The Breach of Uzzah

Joe McCord at Lubbock Convention

December 29, 2008

 

I have been sitting and waiting and quietly wondering if I am supposed to be a good host in this convention, and with about 15 or 16 ministries here, all of whom may not get in already with what we have had so far, but I felt a heavy burden of the Spirit this afternoon and this evening to be here tonight.

  

You can turn in your Bibles to the 6 th chapter of II Samuel. I’m going to be reading a good portion of this chapter. I am going to be ministering on a number of other scriptures out of I Samuel, that I will not take the time to read, otherwise all we would be doing is to read scripture all night, and I will eventually get to this scripture I am reading, for it is the heart of what I want to deal with.

II Samuel 6:1-18 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.

And David arose, and went with all the people who were with him from Baal-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubim’s. And they set the ark of God upon a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio the sons of Abinadab drave the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error and there he died by the ark of God. And David was displeased because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perrezuzzah to this day. And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, “How shall the ark of the Lord come to me?” So David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite. And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the Lord blessed Obededom and all his household. And it was told King David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness. And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.

 

There are some more verses we will get into at the very end, at the end of the chapter.

 

 

Holy Spirit, please just overshadow us. Quicken us and put the vessel behind the cross and anoint the word that we may see light and be fed. In your name. Amen

 

You find an incident I want to get to later in the word. Everything else I say is laying a foundation for that. You understand, many of you I am sure, that in Old Testament Israel, when God had Moses pitch that tabernacle in the wilderness, that the ark of the covenant was in the Holy of Holies in that tabernacle. It has quite a history. This time it is coming into the city of Jerusalem.

 

The understanding that God had given the people was that He had localized Himself in that ark, and therefore He lived between the cherubim that were in that ark. Therefore, of course, in the time of the pitching of the tabernacle in the wilderness in earlier days, none of the people of Israel had a direct experience with the presence and the glory of God. The only who did [have a direct experience with the presence of God] besides Moses, who had earlier had gone up on Mt. Sinai and had gotten a glimpse of that glory and came down with the word of the Lord for them, was the High Priest. [The High Priest who went in] one day a year on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when he went from the outer court of that tabernacle on through the Holy Place and on into the Holy of Holies, in order to bring out the blood that was then given to the goat that ran into the wilderness to forgive all the sins of the people of Israel for the past year. He only went in there once a year, and when he went it was so scary that if he made one false move in his approach to that Holy of Holies, he would have died. And he wore on his high priest robe those bells that tinkled and as long as the people standing outside of the tabernacle could hear the tinkling of the bells, they could say, “Our High Priest is alive”. When I hear the tinkling of the bells in the praises in this hour, then I know that the Great High Priest, of whom the head of that high priest was a type of the Lord Jesus Christ, is risen and alive and dwelling the hearts of his people.

 

But the rest of the people just had a second hand relationship with God, which they got through Moses and the priesthood, and through a lot of rituals and laws and sacrifices. Just as many, many Christians in this hour only have a second hand relationship to God which they get from following this ministry or that ministry, or this big name or that big name, but the reality of a daily walk, where they hear his voice and sense his presence everyday, many do not have.

 

And so, there had come a day in Israel though, where that ark had been captured. Now, without going into all the scripture, I am going to review the foundational word I’ve ministered in several places. In I Samuel 1-5 it’s recorded that a much earlier time than this, there was a priest in Shiloh, named Eli.

 

All of you have heard Eli ministered on and all of you have read the story of Eli. He always gets a very bad name because it was under his watch that the ark was taken, but though he compromised late in his life, which is very scary, after judging Israel for 40 years, this man had really been a godly man, and this man had been faithful to the Lord in many, many ways. When he was the high priest, there was a woman that came to him by the name of Hannah and she had a problem. She was barren. She could not have a child. We heard about her begging God. That woman begged him! She went into that temple and she literally desperately cried. She was whispering, so you couldn’t hear the loud cry coming out of the desperation in her heart. She was saying, “God, I want a manchild! I want a son! I want a male son! I can’t stand bearing the reproach of being a barren woman!” And God heard that cry.

 

When you get desperate enough – most of our problem is that we are not desperate enough – when you get desperate enough – I won’t walk in this building, if we have another convention here and see 6 or 7 ministries and 2 or 3 other people on their knees, I’ll see this whole crowd in here, desperately, desperately, desperately crying out to God, and if it doesn’t happen pretty soon folks, it’s going to be too late. With what is happening out there in that world system tonight, and with what is happening on the timetable of God, as we heard through prophecy tonight.

 

She desperately cried, and do you know what? He heard her! In fact he not only gave her a manchild, he gave her some more children later, but when he gave her that son, she named him Samuel, because she said that he was the son that was “asked for”. And I don’t know about you, but I have seen two meanings for Samuel when I’ve looked it up. One is “asked for” and the other is “nature of God”, and she took that son and dedicated him to God, and promised God, “I will lend this son to the Lord all the days of his life, he shall be the Lords.” And he had a calling, a very heavy calling on his life in fact, he was to become one of the greatest prophets in Israel. In fact one of the few prophets of Israel that was beloved by the people from the time his ministry started until it ended. As a little boy, his mother made him a coat, and as he began to be there in the temple, and as he began to grow up, Eli became a spiritual father and mentor to him, because his life was going to be totally dedicated now, for all the days of his life, to the service of the living God. Eli though, already had his discernment slipping a little, for when he heard that desperate cry, he thought she was drunk, and he went to her and said, “Hey woman, put away your wine.” She said, “On no, you’ve got it wrong there”. She explained to him what was happening and later when the child was born, she took that child and had him dedicated in the temple and said to old Eli, “I am the one that was here praying for this child; he will always belong to the Lord.”

Now, in the meantime, we all know that Eli had two sons. Their names were Hopnni and Phinehas and though they were serving in the priesthood, the Bible tells us they did not know God. In fact, that is not terribly surprising to me, because I have traveled in the old order circles for a while, and I knew numerous men in seminary with me who were not born again, and I knew numerous men in the ministry who taught the “God is dead” theology. We had long talks about that, but they were as lost as a goose. They never had any kind of an encounter with Jesus Christ at all, but they were serving in the priesthood.

