The Ark of His Presence, Part 3

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Why does the Bible say that the tabernacle of David will be restored in the end times? Find out with Dr. David Reagan on the show Christ in Prophecy.

Last aired on December 9, 2007.

Transcript

Dr. Reagan: All over the world today, the Holy Spirit is raising up Davidic praise worship in the church. The type of worship that king David introduced to ancient Israel, the type of worship that is recorded in the psalms. The joyous and celebratory type of worship that includes all the arts. Could this phenomenon be a sign of the soon return of Jesus? Stay tuned.

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Dr. Reagan: Greetings in the name of Jesus our blessed hope, I’m Dave Reagan, Senior Evangelist for Lamb and Lion Ministries. And I want to thank you for tuning into our program this week.

For the past two weeks, we have been showing you segments from a new video program our ministry has produced, the program is called the Ark of His Presence. It contains a Davidic worship pageant designed and produced by Randall Bane.

Randall has an international ministry called David’s House. He is known worldwide as the foremost teacher and practitioner of Davidic praise worship. The book of Amos says that the joyous celebratory form of worship which King David introduced will be raised up in the end time church as one of the signs of the Lord’s soon return.

Randall’s worship pageant celebrates the presence of God in the Tabernacle of Moses, the Tabernacle of David, and in the hearts of believer since the day of Pentecost when the Church was established.

In previous programs we have shown the segments related to the Tabernacle of Moses, and the Tabernacle of David. This week we’re going to show you the portion of the program that emphasizes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in Believers, a blessing that began with the Day of Pentecost when the Church was established. But before we do so, let’s take a look at some comments Randall makes at the beginning of the video regarding Davidic praise worship. Here now is Randall Bane.

Randall Bane: Hello, I’m Randall Bane. And I’m the director of David’s House Ministry. We are a ministry of worship that brings worship into churches from Roman Catholic to Pentecostal and everybody in between. Worship that has a special emphasis on the use of movement and visual expression for the worship of the Lord.

I’m speaking to you from Lamb and Lion television studios in McKinney, Texas. Lamb and Lion is a ministry that Dr. David Reagan started about 1980. And the message of that ministry is the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The ministry was conducted primarily through verbal teaching and radio programs for many years, and then about 1998 they began to move into television. In 2002 they started a program called Christ in Prophecy. And I’m speaking to you from one of the sets that’s used for Christ in Prophecy.

I met Dr. Reagan in about 1988 in Jerusalem where I was the artistic director for the Feast of Tabernacles celebration, sponsored yearly by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. Dr. Reagan had a genuine experience of worship that was really new to him through the use of pageantry and movement and visual expression. A sort of fully produced Davidic worship that characterizes the Feast of Tabernacles celebration. And it formed a friendship between us that has lasted these many years, and we have worked together from time to time.

About a year ago Dr. Reagan asked me if I would like to video the pageant that we have been doing for several summers on tour, it’s called the Ark of His Presence from Moses to David to the Church. I was very excited at that possibility because I saw the quality of video work that this crew was doing. And so we arranged for the final performance of the summer to be videoed at a church nearby the McKinney studios here. This production that you’re about to see is the result of that taping. But before we go to the live event, I want to share some behind the scenes preparations with you, just so that you can see what goes into the making of a production such as this. So I invite you to enter into the presence of the Lord before the unveiled ark.

When I come into a local church to do the ark pageant, I arrive several days in advance of the event. This time the venue is Lucas Christian Church, in a small town north of Dallas. The first thing I do is assess the space in which I’ll set up the tabernacle environment. Usually the sanctuary of a church. Creating an atmosphere where the ancient symbols of our common faith can speak to contemporary Christians of all backgrounds is very important to me. The transformation of this church involved the decision of whether to try and preserve the visibility of a magnificent cross window.

Though the image of the cross is central to our New Testament faith, it plays no major role before 2,000 years ago. The blood God has required for the atonement of Man’s sin is a reality that ties New Covenant believers to our ancient Jewish roots and is common to all branches of the church. Therefore we decided that the image of blood at the center of our backdrop should cover the window.

In the Lamb and Lion studio, I’ll recreate some of the symbols used at Lucas Church and explain their significance. Everything I bring in is collapsible so all the fabric, furniture and other props arrive in my van. Like Bezalel the artisan who made the furniture of Moses’ tabernacle, tools and common earthly substances are used to create an image of heavenly things. For Bezalel, gold, bronze, brass, wood and fabric. For me, lots of fabric, quilts pins, coated electrical wire, and gaffer tape.

