A. At present there is no earthly (natural) Temple of God It was destroyed70 AD. Jesus prophesied, "Behold, your(the Jews) house (Temple / Sanctuary) is left unto you desolate"Then "when Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." (Matt.23:38-39; 24:1-2, 15, Dan.9:26) Review: PHASE 5, Page 4-5
B. However the Prophets do speak of a future Temple
It "shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it." (Isa.2:1-2)
2. Haggai prophesied
"The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts."(Haggai.2:9) 3. Ezekielprophesied
"Isaw "the glory of the God departed from off the threshold of the house, and then saw the Glory return a future House / Temple / Sanctuary of God. (Eze.43:2-5; 44:4)
C. Is this future Temple made with hands?" (earthly / "that now is" Gal.4:25)
If it is a future earthly / natural Temple (rebuilt in Jerusalem that "now is" Gal.4:25)then why would the Spirit of God inspired (Rev.1:10, 2Tim.3:16) John to say that in the last days the "city our Lord was crucified" (Rev.11:1-8/ earthly Jerusalem) is "spiritually called Sodom and Egypt." Why would the apostle Paul say that "Jerusalem which now is" (earthly which we have overseas) is Agar (Hagar / Ishmael Gen.15:1-6;21:1-21,Gal.4:21-28), which is not God's purpose. "But Jerusalem which is above (Heb.12:18-23, Col.3:1-2) is free, which is the mother of us all. (Gen.21:9-12, Gal.4:21-28
Note: The City of Jerusalem and Temple cannot be separated simply because the Temple is in the City. This is the pattern that is set down by the Law of Moses that Jesus did not destroy, but fulfilled. (Matt.5:17-19)
1. Now there are two Jerusalem's
Note: Before the Cross there was only one Jerusalem. After the Cross there are two Jerusalem's. The question is "Which one has God's name recorded on it?"(Exod.20:24, Deut.12:5, 11; 14:23-24; 16:2, 6, 11, 1Chron.13:6; 22:19; 29:16, 2Chron.2:4, 4; 6:6-7, Matt.28:19 / Acts.2:38; 15:17, Col.3:17)
a. There is a earthly Jerusalem
The apostle Paul, under the inspiration of God, (2Tim.3:16-17) taught by Jesus (Gal.1:11-12) writes, "Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, (Hagar / Ishmael Gen.16:1-16; 21:12-21) the other by a freewoman. (Sarah / Isaac Gen.15:1-15; 21:1-11)But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, (Old Covenant / Testament) which gendereth to bondage, (Rom.7;1-125; 8:1-4) which is Agar.For this Agar (Hagar) is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bond- age with her children...
Note: This Jerusalem ("that now is" / earthly Gal.4:25) had Herod's Temple which was corrupted with the "philosophies" (sophistryCol.2:7-8) of the Jews which was destroyed 70 AD.
b. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all...
Now we, brethren, (the Church) as Isaac was, are the children of promise. (Sarah)But as then he that was born after the flesh (Jerusalem that now is / Hagar / Ishmael) persecuted him (Isaac the Church / Jerusalem which is above - Heb.11:8-10; 12:18-22) that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: (Jerusalem that now is / Ishmael) for the son of the bondwoman (Hagar) shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. (Isaac)So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free." (Gal.4:21-31)
D. This future Temple cannot be a rebuilt earthly Temple(made with hands)
When the "church in the wilderness"(Acts.7:37, 1Cor.10:1-11, Rom.15:4) came into the Land. (Gen.12:1-2; 15:1-21, Deut.12:1-12, 1Chron.17:1-15; 22:1-19) There was an appointed place (Deut.12:1-12, 2Chron.2:1-2) where the Temple was to be built in the City of Jerusalem. (2Chron.3:1)This was the only place where they were to bring their animal sacrifices. (Deut.12:1-12) came into the Land. This was "imposed on them until the reformation (until Christ came)" (Heb.9:8-11, Gal.3:24, Matt.5:17-19)
1. After the Cross there is no more Temple built with hands
The pattern did not changed in it's fulfillment. There is still a City, (Heb.12:18-22, Gal.4:25) and a Temple, (John.2:18-20, Eph.2:20-22 / Acts.7:47-48) and sacrifices (1Peter.2:5-9, Rev.1:6; 5:10)There is still a High Priest (The Lord Jesus Christ Heb.3:1) who is still the only one "permitted" to enter the Most Holy Place.