 

But it says of these, they were sons of Belial, that is, they were sons of the devil. When the offering was taking place in Shiloh, they would take the best of the fat in the sacrifices, and demand it for themselves, and if it was not given to them freely, they said, “If you don’t give it to me, I’m going to take it.” As a result of that, everyone in Shiloh hated the offering of the Lord. They hated to go through the process of those sacrifices and so on, because of the behavior of those two young men, but not only that, they were committing fornication and adultery with the young women that came to worship there in Shiloh at the temple. Eventually the word got back to Eli. I don’t know if he discerned it himself, but the people began to come to him and tell him, “We hate the offering! We can’t stand the behavior of your sons! You’ve been a godly priest, but we just cannot tolerate this.” And to Eli’s credit, he did not defend his sons. He did not say to them, “Now, now, now, just be patient with them.” He did not lift one finger in order to defend them.

You know, I have seen people sometimes in these communities, when the elders had to deal with their children, immediately they began to defend their children. Do you know that is the height of immaturity? Do you know that for years the Lord has never allowed me to defend my wife when she was under attack? He would say, “Don’t you lift your little finger. I am her defense!” It’s the height of immaturity to be protective in that way. It shows that you don’t trust the one who will defend you if you are walking in the righteousness of the Lord.

Eli knew that and he didn’t defend them at all. He went to them and did the proper thing, he rebuked them. He said to them, “I am hearing a terrible report. I am not hearing anything good about you young men. He said, “You are not only in trouble with the people because of what you are doing, you are in trouble with God because this is the holy offering of God that you are defiling!” So he rebuked them but ---- they would not listen! In fact the word tells us, a sovereign God had already decided to judge this. He had already determined – excuse me for not saying this too politely – he had determined according to the word – it says He had determined He was going to kill them.

You know we have the responsibility to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It was not Eli’s fault they would not accept that rebuke. When they reach a certain age, people, I don’t care how well you’ve raised them – I don’t care how many meetings you have brought them into; I don’t care how much scripture you have had them memorize, when they reach a certain age, they are going to determine which way they go. It is a choice in their own heart and if they go a wrong way for a season, even if you’ve done it perfectly, and none of us have done it perfectly – and if they go a wrong way for a season, you better not go on a guilt trip and blame yourself. For frankly, if you do that,– if you get upset if they go the wrong way – it shows that if they do well you’d take the credit for it. I’ve got a couple sons in ministry. I’ve actually had people try to commend me for that, as if I had something to do with it. Or they talk about my son Michael who is a traveling ministry, “You must have done a wonderful………….” It had nothing to do with what I did! I made all kinds of mistakes! He’s not there because of me! He’s there because when he came of age he decided he did not want to spit on the inheritance of the living God and that was a choice in his own heart, and the anointing on him has nothing to do with me!

So it wasn’t Eli’s fault that they wouldn’t respond, but he did make one mistake. He let them stay in the priesthood. And as a result of that God sent a prophet; a man of God came to him and he said, “I’ve got a word for you”, and it was a hard word. He said, “Because your sons have become vile and because you have honored them above the Lord, therefore, there is coming a terrible judgment on your house”. The Lord had said through the prophet, that the Lord had promised that the house of Eli would exist forever, but now there will not be an old man in your house. He said there is judgment coming upon this. In fact, all the house of Israel at Shiloh was under judgment because God was displeased with them although they did not fully know that. He said, “Because of this, your sons Hophni, and Phinehas are both going to die”, and even when the prophet told him that word, it was obvious the decision had already been made for it was too late to repent. God had already set his course, and the time of grace was already over for them. Again, Eli did not defend even that. He simply received the prophecy.

But in the meanwhile, he was being a faithful, spiritual covering (God’s always our covering), but he was being a faithful example to the young man Samuel, who was growing up with him in the temple. And there came the night that you all will remember. As I said we are not taking the time to read all the scripture – you can go back and look, ‘it’s all in the book’. Buddy says you’ll learn a lot if you’ll only read the Bible. I sometimes say, “If you read the Bible, you’ll find out what’s in it, if you’ll read all of it; not just your favorite scriptures that are promising to make you the richest person in the county.” There came this time where the scripture records that Samuel heard a voice speaking to him, in the temple. He didn’t know the Lord yet, for he was still in training and it says, “He didn’t know the Lord”. He didn’t know how to hear the voice of the Lord yet, but he was about to learn. Three times he got up in the night and went to Eli and said, “Here I am because you called me”. Eli said, “I didn’t call you, go back and lie down”. After the third time the faithfulness of Eli and the burden for the young man came through clear, and he just realized that this was God calling this young man, and he said, “Next time you hear that voice, you simply say, ‘Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth.’ ”

 

Now he was finally going to get, not into a second-hand relationship with God through his spiritual father, he was now going to get into a first-hand, face to face hearing relationship to the living God, where he would hear his voice; know his presence; where he would one day become a prophet so anointed of the Lord, not one prophetic word he spoke would fall to the ground. The scripture tells us that. And so, the next time the voice came, he said, “Speak Lord”. And here came another word that really frightened him, for it was the second confirming witness about what was going to happen to Eli’s sons. And this time the word was also very, very strong, including the indication that both Hophni and Phinehas were going to die. And Samuel was scared. He didn’t want to give that to this elderly man who had covered him and been faithful to God and had judged Israel 40 years. He didn’t have some cocky attitude, “I knew this was going to happen, and I’m the man of faith and power and knew I would be raised up --- this old guy – he’s about to go down the tubes, ha, ha.” Sometimes young men get that kind of an attitude. I am always glad when they don’t, and Samuel did not.

