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God's Tent

The Hebrew word (pronounced) oh-hale means a tent; more specifically, a traveller's tent. It is translated into English as either "tent" or "tabernacle." In this example, in referring to the time that the LORD led the Israelites after the Exodus, the single original Hebrew word, oh-hale, was written, but is translated as both "tent" and "tabernacle" (both of which mean a temporary shelter i.e. "tent" is an abbreviation of tentative, which means unsettled, while "tabernacle" is merely the Latin form of tent, with the same meaning) in the same verse.

"17:5 For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another." (1 Chronicles 17:5 KJV)

In the future, after Christ's return and the Kingdom of God has been established on earth (see The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth; also The Camp), "the tabernacle of God" will be in the New Jerusalem, without a Temple i.e. there will be "no temple therein" because God will be the Temple (see the Fact Finder question below).

"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." (Revelation 21:1-3 KJV)

"21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it." (Revelation 21:22 KJV)

"Thou shalt not build Me an house to dwell in ... I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house"

The LORD commanded the Israelites to build Him a Tabernacle, a Tent; it was King David's idea to build a Temple - and the LORD had it done, according to David's request:

The Tabernacle

"17:1 Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan The Prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD [see Christ's Mercy Seat] remaineth under curtains.

17:2 Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee." (1 Chronicles 17:1-2 KJV)

The greater irony is that the LORD is building a house for His people (see the Fact Finder question below) while He "dwells" in an earthly "tent" (see also The Trysting Tent) - a "tabernacle" that will exist even in the future (as quoted above in the book of Revelation). The "Tent" or "Tabernacle" is the place wherever God's Spirit manifests itself (see Treasure In Earthen Vessels), as He explained to David, The Future King Of Israel, through Nathan.

"17:3 And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,

17:4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in: 17:5 For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM']; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another [see also Christ's Feast of Tabernacles]. 17:6 Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?

17:7 Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel [see The United Kingdom and David, The Future King Of Israel] : 17:8 And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth. 17:9 Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning, 17:10 And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies.

Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house. 17:11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 17:12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. 17:13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee: 17:14 But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.

17:15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David." (1 Chronicles 17:3-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where is the "House" that God is building (it's little coincidence that Jesus Christ was a "carpenter" see also The Lord's Plumb Line) for His people?
See Mansions; also Houses Of The Holy

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