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1 Chronicles 13:2And David said unto all the congregation of Israel … let us send abroad unto our brethren everywhere… that they may gather themselves unto us 3. And let us bring again the ark of the presence of our God to us for we did not enquire of it in the days of Saul.”
God was waiting for the enquiring heart of David. David was then moved by God to bring back the ark of God’s presence, and place it in a tent on mount Zion– The Tabernacle of David. And as David continued to worship God during the time of the tent presence, the regular tabernacle stood on Mt. Gibeon, functioning without the ark of presence, while the workers in the quarry were cutting out the stones for what was to be Solomon’s temple, the final resting place of God on Mount Moriah (Psalm 125:2).
In the following Scripture James refers to that event and quotes a prophecy regarding the restoring of the presence and power of the Spirit that will come in the end days. He does this by pointing out that in this present age, God’s purpose is to gather in “the rest of humanity who seek after the Lord, all the Gentile nations who are called by my name”.
Acts 15:16-18 “After this I will return and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the its ruins, and I will set it up;That the rest of humanity might seek after the Lord, all the gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who does all these things. Known unto God from eternity are all His works.

THE RESTORING OF GOD’S PRESENCE RELATES TO THE RE-GATHERING OF ISRAEL
In this scripture, the Apostle James is quoting Amos 9:8-12. "The eyes of the Lord God are watching Israel, a sinful nation, and I will pluck her up and scatter her across the world. Yet I have promised that this plucking up will not be permanent. For I have commanded that Israel be sifted by the other nations as grain is sifted in a sieve, yet not one true grain will be lost. But all those who say, `God will not touch us,' will die by the sword.
11. "Then, at that time I will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which is now fallen down, and set it up, 12. Israel will occupy what is left of Edom and of all the nations that belong to me." For so says the Lord, who has planned it all.
The context of this scripture in the book of Amos shows us that the restoration of the Tabernacle of David is linked to the prophesied scattering of the nation of Israel. (Amos 9:9-10) (Deut 4:27) This is linked to what was prophesied by Isaiah that Israel would not remain scattered but be gathered again a second time. And the fullness of this re-gathering will coincide with the fullness of the Gentiles coming in (Rom 11:25).
Isaiah 11:11-12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria and from Egypt, and from Pathros and from Cush and from Elam and from Shinar and from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. 12. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
The nation of Israel was re-established in 1948 and has remained and grown against impossible odds.
In 1967 Israel won back their land in the six day war. This is the second regathering of Israel in all of history and is therefore the fulfilling of Isaiah’s prophecy. (The first is recorded in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah)
It was prophesied that Israel would be scattered among the nations of the earth because of the people’s disobedience (Leviticus 26:33;) The scattering began when the Assyrians carried the ten tribes away into captivity (2 Kings 15:29; 17:6). The scattering continued when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, carried Judah away into captivity (2 Kings 25:1). After the death of Jesus, the Jews were scattered among the gentile nations (Luke 21:24).

There is that same yearning in peoples’ hearts today.
Acts 3:20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Note the ‘times of refreshing’ over the last century – 1910-17, 1948-54, 1967-76, 1994-98 …

 

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