If I could, since I’ve already boasted that I had nothing to do with it, if I could commend my son Michael in any way, I think one of the favorite times I have heard him, is when he stood before the people at Bowens Mill two or three years ago; and he won’t move in a convention unless there are torpedoes and angels and signs in the sky, but when he stood there one night he said, “You know, all of us who are younger in this ministry --- [for you heard Steve Arsenault last night, and you know the word coming through him, and Joseph Latour and David DiGloria and a lot of other younger ministries in our midst – I am calling Joseph young for he looks younger than he is—he’s pushing 50, I think but in any case, he’s only young to us older guys. There came a time I said to Sister Lee, “You’ve got to quit being so hard on Brother Bill there; he’s going to be almost 50 in a year or so.”] But in any case, Michael said, “All of us younger ministries appreciate the encouragement, and all of you that are saying nice positive things to us, but I want to tell you something. We are not the hope of the gospel; we are not the future of this move; we are not here to straighten it out and turn it around!” I was very blessed by that, and I was also blessed when last May I was spending some time with Joseph Latour and Garry Snow, who’s not exactly a child either, but I was so impressed with the word they were bringing. We were together in California, and I had been with Garry in Arkansas, and I told them they had such a clear line. Do you know what they said? They said, “Brother Joe, we have been around some fathers for years and without that (and that was the same thing my son said) you wouldn’t see what you’re seeing.” And you haven’t seen half of it yet. Whitestone is loaded with men so on fire with the Spirit, that Brother Bill said that if some brilliant theologian came in they would have him tied in knots, for they really have given themselves; the truth has been made real to them internally, by the Spirit and someday, if things do go longer than we think, they’re going to be blowing a trumpet all over this land unlike anything you’ve ever heard. I don’t know if there’s that much time left, but if it is, that will happen.

 

Samuel was afraid and said, “I can’t give this word to him”. And to Eli’s credit, he asked for it. He didn’t care how hard a word it was. He came to Samuel, and said, “Samuel, I want you to tell me every single thing God spoke to you and don’t you hold it back, not one thing!” So Samuel did, (and to Eli’s credit, an old man, who judged Israel for 40 years,) he said, “May the Lord do whatever he pleases”. Because he knew it was too late to be turned around.

 

Brother Bill’s told us of a story of a brother who had quite a healing ministry for a number of years. We did not even know that at the time, and later he said, “God isn’t there anything more than this – a bunch of external signs that gets people healed – is this all there is?” And then God called him and brought him into this move for a season, but he pretty much went his own way, and after a fairly short time he showed up a while ago at Whitestone. He’s coming back with us now, but he showed up and said, “Brother Bill, I want you to tell me whether possibly, I may have, in effect, sinned my time of grace away, and there is no hope for me.” And when he said that, there were a bunch of the people that said, “Oh that could never happen – God would never finish off anybody like that.” They HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK folks! Old Testament or New! What do you think happened to Esau? He sought repentance with tears and couldn’t find it! What happened with Judas? He went OUT, after the decision he had made. It says, “It was night”, and it isn’t talking about the fact that the sun had gone down.

 

I had a ministry, still in this move, come to me some years ago to confess privately to me, a tremendous temptation he had been in. And he had overcome that temptation; he did not yield to it, but it had such a hold on him he said, “Brother Joe, even after I turned away I was afraid, have I possibly sinned away my time of grace?” That’s a good fear to have. By the way, he is still anointed and walking in God and if you are concerned about that happening, it generally hasn’t. O.K.? I’ve had people come to me saying, “Maybe I’ve committed the unpardonable sin”. I say, “If you had, you wouldn’t be worried about it. Your heart would be so hardened, you wouldn’t care; so don’t get under any false thing by what I am telling you.” But this was very serious, and Eli simply knew he had to accept the judgment.

  

And then you can go on back there in I Samuel where there came a time when Israel decided, “Let’s go to war with the Philistines”, who are a type of everything in the flesh. They got together and banded together as an army and went out shouting, praising God, making all kinds of noise in the name of the God of Israel, and they got smashed to pieces by the Philistines. They had causalities unbelievable. They were absolutely clobbered! And they came back and said, “What’s wrong?”, because they didn’t know that the anointing of God had been lifted off of them because of the compromise of a very godly priest in his old age – not any direct sin of his, but his preferring his sons above the Lord. Do you know that God demands first place? A place above your wife, above your husband, above your sons, above your daughters, above your grandchildren? We heard it this morning from Brother Buddy. Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. ABSOLUTE PRIORITY in your life!

I know an athletic coach who is famous for his born again stand for Christ. And everything I’ve read about him has been exemplary, except one thing. I read one testimony about him where he said, “Well, I put my family first, God second and basketball third.” And he said, “I think surely God understands because I love my family.” Yes, He understands, but Jesus said, “You’ve got to hate your own life; you’ve got to put him above father, mother, brother, sisters. He’s got to have the absolute priority in your life.

 

Eli had compromised that by honoring his sons above the Lord, and therefore there was not an anointing, and they went into battle and those who came back were totally whipped. And then they began to realize why they lost it, for they forgot to take the Ark of the Covenant with them. They had forgotten to take that which symbolizes the glory of God, the anointing of God, the presence of God. They hadn’t taken it with them; therefore they decided to go to war again. Guess where it was being watched over; who it was being watched over by? By Hophni and Phinehas who were in a totally defiled state. An so now this time they thought, “Now we’ve got the glory, now we’ve got the right formula, now we’ve got the right form, now we’ve got the ark with us We’re going back in and wipe those Philistines out.” When they went back in to that battle – ()you could read about it back in I Samuel 4,) --- when they went back into that battle, they were shouting again. They were saying, “Glory to God”, and do you know the Philistines were more afraid of their God than they were! The Philistines were saying, “Oh my, this is the God of the Hebrews; this is the God that took them through the wilderness; this is the God that worked signs and wonders in the wilderness to bring a people out!” “Fight, Fight Hard, you Philistines!” “Fight like men!” And they did, and they won again! And this time they captured the Ark of the Covenant and took it with them.

 

When a messenger ran into the camp, Eli was sitting in his chair. The word says two things about him. He was getting blind; he couldn’t see. It’s a type and shadow of spiritual blindness by a man who had been a faithful servant of God for a period of 40 years. Not only does it say he was getting blind; he was fat because there had been a little self interest there. He had been feeding off that fat of those animals, all that good meat that his sons were illicitly getting by messing up the offering and bringing it in. He was sitting on that chair, and when the messenger came, he asked about the battle. The messenger said. “Your sons, Hophni and Phinehas are dead and the ark is taken.” And when he heard the ark was taken, he backslid – fell backwards on that chair and died, because he was an old man and he was blind and he was heavy.

 

I talked to a young ministry recently, which had been under the tutelage of a man that I knew some years ago. That young ministry has finally begun to flow in this dimension, but that brother I had known was such a good ministry that I asked, “What was it like flowing together with him?” He said that he was a wonderful brother, but added, “Joe, he can’t see.” And I cried that night because I know this young man has clear discernment.

