About The Author
Holy Day Calendar
Free Online Bibles
Bible Reading Plan
Make A Donation
Free Daily Bible Study Library: Download a copy of this entire 6,000+ studies website
Free Sermon Library: Complete 600+ Sermon Index and Download Links
Lightening, Not Lightning
by Wayne Blank
Lightening: to change to a lighter color; to illuminate; the coming of dawn.
"For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be"
According to The Lord's instructions, The Tabernacle In The Wilderness faced east:
"But those that encamp before [i.e. at the front of] the Tabernacle toward the east, even before the Tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel" (Numbers 3:38 KJV)
Then, according to The Lord's instructions, The Temple (see Temples) in Jerusalem, that replaced the Tabernacle In the Wilderness, faced east, toward The Mount Of Olives that will be "ground zero" for The Return Of Jesus Christ (prophetically symbolized by The Feast Of Trumpets):
"And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course: Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets" (2 Chronicles 5:11-12 KJV)
The symbolism of the Tabernacle, and then the Temple, facing east is revealed in Prophecy. Note that "lightning" as it is translated in these verses refers not to thunderstorm lightning, that can come from any direction, but a "lightening" as in the coming of the light of day, as it rises in the east:
"For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:27 KJV)
After the Return of Jesus Christ, "living waters" (physical, and spiritual i.e. the Holy Spirit, see Living Waters) will flow from the Temple then in existence, which will also face east:
"Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side [i.e. the south side]."
Fact Finder: After Jesus Christ has completed all of the work that God gave Him to do, and after all Judgment has been completed, and then after the earth has been purified with fire (see Planet On Fire!), God and the New Jerusalem will come to earth (Revelation 21:1-3, see also The Camp and The City). Why won't the New Jerusalem have a physical Temple?