FEBRUARY 1, 2007











The angel who came to John on the Isle of Patmos and told him to write what we know as the “Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ,” gave it to him by signs and symbols. The angel showed these things to John who in turn wrote down what he saw. This is one of the ways that God communicates with us and makes us understand the reality of the invisible things of spirit.

The only qualified interpreter of these signs and symbols is the Holy Spirit. Man fumbles and stumbles trying to understand the meaning of the Book of Revelation. Many books have been written, complicated images painted and intricate charts drawn to try to explain the symbols that John wrote about that day.

When Jesus taught His disciples, He often used symbols to explain the things of Spirit. Once He told them that in order to have life they had to eat His flesh and drink His blood. Then He explained, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63b)

It is easier to talk about what we see in the Spirit than to try to put it in writing. The task seems to become more challenging with each revelation. The consolation is that whatever the Spirit reveals to me, He also reveals to all who have an ear to hear at this time. So it is in the hope that all who will read this will find the witness of the Spirit within that I write this particular word today.

Because we are on the threshold of experiencing the change that God has promised His sons, many words are crowding the gates of our minds to enter; this is always the way. But God is not a God of confusion and as we patiently wait on Him, He makes it all clear. “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)


“Simon has declared how God at first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: After this I will return and will re-build the tabernacle of David which has fallen down. I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up, so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things.” (Acts 15:14-17)

Simon is drawing a parallel between the people that God has taken out of the Gentiles for His name and the words that the prophets spoke concerning the Tabernacle of David that has fallen down. We know that the people that the Lord has taken out of the Gentiles are His “redeemed called out Church.” 

The questions then follows, “What does the Tabernacle of David that is fallen down represent?” And, “What is the parallel between the Church and this Tabernacle of David in this hour?”

I have made extensive studies of the Tabernacle of Moses and I feel that what it reveals is a solid foundation for our faith. However, I have never studied about the Tabernacle of David, yet something in me was always stirred and leaped at the mention of the word. But it is not until very recently that the Spirit began to speak to me concerning it. I realize that others have touched on it and that there are various interpretations of what this Tabernacle represents, but for now, I simply want to share what the Spirit is speaking to me concerning this Tabernacle of David that has fallen down. 

The Tabernacle of David as spoken of by the prophets is evidently one that had once been erected but fell. We know that Jesus is not rebuilding a literal temple at Jerusalem to offer animal sacrifices again. Although many Christians believe that He is, such a project is an abomination in God’s sight. Jesus taught us that His temple is the temple of His body and we know that His blood is the only acceptable sacrifice for sin once and for all.

Those who are waiting for the Jews in Israel to rebuild the Temple and resume the animal sacrifices are following those who are in great darkness. There will never be a need for another blood sacrifice. Contrary to what many churches teach, the covenant that God had made with the Jews of old is obsolete. It has been replaced by the covenant in Christ.

There is no other acceptable covenant. “But now He (Christ) has obtained a more excellent ministry inasmuch as He is also the Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.  …In that He says, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” (Heb. 8:6, 13)

By the same token, it is evident that God is not rebuilding the literal tent that David erected to house the Ark of the Covenant while he was running from Saul. The words that the prophets spoke concerning the rebuilding of that tabernacle have nothing to do with the literal tent of David. Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63) And when Simon, in the Book of Acts, declared the words of the prophets, he was being moved by the Spirit. 

The Spirit has revealed that the true temple of God is not made with hands and that God desires to dwell in a people. These are the ones who have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, and who yield themselves to His word and cleansing each day.

This is why Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John. 14:23) The word that we need to keep is the loving living word that the Holy Spirit speaks to our minds and hearts from within. This is the token of our love and it is how God takes up His residence in us.    

Jesus told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them so that where He is they may be also “And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am there you may be also.” (John 14:3)

Jesus was not talking about going to heaven to build a literal mansion for them; He was speaking about going to the cross to atone for their sins, then rising from the dead so that the Father could send His Holy Spirit into them and lead them to Himself.

Jesus categorically declared twenty-two times in this chapter that He was going to the Father. Never did He say that He was going to prepare a place in heaven for them; He said that He was going to His Father so that they could be where He is. To be in Him is to be in heaven.

Jesus, by His Holy Spirit, has been preparing us by bringing us to the place (of being) where we are one with the Father as He is. He has taught us to pray to our Father and He prayed for the day that we “…may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:21)

As it is written, the purpose of our being one with “Father and Son” is “that the people of the world may believe” that the Father has sent the Son to them; and they will believe when they see Him in the sons.