 

You see the truth is that none of us can see. The Bible says Isaiah says, “Who is blind but my servant?” The true servants are blind and know they can’t see until God opens their eyes. Therefore they are constantly crying out, as Brother Steve indicated last night, for the anointing, for the clarity, for the understanding, because all of us walk blind and know nothing as we ought to know it. But what we think we do know, if it is coming out of our natural mind will turn out to be a horrible deception, for there are other spirits always speaking, and the truth is, to have a clear vision you have to stay before God consistently, EVERY DAY.

 

Eli had lost his. That means you can be in the service of God a long, long time; you can be faithful for a long, long time and go out in your old age! It happened to Solomon! Remember the dream that came to Solomon about the time he was to become the king of Israel after David died? Solomon, though he was young, and though that was a dream, I believe it was a dream reflecting what was really in him. For God came to him in the dream and said to him, “What do you want Solomon?” “What can I give to you that you would desire?” And you would expect Solomon to be very cocky and arrogant and proud. For that is the characteristic of young men generally. It is also the characteristic of old men when they are in their old age. But you would think that surely he would have all this great confidence in himself when God asked, “What do you want me to do?” You would expect Solomon to say in the dream, “Well, you know Lord, I have been raised by the greatest king Israel ever had, my father David, and I’ve been trained very well, and boy, am I ready.” “I’ve got the knowledge, I’ve got the ability, and I’m ready. If anybody’s ready to be a king, I’m ready to be a king!

 

That’s not how he responded. He said, “Lord, I don’t know how to be a king. I don’t have the slightest idea. It’s too big a job for me, Lord. I don’t know how to govern over this great people. Oh, Lord, you ask me what I want. Give me wisdom, not natural knowledge; but wisdom, the supernatural wisdom; Lord, I don’t know how to come in before this people; how to go out from this people; I am so hopeless in myself! Oh God, please, I can’t be a king; give me wisdom that I may know how to govern this so great a people.” And it appears that God was turning leap frogs in the heavens in that dream. He was so excited to see that kind of humility in a young man and he said, “I’ll tell you what! You’ve asked for wisdom. Because you’ve asked for wisdom, and you’ve not asked for riches, you’ve not asked for long life, Solomon, I am going to give you wisdom greater than any before you has ever had and there will not come a greater after you.” (There was one who was greater, however, who, because he was not moving in himself, but completely in the wisdom of his Father, was to say, “A greater than Solomon is here”.) And God said, “Solomon, even though you didn’t ask for long life, I’ll throw that in. Even though you didn’t ask for riches, I’m going to throw that in.” That did help to destroy him in the end, but as a young man, he had it. God blessed him to pieces! You read that stuff and all the songs he wrote! (And I’ve never even written one!) He wrote how many thousand? He had all those chariots, and horses, and women and wives, I mean it was just an astonishing blessing on him!

 

But when he got old , he was tempted by strange women. Not when he was young; (not that he didn’t have more women than I would think any man could handle) when he was old, he was tempted. (If there’s any husband here who is as bad a deliverance case as I am, he will tell you that one can sometimes drive you crazy.) But Solomon got tempted by strange women when he was old. They were worshipping other gods and he got deceived by them, and began to worship their gods. In the end, God would say, “I have not found in Solomon the heart that was in David, his father, who would do ALL my will.” He went down when he was old, and Eli, when he was old, went down into the flesh.

 

Ministries after a lot of years can just begin to lose that burning fire. If you could listen to Brother Frank the other night and you would know he sure hasn’t. He (Eli) went down and the ark was taken. When Eli’s daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas was dying, she bore a child in her death, and she called the child Ichabod, meaning, ‘The Glory Has Departed, the glory has departed from Israel’. And so, the ark was stolen away.

 

Now it has been on a long journey from the time that it was stolen away, and so we come to II Samuel 6. We find David gathering 30,000 of the men of Israel together ‘cause the ark is going to go home. He’s going to bring that Ark of the Covenant back into the city of David, back to Zion, back into the holy city of Jerusalem, thinking it’s a banner day, it’s a glorious day and he’s going to bring it home. Now he’s been through a lot before this, and he’s going to go through a lot later, and we’ll be pointing that out as we move along here.

 

So, David gets them all together and says, “We’re going to take this ark home, it’s recovered now and we’re taking it back to the holy city”. We used to sing a song, and I guess we still do sometimes, “The Ark is Coming Down the Road, Coming Back to It’s Abode”. And he got them all together to bring that ark back in, and he had them put it on a new cart, and they started bringing that ark back to the holy city. They were dancing, they were shouting, and they were caught up in the praises of the Lord ---- but at a certain point, as that ark was being brought back. In II Samuel 6:4, we read that they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was in Gibeah; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart and Ahio went before the ark.

 

II Samuel 6:4-7 And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on trimbrels, and on cornets and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error, and there he died, by the ark of God.

And this really shook David up. Here we see the ark is coming back on this new cart, which was part of the problem, which we will talk about later. It was being brought back on this new cart, and the oxen somehow stumbled, and the ark got jostled. A young man named Uzzah, no doubt a godly young man, because he would have only picked the cream of the crop of the young men that were with him to be carrying that cart with the ark on it, and Uzzah, with a very good motive thinks, ‘I can’t let the ark of God fall,’ and he reaches out and touches it, and he drops dead by the ark. And David, it says in verse 8, was displeased because the Lord had made a breach on Uzzah, and he called the name of the place, Perezuzzah to this day.

Vs. 9 And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, “How shall the ark of the Lord come to me?”

Now notice, David was very disturbed here. “I had a perfect motive. I wanted to bring this ark and all of its glory back into the city. Nothing wrong with that; I thought this was going to be a glorious, wonderful day in Israel, and here’s a fine young man, and because of just one mistake is very, very, very DEAD!” And it upset him that because of just one mistake, he’s very, very, very DEAD! “WHY WOULD GOD ALLOW THIS?” Ever ask God this? Ever seen stuff going on and said, “Lord, why in the world, or why in heaven, would you allow that?” And he thinks, “This is an innocent young man (in his eyes) and he’s DEAD! And my intention was so good”.

