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Immanuel Theology

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Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God completed His work which He had done and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. The Hebrew word for REST is Shabbath which means to repose, to desist from exertion, to come to an end.

It was always the intention of God to dwell among us his people in Rest. Psalms 132: 13-15 For the Lord has chosen Zion, He has desired it for His habitation. This is my resting place forever. Here I will dwell for I have desired it. Leviticus 26: 12-13 Moreover I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul will not reject you, I will also walk among you and be your God and you shall be my people. The construction of Tabernacles and Temples in the Old Testament reveals this great desire of God the Father.

More clearly known as Immanuel Theology, this scarlet tread runs throughout the Old Testament and comes to completion in the New Testament in the Son Christ Jesus. Then it was meant to mature into the Corporate Son, a many membered City, that becomes a Holy Nation. Moses was first given the blueprint for the design and the construction of this Tabernacle in the Wilderness and this pattern followed the same specification through to David and Solomon. It was to be three roomed rectangular building with The Most Holy Place, The Inner Court, The Outer Court. Detailed laws and ceremonial order was given to maintain the Presence of God in that place. From the quality of the material, to the details Garments of the Priest were all given, nothing was left to the imagination or the creativity of men. This was an Eternal design and it met the specifications of the One who would occupy it. We have since moved from building made of brick and mortar, for God does not dwell in building made with hands.

This understanding of creating a Temple for the God of Heaven to descend into was a common practice among the Ancient Heathen Nations too. The first Tower of Babel was such an accommodation; it was a Ziggurat. This building resembled the Pyramids of Egypt. The idea was to build a structure so elaborate, so that the Gods would come into the Temple and find rest from all His duties. The people would sacrifice, grain offering, blood offerings, drink offering and even human sacrifice to appease the anger of the Gods, so that He would bless them, bless their crops, and give them power to overcome their enemies. These were stationary building and people had to make long journeys to the Temple when they wanted to worship. The City that housed the Temple of the Gods were revered as the Capitol. There were also a Priesthood that administrated the everyday function for the Temples. The women that worked in the Temple were virgins. Just like the Vestal Virgins of Vesta in ancient Rome. This concept of virgins tending the Temple are still with us today in the Roman Catholic Church, they are called Nuns.

The Ark of the Covenant however was the heart of the Tabernacle that moved with the people of Israel, it was the first of its kind an advancement in Temple technology. The three roomed Tent was just the container of the most important item of all. This mobile technology shocked the Nations of Canaan when they heard of it and how it was used to destroy the City of Jericho and they were filled with fear at the invading Israelites’. This meant that wherever the people went, God was with them and they were a military force to be reckoned with because they had this advantage. Over time however this mobile Tabernacle became fixed once more during the reign of King David and King Solomon. Part of the battle strategy of conquering Nations was to always completely destroy the Temple of the Nations they were invading and steal the sacred treasure, statues and golden artifacts and images of the Gods. They understood that if you destroyed the Temple and remove the Gods then you cast the people into complete chaos and disarray. This is exactly what happened when Israel was invaded by Babylon. 2 Kings 24:13 And they carried out from there all the treasures of the House of the Lord and treasures of the Kings House and cut into pieces all the vessels of gold, which Solomon King of Israel has made in the Temple of the Lord…

2 Chronicles 36: 18 - 2118 He carried to Babylon all the articles from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the Lord’s temple and the treasures of the king and his officials. 19 They set fire to God’s temple and broke down the wall of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed everything of value there.20 He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his successors until the kingdom of Persia came to power. 21 The land enjoyed its Sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfilment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah. It is no coincident that on the day of Jesus’s crucifixion that the veil in the Holy of Holies was rent in two, bringing an end to this system of engaging with God, to further drive the point, God permitted the Temple to totally destroyed in 70 A.D by the Roman soldiers were not one brick was left upon another.

Here is a very important principal that must be considered as to the Rest of the LORD. The reason for the children of Israel being taken into captivity was that they had agreed in a Covenant with God that as long as they were under His provision and protection that they would observe the Sabbath Rest of the Land and personally. The Land was meant to rest on the seventh year of sowing and harvesting. The people were allowed to work the Land for six years but were not allowed to work the Land on the seventh year. On this seventh year the Land must not be cultivated and be allowed to rest, God promised that He would give them enough resource in the subsequent years that they would have enough to carry them into the seventh year too. Now remember this was not new information for the Israelites, they had learned this principal in the Desert when they had to collect the Manna every morning, they understood the process and was expected to elevate this same principal now only on an annual basis. In failing to observe this agreement the people owed God ten cycles of seven year Sabbath which equated to seventy years. Moreover, on the fiftieth year was the Year of Jubilee which saw all debts cancelled, all prisoners set free and all lands that were sold were to returned to the original owners. They never enjoyed this too because they could not trust in the Lord and His Sabbath Covenant.

