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The Restoration of Stewardship and Priesthood

Lesson 8 of 11

What God is initiating now in the second 8th week concerning the establishment of His stewardship and priesthood is called the regeneration or the restitution of all things. The restitution is preparing the way for the return of Jesus, as we read in the Bible, “Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began,” (Acts 3:21).
 
The restoration of the stewardship and priesthood is a sign to the church of the soon coming of our Lord. So let’s look at this sign and see what God is teaching us. In Revelation chapter 12 verse 1 John says, “I saw a woman  clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet. The woman represents Israel and the church, the sun represents the priesthood (Levi), and the moon represents stewardship (Judah).
 
The tie between stewardship and Second Covenant priesthood, between Judah and Levi is established in the Testament of Naphtali, where in a vision of the Lord, Naphtali saw Levi (priesthood) taking hold of the sun and Judah (stewardship) taking hold of the moon. In addition, Levi was given 12 palms, which preaches to us the individual priesthood of each believer, that even as each individual palm belongs to one tree, so are we each individual branches of the Lord’s vine.
 
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Palm trees were also a sign to Moses when he came out of Egypt. The Lord showed him 70 palm trees beside 12 wells of water where the children of Israel rested: “And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters,” (Exodus15:27).
 
God further shows Ezekiel palm trees etched into the posts of the temple, one on the right and the other on the left as one proceeds towards the entrance. Palm trees were also on the doors of the temple, and on the walls of the temple. By this, God was preaching to us that by these two houses (Levi and Judah) was the house of God built.
 
Now let’s apply this to Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus has “made us kings and priests  unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen,” (Revelation 1:6). Jesus made us kings and priests by first taking on this pattern Himself as the record of our faith. God showed us this when the people “took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord,” (John 12:13). This was sufficient to show that He is the stewardship and priesthood.
 
Jesus is the door to God’s bosom. That is what He said, “I am the door,” (John 10:9) He was setting the pattern for us to enter into the promise of life through His stewardship and Second Covenant priesthood. 
 
In Exodus 13:14 and Joshua 22:27-28 God shows us that in time to come, your children will ask you, what is this altar? What is the priesthood? What is the stewardship? Why do we worship God this way? These are the kinds of questions the church is asking today.  The church today is asking, “What is this altar, what is the church, what is cross, what are these we things, what do they mean?” Just as Jesus’ apostles gave meaning to these things in the early church, so again do Jesus’ apostles give meaning to these things today.
 
When stewardship and priesthood have lost their meaning then Christians glorified the wood of the cross, and sing ritualistic, romantic song about the cross, but the true meaning of the cross in regard to the covenant, stewardship, and priesthood is lost to them. Covenant theology is about making these proper connections for faith.
 

The Sign of Christ in the Boards of the Tabernacle
 
Now we are going to look at the sign of the Christ in the boards of the tabernacle to see how God preaches to us stewardship and New Covenant priesthood.
 
Leviticus 17:1-5
1. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2. Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, saying,
3. What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,
4. And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:
5. To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the Lord, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the Lord.
 
“the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, speak unto Aaron”
Again, what we see here is how God is packaging His revelation through stewardship. And He (God) said through the stewardship (Moses) to Aaron. We see God’s manner of communication (to give revelation to Moses to give to Aaron) illustrated in the very construction of the tabernacle. A vertical board was anchored in place and horizontal boards attached to the vertical boards.
 
Let’s read about this again from the book of Exodus 36:20, “And he made boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood, standing up.” The board that is “standing up” is the vertical board. That represents stewardship (Moses). “And he made the middle bar to shoot through the boards from the one end to the other,” (Exodus 36:33). The “middle bar” represents the priesthood (Aaron) and the unity of the saints.
 
the sign of the cross in the tabernacle of Moses preaches stewardship and priesthood.This is the sign of the cross of Christ in the tabernacle, showing us that in Christ is both stewardship and priesthood. The Lord gave a particular revelation to Moses (vertical) and then he spoke to Aaron (horizontal) who was to distribute this knowledge to his sons and to all the children of Israel.
 
We see this same pattern in John 17:8, “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.”
 
The reason for this particular pattern is to protect the purity of the word and to oversee and defend it. This is why we see church government begin with apostles. Spiritual government becomes a refuge to oversee and protect the purity of God’s word, and that is why God initiates it in the manner that we see here with Moses. Let’s move on now to verse 3 and 4:
 
“What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp, and bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people
 
This is what we see in the book of Revelation, the cup of the mother of Harlots is full of blood. She is guilty of slaughter. All those belief systems, traditions, and practices that the mother of harlots initiated was defiling to those who came in contact with it. So they are worthy of the blood that they drink.
 
They drank of the cup of her fornication. The doctrine she received was not through the stewardship, it was through devils. So blood shall be imputed to that man as if they committed murder. Just as Apostle John says, that we should not be as Cain “who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous,” (1 John 3:12).  
 
