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TEMPLE OF GOD


And are built upon the foundation of 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)

And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (Rev 21:14)

The world is watching and waiting for a Temple to be built in Jerusalem, after which the events of Revelation will take place. There are several different concepts as to how, when and where this Temple will be built, but the prevailing opinion is that such a building will in fact become a reality.

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 2:19-21)

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1Cor 3:16-17)

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. (1Cor 3:10)

When Jesus stood outside the Temple, He was the Temple. The Temple made by Herod was nothing more than a pile of stones, which in a few years thereafter it became just such a pile in reality.

Jesus is the cornerstone of the Temple He is building. Yet Jesus is not made of stone. Paul tells us that we are the Temple of God. Yet we are not made of stone either.

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (Rev 21:22-23)

This is after the Millennium, and in Eternity. John saw no temple in this era, but rather he saw what the Temple represents, and this he was told is the Temple of God.

And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel. And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man's hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed. (Ezek 40:4-5)

In the last several chapters of Ezekiel the prophet goes into much detail describing a Temple that is yet to be built. We might assume, as many do, that this Temple is going to be built during the Millennium. That is doubtful however for several reasons. For one we see nothing in the twentieth chapter of Revelation regarding such a Temple. And in the story of David's reign, which the Millennium is a fulfillment of, nothing is said of such a Temple. No Temple stood during David's reign (1Kings 8:18-19).

So he measured the court, an hundred cubits long, and an hundred cubits broad, foursquare; and the altar that was before the house. (Ezek 40:47)

And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon. (Ezek 43:18)

And on the second day thou shalt offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did cleanse it with the bullock. (Ezek 43:22)

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD'S house shall be like the bowls before the altar. (Zech 14:16-20)

This Temple, whenever it is standing, has no furniture we associate with the Temple of Solomon, nor those of the Tabernacle of Moses. It only has the altar of burnt sacrifices. We see that in the future there will be blood sacrifices made, even by the heathens, which in our popular concepts of the future will not exist. We also find plagues during this period of time, which is at least descriptive of the Millennium, if not, and more likely, Eternity itself. This concept is strengthened by Zachariah's statement where he says “In that day...” there will be Holiness unto the Lord, even on the horses.

And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (Rev 21:14)

John describes a Temple that if seen literally confounds the mind, yet it is accepted in a literal fashion by most people nonetheless. This building will have a foundation that is made up of people, but will be a lump on this earth the size of the moon. However, if we consider that this Temple, this building is the Church, the Bride of Christ as was told to John in the beginning of the chapters, then the following statements by Jesus and Paul become more comprehensible:

We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. (Mark 14:58)

And are built upon the foundation of 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)

The Church is a building that God is putting together without hands. Each of us has a part in that building, and in the building of it. We are stones, or as described elsewhere, precious jewels, that the building is made up of. If this is true, then when the “building” is complete, it will contain the Spirit of God, not in the building, which is not a true building, but rather in a congregation of people, the Holy Spirit being in each of the stones. If we rid ourselves of the flesh, the desires of the Adamic nature, we will then provide more room for the Spirit of God.


 

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