Chapter 8

Zion - The City of God

 

 

Zion is the Third Day spiritual habitation of the end-time church.  The revelation of Zion is revealed in the twelfth foundational doctrine and is found in the twelfth chapter of the book of Hebrews.

 

Hebrews 12:18  For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest,

Hebrews 12:19  and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.

Hebrews 12:20  (For they could not endure what was commanded: "And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow."

Hebrews 12:21  And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.")

Hebrews 12:22  But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,

Hebrews 12:23  to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Hebrews 12:24  to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

 

Verses 18 through 21 refer back to the natural events of the third month and the third day after Israel came out of Egypt.  These events are recorded in Exodus, chapter 19.  The shadow that these events reveals to us is that, in like manner on the Third Day, the church will be found dwelling in Mount Zion in God's presence.

 

The following is a word, which the Lord gave me about Mount Zion:

 

In my spirit I continue to hear the sound of a trumpet blowing, and it is becoming increasingly louder. With the sounding of the trumpet I am also hearing the Master's voice:

 

"Blow the trumpet in Zion, lift up your voice like a trumpet, sound the alarm in My holy mountain. Set the trumpet to your mouth and awaken those who slumber, for the Day of the Lord comes burning with holy fire."

 

"The unholy shall not touch Zion, My mountain, My chosen habitation where My glory abides. Again, I say, blow the trumpet in Zion; tell the people to consecrate themselves. Tell My people that they must sanctify themselves and make themselves ready for the Third Day."

 

"The Third Day shall release My glory upon My holy mountain (Zion/church), and it shall produce resur-rection power which shall abide on the righteous as a covering.  My glory will be life to those who love Me with all of their hearts, but it will become a fire of destruction to those whose hearts are not wholly given." (Exodus 19:9-12)

"Beware, My people, for these are the days of glory in which the Third Day anointing will be released, and that anointing will produce either life or death. Again, it will be according to the patterns set forth in My word. Do you hear the sound of the trumpet? It is I, Myself, that is blowing the trumpet in Zion, so I say come up to the top of the mountain. I am calling you to come up higher. Is it not written that I will raise you up on the Third Day that you may live in My sight and have knowledge of Me? (Hosea 6:1-3) Only those who have clean hands and a pure heart can come up and live in My presence."

 

"Come today. Do not delay, for it is the Third Day, and I am calling to you as I did to My servant, Moses."

 

Exodus 19:16-20, "Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up."

Note: In Matthew chapter 17 Jesus is seen on the Mount of Transfiguration talking to Elijah and Moses. Moses represents the apostle and Elijah the prophet. The foundation of the New Testament church is built upon the foundations built by the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20)

 

It is now time for Moses (the apostles) to go up to the top of the mountain (Exodus 19:20). As the apostles go up on the Third Day into God's presence, they shall receive knowledge (revelation of the Lord's plans and purposes). And, like Moses, they will bring this word back down to the earth as the latter and former rain. This proceeding word shall equip the church for the work of the ministry in the power of Christ (stature of His fullness).

 

I have come to the end of the Master's words for this writing, but I can still hear the sound of the trumpet. Louder and louder it sounds, and I suspect that it will become deafening in the days ahead. Then there will be a brief moment of silence in heaven before… 1Thessalonians 4:16-17, "The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord."

 

Zion is a code word for the church within a church.  Zion represents the remnant, who is the Church of the First Born, who is Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:23).  They are those whose eternal home will be the New Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22).

 

Zion is a spiritual habitation that our heavenly Father will establish for His church in this, the end of the age. For those of us here at Faith Tabernacle, He has likened Zion to cities of refuge.  These cities of refuge will be spiritual atmospheres that God will establish around the world.

 

Many of these cities of refuge will also be connected to one another by divine intervention.  The Internet will provide the avenue by which some of these connec-tions will be made; others will be connected by apostles who are led by the Spirit to connect different ministries.

 

These cities will be places where revelation knowledge will abound.  The glory of the Lord will be the covering over these habitations of the Most High.

 

Isaiah 4:5  then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering.

Isaiah 4:6  And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.

 

These cities of Zion will be watched over and protected by the Lord in the same way that the Old Testament cities of refuge provided a safe habitation for the manslayer.

 

Not only will the Lord provide revelation and protection for these cities, but He will also supernaturally provide for the inhabitants of these cities.

 

In Matthew, chapter 15, Jesus reveals His heart towards those who will continue to follow Him into the Third Day and up to the mountain, Zion.

 

Matthew 15:29  Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there.

Matthew 15:30  Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus' feet, and He healed them.

Matthew 15:31  So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

Matthew 15:32  Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way."

Matthew 15:33  Then His disciples said to Him, "Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?"

Matthew 15:34  Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven, and a few little fish."

Matthew 15:35  So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.

Matthew 15:36  And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude.

 

The seven baskets represent the Lord's provision for those who dwell on the mountain with Him in the Seventh Day of God.  Verse 32 identifies the Third Day, and verse 30 tells us that those who go to the mountain (Zion) will be healed by Jesus who dwells with His people.

 

Psalm 110 is a psalm of David, and it is prophetic for the Third Day Church.

 

Psalm 110:1  The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."

Psalm 110:2  The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!

 

Zion, as it relates to the Third Day Church, is found in the earth as the restored tabernacle of David, which we identified in chapter 4 of this book.

 

Those who dwell in Zion will be like unto David and his mighty men, and Psalm 110:2 declares that the Lord will send His rod of authority and power out of Zion.  The prophetic proclamation is that God's people will rule in the midst of Christ's enemies.

 

The seventh millennium is the Day of the Lord in which Jesus will return.  But, before He returns for His people, He is going to use them as signs and wonders to His enemies.

 

Zechariah 12:8  "In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the LORD before them."

 

Who are these mighty men that are like David?  These are the Sons of Glory that you have heard of in the prophetic words of the last few years.  They are Joel's Army made up of those who are like David's mighty men.  They are the Gideons and Elijahs of these last days.  These are those who have the vision of eagles and the power of young lions.

 

They will go forth in the courage of David, and the giants will fall before them.  The powers of darkness seated in heavenly places are already trembling as these mighty warriors of the seventh millennium are beginning to come forth.

 

Behold, an army comes forth, the likes of which have never been seen before.  They are bold like the lion and swift to take the prey like the eagle.  They have no fear of the enemy because the King of Glory is with them, and He is terrible in battle.  He is the Lion of Judah, and the Commander in Chief of His mighty army.

 

These are those who live in Zion, but they are not at ease.  They have come to Mount Zion to live, and they belong to the Church of the First Born.  They have crossed the bridge, and they have entered into the Third Day!

 

They have received a kingdom, a habitation, which cannot be shaken.  The city set on a hill is glorious Zion!

 

Joel 3:16  The LORD also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the LORD will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel.

Joel 3:17  "So you shall know that I am the LORD your God, Dwelling in Zion My holy mountain. Then Jerusalem shall be holy, And no aliens shall ever pass through her again."

Joel 3:18  And it will come to pass in that day That the mountains shall drip with new wine, The hills shall flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with water; A fountain shall flow from the house of the LORD And water the Valley of Acacias.

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