XVII. Now we are in a transition time (1980-20--? AD)
Just as Daniel understood "by books" (Jer.29:8-11) his place in God's timetable by comparing the pattern in scripture with his calendar, (Dan.9:1-21, 2Chron.36:21, Lev.25:1-7) we can do the same.
A. The first Century apostles
The apostle Paul, as a "wise master builder" (architect) uses this same pattern when he wrote that the Church is to be built "an holy temple in the Lord...for an habitation of God through the Spirit" (Eph.2:20-22, 1Cor.3:10). This is "the place" where the New Testament Church will finish it's journey, and be planted and move no more (Gen.12:1; 15:1-13, Exod.1-12, Deut.6:23; 12:1-12, 1Chron.17:9, 22:1-19). Review: Page.1
B. This will be "things not as seen yet"(Heb.11:7, Matt.24:37-38)
These "things" are NOT outside of God's written Word! As in the type, God's Word already contained the purpose of Solomon's Temple. (Deut.12:1-12) When David desired to build God a house, (1Chron.17:1-15) it was not an idea that he came up with. No, his desire matched God's desire because he was a man after God's own heart and purpose. (Acts.13:22, Psa.37:4) David did not see the Temple, however he saw it in the pattern. He died physically before it was completed.
Note: The 1st. Century Church did not fulfill the pattern and arrive at Solomon's Temple. They will be part of the "dead in Christ" (1Thes.4:13-18) when God's purpose is finalized. There is no scripture saying that the 1st. Century Church (collectively)had become an "holy temple in the Lord." There is only scripture that says they were being built a "holy temple in the Lord" (Eph.2:20-22). Review: Page.1, I-III
They did experience the reality of the Feast of Passover (1Cor.5:7-8 / The Four Gospels. Matt., Mark, Luke and John) and Pentecost, (Acts.2:1 / Book of Acts and the Epistles) but did not experience the reality of Solomon's Temple, which was dedicated in the Feast of Tabernacles (2Chron.5:3, Lev.23:23-44 / Hebrews and Revelation). They only arrived at the Tabernacle of David.
After the death of the apostle John, (100 AD?) they turned around so-to-speak and went back into Egypt. (The Dark Ages)
1. TheCompleted Holy Temple is the unity of the faith, a Perfect man
When the apostle Paul declared that the Church would be built "an holy temple in the Lord," (Eph.2:20-22) he also declare this to be the Church coming to the "unity of the faith... unto a perfect (mature, complete) man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph.4:11-16). He wrote that we may grow up into Him.
2. The Completed Holy Temple is a Glorious Bride, Church
When the apostle Paul declared that the Church would be built "an holy temple in the Lord," (Eph.2:20-22) he also declared this to be the "glorious church not having spot wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish", (A Church just like Jesus to be The Bride of Christ) (Eph.5:21-33).
3. TheCompleted Holy Temple is the Body of Christ
When the apostle Paul declared that the Church would be built "an holy temple in the Lord," (Eph.2:20-22) he was teaching as he was taught by Jesus (Gal.1:11-12) who combined the thought of His Body and Temple together (John.2:18-20, Col.1:18, 1Cor.6:19-20; 12:13).
4. TheCompleted Temple is a Glory filled Temple
When the apostle Paul declared that the Church would be built "an holy temple in the Lord," (Eph.2:20-22) he was also declaring this to be the "glorious Church" a Glory filled Church, as Solomon's Temple was (Eph.5:21-33). 5. TheCompleted Temple was shaped before being brought to the
Peter confirms this by saying we are "lively stones...built up a spiritual house..." (1Peter.2:5-9). This becomes rich in truth because of the Old Testament type. "And the house,
(i.e. Solomon's Temple) when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it
was brought hither: so that there was neither hammer not ax not any tool of iron heard in
the house, while it was building" (1Kings.5:18; 6:7).
Note: This was the generation of David that was preparing the stones and the lumber. This
1. Peter says, the Prophets have spoken of "these days." (Acts.3:19-24, 1Peter.1:10-12) Paul says , "the mystery, which was kept (Prov.25:1-2) secret since the world began (Eph.3:1-12) ...is now made manifest and by the scriptures of the prophets." (Rom.16:25-26) When reading the prophets, their language (they used to speak to us) is the first five books of the Bible, and how they responded to God's Word from Egypt to Solomon's Temple.
2. We are in individually a Temple, (1Cor.6:19-20) ye God is building us as a Church collectively "an holy temple in the Lord." (Eph.2:20-22)