THE FINISHING – THE GLORY – BENJAMIN RISES

 

There is a clear pattern in scripture that shows that when the work is finished, the Glory comes. Once Moses had finished the work of constructing the tabernacle, the Glory of God filled it

“So Moses finished the work.  Then the cloud covered the meeting and the glory of God filled the tabernacle.” Exodus 40:33-34

It is quite astonishing and hard to grasp, that the unlimited, omniscient, transcendent, and eternal God, would possibly choose to take up residence within an earthly structure. However, God chose to place His Glory in the restricted space of the tabernacle and the Temple of God, where His Presence was apparent and palpable. The Presence of the Lord was so thick that Moses himself was unable to enter.

“Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” Exodus 40:35

This same pattern can be seen in the building of Solomon’s Temple. Solomon followed every detail of the blueprint his father David received from the Lord. The scriptures record that God gave David specifications of the blueprint in writing, revealing that the work had to be according to the Lord. When the temple was finished, the priests brought the Ark of the Covenant into the Holy place where they removed its poles showing that it was to become God’s permanent resting place. When the priests withdrew the Glory came.

When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord.  And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.”  1 Kings 8:10-11

The Shekinah Glory of God filled Solomon’s Temple once the work had been completed, just as it had filled the Tabernacle in the wilderness when it was completed. It was the finishing of the work according to God’s plan that brought the supernatural outpouring of God’s presence. The Glory comes upon the finished work!  

This pattern is also seen in Ezekiel’s temple. After eight chapters of specifications for the building of the temple, the very last verse of this book declares over the Temple and the City: YAHWEH SHAMAH, “THE LORD IS THERE.” God crowns it with His Glory and Presence.

As born-again believers, we have now become the Temple of God, and the pattern remains! The Holy Spirit works through sanctification to bring us into this place of completion.  God’s plan has always been to COMPLETE US WITH HIS GLORY as He has promised in His Word to take us from Glory to Glory.

At the very beginning of my walk with the Lord, He showed me Isaiah 40:4-5 as the process of sanctification that He takes us through corporately and individually. It is a holy work He does in His people that concludes with Glory.

“Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together….”

The High places of pride, the low places of unbelief and discouragement, the crooked places of error that do not line up with the plumb line of God’s Word, are brought together to form a straight path, illustrating the way of the Cross that leads to Glory.  The rough places made smooth is the very last phase of the work that is the finishing or polishing of His saints, where He works to bring them forth, shining in the Glory as a vessel indwelt in fullness with the manifest Presence of God. The Glory of the Lord SHALL be Revealed! This is the promise of God!

There is a Glorious army being finished and polished, now massing at the borders of the Promised Land. They are led by the Commander of the Armies of the LORD and are poised to conquer and take the land of Promise with the SHOUT of the King among them. They are a new breed modeled after the tribe of Benjamin.

BENJAMIN RISING

Benjamin is a warrior tribe representing the new breed arising for the hour. Jacob had twelve sons representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Each tribe was distinct in its gifting, anointing, and God’s purposes. Benjamin was the youngest son born to Rachel during very hard labor.

“Rachel labored in childbirth, and she had hard labor…” Genesis 35:16

Rachel’s labor represents the hard travail His people go through to birth the purposes and will of God in the Earth. Rachel died during the travail to bring fort this son.

“And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.” Verse 18:

Rachael wanted to call the child Ben-Oni meaning son of my sorrow, because of her great travail. But Jacob intervened and called him Benjamin meaning son of my right hand or son of my strength.

We are not to focus on the trial and the sorrow of giving birth but rather we are to look to God and what He is doing in it to bring forth strength and authority in us.  Benjamin comes forth in travail as the son of the Father’s Right Arm—son of His strengthIN ORDER TO RULE.

Before Moses’ death, he speaks a prophetic word over each of the twelve tribes of Israel; of Benjamin he said:

“The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety (refuge and security) by Him, who shelters him all day long; and he shall dwell between His shoulders.”  Deuteronomy 33:12

The position between the Lord’s shoulders is one of authority, rule, and headship—one of Government. Both Jeremiah and Paul were from the tribe of Benjamin. These were men who displayed the character, disposition, and anointing of great leadership, power, and possessing the endurance prepared for the last days. I heard the Lord say, I am returning through the tribe of Benjamin.