As we read, the purpose of “rebuilding” the tabernacle of David is that “the rest of mankind may seek the Lord.” It must be noted that this Tabernacle of David had fallen. This may be a clue as to what this tabernacle really means to us. First let us look at:


Both, the Tabernacle of Moses and the Tabernacle of David were erected to house the Ark of the Covenant which represented the presence of the One true God, and to offer sacrifices to Him. The tabernacle that Moses erected in the wilderness was built according to very specific instructions from God Himself.

For forty days and nights, Moses remained on the Mount to receive detailed instructions from God. The plans for the building of this tabernacle had to be precisely followed because it was “…the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, ‘See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” (Heb. 8:5) God was using the materials of a literal building to explain the substance and purpose of the true tabernacle that was to come.

The word “tabernacle” denotes a “residence” a “habitation” a “tent” a “covering.” Paul spoke of the tabernacle that was his body, and we know that our bodies are where our souls and spirits dwell. Our bodies are also called to be the dwelling place of God by the Spirit.

So the reason that God was so specific about every detail of the tabernacle that Moses pitched in the wilderness was that it was a pattern of His true dwelling place in His people. The study of the tabernacle is one of the most enlightening and exciting study of the Old Testament.

To capsule that study and remind ourselves of what the tabernacle of Moses means to us let us say that each facet of the building and each piece of furniture depicts our walk in Christ while still in these mortal bodies (tabernacles). It reveals how Jesus, our great High Priest, came down from His heavenly place all the way to the Altar of Burnt Offering to atone for sins once for all and to walk us all the way back to the Holy of Holies, our trans-formation in Christ.

We enter into the Holy Place through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is in the Holy Place that we learn to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth until we come to the Altar of Incense where we find union with Him and are transported or translated by the Spirit into the Holy of Holies. These are all stages that we experience in Christ.

They represent our walk in Christ toward our transformation into immortality and glory. Our mortal body is our first tabernacle and the dwelling place of God while we walk through the wilderness of this world. The tabernacle of Moses is therefore a type of our redeemed souls and spirits housed in these mortal bodies and walking toward our perfection in Christ.  

The word “temple” in the Old Testament speaks of a “large public building.” In the New Testament, the meaning of the word temple is a “shrine”, a “fane”, or the “gathering of a church.” When Paul told the church at Corinth, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God” he was talking to them collectively. The temple consists of the Body of Christ as the eternal dwelling place of God.

We know that in Christ we are heirs of eternal life and that we are not to be ethereal spirits floating around in space but that eternal life includes our eternal bodies. But first we must fulfill the times appointed for us by God. There is a season for each thing and there is a time appointed for us to walk through each tabernacle.


John wrote, “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” (I John 3:9) “We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.” (I John 5:18) 

We could safely say that Jesus was born of God and that the seed of God remained in Him. Jesus was sinless and therefore He was immortal. The only way that Jesus could die was by putting upon Himself the sins of the world and lying is life down on the cross.

Men have argued about who is to blame for the death of Jesus, but the truth is that no man took His life from Him; Jesus laid it down Himself. Until that time, although He was tempted in all ways as we are, Jesus never sinned. He was sinless and his body was conformed to the seed of God that was within Him.

It was in Gethsemane that Jesus firmly resolved that, in obedience to His Father’s will, He would take upon Himself the sins of the world and let them crucify Him. This was an act of supreme love and perfect obedience. Before Jesus took upon Himself the sin of the world, He had a body that could not see death and corruption because He was without sin. It was the body of an incorruptible seed.

We also know that the Father dwelt in Jesus. The body that Jesus had while walking on the earth was the temporary house for the Ark of God or for the presence of God.  Jesus was of the seed of David after the flesh and He was called the Son of David. The Spirit spoke to my heart that Jesus by the Spirit was the Tabernacle of David. 

This Tabernacle of David served Jesus well while He trod the wilderness of this world, but when He went to Calvary, this Tabernacle fell.    

Speaking about the literal temple Jesus said that it would be destroyed and that in three days He would raise it up again. However “He was speaking of the temple of His body.” (John 2:21) Jesus spoke of His resurrected body as the temple, but the Tabernacle of David that fell was the sinless body that He had when He walked this earth.