The first job is the hanging of a huge backdrop in the area where the ark will sit. Red fabric goes at the center of the backdrop as a symbol for the blood. It is also a symbol for earth, or man. Adam is the Hebrew word for Earth and God named his beloved first human creature, Adam, after the red earth from which he was made.

The blue fabric represents eternity or heaven, and the purple, a mediating color made by combining the two, is the color of the kingdom. God’s provision of heavenly order for Man on earth.

The ark and the other pieces of tabernacle furniture were fashioned by Helena Thomas, the extraordinary banner maker of the Zion Fire Ministries whom we commissioned to make the items. The construction mode uses fabric coverings over collapsible bases. The ark itself is created on a folding table with Cherubim of fabric and Styrofoam. The veil is hand painted silk. If you look carefully during the production, you’ll see a large fiery angel in each panel of the silks. Some of the objects like the Menorah are not collapsible but small enough to carry whole. But banners and flags and other items can be dismantled and rolled to fit in side a golf case for packing and travel.

Other objects you’ll notice in the production, the prayer shawl, red for the blood, jeweled for celebration. The Star of David tambourine. A visual as well as audible means for rejoicing. And the elements of communion, the wine and the bread are common earthly elements used to help us see, hear, touch, and feel, the uncommon grace and glory mankind can experience when we humble ourselves and enter into the presence of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Let’s move now toward the live production of the Ark of His Presence. I narrate this pageant in the character of King David. And this is the garment that I wear. Now King David was a prophet, a king, a priest and a worshipping Levite. And you’ll notice that the garment has the priestly ephod. The red in the center with the fringes on the bottom. It has the colors of the tabernacle and the Star of David, which is really the symbol for political Israel, for the nation. And it moves like a worship garment. I love to dance before the Lord in this garment.

The pageant has three sections. The first one is called the Ark of His Presence to Moses. Now, when Moses went up on the mountain to speak to God, he was told how to lay out the camp of Israel, in addition to being told how to build the Tabernacle. And the camp was to be laid out with the Tabernacle at the center, and the tribes ranged out in such numbers that when you looked down on the camp, it was a perfect cross. And right at the center was the place of God’s presence. And at the entrance to the place of God’s presence was the brazen altar, the place of sacrifice. You couldn’t really enter into the presence of God without going to the brazen altar with your sacrifice: the lamb, the ram, the bull. And their blood was shed, that covered your sin, and then you could move on in to the outer court, between the brazen altar and the laver; you could celebrate, celebrate the freedom, the liberty that had been won by the shedding of that blood. And you’ll notice that in our brazen altar is a cross, and that’s of course the place of sacrifice for those of us under the New Covenant. The blood of our Lord Jesus was shed that our sin might be atoned for.

The second segment of the pageant is the picture of King David and the way that God made Himself present to us through King David and really painted a prophetic picture for the New Testament Church of how we might actually worship God without the veil.

And then the third section is the Church. We are entered into the Church on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell and changed our lives forever and changed life on the earth. The center of our worship in the Holy Spirit, the center of our worship in the Church is the table. We meet God around the table, the bread and the wine are brought by Him to us and we celebrate in His presence.

Dr. Reagan: Okay folks, with that introduction, let’s go now to the worship pageant called the ark of his presence. Now as this segment begins, Randall Bane leads us into a celebration of the pouring out of God’s spirit on the day of Pentecost. This is followed by a formal processional in honor of God the father. The segment closes with a communion service in honor of our savior, Jesus of Nazareth.

Part 2

Randall Bane: In Israel of course, there are three major celebrations during the year: the Pilgrim Feasts; Passover, which we celebrate at Resurrection, Tabernacles, which most of us don’t really celebrate because there’s not really a New Covenant correlation that one is in the fall. But in the spring, Shavuot is the holiday; it’s the early harvest, the first harvest, and we celebrate it in the Church as the day of Pentecost.

And in God’s wisdom, He brought the Holy Spirit, the fire of the Holy Spirit on the very same day that He brought the fire on Mt. Sinai to give the commandments to Moses. God is so clear in what He is saying, if we would just listen. His fire fell to found Israel. His fire fell again to found the Church. And the same spirit with which David worshipped God is meant to have been present among us these last 2,000.

