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James Bruggeman scheduled a feast of Tabernacles conference in October 2000 at Quincy, Illinois. I was one of the invited speakers. It was a newly remodeled hotel, owned by a believer. However, James had published teachings on biblical law that the gay community disagreed with, and so a group of Lutheran and Church of Christ ministers from Chicago pressured the mayor of Quincy to stop James from holding the conference in Quincy.
The ministers believed that we were some kind of “hate group,” because we dare to call homosexual behavior a sin and because we do not believe that the Israeli state is the fulfillment of the biblical prophecies of the House of Israel.
When these Christian ministers met with the City Council in Quincy, they brought up the fact that we did not believe that the Israeli state was true Israel. A rabbi at the meeting told them that we were correct. He said that the Jews were Judah, not Israel. We were told that the rabbi was then ignored and treated as a pariah for the rest of the meeting. How ironic that we would be condemned by Christians and defended by a rabbi.
The ministers refused to meet with James. So the mayor and City Council threatened the hotel owner to withdraw his license to do business. The owner had no choice but to cancel the contract on September 26, 2000. This was inconvenient to those who had already made plans to attend. Some had already booked their flights.
Our friend, Scott Reichard, however, had a house in Champaign, Illinois which had a small basketball court. It would seat about 120 people. There were many hotels nearby where people could stay. Scott allowed us to hold the conference at his house. As it turned out, precisely 120 people came to that conference (October 20-22).
A few minutes after the plan to meet in Champaign was finalized, I received a telephone call from Sharon, who was from Idaho. She wanted to come to the conference with her fiancé, Richard, and asked if I could find time to marry them at the conference. They thought we would be meeting in Quincy, of course, so they were the first people to be notified of the change of plans. Meeting in Champaign would not be a problem to them.
God had already prepared the way for this wedding. In February 2000 Ron and I made a trip to two cities in the state of Illinois, where everything seemed to be about roses and the name Sharon and Rose of Sharon. We were taken to the Rosebud Café, where Ron sat between two women named Sharon. The next day we had lunch with Jerry Rose on Jericho Road.
The next month (March) I was invited to the West Coast where I attended a gymnastics event at Portland, Oregon—the “City of Roses.” The event itself was called “The Rose City Challenge.”
On May 20, I performed a wedding in Wisconsin, and then flew to Spokane for another meeting organized by Sunny Day Roberts on May 23. She called it “Wedding Symposium,” and it was about the marriage of soul and spirit.
In August, I was asked to perform two more weddings. Normally, I might perform one wedding every two years.
By this time, it was quite clear that the feast of Tabernacles in October 2000 was to have a wedding theme. God had shown us “roses” for the wedding all year, along with the name “Sharon,” and He had connected it with the “Rose of Sharon” (Song of Songs 2:1).
Champaign is a Late Latin word which means “a plain.” The name Sharon is from Hebrew and also means “a plain.”
Hence, when Sharon called to ask me to perform her wedding, all of the revelation for the previous eight months suddenly came together and provided us with the prophetic purpose of that year’s feast of Tabernacles.
A short time before the Tabernacles conference, our friend, Rudy Jones, was given the revelation, “No longer consider yourselves separate from Christ.” When the wedding plan emerged, I realized that this described unity in marriage. When Christ marries His New Covenant Bride, the two become one, and the Bride ceases to consider herself separate from Christ. When the Head is joined to the Body, this is a marriage relationship.
This, then, is what I explained to the people at the marriage ceremony between Richard and Sharon on October 20, 2000. In the context of the crowning of David, it prophetically was the day when the full body of overcomers were joined with their Head to form the completed house of David. It was the climax of the rise of the house of David in our time. It marked the moment when the overcomers received their full authority after completing the transition from the reign of Saul.
The crowning ceremony was witnessed by 120 people attending the conference, suggesting the presence of the Holy Spirit. The number 120 is always associated biblically with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Pouring Out the Bowls of Wine and Water
In the months approaching the feast of Tabernacles, we discerned that this 7 ½ year transition was like the seven trumpets in the book of Revelation.