So blood shall be imputed to that man, blood guiltiness. He has shed blood and that man shall be cut off from his brethren. We are the true circumcision that worship God in the Spirit, but they that are blood drinkers and deniers of covenant. They have blood on their hands, they are guilty of murder, as Cain.
 
This is how God looks at it. This is the God perspective. Of course, the Adamite perspective sees it differently. They see every sincere initiating act of worship to be worthy of God’s acceptance. But God does not view things that way. God does not weigh sincerity on the scale of truth, nor does He weigh  worthiness on the scale of truth. God weighs only Christ on the scale of truth.
 
Being cut off is like being cast out of the house. To the end that that the people would understand that God is holy. Those who break the scales of His sanctification are guilty of blood. The world is guilty of blood because they broke the scales of God’s sanctification. They removed His scales which is just and possesses all equity and chose their own scales, the scales of Baal and the scales of the aspirations of man. This goes all the way back to Satan. Satan wanted God to calibrate the scales to his interest, to calibrate the scales to his aspirations, and of course Satan was cast out.
 
“To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field”
The “open field” sacrifice is symbolic of the wilderness Christian. The wilderness Christians are taking the knowledge and offering it in the open field. This is symbolic of denomination faith rather than covenant faith. This is symbolic of a priesthood that is wandering from the stewardship. To God, the “open field” Christian is broken off from Him having broken off from stewardship.
 
It is very deceptive to the carnal eye. A bullock of Pharaoh looked like the bullock of Israel and the sheep of Pharaoh looked like the sheep of Israel and the goats of Pharaoh looked like the goats of Israel, but God put a difference between them and God puts a difference between the knowledge that is offered out in the field and the knowledge that is offered in His house.
 
The  grievous murrain struck down the cattle of Pharaoh, but on the other side of the wall, in the land of Goshen, not one was lost to the children of Israel because they were sanctified. They were under Moses' stewardship. Darkness was over the land of Pharaoh, but light over the land of Israel. The open field ministry are those unconverted believers. They are taking the knowledge, but offering it on every high hill and under every green tree, thinking that their ignorance is innocence and that their sincerity is of truth when in reality it is full of blood and lies and death.
 
It is lies because it is the signature of man. It is contaminated with death because the image of Satan is in it. Those who offer their sacrifices in the open field are as Satan, showing non conformity to God, rebellion, and remaining independent of the law of God’s grace.
 
To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the Lord, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest”
 
To the end that the children of Israel who offer their sacrifices in the open field might bring their offering unto the Lord. Where is the Lord at? The door of the tabernacle. Applying that to Jesus and the Christian priesthood, the door represents the conscience and the tabernacle is the framework and foundation of knowledge that God established for our understanding to be empowered. This framework speaks of God’s authority.
 
God authorizes the sanctification of your conscience by faith because faith establishes the throne of Christ in the door. As Apostle James also says, “Behold the judge stands before the door,” (James 5:9). God establishes Christ as the authorization and throne of the conscience. But where an individual is severed from God, Satan stands as the voice of the conscience. Constantly weighing knowledge on the scales of one’s need, greed, loss, and the appetites of the flesh he clogs the conscience with a lot of noise: the need to qualify self, logic, and accusations.
 
Those who do not bring their sacrifices to the sanctified and specified place, which at that time was the tabernacle, would be cut off. They were initiating their own stewardship and their sacrifices were contaminated being unsanctified. This is where people appoint themselves as the vertical board whereas God did not sanctify that vertical board. The vertical board was found where? In the tabernacle. The vertical board was not found in the open field. If it is found in the open field it is because it is broken. A broken board is like driftwood.
 
Of course apostle Jude brings this out when he speaks of raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame, which is the broken boards. The ships that were smashed upon the rocks, all the debris floats ashore and that's the open stewardship as the broken boards.
 
“and offer them for peace offerings unto the Lord”
If you want the peace of God to rule in your heart then you have to function according to the sanctified priesthood and you have to identify and labor with the sanctified stewardship. that which God authorized. Your stewardship is authorized. When you are put within the walls of the tabernacle you are in recognition of Moses, the chief steward.
 
Every board that was put there was under Moses' stewardship, which included himself. So there was 2 ouches of silver and a board was put into the 2 ouches of silver. which as to do with divine communion. 2 ouches were put together and the board slid right into it. So you have unity through stewardship for the oversight and priesthood (horizontal).
 
This shows the unity of the church in the cross of Christ, through the priesthood. A priesthood apart from the stewardship is a broken board. It is just laying there. You need the stewardship for the board to be put in its proper place. Stewardship provides the very grounding of your faith. Apart from the vertical board, the horizontal board has no function, it is laying on the field, or washed ashore as debris.
 
Through the priesthood you sustain your Christian growth. Without your priesthood what do you have to give and without stewardship you have no priesthood.

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