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The Restoration Of David's Fallen Tabernacle

It was King David (see Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom) who brought the Ark of the Covenant to the The City of David (see also Zionism) in Jerusalem, where it was housed in a tabernacle, a tent.

"6:17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place [see also Raiders Of The Lost Ark to understand where The Ark's "place" is to this day], in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD." (2 Samuel 6:17 KJV)

Thereafter, David wanted, out of respect and reverence for it, to build a permanent structure to house The Ark, which had been in a tabernacle, a tent, right from the time that it was given to Moses by the LORD (see also The Trysting Tent).

"7:1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; 7:2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains." (2 Samuel 17:1-2 KJV)

The LORD answered David with a Bible History lesson - how the LORD never asked any man to build a Temple of God, but only a tent (consider the humility of the LORD in that).

"7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? 7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7:7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?" (2 Samuel 7:5-7 KJV)

"After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down"

Although the LORD nevertheless permitted David to build a Temple of cedar and stone, David was given a better understanding of why the LORD designed the Ark of the Covenant, the Law of God, to be housed in a temporary, movable tabernacle. The "tabernacle" represented humans with the Law of God in their hearts (listen to our Sermon The Feast Of Tabernacles: Our Tent In Heaven). The permanence comes from righteousness i.e. "He that doeth these things shall never be moved."

The Holy Scriptures

"15:1 A Psalm of David.

LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

15:2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 15:3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. 15:5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved." (Psalm 15:1-5 KJV)

King David was a foreshadow of the Messiah (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah and Shadows Of Prophecy). The tabernacle of David will be inherited by the one for Whom it was ultimately created - Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah (see also The Prophets: Isaiah) plainly identified the Christ as inhabiting that "tabernacle" when He returns to rule (see also Why Two Comings Of The Christ? and The Coming World Dictator).

"16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness." (Isaiah 16:5 KJV)

Amos (see also The Prophets: Amos) was also given to see that the "tabernacle" of David, which fell because David's descendants did not have the faithfulness and righteousness of their father, will again be set up and inhabited by a descendant of David who did obey the LORD - because He was the LORD God (see 'The God Of The Old Testament').

"9:11 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 KJV)

The "tabernacle" of God's Law has always been Christian because it was Christ that established it - and it is Christ who will fulfill (or fill full - with righteousness) it upon His return.

"15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:

15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world." (Acts 15:16-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: What will the resurrected King David be doing in the Kingdom of God after Christ's return?
See David, Future King Of Israel

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