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7. The Temple of God

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Looks at the Temple of God, its place in history and how it relates to the events of the time of the end of the age.

Looks at the Temple of God, its place in history and how it relates to the events of the time of the end of the age.

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  • 1. Decoding Revelation: 7. The Temple of God by Dr. Dieter Thom
  • 2. The Temple of God There are 6 different forms of the Temple of God in the Bible: 1. The Heavenly Temple, 2. The First Temple of Solomon, 3. The Second Temple of Nehemiah, 4. The Third Temple of the State of Israel, 5. The Millennial Temple, and 6. The Temple of God in the New Jerusalem. Let us look briefly at each one in the light of Scripture. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 3. 1a. The Heavenly Temple David sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD rescued him from the power of all his enemies, including Saul. He said: “The LORD is my high ridge, my stronghold, my deliverer. My God is my rocky summit where I take shelter, my shield, the horn that saves me, my stronghold, my refuge, my savior.You save me from violence! I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I was delivered from my enemies. The waves of death engulfed me; the currents of chaos overwhelmed me. The ropes of Sheol tightened around me; the snares of death trapped me. In my distress I called to the LORD; I called to my God. From his heavenly temple he heard my voice; he listened to my cry for help. (2 Sam. 22:1-7) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 4. 1b. The Heavenly Temple After these things I looked, and the temple (the tent of the testimony) was opened in heaven, and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, dressed in clean bright linen, wearing wide golden belts around their chests. Then one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God who lives forever and ever, and the temple was filled with smoke from God’s glory and from his power. Thus no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues from the seven angels were completed. Then I heard a loud voice from the temple declaring to the seven angels: “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing God’s wrath.” (Rev. 15:5 – 16:1) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 5. 2. The First Temple of Solomon King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to Solomon when he heard that he had been anointed king in his father’s place. (Hiram had always been an ally of David.) Solomon then sent this message to Hiram: “You know that my father David was unable to build a temple to honor the LORD his God, for he was busy fighting battles on all fronts while the LORD subdued his enemies. But now the LORD my God has made me secure on all fronts; there is no adversary or dangerous threat. So I have decided to build a temple to honor the LORD my God, as the LORD instructed my father David, ‘Your son, whom I will put on your throne in your place, is the one who will build a temple to honor me.’ (1 Kings 5:1 - 5) The first temple of Israel was built by Solomon for God around 960 BC, was the center of Jewish worship and sacrifice for a few hundred years, but was destroyed by the Neo-Babylonian Empire in 587 BC. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 6. 3a. The Second Temple of Nehemiah i. ii. iii. iv. v. The Second Jewish Temple was built & rededicated in 515 BC by the former Babylonian exiles under Nehemiah & the priest Ezra. It was desecrated by Antiochus IV Epiphanes (r.175–164 BC) in 167 BC. It was rededicated by Judas Maccabaeus in 164 BC. It was reconstructed by Herod in the First Century. Finally, it was destroyed by the Roman military leader Titus (39–81 AD) in 70 AD. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 7. 3b. The Second Temple of Nehemiah In the first year of Darius son of Ahasuerus, who was of Median descent and who had been appointed king over the Babylonian empire – in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, came to understand from the sacred books that, according to the word of the LORD disclosed to the prophet Jeremiah [29:10-14], the years for the fulfilling of the desolation of Jerusalem were seventy in number. …He has carried out his threats against us and our rulers who were over us by bringing great calamity on us – what has happened to Jerusalem has never been equaled under all heaven! Just as it is written in the law of Moses, so all this calamity has come on us. Still we have not tried to pacify the LORD our God by turning back from our sin and by seeking wisdom from your reliable moral standards. The LORD was mindful of the calamity, and he brought it on us. For the LORD our God is just in all he has done, and we have not obeyed him... “So now, our God, accept the prayer and requests of your servant, and show favor to your devastated sanctuary for your own sake. Listen attentively, my God, and hear! Open your eyes and look on our desolated ruins and the city called by your name. …” (Dan. 9:1-18a) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 8. 3c. The Second Temple of Nehemiah “Seventy weeks have been determined concerning your people and your holy city to put an end to rebellion, to bring sin to completion, to atone for iniquity, to bring in perpetual righteousness, to seal up the prophetic vision, and to anoint a most holy place. So know and understand: From the issuing of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until an anointed one, a prince arrives, there will be a period of seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It will again be built, with plaza and moat, but in distressful times. Now after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one will be cut off and have nothing. As for the city and the sanctuary, the people of the coming prince will destroy them. But his end will come speedily like a flood. Until the end of the war that has been decreed there will be destruction. He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of that week he will bring sacrifices and offerings to a halt. On the wing of abominations will come one who destroys, until the decreed end is poured out on the one who destroys.” (Daniel 9:24-27) How do we interpret this passage? NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 9. Daniel Dates Introduction of the Messiah 9:24 460 BC to 30 AD Seventy weeks have been determined concerning your people and your holy city to put an end to rebellion, to bring sin to completion, to atone for iniquity, to bring in perpetual righteousness, to seal up the prophetic vision, and to anoint a most holy place. 