 

I believe that day David got a picture of the nature of God that he had not yet known before. You know his history. He’s the sweet psalmist of Israel. When he was young, and he would take care of a few sheep out there in the wilderness, he was singing the high praises of the Lord. He always loved to delight in the praises of God, and you find he does it at the end of this word. He delights in the goodness of God, and the presence of God and in the high praises of God. He would be out there in the wilderness alone with those sheep that he was taking care of, and he would be singing songs unto the Lord, rejoicing in the Lord day and night, and such an anointing had come down upon him. He had known the favor of the Lord. He’d known the grace of the Lord. He’s known the mercy of the Lord. He’s known the love of the Lord. He’s known the presence and the goodness of the Living God as I and all of us in here have. In fact when a lion tried to get him, God gave him the anointing to finish off the lion. When a bear tried to get him, he was so loaded with the anointing of the living God, that the bear got conquered too! And while he was still such a young man, he walked out to the battle against a Philistine giant named Goliath, who was haunting the people of Israel and their armies.

 

He as a young man, because he was so full of the favor and the goodness and love and reality of the living God said, “What’s happening that this uncircumcised Philistine is challenging the armies of the living God? How can this be?” And Saul, of course, who is a (type of old order ministry, finally said, “O.K. young man, if you want to go-get him”--- (he’s a type, by the way of the flesh) ------“if you want to get this giant, go do it”. And Saul said, “By the way, here’s my armor”. David said, “I’m not gong to take that armor. I’ve never proved that armor” – (it’s a type of the old order ministry with all of their doctrines, and teachings and programs, and books and lectures, and sermons) – he said, “I don’t need that; I’ve never proved that, Saul”. What he did, (as we all know,) he went down to the water and got five smooth stones, (which we all know are a type of the 5-fold ministry.) God does have an order and I am going to talk about order before I am through. I don’t want to take too long, but I am going to take the time to get over the burden of my heart here. You’re going to like the end, I think. But he went out and got 5 smooth stones: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, but they became ONE stone, and he went out against that uncircumcised Philistine giant, with all of his threats, and that one stone got him. Guess where? Right HERE! Right where the battle is; in the HEAD, and the man dropped DEAD! And Saul said, “Abner, who is that young man?” And he was ‘sure enough’ going to find out, because later on, Saul, who was at the time the king of Israel ……… and you all know that story.

 

There was a young man Samuel, who had already been trained on how to give a hard word to a more mature person in a higher place than him. He had been being trained when he was young for that, and when there came that day when he had grown as a prophet in Israel, and the last part of that chapter in I Samuel says that everybody knew – that everybody knew, as he began to grow, that Samuel was a prophet of the Lord. He didn’t run around saying, “I’m a prophet, I’m a prophet, I’m a prophet!” He didn’t say, “Lay your hands on me and tell me I’m a prophet!” NO, the PEOPLE got the witness he was a prophet: for not a single word of his fell to the ground, unlike so much false prophecy today. And so he had been trained, and there would come an hour when the people wanted a king, right? They came to Samuel and said, “Sam, we want a king like the other nations ‘round about us.’ Samuel said, “God doesn’t want you to have a king. He doesn’t want you to have big fairy tale of a man that is the hope of the world, and have you depend on him and replacing the devil as the god of this world and have the masses falling at his feet. He wants you to be fed by the Spirit of God. He doesn’t want you to have some big-time minister that you – just – follow – after – every – word – and – think – this – is – the – man – with – the – word – of – faith – and – power – for – the – hour! He wants you to hear from God yourselves; He wants you to be led of the Spirit; He wants you to be drawn to Him!”

 

But they said, “Samuel, we want a KING!” People like a king; they tell them what to do, where to go; when to jump, and how high. That’s why some people actually prefer some king of legalistic order, where the ministry tells them what to do all the time. That way, they don’t have to get on their knees and hear the voice of God for themselves! And they said, “We want a king, Samuel”. And Samuel thought, “I think I’m getting a rejection demon here.” And God said, “Samuel, they are not rejecting you, they are rejecting me, and I know how to give people the desires of their heart to deceive them, in fact, I major in it.” And so he said, “Tell you what Samuel, you give them the king, and I’ll show you the king to give to them, but they’re not going to like it in the end.” And Samuel even warned them, but they still wanted that king. And guess who he picked? He picked that man Saul. He was tall, he was handsome. He looked like the center of the L. A. Lakers, or the linebacker of the Green Bay Packers, and he was good looking and had a charismatic personality and the anointing fell on him and he began to prophecy. He began to prophecy to beat the band! We heard some prophecy here this morning, but Saul was walking around prophesying like it was going out of style, and people were saying , “Is Saul also among the prophets?” Oh yes he was! The problem was, he had the external gift, he had the external anointing but what he didn’t have was the internal nature of a life. And so, there came a day, because he could not submit properly to the order of God, and because he didn’t follow God wholly, to get rid of Amalek, there came a day when God spoke to Samuel, and Samuel had to give another hard word. And God said, “Samuel, I don’t want you mourning about Saul anymore.” He said, “I’m going to remove him as king, and I am going to put in a man after my own heart.”

Here’s another story. Samuel went to Saul and said, “Saul, sorry, it’s over! You’re not the king anymore. You may continue to function externally as a king, but your kingship is over Saul; God is finding another man after his own heart who will be the king. Goodbye Saul.” Just like that! Uzzah died, just like that! Saul lost the kingship, BOOM! It’s GONE! Door’s going to close on this age of grace, folks. You heard a strong prophecy on it in here this morning. We’ll either be in or out. Just like that.

 

And then God said, “Samuel, I want you to go to the house of Jesse, cause I’ve got somebody there and he’s going to be a great king.” So he went to the house of Jesse, on the orders of God, being obedient to the voice which he’d first learned to hear long, long ago in Shiloh, and he went to the house of Jesse. And when he went there, he walked in to take a look at Jesse’s sons, because God told him that one of those sons is the one I am going to pick. His oldest brother looked every inch a king, and David was yet a young shepherd boy. God said, “Samuel, when you make this judgment, don’t look on the appearance, look on the heart”. He walked in that door, and saw these ‘ideal-looking’ kings, and God said, “This is not the one; that is not the one; that’s not the one, and he saw the little fair haired shepherd youth. He walked over to him; he didn’t prophecy over him, but he poured oil on him, and as far as the Father was concerned, Israel, from that moment, had a new king.