Paul and Jeremiah born from the tribe of Benjamin—the son of God’s Right Arm, represent the apostolic/prophetic warrior tribe prepared to usher in the Return of Christ.  The right hand of God also represents the Double portion blessing belonging to the Firstborn son.

“Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.” Genesis 48:17

God’s Right Arm also represents strength and power in battle:

 “Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces. Exodus 15:6

“…among the mighty men, helpers of the war.  They were armed with bows and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, they were of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin. 2 Chronicles 12:1-2

God’s Right Arm also represents victory in battle:

“You will capture all your enemies. Your strong right Hand will seize all who hate you.” Psalm 21:8  

“As your name deserves, O God, you will be praised to the ends of the earth. Your strong right hand is filled with victory.” Psalm 48:10

“For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them.” Psalm 44:3

Benjamin goes before as A LEADER FOR THE LAST DAYS. A great throng of Benjamin leaders is now being raised up as the generals who will lead the battles of the last days and lead the procession of the King up to His Throne—to prepare the way of the LORD. These leaders are the strength of God’s right arm, birthed in travail for such a time.

Interestingly in Psalm 68, which is a picture of the end time procession of the King up to His Throne in Jerusalem, we see Benjamin at the head, leading the tribes of Israel ahead of Judah.

“Your procession has come into view, O God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary… There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them, there the great throng of Judah’s princes, and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.” Psalm 68:24,27

There is a time and season for every purpose under heaven. God’s purpose in Benjamin is for the last day campaign to bring forth the King’s Return. God is now doing the finishing work of polishing His people…making the rough place smooth…getting us ready for His Glory to be revealed in us!

The city assigned to Benjamin was Jerusalem, the great City of the King; they lead the procession of the King up to Jerusalem.  LET BENJAMIN NOW ARISE—SON OF MY RIGHT ARM!

The Executive Branch!

 

Recently the Lord said to me, “I am bringing forth my Executive Branch for this Hour, ones who have paid the cost and willingly given themselves over to My will.”

I went digging to get an understanding of the Executive Branch and read: The executive is the part of government that enforces law and has responsibility for the governance of a state. The power of the Executive Branch is vested in the President who is also Commander in Chief of the armed forces. (Wikipedia)

God is the Commander in Chief of the Kingdom of God. His Executive Branch works and serves the King of kings. He is known in scripture as THE BRANCH—the Branch of David. He executes the laws of the Kingdom with full governmental authority as the Government of God rests on His shoulders.

‘In those days and at that time I will raise up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.” Jeremiah 23:5

God made a covenant with His son David as the king of His people Israel, that David would always have a son seated on His Throne on Earth, who would be given the keys to the kingdom as revealed in Isaiah 22:22. Keys that open, that no one has the power to shut. Keys that shut and lock doors that no man has the power to open.

Jesus the Son of David represents in the natural a picture of the ultimate King prophesied of in the Word. Everyone born-again into His Zoe life now becomes a king in the line of David. Jesus is the King of kings who now holds the key of David (Rev. 3:7).

“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him..”

“Then speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, saying: “Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, And HE SHALL BUILD THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD…” Zec 6:12

The Branch that is Christ shall arise with His Executive Banch, an apostolic/prophetic people who execute God’s will with authority in the Earth and with Him, build the House of God. God’s apostolic servants are builders. The House of God is comprised of living stones. They have authority to tear down, destroy as they build, repair and plant. The Executive Branch carries the authority to implement the will of God. They are His voice in the Earth to tear down and destroy demonic structures and to build, plant and repair the ruined cities, destroyed by lies, deception, and sin! God will release all that is needed to get the job done.

When our Lives are in Sync with The Lord’s, the holy Spirit moves through our spoken words of faith to bring them to pass. Things are accelerating in the Earth.It is time to ake the limits off and dare to believe God for the impossible and the miraculous. It is time for the person God created you to be to emerge in fullness and in Glory!

Paul said: “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 

The word apprehend in the Greek is  katalambano and means̄ to SEIZE, possess and comprehend.

Let us apprehend and possess the purposes of God in our lives, and intentionally posture ourselves for a download of Glory.

LET US APPREHEND THE RISING OF GOD IN US FOR THIS APPOINTED TIME!

It is time for the person God created you to be to emerge in fullness and in Glory! Time to move out and be/do what we were created to be/do – Apostle, prophet pastor, teacher, evangelist, administrator, helps, giving, working miracles, healing, and deliverance.

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth…” 1Ch 16:8-11