9:25 7+62 = 69 weeks 9:26a Jesus 30 AD 9:26b Titus 70 AD 9:27a Jesus 30 AD 9:27b Titus 70 AD Destruction of the Temple So know and understand: From the issuing of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until an anointed one, a prince arrives, there will be a period of seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It will again be built, with plaza and moat, but in distressful times. Now after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one (‘messiah’) will be cut off and have nothing. As for the city and the sanctuary, the people of the coming prince will destroy them. But his end will come speedily like a flood. Until the end of the war that has been decreed there will be destruction. He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of that week (3.5 years of Jesus’ ministry) he will bring sacrifices and offerings to a halt. On the wing of abominations will come one who destroys, until the decreed end is poured out on the one who destroys. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 10. 4a. The Third Temple of the State of Israel It is the avowed goal of Zionism and international Freemasonry to build the Third Jewish Temple, though its rebuilding is not explicitly stated in Scripture. They must first desecrate or destroy the Holy Muslim shrines of the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. This will spark the fury of Muslims worldwide and the declaration of war in the Middle East. The Antichrist will come to support Israel on two occasions by fighting against the Muslim countries coming against Israel. This will allow the Antichrist the opportunity to betray and invade Israel, and desecrate the newly-built temple. The construction of the original temple is an important highlight in the history of Freemasonry. The story of Hiram Abiff and the construction of the Temple is an important milestone in its mythology. The Jewish temple is the centre of its spiritual and moral lessons and rituals. Global freemasonry looks forward and works towards rebuilding the temple. Most of our current world leaders (even Muslims) are Freemasons. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 11. 4b. The Third Temple of the State of Israel It is important to note that as a result of the June 2005 meeting of the Sanhedrin, they have issued a call for specific plans to rebuild the Temple. “The Israeli rabbinical council involved with re-establishing the Sanhedrin, is calling upon all groups involved in Temple Mount research to prepare detailed architectural plans for the reconstruction of the Jewish Holy Temple.” This demonstrates that increasingly the new Sanhedrin believes that it is taking steps to prepare the modern state of Israel for a new Temple and the coming of Messiah. These stage-setting steps are things that are in concert with the end time events that will take place during a future era known as the tribulation. In order to specifically carry out the Sanhedrin’s call to prepare architectural plans for rebuilding the Temple, “the group will establish a forum of architects and engineers to begin plans for rebuilding the Temple—a move fraught with religious and political volatility.” The Sanhedrin is also “calling on the Jewish people to contribute toward the acquisition of materials for the purpose of rebuilding the Temple—including the gathering and preparation of prefabricated, disassembled portions to be stored and ready for rapid assembly, ‘in the manner of King David.’” (Thomas Ice - Tom's Perspectives, 9 July 2005) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 12. 4c. The Third Temple of the State of Israel His forces will rise up and profane the fortified sanctuary, stopping the daily sacrifice. In its place they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. Then with smooth words he will defile those who have rejected the covenant. But the people who are loyal to their God will act valiantly. These who are wise among the people will teach the masses. However, they will fall by the sword and by the flame, and they will be imprisoned and plundered for some time. When they stumble, they will be granted some help. But many will unite with them deceitfully. Even some of the wise will stumble, resulting in their refinement, purification, and cleansing until the time of the end, for it is still for the appointed time. (Dan. 11:31-35) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 13. 4d. The Third Temple of the State of Israel Here we read that the sanctuary (temple) will be fortified (against attack), the abomination of desolation happens at this time, and this all happens at the time of the end. The end has not yet come, so it cannot refer to the 70 AD destruction of Jerusalem, as Preterists would have us believe. Preterists claim that all Bible prophecy was fulfilled by 70 AD when Jesus came to Jerusalem in judgement. They teach that the resurrection has already occurred and that Jesus has already come. This is heretical. Partial Preterists fare a bit better, but even they must rely on simplistic ‘proof texts’ that are taken out of their clear context and meaning. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 14. 