The Prayer Furnace
I. Establishing a House of Prayer
Why establish The Furnace here in Kenosha?
1. To be an intercessory prayer movement in the region.
2. As a church, be what Jesus envisioned the church to be. Spirit filled, Spirit led, fully operating in the gifts He gave the church.
3. A church set apart from the current norm that has gone back to using ancient ways.
The 1st so many weeks I have somewhat focused on us being the church, but tonight I would like to focus on why we are here to be a prayer movement.
In 1982, Mike Bickle director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, received a word from the Lord that changed his ministry focus, the vision being, I quote: “I will in the earth in one generation. In May 1983,
These two visions, or words given were part of one “prophetic paragraph” that were given. In other words, the Lord will change the understanding and expression of Christianity in one generation through establishing night and day prayer in the spirit of the Tabernacle of David.
In 1999, Dick Eastman another pioneer in the prayer movement whose ministry was birthed here in Kenosha in the 70’s was on a 40 day fast, and God revealed to him through dreams and visions and encounters, a need for a prayer movement in the spirit of the tabernacle of David.
And as we now know, this revelation has spread worldwide, and not from the revelation received by Mike Bickle and Dick Eastman, but through other pastors, evangelists, and ministry leaders.
When Dick Eastman visited us a couple weeks ago, and I had a chance to talk to him, he referenced his ministry and others who have started prayer furnaces, boiler rooms, prayer houses, and other named prayer entities who have received a call from God to have extended worship with intercessory prayer.
I look at my journey, where God has led me, the churches, pastors, evangelists, and prayer leaders who have influenced me, but also the revelation from God about this movement He wants to sweep through this generation to change the face of the church to be what He has called it to be like in Acts 2.
Mike Bickle stated that in his vision, the Lord said, “I will change the understanding of Christianity.” To change it, He would use 24/7 prayer in the spirit of the tabernacle of David to do it.
Today, God is raising up those Houses of Prayer, Furnaces, and Boiler Rooms, expressions to fulfill His Word he gave through His prophets thousands of years ago. We see the expression of Christianity changing today. God is returning to our first love, to love Him above everything else and He is using this model of prayer and worship, the Tabernacle of David to do it around the world.
We were created to worship, and as Dick Eastman said in his book “Intercessory Worship”, “Praying and Worshipping moves the heart of God, but also changes us dramatically.” When we move into abandoned worship of God, we function what we were created for. We’ll be doing it in Heaven, look at chapters Rev 4, and 19. And as we are wrapped up in Kingdom intercessory worship, our hearts are wrapped up in the love of God, so loving people is a natural outflow.
II. THE BIBLICAL PROMISES OF THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID (What is it?)
In Acts 15 at the Council of Jerusalem, the Apostle James spoke of these days. Today, our world. But back in the beginning of the church, Gentiles were now coming to Christ; Jesus wasn’t for the Jew only. The Gentiles were getting saved, and receiving the Holy Spirit and being grafted into the kingdom of God by faith. So this was a new thing. The Apostle James said starting with verse 13:
“When they finished, James spoke up. "Brothers," he said, "listen to me. 14 Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles. 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: 16" 'After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. (The word tabernacle used in some translations, as they are interchangeable) Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it 17 that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things'— 18 things known from long ago.”
James was referencing what the Prophet Amos spoke of in 750 BC of the restoration of David’s Tabernacle. Amos is referenced in Amos 9:11:
“On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; 12that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the Gentiles [nations] who are called by My name,” says the LORD who does this thing. 13“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. 14I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. 15I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God. (Amos 9:11–15)
Amos’ prophecy linked the rebuilding of David’s tabernacle to one generation in the future, and that generation started when Israel was restored to her land in May 1948. It is the only generation that the prophecy could be fulfilled because in Amos 9:15, it states that Israel “will no longer be pulled up from the land God gives them.” So this Tabernacle of David had extreme significance for this time.
II. What is the Tabernacle of David?
The Tabernacle of David is basically corporate intercessory worship. It is praying and singing the Word of God, singing adoration to God, and intercessory kingdom worship.
“It is a concentrated, passionate, “worship-saturated prayer” that rises with the fragrance of incense before God’s throne”. (Dick Eastman – Intercessory Prayer) The smell to God like that of Revelation 5:8 in the throne room of heaven,
“8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God's people.”
