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Jesus Leads Us To The Spiritual Promised Land
We have been discussing the spiritual warfare associated with the Golden Altar of Incense that is found inside the Tabernacle of Moses. We have concluded that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Golden Altar as the actions of His life demonstrate that His prayers were instrumental in bringing down the strongholds of evil and setting us free from them.
Since we have been addressing spiritual warfare I believe that we should step back a bit and look at the big picture purpose of the Tabernacle. The reason for this is that the Tabernacle was an instrument of spiritual warfare in several ways. It was used as an instrument to bring the nation of Israel into a closer relationship with God. More importantly it was used as an instrument to bring the entire nation to the Promised Land, as God had promised the patriarchs. In doing this however, the nation would have to displace the evil religions and people who lived there.
With this said, let me summarize by saying that since the first of our postings we have been demonstrating that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Tabernacle. He is the Tabernacles fulfillment in that is a place where God can dwell with His people on earth. He is the instrument by which we can get to the Promised Land in heaven. One point that may surprise some however is that the fight is not over as yet. He is looking to us, His bride to be to take up His fight to drive out the evil that is blocking our passage to what has been promised. The following words from Jesus support this notion of a Promised Land for us:
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and 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: 1-3)
In link manner, these words of Jesus communicate that the violent take heaven by force:
“Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. (Matt 11: 11-13)
So, it is going to take some time to develop this subject completely and my plan is to use the next several postings to do so. Our next posting will present some examples of how the Ark of the Covenant was instrumental in leading the people into the Promised Land.