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Friday, August 1 2014
2 Chronicles 3: The Heart Of The Temple
"And he made The Most Holy House"
The original design of the Tabernacle was given by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) to Moses in the Sinai, within the year after the Exodus (see The Building Of The Tabernacle). The first Passover observed by the Israelites after the Exodus was done at the newly-constructed Tabernacle (see The First Passover At The Tabernacle).
The Temple later built by Solomon in Jerusalem (after the era of Moses, Joshua, The Judges, Samuel and the reign of King David), although far greater in size and worldly magnificence, adhered to the same principles of prophetic purpose as the original Tabernacle. Within the Tabernacle and the Temple was The Most Holy Place in which The Ark of the Covenant was placed. It was not merely a storage place; it portrayed the place where salvation would be made possible by the atonement deliverance of the Messiah (see the Fact Finder question below).
Solomon built the Temple in the place that King David purchased for it (see King David's Temple Decision).
"3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
The Temple was constructed of stone, fine woods and gold - while the Tabernacle was built as a portable, temporary structure. Nevertheless, the Tabernacle and the Temple, with the Law of God written in their "hearts," were temporary in existence, just as they were prophetically intended to be (see Where Is Your Tabernacle?; also What Was Holy About Herod's Temple?).
"3:3 Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. 3:4 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.
The cherubim portrayed the living cherubim of the actual spiritual Temple. Cherubim have been guardians for the LORD since the earliest times - when the Eternal Law of the LORD was declared in the Garden of Eden (see Grace In The Garden and The Porters).
"3:8 And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits: and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to six hundred talents. 3:9 And the weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.
The pillars of the Temple portrayed the Law that upheld the place where the LORD can be found (see What Did Moses Prophesy About The Law Of Salvation?).
"3:15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits. 3:16 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains. 3:17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz." (2 Chronicles 3:15-17 KJV)
Fact Finder: What did the Messiah do, once and for all, when He arrived in heaven that was prophetically portrayed by the Levite High Priest once per year on the Day of Atonement?
This Day In History, August 1
30 BC: Octavian (later known as Augustus, as he is also recorded in the Holy Bible as the Roman Emperor who called for the famous census that resulted in the Messiah being born in Bethlehem, as prophesied; see Bethlehem In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) took control of Alexandria, Egypt from the Ptolemies (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids and The Cleopatra Connection). The Roman calendar month of August was named after Octavian / Caesar Augustus (see The Months Of Julius and Augustus).
69: The Batavian Rebellion. Batavians, in what is known today as the Netherlands, rebelled against Roman occupation of their homeland (see Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
527: Justinian I became the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
1096: The Crusaders (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) under the command of Peter the Hermit reached Constantinople.
1137: King Louis VI of France died and was succeeded by his son Louis VII, who launched the disastrous Second Crusade.
1192: Crusaders under Richard the Lionheart landed at Jaffa (see also The Joppa Lessons Of Jonah And Peter) where they defeated the forces of Saladin (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).
1291: The three cantons of Uri, Unterwalden and Schwyz formed the Everlasting League, a confederation from which Switzerland was formed.
1498: Christopher Columbus became the first European to "discover" what is now Venezuela. The four voyages of Columbus were actually to the islands of the Caribbean Sea, with a few landfalls on South America (for a map of the four voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier sighted the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Sent by King Francois I to look for gold in the New World and a passage to China, Cartier left France on April 20 1534 with 2 ships and 61 men, arriving off Newfoundland 20 days later. Before heading home on August 15, he claimed what is today Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the adjacent lands for France.
1664: The Ottoman / Turkish army battled French and German forces at St. Gotthard, Hungary (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1714: Anne, Queen of Britain 1702-1714, died at age 49. She was the last Stuart monarch. Although her father King James II was a Roman Catholic, she was raised as a Protestant at the insistence of her uncle Charles II. She was pregnant 18 times between 1683-1700, but none survived infancy.
1714: George Louis, Elector of Hanover, was named King George I of Great Britain upon the death of Queen Anne.
1740: Thomas Arne's Rule Britannia was performed in public for the first time.
1759: British and Hanoverian armies versus the French at the Battle of Minden, Germany.
1774: Joseph Priestley, the British Presbyterian minister and chemist, identified a gas which he called "dephlogisticated air" - later known as oxygen.
1778: The world's first "savings bank" was opened, in Hamburg, Germany.
1793: France became the first country to use the Metric System of weights and measures, a byproduct of the French Revolution. Today, nearly the entire world (with the sole exception of the U.S. which uses it only to a limited degree, in science and medicine) uses the Metric System. While many regard the "miles and Fahrenheit" system to be an entirely-English creation, miles were actually invented by the ancient Romans and the Fahrenheit temperature scale was invented in 1724 by a German physicist, Daniel Fahrenheit. "Miles and Fahrenheit" are just as European in origin as the Metric System. Even the word "mile" uses the same prefix, "mill," meaning thousand, as the Metric System.
1798: The British fleet under Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated the French fleet at the Battle of the Nile, thwarting Napoleon's conquest of the Middle East.
1800: The Act of Union 1800 was passed. It merged the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1834: The Slavery Abolition Act abolished slavery throughout the British Empire. An estimated 770,280 men and women became free, leaving only those in the U.S. as slaves (until the end of the U.S. Civil War about 30 years later).
1914: Germany declared war on Russia in at the start of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1950: King Leopold III of Belgium abdicated in favor of Prince Baudouin, effective July 1951.
1954: The Geneva Accords divided Vietnam into 2 countries at the 17th parallel.
1957: The U.S. and Canada formed the North American Air Defense Command, NORAD. For Canadians, the Russian threat during the Cold War wasn't somewhere "over there" in Europe - Canada has the U.S. on its southern border and Russia on its northern border. Canadians don't have to leave home to confront the Russian army.
1964: The Belgian Congo was renamed the Republic of the Congo.
1990: Iraq's president Saddam Hussein sent an invasion force of 100,000 troops into Kuwait, setting off the "Desert Storm" Kuwait War.
2001: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore installed a Ten Commandments monument in the Judiciary Building. It resulted in a lawsuit to have the Ten Commandments (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Law Of The LORD) removed and Justice Moore's removal from office. The Ten Commandments were actually written on both sides of the tables of stone; if they were publicly displayed, they would have to be placed so that people could walk around them, to read both sides (see Turning The Tables).