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The Temple

February 26, 2015

Ezekiel 11:19 – “And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.”
Ezekiel 36:26 – “I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Last week we looked at The Tabernacle, and found that it will once again be rebuilt.  But is the world looking for a Tabernacle to be built, or is it looking for a Temple?

What The World Wants
Revelation Chapter 11 tells us that at that time Jerusalem will spiritually be called Sodom and Egypt, Jerusalem will be the place where the two witnesses will be killed, and Jerusalem will also be the home of the third temple, in which the antichrist will declare himself to be god.  Further conjecture predicts that it will be the antichrist who will actually build the third temple.  This “temple” that is to be built is Solomon’s Temple rebuilt – it is not David’s tabernacle.

Why The World Wants It
2 Samuel 7:4-7 – “Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house [בַּיִת  bayith H1004] of cedar’?”

The Tabernacle, as we saw last week, fully represents Yeshua.  It is made of flesh and linen: supple, tender materials, just as Yeshua’s heart is tender.  This is the type of building that Yahweh wants – the type of heart that he wants to give to his people.  Never did he command his people to build a house of wood or stone.

1Kings 8:13-20 – Solomon brags: “I have surely built You a lofty house, a place for Your dwelling forever . . . for I have risen in place of my father David and I sit on the throne of Israel . . . I and have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.”

The world, its humans, and its god, Lucifer however, are all looking for a temple made of wood and stone, a temple that closely represents who they think Yahweh / Yeshua is: a god whose heart is hard, immovable, harsh!  This is their wish because their hearts are also made of stone – they are unwilling to allow Yahweh to give them a heart of flesh.

What The World Will Get
Amos 9:11 – “In that day I will restore David’s fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be.

Just as the Tabernacle of David was first erected, and then the Temple of Solomon, so also today the world may get first a Tabernacle and then a Temple.  Many of the current discussions regarding the Third Temple center around a temporary tent style building being established – a tabernacle of flesh and linen, followed by a rebuilt Solomonic Temple – a temple of wood and stone.  Scripture tells us that history repeats itself, so once again, after a tabernacle is built, Yahweh will allow the new Solomon, the Antichrist, to build a temple that mirrors that satanic heart of stone.  Jews are calling for this temple to be built.  Christians applaud this effort.  Even Muslims are in agreement that this third temple should be constructed. And once again, that temple of wood and stone will be allowed to be built, then desecrated and desolated.

Conclusion
The Tabernacle represents a heart of flesh.  The Temple represents a heart of stone.  Yahweh never asked Moses or David to build a worship center of stone – that has always been man’s (and Lucifer’s) desire.  But Yahweh has given man free will, and will allow man to do as he pleases, and then suffer the consequences.  The original Tabernacle of flesh and linen is reported to still be in existence, never having been destroyed, but given proper storage in order to preserve it for future generations.  Amos 9:11 hints that this may indeed come to pass.  The Temple of wood and stone, however, built by those who are a type of false messiah (Solomon, Herod, the Antichrist) will also once again be allowed to be built, then desecrated and desolated.

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. Today we are one day closer to the return of Yeshua than we were yesterday and tomorrow we will be even one day closer. For almost two thousand years the Jews would proclaim “Next year in Jerusalem!” I now proclaim “Next Yom Teruah in the clouds!” Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

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