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It’s in the fundamental nature and character of God to never be in place of laborious effort. His creation activities were the only time that God stepped out of His reposed position of Rest. It’s in “His Rest” that righteous rule proceeds over all things. It’s from “His Rest” that His purposes are accomplished. It’s from “His Rest” that all power and authority emanates. It’s from “His Rest” that we enjoy all the provision and protection as His sons. It is obvious then, for all of “His Rest” to be imparted and received it can only fill a “Place of Rest” to a “People in Rest” too. So the first level of Rest had to come to the Land in which the people lived. If God was going to reward or bless His people it would come from the Land first. They lived in an Agrarian culture and their food source was directly linked to the land. Their economy was directly linked to the Land,

Exodus 31:12-4 Then the Lord said to Moses, 13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.14 “‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people. They refused to let the Land rest so God took them away from the Land for seventy years into Babylonian captivity. The repercussions of their disobedience caused many who fell to the swords of the enemies and thousands were taken into captivity.

Why would God do such a thing? Why would He make sure that the Covenant was satisfied, even to the detriment of His Chosen people? Here again we must see the grand narrative of the intentions of God, which was to always allow His people to participate in His plans and purpose. He would give every generation the opportunity to comply to His standard of righteousness and when they failed, He would just wait for the next generation to arrive so that He may offer them the same privilege as their ancestors. God never changed His ultimate plans for all of Creation, this is His project and we get to be a part of HIS grand purpose by surrendering our personal wills to only do His Will as sons. He is all powerful, all knowing. Why should we not trust in Him? Let’s understand that in the Covenant, two parties were involved viz. The People and the Land. The Land depended on the obedience of the people to function accurately. God would hold up the end of the Covenant for both parties. 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people who are called by name will humble themselves and pray and purpose to seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and heal the land. In healing the Land, God would preserve its wholesomeness for the next generation.

Now we know from scripture that the Land is completely restored to the obedience of the instruction of the Son that walks in Rest. We observe this pattern in the life of Jesus Christ. He was able to call the fish into the boat, was able to calm the storms, was able to walk on water, cursed the unfruitful Fig Tree, multiplied the fish and bread, heal the sick and raised the dead. All of creation served this One Son who housed the person and the presence of God the Father. The Tabernacle of God was among men in Jesus Christ the Son for the first time in the history of mankind. God with us, Immanuel. Once this threshold has been satisfied, God would never fall back into the old way of manmade Temples. The construction of the House of God was underway and Christ Jesus Himself was building it after His own pattern, using “living stones”. For Moses was but a servant in the House but Jesus Christ was a Son in the House and He was the exact representation, the radiance of the Fathers Glory. It is religion that places a burden of works over us. It is religion that makes us orphans and prevents us from being sons of God. It is religion that keeps us trying to please God with our daily religious activities. The outbreak of a global pandemics, full scale hot War in the Ukraine, weather and climate patterns out of control has become a part of our reality in 2022. Is the Earth still fully restored, is it complying to the purposes of God? Of course it is, we don’t think so because it is creating chaos in the World. How different is our current global conditions compared to the Babylonian Captivity? Everything that is happening across the Nations of the Earth, all happened to one Nation Israel. History has shown us time and time again the instability of our Global Community, the Cosmos. Governments are failing, Political unrest is on an all-time high, food shortages in the poor Nations, economic collapse of countries like Sri-Lanka, everything that can be shaken is being shaken, to what end? So that the only Family that remains is the Kingdom of GOD. Now if you’re a part of this Kingdom then be rest assured that you will not be harmed in all this shaking, you will be rescued by divine provision and protection. For everything that was created also has an ending…and with every ending there is a new beginning. The cycles of life perpetuate to the finality of all things summed up in Christ.

So the scriptures then move from a manmade mobile tabernacle, to manmade fixed Temple, here again restricting its functionality to just the boundaries of the Temple. God will then fill the Temple with His presence only. It was always in the mind of God to move beyond the walls of the Temple into the entire City and beyond. This reference to the City is known as ZION. Hebrews 11:9-10 By faith he (Abraham) dwelt in the promised land as a stranger in a foreign country. He lived in tents (mobile dwellings), as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the City with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 1 Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. When building anything the first thing that must be secured is the foundation. Christ Jesus is the only foundation that can be laid in order for the structure to qualify as Zion. We have received this foundation on the day of our adoption by the Spirit as the sons of God.

Revelation 21: 2-3 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice out of heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them, even their God.

We as the Body of Christ must come to realise that God in Christ is focused on building us his Living Stones. Each stone is being worked at the Quarry of Life and is then brought to the building site for Assembly in the Spirit. Church culture had its place in bringing us closer to the Word and the Spirit though active participation in the programs of the Church. We needed this when were infants and teenagers, from Nepios to Teknon. But we are going to need Kingdom Culture to bring us through from Teknon to Huios from teenager to mature Son. It is in Kingdom culture that we have an arrangement of the Assembly that is an organic Family, known as the Ekkelsia. To try and mix Kingdom Culture with Church Culture will only produce a Samaritan like people, a hybrid. I am a strong advocate for building the Family of God organically after Kingdom culture. Church Institutional culture is counterproductive to building in this way, because the system is toxic and collapsing because religion and the world has been mixed into its structure. This system will not stand the test of the “All Consuming Fire”. Only time will tell, if what we are saying is true. Transitioning into Kingdom Culture will require a detox. Just like how a new believer needs to be detoxed from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, so does a religious Christian. There needs to be an isolation and a deep searching, just you and the Father of your Spirit. For when you seek Him, you will find Him, when you seek Him with all your heart.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin will be with child and bear a son and she will call His name Immanuel. The Glory of Sonship is God the Father finally finding His resting place in us His sons, being ALL in ALL.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Leon Elijah

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