Now to look at the Tabernacle of David, we have to look at King David who was a worshipper. He worshipped after God’s own heart; he wanted to bring the Ark of Covenant back to Israel.
We see in 2 Ch 13, David conferred with his commanders, and said, “Let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we did not inquire of it during the reign of Saul." 4 The whole assembly agreed to do this, because it seemed right to all the people.”
After establishing his kingdom in Jerusalem, David’s brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. David set aside a place in Jerusalem for the ark, and he pitched a tent (tabernacle, or booth) a covering for it. 2 Samuel 6:12 “So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.” So they set up the tent, put the Ark of the Covenant in it then, King David lays out instruct for prayer and worship to the Lord now that He was in their presence. The God between the cherubim.
So David gave specific instructions based on revelation received from God. 2 Chronicles 29:25 “He then stationed the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals, with harps and with lyres, according to the command of David and of Gad the king’s seer, and of Nathan the prophet; for the command was from the Lord through His prophets.”
David established 24/7 worship and prayer around the tabernacle. He had 4,000 full-time musicians, 4,000 full-time gatekeepers, 288 full-time singers.
1 Chronicles 25:7 “Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the LORD—they numbered 288.”
1 Cr 23:5 “Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose."
Its interesting to note that in 1 Cr 25:1,
1 Cr 25:4 “As for Jeduthun, from his sons: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah and Mattithiah, six in all, under the supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied, using the harp in thanking and praising the LORD.”
This wasn’t just normal singing and playing of instruments. This worship was at another dimension. It was worship with power under an anointing. It was prayer that was led by prophetic worship.
David was enthroning God with worship, and that worship provided a place for God to dwell with His people in the fullness of His love, and the intercessory prophetic worship covered the people with the presence and power of God.
King David said in the Psalms, “Sing praises to the Lord enthroned in Zion.” Ps 9:11,“You are holy who inhabits the praises of His people” Ps 22:3.God inhabits or dwells where His people praise Him.
Jack Hayford said, “Praise creates a dwelling place for God in man’s situation.” King David created a place where God would be honored 24/7 because he was worthy to praised, but what it had to do to Jerusalem to have presence of the Lord there had to be life changing.
III. THE TABERNACLE TODAY
We are aware of what James said in the Book of Acts that referenced the Prophet Amos.
The prophet Isaiah prophesied of 24/7 prayer ministries continuing until Jesus returns (Isa. 62:6-7). Only one generation will see the fulfillment of God’s promise to “set” watchmen (intercessors) in place to cry out 24/7 until Jerusalem becomes a praise in the earth (which occurs when Jesus returns).
6I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, 7and give Him no rest till He…makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” (Isa. 62:6-7)
Isaiah prophesied about a global intercessory worship movement (Isa. 24:14-16; 42:10-12) that would be dynamically connected to Jesus’ return (Isa. 42:13).
10Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise from the ends of the earth…11Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits.
Let the inhabitants of Sela sing…13The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war.” (Isa. 42:10-13)
14They shall sing for the majesty of the Lord…16from the ends of the earth… (Isa. 24:14-16)
(Mike Bickle 2013 teaching)
But what of us today? God has called this church and others, as well as specific ministries to establish a house that prepares the way for the Lord through tabernacle of David type worship and prayer. That prepares the way for a great harvest. Prepares the way for the presence of the Lord to be drawn to His people. And specifically:
We are to be a house that prays for justice in mercy. “In mercy the throne will be established; and One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness. (Isa 16:5) (Jesus)
2. We are to be a house that prays for the harvest. 16I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David…17So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name… (Acts 15:16-17) Matthew 9:38 Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.
3. We are to be a house that prays that the Bride of Christ will be energized through intimacy with God. 4…To behold the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple. (Ps. 27:4)
4. We are to be a house that prays for the fullness of God’s purposes in our lives and the lives of others. Holman Bible
5. We are to be a house to intercede for the church, for people, for the government, and authorities.
6. We are to be a house that worships God with all we have within us.
The Furnace will be a church, loving people, offering the kingdom, bringing healing to the broken, but also to bring in time, day and night worship to the Lord to draw people to God to give Him the Glory He deserves. In doing so, bring His presence into this place and throughout this city, to transform it into to whatever He wants to fulfill the great commission.