4e. The Third Temple of the State of Israel Then I heard the man clothed in linen who was over the waters of the river as he raised both his right and left hands to the sky and made an oath by the one who lives forever: “It is for a time, times, and half a time. Then, when the power of the one who shatters the holy people has been exhausted, all these things will be finished.” I heard, but I did not understand. So I said, “Sir, what will happen after these things?” He said, “Go, Daniel. For these matters are closed and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made clean, and refined, but the wicked will go on being wicked. None of the wicked will understand, though the wise will understand. From the time that the daily sacrifice is removed and the abomination that causes desolation is set in place, there are 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits and attains to the 1,335 days. But you should go your way until the end.You will rest and then at the end of the days you will arise to receive what you have been allotted.” (Dan. 12:7 -13) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 15. 4f. The Third Temple of the State of Israel Now as Jesus was going out of the temple courts and walking away, his disciples came to show him the temple buildings. And he said to them, “Do you see all these things? I tell you the truth, not one stone will be left on another. All will be torn down!” As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one misleads you…“So when you see the abomination of desolation – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. The one on the roof must not come down to take anything out of his house, and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. (Matt. 24:1-4,15-21) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 16. The 3rd Temple in 2 Thess 2:3-12. “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, and as a result he takes his seat in God’s temple, displaying himself as God. Surely you recall that I used to tell you these things while I was still with you. And so you know what holds him back, so that he will be revealed in his own time. For the hidden power of lawlessness is already at work. However, the one who holds him back will do so until he is taken out of the way, and then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will destroy by the breath of his mouth and wipe out by the manifestation of his arrival. The arrival of the lawless one will be by Satan’s working with all kinds of miracles and signs and false wonders, and with every kind of evil deception directed against those who are perishing, because they found no place in their hearts for the truth so as to be saved. Consequently God sends on them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false. And so all of them who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evil will be condemned.” NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 17. The 3rd Temple and the Muslims Originally, Mohammed instructed his followers to face towards Jerusalem when praying, then he changed it to Mecca when Jews and Christians rejected him. The Temple Mount remains the second holiest site for Muslims, as they believe that Ishmael was presented by Abraham to be sacrificed to God. The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque must be demolished by the Jews or the new temple must be built alongside it. Currently, Muslims become very angry when any infidel dares to come on to the temple mount. Though the Jews control Jerusalem, the Muslim Mullahs (priests) control the temple mount. In my view, there is no way that the Muslims will tolerate the rebuilding of the Jewish temple on their holy ground and the Jews will have to do it by military force, and they are likely to destroy the Muslim shrines as a result. This will bring about the wrath of the Muslim world and they will attack Israel. The Antichrist will establish an agreement to defend Israel on two occasions, but after the second time will betray Israel and destroy it. He will then proclaim his Divinity in the Jewish Temple and demand worship from the world. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 18. 5. The Millennial Temple  Ezekiel’s Vision (Ch. 40-48) of the New (Fourth) Temple represents the Millennial Temple. The Temple comprises a vast land area of Israel beyond the city limits of Jerusalem. The Millennium Saints of God make up this temple.  Do you not know that you are God’s temple (1 Cor. 3:16); your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19); we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people” (2 Cor. 6:17&18); a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (Eph. 2: 22)  Ezekiel’s Temple is the people of God reigning and ruling from Israel in the Millennium (see Revelation 20). However, there will be no literal restoration of temple sacrifices like in the Old Testament, as Dispensationalists teach. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 19. 6. The Temple of God in the New Jerusalem Now I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful – and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur into it. Its gates will never be closed during the day (and there will be no night there). They will bring the grandeur and the wealth of the nations into it, but nothing ritually unclean will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Rev. 21:22-27) NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 20. Conclusion  The Triune God will be the ultimate temple, so there will be no need for a building of any sort in the Eternal City.  So we have seen that there are six different forms of the Temple of God in the Bible: The Heavenly Temple, the First Temple of Solomon, the Second Temple of Nehemiah, the Third Temple of the State of Israel, the Millennial Temple, and the Temple of God in the New Jerusalem. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013
  • 21. Conclusion  In the next presentations we will examine in more detail each of these end time events according to the outlines that we have seen in these two pairs of cycles.  The next issue is the Great Harlot. NKJV Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc .Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. 11/30/2013