David Wilkerson's message "The New Temple Priesthood" (quoted below) really spoke to my heart causing me to stop and seriously consider sharing it along with a few thoughts.
THE NEW TEMPLE PRIESTHOOD
(October 27 message in GOD IS FAITHFUL by David Wilkerson)
In Ezekiel 44:15-16, the prophet refers to a righteous, faithful man named Zadok. The Hebrew name Zadok means “right” or “righteous.” Ezekiel here is referring to a man who served as a priest during David’s reign.
Zadok always remained loyal to David because he knew the king was the Lord’s anointed. Indeed, Zadok was a prime example of a true minister of God--separated from this world, shut in with the Lord, consistently hearing from heaven. Such a minister recognizes his main work as prayer: seeking God daily, constantly communing with the Holy Spirit and ministering to Jesus.
Today’s “new temple priests” are faithful to stand before the Lord before they ever stand before the congregation. They spend precious hours in the Lord’s presence, until they are saturated with a message that has been burned into their souls. When they emerge from God’s presence, they are able to speak straight to the people’s hearts. Their message gets down to where the sheep live, because it has come directly from God’s throne.
The Lord says of the Zadok priesthood, “These ministers will enter My sanctuary and stand before Me. They shall come near to My table and minister to Me and then I will lead and direct them and give them My word for My people” (see verse 16).
We see the “priesthood of believers” echoed throughout the books of the New Testament. John tells us, “[He} has made us kings and priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:6). Peter writes, “You also, as living stones, are . . . a holy priesthood . . . acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter2:5).
You may not have ministerial credentials, but you are just as called and ordained to serve in the Zadok priesthood as the most well-known preacher or evangelist. You do it by ministering primarily unto the Lord--offering up sacrifices of praise and service to Him. You are part of His royal priesthood!
Thoughts . . .
This helps explain why some of us have become discontented with church; why we come out unfulfilled, empty and discouraged. Too many of our modern churches are lacking true ministers of God -- pastors and leaders who have separated themselves from the world and shut themselves in with the Lord, who have dedicated themselves to prayer, seeking God daily and constantly communing with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, their messages are just words of man, hollow and unfulfilling, not messages from God that speak to the hearts of the people.
Many have chosen the method of entertainment to draw people. But Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Myself.” (John 12:32 NASB) Jesus is the only thing, the only One who will draw people. It is only by separating from the world and spending time in the Presence of God that the true Gospel will be shared and Jesus will be lifted up. My prayers go up for our churches and spiritual leaders.
I believe God is raising up a new priesthood of believers in these days. Believers who have a heart for God, who are willing to separate from the world, who spend time ministering to Jesus and listening to what the Spirit has to say. They are starting to get their messages out -- not necessarily within the church walls but their messages are being sent out to the world through other vehicles like art, writing, dance, music, blogs and social media. God is flowing through the creative talent He has placed in His priesthood to reach the multitudes. We are seeing a new move of God starting to take place. At least, that’s the way I perceive it.