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Spiritual Warfare: When King David Took Jerusalem - We Have Come To Mount Zion

Within Jerusalem there is a point that is higher than all other points. There is no place within the place that is greater or more strategic than this place within the place. From this place within the place, the oversight of all the city is most pure and if one is to broadcast over the city the sound of the trumpet in calling out and sending messages to the inhabitants of the city, this place is the very best place of all places.

It was to this place that David came.

It is to this place that David brought the ark of God, that place between the cherubim, from which God said He would speak to the people as His voice hovered above the blood stained crown of mercy, and in this place within the place David set the ark of God in a tabernacle known in history as 'David's Tabernacle'.

As David advanced the cause of God towards Jerusalem, David took first of all the stronghold of Zion, not because that was all he could take, but because that was where everything would begin in the unfolding living prophecy.

Much has been said about Mount Zion, particularly since the 1970's when the idea of David's Tabernacle really began to come to the forefront once again.

Many new, exploratory and scripture based expressions of worship have emerged into the community of Christ since those days. Many, most, if not all of these are good as our expressions of worship have expanded into new and marvelously creative (like our God) dimensions, but they aren't the point really, because they all can be imitated empty hearted.

Before anything else, Mount Zion and the Tabernacle David pitched there is about the heart of one man in face to face relation with His God.

The eyes of the LORD went searching the whole earth looking for a man in whom God could form His resting place.

“I have found David”, He said, “A man after My own heart who will fulfill all My will.”

It is about the heart that hungers with deep passion to hear the voice of God and to act in accordance with His will, about a center core or heart of a person that longs to equate as one with the core fractal out of which all life giving existence has emerged.

Do you hunger yourself to know and do the will of God? Do I?

But David's longing was far beyond his solo, face to face relationship with God.

Growing out of that, David's passion was for the whole nation of his people and better yet, the whole earth beginning from Zion, the highest and most prominent place in Jerusalem, to know God face to face and hear His voice speaking to them.

We hear the cry of David's heart as he sits in Zion, called the city of David, while the Ark of the Covenant of God is in a location far from Jerusalem, the center of life on earth;

And let us circle around the Ark of our God, for we did not resort to it and seek it with care in the days of Saul...

And David went up and all Israel (the people of the purpose) to Baalah (the “marriage place of spirits”) that is to Kirjathjearim (the place of the rooted trees) in Judah that we may ascend on high from there the Ark of God the LORD, who dwells between the cherubim, whose name is called out upon it (1st Chronicles 13:3, 6).

And though they had some initial trouble in ascending the Ark on high out from the marriage place of spirits, it did not deter David, it only made him dig deeper into the how’s and the why’s of what it takes to bring the splendor of God to the Mountain of Zion, the heart of Jerusalem and the joy of the whole earth.

Great is the magnitude of the LORD, and with equally great magnitude is He to be boasted of in praises, here in the city of our God, here in the mountain His wholeness.

It is the most beautiful of all elevations; it is the singular glad joy of the whole earth, this Mount Zion (the open, naked, uncovered, and unhidden), reaching to the most extreme treasured secret places on the north side, that place of meeting with the great, bountiful and overflowing King.

God is revealed in her palaces as the height of safety, rest, peace (Psalm 48:1-3).

This story is our story. It is my story and your story and the story of every heart who seeks to be one with our Lord Jesus Christ and the glory of His Father and the life of resurrection power streaming to us from within the Holy Spirit.

The heavenly Jerusalem, the mother of all of us who are the believing children of the promise, waits to be manifest in all her beauty in the earth. Her glory is being blocked and suppressed by the spirits in the firmament of the heavens here in the earth sector.

They dread her and what her beauty will mean when she is unveiled.

We have work to do.

By God, let's do it!

And I, John, saw with my own eyes the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride embellished for the honoring of her husband. And I heard a high ranking voice speaking out of heaven saying,

'Look carefully and see, for the tabernacle of God is with men and He will dwell with them and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying and there won't be any more pain, for all of the things that were before this time have now all passed away (Revelation 21:1-4).

The wonder of David's Tabernacle on Mount Zion is that it had no veil of separation between the blood stained mercy seat of God, where His voice spoke face to face with man.

It is face to face on Zion without shame or fear because the one sacrifice has taken away all sins and our dissonance forever for those who receive the Son of God as their Lamb and their sacrifice of Salvation (see Revelation 14:1-5).

And to this agree the words of the prophets just like it has been written, 'After this I will return and will build once again the tabernacle of David that has fallen into disrepair, and I will build it up again from the ruins,

And I will set it up that the men who are remaining, the remnant, might seek after the Lord and all of those among the nations over whom My name is called', says the Lord who is the One that is accomplising all of these things (Acts 15:16-17).

And many people will go and say, 'Come on! Let's go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the dwelling place of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us all about His ways and we will move along in harmony with His own travels and paths, because out of Zion will the instruction go forth and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

And He will govern over the nations and rebuke many people, and they will beat their swords (instruments of hurt and destruction) into plowshares (instruments of productivity), and their spears (thrusting instruments) into pruning hooks (productivity instruments), nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore (Isaiah 2:3-4).

To this place we are invited. It is the place of David. It is the place of Christ. It is the place of face to face knowledge of God and His power. It is the place of influence whereby the hearts of the nations come to see the reality of God, the Judge of all.

It is the place of the re-polarization of earth by the re-polarization of human centers of being.

It is the place of the new creation.

Come Zion. Come Jerusalem. Come nations of the earth and worship Him, learning the ways of eternal, unbound, inexhaustible Life.

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