 

David’s been through a lot by the time he comes here! Ohhh! He had to run away, and he had to run and hide himself from Saul who was trying to kill him. Saul, who is a type of the old order ministry, and David who is a type of the 5-fold spirit ministry had to run around and hide to keep Saul from killing him! He would play, as we all know, on the harp when Saul got under demonic attack in order to quiet down the spirits, and he came into such a close relationship with Saul’s son Jonathan. Brother Buddy mentioned it. The tie between them, he said, “The love those two had for each other was greater than the love of women”. It was a soulish tie, but it was very strong. They’d even made a covenant together. When Jonathan saw this happening, he actually said to David, “David, it’s all right, my father will not be able to get you. You are going to reign over Israel, and I am going to reign with you.”

 

Some of you know who Jonathan is a type of, right? Oh, I tell you, I’ve seen Jonathan’s all over this world for 35 years at least. They come into these conventions; they come to body meetings; they’ve even gone to conventions and preached a good word, some of them. An anointed word; an edifying word. I think of a particular man who came to Blessington, Ireland who used to meet with us over and over. He was an assistant pastor in a church there. He witnessed to every bit of this word. I can think of many of them, that have seen the reality of this word when they have come under this anointing and they get a hold of this vision. But the problem is they are still tied to the denominational system or the old order, that Saul is a part of. In the end, Jonathan never reigned with David, for in the end, he went back to Saul’s house.

There’s a man I knew in Canada. He was an Anglican pastor. I prayed for him and he got baptized in the Spirit – this is ancient history, way back there. He got filled with the Holy Spirit and then invited me to come into his church and teach. He loved this word, and he came to some conventions in Montreal, and he could not stand still during the praise. He would literally jump up and down, and he would be all excited about what the Lord was doing. He loved this word, but he just couldn’t make the break with the pension, the salary and the security with that denominational system. And just about 2 years ago, a brother who is at Shepherd’s Inn came to me and said he’d seen that brother. He had come out of that man’s church. He said, “I went back to Canada and saw him there. He’s is retired now, and he asked me about you and what was going on out here at Shepherd’s Inn and out here in the wilderness of Canada. As I talked to him, he began to cry saying, “You know I witnessed to everything in that word. I had a calling to be a part of that people.” Of course, his wife wanted nothing to do with us, but he said, “I really did have a calling to be part of them, but I just couldn’t pay the price. I just couldn’t make the break!”

And that is the way it was with Jonathan. David had this great relationship with him, and yet in the end, David had to run and hide from Saul – and God covered him through all of that, for he had moved with such a perfect heart through all of it. Even when he could have killed Saul, even when he was right next to Saul and could have finished him off with a sword, and he knew that Saul was no longer under the favor of God, but he would not lift a little finger to touch him. He said, “I dare not touch the Lord’s anointed. No matter how messed up he is, I don’t dare touch him. It would be dynamite!” He knew that – he had that level of fear. And so he had seen such blessing. There was still another test ahead of him, which was the test of Bathsheba, but even when that happened to him, he was able to quickly repent when the prophet Nathan came to him, and God would still say, “I have found in David, a man after my own heart, who would do all my will.”

But at this point, David sees something he cannot understand. Young Uzzah, doing what seemed to be the right thing, helping bear the ark and the glory of God, to bring it back into Jerusalem. His own intent was so good. And, like that ---- he was gone! David was disillusioned; he was displeased. “God, why did you allow that? And why would such a silly little thing like that be what would cost this young man lost his life?” And it says, he began to fear God in a new way and he decided, “It may not be too advisable to be as intimate with the living God as I thought. It may not be too advisable for me to be so close to this ark. Apparently, God can be dangerous! Therefore, rather than bring this ark back into the Holy City, I think what I shall do is just step aside and leave it outside in the home of a Gentile, a Gittite by the name of Obededom.” For 3 months he had that ark sitting there. And for 3 months he decided, “I think it best to keep God at a certain distance, for I never realized how dangerous he can be. I’ve always known his love. I’ve always known his blessing. I’ve always known his goodness. But this is downright frightening.”

 

Now, of course, there was a problem here. The problem was that it was never the order of God for that ark to be carried on a new cart. The order of God was for it to be carried on the shoulders of the priests. And God does have an order for approaching him. Now people do misuse order a lot of times, but he still has an order. As Sam used to say, “Has an order, has had an order, always will have an order.” In some of the reading I have been doing from some of those old tapes from Grey Ledges, I was actually amazed. One of the things Brother Sam says in the very beginning when he was talking about the tabernacle, was that people get an outer court experience and they get salvation in terms of a new birth, but that’s only one step of the seven pieces of the furniture that’s in the tabernacle. They are taught out there in the system that that one step is going to eternally save them, and they have no concept of the order it takes to approach, to really get into union with the living God, because again, they have never really read the Book. They have no revelation from the Holy Spirit into the types and shadows that are in the Book. He always has an order. And of course, it can’t be just a form, as Brother Steve said last night. You see, the glory of God got lifted right off Israel. The ark got taken, and they said the glory of this thing has departed!

Do you know that in this hour, the glory can depart whole groups of people and entire churches, and they don’t even know it’s happened? The reason they don’t know it’s happened is that they already have got it all figured out in their mind and they already have their orders of worship that they move in every single time they are together. (Oh, I will talk about the disorder they are getting into later.) They have this prayer book or they have their liturgy or they have the order of worship in the service. A lot of those churches, if somebody got up and prayed in tongues, or somebody stood up and prophesied, the pastor would tell the usher to call 911. The reason the Holy Spirit can leave them, and they don’t know he’s left, is that they are not doing anything led by the Spirit. I’m also aware that some people can look at us, and they have, and say, “Well, you guys are in the ‘same old, same old’, aren’t you? You get together, and you rise up, and we can even tell you’ll rise up in the praises and make a lot of noise, two or three will prophecy, then somebody will get up and give some excruciatingly long message from the scripture, and it gets based on the word; you’re such a word oriented people, and then maybe after that, there are some visions to confirm the word, and there may be some prayers for a couple of people to get healed, and then you go home. But it’s the ‘same old, same old’ because probably in your midst, the glory has departed, too.”

