Endtime Ministries...Christian Resource Centre
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
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
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).
OF THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST?
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
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).
THE JEWS ARE WANTING TO BUILD NOW?
WHAT WILL THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD BE LIKE,
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!
& WHY WILL IT BE BUILT AT SHILOH?
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,
"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."
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
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
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?
FIRST ADVENT PREDICTIONS: Isa. 53; Isa. 7:14; Ps. 22:1-18; Dan.9:26; Zech.13:6,7;
SECOND ADVENT PREDICTIONS: Isa.11: 1,2,10-12; Deut.30:1-7; Isa.9:6,7; Isa.24:21-23;
Isa.40:9-11; Dan.7:13,14; Micah 5:2; Matt.1:1; Matt.2:2; Luke 1:31-33;
the other articles in later issues of Despatch
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