Being part of the prayer movement as you can be if you simply believe God is alive, that he listens to our prayers and that you…. pray!
I simply was wondering about the temple and I said Holy Spirit teach me about the temple! So here are some thoughts and stuff I found! It’s not finished yet but I thought you would like it!
The Temple of the Lord…
« Knowing God’s home helps us know Him ».
Ernest L. Martin 1977
- The temple was a physical replica of God’s heavenly place. Moses was told to build the temple and to make it portable, it was a tent (tabernacle).“Let them make me a sanctuary: that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall you make it.”
- It is the place of the dwelling presence of the Lord. It is not the place where the Lord lives (no place is big enough for Him), but the place where he manifests his presence.
Matt. 23.21 ; Acts 17.24
- The tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry are « patterns of things in the heavens » or « figures of the true » or « example and shadow of heavenly things ». The pattern was shown on the mountain.
Hebrews 9.23-24, 8.5
*Each physical item had its spiritual counterpart in heaven. So, as long as there was a tabernacle or temple on earth, there was a material reflection of God’s heavenly palace for mankind to see. The temple represented God’s home on earth. Of course, God does not literally dwell in temples made with hands (Acts 17:24), and though the temple at Jerusalem was a true image of the heavenly, in Hebrews it is made abundantly clear that the earthly sanctuary of God is “not the very image of the [heavenly] things” (Hebrews 10:1). It was only “figures of the true”
- What God originaly intended in Eden is the model for all the temples found in the Bible. Jesus is the one who gives us full and diret access to the Father.
- There is no temple in the city
And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
- It is a place of teaching : « Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways and we will walk in his paths : for out of Zion will come forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem ».
Jesus taught in the temple
- It is a place to learn where to walk according to the path of the Lord.
Jer. 3.17 ; Isaiah 2.3
- Is located on a mountain top (mountain of the Lord’s house, established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills ; and all nations shall flow unto it). It is on mount Sion in Jerusalem.
Jesus went to the mountains during the night.
- Is a place that will be established in the last days (or latter days).
- Is a place where all nations gather.
Isaiah 2.2 ; Micah 4.1-3 ; Isaiah 56.7
- Is a place of judgment
- Is a place where the disciples gather continually. Jesus is risen from the dead and appears to the disciples.
- Is a place of worship and blessing God.
- Is described in the whole Bible (Micah, Isaiah, Luke,….)Micah 4:1-3
- It is a holy place
Isaiah 56.7, Zach. 8.3
- It is a joyful place : « … I will make them joyful in my house » !
- It is a place of prayer and should be dedicated to prayer
Isaiah 56.7 ; Matt. 21.13 ; Isa. 56.7 ; Mark 11.17 ; Luke 19.46 ;
- It is a place of sacrifices
- It is the place of the throne of God
- … and from the throne is a river
- … and from the throne is a tree
- There is a tension between worshipping on the mountain and worshipping in spirit and truth.
Michah 4.1-3, Isaiah 2.2-3
KEY SCRIPTURES :
It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore;