The Tabernacle of Testimony Was Opened

(Acts 7:44; Hebrews 8:5; Revelation 15:5)

The apostle John described the event that preceded the second outpouring of the Holy Spirit, saying: “The temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened.”1Rev 15:5 There was enlightenment from heaven for the pattern of God’s temple, His Church.

In the Old Testament, the tabernacle of testimony had to be built according to God’s instructions before the glory of God could enter. In Acts 7, Stephen rebuked the Jews because they did not follow God’s instructions: “Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern he had seen.”2Acts 7:44 The writer of Hebrews recalled this instruction of God, saying, “See … that you make it according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.”3Heb 8:5

After Moses built the tabernacle according to the pattern he was shown, the glory of God came in.4Ezek 43:2

In 1915, Bernt Berntsen met Paul Wei in Beijing. Paul Wei agreed with all the teachings of Bernt Berntsen, including the washing of the feet, but he insisted on Saturday rest after reading tracts from the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Because of this disagreement, he separated from Bernt Bernsten.

In 1917, after fasting for 39 days, Paul Wei heard a voice from heaven saying, “You must be baptized with the baptism of Jesus.”5Global Church Correction, no. 1, February 1,1919, pg 1 He thus walked about three kilometers to a river, waded into the water and knelt down. Then he heard the voice again, saying, “You must be baptized face down.”6Global Church Correction, no. 2, July 27, 1919, pg. 4

When Paul Wei obeyed these instructions, “the temple was filled with the smoke from the glory of God and from His power.”7Rev 15:8 Paul Wei entered what he called “the holiest place.”8True Jesus Church Thirtieth Anniversary Commemorative Volume, Nanking: True Jesus Church, 1948, M9 He was filled with the holy spirit, as evidenced by the tongue emitting sound.