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Monday, July 18 2011
The Temple Heart Prophecy
The English word "temple" originated from a Latin word, templum, which meant a place that is marked. "Temple" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced hay-kawl, which means capacity, or the capability to contain something.
Like the Tabernacle before it (see God's Tent), the Temple in Jerusalem was a place of worship that had God's Law at its very center, at its very heart. The Ark of The Covenant, containing The Ten Commandments, was placed within the Most Holy Place of the Temple. When people worshiped the LORD, truly worshiped the LORD, they did so by looking to the place where His Law was kept, and then kept the Law in themselves by actually obeying it.
The LORD brought the Babylonians to destroy the Temple the first time because the people had literally turned their backs on God's Law and worshiped their own corrupt religion (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?), all at the very heart of the Temple of God's Law.
"8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. 8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.
"If any man defile the Temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the Temple of God is holy, which Temple ye are"
The people of Judah returned from their Babylonian exile, 70 years later, in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (see also Jeremiah's Field), from which time the Temple was rebuilt (see also The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees). But the destruction happened again, in 70 AD, as Jesus Christ prophesied (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?). Also again, the destruction was by "Babylon" (a word that means confusion) of that time, the Romans (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?). The people of Judah had again turned their backs on the true Law of God in order (in dis-order, actually) to worship their own traditions. The symbolism of the then empty Most Holy Place (the Ark of The Covenant was "lost" at the time of the first destruction, but was nevertheless still there, hidden beneath the Temple; see Raiders Of The Lost Ark) is that they had, despite their self-righteousness, become a lawless, empty religion, even though the Law of God was not far from their hearts, or the heart of that empty Temple. The Law was available to them, but they made themselves unavailable to the Law of true righteousness.
"15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 15:5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matthew 15:3-9 KJV)
Has something changed now, with regard to the original meaning and purpose of the Temple that had the Law of God at its heart? First, consider what was said when the original Temple was dedicated.
"8:23 And he said, LORD God of Israel [Who was Jesus Christ; see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'], there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart" (1 Kings 8:23 KJV)
The LORD then warned what would happen to the people if they turned their backs, not merely to the building, the mere container, but to the Law of God that existed in the hearts of both the Temple and the people.
"9:6 But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them: 9:7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people: 9:8 And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house?" (1 Kings 9:6-8 KJV)
The principle of having God's Law written in the hearts of God's True people has always existed. The rationale was the same, whether referring to the heart of the Temple, or to the hearts of the people. Does that therefore mean that God's true people are a "temple" of the Law and Holy Spirit of God too? Yes, it surely does. Does it also mean that human temples that defile the Law of God are subject to the same destruction that a Temple building was? Yes, it surely does.
"6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV)
Fact Finder: As we've seen from the Holy Scriptures, God's Eternal Law can be defiled, whether in the heart of a building, or in the heart of a human, separately, or together at the same time. Are the people of Judah going to build a Holy Place, specifically in Jerusalem, that is going to be defiled with an "abomination of desolation" by people (i.e. Antichristians) who have defiled the Law of God in their hearts?
This Day In History, July 18
390 BC: The Battle of the Allia during the Roman-Gaulish Wars. The Roman army was defeated by the Gauls, who thereafter sacked Rome.
64: The great fire of Rome destroyed two-thirds of the city. To suit his own purposes, the Emperor Nero accused Christians of causing it, while many believe that he was the one actually responsible (see Did Nero Really Fiddle While Rome Burned?).
362: During the Roman-Persian Wars, a Roman force under Emperor Julian arrived at Antioch beginning a campaign against the Persian Empire.
1195: The Battle of Alarcos. A celebrated Almohad victory in Muslim Spain over the forces of King Alfonso VIII of Castile.
1290: King Edward I of England issued the Edict of Expulsion that banished all Jews from England.
1536: The authority of the pope was declared void in England by an act of Parliament.
1812: Britain signed the Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.
1870: The Vatican I Ecumenical Council issued the proclamation Pastor Aeternus, declaring the pope's "primacy and infallibility" in deciding faith and moral matters. Most Protestants believe that only God is infallible.
1925: Adolf Hitler published the first volume of his Mein Kampf (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1936: The Spanish Civil War began.
1942: The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, made its first flight.
1971: Australia and New Zealand announced that they were pulling their troops out of Vietnam.
1995: The Soufriere Hills volcano erupted on the Caribbean island of Montserrat.