God began a tremendous restoration in 1517 when He appointed Martin Luther to lead an awaking that has changed history in all future centuries. A great number of churches and varying qualities of “churches” have opened their doors as a direct result of those years. Since that time many, many new restorations have taken place around the world and God has restored lost truth to all who were open to hear His voice. In every generation there has been personal or regional restorations that have affected a good number of believers. However, restoration has always been line on line and precept upon precept here a little and there a little. One line at a time!
     Now, in “these” last days God is again restoring truths to the body of Christ. This restoration began in 1905 with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in many parts of the world at the same time. Like the restorations of the 18th and 19th centuries a great number of missionaries were sent into all the world to preach the Gospel to every person that would listen.
     In the late 1960's another restoration began which has been referred to as the Charismatic Renewal or the Charismatic movement. This restoration crossed over denominational lines and affected multitudes of people around the world. God restored the Baptism of the Holy Spirit universally along with teaching, various ministries to the church, healing by ordinary believers, miracles, and home evangelism.
     Every new restoration held to the restored truth of the last restoration and added new truth or what has become to be known as present truth. Since the last major restoration [as a movement] has peaked out and then decreased since 1985 we have been anticipating a completely new restoration with a new emphasis.  There seems to be a new universal enthusiasm to see all that has been lost to the church {that God has always intended for the church} to be restored now.
     We know from scripture that the heavens must retain Jesus until the restoration of all things spoken through the mouth of His holy prophets. ACTS 3:19] "Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; [20] and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, [21] whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. Since we can see that there is very much to be restored to the church, that the prophets have spoken, we assume that another major restoration is about to take place.
     Even though this restoration will probably be called “a revival” many are looking at the days directly ahead of us another major restoration of lost truth. This is not just a “truth” to be learned but a truth to live openly before the world. That means that this “restored truth” will be so dynamic that great persecution will arise against the functioning church.
     For example; If what is clearly spoken in Joel 2 is restored in our generation, major warfare will be experienced. Even though the people of God will be victorious, these battles will require much greater consecration than was needed in former restorations. For that reason God is building steel into our souls so can we can rush on a whole city and run on the wall and carry out the word of the Lord. In other words the restoration spoken of in Joel 2 is not for the faint hearted or those who are set into a cold formalism or those who want everything to continue according to our traditions. Or those who are looking for the easy way or just chasing blessings. Those who are content with making statements of faith will stand at a distance from those who “carry out His word” because they “believe”.  This is similar to the difference between “saying prayers” and “really praying” in harmony with the heart of God. Or those who “go out witnessing” and those who “are witnesses”.
     I’m getting a little weary hearing about “the physical signs of His coming” while ignoring the “spiritual signs of His coming”. If the heaven have to retain Jesus until the restoration of everything that the prophets spoke then the “physical signs” must be secondary and not primary. Even though Jesus didn’t give this truth as “a sign of His coming” the scripture is never the less clear and plain. Therefore, restoration must be considered as an end time “sign”.
     Another question that must be answered is this: Is the time table for the coming of the Lord Israel or is it the church?. If the church must come to perfection before it can be presented to Jesus as His perfect bride then the maturity of the church is “an end time sign”.
     In past church history each restoration has been another “completing work of God in the church”. In fact any “restoration” that did not perfect the church in a measure cannot be considered as a valid restoration. While men may bring revival, it is God who must bring restoration! Men may water but it is God who causes the growth.
     The restoration of the gifts and ministries in their “fulness” should also be a sign of His coming. Certainly we cannot say, in our own experience, that we are experiencing the fulness of about anything that the scriptures speak about as normal. For example, Unity of the faith or the full knowledge of the son of God. How about being “led of the Spirit?” I think that some of the “end time ministries” are actually seeing the beginning of something new rather than the end of society as it has been known.
     The point is this; Must the Tabernacle of David be rebuilt and restored as in the days of old so that all the Gentiles and the rest of mankind will seek the Lord? Can we just ignore this truth as an end time sign? This is a spiritual “sign” that God said He would do, Himself! Is this “one” of the “spiritual sign posts” indicating the end time?
     Abraham, Isaac, Sarah, Ishmael and Hagar are an allegory indicating two covenants. They also speak of two mountains and two different cities. Gal 4:21-31 In fact there are many, many such allegories and types and shadows in the scriptures that speak to us of eternal spiritual truths. I believe the “Tabernacle of David” is also an allegory or type of something to come but not the exact form of the thing. In other words we need not look to see if God sets up a little tent in Israel and restores the physical Ark of the Covenant to that location. The actual fulfillment may not look anything like a little tent.
     For example: REV 11:19 And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.
