The Temple – Yeshua’s Warning
In approximately 20 BC, King Herod began rebuilding the Temple that had been built by Zerubbabel almost 600 years before. Even though the apostles had seen it many times, its beauty still struck them with wonder. It had taken Herod 46 years (John 2:20) and now Yeshua was warning that it would soon be destroyed.
Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said, “These things which you see—the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”
The Temple had always a pivotal role, not only in the life of Israel and her people, but also among all the nations of the world.
Not surprisingly it was, is and will remain (until the New Jerusalem) the world’s most disputed property.
480 years after Israel left Egypt, the first Temple was built by King David’s son – Solomon.
I wonder if God smiled at David’s desire to build Him a house to live in.
2 Samuel 7:4-7
But it happened that night that the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?
For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle.
Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”’
While God promised David that He would build him a house, He did allow Solomon to build the Temple.
The Temple distinguished Israel as a people, a land and Jerusalem as having a unique relationship with God as His presence was visible and tangible by the presence of His Holy Spirit.
2 Chronicles 7:1-3
When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house.
When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever.”
It is crucial today to remember and remind others that the “situation” of the Temple Mount is NOT political, but spiritual. It is the epi-center of the conflict between YHWH, the God of Israel and the Bible and haSatan.
PRAY FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF ISRAEL TO HONOR THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT FOR ISRAEL.