Jesus never sinned; therefore he was not subject to death. It was because He was the Lamb of God that the Father willed that He go to the cross and die. So Jesus laid His life down in obedience and love. But He did not have to die.  It is because of His sacrifice that God sent His Holy Spirit.

When the Holy Spirit comes to indwell us, we are not instantly made sinless. It is as the Spirit speaks to us daily that He leads us through the fire and that we are being born of God. It is through His daily word that our bodies are being changed into bodies conformable to that incorruptible seed and that the Tabernacle of David is being raised in the earth again.

Peter offers this, “…having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever… (I Pet. 1:23)  

Paul said that this MUST happen. “For this corruptible MUST put on incorruption, and this mortal MUST put on immortality.” (I Cor. 15:53) Jesus by-passed the corruption of the grave and those who are called to overcome death as the last enemy MUST do the same.

We receive the incorruptible seed through the word of God and, through that seed, we are in the progress of being born of God. First, our spirit is quickened or made alive, then our souls are being saved as they find union with our quickened spirits; this is a work of God in us.   

When this work is done and the incorruptible seed has sprouted and brought forth after its kind, there comes the body of that seed; this is God’s order of life. This is the body that belongs to that incorruptible seed; it is immortal.

Resurrection is for those who go through the grave, but there is a time when mortals will put on immortality and by-pass the grave. This is the immortality that Paul was writing to the church about as he concluded, “So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.” (I Cor. 15:54)  Death is swallowed up by the life of God within. 

Paul explained this, “But God gives it (each seed) a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.” (I Cor. 15:38) When God sows an incorruptible seed, the body produced by that seed has to be an incorruptible body.

Through the cleansing of the Holy Spirit and through the baptism of fire, a new tabernacle is emerging. The Tabernacle of David that had fallen at the cross is being raised again among us.   

Those who do the greater works will have put on immortal bodies and will minister God’s glory right here in the earth. This is the “Manifestation of the sons of God!” The sons have been here all along, but they have not been seen or manifested yet!  

Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world, and although He did not see corruption, He died and shed His blood. His sacrifice opened the way for all who have tasted of sins to be made whole and to stand in new incorruptible bodies for the world to see. It is in these bodies that they will do the greater works so that the rest of humanity may seek the true God.


“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12)

While here on earth, Jesus did many mighty works. He healed the sick and restored sight to the blind. He made the lame to walk and the deaf to hear. He calmed the raging seas and delivered those who were possessed by devils. Jesus also raised the dead from their graves. No one had ever done so many astonishing works, yet Jesus told His disciples, “You will do greater works than these!” 

We read about great miracles that have taken place since, and we have experienced a few among ourselves too, but has any man or group of people ever had more power than Jesus demonstrated while here on earth?

It is true that the Gospel of salvation and the Gospel of the Kingdom that we preach have the power to save souls for eternity. Surely, that is a part of the greater works, yet we must expect even more.

Paul writes, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” (Rom. 8:18-19) When the sons of God show forth their bodies of immortality, all will see the glory that was hidden within. 

Someone may ask, “Who are these sons of God? The answer is simple: they are those who have received Him as the Way, the Truth and the Life. They have followed His Holy Spirit out of the bondage of the systems of this world. They are following Him through the fire of purification and are being transformed by the renewing of their minds.

Jesus said that “…As many as received Him, to them gave He power (Privilege) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12) (KJV) This power is the Holy Spirit who gives us the opportunity to follow Him as He leads day by day. 

There have been in the past, and there are today, many good Christians, baptized in the Holy Ghost who are sent of God to do His works. These have brought many souls to Jesus and have been faithful to teach Christians how to walk with their God.

But because they are still in mortal bodies, they are susceptible to the weaknesses of the flesh. They can sin and they can even get sick and die. They still look and act very much like everyone else, so why should anyone listen to them?

Yet this is our hope, “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. And not only they, but we also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we our-selves, groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?” (Rom. 8:22-24)

Some were saved with the hope of going to a heavenly mansion in the sky after they die, but the truth is that our hope is not only for the redemption of our souls but for our bodies as well. The next great event on God’s calendar is our complete trans-formation, even the redemption of our bodies. These are the bodies of the new priesthood. A priest is one who stands between God and the people and who can touch God for the people.

It is in immortal bodies that the sons of God will bring deliverance to this sin-laden world in a way never before possible.

The time of our transformation into bodies that will be able to reach humanity but at the same time will not be touched by sin, sickness and death is upon us today. The people of this world have heard all they can possibly hear and they are still perishing. It is when they see the sons in sinless and death free body that they will listen.

