13. Stay in God's presence

Last week we saw how Herod rebuilt the Temple in order to glorify himself. He wanted to exalt his own name and he even built courts for different classes of people, segregating them from sacrificing and worshipping God. God wasn't impressed and in 70 AD the Temple was totally destroyed by the Romans. And since then the Jews didn't have a Temple.

Only in 1948 did the Jews return to their land as rulers. They desperately wanted to rebuild the Temple on the same site. Unfortunately the Dome of the rock stood on the site where the Temple were. They cannot destroy the Dome without invoking a Muslim war, so they are stuck. They want to build it on the original site. Some scholars believe that the Dome is only standing on the area called 'the court of the Gentiles' and thus the Temple can be built right next to the Dome, because Rev 11:1,2 says the court of the Gentiles should not be measured.

How it will be rebuilt, we do not know, but the Bible tells us clearly that there will be another Temple in the Tribulation period. I therefore call this Temple the fourth Temple. Let us look at a couple of Scriptures:

"Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, "Rise and measure the Temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the Temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months." Revelation 11:1, 2

"Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the Holy Place, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains." Matthew 24:15, 16

"…for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God." 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4

And so I can go on with text verses, but all these verses has to do with the end times and all these verses refer to a physical Temple being there. So somewhere in the near future the Temple will be rebuilt. So whenever you hear that the Temple is being rebuilt, know that the end is near. When we were in Israel, they told us about a group of Jews already preparing for the rebuilding. They showed us the menorah already made of gold ready to be put in the Temple. They have also prepared the table of showbread, the garment of the High Priest etc. It is actually very exciting when you see it all. They are getting everything ready so that there won't be any delay when the Temple is built.

Another interesting thing to note is that God is also not mentioned as helping with this Temple, or living in this Temple. The Jews will rebuild the Temple to continue with their sacrifices, but as we all know, Jesus came as our Sacrifice once and for all, therefore these sacrifices are done out of religion and not because God commanded them to. A Temple built without God is no temple at all. God makes the Temple, the Temple. Only His presence.

Without God's presence in any area in our lives, it is hollow and meaningless. Only God's presence brings meaning and power. Only His presence allows things to work out for your good. His presence is holy, filled with grace and power. Walk in His shadow, in His presence and experience His unearned favor, His grace in your life.

Father we look forward to see the world's events unfolding. We look forward to see Your mighty hand working. We want to stay close to Your presence and walk in Your grace and love. Thank you very much that Jesus made all of this possible for us. We praise Your mighty Name. Amen


1 comment for “13. Stay in God's presence”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Thursday, 13 September 2018 at 8:00:49 AM

    "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty." The only place for us to be!

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