     Does this mean that the original Ark of the Covenant [ there was only one] appeared in His temple or does it mean that He of Whom the Ark was just a type and shadow suddenly “appeared in His temple”. It is certain that this is speaking of the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ, and not a wood box covered with gold with a physical mercy seat. This “Mercy Seat” is our propitiatory. He is THE ONE who made propitiation for our sins. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the type.
     David’s Tabernacle had an ark and a mercy seat that were just an allegory, or a type or a shadow that speaks to us of the reality and fulfillment which is Jesus Christ, the manifest Presence of God among men. He came and dwelt in a physical “tabernacle or tent” called a body and we beheld His glory. Everything that was in the ark is a type and shadow of that which was manifest in Jesus Christ. That is Aaron’s rod that budded, the tablets of the law and the pot and the manna that was hidden in the ark.
     Now the true church which is the body of Christ is also the “TENT” in which the Ark dwells.  Christ is now “Tabernacling” in His church.
     2 COR 6:16] Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
     Some scriptures have partial fulfillments in each generation. For example; Passover has a partial fulfillment every time someone uses the blood of our Passover Lamb for cleansing and eats the flesh of our Passover Lamb for strength and Life.
     Joel said in the last days God would pour out His Spirit on all flesh. That had a partial fulfillment on the day of Pentecost but has had even greater fulfillment in the Pentecostal and Charismatic renewals. It most likely will have more fulfillments in times ahead. We should not dismiss certain scriptures just because they have had a partial fulfillment in times past. All scripture may have a personal fulfillment in each of us or in the church in our day. Our faith must reach out to believe that every scripture is valid for us.
     Was “I will dwell in them and walk in them” just to be fulfilled in the early church or is that for us also? Of course that is for all who believe and receive by faith!
     What about the incredible prophesy in the last part of Amos 9? Can that have a partial fulfillment in the church today? What about the prophesy in Joel 2? None of these things should be thought impossible because faith can take a hold on any of the promises of God. That is what brings about a partial fulfillment, experientially. To put the scriptures off until there can be a full and final fulfillment is the great mistake of the past and every generation. We must see that God’s Word is eternal. That means it is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and will work whenever we can believe. Even though God has times and seasons that does not invalidate partial fulfillments or personal fulfillments.
     If God is going to rebuild the Tabernacle of David and restore it as in the days of old are we just supposed to wait and watch and see if He does it? NO! He already began in Jesus Christ and He has never stopped rebuilding the Tabernacle of David. He is doing it today as rapidly as we permit Him by asking, seeking and knocking.
     EPH 2: 19 but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, [20] having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, [21] in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; [22] in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
     The manifest Presence of God is now desirous of indwelling the church, the tabernacle of God on earth. This is at least a partial fulfillment of the Tabernacle of David. God prefers to have the “veil removed” so that His glory may be seen in the church. God is also willing to speak through the church and in the church. The “Rod of God” has not lost it’s authority and neither has that authority been removed. It is just that the church is not using what God has placed in it. At least a partial fulfillment is normal for today and anything less is pittiful.
     In the same way the tablets of stone, the laws of God, have been put into our minds and written upon our hearts. In other words they are inside the church. Whenever the church lives according to those laws the world will see the Kingdom manifested. The “manna of John 6" must be eaten to be “in the church”. Manna on display is not a fulfillment. It is hidden manna that has a manifestation. This is what inspires all the Gentiles and the rest of mankind to seek the Lord.  
     It is when the church extends MERCY to all who come that the Mercy Seat has a partial fulfillment. Mercy must become visible to the world in an open “no veil” manifestation. To be condemning to the world because of their ignorance is not acceptable to God. God has commanded us to show mercy to all who come. That is the testimony of the Tabernacle of David and the exposed Mercy Seat.
     MAT 18:33] `Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, even as I had mercy on you?' [34] "And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. [35] "So shall My heavenly Father also do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart."
      MAT 23:23 For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
     ROM 9:23] And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, [24] even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles
     ROM 11:30] For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, [31] so these also now have been disobedient, in order that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. [32] For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all.
     JAMES 2:13] For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
     JUDE 1:21] keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. [22] And have mercy on some, who are doubting; [23] save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
     From these few scriptures it is clear that the church is to extend mercy in the same measure that it has received mercy. To do less than that is not a fulfillment of the Mercy Seat.  We should always remember that God really just speaks “above the Mercy Seat”. While He sits on the judgement seat because He IS God we MUST function with the Mercy Seat. For us “mercy always triumphs over judgement.”
     All the spiritual sign posts are indicating that God is still restoring the church in the measure that He is restoring the Tabernacle of David in the church.