Why House of Zerubbabel in Dallas?
The HOZ (House of Zerubbabel): Dallas House of Prayer was birthed through a prophetic history that began in 1999. The co-founder, Tracy Eckert was radically saved through hearing the voice of the Lord say to “rebuild the temple”. This began a profound prophetic journey of encounters that led to the establishment of HOZ. We prayed about what the Lord was telling us. Then in 2007 the word of the Lord came forth and told us that it was time to begin the work of building the HOZ.
Zerubbabel was a pivotal character in biblical history and his prophetic significance to this generation is paramount. While he played a very important role in human history, very few people know about him or his accomplishments. He was a forerunner, the governor of Judah, born into the line of David, led the second exodus and built the second temple. He and Joshua, the high priest established a new form of rule for the Jewish people, that of the king and the priest. After the exodus from Babylon, the rule of the government of the king of Israel was never re-established. This is the picture of the New Testament government, the priesthood of Melchizedek, where we rule as kings and reign as priests before God (Rev 1:6). God sent three prophets to serve Zerubbabel in this effort; Ezra, Haggai, and Zechariah. For a more in depth teaching, you can listen to our four part series on Zerubbabel through our Resources page.
The significance of the message of Zerubbabel for the awakening in Dallas is exciting
To give a brief summary, we see in Zechariah 4 the two olive trees that represent the sons of oil; Joshua, the high priest and Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah. While Zechariah 4 is given to encourage the building of the second physical temple, prophetically, it describes the condition of the end time temple which is Christ in us the hope of glory. Together, the two offices of Joshua and Zerubbabel (Zech 3 and 4) symbolically represent new priesthood like Melchizedek as both the priest and the king. The seven candlesticks represent the seven churches in Asia.
The picture of the olive trees and the candlesticks that the angel shares with Zechariah is the preeminent establishment of our roles as priests and kings (Rev. 1:6), the fullness of the temple in the last days as the Christ men on the earth giving light to all nations. Today the church is in the midst of a great awakening in their roles as priests to the Lord. The prayer movement that is sweeping the nations is the impetus of our becoming one with Christ (Jn. 17:21-24). While the government of God was centered around temple worship in the Old Testament, when Jesus came, the temple went within man. All the elements of worship remain the same but within us. This is the forerunner(priesthood of Melchizedek) ministry that will be on the earth when Jesus returns. The finished work of Jesus was accomplished at His death and resurrection, however, we know through the Holy Scriptures that the increase of His government will have no end. God is re-establishing the tabernacle of David (Amos 9:11) on the earth to re-establish and re-order our gaze in order to re-establish the tabernacle within man. The spirit of Elijah has come through His messengers to prepare the church for His return by establishing the Old Testament model of the tabernacle of David so the church will once again be prepared to live as the New Testament model of the priesthood of Melchizedek. He is looking for sons who perfectly reflect His glory on the earth, nature of Christ on the inside and the power and fire on the outside. He is coming for a bride ready for a wedding. He is training us as His children to learn to hear His voice and know His ways through the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle (fasting, praying, giving, serving the poor, and acts of justice).
The angel in Zechariah 4 admonishes Zerubbabel in a different way that he does Joshua. He tells him, “Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. ” Practically, we play a part in our roles as priests but we cannot control the release of the kingly role of governmental authority. As we pray, we send up incense before the throne but only the Lord of hosts will release the thunder through us and into the nations (Rev. 8:4-5). The role of the king includes the greater works that Jesus spoke of regarding this last generation and releasing the justice of God into the earth. Zechariah 4:19 tells us that Zerubbabel has laid the foundation of this temple and his hand will finish it. This is a symbol of Jesus in His governmental kingly role that laid the foundation of the new man and He will come through us with the same hand in partnership to complete it. Just as it was with Zerubbabel in the natural, we believe God is releasing His spiritual SIGNET RING of governmental authority in prayer and greater works and His PLUMBLINE, the revelation of Jesus in greater measure in this hour.
The HOZ (House of Zerubbabel): Dallas House of Prayer was established to seek His face as priests through night and day prayer and participate in the release of the kingly role to this end time generation. We know that we have stepped into something tangible in time and look forward to partnering with the Spirit of God and the body of Christ worldwide to steward the coming thunder.
Why 24/7 prayer and worship?
Jesus said the harvest is plentiful, therefore His disciples should pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers. When our hearts deeply experience the love of God in the place of worship and intercession, we are strengthened and empowered to give ourselves to the labor of the work of the Kingdom with greater diligence, authority, and power.
In this hour, the Holy Spirit is orchestrating a global prayer movement far eclipsing any other time in history, resulting in an unprecedented harvest of souls and fulfilling the Great Commission. Historically, prayer has always fueled the preaching of the word of God to fulfill the Great Commission and to release heaven on earth in the measure God has preordained. In cities throughout the earth it will become common to hear of “intercessory worship” ministries that continue non-stop 24 hours a day.
This global prayer movement will operate in the spirit of the Tabernacle of David. King David organized 4,000 musicians and 288 singers to minister to God in shifts that continued 24 hours a day. He financially released them to worship as their full-time occupation.
24/7 prayer and worship will change the spiritual climate of the city, thus opening the heavens for more anointed and effective evangelism to the lost and unity in the Church. We believe that the Holy Spirit is calling us to worship God with abandonment and expectation for a great revival and harvest. As we do this 24/7, we will invite the transforming and victorious power of God’s presence into our community