2. After the Cross there is no more animal sacrifices
"For if we sin willfully(that is rejecting Christ as our High Priest and His redeeming blood that justifies us before God) after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." (Heb.10:26-29) There is NO other sacrifice that God accepts.
3. These prophetic words will be fulfilled before the Second Coming
These Temple prophecies must be fulfilled before the Second Coming because they are Words of restorationwhich cannot go passed the Second Coming where the Mystery of God is "finished". (Rev.10:7, Acts.3:19-24, Rev.10:7; 11:15, Rom.16:25-26) To confirm this, after the Second Coming we have the Millennium (the 1000 year rest / Ultimate Sabbath rest, where NO work will be done / finished. (Rev.20:4, Heb.4:1-11 / Gen.2:1-2) The pattern requires a Temple to finish God's Purpose. (Review: PHASE 3 / PHASE 6 for pattern of interpretation for the Prophets)
E. There is a Temple that God is build (the Temple of His body) What is His Temple?Jesus said, "The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body." (John.2:18-20) 1. Jesus said, I have many things say about my body being the Temple
Jesus said, "I have yet many things to say unto you, (about my body being the Temple) but ye cannot bear (able to understand) them now. (This was because Holy Spirit had not been given John.7:38-39. This was to happen "when the day of Pentecost had fully come" Acts.2:1) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: (about my body being the Temple)(John.16:12-15) This is evidenced in the "inspired" writings of the apostle Paul who was taught directly by the Lord Jesus Christ. (John.2:18-20, Acts.7:47-48,; 17:24, 1Cor.6:19, Eph.2:20-22; 4:11-16)
2. After the Cross the Body of Christ is the Church / Temple / sanctuary
The apostle (Acts.2:42) Peter (who was taught Luke.24:44-45 by Jesus and inspired by the Holy Spirit 2Tim.3:16) writes, you (The Church) are "lively stones, are built up a spiritual house"(1Peter.2:5) The apostle Paul who was taught by Jesus Gal.1:11-12 and inspired by the Holy Spirit 2Tim.3:16) writes that we (The Church) are the Temple of Godand are being built up a spiritual House for a habitation of God by the Spirit. (Eph.2:20-22; 4:11-16) Then he ties together the Church and Christ's body. (Col.2:18, Eph.4:11-16, 1Cor.12-14)
C. Some think there willbe a "Temple made with hands" again This thought comes from the Book of Daniel and focusing in on the 70 Week prophecy. Daniel does see a "little horn" (antichrist) chapter seven whose purpose is to "wear out the saints." Nothing said about animal sacrifices and the Temple. (Dan.7:1-28, Rev.11 - 22)There is another "little horn" in chapter eight(Dan.8:1-13, 15-25)which does take away the daily sacrifice and casts down sanctuary. However this vision was fulfilled during the time of Greece towards the Roman empire BEFORE the Cross when animal sacrifices was accepted by God dwelt in Temples made by hands. In Daniel's 70 week prophecy animal sacrifices ceased and the Temple destroyed in 70 AD, but nothing about a rebuilt Temple. (Dan.9:24- 27)The context of Dan.10and 11:1-34 the time of Media-Persia, Greece and the beginnings of Roman. (History to us) This vile person (Antiochus Epiphanies (175-164 BC) heart is against the Covenant, (that already existed he didn't make a new covenant) he polluted the Sanctuary, took away the daily sacrifice, and he shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
There is nothing about a rebuilt Temple or animal sacrifices being made again!
