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Friday, December 4 2015
Ezekiel 41: When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?
"I saw no Temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of it"
When all is done (see What's The Expiration Date Of The Church?, The Church In The Kingdom Of God and The Church: Mission Accomplished), there will be no Temple in the New Jerusalem. The prophetic purpose of the Temples will then have been accomplished (see The Heart Of The Temple).
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)
There are two resurrections to salvation coming. Some of humanity, from people of all nations who received their calling to repentance through all of human history, will be in the first resurrection, to eternal spirit, on the day of the Messiah's return (see The Feast Of Trumpets: The First Christian Salvation Day). The second resurrection, from people of all nations who did not yet receive their calling to repentance through all of human history, will be in the second resurrection, to physical life - when they will begin the same process of repentance and conversion that those of the first resurrection accomplished (see The Eighth Day: Living Waters).
"20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.
For those of the first resurrection, the symbolic and prophetic purpose of physical Temples will have been accomplished on the day of the Messiah's return. For the remainder of humanity, it will not yet be accomplished - the reason that there will be a physical Temple in Jerusalem after the Messiah's return.
The great physical resurrection will be of people from all nations - including many Israelites who never had their means of conversion (i.e. the Holy Spirit - "And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it"). The "dry bones" prophecy of Israel will also be experienced by billions of other people (see When The LORD Will Raise All Of The Dead). According to the Holy Scriptures, it is in that time that the Temple that Ezekiel saw (see What Temple Did Ezekiel See?) will stand and function - until its purpose has also been accomplished.
"37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD." (Ezekiel 37:12-14 KJV)
From when it was begun to be recorded in the previous chapter (keeping in mind that the Holy Scriptures were originally written without chapters), the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) continued His description to Ezekiel of the Temple that will exist during the 1,000 years (see Ezekiel 40: What Temple Did Ezekiel See?).
"41:1 Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six cubits broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side, which was the breadth of the tabernacle. 41:2 And the breadth of the door was ten cubits; and the sides of the door were five cubits on the one side, and five cubits on the other side: and he measured the length thereof, forty cubits: and the breadth, twenty cubits.
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This Day In History, December 4
771: Charlemagne became the sole emperor of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman (listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1110: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Crusaders sacked Sidon (see also Into The Coasts Of Tyre And Sidon). Notice in the map below that Germany was then officially identified as the "Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1259: King Henry III of England and King Louis IX of France agreed to the Treaty of Paris whereby Henry renounced his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels. France has had a very long history of inciting and supporting rebellions and revolutions against England, including that of the New England colonies in the 1700s in which France supported the insurgency while at the same time tolerating no independence in its own colonies in what is today Louisiana and eastern Canada.
1489: The Battle of Baza between the Spanish army and the Moors.
1563: The Council of Trent ended after 18 years.
1674: French Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette constructed the first building of a mission in the wilderness area of Lake Michigan. Today the place is known as Chicago.
1791: The Observer, of Britain, the oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, was first published.
1809: The International Bible Society was founded. It has since distributed the Bible to over 150 countries in the world.
1829: Britain abolished the practice of "suttee" in India, in which the widow burned herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre.
1914: At the beginning of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German Navy formed the first military seaplane force. It began operations from Zeebrugge, Belgium.
1918: The Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was proclaimed. It became known as Yugoslavia.
1952: The Great Smog of London began when vast amounts of coal smoke emitted from homes and factories, along with gasoline and diesel vehicle exhaust, combined with a unique cold fog from the Atlantic. The "smog" (the original and first use of the word smog - smoke and fog) killed thousands of people over that winter.
1981: Ronald Reagan officially (i.e. publicly admitted) authorized the CIA to conduct spy operations in the U.S. itself (millions of naive people were apparently oblivious to the reality that the CIA was already doing so, just as it had been right from the moment that it was created).
1991: Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) ceased operation due to bankruptcy.