal “blog”. As one of my goals for this year, today, January 1, 2019 I’m starting this blog. This will be about what I call my “Adventures in Jesus-Land”: My personal and ministry walk with the Lord.

My prayer is that you join with me and pray for me as I share my heart with you?

Many years ago the Lord had laid it on my heart to write a book about my spiritual journey. Over the years I’ve written notes in many various places, filled many journals and books with all that I’ve been hearing from the Lord. But the notes were never organized and the book never fully came into fruition. My sister – a web designer and teacher on how to use social media – has been encouraging me to write a blog, One thing she said that especially struck my heart is this: “If you start a blog and faithfully write in it daily, by the end of the year your book would be written.” So here it is, the start of a new year, 1-1-19. Wouldn’t this be a great time to start a blog? I don’t know if I can do this daily, but if I write even just a weekly or monthly blog, this book may finally be born! Whoever reads this, please pray for me? Pray that I be consistent in this new adventure? I’ve started many projects including a YouTube channel, but have never followed through. As you join with me in this journey through my blogging, pray that a book would be born?

Here’s my story:
I’ve always had a passion for Jesus since the day I fully surrendered my life to Him. There was a holy hunger that consumed me. I was madly, passionately in love with the Lord ever since I gave my life to Him and this was never a half-way thing for me. I belonged to Jesus and He belonged to me!  That day so long ago, July 22, 1978 was the beginning of a lifelong wild and crazy adventure, and it hasn’t stopped since. I pray that it never stops until the day I meet my beloved Lord and Savior in heaven.  There have been excruciatingly dark times in my life, but I’ve always been given a deep joy and hope that always carried me through.

Over the years I became a single mother, along with all of the financial struggles, hard work and the loneliness that accompanies single motherhood. Those years drove me to press into God even more. Many long, lonely hours were spent in relentless travail and prayer. I pressed into God as never before, because as what Simon Peter once said, where else can I go? Who else can I turn to? Through all of the many hours of prayer, the Lord revealed Himself to me in such sweet miraculous ways! I started a small weekly prayer group in my home, and invited my friends to join me in pursuing the Lord through worship and prayer. As we prayed, the Lord started speaking to me about my laying everything down and entering into full-time ministry. He told me He was raising me up in leadership, that what was to be birthed through me would affect the 4 corners of the world. I was astounded when I first started hearing this. I certainly didn’t look like someone the Lord wanted to use in that capacity! I’m a poor single mother, twice divorced. I didn’t think leaders or for that fact, anyone in the organized church ever took me seriously. And the Lord was speaking this….. to me!

One day at sunrise one of my prayer partners and I were prayerwalking a local school as we usually did the weekend before school started. We would pray for the teachers, the schools – for their protection and the Lord would permeate the school grounds. This time Holy Spirit – the Ruach Ha Kodesh came to us as we prayed and He overwhelmed both of us. We both had to hang onto a nearby fence in order to remain upright, His Presence was so heavy upon us!

I heard Holy Spirit ask one question to me:

Are you willing?

I wasn’t even sure exactly what the Lord was asking me to do at that time, what it would look like or where I was to go.  But whatever it was, I knew it was BIG!!!   I told God I was a twice-divorced woman, a single mother with no money. And no one took me seriously! How could I do whatever He was asking me to do? Even though I wasn’t quite sure what was asked of me, I knew it was going to be huge, even worldwide. I was so painfully aware of how incapable I was to accomplish this, whatever it was. I was painfully aware that I couldn’t do it.

Then I heard the question again:

Are you willing?

I then raised my hands and said: “Yes Lord, I am willing”. At that moment a heavy burden for the lost overwhelmed my heart. Later that day I was at a store and broke out in tears, on the verge of travailing prayer. The store was packed with people, but how many of them know Jesus? I felt so incapable, yet my heart ached for their souls. I knew at that moment I felt just a small taste of how the Lord’s heart breaks for those who don’t know Him. At that time I wasn’t called to evangelize. I was called to pray.

