What is the Tabernacle of David and what does it have to do with Mount Zion?
The exact phrase Tabernacle of David is mentioned at least three times in the bible. Much of this is done in brilliant figurative language.
11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
In both these quotes you find mention of the harvest of the heathen or gentiles following on after the restoration of this tabernacle. This tabernacle was a place inhabited by the Lord. Also David ordained 24 hour worship in this tabernacle. So the entire image is one of King Jesus coming to his place of rest, Mt. Zion, the City of the Great King. This is the setup of the Kingdom of God. It takes place before the harvest, not after Jesus returns.
Here are some more references.
This verse from Psalm 15 links the location of the tabernacle with image of the Holy Hill.
Psalms 15:1 <A Psalm of David.> LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
Isaiah 16 tells us that He [the lamb] shall sit on a throne in The Tabernacle of David and connects that right to Mount Zion.
Isaiah 16:1 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.
Isaiah 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.
Psalm 132 informs us that The Lord intends to inhabit Zion and will dwell there forever. Verses 15 and 16 give details of the blessings to come there. We can't forget the mention of blessings in Psalm 133 either.
13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
151 will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
161 will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
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