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Extract .....Vol. 6:3. (Sep. '1994)...p.51-52

Which Temple at Jerusalem? & When will it be set up?

To save confusion about the Biblical teaching concerning THE TEMPLE AT JERUSALEM, we could do well by summarizing the temple teaching to make things clear.

We recommend the Biblical notes of Clarence Larkin, also the Bible study course by Alfred Thompson Eade, on these subjects.
 
 
 

WHAT ABOUT THE TEMPLE THAT IS BEING PLANNED
IN JERUSALEM RIGHT NOW!

This temple will be completed, according to Biblical prophesy. Read Rev. 11:1-14. There you will note that an Angel told John to rise and measure the temple. This was not the Temple of Herod, for this had been destroyed by Titus 25 years before the writing of Revelation. It was clearly a future temple to be built at Jerusalem. It is prophesied that there will be a temple at Jerusalem during the reign of Antichrist, there has to be because he will SIT in it, and there PROCLAIM HIMSELF TO BE GOD. (11 Thess. 2:3-4). And then he will cause what is known as THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION written about by Daniel (Dan. 9:27) which is most certainly, to be installed in God's HOLY PLACE. (Matt. 24:15).
 
 
 

IS THIS TEMPLE ALSO THE TEMPLE
OF THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST?

NO! This is NOT the same temple, as described by Ezekiel(Ezk. 4:1; 42:20) That temple will be built at Shiloh [see diagram], in the Midst of the Holy Oblation (Ezek. 48:8; 21).
 
 
 

WHEN WILL THE TEMPLE OF CHRIST BE BUILT THEN?

It will not be built until after physical changes have happened to the earth and the Land of Palestine, these will take place at the return of Christ to the Mount of Olives. (Zech. 14:4).
 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE TEMPLE
THE JEWS ARE WANTING TO BUILD NOW?

It will probably be destroyed by the mighty earthquake that destroys the tenth part of the City, the earthquake that will occur at the breaking of the Seventh Seal, the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet, and the pouring out of the Seventh Vial. (Read Rev. 8:5; 11:19; 16:18).
 

WHAT WILL THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD BE LIKE,
& WHY WILL IT BE BUILT AT SHILOH?

If you will read the prophesy in Ezek. 48:10, 20, 21, you will see that the `Temple' or Sanctuary will not be built in the New City. It will be built in the midst, in the middle, of the Holy Oblation. It will be located at or near Shiloh, the area where the Children of Israel conquered the Land, there the Tabernacle rested until the Temple of Solomon was finished. The Sanctuary and its area will be a glorious place, a Highway will lead from the Sanctuary to the New City. (Isaiah 35:8). This will be a breath-taking boulevard, lined with magnificent trees, stretching 12 miles long!

This Temple Ezekiel describes will occupy a space of 500 reeds on a side, or nearly a mile square. (Ezek. 42:15-20). Read Zechariah 14:8 for the prophecy of the LIVING WATERS that will flow in THAT DAY, the Millennial Day.
 

WHAT PHYSICAL CHANGES WILL HAPPEN
WHEN CHRIST RETURNS TO THE HOLY LAND?
The Prophet Zechariah describes the stupendous scene in Zech. 14:4, 10, 11.
 

"His (the Lord Jesus Christ's) feet shall stand in THAT DAY upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east and the Mount of Olives shall Cleave in the Midst Thereof Toward the East and Toward the West, and There Shall Be a Very Great Valley; and Half of the Mountain Shall Remove Toward the North and Half of It Toward the South. ...All the Land Shall be Turned as Plain From Geba to Rimmon South of Jerusalem; and it SHALL BE LIFTED UP AND INHABITED."
 

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HOW CAN SUCH CHANGES TAKE PLACE?

They will probably happen because of earth-quakes and volcanos erupting. An astonishing prophecy in Micah 1:3,4 says it all:

"Behold, the Lord cometh forth out of His place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. And the mountains shall be MOLTEN UNDER HIM, and the VALLEYS shall be CLEFT AS WAX BEFORE THE FIRE, and as the WATERS THAT ARE POURED DOWN A STEEP PLACE."

The Lord Jesus Christ, Mighty in Power, needs no man or group to assist Him as He brings His earthly Kingdom. The New City will be established on a Land which has had the land surface of Palestine levelled, and the Dead Sea will be raised, so that its waters can flow into both the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
 

JERUSALEM WILL BE CALLED A NEW NAME IN THE MILLENNIUM REIGN.

Ezekiel writes that the name that Jerusalem will be called in That Day will be JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH, meaning THE LORD IS THERE - PRAISE HIS NAME. (Ezek.48:35).
 
 
 

THE LAND OF PALESTINE WILL BE A LAND OF PEACE AND FERTILITY.

"It shall come to pass in THAT DAY (the Millennial Reign, not NOW) that the mountains shall drop new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the House of the Lord, and shall water the Valley of Shittim, the country about the Dead Sea." Joel 3:18.
 

THE JEWS WERE SLOW AT HEART, ARE WE ALSO SLOW AT HEART?

The prophets foretold the terrible suffering of Christ, the Jew's Messiah, in the Old Testament passages of scripture. The Jews should have realized who Christ Jesus was, but they were slow of heart. We might be rather superior in our outlook towards those who did not know that the Messiah would suffer and die for the sin of the world. We might say, þbut did not the scriptures show plainly what would occur? Surely the greater reproach is due to those Christians who, NOW, do not believe that the Son of God will come again, in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. We find the first Advent, with its prophetic fulfilment, easy to believe, because it has already happened, not because we believed the foretelling of the Old Testament prophets. We cannot reproach the Jews for their unbelief in New Testament times, without considering whether we would have been any better. It is sinful mankind per se that is at fault, not just the Chosen Race.

To spiritualize scripture, in the midst of unequivocal predictions about the Second Advent of Christ, is certainly equally blindness on the part of the Christian Church. Many Christians are blinded to the predictions of Christ Jesus' EARTHLY GLORY, by the above. In other words, just as the ancient scribes told the people that it was foolish to interpret the prophecies about the SUFFERINGS of the Messiah literally, so today modern þscribes and Phariseesþ are telling the people that the prophecies of the Lord Jesus Christ's EARTHLY GLORY are not to be taken literally.
 
 
 

THE TWO ADVENTS.

There are two lines of prophecy which foretell the Messiah's Coming. These lines appear to be in total contrast. ONE BODY OF PREDICTIONS SPEAK OF SORROW, HUMILIATION, GRIEF AND DEATH. This was the FIRST ADVENT.

THE SECOND ADVENT PREDICTIONS SPEAK OF SPLENDOUR, A RESISTLESS SOVEREIGN, of judgement of the earth, the regathering of Israel and the restoration of THE THRONE OF DAVID. ARE YOU STILL IN BLINDNESS, dear reader?

As so many of the Jews were at the FIRST COMING OF THE SON OF GOD?
 
 
 

 

 *diagrams reprinted with permission of the Clarence Larkin Estate... 
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*Shiloh Diagram
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