 

What you need to understand, people, is the order is in the Book, and God said to Moses, “You be sure you build this thing according to the pattern that I showed you on the Mount”. And in that pattern, the praises go before the sword, and in that pattern the sword and the Word is always central and you cannot be too oriented in the word, especially if you have some revelation into the Spirit of the Word, as well as into the letter of the Word. So we have stuck with that order, for it is the pattern that was shown in the Word itself. Do you know what the order is for this hour, according to scripture? It’s a 5-fold spirit ministry, in Ephesians 4, of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, that, according to the scripture, is going to be there until we become perfect; until we go on to be a perfect man, until we go on to the measure and the stature of the fullness of Christ------ One Corporate Many-Membered Perfect Man -------that is the order that is revealed in the Word. When people are now going back to the Old Order thing of one pastor and a one man band running the show, they are thinking they can still approach into all the fullness of God and completely ignore the order that is established in this Book, that will continue right up to end of this age and perfection! And therefore, those of us who have discernment to know what the true trumpet sound is and have been hearing the clarity of this trumpet sound get stronger and stronger and STRONGER, we know the glory has not yet departed. It’s not just here, but definitely, all I had to do was be in the praise tonight to know that it has not departed from here. If you think it has, then you may have Ichabod written over you and you may be among the most deceived people on the face of the earth.

 

But, of course, there is a lot of disorder going on. Remember Paul, when he talked to that Corinthian church? They came behind in NO gift. They had all the gifts operating. That included healing, and that included prophecy. It says they didn’t come behind in any gift. They were born again; most of them were, no doubt, baptized in the Holy Spirit. Paul had to give them orders how prophecy was supposed to flow in the body, for they were just running around doing their own thing and not letting it be checked or balanced or judged by anybody, so Paul laid out an order for that. And he saw a lot of disorder. He saw there was sin in that great charismatic church. Some of them were into immorality. Some of them were getting crocked at communion service. He said, “That isn’t the Lord’s supper that you are eating.” Some of them were apparently standing up in the praise service and saying, “Jesus be cursed!”, because at one point in that letter he said, “I would like to explain to you a fundamental truth. If someone stands up and shouts, ‘Jesus be cursed’, they are not speaking by the Spirit of God.” And what he said was that everything needed to be done DECENTLY and IN ORDER.

 

I tell you, if he went to some of the places today, and I believe in holy laughter, but if he went to some of the places where they are lying on the floor laughing like hyenas, or even sitting up laughing while someone else is ministering; where they say, “I’m too drunk with laughter, I can’t preach!) If he went into some of these places today, where they’re roaring like lions, to be like the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, or barking like dogs, which is specifically forbidden in the Old Testament; if he looked at what was happening now in some of these circuses that are drawing hundreds and thousands of people into total deception, with demonic spirits operating so that the associate pastor, who is now the pastor at Times Square Church said, “When you see some of these false signs” – and he was including the gold dust – he said, “RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!” And that was the title of his message. He said, “Run for your life before some spirit picks you up and takes you into total delusion! “ And if Paul saw some of that going on, do you know what he would do? He would get up and say, “Could we please have some DECENCY AND ORDER?”

 

He doesn’t want disorder, but He does have an order. And David had violated that order in this particular situation. Now some people abuse order; they use it to try to govern over the people rather than just set something in the Spirit, so that people can know whether they are in the Spirit or not in it. And Brother Sam used to say, “I’m trying to get elders to understand they are not called to be a human government over the people. They are called to govern over them as little as possible, not as much as possible, leaving all of them free to be able to hear clearly from the Spirit of the Lord.” And he said, “But there would still be all this heavy handed legalism that we went through in a lot of communities.” And Sam said to me, not long before he died, “Joe, I cannot get it across to these ministries, I just can’t – that they are not supposed to be controlling or regulating the lives of these people.” And he even used the fact that it was from the Holy of Holies, the smallest piece of furniture in the tabernacle, that proved that God wanted as little, not as much government as possible over the people. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean NO order; it doesn’t mean chaos; it doesn’t mean everybody doing what is right in their own eyes; that doesn’t mean no correction; that doesn’t mean no discipline.

 

But He does have an order, He always has had an order, and He always will have an order. You can’t approach Him on any other basis than going step by step through that order, and David had made a fatal mistake by being in such a hurry to bring the glory of God back into Jerusalem, that he had it brought in on that cart, and a young man had died.

 

There is something that Brother Buddy pointed out to me when we were just talking in Europe. I had never really seen it before. God pronounces judgments and when judgment hits like that, there’s nothing emotional in it from God. Oh, He can get angry for sure, but it’s not an emotional thing. It’s that if you violate his fixed principles and order, there is a consequence, because as you have heard all through this convention, whatever a man sows, that and that only, does he reap. And you cannot get out of that. You cannot be of a victim mentality that, “This shouldn’t be happening to poor me”. Everything that happens He’s totally in control of; ALL THINGS ARE OF HIM.

Take electricity, for example. There’s a natural law for you. I once knew a man who I thought an awful lot of, that worked on the high wires when I was a teenager. He was one of the best ends on our basketball team and he had worked for years on the high wires for at least two decades, without ever having any problem with electricity. But one of the saddest nights of my young life, was when I got the phone call from his son saying that he had made one false move on those wires. He was gone! The electricity was not mad at him; the electricity wasn’t saying, “I’m going to kill this guy”. There are divine principles in God, and when we walk away from them, we reap exactly what we have sowed, and everything He’s allowed in our life, He’s allowing to deal with us and to warn us, because this God can be dangerous.

David pondered three months that it’s awfully dangerous to give your life totally to God; “It’s awfully dangerous; I’ve wanted that intimacy with Him, and I’ve known it, but I never saw this side of Him like that before.” But then, a report began to come. It was a report that began to be heard in the ears of Israel. You know, back in the time when God spoke to young Samuel of what He was going to do to the house of Eli. He said, “I will do something that will cause both the ears of everyone that hears it in Israel to tingle.”

 

I’ll tell you folks, if some true prophets and intercessors of the Lord are getting into high places in the Spirit in this hour -- there is one scripture that says the Holy Spirit will show you things to come -- some of them, and I don’t mean just in our midst, some of them that are really lined up with God, may hear some things about what we are about to walk through among these nations, that if we could hear it, would cause both of our ears to tingle as we go into this new year.