That 30 years that God was worshipped at the Ark of the Covenant in David’s Tabernacle is really a prophetic picture of New Testament worship. We are able to worship God with the veil rent, and David led Israel into worship of God without a veil. Then of course when the Ark went back into Solomon’s Temple, and into the Holy of Holies, it was veiled again for a 1,000 until Jesus rent the veil. So the spirit of worship that was there in David’s Tabernacle is meant to be here in the Church. And the power to do that, and the call to do that, really came to us as His people, those grafted into the vine two thousand years ago at Pentecost.

Send it on Down

Gaither Vocal Band

Lord, we’re Your children, And we are asking for You to send the fire.

Our hearts are hungry, our spirits are thirsty, we need to feel Your touch.

Just like the prophet, he said it would be, in the last days an outpouring we’d see,

Yes we are waiting,

We’re anticipating,

Lord won’t you send the Holy Ghost down?

Send it on down, send it on down.

Lord, send the Holy Ghost, come on down.

Send it on down, it on down, Lord, let the Holy Ghost come on down.

Heavenly Father, hear our call, let your Holy Spirit fall.

Send down the power, let it fall I pray, as we lift our praises to Your name.

Send it on down, send it on down

Lord, let the Holy Ghost come on down.

Send it on down, send it on down,

Lord let the Holy Ghost come on down.

Randall Bane: This is a processional for the King. It’s a processional in which we lay down our crowns. We lay down our scepters of authority before Him. And acknowledge His kingship, His rulership over us and over all the Earth. Whether the Earth recognizes it or not, He is Sovereign, He is the King.

He is the King

Lionel Peterson

He is the King, worship now His majesty, bow to the greatness of His throne.

Lift up your voice, to the splendor of His majesty, now blessing and honor, glory and power, be to the Lamb on the throne.

He is the King, worship now His majesty, bow to the greatness of His throne.

Lift up your voice, to the splendor of His majesty, now blessing and honor, glory and power be to the Lamb on the throne.

He is the King.

He is the King, worship now His majesty, bow to the greatness of His throne.

Majesty, His throne alone, to the splendor of His majesty, now blessing and honor,
glory and power be to the Lamb on the throne.

Blessing and honor, glory and power, be to the Lamb on the throne.

He is the King.

Blessing and honor, glory and power, be to the Lamb, be to the Lamb, be to the Lamb upon the throne.

The Lamb on the throne, on the throne.

Randall Bane: We come from many different backgrounds. We are all aware of that. We come from this church and many other churches. We come from different traditions where our experience of the Lord’s Table is different, and yet it is the most unifying factor that we have among us, and someday we will indeed all sit down together around the Lamb’s table. And so as we come together tonight, just in your heart, take the elements as you are led to take them.

How Beautiful

Twila Paris

How beautiful, the hands that served, the wine, and the bread, and the sons of the earth.

How beautiful, the feet that walked, the long dusty road, and the hill to the cross

How beautiful

How beautiful

How beautiful is the body of Christ.

How beautiful, the heart that bled, that took all my sin, and bore it instead

How beautiful, the tender eyes, that choose to forgive and never despise.

How beautiful,

How beautiful,

How beautiful is the body of Christ.

And as He laid down His life, we offer this sacrifice,

That we will live, just as He died,

Willing to pay the price.

Willing to pay the price.

How beautiful, the radiant bride, who waits for her Groom, with His light in her eyes.

How beautiful, when humble hearts give the fruit of pure lives, so that others may live.

How beautiful,

How beautiful,

How beautiful, is the body of Christ.

How beautiful, the feet that bring the sound of good news, and the love of the King.

How beautiful, the hands that serve the wine and the bread, and the sons of the earth.

How beautiful,

How beautiful,

How beautiful, is the body of Christ.

Wash over me

Wash over me

Holy Spirit

Come like the rain

Wash over me

Wash over me

Closing

Dr. Reagan: Well folks, that’s our program for this week. I sincerely hope that the series of programs we have presented to you the past three weeks about Davidic praise worship have been spiritually enriching to you. Well, that’s it for this week, until next week the Lord willing, this is Dave Reagan speaking for Lamb and Lion Ministries saying “Look up, be watchful, for our redemption is drawing near.”

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