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Restoring the Tabernacle of David
In Acts 15, the prophecy of the tabernacle of David from Amos 9 became a pivotal passage for understanding how and why God was bringing the Gentiles into the faith. In our day, the “restoration of the tabernacle of David” has become a popular term, referring to the restoration of spirit-filled praise, prayer and prophecy. Since King David himself was a man of praise, prayer and prophecy (establishing 24 hour worship in Jerusalem – 1 Chronicles 24) this revelatory interpretation of the text is quite valid. Yet this aspect is only one third of the scriptural prophecy.
Amos 9:11-12, 14-15
In that day I will raise up the falling tabernacle of David and I will fence its breaches and… I will build it as in the everlasting days; that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the Gentiles who are called by my name…
And I will restore the captivity of My people Israel and they will build the deserted cities and will dwell in them… and I will plant them on their land and they will not again be pulled up…
David was not only a worshiper; he was a king, the king of Israel. Therefore, the prophecy speaks not only of spirituality but of government authority. The “restoration of the tabernacle of David” is similar to the apostles’ request for the “restoration of the kingdom to Israel” (Acts 1:6).
Restoring the “captivity of Israel” refers to the restoration of the people, land and state of Israel. The Gentiles who are “called by My name” refers to the international Church (ecclesia). Therefore, the prophecy has three dimensions: the Church, the nation of Israel, and the Messianic remnant.
This three-fold restoration is intertwined, interwoven and interdependent. God restores prayer, praise and prophecy in the Church; righteous national government in Israel; and an apostolic Messianic movement within Israel.