. . . apropos the "third temple" and "tribulation"
by, Jul 17th 2010 at 05:12 PM (506 Views)
Might I suggest to the saints that there is no prophesy that suggests that there will be a "physical earthly brick-and-mortar third temple/tabernacle" in our future?
Well, the other three were built by God's prophetic command Power only.
Thus, I feel that there is a fundamental misunderstanding concerning what is needed to have an earthly temple/tabernacle that would be the Home of our God. Indeed, without His specific Spiritual Prophetic Power and guidance, no group of people--regardless of talent or will--can build a earthly temple facility that would contain YHWH's massive presence and power.
So, let's look now at Heb. 8:
Now, this true heavenly tabernacle is eternal, and the immortal King/High Priest Jesus is seated there right now at the right hand of God. And this heavenly tabernacle facility has been of old, and will never be destroyed.Heb. 8
1 Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
2 a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.
So, how did Jesus get into this facility to sit at YHWH's right hand? Look at the verses in bold type below:
11 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins;
12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,
13 waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.
14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying,
16 “THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM
AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD:
I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART,
AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM,”
He then says,
17 “AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS
I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.”
18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.
The verses of Heb. 10:11-18 above indicate that Jesus made ONE sacrifice for sins for ALL time, and after He did this, He SAT DOWN--at YHWH's right hand in the heavenly tabernacle. This is foundational to the Gospel.
And because of this, Jesus administers from the heavenly tabernacle His Kingdom rule and High Priestly ministry through the Spirit of God to the hearts of his current "earthly" temple: the "one new man" believers in Christ of Eph. 2 and I Pet. 2:9-10.
And so, let us consider the following prophecy concerning the last earthly "made with hands" brick-and-mortar physical temple that was on the earth--Zerubabbel's/Herod's:
Of course, this is Gabriel's "70 weeks (of years)" prophecy. And when this prophecy was given by Gabriel to Daniel, there was NO earthly "made with hands" brick-and-mortar physical temple of YHWH on the earth.Dan. 9
24“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
25“So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.
26“Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.
27“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
Therefore, Gabriel indicates to Daniel that the determination of desolation of a rebuilt earthly physical "brick-and-mortar" temple sanctuary would occur within 70 weeks of years (among other things). And the rebuilt facility that Gabriel was referring to was Zerubabbel's/Herod's Temple.
Now, if this is true, then there is no "7 years of tribulation" in our future.
Because the determination of desolation was given by Jesus Christ Himself in reference to Zerubabbel's/Herod's Temple already--and during His first advent (in bold below):
And sure enough, within a generation of the determination of desolation, the temple of Zerubabbel/Herod was destroyed.Matt. 23
34“Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,
35so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
36“Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
37“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.
38“Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!
39“For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’”
(This is confirmed by secular and sacred history--in the year 70.)
Of course, this means that the "70 weeks (or years)" prophesy has been fulfilled already.