If a twenty-year old man writes a book about how to live to be one hundred, who will take note? However, if a man who is one hundred and five years old writes such a book, everyone will read and listen. Today we hear many talk about the great revival that they are expecting in the earth but that cannot compare to what God is about to do.


The Tabernacle of David is a type of those who will rule and reign with Christ in the earth for a time of great deliverance. The Bible speaks of a thousand years.  I personally do not believe that this is an actual literal thousand years according to our clock, but it is a day in God that represents the time necessary to accomplish the greater works. 

It is the day of deliverance for which the entire creation is groaning.  “Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty (from sin and death) of the sons of God.” (Rom. 8:21)

I am aware that there are many studies and various interpretations on the Tabernacle of David. However, at this time, I want to focus on what the Spirit has revealed to me. Jesus said, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.(John 3:8)

What the Spirit speaks to us today is the direction in which we must bend. It is the word for today that gives life. Today, a warm South wind may blow and tomorrow the same wind may come from the North. A rigid tree is likely to break.

What we learn by the Spirit is not stored in our brain as knowledge learned from books. What the Spirit teaches us remains in the Spirit and He brings it to our remembrance as we need it.

When James spoke up in Acts 15: 14, he drew a parallel between God taking out a people out of the Gentiles (the Church), and the words that the prophets spoke about the Tabernacle of David that had fallen down and that would be rebuilt.       

We know that the true temple of God is not a building made of stones and it is not a building made with hands. The tabernacle of Moses was the dwelling place of God while Israel was in transit through the wilderness, and so it represents God dwelling in mortal bodies while in transit through the wilderness of this world. 

By the same token, the tabernacle of David does not represent a literal tent or tabernacle; it speaks of a higher state of being while walking on this earth.  As the Lord moves us from faith to faith and glory to glory, we reach these higher levels in Christ. This is why we are able to comprehend the meaning of the types that are laid out before us. These types confirm to us the times and seasons that we are entering in Christ.

Jesus told His disciples that to them it was given to understand the meaning of the parables, so it is with types and shadows, the Spirit gives us under-standing to those who are walking with Him. It is when God is about to do something that He opens our eyes to see these things.

Because we are nearing the time when it is being raised again, the Spirit is giving us a clearer understanding of what the Tabernacle of David, in type, means to us.


It was always in David’s heart to build a temple for God at Jerusalem, but David did not get his wish because he had been a man of war. It was later that God bestowed that honor upon his son Solomon whose kingdom was a reign of peace.  

David was truly a man of war; his life was one battle after another. Among other things, he fought the lions and the bears while keeping his father’s sheep on the sides of the mountain. He also battled his own emotions when he had to hide in caves and dens while Saul was pursuing him and seeking to take his life.

At an early age, David fought and won against the giant Goliath. Later David fought the enemies of Israel and killed more Philistines than any other man alive. David was a powerful man of war.

As for us it is as Paul wrote to the brethren, we need to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. We must put on the whole armor of God because we are “…wrestling against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly (spiritual) places.” (Eph. 6:12)

Paul also said that this warfare would last until all is accomplished and victory is wrought. “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He (Christ in you) must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death…Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” (I Cor. 15:24-26, 28)

We have seen our share of warfare in the past, and perhaps we are still warring today. We are walking through the fire as we fight the powers of sin and death in our mortal bodies. But it is this very fire that God uses to bring us to the end of ourselves into His sinless glory.  The time is at hand when we will lay down our weapons of war and begin to take up the greater works for which we are being prepared.

When mortality puts on immortality, the last enemy, death and the grave, will be overcome and the sons will appear in bodies that are able to communicate and to identify with the needs and weaknesses of the people of this world. While ruling and reigning with Christ, they will be able to eat and drink with them and to talk on their level. It is in these tabernacles that the sons deliver the groaning creation. Then the Son Himself will turn the kingdom over to God and He will be all in all.     

The sons are the new order of priests born of God. As their High Priest Jesus, they stand after the order of Melchizedek…”without father or mother (nothing after the flesh) without genealogy (no ancestry) having neither beginning of days nor end of life (eternal) but made like the Son of God (in His image) remains a priest continually.” (Heb. 7:3)

Humanity has lost all respect for preachers and evangelists filled with good intentions for them. The masses have turned their backs on them or have turned to another gospel; they are worshiping other gods. The gods of material wealth, entertainment and sports are flourishing all over the world. How-ever when humankind beholds the priests of this new order they will stop and pay attention. In that day, they will stand in awe at the beauty of immortality and will say, ‘Take us to your God.” Just as the Scripture noted, when the tabernacle of David is rebuilt “… the rest of mankind will have a greater opportunity to seek the Lord.”


