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"Ark of The Covenant FOUND!"
Pastor Wayne Clabaugh

Scripture Text:"And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the  Lord; Hosanna in the highest." Matt21:9 "(KJV)

It doesn't matter what the WORLD is doing right now and believe me it doesn't look good... God is in control and He is not going to allow the enemy to destroy His people.

"Yeah.. sure Brother Wayne: nice rhetoric, but take a look around."

I'm looking and I don't like the things I see either - but have you ever taken the time to read PSALM 118 all the way through? You've GOT TO DO THAT!

What many of us are not seeing is that much of what is taking place is Prophetic. The reason why there has not yet been a rapture is that when the Christians are gone - this world is going to be pretty much "TOAST". Look at what's going on now and how swiftly! Without The Christians here on this Earth, what we're experiencing now is pretty much going to look good to whoever's left after the Rapture. ALL HELL WILL BREAKOUT THEN, and the only help the Bible tells us is those who claim the blood of the Lamb and stand on the WORD and not give in.

We have seen in the last couple of devotionals a sort of box being shaped with the protection of the saints of God saying, "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord" as they cast down their palm branches before Him and the protection of those who are following behind The Lord crying, "Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest." What WAS that? What was it that they were doing? They were testifying that HE - JESUS CHRIST, WAS THE MESSIAH, the GREAT PROTECTOR; not just the Son of David but also the SON OF THE LIVING GOD! He had come in their minds to rescue them and to deliver them and to their way of thinking there was nothing that ROME or anyone could do to them now. THE MESSIAH HAD COME!!!

DO you see the beginning of a little box beginning to form here? We have the Testimony to The Name of The Lord in the Front - and on both sides really as they surrounded him there on the way; we have Testimony to The Name of The Lord bringing up the rear with acclamations that Jesus WAS The CHRIST - THE MESSIAH THAT HAD COME TO DELIVER THEM... and there in the center you have "the Godman" who had the power to call this whole thing off if He wanted to and yet He CHOSE to LAY DOWN HIS LIFE for the sins of all mankind. As for the box, someone has said that every Angel of heaven was on alert for the command to be given, and  they would have destroyed the world to set Him free - so I can see them hovering over the top of the proceedings taking place there that day.

But I want here, to take this box and try if I might, to bring a different light upon it.

It is my belief that the reason why the Ark of The Covenant - despite the best efforts of Hollywood and Indiana Jones... has never been found because JESUS BECAME the Sacrifice. The Altar of His sacrifice was an old rugged tree erected on what we have longed called the Hill called Calvary. (Hill of the Skull - Golgatha)

But, this Easter Season, I would like to take a different look at the real ARK of The COVENANT - and what it means to not just you and I as Christians - but to the WORLD as a whole.

No one with an evangelistic mind, would ever want to put Jesus in a box. But we do that every day. It's not a box of our own making but it is a box that is formed by the world to keep Him in His place. They say, He's not to be a part of the Classroom and that He's not to be a part of the board room or the Whitehouse. They say that He has a place in the church and that's where He belongs. Pastors can say anything they want to about Him there - but they dare not take Him with them to the school house nor to the bus stop or anywhere where there is a possibility that HE would "offend" someone of another Faith.

Yet The Bible tells us that "'We' are the light of the world! A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house." Mat 5:14,15 (KJV)

Throughout the History of Mankind God has spoken to the hearts of men and women to come into covenant with Him. In Genesis 12, Abraham was led by God out of the Land of UR to a place that God would tell him. In Genesis 15, God specified the vastness of that land to him and told him once again that his seed (offspring) would be like the sand of the seashore. In Genesis 17 Abraham made a covenant of circumcision with God to mark his people with an everlasting covenant between God and  man - a cutting away of the flesh. We could go on speaking of other covenants between God and man - but because of time - I want to quickly jump to the coming of Christ who was the fulfillment of the Law of Abraham and Moses. When Jesus came there was no further need for sacrifice because Jesus gave his life "once for all", (ref. Hebrews 10:10)

When Jesus came He confirmed the covenant of righteousness by faith when He said:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (KJV)

But he went on to make another covenant in the way of what has been termed "The Great Commission" when He said,

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast  out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Mar 16:15-18 (KJV)

But while the disciples could not go before and behind Him as was done on the day of His Triumphal entry into Jerusalem on what we hail as Palm Sunday... they did by the Power of The Spirit on the Day of Pentecost when they were endued with power from on High. In fact Jesus spoke of this when he said...

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;" John 14:16 (KJV)

This was a covenant that he was making with not only the disciples but with  all mankind who would believe in Him.

What I am trying to say here is simple. You and I are the NEW ARK OF THE COVENANT! We are the ones that by our testimony to come and our testimony from the past lay the groundwork for the coming King. You and I are the vessel that now transports all  that is holy and all that is powerful for Jesus said... John 14:

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." John 14:12-14 (KJV)

You know what's interesting is that the WORLD KNOWS that we are the bearers of the POWER and TESTIMONY OF THE LORD and they are trying to do all that they can to destroy us and to wipe us off the face of the earth and to HIDE THAT TESTIMONY that went before and rings true long after we have come and gone - because it is the altar of man. It is a Moving cross "so-to-speak" that by the WORD OF OUR TESTIMONY convicts men of their sin and drives them to their knees to say, "My LORD AND MY GOD!"

YOU HAVE THAT POWER TODAY AND YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW  IT! You are the ARK OF THE COVENANT OF EVANGELISM and you can allow yourself to be "taken", or you can get back to the WORD and know your place in God. I'm  telling you today my friends that all of the demons of Hell cannot come against you and I today if we remember who we are in Christ.

But just as the Ark of old had specific design and specific means of being transported form one place to another, so we must carry ourselves in such a way that we do not offend but that we stand our ground. We must remember that just as our forefathers began each day in prayer for this nation, that we too must do the same in righteousness and holiness and to never allow hatred to steal it's way inside and drive a wedge between our covenant and God. We must seek to know God's will not just for our nation but for us on a personal level every day, and then do as He says - remembering that we are that Moving Cross of deliverance - not by any accreditation of our own - but it has to do with the covenant - not just the constitution; and as soon as our leaders on both sides of the house find that out, they will see that there is no constitution without covenant.

Let's pray.

Father: If ever this world needed you it is now. We are swiftly heading for the deep and dark abyss of no return as we seek to be men who are right instead of men who are righteous. Come Lord Jesus and speak to every man, woman, boy and girl who loves you today and call them to repentance. Fill them with your Spirit O Lord and set them on fire as in the days of old and may the REVIVAL of JOEL Chapter 2 spring forth today and bring a harvest of souls that would hasten your coming. We have chosen today to not just be hearers of the WORD - but we have chosen to occupy on HIGH ALERT until you come. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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