I was reading the studies on 1st Samuel chapters 6 and 7 and thinking on that and a discussion with a friend on the implications of Elisha’s journey, and it kind of fit together. Not in the same way, but made me look at the journey of the Ark from a new standpoint.
I will summarize what I came up with, then I will give more of the detail at the end.
After Jesus died, after the Bridegroom was taken away, the Bride (The Church) had to prepare for a long battle ahead. But Jesus promised the Comforter as well faithful pillars in the Church to encourage the church and keep her on track. This journey describes the Dark Ages and the Inquisition and trials that the church would go through ending up in the Harvest (the end of the Age). From there they are taken to the marriage of the Lamb and finally brought before the heavenly Father. Here the journey is over!
Journey of the Ark: (The Strong’s meaning of the names of the places are in parenthesis)
Taken from Shiloh (Tranquility), to Ebenezar (stone of help) to go into battle. It is taken in the battle by the Philistines for 7 months [which picture the 7 stages of the church--see Revelation] The Philistines are an alien force [the mystery of iniquity that already doth work, the Nicolaitan spirit that we are warned about.] The ark of the covenant in the tabernacle pictures the Church—Jesus the Propitiation is the cover.
From there the ark is taken to:
At this point the Philistines send the church back, they can’t contain it anymore and it ends up going to the Field of Joshua (Deliverer, Hebrew of Jesus), during the wheat harvest. This is all located in Bethshemesh (house of the Sun). [Sun of righteousness with healing in his beams]. Here 50,700.00 people die, sounds like the great time of trouble, because they don’t regard the sacred things of God.
From there the ark is taken to the house of Abinidab (the Father of Generosity)
I found this all very cool, and in harmony with what I have already learned.