God never promised to restore the earthly Temple of Solomon. In fact the last word spoken to the earthly Temple in Jerusalem was that it would be left desolate, (Matt.23:36) and that not one stone would be left upon another. (Matt.24:1- 4) Furthermore, God "rent the Vail in twain" (two) to establish He was gone. (Matt.27:50-51) Note: Heb.9:1-11
1. Why would God go backwards to an earthly House?
Ezekiel saw the glory of God lift from the "earthly" Temple (Eze.10:18) as they were entering the Babylonian captivity. After 70 years the House of Judah was released from captivity, ( 2Chron.36:21, Lev.25:1-7, Jer.29:10) but they did not attain to the glory (2 Chron.5:14, 1 Kings.10:24) of the first house. (Haggai.2:3) Eventually the House / Temple was filled with their replacement philosophies, doctrines and traditions which made them of "none effect" (Matt.15:6, Col.2:8) and "cast down". (Dan.8:11-12; 11:31) This left their house desolate. (Matt.23:38; 24:1-2) and destroyed70 AD. In the New Covenant we find the Glory cloud returning to the true Temple, Jesus Christ.(Matt.17:1-6)
Note: The Glory of God did not return to the earthly Temple that Herod constructed for the Jews.
a. The sacrifice and oblation ceased at the Cross(Review: PHASE 5, Pages.4-5) To teach that God will give preeminence to animal sacrifices after Jesus had shed His sinless blood is an insult and a abomination to God. (This is why the Temple was destroyed 70 AD) (Heb.10:1-39)
b. Note the absence of animal sacrifices in the Book of Revelation
The destruction of Temple / sanctuary, (Dan.8:10-13) the taking away of the daily sacrifice and coming against the Holy Covenant, (Dan.11:22-32)allbelongedto that time-framein History. They were all enforce BEFORE the Cross. NONE of these were continued in the Book of Revelation.
Note: When Daniel saw the "little horn" of (Dan.7:25) whichmost agreeis theantichrist is centered on wearing out the saintsnot taking away the daily sacrifices. In this vision Daniel sees this "little horn" (antichrist) coming from the Lion, the Bear, the leopard and a Fourth beast. Then he is told to seal up the book until the time of the end. Then the Book of Revelation begins a sealed book being opened and the Beast (antichrist) resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. Nothing about animal sacrifices, rebuilding and destruction of a Temple.
D. What about the future "Temple" that is measured in Rev.11:1-2?
John says that he "was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the courtwhich is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. (Rev.11:1-2) This is not a rebuilt earthly Temple. (Review: This Page. A-C) 1. This Temple is "measured" not destroyed Therefore this Temple (Rev.11:1-2), which is in the City of Jerusalem is not connected with the abomination of desolation of the prophet Daniel. This is because Daniel says, "the city and the sanctuary" would be destroyed. (Dan.9:26) This Templeis "measured" and the Altar, and them that worship therein. This "Temple" is the Church. 2. Measured with a "reed like unto a rod" There "shall come forth a rod (Jesus) out of the stem of Jesse, (Ruth.4:17-22 / Matt.1:5-6, Acts.13:22, Rom.15:12) and a Branch (Zech.6:12-13, Matt.16:18 / Eph.2:20-22, Gal.1:11-12) shall grow out of his roots: (Isaiah 11:1) "and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, (Rev.11:21, Note:v.15, 2Thes.2:8) and with the breath ('spirit of his mouth" 2Thes.2:8) of his lips shall he slay the wicked."(Isaiah 11:4)
a. The Church / Temple of God will be measured
When Jesus resurrected He "gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Eph.4:11-16) b. This is a spiritual measurement (because it is a Spiritual Temple)
It is not a geographical location, is is a spiritual Temple, a spiritual measurement because the Church is "built upon the foundation Jesus Christ, that has been laid down by 1Cor.3:10-1) the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Eph.2:20-22) Note: Christ not marry a Church that does not "measure up". He cannot be unequally yoked. (2Cor.6:14-18) 3. Why measure the Altar? (To be continued...) 4. Why measure them that worship therein? (To be continued....)
5. Why is the Court given to the Gentiles (Nations)? (To be continued...)
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles." (Rev.11:1-2) To be continued...
6. Outer Court trodden under foot42months?
And the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. (Rev.11:1-2) This is not a rebuilt earthly Temple. (Review: This Page. A-C) (To be continued...)