 

But now, there was something good that was causing the ears of those who heard it to tingle, and that is, the word began to get around; “You ought to see what is happening in the house of Obededom! You oughta go! If you want to see light; if you want to see peace; if you want to see joy; if you want to see blessing; if you want to see true prosperity in the spirit, not just in the natural man, go down to the house of Obededom and look at what those people are living in. Look at the light and the peace and the joy and the victory and the life that is in that home! They’re Gentiles, but they’re all being blessed! My goodness, you go in there, and their countenances are full of joy, and some of them are dancing, and they are singing, “I’m happy, I’m healthy, I’m blessed, I’m anointed, I’m filled with the power of God!” And the word gets to David. “Hey Dave, do you hear what’s happening over at Obededom’s house? My goodness, the light, the glory, the blessing, the joy, the victory, the peace!!!” And David decides, “You know, you know, it just may be worth doing this thing the right way.” It may just be a glorious thing, even if He is a dangerous God, of paying the price of deciding to fully abandon ourselves and give ourselves totally into His hand, and die to our life and let Him become ours! We may just find that (like C.S. Lewis) we will be surprised by joy. That the thing we most dreaded is the thing that will bring in the most light and glory we have ever known, no matter what we are going through, or how troubled the waters around us are.

 

So David takes another shot at it. It says that David went, this time it was on the shoulders of those priests; by the way, there were all kinds of animal sacrifices; there was the slaying of sheep and cattle and oxen; there was stopping along the way to offer up all these sacrifices and to approach God exactly according to the divine order that He Himself had set.

 

But it says in II Samuel 6:13-23 When they that bore the ark of the Lord had gone 6 paces and sacrificed oxen and fatlings, (and David got happy.) David danced before the Lord with all his might. He was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shoutings, with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through the window, and saw David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings (he had to do it according to that entire order) he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of Hosts. And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed everyone to his house. Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, how glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovered himself! And David said unto Michal, it was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

 

And that moment, when according to the divine order, the ark was coming home, oh it was a glorious day for that king. Hallelujah! God had healed; there had to be wounds; there had to be wounds over the death of the young man Uzzah, but by now, that wound was being healed inside of his heart, and he realized that there is nothing like serving this God, for when we serve him properly we move His way and not our way. Look at the glory and light that was in the house of Obededom, and now we are bringing that glory back to the city of David, we’re bringing that glory back to Zion, the ark is coming home; the glory of the Lord is going to fill the house. The word tells us the glory of this latter house will be greater than the glory of the former. It says they brought that ark in, David could not contain himself!

 

I know we can praise God with our lips and have our hearts be far from Him. Some of us, probably in time of battle are going to. I know that just external praise, which can even be imitated by false religious spirits, without the internal life of the real love of God can be deceptive, just as I know that if you don’t love the truth, God will send you a strong delusion to make sure you believe a lie, and what hope do you ever have of coming out of that deception? It’s God Himself that has sent it.

 

But I’ll tell you this. He does inhabit the praises of His people. And we get tired at times, and we don’t feel like rising up, but I can look out over any congregation during the praises, and I can tell. I can tell who is alive and who isn’t, ‘cause the dead can’t praise the Lord. And I get concerned with people that can’t get free in praise, and when David came in that day, he was dancing in the Spirit to beat the band. He did not care what it looked like. He did not want to do anything that was out of order or in disorder, but he also knew that what is often free in the Spirit of God can be an abomination to the natural man, and so he began to dance his way and singin’, “I’m happy, I’m healthy, I’m blessed, I’m anointed, I am filled with the power of God and the ark is comin’ home”! Hallelujah! The glory is going to be greater than it’s ever been! I want everything that was in Obededom’s house because the price is nothing compared to the glory that Paul said would be revealed, not to us but IN us INSIDE!

 

Oh people, there is no hope, there is no hope left on this dying planet. There is no hope left with these sinking economies; there is no hope left with the wars and the rumors of wars; there is only one hope and it’s in Daniel.

 

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to another people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

 

The governments of this world are under a false god, a liar, by the name of Lucifer are going to come down, and that God, by his spirit is raising up a first fruits unto God and to the Lamb, who are nothing and know they are nothing, but have tasted of the glory of the Lord and they are able to be free in Him! And David came in dancing, and the ark that had left Obededom’s house came home!

 

My dear brother, Bud Seaberg, an elder in Detroit Lakes, that all this ministry loved, was as sweet a man as I have ever known in my life. We were brothers. We were even the same age. He used to drive me to Minneapolis Airport and we had glorious fellowship in the Spirit. He got hit by melanoma; went through a major battle, and I remember about one week before my daughter Debbie got married, I came back to Lubbock, and he’d been in a long battle. He had used natural things, as well as just crying out to God, and he called me on the phone and said, “Joe, I’m cancer free!” And I almost jumped through the ceiling! I cried, I wept, I rejoiced, I ran to tell Ellen, I praised God! And then 2 years or so later, a counter attack came and God, somewhat to our dismay, took him suddenly and quickly home. And that’s all right, if you die in faith. There’s a whole list of them in Hebrews 11 that died in faith, OK? One thing he said, that I never forgot. He said, “God does not want us 70% committed, or 90% committed, or a 99% committed people of God, Joe, God wants 100%.” And you know something? That precious man of God gave it. We can’t number the people, as we said last night, but if you ask me, I strongly feel he’s got no complaints where he is tonight. Some of us might, but he, I am sure, is in a light and a glory of God that we have not yet seen.

 

But, when He brings that full liberty, when He brings that ark down the road, all the way back to the city of David, and when the glory of God, through a company finally begins to cover this earth as the waters cover the sea, we’re going to know that all our hesitancy, because we don’t understand Him, and He can seem so dangerous to us, and He brings judgments that we in our natural minds do not agree with, and He takes us through fire that we would have preferred not to walk through, we’re still, praise God, going to know we are better off to do as David did, after the due order. I want to follow Him through the Outer Court, through the Holy Place, through the veil, into the Holiest of All. I want to come dancin’ home, and no matter how great the price you pay to get there, no matter how many trials; no matter how many tests, or how many battles, I want to go in, as I can tonight, for I’m happy, I’m healthy, ridiculously healthy, and it could change tomorrow, but right now I’m happy, I’m healthy, I’m blessed, I’m anointed, and I want all of us to be filled with the glory of God! Because one woman, in the beginning of this word, asked for a manchild and God gave it to her. Another woman despised the liberty of the true glory of God, and of her, it says, she never bore one. She was the daughter of the wrong system, a daughter of Saul, and she will never have that manchild. But somebody, some corporate man, scattered through the earth, some people, Hallelujah, somewhere, WILL! And He is ready, if we are ready, to take us all the way home. Praise His holy name!

   
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