The book of Revelation is a prophetic portrayal of Israel’s calendar. The seven seals are seven years. In the seventh year (seal) are seven trumpets (months), because it was customary in Israel to blow the trumpet to signal the beginning of each month, and the seventh trumpet was the feast of Trumpets (Numbers 29:1).
In the seventh month, seven bowls of wine were poured out as a drink offering during the seven days of the feast of Tabernacles (Numbers 29:12, 16, etc.). The law says nothing about pouring out water at the same time, but in later practice, the priests poured out a bowl of water along with a bowl of wine. A priest was sent to the pool of Siloam each day during the feast of Tabernacles to fetch a pitcher of water, which was poured out along with the wine.
In Revelation 16 we see only bowls of wine being poured out as judgment against Mystery Babylon. However, we understood that water was needed as well, because it represented the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which must come at the same time that Babylon is judged. For this reason, we poured out both at Tabernacles for seven years (2000-2006), beginning at Champaign. Each had its peculiar significance and meaning.
The Crowning of David
At Tabernacles of 2000, we were nearing the end of the 7½ year transition from May 30, 1993 to November 30, 2000. The wording in 2 Samuel 5:4, 5 said,
4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.
For years, I had assumed that “David” would be crowned on November 30, 2000 at the end of the 7½ year cycle. But when I contemplated the significance of the wedding at the feast of Tabernacles (October 20), I realized that I needed to adjust my thinking. The word in 2 Samuel 5:5 says specifically that David reigned “at Hebron” for 7½ years and “in Jerusalem” for another 33 years.
We know from Scripture that David was crowned king over all Israel prior to his conquest of Jerusalem. In fact, his first recorded act as king was to conquer Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5:7).
So it became clear that we were to crown David at Tabernacles and then conquer Jerusalem a month later on November 30, 2000.
Meanwhile, Sunny Day Roberts had received another revelation on October 6, 2000, about a “meeting of the right guard.”
A week later, on October 11, He began to clarify this:
“When I say mobilize My troops, that is an order from your Commander-in-Chief.”
The next day, October 12, God gave her further details, saying,
“My daughter, it is a magnificent mustering of the White Horse Army that is coming, and the trumpet is sounding to call those troops together for the long march ahead. They shall march in perfect order, keeping step with My called out itinerant forward echelon…My troops shall be adequately arrayed with full armor, an armor of light that shall flush the enemy out of darkness and defeat those powers of darkness, so that they will retreat…and then vanish.”
She then heard the Lord say, “45 days.” Dating from the first day of Tabernacles (Oct. 14), this came to Nov. 28, and she was led to schedule three days of meetings from Nov. 28-30.
We knew nothing about this prior to the Tabernacles conference. Sunny Day was unable to come to the conference, but while on the final day of the conference, she called to invite me and others to come to the “meeting of the right guard” on November 28-30. Those who came would represent “the White Horse Army.”
I knew instantly that this was to engage in spiritual warfare to conquer the earthly Jerusalem and to set up David’s capital in the heavenly Jerusalem.
The White Horse Army met in Wisconsin at the House on the Rock from November 28-30. November 29 we “conquered Jerusalem” precisely seven years after our Jubilee Prayer Campaign in 1993. The next day, November 30, we established the heavenly Jerusalem as the capital of David’s Kingdom, and this was precisely 7½ years after the death of “Saul” on May 30, 1993.
Hence, the rise of the house of David was completed, and we entered into a new phase wherein the house of Joseph was to arise. Because Christ is both “David” and “Joseph,” there was not to be any transfer of power. Yet the first phase was about transferring Kingdom authority from Saul to David and from the Pentecostal to the Tabernacles anointing. In other words, we were dealing primarily with the transfer of authority from the church to the overcomers.
The rise of the house of Joseph was designed to extend the Kingdom to cover the entire earth. Joseph was a type of Christ ruling “Egypt,” that is, the world. By pouring out the seven bowls of water and wine, we fulfilled the prophecy of Revelation 16, which was to overthrow Mystery Babylon by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.