STARTING HOUSES OF PRAYER
In 2001, the LORD called me to build Him a house of prayer. He kept saying this to me over and over whenever I prayed: “Build ME a House of Prayer”. In 2004, the Lord revealed this house of prayer was to be located in Hartford and it’s name is to be HOUSE OF GOOD HOPE. At about that time I discovered that was the original name of the city of Hartford when it was an old Dutch fort located on the banks of the Connecticut River. I knew that I knew that I knew there was to be a house of prayer in Hartford, Connecticut’s state capital and it was to prophetically take on the original name of it’s settlement. Hartford was to rediscover it’s destiny – it is called to be a city of hope….good hope……GOD’s hope. I saw this as an “intercessory assignment” and began praying it in, asked the Lord to raise up someone who would start this house of prayer. Little did I know the person God wanted to raise up was me! Again I tried to argue with the Lord about His choice. I’m not the “right kind” of person to lead a house of prayer! I’m a poor middle-aged woman who no one took seriously. I didn’t see myself as a good leader, in fact I didn’t even know how to be a leader. Especially a leader of a house of prayer! But the Lord made it very clear to me that I was to move to Hartford and I was to start this house of prayer. Over the years I was given many prophetic words, even those who were my spiritual leaders and authorities asked me when am I moving to Hartford? So, even though I don’t like cities, and especially didn’t like Hartford, in 2005 I sold my home in Stafford and moved to Bloomfield. I felt I needed to move into Hartford by degrees. I needed to get used to this. I was alone, my daughter was in college at that time and the city frightened me. Hartford, with it’s crime and poverty, and not being a “white” city scared me. I’m a country girl from the Midwest, this was something totally out of my paradigm.

In 2007, I was shown a house on Brown Street, and used all of my money to buy it. A house of prayer was finally born in Hartford! I didn’t know how to bring people in and spent many hours praying alone. Every time I did, I declared: “Lord, there is now a House of Prayer in Hartford and there is someone praying in it, even if it’s only me!”

In 2012 HOUSE OF GOOD HOPE was born
I knew I needed to learn how to run a house of prayer, but at that time there were not a lot of manuals written to teach us how to do it. There also were no other prayer houses in Connecticut that I knew of. Where was I going to learn how to do this? Here I am, alone in doing this and not knowing who to ask for help or how to learn to do it. So I started to visit other houses of prayer outside of New England, spent most of my time reading books and watching video teachings from Mike Bickle and the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOPKC). Almost every house of prayer I encountered used the “harp & bowl” format of worship and intercession that came out of IHOPKC . When I visited other houses of prayer, I saw how they all patterned their prayer “sets” or prayer meetings after IHOPKC. They all had at least one prayer meeting using the harp & bowl format of worship and intercession. I love this format, it is so beautiful! It seemed to flow and encourage prayer sets & meetings to last for hours. I saw how it worked for them and I desperately wanted something similar in House of Good Hope. There was such a great longing in me for the harp & bowl format of worship and intercession, I carried this longing inside me for years.

BUT I HAD ONE BIG PROBLEM
Problem is: harp & bowl never worked here, not at House of Good Hope. We don’t have musicians, even though we prayed (and are still praying!) for the Lord to bring them in. Musicians have come and gone during different seasons, but no one stayed. No one caught the vision or had the heart to help with building this house of prayer. The Lord also revealed to me that I’m not to lead worship even though I had been a church worship leader in the past. I’m not to learn to play a guitar or a keyboard, in fact I wasn’t allowed to even purchase a guitar or keyboard for others to use to lead worship. The only thing I’m to do is continue to use YouTube or worship cds. So we continue to pray for musicians. We’ve been praying for musicians for years, and even though we’ve had visiting musicians come in and out, no one stayed. No one became part of House of Good Hope. No one had a vision for this house of prayer or wanted to partner with us in this work. The harp & bowl format really never took off here on a consistent basis. We’ve held many powerful prayer meetings with visiting musicians on special occasions, but that’s it. Also, when musicians did come to lead us, It never was true harp & bowl, just variations and mostly prophetic worship. No one stayed. I wanted musicians so much! I wanted someone to lead us into the Presence of God. I would have even taken a teenager who knew only 2 chords on a guitar! But for some reason no musicians came, and if they did come, they didn’t stay or partner with us. They all left after very short seasons.