“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Rev. 3:21)

It is good to note that for one to sit on the throne and rule and reign with Christ, one must overcome. This is not granted to anyone just by believing; it is a privilege granted to the OVERCOMER.

To better understand the meaning of the throne, we need to remember that it was not a man but the Angel of the Lord who showed the revelation of Jesus Christ to his beloved John. And so John wrote it in signs and symbols designed to make us under-stand the invisible things of God as the Holy Spirit decodes them for us.

We know that the Bible and the book of the Revelation in particular, are filled with images or symbols that convey spiritual realities through visible familiar things. As it is written, “For since the creation of the world His (God’s) attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead…(Rom. 1:20)

With this in mind, we understand that in the language of symbols, the heavens speak of the realm of spirit. The sea speaks of the realm of soul and the earth speaks of the realm of the body. We also know that the “throne” is not a literal stuffed chair in the sky, but that it depicts a state of being where one (as a king) has absolute authority over things.

When the Bible says that I am seated with Christ on His throne, it means that I can speak the word to the demons of hell that may be harassing my mind, and they have to flee. I can calm the raging seas or the turbulence in my soul and restore peace by speaking the word with authority.

I am seated with the King of kings in my spirit and although my soul is going through turbulence, I can say with authority, “Peace be still” and my soul must calm down. How many times have we gone through unpleasant situations where we felt disturbed but we could feel the peace of God arising from deep within and we felt stable and secure again.

This verse also reveals to us that, in Christ, there are levels of being or of abiding. When we enter into our walk to salvation by faith, the Holy Spirit urges us to continue until we attain higher levels of spirituality. This takes place as the Spirit leads us and we overcome as He gives us power. It is an arduous climb up the mountain of God but at the top is His throne or the place of full authority over the things of the flesh.

Recently I was reading about King Hezekiah. He was one of the good kings mentioned in the Bible. His father King Ahaz was wicked, cruel and altogether ungodly. As a result, Israel and Judah were sold out to the Assyrians and it was a very dark and bleak time in the history of these countries.  All of this happened because King Ahaz had set up altars for the worship of false God throughout the country and the people took to it like flies to honey.

Then wicked king Ahaz died and his son Hezekiah inherited the throne at the young age of twenty-five.  As soon as Hezekiah became King, he began the demanding and difficult task of restoring the country to the worship of Yahweh. He took down all the images of false gods and restored the temple of God and the daily sacrifices according to the book of the Law.

As a result, God was with him and freed the country from bondage to the terrible Assyrians who had ransacked the people and their land. Yahweh demanded the destruction of all other gods; He is a jealous God.

At the time, Israel and Judah were in bondage to the Assyrians. They paid heavy tributes to them and found themselves impoverished with no significant army against this most powerful enemy. Even with the best of human reasoning, it would have been impossible to withstand them.

Yet because of his obedience, King Hezekiah found favor with God and was able to do the impossible. He pushed back the force of enemies greater and more powerful than he, and restored peace and prosperity to his kingdom. What is the lesson in that for us?

In Jesus Christ, we have access to God’s mercy and grace but God changes not. He demands each one to be single eye upon Him and He will not tolerate other lovers (gods) in our lives. This is why we have to go through the baptism of fire. All the things that offend in our lives are consumed so that only that which is of God remains.

Those who receive bodies of immortality on this side of the veil will go through the purifying fires and come out sinless and blameless before God without going to the grave. Others go through death and the grave and receive their bodies of glory through resurrection.

Either way, all false gods will be destroyed and God’s throne will rule the hearts of men. In that day, His Kingdom will be seen in the visible earth as it is today in the invisible spirit realm (heaven). It is only when men’s hearts are changed that peace is established. It is only when the Prince of Peace rules the hearts of humankind that we will enjoy Peace on earth. As the enemy of humankind seeks to destroy the earth, our God’s plan is to restore it forever. We are all grateful.

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness. The world and those who dwell therein…Who may as-cend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.” (Psa. 24:1, 3-4)

Because of His love,



































TABERNACLE of DAVID MSG. No. 167 [Jackie Caporaso] 2-1-07           1


Pin It on Pinterest