NEW REVELATION / NEW SEASON
On my way to church one Sunday morning, I suddenly felt a huge urge to repent. In fact, my heart was so tenderized, I wanted to pull over so I could have a good cry. But I was on the highway, almost to church and was running late. After I got to the church, I took out my notebook and wrote down all that I was hearing the Lord say to me. Tears came to my eyes as I wrote this:

“Audrey, stop trying to copy someone else’s format and someone else’s blueprint of a house of prayer. I want to give you a NEW blueprint, but you keep trying to copy others! Do not use what others have done. Your house of prayer is called to be different. You are called to be unique. Dare to be different. Dare to imagine! Dare to be unique!.

I am redesigning you. I am redesigning House of Prayer, the whole House of Prayer movement. Would you dare to go in a different way…..for ME??

Use what I am giving you. I am opening a door to show you what I am calling you to do. Would you dare to go through that open door? Would you dare to be different? Do you have the courage to be unique?

I’m giving you a blueprint for prayer. Look in MY Word for the blueprint. Look at the Tabernacle. This is MY blueprint. This is the blueprint I had designed and I gave it to Moses. Now I give this to you.

The harp & bowl blueprint is what I gave to someone else. This prayer model is from ME, and yes, it’s beautiful, powerful and effective. But I did not give it to you, I gave it to someone else. I am now giving something different to you. Would you dare to use it? Do you have the courage to develop it? Do you have the courage to break the mold?

Develop the Tabernacle format of worship, prayer and intercession. Take it further. Use it.

Behold I’ve given you Bible verses to use in the Tabernacle. I will give you more. Tabernacle prayer and worship is throughout My word but it has yet to be fully discovered by My people. Will you go on a treasure hunt with Me? Will you be willing to look for this, use this and teach it to your people?

Take your people into the Tabernacle. Take your people into the Holy of Holies. I DARE you to use this! I will show you how to use this. Take it further than Cho. Dare to use this in every prayer that you lead.

• I am giving this to you.
• It is My gift to you.
• Steward this well.
• Develop this well.

It is MY Gift and I give it to you. Use it.

DR. CHO’S TABERNACLE PRAYER PATTERN
Over the last several years I’ve used many different prayer patterns as I lead prayer – from John Eckhardt and Cindy Trimm’s prophetic declaration and spiritual warfare models to the Courts of Heaven. I even used ancient prayer models such as contemplative prayer or Lectio Divina.

One of the prayer models we used was developed by Dr Yongghi Cho in South Korea, called the “Tabernacle Prayer”. This is an anointed prayer revealed by Holy Spirit to Dr. David Yongghi Cho. Dr Cho is the pastor of Yoido Full Gospel, a Korean church that is one of the largest churches in the world today with over 4 million members. God revealed this prayer to Dr. Cho over 50 years ago in the country of Formosa when he was teaching ministers how to preach and how to pray. He says that prayer is like “jogging: you decide the course or track to follow before you start.” He’s a strong believer in the use of prayer patterns or prayer models on a daily basis. He believes we all need some sort of prayer structure to keep us focused. “You cannot pray effectively unless you decide the course to take”. Now Dr. Cho attributes the success of his 50 years of ministry efforts to faithfully worshipping God and praying using the Tabernacle format during his devotional times. He’s taught this prayer model to many others, including Marilyn Hickey.

In my next blog, I will start sharing what Holy Spirit has been teaching us on how to use the Tabernacle Prayer model and what has happened when we use it.

Again I ask whoever reads this, please pray for me?

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